Cinecast 76 – The San Francisco Treat


This Episode:
…Untraceable, Cloverfield, Persepolis, Oscar talk…

Feel free to skip the boring stuff and jump right to Persepolis and on (30:44).

Unwrap the complete Show Notes…

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Show notes for Cinecast Episode #76

  • Intro music: :00 – 2:42
  • Opening chatter: :38 – 13:05
  • Untraceable, State of the World, Rambo: 4:14 – 18:34
  • Cloverfield: 18:35 – 30:43
  • Persepolis: 30:44 – 55:32
  • Theater chains: 55:34 – 1:02:32
  • Oscar talk: 1:02:33 – 1:28:26
  • DVD picks: 1:28:27 – 1:37:59
  • Closing thoughts: 1:38:00 – 1:42:55
  • Outro music: 1:41:06 – 1:43:37

Bumper Music by “The Beatles” and “Tapes n’ Tapes”


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Untraceable:

R3 poster article


Rambo:

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Marina’s Original post


Cloverfield:

R3 REVIEW by MoviePartron contributor Misael Soto


Persepolis:


Academy Awards (Oscars):

Our nominations list, stats and discussion
R3 Oscar Pool (win a free DVD of your choice!)


DVD mentions for Tuesday, January 29th
Kurt:
Right at Your Door (Kurt’s Review)
The District (Kurt’s Review)

THE DISTRICT

Andrew:
King of California
Groundhog Day (SE)
Curb Your Enthusiasm (season 6)
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Rocket Science
The Nines


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John Allison
Editor

Okay its been a while so I'm going to get into a couple of things one or two of them might be spoilers for Cloverfield.

1) At one point the friends are running down the street and everything is pretty quiet. You then cue the monster noise and you see him up ahead. Suddenly the missles fly from behind and the soldiers are running up. I could handle that the soldiers weren't making much noise up until this point and you didn't see them but a tank drives along also. How was the tank being quiet.

2) While I didn't hate the acting I just didn't care about the characters or the relationships.

3) This is the spoiler one….

The helicopter gets knocked down out of the sky. The friends of course survive while the pilots and soldiers die. (I hated that) The friends crawl out and look around and then suddenly the monster is standing right above them and paying attention directly to them. Up until this point the monster seemed to not care about specific people just big things. It just reeked of wanting to give a money shot. He eats the one friend and then leaves just so the other two can have the touching closing scene. Ugh.

These three things made me come away neutral from the movie. There was enough good stuff to make it an okay watch but the bad stuff made me just not care.

Andrew James
Guest

1) I didn' think about the "quiet" factor. But I wondered how they got a tank into Manhattan so quickly, yet it took some time to get the F-14 out there.

3) Yeah, I thought that was werid.

All in all though, this is the type of movie where you have to overlook that kind of stuff. If you can't, you can't. But the other parts of the movie are what make it worthwhile. If I nitpicked, I can rip the film to shreds and make it a horrible movie.

Goon
Guest

looking forward to this show, specifically Persepolis talk

I'd put it at my new no. 4 of 2007, just behind No Country for Old Men. I still think for various reasons Ratatouille is the better film overall, however its pretty damn close and wouldnt shed a tear if it won the Oscar instead.

John Allison
Editor

I saw Surf's Up and it really isn't anything special. It looks nice like every single animation movie does now days but the story was just the same old stuff.

Kurt
Guest

Cool to see that JAMAN is hosting THE DISTRICT. A Must see.

http://www.jaman.com/a/video/0_CvRHvk250w/

The District

2004 / 87 min. / Available in: USA, Canada, Puerto Rico

The District

Must be seen to be believed! This rowdy, vulgar, hip-hop infused animated satire has the whole money-hungry world in its crosshairs, and it's pulling the trigger.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Run down?! Mediocre?! We have digital and DTS sound bitch! Our seats work! We show good movies! We finally caught the dude pissing in theater 3! Jesus man what more do you want?

Shannon the Movie Mo
Guest

Not sure if I heard this right, but I think there was mention that Persepolis was computer animated. I'm pretty sure it was all (or most) hand drawn, they have a great 'making of' on the film site:

http://www.sonyclassics.com/persepolis/

It is such a fantastic film.

Marina Antunes
Admin

The District looks great. I've been reading a lot of positive talk about it. May well be worth the $1.99 rental!

