We’re sounding off this week for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the new Netflix film that has Oscars in its sights for Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman. We also cover Nomadland, a Best Picture frontrunner from writer/director Chloé Zhao and starring Frances McDormand. And there’s also Greenland, the newest Gerard Butler disaster flick that is surprisingly decent! Last, we do a retrospective of Small Axe, a collection of five films from director Steve McQueen, which you can now stream on Amazon Prime Video.
Intro music: “Merry Little Christmas” by Michael J. Goldberg
- 00:00:00 – Cobb & Cooper’s Rock Bottom
- 00:07:05 – Intro & Off-Topics
- 00:11:00 – Early thoughts on Soul, brief catchup on Anything for Jackson, David Byrne’s American Utopia, Bloody Nose Empty Pockets, Another Round
- 00:17:25 – Listener voicemails: Which Disney announcements are you most excited about?
- 00:26:10 – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
- 00:48:10 – Nomadland
- 01:07:10 – Greenland
- 01:24:50 – Small Axe retrospective of Mangrove, Lovers Rock, Red White and Blue, Alex Wheatle, and Education
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Jon is the co-host of Cinemaholics and author of two books: the novel Killerjoy and a book about Pixar called The Pixar Theory. His favorite movie is usually The Mask of Zorro (don’t ask).