Cinecast Episode 186 – Happy Yummy Super Audience

 
 
Kurt makes a triumphantly verbose return to Western civilization after a week on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. With the 43rd Annual Sitges Film Festival coinciding with the trip there is much filmery to be discussed including the new Woody Allen, Zhang Yimou’s Blood Simple remake, Max Von Sydow’s seemingly advanced age in The Exorcist, dark social media experiments (no not Catfish or The Social Network, these are apocalyptic European takes on Web 2.0) and a Mads Mikkelsen time traveling thriller with The Door. Andrew sat down with some highly praised foreign fare from 2009 (including more Mads and the Oscar winning Argentinian entry, The Secret in Her Eyes) while Gamble also hits us with a sneak review of Helen Mirren shooting up cars in Red and reports on the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink camera work in a tiny box for 90 minutes with Ryan Reynolds in Buried. Playing off the Jackass 3D hype, quite the energetic discussion ensues on theater crowds and whether films are better with or without others around you. A few tangents here and there with loads of good stuff on DVD. All this and more in episode 186!

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:
Where the Long Tail Ends podcast (This Movie is Broken and Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone
Background Music
Monsters Prize Pack Giveaway Winner(!)


MAIN REVIEWS:

2010 Sitges Film Festival Titles:
Legend of Beaver Dam (IMDb)
Machete (IMDb)
The Exorcist (IMDb)
8th Wonderland (Kurt’s review)
Confessions (Bob’s review)
The Door (IMDb)
A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop (Jandy’s review)
Chat Room (IMDb)
Freakonomics (trailer) (opening clip)

OTHER REVIEWS:
Red (sneak peek review)
Buried


WHAT ELSE WE WATCHED:
Flame & Citron (IMDb)
The Secret in Their Eyes (IMDb)
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (IMDb)
The Social Network (Marina’s review)
Air Transat’s shitty in-flight movies


DVD PICK #1:
        ANDREW:

How to Train Your Dragon
(Matt Brown’s review)

        KURT:

The Darjeeling Limited (Criterion)
(IMDb)

        MATT:

How to Train Your Dragon
(Matt Brown’s review)

DVD PICK #2:
        ANDREW:

Three Kings [Blu-ray] (IMDb)

        KURT:

Three Kings [Blu-ray] (IMDb)

        MATT:

I Am Comic
(IMDb)
Matt’s post


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Sandman
I Am Love
Sex and Lucia [Blu-ray] Jonah Hex
Leaves of Grass
Red Dragon
[Blu-ray] The Magician (Criterion)
Smokey & The Bandit: The 7-Movie Outlaw Collection
“Dollhouse” (s2)
Lost Boys: The Thirst


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
Flyway Film Fest
High and Low Brow podcast
“Vanity Fair” article on Sean Parker


NEXT WEEK / COMING SOON:
Red
Jackass 3D


PRIVATE COMMENTS or QUESTIONS?
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feedback@rowthree.com (general)
andrew.james@rowthree.com
kurt@rowthree.com

 

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kurt
Guest

Ah. Airline hell:

Air Transat trip to Europe – Grown Ups, Letters to Juliette, Iron Man 2

Return Trip – Twilight: Eclipse, Prince of Persia, Marmaduke.

Oi.

Antho42
Guest

Was Machete in Spanish or Catalan? Politics…

antho42
Guest

Oh yea, the Mamo guys' argument of a person being able to dig themselves out of 4 feet of sand is complete bullshit. Have you guys ever been buried in the beach. It's only about 6-10 inches of sand … but it is rather difficult to get out. Guys, you can remember that, even though Kill Bill is a cool film, it's not grounded on reality.

Jay C.
Guest

The Mythbusters guys actually did the Kill Bill grave thing on their show and concluded that it was in fact impossible to dig out of that much dirt (and to break through the coffin with a three inch punch).

Kurt
Guest

@Antho, my ear is not refined enough to tell the difference, but yea, we were deep in the heart of Catalunya, so it could have been. All the films at Sitges had both Catalan and Spanish subtitles.

Goon
Guest

I'm the guy who would counter to the late episode Banksy Simpsons love. The overseas animation studio gag's been done… 10 years ago… Clerks animated series, and it was quicker and funnier then anyways.

But then again, I very quickly this week learned that in general I don't like this Banksy guy at all, I think his work is pretty shallow and RATM t-shirt wannabe crap, and that the ETTGS documentary was really boring.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Yea, but here it is done is a real downer note (the Clerks Cartoon does it as a 'SPASTIC EYE MELT' gag. I'm not saying it's new, I'm saying it is a very pleasant hearken back to the Simpsons of 10 years ago.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

(I've not seen Exit Through The Gift Shop yet…)

Goon
Guest

Feh on the downer note, the panda and the unicorn temper the overall mood. I don't see the big deal, and really think if it wasnt Banksy people would have mostly ignored it like they do anything else Simpsons these days.

Mike Rot
Member

on the Social Network tangent:

I caught it in a full theater and I actually moved my seat before it started because a group of loud people sat behind me, and the general vibe before it started was this was going to be annoying… but when that first scene came up and until the very end there wasn't a peep out of anybody. Matt is right, I don't remember a film playing that well before.

Rex Hofman
Guest

Hi guys, regarding your IMDb criticisms: You can enable the old design by checking "Show previous title and name page design (reference view)" in your site preferences.

Kurt
Guest

Rex, you just made my month! Excellent!

