Cinecast 168 – The Hacksaw Dilemma

 
Revenge is a dish best served cold. So claims an old Klingon proverb. While probably not technically accurate as to the origin of the phrase, it is apropos of this weeks cinecast. It would perhaps be even more appropriate to say that revenge is a dish served often, and in a versatile and diverse number of ways! Even though that does not exactly roll off the tongue – we present a couple of lists to prove it. Tying in with this weeks top ten is our full (and shockingly spoiler free!) review of the Michael Caine revenge drama, Harry Brown. Though there are only two of us to go back and forth this week, we still find some DVDs to discuss and maybe grump out a bit at dismal outlook on our near future at the multiplex.

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




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MAIN REVIEW:
Harry Brown (Kurt’s review)


TOP TEN REVENGE PICTURES:

Kurt:
10) Carrie
9) Point Blank (Finite Focus Entry)
8 ) Mad Max
7) Get Carter (1971)
6) The Brave One

Andrew:
10) Rocky IV
9) Swimming with Sharks (poster)
8 ) Gangs of New York
7) Count of Monte Cristo
6) Wrath of Khaaaaaan!

…listen to the show for our top five.


DVD PICKS:

Andrew:
The Road
(IMDb)

        Kurt:
The Road
(IMDb)


 
 

BLU RAY:

Andrew:
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
(IMDb)

        Kurt:
Stagecoach
(IMDb)


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Rain Fall
Django
[Blu-ray] “Rocket Robin Hood”
“David Cross: Bigger and Blackerer”


NEXT WEEK:
Sex and the City 2
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


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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Darcy S McCallum
Guest

the two highest ranked feature films with the 'revenge' tag on imdb, are The Godfather, good but 2nd is Shawshank Redemption, which is a good film buts its about redemption not revenge, whatever didn't kill whoever in the beginning so?

also saw Oz in where, my fav drama tv series ever, one of the few i've got into that can be included in HBO golden age, every gangster film makes it, Dark Knight isn't a revenge tale, Se7en, now thats an ultimate one, like a sudden revenge, what do you call that, there is also A Clockwork Orange my fav film, THATS REDEMPTION as well, IN A SICK WAY.

also some more films i saw on netflix watch instantly using hotsopt shield from Europe:

PVC-1, Man Push Cart, Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother, Nobody Knows, Gardens of Stone, Surfwise, Tuvalu.

Antho42
Guest

I am almost done with reading the Girl With Dragoon Tattoo. What a fantastic thriller. Far exceeds the hype.

Antho42
Guest

Lisbeth Salander is one of the most interesting, fictional character that has appear in the last of couple of years.

Marc Saint-Cyr
Editor

Good call on Lady Vengeance and its soundtrack, Kurt. I also have the downloaded soundtrack, as well as the one for Oldboy. Both will be residing in my iPod indefinitely.

Darcy S McCallum
Guest

get the Fantastic Mr. Fox score by Alexander Desplat, awesome, also of course Hans Zimmer's Sherlock Holmes, alot of fun.

Kurt
Guest

BTW, Harry Brown is only on 60 screens in North America, and opened 4 weeks ago on less than 20. That is a damn shame. It plays like gangbusters on the big screen, particularly that opening prologue.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

I'll go ahead and cringe at the mention of The Count of Monte Cristo. 🙂 There are earlier versions than the 2002 one you're talking about, but all the ones I've seen do the same thing to the ending in deviation from the book. I try not to be book purist, but for me, all the film versions just destroy most of the point of the book by happy-izing the ending…I'd like to see someone actually film the book as written at some point. But then again, every time I tell people how the book really ends, they all say they rather see the happy ending version, so…*sigh* And that said, I didn't hate the 2002 version as a film, I don't think – it just seems so inconsequential in comparison to the book. They did do a nice job with the planning section of it.

I was wondering if either of you were going to get to Kill Bill! It's an obvious choice, so I thought you might skip it for that reason, but yeah. I love it. I'm probably on record saying it's my favorite Tarantino film (Part 1 is, if you split it up), but it's been surpassed now by Inglourious Basterds. I can see why you wouldn't rank it that high, but it's just so much gorram fun – I certainly watch it more often than I do any other Tarantino films.

How in the world have NEITHER of you seen Stagecoach? Get on that. Andrew, it's on Instant Watch. Though I'm pretty tempted to just pick up the blu-ray for a rewatch myself.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Oh, and also: No One Knows About Persian Cats. Not sure I'd say it's awesome, but it's worth watching, especially if you're interested in Iran and/or music. I'd like to see it again, actually, outside of festival pressure.

Darcy S McCallum
Guest

saw Harry Brown today, a really brutal film, better than Get Carter for me, though hardly a Michael Caine film, in you want that you've got Italian Job/Alfie, its more like a more-stylized Noel Clarke films which happens to have Michael Caine strolling through it.

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