We’ve all heard stories of troubled film productions before. Even so, the news this week about the challenges facing Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s ambitious period drama “The Revenant” stand out: Bad lighting conditions, arguments on set, naked actors dragged through the mud — everything but the kitchen sink seems to be creating a whole lot of filmmaking headaches. But does that mean the result will reflect the problems? That’s a bit more complicated.
In this week’s episode of our weekly podcast Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson delve into the stories surrounding “The Revenant” and explain why they’re still excited to see it. They also address the broader question of whether these kind of risky artistic endeavors are valuable for the future of movies during a particularly challenging period in its history.
Turning to new releases, the duo touch on “Southpaw,” a movie that disappoints both hosts for very specific reasons. But it’s not the only new movie in theaters, nor the best one worth your time, so this week’s Screen Talk closes with a recommendation for your better options.
Listen to the full episode above.
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