Cinecast Episode 195 – Z-Axis

 
The last episode of 2010 clocks in with a triple review, as Kurt and Andrew look at David O. Russell’s earnest and farcical boxing drama, The Fighter, as well as John Cameron Mitchell’s look at how a couple (in this case, Aaron Eckhart and Nicole Kidman) grieve the loss of their young son in Rabbit Hole. Andrew and Gamble gripe on and praise Tron 2 for various reasons, before Gamble gives a double-sneakpeak of The Green Hornet and Fockers 3: Meet those Tiny Mothered-Fockers. All three of the boys discuss their Top 5 male performance picks of 2010 (and add a few honorable mentions in there to boot), and along the way there are digressions on Stanley Kubrick, Stephen King, the nature and requirement of good comedy writing and whether or not it is a good idea to watch mega-blockbusters under the influence of strong cocktails and bacon popcorn.

The Cinecast will return early in 2011. Be safe. Be happy. Be catching up on the holiday cinema offerings if the family gets to be too much for you!

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:
Music
200th Episode Coming Soon


MAIN REVIEW:
The Fighter (IMDb)


OTHER REVIEWS:
Rabbit Hole (IMDb)
TRON: Legacy (Tom’s review)


TOP FIVE MALE PERFORMANCES OF 2010:

Andrew:
5) George Clooney (The American)
4) Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are Alright)
3) Jeff Bridges (True Grit)
2) ???
1) ???

Kurt:
5) Bruce Greenwood (Meek’s Cut-Off)
4) Nick Damici (Stakeland)
3) Kôji Yakusho (13 Assassins)
2) ???
1) ???

Matt:
5) Nic Cage (Kick-Ass)
4) Jonah Hill (Cyrus)
3) Kang-ho Song (The Good, The Bad, The Weird)
2) ???
1) ???


GAMBLE SNEAK-PEEK REVIEWS:
Little Fockers
Green Hornet


WHAT ELSE WE WATCHED:

Andrew
The Making of Dark Side of the Moon (IMDb) | (Netflix)
Exam (IMDb) | (Netflix)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (IMDb) | (Netflix)


DVD PICK #1:
        ANDREW:

Family Guy: It’s a Trap
(IMDb)
(Netflix)

        KURT:

Easy A
(IMDb)
(Netflix)

        MATT:

Easy A
(IMDb)
(Netflix)

DVD PICK #2:
        ANDREW:

The Matador
(Andrew’s review)
(Netflix)

        KURT:

Map of the Sounds of Tokyo
(IMDb)
(Netflix)

        MATT:

The Horde
(IMDb)
(Netflix)


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Salt
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Step Up 3D
Devil
Soul Kitchen
Angel
Orlando
[Blu-ray] Caprica (season 1.5)
“Futurama” (vol. 5)
Rita Hayworth Collection


NEXT WEEK:
The King’s Speech


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feedback@rowthree.com (general)
andrew.james@rowthree.com
kurt@rowthree.com

 

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alechs
Guest

Maybe I am pointing at the obvious but The Fighter soundtrack choice seemed a bit more subtle than you guys give it credit: Mark Walhberg having his opening song with “Here I Go Again” is a little clever and ironic considering how heavily he relies on his immediate family/friends/etc. It felt as if the music was not contextual to the period but to the desires of the characters as if they were choosing the soundtrack for their lives.

The Fighter is like The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia’s glossy sibling. If you want to watch characters like Mickey Ward’s sibling fleshed out you should check out that documentary.

Darcy
Guest

noticed there have been no thoughts on The Tourist on Row Three, well I’d like to put it out there that I’ve seen and am about to get to the original today but it simple is Johnny Depp’s worst film (that I’ve seen, haven’t seen Pirates 3) it started well with no exposition and a good sequence in the train (Mamet-esce, though I saying that as a mild fan of him and this scene) and after that it goes all down hill and is actually worst than the other Euro-crime thriller I hated this year, The American, two directors on there second features being pricks and jsut wipping out something, at least in Corbijn’s cast he didn’t spent $100m and focused on one character, this film just jumps between Jolie & Depp so much, and the film has JN Howard’s worst score, horrible comedy and editing and Jolie as a secret-agent and Depp as well… I’ll do a review on my new blog then I start that up on Jan 1st.

