New Music Tuesday: Comedy Podcast Intros [Exclusive!]

Hello Folks! Welcome to another edition of New Music Tuesday during our Comedy Showcase. Today I wanted to talk about one of my biggest obsessions of the last few years, and that would be the amazing world of podcasts! It’s a sensational medium that I am so happy that has flourished over the years. I have a batch of podcasts that I listen to as regularly as they come out, and big surprise, they are all done by very funny people. They may not all be actual comedians by trade (sorry Kevin Smith, love you Sir, but you know how it is), but they are al VERY funny.

And since this is our music segment of Trainwreck’d Society, I thought I would find a way to share with you fine folks some of my favorite podcasts by showcasing one very specific segment that shows ups in some podcasts, but not all. And with that being said, this is not an all-inclusive list of my favorite podcasts. That list would actually be entirely too long and probably wear itself out. So, I decided I would take this opportunity to share some of these amazing podcasts by showcasing them via their very cool intro music. And Folks, these are absolutely some of the best!

Each of the podcasts I listed below have been chosen for so many different reasons. Each one is very unique in its own right, and all of them are actually very different from each other. Hell, some of them are more about the hilarious dialogue that is simply backed up by music. But for whatever reason we love them, we absolutely love them! Everything from just a whistle a smile type tune, to a full on white-boy rap mantra, to legends like MC Chris also doing a white-boy rap mantra. There’s a lot going on here folks. And I’m not exactly able to share the intros, but I recommend that you take a listen to at least one episode of each of these podcasts, and I am willing to guarantee that if you don’t love each and every single one of these shows….you need to check your idea of comedy! These are all very uniquely different from one another, but all very uniquely hilarious in their own way! I love them all equally, and for exactly what they stand for.

Also Who’s Your God samples the move Major League??? Who the FUCK does that? Genius.

Alright, so please, please, please!!! Check out each and every one of these amazing podcasts I am featuring below. Get on their Patreons, buy whatever mattress or subscription razor products they are trying to pimp out…..just please keep these podcast things a substantial form of entertainment and help some of the funniest people in the world giving away free entertainment!

So yeah…I love my podcasts. And here are some of my favorites that happen to have really cool intros. So please enjoy!!

STAND BY YOUR BAND
Hosts: Tom Thakkar and Tommy McNamara
Network: self-released

 

 

WHO’S YOUR GOD
Hosts: Amy Miller, John Michael Bond, and Steve Hernandez
Network: self-released

 

 

DUMB PEOPLE TOWN
Hosts: The Sklar Brothers and Daniel Van Kirk
Network: Starburns Audio

 

 


THE DOLLOP
Hosts: Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds
Network: All Things Comedy

 

SUPER GEEKY PLAYDATE
Hosts: Brady Berserker, Big Sexy Bry Firei, and Metal Mattson
Network: Gonna Geek

 

TUESDAYS WITH STORIES!
Hosts: Mark Normand and Joe List
Network: self-released

 

DOUG LOVES MOVIES
Host: Doug Benson
Network: self-released

 

PEN PALS
Hosts: Rory Scovel and Daniel Van Kirk
Network: Starburns Audio

 

DO YOU KNOW WHO JASON SEGEL IS?
Host: Nick Thune and Brendon Walsh
Network: All Things Comedy

 

SMODCAST
Hosts: Kevin Smith and Scott Mosier
Network: Smodco Internet Radio


PUNCH UP THE JAM
Hosts: Miel Bredouw and Demi Adejuyigbe
Network: Headgum

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Sunday Matinee: Netflix Is A Joke [Stand Up Comedy]

Hello Dear Readers! Welcome to the first ever Stand Up Comedy showcase here at Trainwreck’d Society.  Over the last couple of years, we have had the privilege of sharing some pretty amazing interviews with some of our favorite folks in the world of stand up comedy. As regular readers would notice, we tend to grab onto certain themes or genres or niche ideas, and just run wild with them. And I am personally so happy to say that stand up comedy has been one form of artistic expression that we have truly embraced as one of the best to have ever existed. And we hope to keep having these amazing performers on the site for foreseeable future.

We also understand that the world of stand up comedy is a vast and ever-expanding world to say the least. There are just SO MANY talented folks out there with their own personal styles of comedy. And for the average viewer/listener/show goer out there, it can be hard as shit to keep up. And in the end, being creatures of habit, we tend to just stick to what we know. The idea of searching out certain comedy specials or albums to hear something for the very first time can seem mentally taxing, I get it. That is why I created this list for today’s Sunday Matinee that truly makes it easy to see some absolutely hilarious comedy without leaving your comfort zone.

Now, full disclosure: Being obsessed with stand up comedy, I am one of those people who will definitely seek out different avenues to watch hilarious people. There are still so many options out there to watch stand up comedy (the best being live and in person, but some of us live in places like Mitchell, South Dakota or the East Anglian farmlands of the UK, so that can be troublesome). Whether they are finding themselves on cable networks like Showtime, Comedy Central, Amazon Prime, HBO, etc. or simply taping specials and releasing them via their own websites (i.e.: Emma Arnold, of the best out there!) or just giving them away directly to YouTube….I do recommend digging deeper into the vast “underworld” of stand up comedy.

But, hey, I get it. You can guess by the title of this post that we are discussing comedy that revolves around Netflix. The whole world has Netflix, and the whole world loves the convenience. And there seems to be a new comedy special coming out on Netflix each week, so it’s almost just too easy. I will admit, there are long stretches of time where I really almost exclusively on this subscription service to get visual laughs. And part of that is because they sometimes do it SO well! They do put out some amazing specials. Some damn fine comics have had some specials on Netflix, and I am excited to talk about them specifically with you all today.

And as a final note: I want to strongly state that THIS IS NOT A BEST OF LIST!!! I am under the firm belief that comedy is very subjective to the viewer or listener. What is funny to some may not be funny to others. While I can’t stand the recent debates about “What is a comedy special?”, I always try to keep it in my mind, that there are different comedians for different people. While I may stare blankly at any member of The Blue Collar Comedy Tour, others truly enjoy them, and it makes them happy. So what the hell is wrong with that? So, just to reiterate: THIS IS NOT A BEST OF LIST!!! This list does not even reflect the opinions of the entire cast of weirdos who have contributed to Trainwreck’d Society in one form or another. This my (Ron Trembath) collection of some of my favorite stand up specials that are available on Netflix as of this date, August 5th, 2018. It’s also worth noting that some of these specials have been around for a while. And some of the artists we mention in this collection have even had more recent specials come out (some of them on Netflix!). But, I went with my heart on this one, folks. I simply found a few specials that I tend to go back to from time to time because I know they are going to make me smile when I need it the most. Also, I throw in an honorable mention at the end because it’s more of a “production” than a comedy special, but it is available on Netflix, and I like to talk about it whenever possible.

