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The Bad and The Beautiful: Conversations on Cinema


Oct 22, 2018


On this episode, Charles and Jeff launch into the 2018 Oscar Season with big titles getting Awards buzz, plus another that’s a cinephile’s buzzkill.

We blast off with FIRST MAN, the intimate portrait of astronaut Neil Armstrong set against the backdrop of the first mission to the moon. It’s from the Academy Award winning director of LA LA LAND, Damien Chazelle, starring his LA LA lead Ryan Gosling.

We close with a deep dive gushing into A STAR IS BORN, Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut starring Cooper and Lady Gaga. It has become a touchstone in the cultural zeitgeist. (You can’t go on Twitter without scrolling past a “Take Another Look At You” meme.)

In between, we discuss October’s box office record breaker VENOM, the anti-hero comic book movie, and the (possible) swan song for one of Hollywood’s most beloved icons, Robert Redford, in THE OLD MAN & THE GUN.

- FIRST MAN, @ 1:25
- VENOM, @ 20:38
- THE OLD MAN & THE GUN, @ 30:20
- A STAR IS BORN, @ 39:39
- OUTRO, @ 01:05:49

Music Selections:
- "The Landing", Justin Hurwitz, FIRST MAN
- "The Shallow", Lady Gaga, A STAR IS BORN
- "Maybe It’s Time", Bradley Cooper, A STAR IS BORN