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.
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!
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).