Cinecast Episode 92 – Phallacracy

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This Episode: Hancock, My Winnipeg, new Top 5 list, this week on DVD and more…

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Show notes for Cinecast Episode #92

  • Intro music: :00 – 2:51
  • Opening B.S.: :36 – 3:57
  • Kurt’s Annual Fantasia report: 3:58 – 51:45
  • My Winnipeg: 51:46 – 1:22:35
  • Hancock: 1:22:35 – 1:49:49
  • Independence Day: 1:49:50 – 2:06:27
  • Top 5: 2:06:28 – 2:18:07
  • DVD picks: 2:18:09 – 2:24:46
  • Closing: 2:24:46 – 2:25:26
  • Outro music: 2:23:27 – 2:27:15

Bumper Music by “M.I.A.” and “Camera Obscura”


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THIS WEEK!:
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I Heart Huckabees (IMDb)


Fantasia Festival:

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Let the Right One In
Timecrimes
Pye Dog
Films to Keep You Awake: The Baby’s Room
Before the Fall (Three Days)
Batman Gotham Knight
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My Winnipeg

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After the Credits Podcast
Kurt’s interview with Guy Maddin (Twitch)
Finite Focus – short film “The Heart of the World” by Guy Maddin


Hancock

Andrew’s review

Banned Spider-Man 1 Trailer:


Top 5 Movie Presidents:

5) Jack Nicholson – Mars Attacks!
4) Bill Pullman – Independence Day
3) Harrison Ford – Air Force One
2) Jeff Bridges – The Contender
1) Peter Sellers – Dr. Strangelove


DVD Pick for Tuesday, July 8th

Andrew:
The Tracey Fragments
Kurt’s review
The Tracey Fragments

Kurt:
Mon Oncle Antoine
Mon Oncle Antoine


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Marina Antunes
Admin

Just started listening to the show and a few notes:

– Kudos for the MIA intro. Put a smile on my face!

– Really looking forward to a bunch of the films Kurt mentioned and will be getting to "Batman: Gotham Knight" next week but, as with last year's coverage, there's a bunch of stuff in there to add to the watch list.

– The Tres Dias trailer…you may have seen it over at Film Junk:

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Ross Miller
Guest

! Where have I heard that song before? The intro one by MIA? I KNOW I've heard that during the credits of something…someone help!:P

Marina Antunes
Admin

If I'm not mistaken, it's Southland Tales.

Ross Miller
Guest

Haha! Never mind. It was in the trailer for Pineapple Express.

Marina Antunes
Admin

Nooooooooo. It's from PINEAPPLE EXPRESS!

Marina Antunes
Admin

Ah bugger. All that searching and it came when I wasn't even thinking about it. Good god trivia like that pisses me off!

rot
Guest

Regarding Kurt's suspicion that Maddin may be a Douglas Sirk fan, here is his top ten Criterion films: http://www.criterion.com/asp/maddinten.asp

He choose Written on the Wind over All That Heaven Allows, something I cannot understand.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Not surprising in the least that HAXAN is on Maddin's list there. Probably at #10 because it is simply so obvious! Nah scratch that, Ivan The Terrible is #7 and that is even MORE OBVIOUS. Good Though. I should seek out his #1, Forbidden Games….never even heard of that one….

Jay C.
Guest

Haven't listened to the show yet, but thought you all might be interested to know that that M.I.A. song (Paper Planes, the best off of that album) is a transformed version (thanks to Diplo) of The Clash's 'Straight to Hell'.

Russ T. James
Guest

Jay, yeah I definitely heard straight to hell in there.

Guys, ever since Goon pointed it out, the speaking inequality slaps me in the face everytime. I guess it doesn't really matter there's no reason why face time has to be equal. But Kurt just steam rolls Andrew.

Marina Antunes
Admin

"A) It’s partly because he’s a prick."