Also quick note: When I have been watching these specials, it has been exclusively out of the U.S. I’m not quite sure how much it matters, but viewing has taken place with IP addresses in both Spain and the United Kingdom. So, if so if you can’t find some of these any more, my apologies. Also, please don’t come at me with the “What about (insert special) here”. It’s possible that I have not been privy to such hilarity, and in the end, it’s all subjective.

So Folks, please enjoy this quick list of some of my personal favorite specials available on the subscription service known as Netflix. And after you have check them all out, watch MORE! And if you are geographically able, go see some live comedy! It’s an experience you won’t soon forget! So here we go…..

 

ALI WONG: BABY COBRA

 

As I prefaced before, this is not a particularly “new” special. Ali Wong has had a more recent comedy special on Netflix since Baby Cobra was released. In fact, this isn’t even Ali’s only comedy special on Netflix where she is very pregnant! This is only the first one! I love her new one, but I over the last two years, I have gone back and watched Baby Cobra just so many damn times. Ali is brutally honest and is simply one of the best in the game!

 

NATASHA LEGGERO & MOSHE KASHER: THE HONEYMOON STAND UP SPECIAL

 

I promise you that pregnancy is not a theme here, it’s honestly a coincidence. There just happens to be two truly original and hilarious human beings who had specials on Netflix who were in the process of creating life. And plus, this very different. The partnership between Moshe & Natasha is a well known and beloved one in the world of comedy, and it was so amazing to see them on stage together. This is technically three specials: a solo set each, and then one together with some wonderful crowd work. I love both of these comics separately, and I strongly suggest you check them out individually. But, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t extremely excited to see them working together!

 

ARI SHAFFIR: DOUBLE NEGATIVE

 

There is no denying that sometimes Ari Shaffir can be a very controversial figure on the world of comedy. For folks who are more into the “PC friendly” era of comedy, he is definitely a figure who may not enjoy. But, you simply cannot deny is unfathomable ability to write a wonderful set of comedy. Or two of them even! While he sounds mild mannered and low energy (probably the shrooms), he is also a wildly unpredictable comic who is just so damn funny. Double Negative is a wonderful experiment in comedy as well. It’s a two-parter, which literally means it has double the laughs! And who doesn’t love that!

THE COMEDY LINE UP: IAN KARMEL

 

As Netflix continues to experiment with the world of comedy and putting out a plethora of different options for comedy viewing, they are, at times, hitting metaphorical home runs. They definitely did so when they included one of the best stand up comedians of our time, Ian Karmel, in their original series The Comedy Line Up. I came into this brilliant 15 minute special already a huge fan of Ian Karmel. In fact, this special is the only one on this list in which I have actually seen portions of it performed in real time! It is an absolutely perfect 15 minutes of comedy that you can go back to over, and over again. Also you are NEVER going to watch The Lion King without remembering this delightful person. I also recommend each and every comedian featured on The Comedy Line Up while you are at it. And then go back and watch Ian’s again!

NICK THUNE: FOLK HERO

 

This one falls into the category of not being very new, and definitely not the latest from a truly genius comic. Nick Thune actually had an amazing special come out in 2018 that wasn’t on Netflix. But, again, this is for all of you creatures of habit out there! Folk Hero is without a doubt my go to special when I just want to smile. I honestly couldn’t tell you how many times I have gone back and watched Thune’s brilliant execution of puns and truly original take on storytelling. If Buzzfeed or Now This or something like that, were to do a short list of “Nice Guys of Comedy”, I have a strong feeling that Nick would be right near the top.

WYATT CENAC: BROOKLYN

 

Overall, Wyatt Cenac’s Brooklyn is simply hilarious in its own right. But what really intrigued me about this awesome special was how Wyatt used his genius writing ability to put a truly original spin on a topic that has been discussed a million times over in the world of comedy. And that topic would be New York City. Everyone knows that NYC is the epicenter of stand up comedy. So many comics have touched on it, and have done will in doing so. But, Wyatt Cenac’s just does something to the topic that is actually sort of hard to explain. it’s just original in its own way. Which I would hope would come off as a testament to Cenac’s amazing ability as a joke writer and stand up. He manages to take fairly common thoughts and ideas and still make you reevaluate what you originally thought. It’s pure genius!

THE STANDUPS: JOE LIST

 

In another great attempt bring the world even more stand up comedy, Netflix has created The StandUps, and absolutely nailed it in their choices of comics! Not the least of which is one of my favorite comedians out there today, the wonderful Joe List. Self-deprication has always been a reoccurring theme in the world of comedy, and I truly believe that Joe List is an expert at it. In this half hour special, he strangely shits on himself a lot, but tends to do it in such a strong and confident manner. As an outsider looking into the world of comedy, I simply can’t understand how Joe manages to pull it off. But, I am so happy that he does!

CHRISTINA P: MOTHER INFERIOR

 

Christina Pazsitzky has built an enormous cult following in the world of comedy. A following that I am very happy to be a part of actually. So, when Mother Inferior dropped, I was just so damn stoked. And of course, she crushed it for the “Mommies” out there. But what made it so great was that she managed to appeal not only to those of us who enjoy listening to her talk about her browns and vag blasting, but to everyone. And, at least in my own world, it sparked a lot of conversations with people who were first learning about Christina from this special, which would then convert them into the Cult of Jeans that is the Your Mom’s House Podcast that she hosts with some other dude who may or may not be on Netflix as well, but is 100% fatter than Bert Kreischer.

 

HANNAH GADSBY: NANETTE

 

I’m going to preface this by paraphrasing something said by my favorite comedian, Amy Miller, and hopefully I don’t misquote her too much: You don’t get to decide “what is” a comedy special. I agree 100% with this statement (if I got it right). I’m not entirely sure why this is a real debate. I feel like Hannah Gadsby should be commended for adding to a conversation that needs to happen, and used a wonderful setting like a comedy special to get her message out there. And plus, she is REALLY funny in it, when it was time to do so. Being somewhat reasonable, I can understand some people’s chief arguments, but I mean, c’mon? What does that do for anyone? Why can’t we just enjoy the amazing work that Hannah Gadsby has given the world without trying to be snarky about it? And if you don’t want to watch, don’t! I highly recommend that you do, but nobody should force you! Just enjoy Nanette for what it is…a wonderful experience that you can also learn a bit from!

 

MICHAEL CHE MATTERS

 

I seriously cannot get enough of Michael Che. It is with good reason that he has become of the most celebrate comedians of this day and age. And watching the evolution of his television work has been some phenomenal. I clearly remember his first appearance on The Daily Show, and his last that would be just a month later. And I was actually pretty damn bummed! But, then he went on to be the best Weekend Update host since Norm McDonald, so there you go. And Michael Che Matters is a wonderful and some what light hearted look at the world today that I can still go back to at any given time. And while it is very topical, the most important part is that it is so damn hilarious!

