The Chow Down Episode 13
By Matt Patton, The Chow Down Host
On this episode of The Chow Down, hosts Matt Patton, Dylan Abbott and Steve Wuchina tackle the various news stores of the film world. In the second half of the show, Steve reviews Alexander Payne’s latest, much-lauded film, Nebraska. As a second review this week, Matt takes on the WWII epic The Monuments Men.
The hosts open this week’s episode of The Chow Down by discussing the recent passing of Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. Each host take a moment to share their own favorite scenes from Hoffman’s filmography. They then chat about the ramifications of his death for the rest of the film industry.
With the airing of the Super Bowl this past week, The Chow Down takes the opportunity to dissect the new trailers for several upcoming films, including The Amazing Spider-man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Need For Speed, and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Many of these movies were showing off brand new footage during the big game, as viewers saw glimpses of some of the blockbusters that will hit theaters later this year.
Dylan also takes a moment to talk about a project that recently started principal photography: a new Macbeth adaptation starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Matt expresses his fondness for The Monuments Men, a new WWII film that tells the story of a group of scholars that enter Europe near the end of the war to preserve artwork in the name of cultural preservation. A more detailed version of Matt’s review can be found here.
Steve reviews Nebraska, the recent film by Alexander Payne nominated for multiple Academy Awards. Starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte, Nebraska follows a father and Son who journey to Lincoln, Nebraska to collect a $1 million sweepstakes prize. Steve comments that Dern’s performance here is certainly the best of his career, as well as one of (if not the) best acting showcases of the year. Steve also enjoyed Forte’s role in the film. Forte, a Saturday Night Live alum, takes a break here from his normal comedic fare to give a more serious display of acting. Steve loved the picture, granting it The Chow Down “Seal of Approval.”
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