Cinecast Episode 124 – Go To Hell

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Episode 124:
What a great weekend at the movies! Kurt and Andrew revel in this fact and really get into a positive discussion over some great films. DVD picks are fun and whoops, this thing turns into nearly 3 hours after a fairly lengthy tangent on the intricacies of lending out DVDs. Nice.
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COVERED IN TODAY’S SHOW:
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Drag me to Hell
Ace in the Hole
Severed Ways
Jeremiah Johnson
Billy Jack
Fears of the Dark
Valkyrie
True Blood
Let the Right One In (novel vs book)
Pontypool (novel and book)
Tender Mercies
Revolutionary Road
Final Fantasy: Advent Children
Glory

Andrew’s DVD categorization/lending site:
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Matt Gamble
Guest

Vengeance is mine!

Matt Gamble
Guest

Haven't checked it out, perhaps I shall today before heading to work.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Couple thoughts before I run off to work:

Pontypool is not on the booking sheet for Mpls. I've been checkin for it for months now and it has never showed up. I'll email our booker this weekend and see if he has any sort of an update. My guess is it only plays in NY/LA and then goes straight to DVD.

The Final Fantasy release is a SE with something like 30 minutes of additional scenes that the studio cut from the theatrical release. Supposedly those scenes will make the story actually make sense. So while their is a DVD release of the film, it is the theatrical cut, which is total crap. I have absolutely no idea if the new cut is any good though.

rot
Guest

Kurt, I am a bigger Billy Wilder dunce, I checked out his long list of films and I have seen one, The Lost Weekend.

I have not seen Double Indemnity, and I always get it confused with The Killers, which I have seen and always thought to be the definitive film noir movie.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

After you see D.I. you will want to watch a LOT more WILDER. His sense of humour and timing are pretty unmatched in the pre-NewHollywood (the 69-'70s) era.

I am still flabberghasted that ACE IN THE HOLE is not canonized in the 'truly iconic films' section occupied by Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Dr. Strangelove, etc.

rot
Guest

I'm pretty sure I have returned all the films I borrowed from you, Kurt. So we are good.

Except I think you have a couple of mine still.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Kurt, I am a bigger Billy Wilder dunce, I checked out his long list of films and I have seen one, The Lost Weekend.

I have not seen Double Indemnity, and I always get it confused with The Killers, which I have seen and always thought to be the definitive film noir movie.

rot, you are dead to me. DEAD TO ME.

rot
Guest

Well I seek to remedy this soon, not to worry. maybe that film noir marathon ideas was a good idea after all 🙂

Directors that for one reason or another I have not got around to yet:

Billy Wilder

Johnnie To

Olivier Assayas

Frank Capra (Thats right I haven't even seen Its a Wonderful Life)

Howard Hawks (until this year when I saw Rio Bravo, and now with the 30's marathon I am seeing a few more)

Also to set the record straight, Kurt not knowing Jeremiah Jackson is in no way evidence of anything as to the popularity of the film. I have not seen it, but I know of it and right now in HMV they are selling these four movies on one disc with it included alongside McCabe and Ms Miller, The Wild Bunch and Train Robbers. I was tempted to buy it because I have never seen McCabe and Dave praises it highly.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

McCabe is great, and gorgeously shot. Very cinematic film with a real humanity as a bonus.

rot
Guest

oh and highly recommend reading Yate's novel from which the movie Revolutionary Road was taken, its awesome.

rot
Guest

and the scene that you and Henrik and I think Goon were all criticizing, the meltdown in the car, in context of the book, that is beat by beat exactly as it was originally written. And it always made sense to me far before I read the book (so this is not an argument based on source material, just an observation). And it is fleshed out in the book about how being a failed actress colours April's behavior and how she carries herself… like I had said originally, what but high theatrics would you expect from a character who is a failed actress? The argument about acting styles in this film seem bizarre to me, they fit the characters to a tee. I have only seen Rev Road once, I own the blu-ray so will see it again shortly but I fucking love that movie.

and yes, the kids are fleshed out a bit more in the novel.

Jandy
Guest

Wilder's his own marathon. He could make films in every genre and they were all good. Howard Hawks is actually the same way, I think. Maybe a "master of all trades" marathon?

rot
Guest

Except I watched Bringing Up Baby last week and no, that is not a good movie by any yardstick. If that was funny in the thirties, the expiration date of that kind of comedy has long since perished.

Jandy
Guest

Except I watched Bringing Up Baby last week and no, that is not a good movie by any yardstick.

You are again DEAD TO ME.

Marina Antunes
Admin

"Here you go, Rosie O'Donnell as a cow". LOFL

whitechapel
Guest

You're right, the trailer for DMTH does it a disservice, good thing it's an awesomely fun movie.

For the record Kurt, I didn't groan for Alien 3, it was Alien 4 I wanted no part of. How could have Alien 3 still been in the case? I WATCHED you go through it.

I think I thought a bit more of Severed Ways than you Kurt. I appreciated its attempt at authenticity, but it defintely could have been tightened up and the camerawork was incredibly frustrating at times.

Fears In The Dark is worth a watch, if only for the last story which has brilliant use of shadow as a storytelling device.

Yes, Advent Children relies heavily on the fact that you have played Final Fantasy VII. The 'new' edition that's coming out is longer, I (as Andrew did) saw the original cut. It is eye candy in the truest sense of the phrase.

Long live The Classic, or the 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 more specifically Kurt.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I think I remember you running for the door, to catch Zombie Hookers instead of Alien 4. Wise Choice whitechapel.

whitechapel
Guest

HEY, it was Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, man. Get it right!

Marina Antunes
Admin

I still don't see the trouble with the DMTH trailer. True, it doesn't even suggest how great the film is but it's a solid trailer that gave me an idea of what to expect.