Ouch, seems a bit harsh…until you think back to the comments from Mrs. The Bastard

Russ T. James
Guest

I didn't listen to the Fantasia part. I really only listen to reviews of films I've already seen. Speaking of which, why is My Winipeg not playing here!?

I'd maybe like to hear a podcast with just Jay and Kurt. It'd be an interesting mix because they are both used to dominating the conversation. It'd have to be on a subject they disagree on. Southland Tales probably.

Then Andrew and Sean could do a podcast together. That would be cool. It would be like a week of bizarro podcasts!

Southland Tales would be a pretty decent episode for The Movie Club.

On a different note, I just saw a little movie last night called Maximum Overdrive (35mm! Private screening!). The moral of that film is that anyone who likes The Happening is an idiot.

I agree that The Happening is trying to be a B film. But the key word there is trying. MNS is far too much of an important cinematic genius to ever really make a genuine B movie. It's a B MovieDo you guys get it?

Like all his recent movies The Happening ends up turning into a referendum on himself. B O R I N G.

Henrik
Guest

I think The Happening is an A movie. If you don't think you can handle its disjointedness that's fine, but the shit that gets (barely) strung together is on a much higher level than any other thing I've seen this summer. I mean seriously, compare Iron Man escaping to the gun scene in The Happening. I could care less if the people talking together makes a lick of sense when the film is all about showing some awesome shit. If its awesome, then the film is succesful.

I think The Happening and Death Proof would make a great double feature.

Russ T. James
Guest

Death Proof would blow The Happening offscreen and then rape it.

@ "I think The Happening is an A movie."

Take it up with Shyamalan.

Kurt
Guest

Maximum Overdrive rocks my world. Love that film. In connection to THE HAPPENING, Maximum Overdrive was in one of the Rowthree Cinecast Top 10's ("eco-horro").

Kurt
Guest

And also agree that DEATHPROOF >> THE HAPPENING

Russ T. James
Guest

Kurt, what do you think about my Southland Tales idea? It'll be like the Lady in the Water episode with you in the Jay role.

Marina Antunes
Admin

Wow, a Canadian double bill for the DVD picks – VERY nice.

If anyone's looking for more discussion specifically on The Tracey Fragments, it also happens to be this months DVD Club pick for The First Weekend Club. Discussion is ongoing here.

Kurt
Guest

@ Rusty – This Months Movie Club was like Lady in the Water with me in the Jay Role! (Re: I Heart Huckabees)

Marina Antunes
Admin

@ Kurt – That's 'cause you're CRAZY!

Russ T. James
Guest

cool, I'll check it out. I'm glad to hear you were defending I Heart Huckabees.

Russ T. James
Guest

It's not out yet. What the hell.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Sean over at Film Junk is still doing post-production of the show. Since he does this really well, we let him take his time. Also, he has to contend with a 4-way skype feed. Mississauga-Thorold-Minneapolis-Vancouver-'Somewhere-in-Iceland' (We've added twitch writer Swarez to the mix this show)

As a little bit of hype, this particular episode was perhaps the most fun since the CannibalHolocast/FreddieGotFingered show.

John Allison
Editor

I was also traveling when Andrew put up his review of Hancock so I didn't become too involved in the commenting. For me personally, I feel that Hancock is one of the better movies this year. I actually enjoy the changes in tone that happen throughout the movie. Kurt brought up Save the Green Planet which I also really enjoy but it also had me thinking of The Host. Right now Hancock is in my top 10 for the year. In any other year it wouldn't be but since this year is pretty weak it ranks that high.

The whole time Andrew was talking about ID4 I was thinking about how much I like Tim Burton's Mars Attacks.

I can forgive the whole computer virus bit in ID4 but overall I just left that movie completely bored also. It suffers from everything that is wrong with every other standard blockbuster in my mind.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Nice to see us back in sync John.

