Cinecast Episode 169 – Stone Dildos

 
Today we are joined by Killerfilm’s Serena Whitney to pontificate on the the latest multiplex horror film, Sex And The City 2. Matt Gamble chimes in with the herding of the drunken and frocked chattel to sold out screenings. Mucho negativity ensues. We also revisit The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, to delve into the films shortcomings and another one of those ‘book to movie adaptation’ discussions. Lots of Movies We Watched, spanning Norm MacDonald‘s post-SNL flop to an obscure French New Wave release. There is also a smack-down of Andrew on his flippant dismissal of The Iron Giant and a fairly lengthy tangent on George A. Romero‘s filmography and orbiting remakes. The whole crew gives their DVD picks, which turns into a limbo game of trying to dodge the slew of Clint Eastwood releases coinciding with his 80th Birthday. Enjoy.

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




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MAIN REVIEWS:
Sex and the City 2 (Serena’s review)


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


WHAT ELSE WE WATCHED:
The Gate
Fido
Acolytes
Day of the Dead (2008)
Inside
Survival of the Dead
Dirty Work
Josie and the Pussycats
Slackers (IMDb)
Kafka
The Iron Giant
Le combat dans l’รฎle (IMDb)


DVD PICKS:

Andrew:
Fierce Creatures
(IMDb)

        Kurt:
The Red Baron
(IMDb)

        Serena:
Rescue Me (s5)
(IMDb)

        Matt:
Gotcha!
(IMDb)


 
 

BLU RAY:

Andrew:
Man Trilogy
(IMDb)

        Kurt:
Where Eagles Dare (IMDb)

        Serena:
Wolfman
(IMDb)

        Matt:
I don’t like Blu-ray and ham.


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Everything from Clint Eastwood… everything
Alice in Wonderland
Madigan
For Love or Money

“Life”
“Burn Notice” (season 3)
War of the Worlds [Blu-ray] Bad Boys [Blu-ray] Crossing Over [Blu-ray]


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
Duluth Sound Unseen Festival
Cover Stories
Rot is a Daddy!
A Serbian Movie
High and Low Brow podcast
Gamble wrote a book


NEXT WEEK:
Splice


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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Bob Turnbull
Guest

Matt's own website got linked via The Guardian – pretty cool.

And have you seen Lindy West's review of SATC2? Ouch.

Looking forward to the smack-down of Andrew for his Iron Giant comments. For shame!

Matt Gamble
Guest

I actually love ham. Its even more delicious than Alan Cumming.

Mad Hatter
Guest

Ah back up over two hours I see! The week of just Andrew and James gave ya what you needed to reload for another gabfest, eh?

Lookin forward to it. As I say to Kurt once a month, nothin helps a three hour project go by faster than listenin' to non-stop movie chatter and not having to press the skip button for two-plus hours.

Bring it on…

Antho42
Guest

It always good to have some Iberian flavor in Cinecast.

cinemasoup
Guest

Serena was great. You should have her on more often.

Serena Whitney
Guest

Thanks guys for having me on once again! It was great to vent to three men about sex and the city and hear Matt refer to Alan Cummings as 'delicious.' ๐Ÿ˜›

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

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Antho42
Guest

Kurt–Are you ever going to watch A Prophet?

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Not now that I've apparently started watching TV's Lost from the very beginning….Shit, I'll be out of commission for weeks with this monster.

rot
Guest

Haven't listened to this yet but just wondered if its been said what a non-event this summer season has been, at least from what I am hearing. Toy Story 3 is coming out soon that is about the first thing that has me interested so far.

Season 1 Lost finale is considered the worst of the bunch, I believe, but that said, it should grab you to continue on watching. Although I have a back log of things to watch, I am mostly interested in rewatching Lost episodes right now, both because its all my mind can take at the moment, and everything now has a particular context post-series finale.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

While the Matts of Mamo tend to cover this sort of thing (the event/non-event of the summer blockbusters), I think we will actually have a go at talking about this on the next show (this week). I've actually skipped all the biggies, unless you count Robin Hood, which was early May.

Ray
Guest

Appreciated your indignation towards Sex and the City 2. Gave me ample ammunition to shoot down a female friend who wanted to see it.

Antho42
Guest

The Fall: Wow! Visually, this film is bigger accomplishment than Lord of the Rings trilogy and Avatar. Unbelievable that he achieve all the visuals with using CGI? Story wise, it bit dull… However, the visuals make up for the dullness. The film feels like a combination of the Princes Bride, Amelie, and the first Pirates of the Caribbean.

