SPOILER-FREE! Michael Bay. The name conjures up a lot of mental images. Most of them feature incredibly loud explosions, giant robots and sweeping slow-motion shots. And now he is wading into the political quagmire that is Benghazi? What could possibly go wrong? Can John Krasinski add the emotional depth necessary for such a powerful and complex story? Ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. The official investigation into 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is now in session! The chair recognizes Jay and Cybill to break this all down in episode 55 of The Smoking Screen. Come join the circle!!
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SPOILER-FREE! Another week, another Oscar-nominated trip into the deadly, mountain wilderness. This time we review the 8th film from auteur extraordinaire, Quentin Tarantino (He counts Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 as one film – ok QT, no problem). A star-studded pack of goons including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh bring the hate. Has Quentin gone too far this time?
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SPOILER-FREE! Jay and Cybill pack their muskets full of smoke and head deep into the wilderness to experience Alejandro Iñárritu’s cinematic epic,”The Revenant”. Is this the film that finally wins Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar? How did they make it so visually stunning? How difficult were the conditions? How complex was Tom Hardy’s character? Was it too dark and arty for mass consumption? Find out the answers to these questions and more in episode 56 of The Smoking Screen!
SPOILER-FREE! Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” might be one of the most frightening films we have ever reviewed. Not only that, but between Christian Bale, Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling, it also might be one of the best acted. And it is funny. And entertaining! How did they manage to pull this all off? How many awards is it going to win? Come join the circle as we discuss in episode 52 of The Smoking Screen!