The Host and Save The Green Planet is awesomeness

Hancock is a worthy blockbuster

ID4 is ass by any yardstick and it is not fun or interesting

Mars Attacks is indeed interesting in a goofy way – It does a full-on mockery of the "Irwin Allen" concept that ID4 takes too seriously and executes as clumsily as the Allen pics of the 70s.

Oh, and THE RUNDOWN is the Michael Bay and Tony Scott style married with a goofy Shane Black (esque) script. It's a whole lot of fun, with Rosario again rocking my world.

Russ T. James
Guest

I just listened to the Freddy Got Fingered episode recently. It's definitely one of the better ones. Though I felt a little bad for Marina who was kind of ganged up on.

There was definitley a similarity between the justification for FGF and LITW and more specifically The Happening.

But see I think it works for FGF for the following reasons:

-FGF is definitely a comedy. We're not debating which scenes are supposed to be suspenseful and scary.

-It isn't for everyone but insulting the audience is a legitimate tradition of comedy. That's why, as pretentious as it sounds FGF is following in the footsteps of the dadaist school. They also enjoyed playing bizarre practical jokes on their audience.

-The Happening is just plain not funny. The same is true of LITW. Shyamalan's sense of humor lately is too just throw out a bunch of stupid ideas that I guess we're supposed to giggle at (Mark Whalberg talks to a house plant. Freddy Rodriugez has a big arm). Sorry, those aren't jokes. Jokes build and have a narrative. There's a art to them. Jokes are more than just stupid ideas.

-As Marina pointed out the supporting cast, led by Rip Torn is totally in it to win it. The cast in The Happening is noticably uncomfortable (do you notice how their "wacky" performances go in and out. They don't know why they're talking that way either).

I have never heard a convincing explaination for this acting style. Henrik just shrugs and says it's "interesting". Kurt just bizarrely insists Marky Mark is great.

Russ T. James
Guest

Hey Henrik, is this you?

"If you are a huge Shyamalan fan because of Sixth Sense then you need to re-evaluate your liking towards him. Sixth Sense was childish to what he has grown to be as a writer and director today. His work is genius and deep now. The surface of his movies is what is hurting his reputation because people do not understand the message he is conveying.

Watch the happening again, if you will, and don't pay attention to the plants killing humans but that we are killing ourselves. Nothing ever really proves that the plants did anything just that they started to believe it. The people in the movie were killing themselves symbolically, but why?"

Henrik
Guest

No, where did you get that? Nice to see there are other thinking people in the world though. The 6th Sense is indeed childish and unambitious.

I don't think people should look at The Happening and get a huge awakening about how we are in fact killing ourselves. Who cares? There are better films about that out there. You should look at it and enjoy the images, the craftsmanship and the unique ideas that you don't often see in blockbusters.

rot
Guest

"you do it to yourself, just you, and thats why it really hurts"

Shyamalan knows his Radiohead videoes.

Good
Guest

from the FJ and RT reviews, I regained interest in Hancock and saw it yesterday. First off, it was a pretty bad theater experience, with an old lady in what was a very echo-ey theater saying to her 10 year old grandson "those last 2 minutes were pretty good, did you like those Jerry?" "do you think its going to turn out okay?" "what did he say?" – so instead of yelling at an old lady, switched to a half hour later show. I wasn't upset. I kind of liked the first 10 minutes okay and felt more sorry for the kid who had to deal with grandma than myself. THat and the replacement theater was much bigger and a digital screen.

The first half of Hancock is passable, or should I say, the insulting term of "watchable". It moves briskly, but really I didn't find it particularly funny – anything funny was in the trailer. Bateman's schtick was probably the most watered down, most annoying version of himself he's done, as I've loved him in pretty much everything else, including Smokin Aces. He was the kind of lame dad you see in family films. The soundtrack is the worst I've heard in a long time, with either obvious choices or simply terrible twangy score seemingly out of a Pepperidge farms commercial. It actually also reminded me of the "Envy" score, which I didn't mind in that film but here made me expect some deep voiced guy to start comedically narrating the movie.

