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The Nice Guys (2016)
Episode 1025th April 2021 • Film Trace • Film Trace
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Shane Black was the wunderkind and whipping boy of screenwriting in the 1980s and 90s. His instant massive influence was only surpassed by his sudden fated fall. The scriptwriting maestro ran for the hills when his fame and wealth became a target-rich environment for snippy critics and jealous peers. His guardian angel, producer Joel Silver, let Shane direct his script Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005, and this helped the stars align for 2016's The Nice Guys, a slick nostalgic noir featuring the comedy duo Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. None of this works on paper, but on the screen it shines bright and helped bring Shane Black back into the good graces of the backstabbing Hollywood elites.

Special Guest: Gary Horne from the fantastic Cinema Shock Podcast

Join us as we trace the life of The Nice Guys from conception (modern-day detective tv show for CBS) to production (Crowe going method as fat man) to release (snoozy summer release) to reception (muted in theaters, elevated on home video)




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