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"This genre gives actresses some really juicy lines and roles,but denies them the acclaim that comes from more 'serious' roles.Kidder was a gifted actress who was indelible in a few films."-Lady Edith

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Jun 05 2019

Podcast: Booksmart,Ma,Diamantino,and Rocketman

by Murtada Elfadl and Nathaniel R

Index (53 minutes)
00:01 Drama Desk Awards (plus Tony buzz)
10:00Rocketmanw/Taron Egerton,Jamie Bell,Bryce Dallas Howard
25:40 Olivia Wilde'sBooksmartw/ Kaitlyn Dever & Beanie Feldstein
34:00 The thoroughly bizarreDiamantino
39:10 Octavia Spencer in the horror flickMa(plus Missi Pyle!)
48:00 Randomness: summer movies,Nathaniel's bday,upcoming Smackdowns

Mentioned(Extra Credit Reading!)
RocketmanvsBohemian RhapsodyVulture Quiz
New YorkerMaEssayby Doreen St.Félix
TFENathaniel's Review ofRocketman
TFEMurtada's interview with theDiamantinodirectors

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes.Continue the conversations in the comments,won't you?


Jun 02 2019

Review: Octavia Spencer lets loose with "Ma"

by Sean Donovan

In an age where critics praise a generation of thoughtful,innovative,and dazzlingly styled horror films,a deceptively basic package likeMa --unconcerned with winning good reviews,elevating the genre,or acquiring a fancy boutique label like A24 -- is uniquely refreshing.Ma's jump scares are familiar,its plotting is predictably iffy,its logic and emotional contexts for its supporting characters even more so- but goddamn it,it's fun.

The ‘fun' comes from feeding off the joy of Octavia Spencer inhabiting domestic horror-thriller,Hand That Rocks the Cradlerealness.No longer is Spencer smiling on a gilded stage,frozen while Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga accept prizes for socially regressive trash to which she's somehow attached.Octavia's back baby,and this time she's got hell to raise and teens to terrify....

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Jan 30 2019

Sundance: Choose Your Own Interpretation of "Luce"

Abe Fried Tanzer reporting from Sundance

People walk through this world with different levels of privilege.It's a concept that's become more widely understood of late,and certainly featured prominently in numerous films in recent years.In fact,24 year-old actorKelvin Harrison Jr.has starred in a handful that have played at Sundance,including bothMonsterandMonsters and Menjust last year.This year,he stars opposite Naomi Watts in two films.One isThe Wolf Hour,a dreary tale of agoraphobia in 1970s New York City that mildly touches on race and class.The other,which tackles the notion of privilege and prejudice,isLuce.

Harrison Jr.stars as the title character,who was adopted from Eritrea at age 7 by Amy (Watts) and Peter (Tim Roth),and,with the help of considerable therapy to overcome his violent childhood,has excelled incredibly and become the class valedictorian...

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Mar 06 2018

Red Carpet: Supporting Actress.(Plus: Octavia's Amazing Record!)

by Nathaniel R

Manville,Janney,Blige,Metcalf,and Spencer (click to embiggen)

Just last weekwe held a Smackdownhonoring these five women and a follow upconversation on the podcast,too.Laurie Metcalf emerged as the Smackdown winner with Lesley Manville as a close runner-up.The readers poll emerged with the same winner but a different runner-up.Like so...


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Feb 27 2018

Smackdown Companion - The Shape of Phantom Billboards

NEW PODCAST!*Updated with correct podcast file*

For this week's podcastNathaniel Rpresents a companion conversation to our Supporting Actress Smackdown (which we'll presume you've read already!).Joining him to discuss the Best Picture race and more generalized discussion about supporting actressing in 2017 are:Andrew Carden(Awards Connection / Gold Derby)Chris Feil(The Film Experience),亚博主页Candice Frederick(Reel Talker),Erica Mann(NYC Film Chick),andKevin P O'Keeffe(Into).

Index (42 minutes)
00:01 Intros & Rewatches
02:30 Favs That Weren't Nominated
13:00 Mary J Blige and Carey Mulligan andMudbound
17:00Shape of Water,Get Out,orThree Billboardsto Win?
31:00 Switching Roles Around: Octavia Spencer
37:30 Allison Janney and Julianne Nicholson andI Tonya
40:00 Lesley Manville,Laurie Metcalf and Goodbyes

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes.Continue the conversations in the comments,won't you?

Smackdown Companion 17

Feb 26 2018

Smackdown '17: Allison,Laurie,Lesley,Mary and Octavia

Presenting Oscar's Chosen Supporting Actresses of the Films of 2017.


Two mothers with combative relationships with their daughters (Janney and Metcalf).One sister/business partner (Manville).One mother struggling with oppressive farm life (Blige).And one cleaning lady (Spencer) whose coworker/friend is mute and in love with a fish crea...listen,it's a long story!

But here's a beautiful thing that's too little remarked on this season: they're all actually supporting characters.No leads masquerading as support for once!


From top left: Andrew Carden,Chris Feil,Candice Frederick,Erica Mann,Kevin O'Keeffe,and Nathaniel R

Here to talk about these five nominated turns,are in alpha order:Andrew Carden(Awards Connection / Gold Derby)Chris Feil(The Film Experience),亚博主页Candice Frederick(Reel Talker),Erica Mann(NYC Film Chick),Kevin P O'Keeffe(Into) and your hostNathaniel R(The Film Experience).亚博主页And now it's time for the main event...


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