 

HONORABLE MENTION: OH HELLO! ON BROADWAY

 

As I mentioned before, this is not actually a comedy special. And I don’t mean that in the bullshit Nanette conversation we discussed earlier…I mean this is an actually production. It’s a scripted Broadway performance, that just happens to feature two of the most hilarious people on the planet playing such hilarious characters. John Mulaney has, with good reason, become one of the most beloved comedians around. For the sake of brevity, he’s not listed above but most likely should have been. Watch is own specials after delving into Oh Hello! And Nick Kroll, well, he’s another god damned genius in the world of comedy that everyone knows and loves. He may not technically be a stand up comedian, I will be god damned if he doesn’t light up a stage and bring on the funny in Oh Hello!, and in just about everything he ever does. This satirical take on old timers living it up in the Big Apple is seriously one of the best things you are going to find on Netflix. Hand’s down, no questions.

2018 Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron [Exclusive]

On March 4th the 90th Academy Awards Ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will broadcast out from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood to an estimated 35 million viewers in the United States. The first Academy Awards were a private event hosted by Douglas Fairbanks and William C. deMille on May 16th, 1929 which lasted fifteen-minute to an audience of around 270 guests. William A. Wellman’s film “Wings” (1928) won the Academy’s first Best Picture award. By 1929, filmmaking had become an established industry and a profitable artform. Although, this was not the case initially. Film has existed for 122 years so far and will still exist for years beyond. Nearly every aspect of the film business has changed over those 122 years apart from one entrenched traditional element – the voting members of the industry’s most “prestigious” award ceremonies.

The brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere held the world’s first screening of projected motion on December 28th, 1895 in Paris, France. This event included the brother’s first film “Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory” (1895), a 50 second micro documentary of, workers leaving the Lumiere Factory. Fascinating, I know, but revolutionary for its time. While this video would be lucky to receive 100 views on YouTube today, that screening represents a paradigm shift in art for the 20th century. Early on film was considered radical by established artists. It would take many years for film to be recognized, let alone legitimized by a critical body. The Academy Awards remain the oldest film award ceremony beginning 34 years after the brothers Lumiere’s first screening.

The Lumiere Brothers

The technology used by 1895 filmmakers would not be recognizable by modern creators. The use of sound, the standardization of film rate, the use of widescreen in amazing Cinemascope, the addition of Technicolor, 3D, intercutting, the 180-degree rule, etcetera. All these advancements in technology pushed the boundaries of what film could be, a limitless possibility of imaginative storytelling.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has just over 6,000 voting members. Twenty-two percent of those voters are held by actors. Additionally, 91 percent of the members are white and 76 percent male. The average age of a voting member is 63 years of age. To simplify, the Academy voters who decided the “best” in a year’s film releases are old white guys. This is the problem of the Oscars.
Art is a living entity and reflection of the current generation. Art should push boundaries and brake established models. Artists should be recognized for experimentation and advancements in their craft.

The Academy is not designed to give this by its own limiting demographics. Superhero films get no love. Comedic actors are never recognized. Best Picture cannot be an animated film. Sean Bakers “The Florida Project” (2017) gets little recognition for its unique composition. I imagine Steven Soderbergh’s 2018 film “Unsane”, shot completely on an iPhone, will receive little acknowledgment from the Academy in 2019.The 90th Academy Awards represents great films. But they don’t represent everything cinematic for the year. The Oscars are very narrow and minuet in their reach. Many of our modern works are left behind. New approaches to film creation and narrative structure take a generation to be recognized. The best of year does not have to be a gritty drama. While I enjoy the Oscars, I understand that these few selected films are the cumulative “Best” of what film has to offer an audience.

*****

 

So here is what you do folks: Head on over to our FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE from the Trainwreck’d Society Facebook page, and leave a simple reply anywhere stating that you are on “Team Chris” or “Team Ron” when you have decided who you believe made the best choice. The pointing system works as follows:

Correct “Want to Win” = 0.5 points

Correct “Going to Win” = 1.0 points

So tell us what you think, and if you choose the winner, you are entered into a pool to win an exceptionally mediocre prize of the finest Korean bootlegs from 2012-2013 (and before), a copy of Children of Mercy: Tales and Teachings From the World of Independent Music, and more!

So let’s have some fun!

*****

BEST PICTURE

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
DARKEST HOUR
DUNKIRK
GET OUT
LADY BIRD
PHANTOM THREAD
THE POST
THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: The Shape of Water. Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is an experience in all the elements of filmmaking: story, character, cinematography, technical achievements, etcetera.  This is a theatrical film to be experienced using old Hollywood B Film tropes mixed with a modern context. There is a fascinating juxtaposition to the “classic” monster archetype and who the world’s monster are lurking in suits. “The Shape of Water” is a beautiful work of art. And fun. Fun is important too.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Get Out. Honestly, I’m certain that it will not win in this category, but in my heart of hearts, I truly loved this very original film.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: The Shape of Water. I believe there may be some history made in this year’s Oscars, but not so much so that it will deviate from the long standing coalition with the DGA that has determined the winner 95% of all years since 1948. So, yeah, good job del Toro, I guess, with your fish fucking film.


BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Timothee Chalamet for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Daniel Day-Lewis for PHANTOM THREAD
Daniel Kaluuya for GET OUT
Gary Oldman for DARKEST HOUR
Denzel Washington for ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Daniel Day Lewis for Phantom Thread. Daniel Day-Lewis is the greatest actor who has ever lived. My concrete answer. This is his final role before retirement. Daniel Day-Lewis has already won an Oscar before his “Phantom Thread” nomination. Like all his prior works, this is an amazing character analysis beautifully constructed. His characters are always complicated real people. There is little chance of this award going to Daniel Day-Lewis, but a nomination is a nice thank you for a body of work.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Daniel Kaluuya for Get Out. Again, not very confident that Daniel will win, or that he even deserves it more than the others. But, dammit, this was a great film.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Gary Oldman for The Darkest Hour (imaging me yelling his name like a Gary Oldman character would do). Oldman has been making films since 1986 with his portrayal of Sid Vicious in “Sid and Nancy” (1986). Oldman has been nominated only once before in “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” (2012). This win will be for his body of work. A lifetime achievement award but for Best Actor. Deserving for so many great characters. But Daniel Day-Lewis had already won one.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour. I believe that Oldman is probably rightfully poised to sweep the acting category this year, if not only for his contributions over the last 30 years or so. He may be the 2nd best character actor we have, but I don’t think he is going to the 1st this time around, in the hopes of ruining DDL’s plans of becoming a cobbler or some shit.


BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Willem Dafoe for THE FLORIDA PROJECT
Woody Harrelson for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Richard Jenkins for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Christopher Plummer for ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
Sam Rockwell for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINSam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This category is a very tight affair. Although Christopher Plummer was added as a fuck you to Kevin Spacey which is a fine reason in my book. While tough to decide, I must go with Sam Rockwell. Another actor who has never won an Oscar but has already won all the other awards for this category this year. Rockwell is great actor and deserving of the award even though this is not his best performance in long great career
Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Rockwell may be one of the greatest supporting actors we’ve had since Robert Duvall in his prime. Also I always think he is Giovanni Ribisi, so I feel kind of bad about that.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Mossouri. Three Billboards has received a lot of flack for being somewhat overrated, but the acting is always praised heavily. Sam and Francis are going to be the only winners for the film.


BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Sally Hawkins for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Frances McDormand for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Margot Robbie for I, TONYA
Saoirse Ronan for LADY BIRD
Meryl Streep for THE POST

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINSally Hawkins for The Shape of Water. Sally Hawkins deserves the win for her perfect performance. She speaks only seven words in the entire film due to her character being mute. Everything she does is through body expression and her eyes. I need to give Margot Robbie credit though. I saw “I, Tonya” very recently and her abilities to take on a role is also incredible. I forgot Margot Robbie was an actor portraying Tonya Harding.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Margot Robbie for I, Tonya. Being a Northwest kid, I feel obligated to support anything about the bad girl of competitive ice-skating, the great Tonya Harding.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Sally Hawkins for The Shape of Water

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Frances McDormand for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. McDormand has been poised to win for quite a while, and I really don’t believe that the Academy will deviate from the plan.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mary J. Blige for MUDBOUND
Allison Janney for I, TONYA
Lesley Manville for PHANTOM THREAD
Laurie Metcalf for LADY BIRD
Octavia Spencer for THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINLaure Metcalf for Lady Bird. I grew up watching Jackie on the show “Roseanne”. She played a mom then too. In “Lady Bird”, taking place in 2002 with her 17-year-old daughter Lady Bird, Lesley’s portrayal of a struggling lower middle-class family is so subtle and true and real and most importantly authentic. I don’t know of another actress who could have performed this character with so much care and understanding.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Laure Metcalf for Lady Bird. I know I literally just said I was obliged to choose all things Tonya Harding, but I really just meant Margot’s portrayal specifically. Metcalf is one of the most underrated actress of our time. She’s celebrated on the stage and on television, it’s time to round it all off!

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Allison Janney for I, Tonya. Allison Janney is a nasty villain. A nomination for best villain monologue “You think Sonja Henie’s mother loved her? Poor fuckin’ you. I didn’t stay home making apple brown bettys. No, I made you a champion knowing you’d hate me for it. That’s the sacrifice a mother makes. I wish I had a mother like me instead of nice. Nice gets you shit. I didn’t like my mother either, so what? I fucking gave you a gift”. Allison portrayal of this nasty woman makes you, as an audience member, chest tighten. A villain who believes she is right in her actions. A Villain of epic performance. Also comedic in a dark comedy kind of way. Weird contradiction feeling from Janney’s acting.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird. I really need to see Lady Bird, but I’m sure she was great. This will essentially be a lifetime achievement award for an actress who will probably never receive an actual lifetime achievement award for film work


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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

The BOSS BABY
THE BREADWINNER
COCO
FERDINAND
LOVING VINCENT

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: Coco from Pixar. This was one of their lowest performing films at the box-office. But the competition is not very good this year. Fuck you Boss Baby.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Coco. I really don’t have a dog in the race, but I’m certain it doesn’t matter. I’d like to be cool and say that Van Gogh thing, but I’d honestly never watch that. And with Trump in office, I’d say a win for our friends to the south is in order. So, “Coco”.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Coco

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Coco.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Roger A. Deakins for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Bruno Delbonnel for DARKEST HOUR
Hoyte van Hoytema for DUNKIRK
Rachel Morrison for MUDBOUND
Dan Laustsen for THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINRoger A. Deakins for Blade Runner 2049. If Roger Deakins does not win, this year, yet again, this will be a tragedy. This is Deakin’s 14th nomination for Best Cinematography going all the way back to 1994 with “The Shawshank Redemption”. Deakin’s body of work is a top contender for best DPs who have ever worked. Every shot composition is unique and gorgeous. “Blade Runner 2049” is a gorgeous film like all Deakins prior work. Deakins should win for his body of work and for this film. Deakins should have won 7 of these awards already.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Roger A. Deakins for Blade Runner 2049. Even though Deakins is on his 14th nomination, I feel like I would be pleasantly surprised if he won this one. But, I believe he is the most deserving of the bunch.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Roger A. Deakins for Blade Runner 2049.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Hoyte van Hoytema for Dunkirk. A big ass war movie that was meant to be side on a super wide screen, in theatres that is also nominated for best picture? Seems obvious! Or not.


BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Jacqueline Durran for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Jacqueline Durran for DARKEST HOUR
Mark Bridges for PHANTOM THREAD
Luis Sequeira for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Consolata Boyle for VICTORIA & ABDUL

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINMark Bridges for Phantom Thread. “Phantom Thread” is about fashion and creating clothes. Yes, an extremely simple read of the film and a satirical comment, but come on now, the movie is about clothing and fashion and control, but not really. Please check out Paul Thomas Anderson’s work. This filmmaker is amazing. Just not “Inherent Vice” (2014).

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jacqueline Durran for Beauty And The Beast. As a general rule, I like to choose a film I have seen. And I thought everyone looked pretty cool.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINLuis Sequeira for The Shape of Water. “The Shape of Water” is going to clean up at the Oscars. No more live action Disney remakes. Stop it. “Beauty and the Beast” better not win!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Luis Sequeira for The Shape Of Water. It’s the Oscar way: nominate a female twice, and still pick a male. It’s basically a throw away award to them. I can’t wait for the internet controversy about a film about making clothes not winning the clothing category. Or I will just be extremely wrong on all counts.

BEST DIRECTING

Christopher Nolan for DUNKIRK
Jordan Peel for GET OUT
Greta Gerwig for LADY BIRD
Paul Thomas Anderson for PHANTOM THREAD
Guillermo del Toro for THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINGuillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water. Guillermo Del Toro should win for reason I spoke of for Best Picture. I believe these top awards are all going to be split up in a very rare action. “The Shape of Water” is not the same movie without del Toro’s direction.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jordan Peele for Get Out. Same sentiment as before. Not even sure if you really deserves it more than the others, I just thought it was such an original and creative idea for a film, and hit all the right notes for me.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINChristopher Nolan for Dunkirk. Christopher Nolan will finally get an Oscar. “Dunkirk” in my opinion is phenomenal movie breaking some of the traditional approaches to film making like not having characters. Which I appreciated. Finally, “The Dark Knight” will get its best direct award. Superhero movies don’t get love.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape Of Water. Because apparently people like fish fucking films.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL
FACES PLACES
ICARUS
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO
STRONG ISLAND

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINFaces Places. French..? French Countryside? French New Wave. Ninety-five percent of people have not seen any of these films.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Faces Places. No dog in the race, really. I just like rural France. It’s pretty.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Faces Places

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Faces Places. The praise has been tremendous (by the 6 people who have seen it).


BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

EDITH+EDITH
HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405
HEROIN(E)
KNIFE SKILLS
TRAFFIC STOP

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINHeroin(e). Did not get a chance to see any of these films. Guess Time. Just like a lot of the Academy 6,000 members!

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Heroin(e). No reason really, I just like stuff about heroin. Is that weird?

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINKnife Skills. Did not get a chance to see any of these films. Guess Time. Just like a lot of the Academy 6,000 members!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Heroin(e). Same.


BEST FILM EDITING

Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos for BABY DRIVER
Lee Smith for DUNKIRK
Tatiana S. Riegel for I, TONYA
Sidney Wolinsky for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Jon Gregory for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINLee Smith for Dunkirk. “Dunkirk” is not an ordinary film. It does not rely on characters and narrative to tell its story. “Dunkirk” is more a kick to the stomach of raw feeling. This is accomplished through Hans Zimmer’s relentless score and the incredible editing of the film. The Film must balance three storylines taking place at three different times building towards a cumulative moment. “Baby Driver” would be a good win here for the same reasons. “Baby Driver” just had better use of characters and pop, and honestly, is a much more fun time at the theaters. “Dunkirk” makes you want to sit in dark room for an hour while “Baby Driver” makes you want to high five.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos for Baby Driver. This film was just so damn COOL! I would give every award for sound and editing to them, hands down. It wasn’t a better film than others, but it was extremely cool to watch. And that takes some damn fine editing.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINPaul Machliss and Jonathan Amos for Baby Driver. “Baby Driver’s” editing is very tight but still naturally fluid. The way the editing plays into the music, or the music plays into the editing. I don’t know. It is just a magical fun movie.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sidney Wolinsky for The Shape Of Water. Old school mentality that film editing coincides with the Best Picture win.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chile)
THE INSULT (Lebanon)
LOVELESS (Russia)
ON BODY AND SOUL (Hungary)
THE SQUARE (Sweden)

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINThe Square. The Swedes have come to town in this satirical comedy “The Square”. If you want to watch something with subtitles, make it this film. Although, I didn’t see any of the other films here.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: The Square. I watched a shit ton of great films from all over the world (as reflected in our Top 20 Films of 2017 feature) but sadly, it was absolutely none of these. So, I like Sweden.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME. The Square.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME. The Square.

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for DARKEST HOUR
Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard for VICTORIA & ABDUL
Arjen Tuiten for WONDER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINKazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour. Gary Oldman’s transformation into Winston Churchill was twofold. One, Oldman’s amazing acting ability and two, his prosthetic makeup is amazing! When dealing with celebrity, it is hard to forget about the actor playing the role. Oldman has made over 30 films and stands out as Oldman playing _______. In this case, thanks to amazing makeup, Gary Oldman gets lost and Winston Churchill comes to life. Amazing.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, & Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour. They recreated Winston Churchill to be even more frightening. Enough said.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, and Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, & Lucy Sibbick for Darkest Hour. Hint: It’s in the Best Picture category.

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Hans Zimmer for DUNKIRK
Jonny Greenwood for PHANTOM THREAD
John Williams for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Carter Burwell for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINJonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread. Hans Zimmer and John Williams have been nominated a lot. This is John Williams 51st nomination. His music defines multiple generations. Who I would like to see win this category is Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead. His music compositions intrigue me. I can listen to his scores continuous without getting bored. Greenwood’s themes for the characters of “Phantom Thread” elevate the emotional element of the film.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread. I want something FRESH! I’m an established “Radiohead is overrated” kind of guy, but I’d still like to see Jonny get the W. I think we are done with John Williams, right? And Zimmer?

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINHans Zimmer for Dunkirk. Hans Zimmer will win this year for “Dunkirk”. The score is what drives that film and makes it work. Zimmer’s work builds through the entire film continually adding dread being felt by the audience. That is the singular goal of this film, to make the audience’s’ heart tighten. This movie had to have been seen in theaters to understand that build up. Home Theater does not work for this movie.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Jonny Greenwood for Phantom Thread. I really think this is going to happen. I think the Academy is a group of old rich white dudes who probably think that voting for Radiohead will make them seem pretty darned cool, as they would probably say.


BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, and Taura Stinson for “Mighty River” from MUDBOUND
Sufjan Stevens for “Mystery of Love” from CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Kristen-Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for “Remember Me” from COCO
Diane Warren and Lonnie R. Lynn for “Stand Up for Something” from MARSHALL
Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for “This Is Me” from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINSufjan Stevens for “Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name. Give Sufjan Stevens love!

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, and Taura Stinson for “Mighty River” from Mudbound. M.J. and the dude from Tony, Toni, Tone!? Oh hell yeah, give me that!

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Sufjan Stevens for “Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sufjan Stevens for “Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name. #OscarSoWhite


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Dennis Gassner & Alessandra Querzola for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer for DARKEST HOUR
Nathan Crowley & Gary Fettis for DUNKIRK
Paul Denham Austerber & Shane Vieau & Jeff Melvin for THE SHAPE OF WATER

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:Dennis Gassner & Alessandra Querzola for Blade Runner 2049. “Blade Runner 2049” was world building at its finest. An incredible achievement, but “The Shape of Water” is going to clean up this year.  The finest and most minute details in “Blade Runner 2049” were never overlooked.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Dennis Gassner & Alessandra Querzola for Blade Runner 2049. From what I have seen, this whole damn film was JUST a huge production design. And for a 13 hour long movie, that takes some serious work!

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINPaul Denham Austerber & Shane Vieau & Jeff Melvin for The Shape of Water. “The Shape of Water” will dominate this year. 1950s Americana Cold War B movie monster film is modernized. It’s also a fairytale. The movie just works damn it.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Paul Denham Austerber & Shane Vieau & Jeff Melvin for The Shape Of Water. I’d like to say that the production design category is separating itself from other throwaway awards, but Wes Anderson didn’t have a film this year, so back to fish fucking.


BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

DEAR BASKETBALL
GARDEN PARTY
LOU
NEGATIVE SPACE
REVOLTING RHYMES

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINGarden Party. Did not see any of these films, but voting nonetheless, just like the Academy 6,000 members.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Dear Basketball. I honestly don’t even care what the other nominees are. I’m sure they are great, but…. ACADEMY AWARD WINNER KOBE BRYANT???

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINNegative Space. Did not see any of these films, but voting nonetheless, just like the Academy 6,000 members.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Dear Basketball. ACADEMY AWARD WINNER KOBE BRYANT!!!!


BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

DEKALB ELEMENTARY
THE ELEVEN O’CLOCK
MY NEPHEW EMMETT
THE SILENT CHILD
WATU WOTE/ALL OF US

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINThe Eleven O’ Clock. Did not see any of these films, but voting nonetheless, just like the Academy 6,000 members.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: DeKalb Elementary. Sure.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINThe Silent Child. Did not see any of these films, but voting nonetheless, just like the Academy 6,000 members.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: DeKalb Elementary. Go big or go home on a guess, I guess.


BEST SOUND EDITING

Julian Slater for BABY DRIVER
Mark Mangini and Theo Green for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Richard King and Alex Gibson for DUNKIRK
Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINNathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira for The Shape of Water. Sound editing is the creation of sound effects. The award is usually received by the Supervising Sound Editors of the film, sometimes accompanied by the Sound Designers. I am torn between “Blade Runner 2049” and “The Shape of Water”. Both films approach to sound editing help to build their interesting worlds. I want to see “Blade Runner 2049” win some awards, but I still feel “The Shape of Water” did it better with more nuance. The creature sounds and use of water as both a pool and rain were just amazing to experience in a theater.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Julian Slater for Baby Driver. They synchronicity was absolutely brilliant!

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira for The Shape of Water.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Nathan Robiataille and Nelson Ferreira for The Shape Of Water. I have a feeling that Dunkirk probably deserves the technical awards more, but may be largely ignored. Or I could be wrong.


BEST SOUND MIXING

Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, & Tim Cavagin for BABY DRIVER
Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, & Doug Hephill for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, & Gary A. Rizzo for DUNKIRK
Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, & Brad Zoem for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Stuart Wilson, Ron Klyce, David Parker, & Michael Semanick for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINMark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, & Gary A. Rizzo for Dunkirk. Sound Mixing is the best overall mixing or recording of a film and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers. I love the sound design on both “Blade Runner 2049” and “Dunkirk”. Both films were scored by Hans Zimmer. Both films are very loud with the use of their score. In the case of “Dunkirk”, Zimmer’s score builds so much tension through the film you think you will explode while Zimmer’s score in “Blade Runner 2049” helps build a dystopian future of long shots. I appreciated both approaches, but “Baby Driver” will come up on top. All the sound elements are mixed in such a fluid way that adds to the storytelling as if it was a character on set in its own terms.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, & Tim Cavagin for Baby Driver. Same sentiment as the Sound Editing category because I’m not really smart enough on the technicalities to really know what the difference is, but I am willing to admit that openly so it’s cool, right?

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINMary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, & Tim Cavagin for Baby Driver. The “Baby Driver” mix is just so perfect and balanced blending so many elements tighter to which all those pieces inform the story.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, & Brad Zoem for The Shape Of Water. Same sentiment as the Sound Editing category.


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, & Gerd Nefzer for BLADE RUNNER 2049
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, & Dan Suddick GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, & Mike Meinardus for KONG: SKULL ISLAND
Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, & Neal Scanlan for STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, & Joel Whist for WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINJohn Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, & Gerd Nefzer for Blade Runner 2049. I want “Blade Runner 2049” to win a few awards. That film should have done better than it did. The visuals are gorgeous and photo real. There are several story elements which require the use of composition for other actors in interesting ways that expand the story. This is a bias choice.

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, & Gerd Nefzer for BLADE RUNNER 2049. Less CGI, the better in my opinion.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINJoe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, & Joel Whist for War for the Planet of the Apes. There is no competition for this motion capture work. This team created photo real animals. It is incredible work. The eyes are what sell these creatures. It is a shame Andy Serkis was never nominated for any of his motion capture work. It is both his performance and this team which combined in such a way it is impossible to see where one part starts and the other ends. This is the same for costume and makeup people, here they are just working digital rather than practical.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, & Gerd Nefzer for Blade Runner 2049. It’s the only “film” on this list of “movies”.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

James Ivory for CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber for THE DISASTER ARTIST
Scott Frank, James Mangold, & Michael Green for LOGAN
Aaron Sorkin for MOLLY’S GAME
Virgil Williams & Dee Rees for MUDBOUND

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINScott Frank, James Mangold, & Michael Green for Logan. “Black Panther” released on February 16th, 2018 and is the MCU’s 18th film. That number does not reflect any Fox Marvel films, Sony Marvel Films, DC films and etcetera. Superhero movies represent an absorbent amount of the yearly box-office but receive little recognition for what they accomplish in narrative storytelling. They are tentpole films of the modern age. “Logan” takes this modern genre and throws it back to the classic American Western. It is time for Superhero films to receive some credit for their accomplishments. Yeah, I cried at the end of this film. Because it’s good!

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber for The Disaster Artist. The hype sort of came and went for this one, but I am genuinely intrigued by the events that took place in making the well deservingly titled “worst film of all time”, The Room.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: SAME.
Scott Frank, James Mangold, & Michael Green for Logan

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: James Ivory for Call Me By Your Name. It was an insanely weak year for the adapted screenplay world. So, I truly believe that Ivory will sneak his way in through the back door on this one.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani for THE BIG SICK
Jordan Peele for GET OUT
Greta Gerwig for LADY BIRD
Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor for THE SHAPE OF WATER
Martin McDonagh for THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WINGreta Gerwig for Lady Bird. To be honest, I have had a celebrity crush on Greta Gerwig for a long time. Both her and Jordan Peele are first time directors and filmmakers this year, although Greta has collaborated in the writing process for a few films now. Jordan Peel also has a long history of writing. Guillermo del Toro is going to clean up in most other categories but for this case Greta is my writer!

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Jordan Peele for Get Out. I am honestly saddened by the fact that The Big Sick and Get Out were released in the same year, and both nominated. It was like choosing my favorite kid, you know? Except choosing a kid would be easier. These two film s were wildly different, but both oh so original, and I loved them so much. But in the end, Get Out Just stuck with me a bit more. Either way, I’m just happy to see that comedy people are raking in some serious dough/awards.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WINJordan Peele for Get Out. “Get Out” found its way into the zeitgeist and stayed there. Most films which come out in the first half of the year are forgotten about when award seasons begins. “Get Out” has stayed relevant for a long time. Jordan Peele must win for something. Why not an amazing narrative which takes genre and has fun with it. Also, social commentary is a thing for the Academy.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Jordan Peele for Get Out. Jordan Peele has done something no one has managed to do with a film. He told a brilliant story that mixed social commentary with just the right amount of suspense & comedy to tap into every human emotion possible to bring a very serious bit of subject matter out into the world. He deserves this so damn much.

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 20 Albums of the 2017 [Exclusive!]

Avid readers here at Trainwreck’d Society may have noticed a grand shift in culture here on the site since we made our triumphant(?) return this year after a short 15 month hiatus. Whilst TWS was once primarily a music related blog, with the occasional interview with some sort of beloved actor or filmmaker, we have almost swung the pendulum so far to the other side that it may actually come as a surprise that we are paying attention to music at all.

