FilmStruck host Alicia Malone called the show to preview this holiday season’s movies, including The Last Jedi, Coco, Jumanji, and The Greatest Showman. We also talked about how Australian culture continue to expand in the U.S., particularly in the Australian accent my 2-year-old has adopted from binge-watching The Wiggles.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Chris Stuckmann is one of the most popular film reviewers on YouTube with over 70 million views and 400,000 subscribers. He’s just released his first book, “The Film Buff’s Bucket List.” We discussed how the book came out of the YouTube reviews, how this is more of a series of personal relationships with films than a volume of reviews, and how many arguments he expects will be started as a result of the contents.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Owen Gleiberman was the long-time movie critic for “Entertainment Weekly” and now writes for BBC.com. His new book, “Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies,” is a great read — a very personal story of his life reflected through films. We discussed how the book came about, how his reviews always gave readers a sense of who he was, and who might play him in the movie version of a book about someone watching movies.Follow @bigwakeupcall
James Berardinelli writes for reelviews.net and called in to chat about this year’s Oscars. We discussed the timing of the ceremonies, the broadcast, why the Best Picture category was expanded (and why they still don’t recognize the films they should), and what movie’s got the momentum to be a winner going into Oscar night.
Michael Ealy is one of the stars and executive producer of the #1 movie in America, “The Perfect Guy.” We talked about how the movie took its shape, the breakthrough he made as an actor to get inside the mind of a sociopath, and what he learned from two of his co-stars — the legendary Tess Harper and Charles S. Dutton.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Ben Lyons called in for his regular Digital Entertainment News segment and shared some gift ideas for Dads on DVD and Blu-Ray. We also talked about his legendary dad (film critic Jeffrey Lyons), and of course engaged in some sports chat. One day the DVD of Cubs World Series highlights will be a reality.
During his weekly segment, The Movie Man reviewed the new SpongeBob Squarepants movie and “Jupiter Ascending.” He suggested each movie might be better viewed while chewing some of the “hippie lettuce” or scoring a little “seaweed.” Remember kids, he’s not advocating; he’s just saying.Follow @bigwakeupcall
Ben Lyons is a special correspondent on “Extra” TV and the host of “The Sidebar” on Yahoo! Ben was calling in to talk about good movies to watch on Valentine’s Day, but somehow we wound up talking about the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, and Chicago Sting Indoor Soccer in the 1980’s!Follow @bigwakeupcall
After blowing us off two weeks ago and having no movies worth discussing last week, The Movie Man returned and hoped upon hope we hadn’t forgotten about him. We had, but he quickly reminded us who he was and why we should listen to him. Then he let us know his thought and feelings (and feelers) about this weekend’s new releases, and what he would do if he had access to a time machine. SPOILER ALERT: it wasn’t to go back two weeks and not blow us off.
Jim DeFelice is a best-selling author who co-wrote “American Sniper” with Chris Kyle and Scott McEwen. Jim shared his thoughts on working with Chris Kyle, the success of the film, and why those who see certain aspects as controversial may be simply misinformed.Follow @bigwakeupcall