Cinecast Episode 200(!) – Stats, Stories and Sunshine

 

 
 
So, the better part of five years just seems to have flown by us in a podcasting frenzy. First, THANKS(!) to everyone who has ever downloaded or streamed a show and actually listened to the thing in its entirety. We certainly could do the show without you, but what would be the point? It would not be as much fun or as rewarding without the feedback and comments; so thank you very much for all the interaction over the years! Also, several shout-outs in the show go to various people that have helped out over the years (you know who you are!) There is no main review this week, instead we spend the majority of our time working out personal issues with one another and just sort of reminiscing about the podcast. Also, favourite films, favourite film going experiences and a big old batch of great listener emails (two hours of that!) Eventually, we talk a little on The Mechanic on The Mechanic and sort through the great selection of DVDs coming out this week.

So, excuse (or indulge) in a great big boatload of narcissism (fair warning!) and thanks everyone for listening and supporting over the past half decade. Here is to you and here is to two hundred more. Cheers!

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
A History of the Cinecast


LISTENER EMAILS:
Favorite movies of all time, favorite moments on the show, memorable filmgoing experiences, other film podcasts, technical recording info, Kurt’s mispronunciations, archived episodes, special meetings with celebs, litmus test movies, only one director’s filmography forever, arguments, music in movies, co-host issues, future of film releases and technology (film renaissance).


QUICK REVIEW:

Matt
The Mechanic (IMDb)


DVD PICK #1:
        ANDREW:

Never Let Me Go
(Jandy’s review)
(Netflix)

        KURT:

Double Life of Veronique (Criterion) [Blu-ray] (IMDb)
(Netflix)

        MATT:

Monsters
(Kurt’s review) | (Jandy’s review)
(Netflix)

DVD PICK #2:
        ANDREW:

Bad Boys (1983)
(IMDb)
(Netflix Instant)

        KURT:

The Prowler
(IMDb)

        MATT:

A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
(Jandy’s review)
(Netflix)


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Let Me In
Conviction
Welcome to the Rileys
The Tillman Story
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
Hatchet 2

Pleasantville [Blu-ray] 10 [Blu-ray] Alice In Wonderland (1951) [Blu-ray]


NEXT WEEK:
The Way Back
Barney’s Version
Biutiful
Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today


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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Matt Brown
Admin

You’ll always be 10 episodes ahead of us, guys.

Matt Brown
Admin

Also kudos on the 200 minute length for the 200th show. Thank goodness you’re finally learning to contain yourselves.

Matt Brown
Admin

I can’t believe I’m listening to a podcast right now where you guys are trying to figure out how the calculator works on your phone.

Maybe I’ll live-comment the whole episode, for the next three and a half hours.

Chris
Guest

Congrats guys, here’s to 200 more.

Jim the Movie Freak
Guest

I can’t thank you enough for helping to get me through work, or through long walks. Long live the Cinecast. Much gratitude for your dedicated hard work & thought-provoking conversation for all us movie freaks. Keep it up. Here’s to 2000 more episodes!

Jonathan
Admin

You guys are really growing up on me. Here’s to 20,000 more episodes!

Darcy
Guest

if you had to make a call Andrew, is A Clockwork Orange you’re fav film? It is mine, since I was 12yr, nearly 9yrs now (prior it was Willy Wonka & Boogie Nights)

Mad Hatter
Guest

Let that be a lesson to all you kids out there in listener-land:

Don’t email your podcaster buddies when they ask you to…they’ll inevitably get the name of your blog wrong.

Kurt
Guest

I caught that Twice, Ryan. Was not sure if it was some sort of inside joke you had going on after the Fred Astaire thingy…

🙂

Mad Hatter
Guest

I caught that Twice, Ryan. Was not sure if it was some sort of inside joke you had going on after the Fred Astaire thingy…

Well now that I think about it, it is like Ronin.

Shannon the Movie Moxie
Guest

omg, I loved the guessing game/Kurt’s mis-pronunciation-ness. That was awesome.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I realized I was bad at this sort of thing, but not THAT bad. I may be self-conscious abut this in the future………….naaaahhhhhh….

John Allison
Editor

Damn… I’m forgettable… 🙁 Which is also probably why you didn’t remember I was at the Jesse James screening with you guys…. sigh…

I haven’t been listening to the Cinecast much lately because of the spoilers. It was good to listen again and I just skipped the Mechanic review.

Oh and the burnt popcorn was 2007 when I was out for TADFF. The smoke and smell was quite amusing.

Shannon the Movie Moxie
Guest

Kurt? Self-conscous? That would be no fun! It’s your totally unnerved attitude about it that makes me smile.