Darcy S. McCallum
Guest

Andrew, why don't you go to The Room on Saturday at the Landmark Uptown if that is near by, because don't see Buried, so at least until its last days or at a very-early matinee because that was a seriously annoying audience at my screening, I had to go to the city-center mutliplex here in Melbourne for it, in fact the film has made more its first seven days here in Oz ($800,000+) compared with the whole North American gross of $610,00 over three weeks. But my crowd was a bitch, phones going off, at one point five people coming to and outy at same time down isle with a guy talking on his phone for one whole minute whilst leaving cinema, had about a dozen Asians around me, they probably live in apartments above cinema and clearly think this is extension of their own place, FUCK ASIANS AT CINEMAS, don't talk about how you wish you were at Eat Pray Love after the opening five minutes of Buried, don't you know that film is 45 minutes longer than THIS, reminded me of Enter the Void screening, with false endings and people clapping and leaving early, though I much prefer this film. Told one of the chinese bitches to turn off here glowing vibrator and argued to other chinese couple to my left about my diasspointment in not seeing Ryan Reynold's six-pack, is every East Asian man a border-line homosexual, espically then it comes it art. How to tell someone is Korean, they shut up at the cinema and have a sense-of-humor. I HATE MULTIPLEXES in MULTI-CULTURAL cities, you get ethnic-minortiy assholes, yes you Serbs & Sicilans as well, which minorities are in Minnesota? Its not a cliche to say that a crowd to Step Up 3D in San Fran is like a school excursion for Gaileo students without teachers stopping them from having beat-battles while the credits roll (here this on a podcast, forgot which one)

Marc Saint-Cyr
Editor

Regarding the theatre crowds topic, I've gotta say I'm with Andrew – and I'm sure it has something to do with how accustomed I am to watching DVDs at home (ironically). There's me, there's the movie – what else do I need? Other people around me aren't a main factor for me.

Goon
Guest

I saw Social Network in a packed theater and had the same experience Matt had basically.

David Brook
Admin

In the UK we're generally a much quieter audience, but we still have our problems and it seems to be getting worse. Although I find Darcy's comments a little racist (it's white teenage assholes that I find are the main problem), I agree that some areas are much worse than others. I used to live in a pretty rough small town (Grimsby) and going to the cinema there to watch anything remotely mainstream was horrific. Constant dumb comments and ensuing giggles as well as inappropriate laughter at the most dramatic scenes. I'd turn round and say something but I'm not much for confrontation and I'm a skinny nerd who couldn't do much against 4 teens probably armed with God-knows-what.

My Social Network screening was surprisingly well-behaved though too (over in Lincoln) after a worryingly noisy end to the adverts. Just goes to show how engaging and engrossing it was.

Antho42
Guest

Good Lord… the four foreign posters for Black Swan are extraordinary.
http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/10/15/international

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Indeedy. Someone should post them up. !

Goon
Guest

watching Roger Dodger bc of this episode. I may have to take it back to the start, i kinda faded off…

the style of camera work made me zone out, now i'm lost.

Kurt
Guest

The reason to watch Roger Dodger is for Campbell Scott's wonderful performance. If there is a prize for most underrated living actor, it should probably go to Scott. I cannot recall a performance by this guy that was not awesome. Yet you do not see much of him in leading or even supporting roles these days…

Goon
Guest

I liked Roger Dodger, and Scott was good too. I dont know much of his other work to really compare it too, how much acting he had to put out to be such a sleazeball 😛

Kurt
Guest

Well, Goon, next stop on your Campbell Scott tour should be David Mamet's THE SPANISH PRISONER (one of Mamet's most underrated films, actually)

Matt Gamble
Guest

Campbell Scott's sleaziest role might be The Dying Gaul. I highly recommend it.

Goon
Guest

i'll look out for it Kurt, now that i'm in TO i got a rental account from Bay St Video and have been flying through too many titles recently, especially documentaries.

KeithTalent
Guest

For the most part I have to agree with Andrew on the audience argument; I prefer to watch films with as small an audience as possible about 93% of the time. I do like festival crowds as they seem to be generally well behaved and into the films they are seeing (sometimes too much so actually, but that's ok) and certain films like Piranha 3D and films like that are fun to see with large crowds, but aside from that, GTFO.

Case in point, I went to Buried last night, which is a pretty tense film with lots of dark, quiet scenes. The theatre was only half full, but I had one old lady doing a running commentary for her friend, another guy with some sort of congestion issue that required a very loud nose-blowing every 7 or 8 minutes, plus some kids farther back that seemed to be having their own, apparently extremely amusing, conversation. Very annoying and distracting and this was all after I had to run out of the theatre to get the "projectionist" to properly focus the film.

I enjoyed Buried in spite of the crowd, certainly not because of it.

I know this is an extreme example, but it happens more often than I would like. I would be happy to have some sort of code plastered around for everyone to follow like Mayo & Kermode were working on, but that's obviously not very realistic because people, generally, suck.

KeithTalent
Guest

Totally agree Andrew. When I am made aware of the people around me, it is generally for bad reasons. The Social Network was certainly not a film where I needed people around me to enhance the experience. Machete and Piranha are films like that, but those do not come along that often these days.

Worst case ever was the lady breastfeeding her ~5 year old during Capote. Not only was it disgusting and distracting hearing the sucking and slurping right next to me, but when your kid is old enough to ask for it and eat Goobers in-between feedings, I think it's time to wean him off.

Andrew James
Guest

Most childish argument ever on The Social Network. It's populist and easy to understand and "no it's not [quick-witted, fast paced and snappy dialogue]". Everyone will be absorbed by it and people around you won't be a problem.

To which I say, the people behind me and in front were talking constantly. Oh, well THOSE people of course.

Can't have your cake and eat it too Gamble.

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