Cinecast Episode 131 – Visually Elegant

Episode 131:
Back to our roots with a classic shoot the proverbial shit episode. Just Kurt and Andrew with a short review of a mediocre film and then our general rambling of this and that complete with a debate on Boyles and Fresnadillos. Have a ball. We did.

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COVERED IN TODAY’S SHOW:

Brüno
Black
Let the Right One In
Sunshine
28 Days Later vs. 28 Weeks Later
Solaris
Phasma Ex Machina (trailer)

DVD picks:
Pontypool
– available only at Amazon.ca
Visioneers

also on DVD
Watchmen
Coraline
Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II

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Dave
Guest

Pontypool

– available only at Amazon.ca

Fuckin' Canadians. 🙁

Goon
Guest

a lot of people are going to buy watchmen only to find this advertised within the case:

http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/joshw24/ne

So… if you are curious about the Black Freighter or Under the Hood or Motion Comics, you can wait and get them all in one set together.

Ashley
Guest

My family took the train to Chicago five times in a course of three years when I was a kid. We were big Cubs fans, still are of course, but since they stopped running a direct route, we haven't been able to make it back. Too bad, it was so convenient. We didn't even have to transfer at the border. We waited awhile for customs to check everybody, but they came on board instead of having all the passengers file off, and at the same time, the VIA crew finished their shift and an AMTRAK crew took over. It was fantastic.

rot
Guest

PRIM-ER?

Uh, as for the homework, 28 Weeks Later is, and this has been empirically proven, leaps and bounds better than 28 Days Later. I need to revisit it now that the two actors are on my radar presently, Byrne and Renner.

and Andrew, I am doing you a favor, avoid Tarkovsky's Solaris by all means, it is pretentious twaddle that is probably the single most boring film I have ever seen. It goes on and on and on, and this is before you are in the spaceship, and weeds, and breugel painting, and weeds, oh God.

J.D.
Guest

I just finished listening to your podcast and agree with everything you have to say about "Sunshine" – incredible visuals and great cast. My husband discovered the movie as an in-flight movie (which has got to be the worst way to see any movie) and came home raving about it. I had never even heard of it but we immediately went out and rented it. It is one of the favourites in our home video collection in spite of the bungled ending.

Being a bit of wimp in the genre of horror films I have never seen either of the '28' films though I am well aware of them. However you have piqued my curiosity sufficiently that I will have to do the homework you assigned.

rot
Guest

impulsive after Kurt talked about it, I bought 28 Weeks Later on blu-ray last night. Looking forward to it.

Kurt
Guest

@Andrew: " That helicopter slice up scene is ridiculous (if memory serves, Planet Terror did it a lot better)."

Epic Fuckin' fail brother. No way. something like that makes more sense in a Planet Terror type film, but the intense-brutality (and speed) of the 'blending by heli' is much better executed in Weeks….

The whole point of Weeks is the breakdown of family values in a modern and cruel (policy driven) environment, so it makes no sense to have the 'intimacy' found in Days in Weeks. That is why Weeks is a 'good sequel' because it takes the world and goes different places with it….Much like the Alien films.

Goon
Guest

throwing my side in with Weeks.

I was in awe of Days for the atmosphere, and I was in awe of Weeks for the awesome and being more of a spectacle. At the end of the day I think Weeks reached its goals better, and the fact that Days' last 20-30 minutes wasn't so strong (as Boyle has an ongoing problem with) only helps the case for Weeks.

Goon
Guest

all this said, I think Murphy walking through the streets of London in Days to that Godspeed You Black Emperor! song is the best moment in either film.

Goon
Guest

Watched Pontypool.

I thought it was just okay as a whole, and feel it was a bit overhyped by you guys. While I think it had some interesting ideas/concepts, I didn't think they were well executed from beginning to end, and storywise and characterwise there were a number of scenes that fell kinda flat, even kinda stupid. In particular the 'kiss kill' stuff… I didn't feel like those two had very good chemistry with each other. I didn't dig the actual zombie stuff in the movie at all. The strongest part of the movie is the first 40 minutes or so before stuff really starts hitting the fan.

So if I were to pontificate on a few things though – I guess I got an impression from the opening monologue that understanding the city name of "Pontypool" is one of the things that could have set this whole thing off, backed up by the repetition of it during the credits. I got the impression from the stinger that they were keeping alive/uninfected by not making any sense, and he has to shush her for using that understandable term of endearment.

anyways 3/5, not quite the hidden gem I was expecting but not bad. I'm not particularly interested in the other movies they plan on making.

Kurt
Guest

@Goon: "I didn’t feel like those two had very good chemistry with each other."

This is amusing considering the actors are husband and wife.

And the film gets better on subsequent viewings.

Goon
Guest

"This is amusing considering the actors are husband and wife."

Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter from Dexter are married, they don't have good chemistry either. They're still playing characters, and spitting dialogue and it didn't work for me. And this is especially important when they're always on screen with each other.

Goon
Guest

I dont see what would improve on subsequent viewings. Or did you walk in without knowing anything the first time? You guys had pretty much told me everything already, which may have affected things. I was looking for all the little clues and references from the get go and picked up a lot of them right away (ie "Typo" is revealed first in the title) But without knowing the language hook I may not have even seen it.

Goon
Guest

this may fall under reviewing what you wanted/expected vs. what it is:

I had gotten the impression from your reviews that part of the beauty of the movie would be the exploration of learning of whats happening out there via the medium of radio instead of the outside world intruding into the area and seeing so much. There isnt THAT much zombie invasion, but there was more than I wanted and I didnt think it was that well done.

But as for the radio thing, he talked to the BBC and to his traffic reporter, but not to witnesses or other people out there quarantined. I expected the infection to come in through the radio, and from your reviews thought he was going to continue broadcasting through fractured French, and the horror would be from knowing those people were outside but not seeing them – that not seeing them would be more frightening then having them there. I didn't get what you seemed to indicate it would be. As stated, this falls under 'what it is' vs. 'what you wanted/expected', but what I expected from the reviews was more intriguing than what I saw.

Matt Gamble
Guest

I watched Ink this weekend, it was good. I also watched RiP (and made my mother and grandmother watch it) which was better.

That's not a knock on Ink which is a great little film, but RiP is really and truly outstanding documentary film making.

Goon
Guest

My copy arrived in the mail today (thanks), will probably reserve comment on it until the next cinecast thread.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

RiP shall be my Sunday Night viewing….(although I'm also tempted to catch Hump Day)…

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