And thansk Andrew for the shout out for my podcast 🙂

Marina
Guest

I’m still angry at Matt for recommending THE MECHANIC. Foster is all sorts of awesome and the car scene is great but everything else is crap.

Aaron
Guest

Congrats on 200 episodes, guys. I’ve been a long-time listener and I plan on listening as long as the show continues.

Some of my personal litmus test movies:
Rushmore
Adaptation
Jaws
On the Waterfront
Magnolia
Groundhog Day
Punch-Drunk Love
American Splendor
The Great Escape
Day for Night
The King of Comedy

There are many others, but I just limited it to a few. I know these are pretty well liked, so they wouldn’t thin out the crowd too much. Still, they are favorites of mine and that’s what counts the most, right?

Matt Gamble
Guest

Marina if you didn’t love the screwdriver fight you are teh stoopid.

David Brook
Guest

Loved the 200th episode guys, congrats. It was interesting to hear the background on how it all got started. Plus I loved the answers to Jay’s mailbag questions. A few welcome mentions of some of my favourite films too in your lists of litmus films and out and out faves: Once Upon a Time in the West and Picnic At Hanging Rock (definitely with Kurt on that one) sprung to mind.

I usually struggle to get to listen to the Cinecasts as they’re always so epic, but over the next couple of months I’ve got a hell of a lot of driving to do so I’ll be able to get back into it.

dan
Guest

Long time listener here. Congrats. I have but one request, and it’s for Matt Gamble. Please don’t use the adjective “delicious” to describe non-food items, especially actors named Alan Cumming. I was creeped out for days.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Magnolia would barely rule out anyone because its pretty much universally loved. Thus proving that people are idiots.

Matt Gamble
Guest

I was creeped out for days.

Your welcome.

Kurt
Guest

There is actually no better word to describe Alan Cummings. This has been scientifically proven by many independent labs.

rot
Guest

Had to look up which person from the Up Series Matt was referring to. He is one of my favorites too. One year away from the next installment!

Kurt, Andrew, if you haven’t already, watch this series, it is incredible.

Marc Saint-Cyr
Editor

Just got around to listening to this episode – congrats, lads. I’m also a HUGE admirer of Picnic at Hanging Rock. Easily Weir’s finest hour, in my opinion.

Mike
Guest

Wait…Kurt and Matt pick on Andrew for not sharing the love for Picnic at Hanging Rock, and then skewer him for liking “arty chick flicks”?

Mark
Guest

Congratulations guys, i have been listening a while now and this was a great episode. I hope you may consider doing a semi regular mailbag feauture, or certainly not wait years to do another! One small disapointment on my part though, probably as he died recently, but no mention of John Barry in the film scores question? His early Bond scores were excellent, but much like Morricone or Goldsmith nearly every score he did is worth listening to, even if the film isn’t great. Cheers.

Kurt
Guest

Is Picnic an arty Chick-Flick? Hardly.

David Brook
Guest

Yeah I find it really creepy – sort of an arty horror film if anything. It’s my favourite Weir film too, although I’m a big Truman Show lover.

Kurt
Guest

I always find it hilarious when Quentin Tarantino or Brian Trenchard-Smith trash this as the ‘wrong direction for aussie’ film. (White dressed school girls in the desert with Zamfir pipe music) I think Picnic is closer to a good old Tarantino or Trenchard-Smith exploitation flick than it is to a lot of typical horror or drama or whatnot. Weir, who blends art-house with populism better than most directors out there seems like the wrong aspect of Aussie cinema to be picking on.

I love all three of these directors, and Picnic is completely rewatchable. I’ve seen it 10+ times at this point and it never gets old.

Kurt
Guest

David. Have you seen THE LAST WAVE…it’s pretty awesome.

…And Master and Commander is right up there, it’s probably in my Top 20 films of all times as well. At least in the Top 50, as flexible as that list is any week of the year…

David Brook
Guest

I’ve not seen The Last Wave – it’s really hard to track down in the UK.

I liked Master and Commander, but haven’t rewatched it since the theatre, so can’t remember it well enough for it to register as one of my favourites. I’ve got it sat on my shelf on DVD though, so it’s well due a rewatch.

Kurt
Guest

There is a wonderful CRITERION edition of THE LAST WAVE if you are Region 1 capable. Not sure of availability or price, but still…very much worth a look, it’s sort of a faster paced version of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK…

Matt Gamble
Guest

I realized I was bad at this sort of thing, but not THAT bad. I may be self-conscious abut this in the future………….naaaahhhhhh….

And just to prove it, Kurt changes the name of Thierry (from Terry to Theory) in the course of one single Movie Club Podcast.

Well done sir.

Kurt
Guest

Is it TERRY? (even if it is spelt Theirry).

Kurt
Guest

Oh, and Gamble, how’s the Stand-up gig going?

