On this week’s episode, Oscar Month comes to a close as we tackle 2006’s Best Picture winner CRASH, a film often cited as the worst to ever receive the Big Prize. Has time been kind to the racially-charged ensemble drama? Or does it deserve the ridicule and scorn? Sandra Bullock hurls ethnic slurs, Ludacris gets involved in human trafficking, cop Matt Dillon sexually abuses innocent motorists, and everyone at SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?! collectively utters “WTF?!”
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.