Cinecast Episode 177 – Veneer of Terrible

 
Without the Gamble here to grace us with the newest multi-plex fare and zero interest in anything going on theatrically, Kurt and Andrew got together over a couple of virtual beers and looked at Agora once again with new vigor. There were also some recent DVD screenings to discuss including Kurt’s swan dive into season one of another popular TV show, “Breaking Bad”, and Andrew’s slight reassessment of Rian Johnson’s Brick. And finally(!) the store shelves are seeing a nice selection of newly released movies on video this week including a healthy dose of Blu-ray re-releases which provide enough fodder for a longer than normal walkabout through the weekly DVD picks. All these things and a few nuggets more – hopefully you’re into the whole brevity thing as we are able to keep it under an hour and a half.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!


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IN-HOUSE BUSINESS:
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DVD Giveaway


WHAT WE’VE BEEN WATCHING:
Agora
Pumzi
“Breaking Bad: Season 1”
Brick


DVD PICK #1:
        Andrew:
The Ghost Writer
(Andrew’s review)

       

Kurt:
Kick-Ass
(Kurt’s review)

DVD PICK #2:
        Andrew:
A Prophet
(Marina’s review)

        Kurt:
Escape from New York
(IMDb)


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Kick-Ass
After.Life
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Sweetgrass

Escape from New York [Blu-ray] Road to Perdition [Blu-ray] Eclipse Series 23: The First Films of Akira Kurosawa [Criterion] Blood Simple [Blu-ray] Bull Durham [Blu-ray] Charlie’s Angels [Blu-ray] Kalifornia [Blu-ray] James and the Giant Peach [Blu-ray] Humanoids from the Deep [Blu-ray] Piranha [Blu-ray] The Breakfast Club (25th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] “Heroes: Season Four”


NEXT WEEK:
The Other Guys


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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Frank
Guest

I'm really missing Gamble's assholeness on the last few podcasts.

Mad Hatter
Guest

Damn! Less than 90 minutes?…We reallymust be in the dog days of summer if you two couldn't chatter on any longer than that. Where's this year's DISTRICT 9 or INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS when you need 'em?

Kurt
Guest

Expendables / Scott Pilgrim should provide halfway decent conversational fodder in the coming weeks.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

KURT, you can't watch Breaking Bad! It's not finished yet! You're breaking your own rules up in here.

Any time you guys need a third, let me know. :p

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I know Jandy, and I hang my head in shame on that one. I'm glad I started though, it really deserves its reputation. I may take longer breaks between seasons this time instead of mainlining like I do with most of these. Given the shows concept and tone, I'm quite surprised that the creators could get 4 seasons out of it. Anyone know if Season 4 is the last season of the show?

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Good or bad, Scott Pilgrim may still be worth talking about, it seems to be a fairly unique beast this summer.

All my positive-ness stems from the fact that I quite love Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. I guess I have a fairly good working knowledge of 80's and 90's video games too.

And for all those out there that say there are no good video game movies, three words: "KING OF KONG"

Dave
Guest

Kurt, I think it's safe to say that no one involved with Breaking Bad, not the network or the showrunner Vince Gilligan, have any idea where the show will go after season 4. All that's official so far is that there will be a season 4.

Kurt
Guest

Well, if it is canceled, Dave, then I started watching at exactly the right time!!

Matt Gamble
Guest

I’m really missing Gamble’s assholeness on the last few podcasts.

Fuck you.

Gord
Guest

I really hope The Other Guys and The Expendables can redeem the shit fest that was this years summer blockbusters.

Don't worry your don't come off like a asshole Gamble

David Brook
Guest

You just get very passionate đŸ™‚

The Expendables has been getting some weak reviews, but I've seen enough positive ones here and there to keep me hopeful it'll still be a lot of fun ala The A-Team. It was never a film that was going to get loads of good reviews I guess.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I think the chief tone I've seen in the few EXPENDABLES reviews I've read is "It is what it is, nothing more, nothing less."

David Brook
Admin

That's good enough for me in this case.

Gord
Guest

The Other Guys seem to getting a fair share of positive reviews.

Mike
Guest

Kurt, I'm surprised by your impression of Johnny Depp's career trajectory. I think his role choices are as uncompromising and odd as they've ever been, if not more so. Sure Pirates are huge Disney blockbusters, but his character and performance are nothing short of avant garde in a mainstream family movie context. And while Tim Burton may be heavily watering himself down (that sounds dirty), Depp continues to be the bizarre, playful bright spots in otherwise mediocre films.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I don't disagree Mike, but Depp had a wild and crazy run in the 1990s doing more rough and tumble stuff in smaller-sized projects that I guess appealed to me. don't get me wrong, I'm one of the few defenders of Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd. But check out this run in the 1990-1999:

Crybaby

Edward Scissorhands

Benny & Joon

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

Deadman

Donnie Brasco

Fear And Lothing in Las Vegas

The Ninth Gate

vs. late 1999-2005

The Astronauts Wife

Sleepy Hollow

Chocolat

Blow

From hell

Pirates of the Caribbean

Secret Window

Finding Neverland

Is there anyone that would take the latter set over the former?

And post 2005:

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

Pirates 2 & 3 (& 4 on the way)

Sweeny Todd

the Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Public Enemies

Alice in Wonderland

actually in hindsight, if you subtract the pirates sequels, post 2005 ain't half bad!

Mike
Guest

Kurt: Yeah, I have to agree with that scorecard. Especially if you add Depp's little-seen 1997 directorial debut The Brave. I guess I think of him keeping the torch lit in comparison to Nic Cage's confounding track record. (Sort of made up for with Kick-Ass and Bad Lieutenant: PoCNO.) Waiting to see where Leo Dicaprio lands in the long run.

David Brook
Guest

Yeah, I've not seen Parnassus or Public Enemies yet, but it's only Sweeney Todd that I like out of the post 2005 films and I don't even like Todd that much, I just thought it was fun.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

I really liked Parnassus, but not particularly for Depp – I don't really remember his part in it that much. With Public Enemies, I only liked the parts that Marion Cotillard was in. I did like Sweeney Todd, but I'm a big Sondheim fan, so again, probably not dependent on Depp being in it for me. Yet I do still look forward to whatever Depp does, for some reason. I'm not sure that's logical, as I think about it, though.