Golden Globes Analysis And The Mauritanian Director Kevin Macdonald

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Director Kevin Macdonald joins the show to discuss his new film The Mauritanian starring Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tahar Rahim. He shares some insight into the process of adapting Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s harrowing story of his imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay.

The Critics’ Choice Awards and the Golden Globes have released their lists of nominees. We dive into some of the surprises and stubs, and larger picture for where the race to the Oscars stands. Stick around to hear our predictions for Oscar nominations as of February 10th.

This week’s BlendGame focuses on our favorites from one of the all-time greats, Morgan Freeman. Next week, we’ll be celebrating the work from Academy Award winner Halle Berry. Use #HalleBerryBlend on Twitter to let us know your favorite performance of hers!

This Week In Movies

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar

The Mauritanian


Judas and the Black Messiah


French Exit

To All the Boys: Always and Forever


Fear of Rain

Timestamps (Approx. Only)

00:00 - Intro

4:06 - Remembering Christopher Plummer

8:18 - Kevin Macdonald Interview

36:24 - Weekly Poll

37:01 - Golden Globes & Critics’ Choice Awards

54:33 - Oscar Predictions

1:14:53 - This Week In Movies

1:29:51 - Favorite Morgan Freeman

1:39:10 - Outro/Review

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