On this Chicago Public Radio edition: Filmspotting vs. The Oscar Hopefuls...
A big screen adaptation of the 1981 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, "Dreamgirls" has been touted by many as the movie to beat at the 2007 Academy Awards. Written and directed by the Oscar-winning "Chicago" scribe Bill Condon, the movie is chock full of stars and the promise of big, show-stopping numbers. The movie has received lots of praise from critics who call it a return to the grand spectacle of classic movie musicals. Will your hosts -- two guys who loved "Cabaret" and "An American In Paris," among other films included in their Musicals Marathon -- fall in line? Or will they dare to question the movie's Oscar worthiness?
Back in November, Adam and Sam had a lukewarm response to a film that was being called one of the year's best, Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers." Now the second part of Eastwood's WWII epic, "Letters From Iwo Jima," is being released to even more enthusiastic reviews. If "Flags" was informative but dramatically inert, does Eastwood's Japanese counterpart suffer from the same ills? Or does the film's new perspective of an old enemy really elevate the film to greatness?
Also on the show: Massacre Theatre and Filmspotting continues its look back at the best of the year in cinema ... the Top 5 Male and Female Performances of 2006.. [Filmspotting #141 featured the Top 5 Supporting Performances of the year and Filmspotting #144, available on 1/10, will feature a year-end wrap-up devoted to the best films of 2006.]
Any by Sony Picture's Stomp the Yard. In theatres in January. Check it out at StompThePodcast.com
Filmspotting #142 :22-13:19 - Review: "Dreamgirls" Music: Bottle Rockets, "Middle Man" 14:14-25:31 - Review: "Letters From Iwo Jima" Music: Bottle Rockets, "Better Than Broken" 26:12-30:11 - Massacre Theatre (Winner: Walt Cygan) 30:12-33:49 - Top 5: Female Performances of 2006 Music: Bottle Rockets, "Happy Anniversary" 45:48-59:00 - Top 5: Male Performances of 2006 59:01-1:00:10 - Close/Next Show
CORRECTIONS/NOTES - Danny Glover has been nominated for a number of awards, but never an Oscar.
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