"Dweep de dweep de wow wow, Hancock is a sad sad man"

Then theres the film censoring "Move Bitch" by Ludacris into "move ____", even thought theres a couple fucks and plenty of assholes said by everyone, including children.

As for Smith's character, man he played it okay, but… I was surprised at how lame the character was. I wasn't a fan of Bad Santa, but I thought he'd be a little more gruff and not so blatantly juvenile. It's like someone got John Cena drunk, everything is about someone's ass, and he has lame "tell me you didn't just say that" comebacks that come out so forced from a script.

I would generally agree with Kurt that the 'twist' is very much telegraphed from the get go, and that anyone gasping isn't really paying attention. I would also agree that at first, the transition into the more serious film is gradual. However by the end, it is way too different, and the different film it has become is a really bad one. The most jarring thing in that 'serious' film side is something Bateman does.

SPOILER

I GUESS

SPOILER

When Bateman chops the dude's arm off, the movie is over. Period. Absolutely no indication he'd dare go there or cared that much about Hancock, or even his wife of kid. Bateman is sugar coated wimp otherwise in this film. Imagine watching Full House and Saget going into one of his typical standup routines, or Uncle Jesse biting the head off a puppy and Michelle splitting into two and they all feed on its carrion. That is the kind of shift that happened here. And it looked, felt, was scored, shot, everything you can measure, on such a weak level…

that I'm getting a little frustrated at the pass/fail system that Kurt has. If something is good, its good. If it sucks, it sucks. if its weird, you can still say you respect it for trying, but over and over since the Iron Man trashing you're making special exceptions for films simply because they are small run b films ("Teeth"), being just plain weird ("Southland Tales"), and I have no idea whats probably wrong with the Fantasia output. That you're this far into the summer and still trashing Iron Man, but this. THIS? is something… passable? I'm sorry, i have to reach into my bag and pull out the reaction-to-the-critics card again, gotta pull out the bitter-hollywood-cynicism card again.

Jesus, this film makes a major mistake every 2nd minute in the first half, and every 20 seconds in the second. Hancock is a flat out terrible film.

Good
Guest

I'm also going to give Andrew a pass on liking Independence Day. I don't think its nearly as good as he does, but Kurt for one, didn't even remember major parts of the film (like the dog escaping fireball scene), and had his 'cake' argument which simply doesn't fly, because you could apply that very same argument against any number of films, including Pans Labyrinth.

Sorry Kurt, but if you're gonna talk so much more than Andrew, there's going to be way more to come after you for 😛

Good
Guest

http://www.amazon.com/Wire-Complete-Fifth-Season/

btw Kurt, I thought you'd want to see these, "prequels" to the Wire characters Prop Joe, Omar and McNulty/Bunk. I think they're amazon exclusives and not on any dvds.

rot
Guest

"that I’m getting a little frustrated at the pass/fail system that Kurt has. If something is good, its good. If it sucks, it sucks. if its weird, you can still say you respect it for trying, but over and over since the Iron Man trashing you’re making special exceptions…"

you know what Goon we agree yet again, I see a lot of inconsistency to Kurt's decisions of what is good and bad… I mean I understand his points for why he gives somethings a pass and others not, but something like Southland Tales is bad for the same reasons that Lady in the Water are bad, and he is able to tolerate shit, sometimes even defend it (*cough* Huckabees *cough*)and not in some ironical way, but genuinely as if they were good films.

Say what you will about me, at least I am consistent. I enjoyed the Happening but I know it is an awful film.

Oh and Iron Man is still bad.

Good
Guest

I own a couple movies I know are genuinely bad but like them anyways – Showgirls, Wicker Man for example. But I wouldn't give them a 'pass' the same way Kurt does. I don't readdress a rating out of a different appreciation than was intended.

Lady in the Water is Good, Iron Man is good, Huckabees is good.

woot.