Yes, we only had a handful of album reviews to share on the site this year. But 2017 just happened to have some of our favorite artists putting out amazing records. In fact, 6 of our Top 10 are from artists that have topped our previous charts, and have been showcased here on several other occasions, including one artist who has hit the Number 1 spot, 2 years in a row, and another who was named Trainwreck’d Society’s Person of the Year.

And there were some other amazing albums released in both the independent and major label platforms that deserve to be showcased for bringing some lovely sounds to an otherwise pretty gloomy year. Whether it is a delightful singer/songwriter tune, or the resurgence of classic hip hop artists, or the showcase of one of the finest hip hop albums of all time brought to you from the legendary Strange Famous Records (that’s correct, I said “ALL TIME”), there was just some amazing records out this year that you have to know about. I know some of these choices may be controversial in their own right, so feel free to send us some love/hate mail on the subject.

So, Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy our Top 20 Albums of 2017 that Totally Features Eminem, So Fuck You Internet. Enjoy!

 

 

20. Lana del Rey – Lust For Life

19. Lee Ann Womack – The Lonely, The Lonesome, & The Gone

18. Eminem – Revival

17. Wheeler Walker Jr. – Ol’ Wheeler

16. Open Mike Eagle – Brick Body Kids Still Daydream

15. Fabolous & Jadakiss – Friday on Elm Street

14. Beck – Colors

13. Cary Illinois – Garage Sale

12. Brother Ali – All the Beauty in this Whole Life

11. Kendrick Lamar – Damn

10. Passenger – The Boy Who Cried Wolf

9. Sadistik – Altars

8. Ayron Jones & The Way – Audio Paint Job

7. Grayson Capps – Scarlett Roses

6. Sleep – Dark Arts of the Iron Age

5. Andrew Joslyn – Awake at the Bottom of the Ocean

4. Lotte Kestner – Off White

3. Robin Grey – From the Ground Up

2. Blitzen Trapper – Wild and Reckless

1. Cas One Vs. Figure – So Our Egos Don’t Kill Us

 

Trainwreck’d Society’s Top 20 Films of 2017 [Exclusive!]

While 2017 may not have been the most entertaining year both politically and emotionally, it was a damn fine time for movie viewing! Across the globe, there were some pretty amazing works of art to be seen. 2017 was a year that Trainwreck’d Society decided that we were going to put a sharp focus on some of the amazing films we were able to check out. This year saw the birth of our “Sunday Matinee” and “Saturday Special” series, where we were able to regularly showcase some of the finest works in independent cinema from all over the world. In fact, most of the films you on this list were previously featured in one of these formats.

2017 was also a very diverse year as far as our viewing prowess. Our Top 20 films come from over 8 different countries, and feature over a dozen different languages. The one thing that they all share is a mesmerizing bit of quality that is damn near inconceivable. From exorcisms, to fast cars, to recollections of glory days of punk music, right down to good ole fashioned love stories, there is something amazing here for everyone!

So Ladies and Gentlemen, please enjoy our Top 20 Films of 2017!

20. Deliver Us
Written by: Andrea Osvald Sanguigni
Directed by: Federica Di Giacomo
Starring: Father Cataldo Migliazzo

19. After Love
Written by: Fanny Burdino, Joachim Lafosse, & Mazarine Pingeot
Directed by: Joachim Lafosse
Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Cédric Kahn, Jade Soentjens


18. Fast Convoy
Written by: Frédéric Schoendoerffer
Directed by: Frédéric Schoendoerffer
Starring: Benoît Magimel, Reem Kherici, Tewfik Jallab

17. Get Out
Written by: Jordan Peele
Directed by: Jordan Peele
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Lil Rel Howery

16. The Spiderwebhouse
Written by: Johanna Stuttman
Directed by: Mara Eib-Eibesfeldt
Starring: Ben Litwinschuh, Lutz Simon Eilert, Helena Pieske

15. Mighty Ground
Written by: Delila Vallot
Directed by: Delila Vallot
Starring: Ronald Troy Collins

14. Baby Driver
Written by: Edgar Wright
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Jon Hamm

13. The Confessions
Written by: Roberto Andò
Directed by: Roberto Andò
Starring: Toni Servillo, Daniel Auteuil, Pierfrancesco Favino

12. Playground
Written by: Bartosz M. Kowalski
Directed by: Bartosz M. Kowalski
Starring: Michalina Swistun, Nicolas Przygoda, Przemyslaw Balinski

11. Dalida
Written by: Lisa Azuelos, Orlando, & Jacques Pessis
Directed by: Lisa Azuelos
Starring: Sveva Alviti, Riccardo Scamarcio, Jean-Paul Rouve

10. Tom of Finland
Written by: Aleksi Bardi
Directed by: Dome Karukoski
Starring: Pekka Strang, Jakob Oftebro, Jessica Grabowsky

9. The Big Sick
Written by: Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjiani
Directed by: Michael Showalter
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter

8. Catfight
Written by: Onur Tukel
Directed by: Onur Tukel
Starring: Anne Heche, Sandra Oh, Alicia Silverstone

7. Mr. Roosevelt
Written by: Noël Wells
Directed by: Noël Wells
Starring: Noël Wells, Nick Thune, Britt Lower,

6. The Problem with Apu
Written by: Hari Kondabolu
Directed by: Michael Melamedoff
Starring: Hari Kondabolu, Noureen DeWulf, Ajay Naidu

5. The Bill Murray Experience
Written by: Sadie Katz
Directed by: Sadie Katz
Starring: Sadie Katz, Joel Murray, P.J. Soles

4. Django
Written by: Etienne Comar & Alexis Salatko
Directed by: Etienne Comar
Starring: Red Kateb, Cecile De France, Bea Palya

3. Driving While Black
Written by: Dominique Purdy & Paul Sapiano
Directed by: Paul Sapiano
Starring: Dominique Purdy, Sheila Tejada, John Mead


2. Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk
Written by: Anthony Marchitiello & Corbett Redford
Directed by: Corbett Redford
Starring: Iggy Pop, Billy Joe Armstrong, Jello Biafra

1. D-Love
Written by: Dave Rogers
Directed by: Elena Beuca
Starring: Elena Beuca, Dave Rogers, Ditlev Darmakaya

Kevin Eastman’s Drawing Blood Kickstarter Launch [Exclusive]

Today is one of those days that makes me so happy to have become involved in this world of independent blogging and started Trainwreck’d Society in that hotel in Biloxi a half a dozen years ago. It is essentially the reason I do any of this. I love to showcase amazing works that posses a perfect amount of independent spirit and breaks away from the standard mold that has plagued the entertainment world for far too long. And starting today, we have just the perfect embodiment of such spirit to share with you all.

