The first thing to say about the 2014 Screen Actors’ Guild nominations is the same thing that needs to be said about any list of nominations. My personal taste and that of the voting body doesn’t always align. I think some worthy actors got snubbed in favor of some actors who didn’t necessarily need the reward. Whatever. There are worse crimes.
The second thing to say is that the Screen Actors’ Guild Awards are best described as a barometer: of the awards season mania to come, of the preferences of the Screen Actors’ Guild, of the discourse around the year’s most discussed movies and television shows.
The third thing to say is…there isn’t much to say about the nominations themselves. But I’m going to say some things anyway.
What’s going on at the movies? Somali pirates, slave owners, folk singers, Wall Street tycoons and much more. Devin Mitchell and I stepped away from the small screen to go bigger this week. (Click the link to hear this week’s episode.)
First, we saw Captain Phillips together and talked about this movie’s uncompromising thrills and powerful performances. (Spoiler alert: we talk in detail about plot points and the ending in particular. Of course, the movie is based on real events, so nothing is really a spoiler, but if you prefer to know nothing going in, skip this segment.)
After that, I told Devin that he probably shouldn’t see The Fifth Estate, which comes out next Friday.
We closed with a Fall Movie Preview, in which we talked about upcoming movies, got really excited about great actors and found out that Devin doesn’t like fantasy and Mark doesn’t like excessive Oscar hype.
Enjoy the podcast!
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Introducing my new feature, “Review Plus Three.” As the Assistant Entertainment Editor, I’ll be writing about various pop culture-related things for The Eagle, but there’s always room to expand. Here are three more thoughts on Ron Howard’s racing drama Rush.)
“Director Ron Howard’s biographical drama “Rush” takes nearly half an hour to rev its engines, but once it does, it’s a solid, sturdy, frequently thrilling survey of two adrenaline-craving Formula One racers battling for the coveted 1976 championship title.”
Read the rest of my Rush review here. Click through for three more thoughts!