Henrik
Guest

What on earth is good about Iron Man?

swarez
Guest

Let's see. Good acting, good action and an over all feel of a good time. Just like a summer movie should be.

Henrik
Guest

Yeah you're right, except the acting wasn't good, the action wasn't good and it didn't have an overall feel of a good time.

Henrik
Guest

Let me clarify: With Iron Man I can completely understand people being willing to just go in, sit back and go out again and not feel like it was a strain to watch, that it's nice to see more vibrant colours than in real life etc. But from that stance to actually claim that it was 'good', I don't see what would possibly elevate it from meaninglessness.

Kurt
Guest

@Rot/Good: Hmmm, how to defend myself? I don't think I'm a consistent person, (is anyone)? Sometimes I see a lot to like in a middling film and I reflect that, sometimes something drives me batty in a film enough to crap on it. Sometimes the simple fact that I'm worn out by seeing the same tropes again and again in a film. Sometimes my expectations are so low that things slip by.

I liked the implications of the second half of Hancock. I liked the 'kryptonite' and what it means. I liked the racial subtext of the film, From the White Bronco being the chase at the beginning to the origin story of Hancock to the relationship. I simply like Peter Berg because yes he makes middle of the road blockbusters, but for one reason or another injects something interesting into the equation, or find the right actors (especially the women – Rosario Dawson in the Rundown, Charlize Theron in this one.)

I agree it has a lot of 'bombastic' blockbuster elements, but the subtext in the movie separated it from the usual run-of-the-mill blockbuster fodder.

@Good: Accidental qualities that make give an appreciative element to a film I think are great. If you look at a lot of great films in depth or behind the scenes you'll find out a lot of what the film accomplished was by one accident or another. For me if something works in the final film, it works, I don't care necessarily how it got there, only that I liked that element…

@rot. I Heart Huckabees is genuinely hilarious, laugh-out-loud for me.

Kurt
Guest

@ Good: I have a torrent of interest in those Wire Prequels, I wonder a bit where I might find them outside of Amazon!?

Kurt
Guest

@Rusty – I've heard a few people call Freddy Got Fingered a dadaist prank. And I cannot disagree, I know the writer, Derek Harvie (through a couple degrees of separation anyway, he's a friend of a friend) had this in mind to a large extent when making the film…

Swarez
Guest

@Henrik.

Films don't always have to mean something or have some profound message behind them. I look at it the same way I do music, I don't see anything wrong with enjoying a Justin Timberlake song now and then while most of my music collection consists of Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Sonic Youth and such.

It's a popcorn flick that had a cliché ridden storyline but it was obvious that the people involved had a great time making it and it spilled over to the audience. That's why I felt it was a good summer movie. You didn't think it was good but I did and it is useless to try to figure that out.

It might be something that you will never understand and that's fine, the same can be said about your love affair with the Ninja Turtles. I just don't get it.

It's different strokes for different folks man.

Ross Miller
Guest

I agree with swarez on Iron Man. Yes it may not have been the most innovative film out there (even by summer blockbuster standards) but like swarex said; the fun the filmmakers had when making it spilled over onto the audience. My complaints with (in retrospect) the end fight being like the Transformers I enjoyed the film a hell of a lot more than some others. I think maybe my opinion of the film was raised because I didn't have all that much expectations for it, unlike the new Hulk film (which I was very much anticipating and it dissapointed, although I still liked it) – it will definitely be on the list of the better films of 2008 by year's end.

rot
Guest

@ Kurt "Sometimes I see a lot to like in a middling film and I reflect that, sometimes something drives me batty in a film enough to crap on it. Sometimes the simple fact that I’m worn out by seeing the same tropes again and again in a film. Sometimes my expectations are so low that things slip by."

