Guests: Michael Phillips & Javier Peña
The Fall movie lineup is upon us and we speak to Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune’s film critic, to get his recommendations and early Oscar contenders. We also speak with Javier Peña, the real DEA agent that helped bring down the murderous drug lord Pablo Escobar.
With the Summer movie season wrapped up, it’s time to look at the upcoming season – from the big studio films “Rogue One”, “The Girl on the Train” and The Founder, to the film festival darlings like “Birth of a Nation” and “Loving”. We ask Phillips which films he loves, as well as some of the big questions - How will the controversy surrounding director Nate Parker effect the much awaiting film “Birth of a Nation”? And are there any female directors at all heading toward this years Oscar season? And who of the heavy hitting directors will deliver an Oscar worth film?
Our second guest is Javier Peña, one of the key players in the Pablo Escobar story. As a DEA agent he spent years investigating the Medellín cartel and chasing the infamous murderer and drug lord Pablo Escobar. Peña is featured in the National Geographic docu-series “Facing” that looks at the real stories behind some of modern history's larger-than-life characters.
Javier Peña is also a consultant on the Netflix hit series “Narcos”, where he is played by actor Pedro Pascal. The second season of “Narcos” premiers on September 2nd.
Michael Phillips is the Chicago Tribune's film critic, covering everything from “Godzilla” to the latest in Turkish cinema. He has appeared on Turner Classic Movies, “CBS Saturday Morning,” “Charlie Rose” and the long-running nationally syndicated program “At the Movies.” He appears regularly on the Chicago Public Radio show “Filmspotting,”.
DEA agent Javier Peña was, together with agent Steve Murphy, one of the lead investigators in the manhunt for Colombian drug kingpin, Pablo Escobar, between 1988-1993. Now retired, Peña lectures law enforcement officers and leaders and he is a consultant on the Netflix TV series “Narcos”.