CinemAddicts Ep. 53: ‘Silence’ And ‘Hidden Figures’


Anderson Cowan leads off this week’s CinemAddicts with a few creative changes on the program. Though, I’m a creature of habit and rarely think outside the box, I loved Anderson’s latest moves. More details are found after the jump.

At the beginning of the show, Anderson adds that we’ll be discussing more movie related topics to complement our weekly review and personal film picks. This week, Anderson and I ponder if Hidden Figures and Fences are being released during awards season as a response to last year’s #OscarsSoWhite issue. We also give our respective thoughts on one of this year’s most anticipated films – Blade Runner 2049.

L-R: Adam Driver plays Father Garupe and Andrew Garfield plays Father Rodrigues in the film SILENCE by Paramount Pictures, SharpSword Films, and AI Films CR: Kerry Brown

Two sad news regarding Silence. First off, I still haven’t seen the movie. More importantly, Anderson doesn’t give the Martin Scorsese directed flick (a movie he’s been trying to make for 28 years!), a favorable review. If you’ve seen Silence, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the movie as well and if they fall in line with Anderson’s take on the flick!

Octavia Spencer stars as Dorothy Vaughan in HIDDEN FIGURES. Photo Credit: Hopper Stone.

I was expecting to absolutely dislike Hidden Figures but was pleasantly surprised. The story of three determined and intelligent African-American women (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae) making their mark on NASA was an educational and entertaining experience. Though it’s 126 minutes, Hidden Figures simply flies by thanks to an engaged ensemble cast (Kevin Costner and Moonlight’s Mahershala Ali co-star) and a well written screenplay.

I briefly talk about Snowden (my Blu-ray pick) and the Jackie Chan movie Railroad Tigers (which comes out January 6).

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  • justin woods

    This episode has me concerned for Hidden Figures and more importantly Silence ! Silence was my most anticipated film of 2016 and still is. Let’s hope it’s good sorry Anderson.

    • I hope you enjoy Hidden Figures. I know our tastes diverged on Fences, and maybe I might have made Hidden Figures too safe sounding. It’s no The Lobster or Silence when it comes to narrative ambitions, but it’s a solid film. Tell us what you think when (or if) you check either film out!

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  • justin woods

    Update to the previous comment. I saw Hidden Figures and actually enjoyed it quite a bit. Nothing groundbreaking, but a fun movie for anyone. 3.5/5

  • Phillipé Salander

    “She cries out of her nose.” #DEAD
    Very accurate.