Then that should be in your explicit reasons for why a film gets a pass… and I think with Southland Tales you did make that clear but isn't there a difference between finding some good things to say about film and calling a film as a whole good and giving it a pass? If one's reasons for enjoying a film can be limited to peculiarities of your experience, i.e. the mood you were in prior, your expectations, the context within which you watched it (i.e. festival or annoying theater) then is it really a judgement of how good the film is?

and I totally disagree with Swarez on this waving off of any middle ground (different strokes for different folks) then what is the point of communication?

We can play the game of film analysis and point at ostensive things in the film that can be construed as done poorly or done well. Telling a story, the narrative aspect is an easy example, if the criteria that the film lays out is for some coherency, to exist in a certain universe with its own implicit rules, one can thread that out and judge how well it accomplished its goals.

If we like a film and we comment on film blogs it seems only natural that you articulate why you like it, and be willing to have others challenge your reasons. If you acknowledge you like the film despite its very real flaws, then fine, you step inside the sphere of subjectivity and nothing can be done. But if you like the film and claim the film itself is of a certain quality, then you are in the sphere of objective analysis and need to bring your reasons.

It is possible to be consistent this way, and truly defend the films that you believe are solid themselves, and acknowledge when you enjoy the films that you have no earthly reason to. If people stuck to this sort of consistency there would be less confusion, the real debates over films would focus on level playing fields of analysis, instead of one person talking about ostensive qualities of a film and the other talking about comic book ethos.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

@rot: "If one’s reasons for enjoying a film can be limited to peculiarities of your experience, i.e. the mood you were in prior, your expectations, the context within which you watched it (i.e. festival or annoying theater) then is it really a judgment of how good the film is?"

I don't think I judge films on my 'mood that day' or environment in the theatre (a minuscule influence at best). In something particular like Southland Tales, I watched it twice prior to writing anything, and do believe it is a good film (even if some of its successes are accidental). On the flip side, my viewing of Iron Man was near perfect, the crowd was way into the film, nobody made a beep, etc. and yet the film left me flat for its familiarity.

I'll never claim consistency in my evaluation of any film, as things are always fluid…I didn't see much of value in 8 1/2 when I watched it at 17, yet revisiting it at 30 and the richness of that film bowled me over.

Furthermore, I do not see the issue with latching onto a particular quality (or subset of qualities) that are good in an otherwise middling film or the flip side of latching onto some particularly awful qualities in an otherwise good film and talking about them. reviews and blog entries are for stimulating conversation and awareness of the authors thoughts moreso than they are an objective measure of a film.

rot
Guest

"reviews and blog entries are for stimulating conversation and awareness of the authors thoughts moreso than they are an objective measure of a film."

They can be both… but yeah people can just yell at each other from their subjective spheres, and that can be that too, and some films don't deserve much more than that, but shouldn't we aspire for some consistency, to be able to know when we are debating an issue of a film because it pertains to the film and not to our fickle mood?

Otherwise it a thousand voices clamoring at once and none of them going anywhere.

as for being consistent with liking a film over a period of time that is different, I am not saying you have to fix your opinion and that is that, but that you know on what basis you are defending something, that you are honest with yourself in THAT moment, on THAT viewing. Consistency is not saying Iron Man is shit because of the formulaic character of it but justifying My Blueberry Nights because of it, I mean it may very well be the case you love Blueberry and hate Iron Man but your articulation of each causes inconsistency and someone like Goon can justifiably out you on something like that. If it is different, than how different, what is Blueberry doing narratively, cinematically that is different that is good in itself… or is it that you just like it because you like it, because of some arbitrary pleasure it gives you? In which case you need not defend it as being a GOOD film and get caught up in any inconsistencies.

I mean essentially I guess what I am talking about is craft, that craft is in the public sphere for us to dispute. We should not mistake whatever value we perceive in a film with craftsmanship unless that also is there… is Southland Tales a well-crafted film?

With craft also I do not mean merely that you can hit the right beats in editing and framing etc, but it extends to narrative construction, storytelling, articulation of ideas and themes.

