Cinecast Episode 160 – Total Recallisms

 
Quite the jam packed show this week. Whether it’s a lament on sexual blood carvings, sifting through a Hitchcockian political intrigue or uncovering a 40 year-old missing persons case with a laptop, the discussion never seems to stop. Getting back to our roots a little bit too with some reminiscing on Verhoeven, Cronenberg and Carpenter as well. Of course there’s some DVD picks in here and a few other things we caught over the past week. “Enjoy.”

As always, feel free to leave your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!


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IN-HOUSE BUSINESS:
Kurosawa Centenary
Movie Club Podcast (The Thin Blue Line & Stroszek)


MAIN REVIEWS:
Repo Men (Matt’s review)


OTHER REVIEWS:
Ghost Writer (Andrew’s review)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Jandy’s review)


WHAT ELSE WE WATCHED:
Big Trouble in Little China
Kick-Ass
Remember Me
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Sunshine


DVD PICKS:

Andrew:
The Men Who Stare at Goats
(Andrew’s review)

        Kurt:
Fantastic Mr. Fox
(Kurt’s review)

        Matt:
Mad Men (s3)
(IMDb)


 
 

BLU RAY:

Andrew:
Days of Heaven [Criterion] (IMDb)

        Kurt:
Days of Heaven [Criterion] (IMDb)

        Matt:
I DON’T PICK BLU-RAY!


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
The Blind Side
Brothers
Red Cliff

After Dark HorrorFest series
Yojimbo [Criterion Blu-ray] Sanjuro [Criterion Blu-ray] Bigger than Life [Criterion Blu-ray] Elizabeth [Blu-ray]


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
The “Zachary” Bill has passed through Canada’s legislature:
news item


NEXT WEEK:
Greenberg
Fish Tank
How to Train Your Dragon
Hot Tub Time Machine


PRIVATE COMMENTS or QUESTIONS?
Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, or email us:
feedback@rowthree.com (general)
andrew.james@rowthree.com
kurt@rowthree.com

 

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Antho42
Guest

When Matt Gumble is on the podcast: it is the podcast version of the Three Stooges. Pure comedy gold.

Antho42
Guest

Repo Man: what a boring piece of @$@%$. When the twist ending occurred, my brother and I started laughing at how bad the film was. However, it does make you want to re-watch old classics ranging from Oldboy, Brazil, to Robocop.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Yes, but Repo Men does play as a sly parody of those films in its own right, unintentional or not, the result is not so simple as "Shitty Movie" as many are writing it off. It's not Dr. Strangelove (or Monty Python's The Meaning of Life) but it kicks the crap out of Resident Evil or Paycheck.

There has got to be room for joyously demented trash like Repo Men, (and I don't mean the excrescent Genetic Opera!)

Ashley
Guest

Wow, Kurt bears in uncanny resemblance to Ed Norton in that Zodiac poster.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

heh. That's the joke (!), note Andrew's recycling of photos.

http://www.rowthree.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/0

Antho42
Guest

If you are going to watch Repo Man, do not take your 13 year old brother and your mother to the Theater. A very uncomfortable viewing experience.

Antho42
Guest

The main woman in the film was horrible just like her performance in I Am Legend. I was shocked to learn that she is the same actress that played the main girl in City of God.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

It is funny that that Alice Braga, after a rather naturalistic performance (in an otherwise very stylized movie) has been going for all the big budget sci-fi films (Blindness, I Am Legend, Predators).

She rocks in a small (shrewish) part in Red-Belt.

Antho42
Guest

Alice Braga= The Brazilian Penelope Cruz. She should focus on making Portuguese language films.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I'm not completely in disagreement on the Braga/Cruz comparison, but I guess you/we should all check out Rummikub then, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1090344/

Antho42
Guest

Slashfilm made a interesting comment on the twist ending. They believe that the ending shows how psychological traumatize the protagonist is.

Spoiler: His utopia being to kill many people and being surrounded by blood.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

"It’s not Dr. Strangelove (or Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life) but it kicks the crap out of Resident Evil or Paycheck."

I just bought Resident Evil on blu-ray. :p

Ashley
Guest

Wait, that's *you* in the Fight Club poster, Kurt? I thought that one actually was Norton!

Antho42
Guest

Kurt, have you seen Jean Pierre Melville's Le Samourai. The reason being that there has been constant references to The Ghost Dog in Cinecast. The premise of John Woo's The Killer and Ghost Dog are based on Melville's film. Quiet possibly, it is the coolest movie of have ever seen.

Jonathan
Admin

I wrote up a mini-review off Le Samourai back in January '08 on here. It's one of my personal favorites. Costello is so badass.

