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- New poll: What is Alfonso Cuaron's best film? - 

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Coming Friday

Sam here.

A quick shout-out to the guy who designed the Golden Brick Award icon (above). Greg also provides the wonderfully witty illustrations for our Marathon Awards. (Check out this one he did for the Luis Bunuel Marathon. Or this one for the Elaine May Marathon.) I keep waiting for him to get a New Yorker cover.

This week's show marks the start of the famed Golden Brick Award Season, when Brick hopefuls woo us with lavish gifts and screening parties in hopes of claiming the coveted prize at our Live Year-End Wrap Party in January. (Yes, the live show is happening! More details coming soon, but pencil Jan. 11 into your calendars.)

While we wait for Bing Liu, Chloé Zhao, Josephine Decker and the rest of the 2018 Golden Brick-nominated directors to start throwing swag our way, we'll be sharing a Brick preview along with Adam's conversation with Minding the Gap's Liu, editor Josh Altman and Kartemquin Films producer Diane Quon.

Have a Brick-worthy film to recommend that you feel like we've overlooked? First make sure it meets the rigorous Golden Brick criteria, then send it along to feedback@filmspotting.net.


MISC READING RECOMMENDATIONS
"In Defense of the Mediocre Music Biopic" by Sean O'Neal, Vulture (h/t listener Jay T. Becker)
"How David Mackenzie Salvaged 'Outlaw King' After the Netflix Oscar Hopeful Crashed and Burned" by David Ehrlich, Indiewire 

LAST WEEK, LOOKING AHEAD
From Steve McQueen's WIDOWS, that's Oscar-winner Viola Davis on the left, the yes really 6'3" Elizabeth Debicki on the right, and, with her back to you, Cynthia Erivo. Wait, you mean Tony-winner Cynthia Erivo? The one who can sing like this?

Yes, that one.

Erivo didn't come up much in last week's WIDOWS review, but it was the movie's performances that inspired the most heated debate between Adam and Josh. Like how about this exchange:

Josh 
In the case of Debicki, this is a woman who flips and flops between being somewhat ditzy to being a con-woman.

Adam [skeptical grunt] 

Talking over each other.

Josh
To being.

Adam
I think she has the clearest trajectory in the film.

Josh
To being quick on her feet.

Adam
She's got the best trajectory in the film.
 
Josh
No. No, no.

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Oh, man, it must have been like Ali and Frazier in that soundproof studio. And all that conflict made for a nice warmup to Massacre Theatre, which features maybe my favorite Josh performance of all time. #sheDOESthough

Also on last week's show: Adam let me down and sided with Josh for a double recommendation of Paul Dano's WILDLIFE, plus Adam's "2 stars for the Movie / 17 stars for the Wembley Performance" review of BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY.    

You can listen to last week's show 
here. Or read a partial transcript of the "Widows" review here

Friday 11/23: Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday 11/30: The Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (11/16 on Netflix), Creed II (11/21)
FILMSPOTTING OFFLINE: THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN
The Saturday 11:30am screening of "Suspiria" I drove an hour for wasn't actually a thing (thanks, Google), so I settled for an 11:40 showing of David Lowery's The Old Man and the Gun instead.

I hadn't been in a rush to see it because the consensus seemed to be: "that was nice." And you know what? It is.

But another reason I was thinking of skipping it was Adam's 2.5-star ranking on Letterboxd. So I sat in the lounge at the AMC Madison 6 and had it out with him:
Have you seen THE OLD MAN AND THE GUN? Send all Sissy Spacek-is-a-goddess related feedback to feedback@filmspotting.net.
FILMSPOTTING POLL: What is Alfonso Cuaron's best film?
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THE FRONT RUNNER
Advance screening
Tuesday, Nov. 13
AMC River East 21 - Chicago


PROJECT BLUE BOOK
Advance screening & Q&A
Thursday, Nov. 15
Davis Theater - Chicago


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