Cinecast Episode 199 – Another Company Man

 

Sorry for the delay in getting this week’s show out to you fine folk. With personal conflicts and the recording of the movie club podcast we’re sort of putting this one together haphazardly. Also, we’re trying to get things put together for our next episode which will be our 200th! (so this week’s show notes are a little limited). Still, we managed to squeeze in some time to talk about a much talked about film in 2010, Mike Leigh’s Another Year. And Ben Affleck is back in front of the camera along with 2007 favorite, Rosemarie DeWitt, in The Company Men. We get some Oscar talk out of the way as well as the usual DVD picks and more.

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:
Movie Club Podcast
High and Low Brow: (iTunes)
Our 200th Episode NEXT WEEK. send us your email!


ISSUE TALK:
Oscar Nominations


MAIN REVIEWS:
Another Year (Kurt’s review) | (Rot’s-review IMDb)
The Company Men (Andrew’s review) | (IMDb)


WHAT ELSE WE WATCHED:

Andrew
Easy A (IMDb) | (Netflix)
Dogtooth (IMDb) | (Netflix Instant)
Showgirls (IMDb) | (Netflix Instant)

Kurt
Los Angeles Plays Itself (IMDb)
The Wicker Man (2006) (IMDb) | (Netflix)
Suspiria (IMDb) | (Netflix Instant)


DVD PICK #1:
        ANDREW:

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [Blu-ray] (IMDb)
(Netflix Instant)

        KURT:

Enter the Void
(Kurt’s review) | (Marina’s review) | (Tom’s review)
(Netflix Instant)

DVD PICK #2:
        ANDREW:

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
(Jandy’s review)
(Netflix Instant)

        KURT:

Dogtooth
(David’s review)
(Netflix Instant)


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Secretariat
Red
Saw 3D (The Final Chapter)
Nowhere Boy
Open Season 3
Skin
Color Purple
[Blu-ray] Santa Sangre
A Beautiful Mind [Blu-ray] Eclipse Series 25: Basil Dearden’s London Underground (Criterion)
Broadcast News (Criterion)


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
Best Nicolas Cage Wickerman Scenes


NEXT WEEK:
Our 200th EPISODE!
send us your email questions/comments/ideas!
Barney’s Version
The Way Back


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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alechs
Guest

Los Angeles Plays Itself (not L.A. as the documentarian explains) can be watched on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SNc41zyLJ0&feature=related

Darcy
Guest

Was hoping for a season by season breakdown on Another Year, 1hr talk will suffice, yeah company men is weak, as weak as as Wall Street MNS.
Hey Kurt remember, Animal Kingdom, and enter the void, lash it Andrew lash it!

Chris
Guest

It won’t bother me if you guys never review another Ben Affleck film. Just so I won’t have to hear Kurt pronounce Affleck again.

Jim The Movie Freak
Guest

I’m really eager to hear Kurt’s thoughts on Dogtooth. There’s been a backlash against both that and Enter the Void amongst film colleagues and friends who are mad at me for including both films on my top ten for last year. I can see why some folks would hate either/or, but they’re both worth talking about for an hour. I”m an easy laugh these days so every mispronunciation that Kurt has, I find to be absurd & amusing.

Company Men had one of those trailers where I immediately said “Well I never have to see that movie ever ” but of course I said the same thing about No Strings Attached, then I was bored, saw it, and was surprised that I liked it. Every now and then, I have a WTF moment in January, when I acutally like a new release. The best example of that, which immediately comes to mind was Zero Effect back in 1998. Came out in January, and it made my top ten that year. Good episode guys!

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I love THE ZERO EFFECT, now there is an underrated movie from an underrated actor (Mr Pullman is so consistently watchable in just about anything and has some really off the wall stuff including Zero Effect, Surveillence, Liebestraum, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Lost Highway, etc. etc.) We’ll forgive him the occasional indulgence in stuff like ID4 and Scary Movie 4 and Caspar etc…

Jim the Movie Freak
Guest

Zero Effect has one of the best Pullman performances by far. And Stiller is so much funnier when he’s subtle. I think Stiller does his best work in this, along with Flirting with Disaster and Greenberg. But I loved how it took the concept of a neurotic private detective, mashed it with a film noir with lots of playful narration, and cloaked it in black comedy. It all worked beautifully, because it was character-driven by a fully-dimensional character played by a reliable actor who doesn’t overplay his neurosis. Even the love story develops in an effortless way, that never felt forced. It’s too bad the director never followed up with anything quite as good as his debut.