Antho42
Guest

Costello: one of the coolest characters ever.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I love Alain Delon, and Le Samourai is a major hole that I meant to remedy when the Criterion Disc came out. I'll get on that one, ASAP, folks.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Not having seen the two films being spoiler-reviewed makes listening to the Cinecast a lot less time-consuming! 🙂

On Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I predictably have some thoughts and clarifications. The film trilogy is complete in Sweden, and rumor is that the other two (The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest) will both be released in North America sometime this year. They do actually share characters – "the girl" of the title is always Lisbeth Salander. I haven't read the other two books yet, but it appears they do not share any plot; as in, they are completely different mysteries that do not involve the Vanger family or Wennerstrom. But they do have Salander and Blomkvist as main characters. The books have been optioned for production in the United States; the last rumors I heard had a projected 2012 release, with David Fincher possibly interested in directing, and Carey Mulligan's name tossed around for Salander. Personally, no matter how much I love Carey Mulligan, I can't imagine how she could match Noomi Rapace in the role.

Though it didn't really bother me, I do see Matt's point about everything being tied off cleanly at the end, and him calling it too "Hollywood" is actually one of the reasons I feel like an American remake of this is utterly pointless. The Swedish version is already made like a high-end American character-driven thriller, and I mean that in a good way, like Gone Baby Gone</en> or Zodiac. People need to just go see this one. That said, if there's gonna be an American one, Fincher would be one of the few people I'd be interested in seeing direct it.

Like Andrew mentioned, I'm holding this up as an example of how to do an adaptation of a popular book – I actually read about 1/6 of the book, then saw the film, then finished the book a few weeks later just prior to writing my review, which was probably the best way to do it. There are a few things the book does better (like explain Lisbeth's status vis a vis the state and her guardianship – the film makes it seem like she's a minor felon with a parole officer, but it's not really that – she's an orphan and had issues in school and won't cooperate with psychiatric evaluations so they think she's mentally incompetent and unable to manage her own life, so they place her state guardianship to manager her finances and everything; she's obviously not mentally incompetent, she's just not well-conditioned socially, hence the feeling she may be on the autism spectrum), but in terms of slimming down the book to work as a film, it's absolutely fantastic. For example, the book brings in Blomkvist's daughter for one scene to figure out the numerical code in Harriet's diary. The film leaves out Blomkvist's family entirely, and has Lisbeth figure out the code. That was an excellent choice, because the film already has enough characters to deal with. There are many little things like that which most film adaptations do poorly, either by staying too faithful to the book and failing as a film, or by making changes for no reason. Every change here had a very specific, better-for-the-film reason. And yes, there are a few plot changes that I even though worked better in the film, but I can't talk about them, because it'd be spoilery.

Kurt, it's interesting that you mention Ten Little Indians; in one way, it's very like Ten Little Indians, because it's a closed-room/closed-island scenario. The number of suspects is limited because an accident on the bridge to the island during the time of the disappearance means they know exactly which people were capable of committing the crime. They even, at one point, have a scene with all the family gathered that I thought was going to be a classic Christie "get everyone together and reveal whodunit" scene, but then it didn't happen. It was sort of playing with Christie-style set-ups and then turning them upside down, but never so obviously that you'd go "oh, this is a Christie homage" or anything.

re: Mr. and Mrs. Smith. I unabashedly love this movie. It's a slam-bang comedic action film with Pitt and Jolie at their most charismatic, a cleverer-than-most plot device, and a witty script. I refuse to even call it a guilty pleasure. It's just a pleasure, and I don't care what anyone else says. Still confused by Andrew calling it a remake – do you mean the 1941 Hitchcock Mr. and Mrs. Smith, or something else? Because it's completely unrelated to the Hitchcock film.

Dear Andrew and Dear Kurt: WATCH MAD MEN. That is all. Glad to hear the S3 DVDs are out; I got behind on S3 and my DVR deleted them, so I still need to finish that up. Hearing Matt say it's the best of them all makes me want to go splurge on the Blu-rays right now.

And I finally got around to Le samourai a couple of months ago and was BLOWN AWAY. Definitely a must-see.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Whoa, that comment was longer than it seemed while I was writing it.

rot
Guest

Dear Kurt: watch MAD MEN only AFTER watching all six seasons of LOST. That is all.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Heh. Somewheres, I will find the time for all of this….somehow.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Dear rot (and Kurt): MAD MEN > LOST. That is all.

Jonathan
Admin

Between Mad Men and Lost, it's not even a comparison. Mad Men blows it and pretty much all other television competition out of the way.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Fincher is apparently directing the American Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, according to /Film: http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/03/31/david-fincher

I'll watch it, even though I still think it's pointless.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Just FYI, Red Riding is EXHAUSTING to watch all in a row. Did it at AFI. It's good, but it's draining.

Kurt
Guest

I've got a copy of that playbill. It's very nice, if a bit stuffily written.

Ross Miller
Guest

@Kurt,

Holy crap, I can't believe I didn't notice that was Mark Strong as the Freddy Krueger-like guy in Sunshine. When you said it on the podcast I thought that you'd just mistaken him for someone else but IMDB confirms it. Well spotted (I should have noticed it when you see him in photo before he gets the way he does).

On The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I REALLY liked it. Got a big David Fincher vibe from it (Zodiac and Se7en in particular), and funnily enough he's probably gonna remake it.

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