Top 5 Supporting Characters (Anyway, That’s All I Got)

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In honor of R. Lee Ermey, who sadly passed away this week, we decided to count down our 5 favorite supporting characters from a whole litany of movies. We quickly realized that we had bitten off more than we could chew with this massive topic, because there are literally MILLIONS of supporting characters, but we decided to give it a shot anyway!

Question for you: Who are some of your favorite supporting characters from movies? Also, what do you think it truly takes to be a good supporting character? 

Comment below, email us at ataigpodcast@gmail.com, or follow us on Twitter @AnywayCast. All feedback is hugely appreciated!

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Anthony’s list:

5. Sgt. Al Powell from Die Hard

4. Jimmy Dugan from A League of Their Own

3. Burt Gummer from Tremors

2. Everett Hitch from Appaloosa

1. Igor from Young Frankenstein

Jason’s List:

5. Frank from Frank

4. Paddy Conlon from Warrior

3. Peter Evans from Bug

2. Daisy Domergue from The Hateful Eight

1. Wendy Torrance from The Shining

Sam’s List:

5. Alice from Alice in the Cities

4. Homer Parrish from The Best Years of Our Lives

3. Cassandra Anderson from Dredd

2. Jerry Langford from The King of Comedy

1. The Blind Girl from City Lights

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Incredibles 2 Will Be Way More Successful Than (Some) Think

I don’t usually dive into the prediction game, but this year I’m feeling uniquely compelled to weigh in on the box office future of Incredibles 2, a Pixar film some are strangely underestimating as we close in on Summer 2018.

Will it be #1 for the whole summer? Not necessarily, thanks to Avengers: Infinity War. But here’s my breakdown on how I envision the summer playing out in general, from Deadpool 2 to Solo. Spoiler alert: it involves Disney making way more money than everyone else. In part thanks to Pixar’s latest sequel based off of one of their most beloved movies.

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Cinemaholics Review: A Quiet Place and Blockers

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Special guest Rebecca Pahle came on the show this week to help us break the silence on A Quiet Place, a new horror film that’s impressing at the box office and earned an A- from me in my review. Directed by perennial camera-shrugger John Krasinski (AKA Jim Halpert and that guy you actually recognize in the indie movie you’re watching), A Quiet Place is sure to take some moviegoers by surprise with its tense, emotional storytelling, and with Krasinski starring alongside real-life wife Emily Blunt, it’s safe to say this is a film worth talking loudly about.

Later in the show, we reviewed Blockers, a new teen comedy starring Leslie Mann, John Cena, and Ike Barinholtz. I shared my thoughts on King in the Wilderness, a new Martin Luther King Jr. documentary on HBO. Will finally saw Isle of Dogs and Unsane. And Maveryke caught Wind River, a 2017 movie that just hit Netflix streaming.

Question for you: How would you survive in a world where you can’t make a sound?

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Jon in Theory: What Makes a Movie Character Likable?

Have you ever heard a film critic or general film-loving person tell you the characters in a movie were “likable?” I’ve done this too many times to count in reviews and podcasts, but what does it really mean? What do different people mean when they invoke “likable” characters?

I’m not sure if I thoroughly tackle the topic, but hopefully this quick recording lays out a guideline for how I think we should talk about movie characters in ways that are more useful for others. Whether you’re talking to a coworker about the latest Marvel movie or writing a think piece about Midnight Cowboy (which, admittedly, has some seriously unlikable characters).

My main point, which goes beyond general film discourse, is to stop assuming people understand what you mean when you say something that’s commonly said. This applies to basic communication on a whole range of topics, but when recommending a film or telling people what you dislike about a film, this can be especially useful to keep in mind. We all want to be likable ourselves, right?

Hope you enjoy the video, and you can find the Twitter thread I mentioned right here, as well as the video essay thread I brought up and the Marvel Symphonic Universe video.


 

Cinemaholics Review: Ready Player One

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Ready Player One. It’s the movie people can’t stop talking about, one way or another. Half consider it an enjoyable romp worthy of Steven Spielberg, and the other half considers it a hellscape of boredom, maybe even bad intentions. Hyperbole aside, I sat with Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines to discuss the new film, highlighting its strengths, weaknesses, and comparisons to the source material.

But that’s not all. For Mini Reviews this week, Will and I finally chatted about Barry, the new show on HBO starring Bill Hader. This pivoted into a discussion about Alex Inc., a somewhat similar new show (circumstantially) starring Zach Braff. From there, we ended up talking about Scrubs for a solid 10 minutes, and you know what? I’m glad we did. The rest of the show contained a bizarre personal story about James Acaster and his new Netflix comedy special Repertoire, followed by a brief review of Best F(r)iends, a new movie starring Greg Sestero and Tommy Wiseau of The Room fame.

Question for you: Which Steven Spielberg movie sums up his talent as a filmmaker in your mind?

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‘Red Sparrow’ Is Yet Another Misfire For Jennifer Lawrence

It’s fair to say the target audience for Red Sparrow almost solely includes the latter half of Jennifer Lawrence fans undeterred by the grotesque odd-brain of mother! But at least mother! wasn’t this boring.

Cinemaholics Review: Annihilation and Game Night

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I’m still reeling from the experience of watching Annihilation in the theater, and I’m about equally pleased with the discussion that came out of this film with my cohosts Will Ashton and Maveryke Hines. In this episode, we spent a good amount of time unpacking the good, bad, and stellar Annihilation has to offer, and I suspect we’ll be revisiting this conversation throughout the rest of the year.

But that wasn’t the only movie we had some fun with this week. After a half-hearted review of the new Netflix movie, Mute, we got to an extended Mini Review of Game Night, a new studio comedy I find myself effortlessly recommending. And the box office agrees too, which put Game Night at #2 for the weekend behind Black Panther, which is continuing its gargantuan run across the world.

During Mini Reviews, we also had a brief discussion about Netflix original films. Between BrightCloverfield Paradox, and Mute, it seems Netflix is having a rough time pleasing critics despite their success with original shows. So that leads to our question for you all.

Which Netflix original film is your favorite? 

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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