Devin and I started recording an episode just after finishing the 2018 Oscars. This is not that episode, but it’s close enough.
Having finally recovered from last year’s Best Picture snafu, Devin and I are back with our best guesses for this year’s Oscar winners. Here are our respective ballots, compiled separately.
(Devin and I discussed several of this year’s nominated films on our podcast. Do us a favor and check out our thoughts on Get Out; Baby Driver and Dunkirk; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Lady Bird; Molly’s Game and Call Me By Your Name; and Star Wars: The Last Jedi and The Post. Subscribe to The M&M Report on iTunes and Spotify, and check your feeds Monday morning for our fifth annual post-Oscars recap, to be recorded just minutes after the telecast ends.)
One of the essential functions of popular culture is to provide relief from the stresses of everyday life. Another is to offer thrills, joy and insights from unfamiliar perspectives. Here’s a sampling of moments from this year that accomplished those goals for me. Happy Thanksgiving.
Devin and I gathered our thoughts on the role of pop culture going forward in an era when the truth is a lie, facts are fiction and Donald Trump is the president of the United States. Plus: It’s our 100th episode! Quite a milestone for us.
Further reading: Alyssa Rosenberg on the importance of representation; Caroline Framke on Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers’ shows since the election; Todd VanDerWerff on the perils of overly simplistic pop culture criticism; Ira Madison III on Get Out; Mikael Wood on Lady Gaga.
Devin and I called Erin Vail to get her thoughts on Get Out, Big Little Lies, The Young Pope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and more. It was not always cordial.
0:00-18:00: Get Out
18:00-30:00: Big Little Lies
30:00-38:15: The Young Pope
38:15-End: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story