The legendary comic book creator Kevin Eastman has hitting the digital airwaves to to tell us all about his new Kickstarter campaign for his amazing project entitled Drawing Blood. The campaign starts today, and I honestly can not recommend a project to support more than this one. I have consistently loved the idea behind Kickstarter, going all the way back to late 2010 when the pre-curser to TWS, Children of Mercy, was successfully backed financially, long before crowd-funding projects became a social norm. At it’s most core, this is a brilliant and organic process to reach out directly to the people who love your work, and make them feel like they are a part of the process.

While on his most recent media crusade, Kevin was kind enough to sit down for a few words with the program we adore and sponsor entitled Super Geeky Play Date. Kevin gave some beautiful insight into the Drawing Blood, calling it a story of “creativity lost, and creativity found” and a bit like “Breaking Bad meets Spinal Tap, Amadeus, & Comic Book Confidential”. Or even simply just “Breaking Bad meets comic books”. Which absolutely has been sold to say the least! Drawing Blood is obviously a project that avid Eastman and comic book fans in general are bound to enjoy. But, I will say that I am certain it is for everyone! How do I know this? Well, I love the hell out of this idea, and I haven’t read a comic book in over 20 years! I respect and admire the art form all to hell, but it’s just not entirely my bag. But Drawing Blood’s fictional but based around real events about early success in the world of comic books is a fascinating story line that I will definitely be wanting to follow!

Check out the full interview with Kevin Eastman on Super Geeky Play Date at the link above, and visit the Eastman Studios website for links and details on some of the exciting offerings happening with the Drawing Blood Kickstarter. Get in on the ground floor folks! The odds of success for this campaign and extremely high, and may as well consider every pledge a purchase into something fantastic that you will be sure to enjoy for a life time!

You can download “Mini Episode #4: Kevin Eastman” from Super Geeky Play Date via the Gonna Geek Network, or on all streaming services like iTunes or Podcast Garden.

 

 

The Voices of Fallout 4: A Showcase [Exclusive!]

Original art by Martin Gao

Since the tail end of 2015, I will admit that the majority of my “me time”, that hasn’t involved work, family, Trainwreck’d, vacations, etc., has been spent in the ruins of the area that the future would know to be called The Commonwealth. I have spent so many hours roaming the ruin streets of this city, that I feel like it is almost a second home. A dangerous, filthy, and bloody violent second home. And the truth is, I’ve never even been to present day Boston. Hell, I’ve never stepped foot in the state of Massachusetts! In fact, I have become engrossed with this version of the Commonwealth, I feel like I would be highly disappointed if I actually went into Fenway Park, and realized I was going to run into Travis Miles down in the Dugout chatting about his new found self esteem with his crazy buddy Vadim. I wouldn’t want a damn hotdog or Cracker Jacks, I would want some delicious Mirelurk meat from Polly near the first base line hand, and pretend that I didn’t break into her apartment once and read her weird poetry. Yes, this would be my Fenway Park, my Diamond City.  The whole city would be like this for me. I could yammer on with more examples, but I know deep in my heart that true fans of the Fallout series, especially Fallout 4, will understand exactly what I am talking about here.

What is worth getting into further detail is the people of the Commonwealth. While Fallout 4 is visually stunning in all of its amazing details, the thing I have always found the most fascinating is the people. The character development of so many different individuals in one setting is absolutely incredible. This is likely due to the fact that Fallout 4 is so beautifully written, with an amazing interactive story to be told. And as cliche and ridiculous as it may sound, the characters of this story truly take on a life of there own. You almost start to feel for these characters as if they are own friends, maybe even family. Great friends and family….some of which you would murder in cold mood at a moment’s notice for the mere idea of a great reward.

Original concept art courtesy of Bethesda.

So, with that, I decided I wanted to try to honor some of the characters of the Commonwealth, by getting to know some of the fine people who helped bring them to life….the voices of Fallout 4. The people that obsessed individuals such as myself have been “talking” to for the better part of the last 16 months. And before the “Internet Hero” in some of you starts to jump directly down to the comment section….I know this has been done before. It had to have been done, because it is a fascinating idea, and I would never lay claim to having many truly original and fascinating ideas. Long time readers of Trainwreck’d Society could certainly attest to this! We simply like to take concepts of the old and put our twist on them.

And what is the twist here? Well, it isn’t really that complicated. While we were busting at the proverbial seems to ask the talent behind the voices of Fallout 4 all about the world of the game, we wanted to scale it back a bit. We wanted to ask things like: Who are these people? Where else have I heard them? Why has it taken by Dad 23 years to come back from grabbing a pack of smokes?

Alright, we didn’t ask that last one, but you get the point. We really wanted to get to know the people behind the characters, rather than simply throwing a plethora of questions about one subject at them.  And I have to tell you folks, through this concept, I personally feel like I have met some of the most fascinating individuals in the world of acting, voice over, and overall entertainment, and built some great relationships along the way.

Original concept art by Ray Lederer

What else did we do to make this a bit more interesting, you are surely asking? Well, I am glad you asked! We also desperately attempted to dig a bit deeper into the character well here. As I mentioned before, there is an incredible (our orange leader might say “HUGE”) amount of very interesting characters in the world of Fallout 4. And I wanted to talk to every single damn one of them. Of course, we didn’t quite do that, but we did reach out to many of the voice over actors behind some of our favorite characters that may not get nearly enough credit (i.e. the aforementioned Travis Miles and Vadim). And with that, I tended to notice that several of the actors tended to voice characters that were actually susceptible to death, which I was likely to have obliged them with during my “darker” runs throughout the Commonwealth. Am I making amends here? Am I trying to bring back the dead in a way? Am I rambling? Absolutely.

So, here is what is going to happen folks! Starting tomorrow (Monday, March 13th 2017), every single one of regular posting days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, for all of the new reader(s) out there) is going to feature a great interview with a voice over actor from Fallout 4 throughout the month of March.  Right to the end of this very long month! If you don’t feel like doing the math, that is 9 of them! 9 amazing actors, covering over 20 different characters from the world of Fallout 4 that you know and love. Who will these characters be? Well, I gave you two of them already, why would I ruin more of the surprise? You are just going to have to come back around each day to find out what amazing talent we will be talking with on each day!

I am seriously very excited to get this showcase going. It is something I have been wanting to do for a very long time, and I finally decided it was time to pull the trigger on this concept. And I am very proud of what we here at Trainwreck’d Society have managed to pull off, and will be eternally grateful for the brilliant voice over artists who were kind enough to share a few words with us to tell us a bit about their lives, their work, and what they thought about their work on one of the finest art projects of all time, Fallout 4.

So please enjoy the Showcase everyone, keep on coming back here to find out who we are talking with today. I hope you are excited to pull up our terminals each week to find out who provided the hard work and voice behind some of your favorite people from another world.