On this week’s episode, we continue to celebrate everything Oscars by tackling 2016’s LOVE & FRIENDSHIP, Whit Stillman’s comedy of manners that seemed to tick off all the Oscar boxes: Critically-acclaimed writer/director; period piece; big castles; fancy costumes; English countryside; Jane Austen. So why, then, did it get the shaft come awards season? And did it deserve its fate? Spoiler alert: Co-host Luke does not have kind words for the Academy.
It’s Oscars month here at SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?!, and we kick things off by discussing 1995’s BEYOND RANGOON, a white savior-thriller whose awards prospects were pretty much dashed the moment director John Boorman decided that audiences should view the violent political uprising in 1980’s Burma through the eyes of a near-comatose Patricia Arquette. Can our heroine overcome personal tragedy? Or does all this pesky genocide keep getting in the way? Some countries are sooooo selfish.