Cinecast Episode 192 – Rub the Fuzzy Wall

 
 
It is a two man operation today, a very casual (and lengthy) conversation of a wide variety of movies. First up is a mixed, but leaning towards positive, review of Edward Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs, which features good chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, but a very mixed bag of tonal shifts. Then we talk a little TV with The Walking Dead. We revisit a number of (relatively) recent films from what is predictable about Predators to what is excellent about Duplicity to what is slightly baffling about Walker, Don’t Look Back and Get Him to The Greek. The video-game as a childrens film in French CGI oddity The Dragon Hunters, and how this similar themed movie differs from Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon is discussed for a while. Then it is back into documentary land for an extensive revisit of King of Kong, as well as credit card debt and the state of the nation (circa 2005-06) documentary, Maxed Out. Andrew makes a case for The Illusionist, and talks about the use of music in Black Snake Moan. We close on all things Kubrick and Steadicam with The Shining and Birth. And some DVD love for Disney and Vikings and Mixed Martial Arts Melodrama. Pull a seat up to the digital fireplace, grab and Brandy and a cigar and lets talk some turkey.

As always, feel free to join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and as always, thanks for listening!

 


 

 

 

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IN-HOUSE BUSINESS:
Music


MAIN REVIEW:
Love and Other Drugs (IMDb)


WHAT ELSE WE WATCHED:

Andrew
– “Modern Family” (IMDb)
– “The Walking Dead” (IMDb)
Predators (IMDb)
Get Him to the Greek (IMDb)
Don’t Look Back (IMDb)

Kurt
King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (Marina’s review)
Maxed Out (IMDb)
Dragon Hunters (Kurt’s review)

Andrew
Walker (IMDb)
Duplicity (Andrew’s review)
Black Snake Moan (Andrew’s review)
The Illusionist (Andrew’s review)

Kurt
The Shining (IMDb)
Birth (IMDb)


DVD PICK #1:
        ANDREW:

Fantasia/Fantasia 2000
(IMDb)
(Netflix)

        KURT:

Valhalla Rising
(IMDb)
(Netflix)

DVD PICK #2:
        ANDREW:

Valhalla Rising
(IMDb)
(Netflix)

        KURT:

Kill Zone
(IMDb)
(Netflix)


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Knight and Day
Twilight: Eclipse
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Going the Distance
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Vampires Suck
Cairo Time
Meet the Fockers [Blu-ray]


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
Love and Other Drugs trailer
SNL Aliens sketch (episode 1)
Jonathan Glazer (wiki)
Garret Brown on The Steadicam and The Shining
TRON music streaming at MySpace


NEXT WEEK:
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kurt@rowthree.com

 

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Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Minor, but I totally forgot to mention that for some reason LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS stays in period musically for the entire film, until the closing credits then it runs "Fidelity" by Regina Spektor. Weird, even though I really like that song.

Mike Rot
Member

Huge Regina fan, last concert I caught before the kid arrived. That song has been overused though.

Also by the title of this Cinecast I can only imagine Get Him to The Greek is talked about… how great is that scene?

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Yea, I'm an idiot for not noticing THE SORCERERS APPRENTICE being released. That movie is so 'harry potter/percy jackson' in its boy-teen aesthetic that it doesn't even seem worthy of comparison to the look and feel of the Fantasia Sorcerer's Apprentice … and I'm not even that big of a fan of that particular bit in Fantasia!

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

There's a bunch of Disney stuff out this week, actually. Fantasia on Blu-ray, Sorcerer's Apprentice, Waking Sleeping Beauty, Walt and El Grupo, a doc on the Sherman Brothers (songwriters for Mary Poppins and others)…covering all periods of Disney's history. Also Tangled in theatres, and it's their 50th animated feature, so maybe they're tying stuff into that as well.

Kurt
Guest

Nobody does corporate synergy quite like Disney does. That is why several folks had red-flags go up when Tron is not available during the massive hype-pre-run to Tron: Legacy.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

I'm kind of upset by that, too. I haven't seen Tron for ages and don't remember much beyond the light-cycle race. I'd really like a rewatch before seeing the new one, and they're not making it easy.

Kurt
Guest

Tron is first and formorst a 'production design' movie. It's not particularly strong in the acting, pacing story department. I'm sure the sequel will suffer all the same problems…

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

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Mason
Guest

Great ep., and pretty spoiler-free too! Nice not to have to skip anything.

What I loved- 1. The discussion on King of Kong. I loved that at first watch. I'll have to put it on my instant queue and appreciate all the nuances again. 2. The talk about The Shining (except I don't know why you have to say "fuck Stephen King". Bit harsh.) I'm going to have to see Birth…

What I can't get behind- 1. The review of Walker. I was pretty wowed by this movie. Check it out again, I think you missed some of the more subtle anachronisms. Just read a few minutes on Wikipedia or something on US involvement in Nicaragua and it'll also make much more sense. The theme was anti-American foreign policy and that nothing ever changes. Great DVD director commentary on that one too.

2. I hated Maxed Out and Duplicity. I remember that the personal stories in Maxed Out were drawn out very long and were not that interesting. I thought I was interested in the subject matter going in, but by the end I was bored with it. Duplicity was a movie where I never knew what was going on from the get go, and wasn't made to care enough about the characters at any point. Interesting that it was written (and directed) by Tony Gilroy, the same guy who wrote Michael Clayton. In that film, I didn't have a clue what was going on until about two-thirds in. However, the characters were so well written and acted that I didn't care. Duplicity was supposed to be much lighter than MC, but it just didn't work for me. I can't laugh when I'm confused. Next up for Gilroy as both writer and director is The Bourne Legacy, which seems like a better fit.

3. The nitpicks on Modern Family are a little strange. Does everyone have their own meter of too gay or not gay enough? Should have just said it isn't your style of comedy and moved on. Was there any hope for it from the get-go for you [Andrew]? What are some recent TV comedies that you like. (MF and the Office are the only ones I follow right now. As for dramas, Fringe is the only one.)