Movie Critic Christian Toto joins Dave to discuss Star Wars Episode 9, The Rise of Skywalker, Richard Jewell, the end of James Bond, and Dave’s 2019 hit and misses on this year-end episode of Whiskey Politics. Christian joins Dave @14:05 and can be found at http://HollywoodinToto.com & https://twitter.com/HollywoodInToto – #StarWarsTheRiseofSkywalker #OnceUponATimeinHollywood #FordvsFerrari #Joker #AvengersEndGame #DowntonAbbey #SpiderMan #TheIrishman #Rocketman #JamesBond #NoTimeToDie

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There are 8 comments.

  1. James Hageman Moderator

    My feeling is that Richard Jewell was not a success because it “feels” like something I’d wait for until it reaches the streaming services. These days I don’t spend the money for a movie unless there is a reason to see it on a big screen.

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    • December 23, 2019, at 5:21 AM PST
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  2. Jim Wright Coolidge

    James Hageman (View Comment):

    My feeling is that Richard Jewell was not a success because it “feels” like something I’d wait for until it reaches the streaming services. These days I don’t spend the money for a movie unless there is a reason to see it on a big screen.

    I feel the same. It takes a lot to make a movie worth the ticket price, lines, etc. A tentpole epic that uses every inch of those massive screens is part of it, but it’s also the social factor – nothing quite like a room full of gasps, cheers, and laughs. 

    Jewell looks like a more thoughtful piece that works as well as or better on a home screen.

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    • December 23, 2019, at 8:33 AM PST
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  3. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Agree with @JimWright and @JamesHageman plus I think you have to add that there is no one particularly glamorous or good looking in the film. I think audiences still want to go to a movie theater to experience something and see someone different then their nextdoor neighbor. Mr. Jewell, as the main subject, may be too much an everyman. 

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    • December 23, 2019, at 9:36 AM PST
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  4. Dave Sussman Contributor

    Agreed with all the above comments. I think we now use big screens primarily for event and visually stunning films. I certainly will be watching Richard Jewell when it comes out, as Eastwood’s last film, The Mule, was exceptional. But I also saw it on tv. 

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    • December 23, 2019, at 10:37 AM PST
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  5. Jim Wright Coolidge

    I confess confusion why Underground 6, the most Michael Bay of all Michael Bay movies, went straight to Netflix instead of take the big screen route. That opening car chase in Italy was jaw-dropping.

    Not a great story, but that’s not really how you judge Michael Bay. The guy knows spectacle.

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    • December 23, 2019, at 12:02 PM PST
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  6. Dave Sussman Contributor

    Jim Wright (View Comment):

    I confess confusion why Underground 6, the most Michael Bay of all Michael Bay movies, went straight to Netflix instead of take the big screen route. That opening car chase in Italy was jaw-dropping.

    Not a great story, but that’s not really how you judge Michael Bay. The guy knows spectacle.

    I get Netflix for a month when there’s a bunch of stuff I want to see (like the Irishman) and binge the good stuff.

    Is U6 worthy of re-upping for another month?

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    • December 23, 2019, at 1:07 PM PST
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  7. Taras Coolidge

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Agree with @JimWright and @JamesHageman plus I think you have to add that there is no one particularly glamorous or good looking in the film. I think audiences still want to go to a movie theater to experience something and see someone different then their nextdoor neighbor. Mr. Jewell, as the main subject, may be too much an everyman.

    A different ad campaign for Richard Jewell would have put beautiful Olivia Wilde and handsome John Hamm to the fore — instead of an unattractive, unknown actor playing a character few people remember from a forgotten terrorist attack overshadowed by 9/11.

    When Netflix promotes Season 3 of The Crown, the emphasis is on lovely Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, instead of plain Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth.

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    • December 23, 2019, at 2:41 PM PST
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  8. Jim Wright Coolidge

    Dave Sussman (View Comment):

    Jim Wright (View Comment):

    I confess confusion why Underground 6, the most Michael Bay of all Michael Bay movies, went straight to Netflix instead of take the big screen route. That opening car chase in Italy was jaw-dropping.

    Not a great story, but that’s not really how you judge Michael Bay. The guy knows spectacle.

    I get Netflix for a month when there’s a bunch of stuff I want to see (like the Irishman) and binge the good stuff.

    Is U6 worthy of re-upping for another month?

    It’s…not a great movie. Fun in parts, definitely TV-MA for violence and language. 

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    • December 23, 2019, at 5:23 PM PST
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