Star Wars Celebration Orlando took place over Easter weekend and with it came a metric ton of Star Wars news. Julian, Daniel and Jeremy are here to break it all down and talk about everything going on in the galaxy far far away. Starting, of course, with Episode VII: The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson dropped the first teaser trailer and revealed the official poster and the guys break down every detail. Moving onto the animation side, Supervising Director Dave Filoni dropped the bomb that season 4 of Rebels would be it's final season. Julian, the resident Rebels super fan, delves deep into all the Rebels related news. To cap things off the conversation moves to Battlefront II, the sequel to the EA game from two years ago, which was announced along with a trailer showing off it's new single player campaign. All this and so much more in this ToB Interlude / Star Wars extravaganza!
This time last year we were gearing up for another season of Game of Thrones. Looking back, we didn't know how good we had it, because a year later we're still waiting until July before we get back to Westeros. We've been feeling the withdraw like a milk of the poppy addict and we're sure you are too so we sat down to preview the coming season to ease the pain. We discuss everything we know about season seven, dissect the teaser trailer and then make some story predictions. To close out the show we lay out our plans for our season seven GoFundMe campaign and come hat in hand asking for your patronage. If you've been enjoying all of our Game of Thrones Breakdowns for the last several years and have been aching to give back, here's your chance!
It's a big show this week and it kicks off with a bang as the guys play a Spider-Man themed version of Nerd Association in honour of the new trailer as well as discuss the news that Spidey might be leaving the MCU sooner than we thought. Julian, Dan and Jeremy then dissect the Justice League, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Mummy trailers before examining Ghost in the Shell's abysmal box office performance. Moving on, and in what is quickly becoming a staple of the ToB Podcast, the Agree or Disagree segment returns, this time asking whether Rotten Tomatoes is truly the "destruction" of the movie business. On the TV front, Buffy celebrates 20 years, followed by briefly talking about several shows that had either their season or series finales including Legion on FX (A show that everyone should be watching) and Star Wars: Rebels (Another show everyone should be watching) and Black Sails. Plus, True Detective season three might happen after all! The show then continues into a bit of gaming news and a discussion on Mass Effect: Andromeda before closing out on a brief discussion on diversity in comics. All this and so much more on this week's Tower of Babble Podcast, which is nothing if not chock-full of nerdy goodness. Enjoy!
The final film in my Oscar review series is the 1950's drama; Fences.
This film centres on Denzel Washington’s character of Troy Maxson as we follow him through what becomes the most extreme example of a midlife crisis you might ever see on film. He feels trapped by his obligations to his family and lives his life on edge.
With the Oscars only a day away we thought it was time for us to reveal our predictions. We divided our predictions into two categories and prognosticated the major categories. Who will take home the golden statues?
Theodore Melfi's Hidden Figures is the next film in my Oscar review series.
Set during the time of the space race it centres around three African American women working at NASA. It’s got a brilliant opening scene that will make you fall in love with these woman right from the get-go. You immediately get a taste of their fun banter and how close of a friendship that they have. You are left wanting more.
Garth Davis' Lion is next up in my Oscar review series.
Lion is very much a foreign film, but it's also very much a biopic and an adventure story. It pieces together elements from all over cinema and shows us something amazing. Lion is based on a true story, one of three in the Best Picture category, and is the one that feels the most honest. It’s a very personal story and though it doesn't have the spectacle, it is no less extraordinary.
The latest instalment in my Oscar review series is Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge.
Hacksaw Ridge can easily be divided into two sections. The first half being bright and thought provoking. It asks questions about someone's right to stay true to their beliefs regardless of the consequences. It’s full of patriotism, god and a touch of romance but about halfway through it becomes a completely different movie.
The next entry in my Oscar review series is Denis Villeneuv's beautifully shot Arrival.
I can’t speak highly enough about this movie. It awed me, moved me and made me think. Which is a trifecta that is rarely attained by any movie. Having seen it twice since it’s theatrical release in November I can tell you that it not only holds up to repeat viewings, but I would agree with many on the web that say that the second time you watch this movie may actually be superior to the first.
Part four of my Oscar review series is a powerful one. Barry Jenkin's Moonlight.
It isn’t shy about tackling race, sexuality, and drug abuse head on. Heady subjects that I, admittedly, have little experience with beyond cinema. While Moonlight certainly addresses these issues it isn’t necessarily about them either. Yes they play a role but ultimately the movie is about a young man's difficult journey from childhood to adulthood.
Part Three of my Oscar review series features Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea.
The first time I tried watching Manchester by the Sea I was onboard a plane returning to Canada. I got about 15 minutes in and had to turn it off. I couldn’t do it. Maybe it was me, but I couldn’t get into it. That was over a week ago and I’ve watched two other Oscar nominated films since. From what I’d seen and heard I knew it could be a bit of a downer so I waited for the right moment before trying again. I’m glad I waited.
Part Two of my Oscar review series features David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water.
Hell or High Water is a true modern western. A genre that’s received a boost over the last few years and, with the success of shows like HBO’s Westworld, is seemingly making a bit of a comeback. Chris Pine and Ben Foster play hard on their luck brothers in this film with a relationship that felt genuine, but also too often resembled something you might see from the Winchester brothers on CW’s Supernatural.
Oscar season is here and with the release of our annual Tower of Babble Podcast Oscar Preview Show it's time to start rolling out the written reviews. Leading up to the big ceremony on Sunday I'll be publishing a new review for each of the Best Picture nominees. Part One takes a look at the Damien Chazelle musical, La La Land.