Jolie is poor-man’s Kidman, KIDMAN IS GREAT, given lackluster recent films of Watts & Blanchett she could restore herself as more form actress from Australia, I RELY WANNA SHE HER DIRECT.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

While there was some initial excitement around THE TOURIST by both Andrew and I, the lacklustre reviews, and otherwise generally crowded film schedule (and other Holiday goings-on) that one just slipped through the cracks. One of us might catch it early in the new year.

Darcy
Guest

The Tourist is the most smug, in-love-with-it-else I can think of in recent memory. Here r five films you have overlooked for 2010:

The Good Heart
44 Inch Chest
Temptation of St Tony (been at fests for 12+months)
Bibliotheque Pascal (was at either TIFF or Fantasia)
and defintely get in Blue Valentine before doing Top Ten show, for me its better than Another Year though I saw BVal 2nd time and its was better, won’t be seeing AY again still Jan 23rd, though both r in my Top Ten as it stands.

Also I have link to one download u can get of Uncle Boonmee, which I gonna rewatch on Dec 31 thus making my last viewing for the year before I hit the NYear’s booze, if anybody wants the link I can email it through. Didn’t you see it after TIFF at the Lightbox Kurt? I need to see it again cause its on verge of my top twenty, and it will fill the void as I await new Malick cause he is very much the Asian Terrance Malick for me.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

I reviewed Bibliotheque Pascal from the LA Film Fest (http://www.rowthree.com/2010/07/16/laff-2010-review-bibliotheque-pascal/). It may have gone up a bit in my estimation since then; not sure I’d change the star rating, but I think I’d hedge less than I did in the review.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Yeah, 44 Inch Chest was one of those godd performances, zero story kind of films that makes it ultimately unremarkable.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Also, Blue Valentine opens Jan 14the here in the Cities so my guess is we’ll get to that in two or three episodes.

Mike Rot
Member

Catching up this, here are my top 5 male performances:

Ted Levine – Shutter Island
Bruce Greenwood – Meek’s Cutoff
Adam Scott – The Vicious Kind
Adam Scott – Passenger Side
Ryan Gosling – Blue Valentine

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Sheeeit, I totally forgot how awesome Ted Levine is in SHUTTER ISLAND, good call.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

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Flynn being able to reintegrate with CLU and destroy him wasn’t out of the blue – Sam suggested it to Quorra back at the mountain hideaway place, but Quorra said that Flynn wouldn’t survive reintegration, hence Sam tried to find another way. His plan was to go back through the portal alone (with Zeus’s help), delete CLU from the outside, then go back in and rescue Flynn and Quorra, but Zeus’s betrayal stopped that idea. Beyond that, what Matt said is right – Flynn is God and doesn’t want to destroy his creation, so he’s tried to wait and find other ways. Sam’s presence and actions forced his hand.

I agree that a lot of the things are handled clumsily, especially the treatment of Tron, but I enjoyed the film a lot more than Andrew did. I loved the minimalist design scheme (yes, Matt, I’m a Mac user, heh) and it never got old to me. In terms of the Avatar comparison, Tron didn’t grate on me the way Avatar came to, largely because I felt allowed/encouraged to laugh at the stupid parts, whereas I didn’t feel like Avatar let me do that. They’re both earnest, but Tron felt earnest in an over-the-top B movie way and Avatar felt earnest in a serious message picture kind of way. That’s subjective, though, and objectively I think Avatar is better narratively in terms of carrying through what it set out to do instead of leaving interesting themes and plot points behind the way Tron tends to do.

That said, I found the themes that Tron brings up and leaves behind more interesting than the themes that Avatar brought up, so there’s that. I still think there’s a lot of cool ideas, between Flynn-as-God and CLU-as-Lucifer/Satan-who-is-also-God’s-alter-ego, plus the isos. Speaking of which, did anyone else wonder if Zeus was an iso? I thought of that the second time I saw it (yes, I saw it twice) and it kind of makes a lot of sense, though I’m not sure it totally does.

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