We can still love shit but at least admit its shit.

Swarez
Guest

@Rot.

Henrik was stating that Iron Man wasn't good and was perplexed that anyone was stupid enough to think otherwise. This "I hate summer blockbusters by default" bugs the shit out of me and I find it so bizarre. Especially if the same person likes TMNT. By his criteria he should hate that film as much as Iron Man because it has all the same faults that the Ninja Turtles have.

If he had explained why we should all hate Iron Man then we might have some sort of discussion about it but he didn't. I explained why I liked it but he basically said you're wrong. Nobody's opinion of a movie is wrong but I guess he doesn't feel that way and that's his problem.

rot
Guest

@swarez

exactly why I think people need to recognize that one's appreciation of a film is not necessarily an acknowledgement of the high craftsmanship of the work, but hyperbole what it is when we love something we tend to assume no faults to it and blind ourselves to our inconsistencies.

Swarez
Guest

Very true.

We are all guilty of it but sometimes a film, even though by all the standards we have set for ourselves we should hate it, just clicks for us for some reason.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Ironman is scripted and directed to a painful and oft-repeated formula

My Blueberry Nights is an auteur experimenting within his realm and playing with his specialties in a foreign language. It furthermore tries to capture something in typically done in Hong Kong in a different countries somewhat iconic (NY, Memphis, Vegas) locations…

Apples and Oranges.

Russ T. James
Guest

Rot, I would never agree that anything I love is shit. If I love it there must be something great about it.

Ross Miller
Guest

@Russ,

it has happened a few times with me – Kung Pow: Enter The Fist is a prime example. As is Armageddon.

Henrik
Guest

I don't hate summer blockbusters by default, but I do hate default summer blockbusters. Just because they're so boring to watch. Unless it has a true 'wow' effect like say, the effect of seeing dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, what does it have to offer me? Nothing.

Dave Becker
Editor

I don’t hate summer blockbusters by default, but I do hate default summer blockbusters.

It's only Sunday, and this could very well be the quote of the week!

Well stated (and this is from someone who liked Iron Man)

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

@Henrik. I agree with Dave, well said.

But I think you have an issue with 'wonder' on screen (the Pixar hate, the lack of awe at the Dinos in JP). What's with all the cynical posturing? Put down the Bergman films and pick up some Singing in the Rain or something. Eat some strawberries or kiss a pretty girl. Sheesh.

Russ T. James
Guest

Henrik doesn't have an issue with wonder on screen. He positively referenced Jurassic Park and he hasn't even seen Wall E to have an opinion on it either way.

Henrik is just another one of those insecure sad clods trying to convince people of his intelligence by coping this lame superiority schtick. It's all the rage among socialists. Another teenage punk (except that he's into his twenties now) trying to lecture the world on how smart he is.

Henrik
Guest

@Dave and Kurt: See, english isn't even my first language, yet I master it to such a degree as to impress grown-up educated people like yourselves. Imagine how superior I am in my native language? I would blow your minds.

I'm joking.

Once again Russ T., I'm not trying to convince you of anything about my persona. If I was scared that I may actually be outed as an imbecile who was posturing in order to convey a sense of intelligence, I haven't done a good job of covering my tracks. And I resent your notion that I have a 'schtick'. It makes it sound put on. My opinions are honest, and the only schtick I have is my personality. As for what the 'socialists' are doing, I have no idea. I think there has always been a tendency among the masses to resent the individual who expresses his individuality at the expense of caring about them. Wether it's me or you who has the -ioritycomplex, I'd let a psychologist decide.

I positively reference Jurrasic Park. It takes more than wonder to make my spine tingle. I refuse to allow my brain to be beaten into a pulp that would be satisfied by good-looking mediocrity. While I enjoy Jurrasic Park very much, and think it's among the absolute best in the genre, it's nowhere near one of my favorite films, nor one I would save out of a fire, and I don't consider Steven Spielberg an artist of note because of it.