I think Andrew might have had the best line of this episode with “If I were in this movie, I’d kill myself too.”

Kurt
Guest

Looking through my DVD collection has me questioning why I do not own ZERO EFFECT. I may have lent it out at some point and never got it back

*SHAKES FIST* at whoever stole my copy of The Zero Effect.

rot
Guest

Kurt, If you wanted more Eddie Marsan in Happy-Go-Lucky you should finally catch up with Vera Drake, that is a who’s who of Mike Leigh actors. I finally watched it last night, solid like everything Leigh does.

rot
Guest

The entire cast of Another Year is in Vera Drake.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Superfun Eddie Marsan performance is his cameo in Philip Ridley’s HEARTLESS where he is the devils bureaucrat. Classic stuff, kids: http://www.e-sinemalar.com/dram/heartless-turkce-altyazi.html (CLICK THE PART4 tab for Marsan awesomenss))

CS
Guest

Neil LaBute has really dropped off since The Shape of Things. His unique voice as a director has disappeared completely of late. The Wicker Man and Lakeview Terrace were just awful. Death at a Funeral was watchable but nothing that really screams “this is a LaBute film.”

Antho42
Guest

I’m unable to email you guys. If possible, can you post the email address in the comments section.

Kurt
Guest

Kurt –at– rowthree.com or feedback –at– rowthree.com or andrew.james — at — rowthree.com

rot
Guest

Watching Los Angeles Plays Itself I was taking notes of films I wanted to catch… three of the biggies were Kiss Me Deadly, Double Indemnity and The Exiles… but just recently I impulsively bought Friedkin’s To Live and Die in LA… has anyone seen this? It is one of the most bizarre and cheesiest cops and robbers movies I have ever seen. The guy from CSI is the lead cop who takes macho to the extreme, and everything from full frontal erect penis to absurd car chases (a chase that is supposed to be impulsive scrambling across LA and somehow inexplicably you have pedestrians shooting at the car with uzis from bridges). In the end it was a so bad it is good kind of film.

rot
Guest

Also Los Angeles Plays Itself is more than architecture tourism, I think that might be the first establishing chapter, but it goes deeper into Los Angeles as Character, looking at the police force (the only police force with “to serve and protect” in quotations marks written on its cars, as if ironic), the sordid history with transportation and water, also the city as idealized by tourists and then how it is seen by people who live there. At 3 hours it never lags.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I love Willem Dafoe in TL&DinLA, and the car/expressway stuff is pretty insane, especially the ‘pull back’ — http://www.rowthree.com/2008/12/17/finite-focus-get-out-of-the-way-to-live-and-die-in-la/
(and I love the detailed shots of money counterfiting. And…John Turturro) That movie keeps on giving, even if it is ‘dancehall days’ 1980s!!

I love the remark about the ‘quotations’ around the police motto.

Even though I couldn’t remember (Brain FREEZE!) KISS ME DEADLY on the podcast, it is a movie I quite love…very rewatchable, too.

rot
Guest

I bought Kiss Me Deadly sight unseen because of the doc, and do enjoy it… but it is said to be coming out on Criterion this year, kind of wished I waited for that.

I have a strange fixation on Los Angeles, having visited once, and been saturated by it through Hollywood, I feel compulsively interested in checking films out that use it as a character (Falling Down, Chinatown, Kiss Me Deadly). To the point that I actually have a Los Angeles shelf section for my dvds.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

(500) Days of Summer is set in Los Angeles. Just sayin’. :p

rot
Guest

and I believe it is in the doc as well, or could have been because they use that iconic building from Blade Runner for the job interview.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

The Bradbury building gets the big royal wet kiss in Los Angeles Plays itself, along with that Aztec styled home (which is also used in Blade Runner, as Deckard’s Appartment.)

alechs
Guest

If Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) has clips of 500 Days of Summer (2009) it would be prophetic. Also, in regards to architecture, 500 Days has one of the worst portrayals of an architect to date. Watching Levitt’s character prepare his portfolio like watching a surgeon operating with dirty hands and a butter knife.

I agree with Rot that the doc plays like clockwork. Personally this documentary is one of the few that I keep thinking about beyond what is presented by the film. The director’s grasp on architecture and urbanism as a whole is refreshingly confident and informed. He surprised me with his comments on how the blatant dystopia of Blade Runner is an urbanist’s wet dream. If you’ve ever reviewed work by architecture students or witnessed how architectural culture fetishes Scott’s film you’d enjoy the irony.

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