Marina Antunes
Admin

Kurt – On an unrelated side note, I was just checking out Jaman and they're offering "Prague" which I think you mentioned on an earlier podcast…

Kurt
Guest

A brilliant film (I've got the Danish DVD). Great storytelling via gesture and body language (admittedly, I love when any film does this well). Mads is always a joy to watch, even in something as relentlessly depressing (yet bleakly-comic too) as this. If you don't wish to import the DVD (which has great english subs), then go for it. Just watch closely, more than most films, this one is a film of small observations.

Marina Antunes
Admin

Just listening to the show and a few notes on the Documentary nominations list:

Watched "No End In Sight" over the weekend and though I agree that I'm getting a bit done on the war documentaries but this is one to see. If nothing else, it really clarifies what led to the current conditions in Iraq and for a bunch of talking heads it's pretty poignant and interesting to watch.

As for War Dance – though the title suggests a war movie, that's not really what it's about…

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0912599/

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

OK, I finally caught up with Cloverfield. Very, very solid execution of the concept and brilliant integration of special effects. There were some pretty darn convenient character and situation contrivances that proved that J.J. and Reeves were unwilling to go all the way with the concept, but these are really minor gripes.

The main reason why it's not a multiple watch movie (a sentiment expressed by many at this point, and an interesting one to address) is that this is absolutely NOTHING to think about in the movie other that (what I'd do differently if I were in the situation), there isn't really any insight into human nature, or over-reaching ideas in the movie. It's simply a 'ride' or 'fireworks display' – unfortunately this may indeed the be the ultimate flaw in this type of film (Blair Witch and [REC] both suffer from this, and I'm sure Paranormal Activities and The Poughkeepsie Tapes will too when I get a chance to see them)

Marina Antunes
Admin

At least you enjoyed the ride!

Kurt
Guest

Indeed. It was indeed 100% engaging from start to finish. Even the going-away party element of the movie moved along enough, setting up one thing or another.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Heh. I hadn't listened to the Cinecast until you mentioned it. Thanks for the shout-out (and subtlety!) Ewww. 33.

Marina Antunes
Admin

I was WONDERING what the tie in was. Happy belated birthday Kurt!

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Thanks. I spent much of the day in the San Francisco Airport with the intercom blaring out "We are on Orange Alert!" – My b-day also co-incided (the previous night crossing past midnight) with the opening of NOIR CITY film festival where they showed a pair of Joan Leslie films from the 1940s. Turns out she was also born on Jan 26, exactly 50 to the day from my B-Day. She was in attendance and the 800+ auditorium sang her happy birthday. (Little did they know that they were really singing for me 🙂 )

rot
Guest

@Kurt, next step in your road to JJ Abrams acceptance is to watch Lost.

I was a bit disappointed with the season opener last night… and we are limited in what we can talk about here… but very cool what actor has come on board.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Currently in my TV queue:

1. Extras – Season 2

2. Big Love – Seasons 1 & 2

3. Flight of the Conchords

4. Weeds – Season 2

5. Rome – Seasons 1 & 2

Others – Lost, The Wire Season 5 (when it's done broadcasting), Battlestar Galactica (ditto), the new Joss Whedon series (when it comes out), the rest of John From Cincinatti when it comes out on DVD.

Marina Antunes
Admin

"new Joss Whedon series" <== did I totally miss the boat on something?

I really like "Big Love". Missed most of Season 2 but I've also added it to my queue.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

the new Joss Whedon series is DOLLHOUSE – details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollhouse_%28TV_seri

Andrew James
Guest

Downloaded "Lost" season 4 episode 1 last night. CAN'T WAIT to get home and watch it. A year since my last fix! Agh!

Having seen everything in your list except Conchords, Lost beats them all out by a mile…. or two.

rot
Guest

I have the Conchords season if you need it Kurt… absolutely brilliant.

Marina Antunes
Admin

Woooooooooooooo. But it's bloody Fox again. It'll run for one season (if that) and get chopped. Such goes life.

rot
Guest

@Andrew,

I think this was the podcast where you selected Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 6 as your dvd choice… watched it over the weekend and quite possibly the best season so far, or maybe it just seems that way because the seasons prior were not up to standard. There is something inherently funny about Larry David living with a family of displaced Hurricane survivors for the extent of the season. No Wanda this season unfortunately but Vivica Fox sort of stands in for her. Also Steeve Coogan comes in for one episode… still waiting for Ricky Gervais.

Andrew James
Guest

Frakkin HATE Wanda. Larry should punch her in the face.

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