I don't like strawberries. I have been known to kiss girls, some of them pretty, some of them not, but even that is boring me more and more.

And, just because I don't have any other way of getting this out, Matt Gamble, I have been reading Transmetropolitan, and while I appreciate the sly compliment you gave me by suggesting it, I think it's a bit too much on the male fantasy side to be truly biting. If you'd like something like it, but much less fantasy-like, I recommend you track down the swedish comic 'Arne And' by Alexander Barks (Charlie Christensen) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arne_And . I will finish Transmetropolitan though, and make sure to let you know what I think of the whole thing.

Swarez
Guest

Transmetropolitan is good stuff. I remember when Warren Ellis came to Iceland and did a signing I gave him a can of the powerdrink H.I.V which he sort of foretold with his soda brand Ebola in the comics. He was amused. There is something morbid about naming your soda brand after a deadly decease.

Was never a fan of Arne And, but I'm guessing it's more poor translation by the hands of the newspaper that published it. Have you seen the Norwegian strip "Pondus" Henrik? That's one of the funniest "exaggerated slice of life" comic I've read in a long time.

Henrik
Guest

I am aware of Pondus, but I find the art so ugly that it sometimes actually disgusts me to look at. One of the most hardcore things about Arne And is the sexual frustration that oozes from every panel, and Christensen isn't playing fair at all with the way he draws the women.

swarez
Guest

Ugly? Really? Damn.

I find the art truly great. How he captures expressions and awkward moments are just priceless IMO. The comic timing is on point as well.

Henrik
Guest

I don't mean badly drawn, I just mean the women with huge warts etc. sometimes gross me out, which I guess is the intent, but I think the effect can be achieved more elegantly.

swarez
Guest

Ok. Got ya. But that's why I like about it. I guess the author has had his share of nasty lays.

rot
Guest

*TIFF NEWS*

Religulous (Bill Maher)

Ashes of Time Redux (Wong Kar-Wai)

Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)

and a bunch of others

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Really looking forward to new Leigh and I'm salivating on seeing Ashes of Time in good quality on the big screen, this will be a real treat at TIFF this year.

Ross Miller
Guest

I saw Happy-Go-Lucky a few months ago and let me tell you it's a REALLY fun and enjoyable movie. The main character, to me anyway, was one of the most likeable characters I have ever seen in a film. The film is VERY different to Leigh's usual depression inducing style seen in something like Vera Drake but it's great to see a different side to him.

(Having said that about the main character I have heard many-a-film-goer and critics alike that have said she was terribly irritating; I specifically remembering BBC's Mark Kermode having that opinion.)

rot
Guest

Mark Kermode is entertaining occasionally but woefully ignorant of cinemah. Yes he is a doctor but the guy cannot get beyond the schematas he imports on films, and a lot of them are so arbitrary, like if he doesn't like a particular director or actor, then that is it, you are assured he will dislike the film by association.

So far TIFF films I will try to see:

Religulous

Happy-Go-Lucky

Miracle of Saint Anna

Three Monkeys

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Ditto on Kermode. Funny, occasionally insightful, but more often than not, simply tedious….

Henrik
Guest

I agree with you guys, except I don't find him funny at all.

Henrik
Guest

Btw. Swarez if you're from Iceland, did you see 'Kids' and 'Parents'? You should give those films some coverage, I loved both of them. I got to meet Ragnar Bragason as well, he looked like an icelandic devil master, but seemed quite enthusiastic about talking to the radio.

swarez
Guest

Well I wanted to review them on Twitch but since I designed the posters for them and I know the people involved personally I didn't think I could do an unbiased review. They are good though, I especially love Parents.

Ragnar is a great guy, we are supposed to start working on the DVD for the films soon but the man is so busy with his new TV series that we can't seem to find the time.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Amusing. A screening of [REC] in New Zealand causes one viewer to literally crap pants.

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