The Chow Down Episode 6
By Matt Patton, The Chow Down Host
On this special Halloween edition of The Chow Down, usual hosts Dylan Abbott, Steve Wuchina, and Matt Patton are joined by special guest Joey Wilks. Joey is a fellow WPTS DJ and host of his own show Wednesdays at 11pm. On today’s show our hosts analyze a few major bits of entertainment news before reeling off some of their favorite horror movies in the spirit of the holiday.
The first trailer for “Captain America: the Winter Soldier” was released this week, and in proper fashion it gets dissected down to the bone. In the trailer for the April 2014 blockbuster, viewers get their first glimpses of new characters such as the Falcon, Robert Redford’s character, and the titular Winter Soldier. The hosts also take time to note the political undertones that seem to occupy the space of the film, with the nation’s faith in its national security and universal surveillance apparently coming to the forefront of on-screen issues.
In other major news, “Star Wars: Episode VII” (another seemingly recurring feature here on The Chow Down) has dropped its writer Michael Arndt. Arndt, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3,” was the first talent signed on to the project nearly a year ago. The reason for his release, according to a statement by Lucasfilm CEO Kathleen Kennedy, was due to disagreements between Arndt and director J.J. Abrams. Taking up writing duties in the wake of Arndt’s departure from the film will be Abrams and longtime Hollywood screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Though Kasdan has certainly passed his heyday as a writer, he has factored in on the Star Wars saga before, with writing credits in both “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”
Our hosts also cover the recent announcements of the Hollywood Film Awards. Often considered as a precursor to the general “awards season,” the Hollywood Film Awards are determined by various publication insiders to honor those standout efforts and performances throughout the year in film. Some of the awards discussed on the show:
Breakout Director – Steve McQueen — “12 Years a Slave” (presented by none other than Kanye West)
Hollywood Actor – Matthew McConaughey — “Dallas Buyers Club”
Breakout Performance Award – Jared Leto — “Dallas Buyers Club”
Hollywood Supporting Actor – Jake Gyllenhaal — “Prisoners”
Finally, our hosts get down to the business of discussing their favorite horror flicks. “It,” the tale of a supernatural clown that lived in a sewer and preyed on vulnerable children, was Joey’s scare of choice. Steve noted “The Thing,” the John Carpenter landmark movie from 1982 entailing an extraterrestrial encounter in the Antarctic, as his favorite. Dylan mentioned “The Blair Witch Project,” the first cinema verite film to come off as a passable scare. Matt took a slightly different route, naming a horror/comedy hybrid as his chosen genre movie: “An American Werewolf in London.”
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