The M&M Report, Episode 17: The Year’s Best Movies

12 Years a Slave


 

Welcome to The M&M Report! This week, Devin and I broke down the Oscar nominees in the major categories, offering our thoughts on the nominees, as well as some alternatives who we would have enjoyed seeing on the list. We closed by listing our five favorite movies of 2013. (For further reading, check out my thoughts on the Oscar nominations.)

Devin and I are proud to announce that The M&M Report will be moving to TheEagleOnline.com beginning next week. We’re very excited to bring a podcast presence to our student newspaper, and we hope that you’ll join us in our transition. Our shows will be very much the same, though perhaps a little shorter – we know firsthand that college students have busy schedules. We’ll start the new era of The M&M Report with a discussion of one of our favorite shows, The West Wing. Plus, the triumphant return of Devin Doesn’t Like Things.

Until then…thanks for listening!

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The M&M Report, Episode 16: Battle Howl

Wolf of Wall Street


This week on The M&M Report, Devin Mitchell and I talked at length about one of 2013’s last movies and one of 2014’s first. It was a study in contradictions, with the excesses of debauchery followed by the simplicity of combat.

The Wolf of Wall Street has gotten lots of acclaim, as you would expect from a movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, but it hasn’t been immune to controversy, including allegations that it glorifies the despicable character at its center. Devin and I debated this issue and praised the movie’s performances even as we struggled to decide whether the movie is profound or merely compelling.

Lone Survivor is perched high atop this week’s box office, and it’s not hard to see why: established box-office draw Mark Wahlberg, solid supporting cast (Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana), respect and admiration for the American military. We talked about the movie’s grotesque highs and jingoistic lows.

Next week, we’re going to take a deep dive into the best movies of 2013, spurred by tomorrow’s Golden Globe Awards and this Thursday’s announcement of the Oscar nominations. Expect return visits from previous podcast topics like 12 Years a Slave and Inside Llewyn Davis plus our thoughts on other favorites like American Hustle, Nebraska, Her and Dallas Buyers Club.

We talked about several articles during this week’s show. Here’s a helpful list:

  • Devin’s review of The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Steven Perlberg’s Business Insider piece detailing bankers’ reactions to Wolf
  • Devin’s article about Jordan Belfort’s American University visit
  • My review of Lone Survivor

Until next week…thanks for listening!

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The 2014 Screen Actors Guild Nominations: “Mad” Snubs and Few Surprises

SAG

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.

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The M&M Report, Episode 5: M&M at the Movies

Captain Phillips

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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