‘Zero Dark Thirty’ & ‘Gangster Squad’ – SR Underground Ep. 74

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

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The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode seventy-four of the Screen Rant Underground podcast.

Join host Ben Kendrick as well as fellow SR editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw as we review Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and discuss the 85th annual Academy Award nominee list – plus offer our thoughts on Gangster Squad.

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Screen Rant Underground: Episode 74 - Zero Dark Thirty & Gangster Squad

In episode 74 of the Screen Rant Underground podcast we review Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and discuss the 85th annual Academy Award nominee list – plus offer our thoughts on Gangster Squad.

[0:00] News: 85th Annual Academy Award nominee list.

[57:11] Box Office Battle Results

[1:00:23] Rants and Raves: Mini-review – Gangster Squad (read our full Gangster Squad review).

[1:24:43] Review: Zero Dark Thirty (read our full Zero Dark Thirty review).

[1:45:55] Zero Dark Thirty SPOILERS conversation.

[1:56:09] Listener E-mail, Twitter Handles, and Contact Information.

Hosts: Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw.



Next Week’s Review: The Last Stand

Last Week’s Official Box Office Battle Reader Winner (Texas Chainsaw opening): Returning champion Chris A with a score of 9!

Opening in theaters this week (Wide):

  • Broken City (Crime Thriller) – 2,700
  • The Last Stand (Action) – 2,800
  • Mama (Horror) – 2,400

Opening this Week in Theaters (Limited):

  • Silver Linings Playbook (Drama) – 2,500 (Expanding)

Use the comment section below to continue our various discussions by weighing in with your own thoughts – or just to let us know what you think of the show.

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  1. 1 – Mama
    2 – Zero Dark Thirty
    3 – Silver Linings Playbook
    4 – Broken City
    5 – The Last Stand
    10 – The Hobbit

  2. I’m surprised Daniel Day Lewis didn’t get nominated for his performance as the Tiger in “Life of Pi.” I thought he was genius!

    • lol

  3. Skyfall just get snobbed.

    • Skyfall actually got a lot of nominations (5 total) in technical categories and could very well win Roger Deakins an Oscar for cinematography.

      Should be interesting to see how many of them Skyfall picks up.

  4. Vactor is hilarious. He needs more podcast time!!!!

    • Ha! I’ll keep that in mind.

    • Hopefully you’re wrong. We’ve all got our fingers crossed but there’s a lot we don’t know yet.

      • Yeah, I don’t mean to hate on it but its success is definitely up in the air.

  5. Dayman uuuuAAAAAAH, fighter of the Nightman uuuuuAAAAAH.
    Champion of the sun!
    Your a master of karate(and friendship)
    For Everyone!

    I hope you guys review mama instead as thats what Ill will be seeing.

    • I think we’re pretty firmly in The Last Stand corner but I’m seeing it Wednesday. If it won’t be fun to talk about we’ll go with Mama.

      That said, I’m probably seeing Mama this weekend myself, regardless.

      • As you wish Mr. Kendrick.

        1 Mama
        2 The Last Stand
        3 Broken City
        4 0 Dark 30
        5 Gangster Squad
        10 Lincoln

  6. I would not be upset if Vactor doesn’t talk on any more of these podcasts.

    “The only thing funny was how bad it waaasss.”


    • I think he was hilarious and he has a pretty cool and smooth “radio voice”. Or in other words: I would not be upset if Vactor would talk on more of these podcasts. ;)

  7. 1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. The Last Stand
    3. Gangster Squad
    4. Silver Linings Playbook
    5. A Haunted House
    10. Lincoln

  8. I’m having a hard time understanding all the Oscar love for Silver Lining Playbook. It’s an enjoyable movie and has some good characters but I didn’t find it amazing in any way. Really weird.

    Zero Dark Thirty on the other hand, I thought was fantastic and is my favorite out of the other Best Picture nominees so far. The gunfire in the last twenty minutes were so sharp and loud, I kept jumping out my seat. Very intense! I’d love see Kathryn Bigelow tackle something outside the military/thriller genre now that I think she’s in her prime. I think that’d be really interesting to see.

    Anyways, good podcast. :)

    • I think Kofi is right that “playing crazy” got it nominated in several categories.

  9. 1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Mama
    3. Broken city
    4. The Last Stand
    5. A Haunted House
    10. Parental Guidance

    I really think that Chastain deserves the oscar, her performance was unbelievable and she killed each scene she was in! Especially as her character began to gain more confidence you could see her performance really blossom. I recently watched Django unchained and I completely agree that Christoph Waltz deserves recognition, but personally it really felt that Waltz’s character was the protagonist and that Django himself was mostly a by-standard. That being said I thought Samuel Jackson was amazing as well and should probably be up there instead of DiCaprio.

    • I felt the same way about Waltz, he really does steal the spotlight a lot. I assumed that was because of the roles they had in the film but even when it was just him and Foxx in the beginning, his performance was more engaging.

      Though, as Kofi mentioned, the idea of how Django was having to “play a character” explains some that disconnect.

  10. 1 Last Stand
    2 Zero Dark Thirty
    3 Mama
    4 Broken City
    5 A Haunted House

    10 Lincoln

  11. 1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Mama
    3. Last Stand
    4. Broken City
    5. Silver Linings Playbook

    10. Lincoln

  12. Hope it’s not too late!

    1) zero dark thirty
    2) last stand
    3) silver linings
    4) broken city
    5) django
    10) Lincoln

    Also, Jason Clarke is following around Joel Edgerton as well (or vice versa?) They’ll both be in Gatsby this summer. Edgerton is Tom and Clarke is George

    • I forgot they were both in Gatsby. Interesting…

  13. Me too! But I know it is. Too bad, I forgot this week.
    Friday, January 18, 2013
    #1 Zero Dark Thirty
    #2 Mama
    #3 The Last Stand
    #4 A Haunted House
    #5 Broken City
    #10 Parental Guidance

  14. I’m surprised there was no mention of the DiCaprio snub on the podcast. That was one of the major ones that stuck out for me.

    I do agree with you guys about the “Zero Dark Thirty” Best Original Screenplay nomination. I thought that was odd. I wasn’t crazy about “Looper” when I saw it, but that was more deserving of an Original Screenplay nom than “Zero Dark”

    • We definitely forgot a few things that we wanted to talk about – that was one of them. The Academy just doesn’t seem eager to recognize DiCaprio still (even after 3 prior nominations).

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