LISTEN – THE REEL REPORT WITH RIA RENOUF – FEB 26TH 2016

This week I chat with guest host Simi Sara about Oscar predictions, my PSA on what movie to avoid this week, and share my thoughts on Fuller House (yes, I got up early to watch it when it came out on Netflix early Friday morning).

Box Office Winners and Losers:

Alright, so, not much change over the last seven days (and expect the box office to be kind of mundane for the next bit) – Deadpool is still number one. It’s made $246 million so far. At number two: Risen with Joseph Fiennes. This movie about a centurion trying to find the body of Jesus has made about $14 million in domestic releases. It’s also been given mixed reviews.

Coming in at number three, it’s How to be Single with Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnston, with $33 million dollars in box office revenue. Number four: polarizing horror film The Witch, and at number five: Race, the story of Jesse Owens and his journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Out in Theatres:

We’ve got a heartwarming athletics story in Eddie the Eagle, which tells the story of Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards. In 1988, Edwards became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping. This film had a lot of heart, humour and passion. Both Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman were fantastic in their roles. While I liked Jackman in Prisoners and X-Men: Days of Future Past, I think he did a fantastic job here. Overall, I’m giving it three and a half ski jumps out of five.

This next film…stay away as far as you can. Gods of Egypt with Geoffrey Rush was awful. It tells the story of a mortal hero, Bek, who allies with the Egyptian god Horus in a mission to save the world, and to rescue his love. I know it’s early, but, for me, this is the WORST movie pick of 2016! You’re wasting your time and money on this thing, and, truth be told – I would probably avoid this badly written, poorly casted, snooze-inducing movie. Don’t go – please, just don’t. I’m not even going to rate it.

I’m also excited for Triple 9, even though initial reviews are lukewarm. The plot: a gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in an effort to pull off their biggest heist yet across town. A rookie officer – Chris Allen, played by Casey Affleck, gets caught in the crossfire. The title of this movie refers to a code: when police dispatch call for a Triple 9, it means there’s an officer down. According to the movie trailer, all officers are required to respond. Kate Winslet looks pretty intense in this one. Some critics are comparing this to 1995’s Heat, which starred Val Kilmer and Robert de Niro.

Special on Academy Awards selections:

Unfortunately Simi and I ran out of time, but we managed to get through a few selections where this Sunday’s Academy Awards are concerned. Chris Rock is hosting, and it’ll be his second go. Aside from Leonardo di Caprio Oscar winning chatter, plus the #OscarsSoWhite movement, I’d argue it’s been pretty anti-climactic. The Academy also announced it’d be making some major changes earlier this year, to be implemented over a longer period of time – the changes will affect board membership.

The Revenant is leading the pack with 12 nods.

For directing we could see some possible split votes, and perhaps George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) or maybe even Adam McKay for The Big Short. My ultimate pick, however? It’s got to be Alejandro González Iñárritu for The Revenant. That’d be a back-to-back win.

I would love to see Anomalisa pick up the award for best animated feature film. It was an interesting movie. However, many people loved Inside Out, despite its sort of lukewarm reception. Regardless, I’m still going with the adult-oriented, stop-motion animated film.

For the actress categories: I’m saying Brie Larson for best actress in Room, and Kate Winslet for best supporting actress in Steve Jobs. 

For the actor categories, I’m going with best actor favourite Leonardo di Caprio in The Revenant, and Tom Hardy for best supporting actor in The Revenant. Now, on the show, I said Christian Bale might take it, and that could be a result of vote splitting.

Finally, best picture, because of its cinematography and acting, will likely go to The Revenant.

Out on BluRay, DVD, Digital Download:

This week, it’s Brooklyn and Spotlight, and next week, we’ve got Creed and Room. And my Flashback Friday this time around? DUH! We’re going with Netflix’s Fuller House! B.C.’s own Carly Rae Jepsen sings a cover version of the theme song. What do you think of it? Tweet me at @RiaCKNW980! The first season of Fuller House, in its 13-episode glory, is now available for you to stream.

Take a Listen to the Reel Report with myself and Simi Sara below!

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