Antho42
Guest

I would not want to want to re-watch the film, due to dull plot and bad acting. However, the film remains a must see for movie lovers.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Interesting that you thought the adaptation of Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was clunky, Kurt – I actually thought it was a really good adaptation. I noted it both while watching the film and reading the book (because I watched the film in the middle of reading the book, I could kind of look at it both directions), that they did a good job of keeping enough back story on the characters to fill them out without including too much for a film to support (except I do think they should've left out the Bourne-esque ending, as you refer to it), shifting things around to eliminate extraneous characters, and making things work visually rather than literarily. I even commented on that in my review, that it avoids most of the pitfalls of popular adaptations. If you think of anything specific that felt like clunky adaptation, I'd be curious.

You're totally right, though, about a Fincher version being redundant. When I heard about Fincher being attached to it, my simultaneous thoughts were "of course" and "why". In addition to it being already very like a Fincher film, it's also fairly Hollywood in tone – it's a little more deliberate on pacing, perhaps, but not really compared with stuff like Zodiac or Michael Clayton. I can't think of any reason other than the mainstream's fear of subtitles that it couldn't play in multiplexes as it is.

Also, heh on Josie and the Pussycats. I remember when it came out, I felt like I liked it more than I ought to. I haven't seen it since then, and I think I put it down to youthful silliness, but maybe I should look at it again – maybe my gut reaction was right!

Also, also, I really want to see that New Wave film. Looks like it's hitting Netflix Instant Watch in a couple of weeks (interestingly, DVD release is still marked "unknown" on Netflix – more and more stuff seems to be coming to Instant Watch only). You had me at "finds a bazooka in her pantry." Oh, who am I kidding. You had me at "New Wave." But "finds a bazooka" bumped it above many of the other New Wave films on my list. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kurt
Guest

I wish I did a better job at articulating how I felt about Le combat dans l'île, it's a head scratcher, and unorthodox, but still heavily leaning on overwraught drama and histrionics, but the gorgeous cinematography and unpredictable plotting (and the sort of Reservoir Dogs, Breathless, etc. conceit of 'lets make a spy film, but focus instead on the woman in the relationship and her POV during the whole 'shit goes south' portion).

Not a masterpiece, but a solid gem. I hope folks check it out.

Marc Saint-Cyr
Editor

I'm also mighty intrigued about Le combat dans l’île. I'm a French New Wave fiend, but just the description of this movie makes me want to dig it up and check it out for myself.

I haven't seen The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but I'm almost done reading the book, which I'm really enjoying. Many moments are very much reminiscent of Zodiac (not sure if they're in the movie, but all the bits with the photographs), so much that I also thought of Fincher's involvement with the remake as both a perfect fit and unnecessary exercise.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Incidentally, the 'new beau' for Romy Schneider's character in the film, a hunky poet and off-set printer is played by "Jim" of Jules et Jim –> Henri Serre

rot
Guest

more importantly, Romy Schneider is in the film… after seeing the doc Inferno I find her mesmerizing to look at.

Marc Saint-Cyr
Editor

Ah, Henri Serre! I quite like him. Along with this and Jules and Jim, he pops up briefly near the end of Louis Malle's The Fire Within, another overlooked New Wave flick that I have absolutely no shortage of praise for.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Wisely said Rot, It's is indeed Schneider, who is bloody awesome despite often dodgey material, that provides the central reason for viewing. It doesn't hurt that she is clearly the main character, and compulsively watchable.

Darcy S McCallum
Guest

hope you guys do The A-Team this week, i really liked the film (though i did like IM2) is essentially The Losers but with character arch and unbelievably relentless action, watch for homage that we will soon be known as the 'The Greater Escape 3D' scene, the acting, the casting is very good, great chemistry, very good use of montage (listen to hollywood saloon for good review of IM2 on Faveru's lack of that) thus great pace, makes it fell even quicker than The Losers 85 odd minutes. Hope the two Mamo Matt's can finally get a passion discussion after lackluster May,great episode on Hobbit guys.

Darcy in Durban, Sharlto Copley for president.

Kurt
Guest

Gamble talks the A-Team. He liked it. This week's show should be up later on today.

David Brook
Admin

I'm almost three months out of date, but for some reason I only just got round to listening to this episode of the Cinecast and I just had to post a video of my earliest memory of Alan Cumming in this '95 Scottish sitcom (which he co-wrote by the way):

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