Antho42
Guest

And just to prove it, Kurt changes the name of Thierry (from Terry to Theory) in the course of one single Movie Club Podcast.

Well done sir.

Well, that’s how you actually pronounce his name (i.e., Thierry Henry )

Marina Antunes
Admin

“Oh, and Gamble, how’s the Stand-up gig going?”

That’s hilarious. James COMPLETELY had me sold on that one.

Goon
Guest

another Kurt prononciation thing

Sometimes Aaron Eckhardt is ‘Aaron A Cart” instead of “ECK-hart”

Goon
Guest

or more phoenetically, Kurt says Aaron uh-cart

Matt Gamble
Guest

Is it TERRY? (even if it is spelt Theirry).

Yes. The correct French pronunciation is closer to Tear-a-ree, but its Terry. This is probably one of the most eggregious ones simply because they say his name 800 times in the documentary, and at no point is he ever called Theory. You had to come up with that pronunciation out of thin air, and it complete opposition to all evidence presented to you.

Like I said, well done.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Oh, and Gamble, how’s the Stand-up gig going?

Judging by how well Faux Facts (www.fauxfacts.com) is doing I think I am poised for a break out.

Kurt
Guest

You write the Faux Facts? Those are indeed awesome.

rot
Guest

personal litmus test films:

sense of humour: Tristram Shandy

art film appreciation: Gerry

Goon
Guest

I want to give Shandy another go, I picked up the Steve Coogan BBC collection and its a mixed bag. As good as the Alan Partridge stuff is, the Tony Ferrino Phenomenon was pretty flat for me. Wonder what I’d think of Shandy now.

Goon
Guest

For humor I’d probably use Mighty Boosh and Wet Hot American Summer as a litmus test.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

As to the Desert Island filmography question, I could totally take Michael Winterbottoms varied filmography, not the least due to his Coogan Comedies: 24 Hour Party People, Tristram Shandy and The Trip.

rot
Guest

If you were starving on a deserted island I think you would watch The Trip on repeat.

Goon, so you have changed your tune on Alan Partridge, I remember before you found it unfunny. I admit it has that old British anachronistic style of comedy, but Coogan makes it work for me. I love the Christmas special in particular.

That deserted island question had me thinking for awhile. Instinctively I thought Kurosawa, but I think in the end I would want something more escapist and less weighty. If I was to be perfectly honest I think I would take Spielberg’s filmography, because there is a lot to choose from (like 25 films) he has pure escapist stuff like Jurassic Park and then ultra-weighty Schindler’s LIst, and then goes into his dark period, some great stuff with Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report. Not to mention Raiders and Jaws and Close Encounters…

rot
Guest

The only times I can remember laughing until crying in the theater is Tristram Shandy and American Movie. My wife fails the comedy litmus test as when I showed her Tristram she laughed less than Jay Cheel on a good day. But if it is a film where people are dancing funny, that is apparently comedy gold.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

I really liked the listener question section – brought up some fun discussion of stuff you guys wouldn’t normally hit during a standard show. And I wanted to answer them all too. So I did.

Fave films – I’m settled in pretty strongly with a top four of Rear Window, Bonnie & Clyde, Mulholland Drive, and Band of Outsiders. Beyond that, I’d probably have to give a top fifty or so, because they keep moving around.

Best filmgoing experiences – Two are silent films, strangely enough. Sunrise, which was my first time at LA’s Cinefamily, the first silent I saw in a theatre (sold-out crowd), and the first time I saw one with a live score. I was totally mesmerized. The Complete Metropolis at the Chinese, world premiere of the restoration, with a live score. I pretty much couldn’t function for about an hour after it was over, it was so overwhelming. Double-feature of Sunset Bouelvard and Mulholland Drive was pretty intense. And I gotta shout out the midnight opening of Scott Pilgrim both because the crowd was really into it and because it was the first film I saw with my now-boyfriend. 🙂 In general, just about anything I see at the Cinefamily rep cinema is a pretty awesome experience.

Celebrity meeting – I’ve been in the room with lots of celebrities at festivals and rep screenings, but I tend not to meet most of them because I’m shy and stuff. I was taking tickets at Cinefamily when Nathan Fillion came in for a screening of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and almost hyperventilated. Q&A with Werner Herzog after The Cave of Forgotten Dreams was really good, though I’m not as big a Herzog fan as Kurt and Rot. I do envy Matt’s time talking with the Coens. That would’ve been incredible, though I probably just would’ve been tongue-tied.

Litmus test films – Kurt’s going to kick me off Row Three, apparently, because I haven’t seen Big Trouble in Little China. I need to rewatch Jeux d’enfants, too – when I first saw it, it was a bit too cruel for me. But now that I’m in love with Marion Cotillard, I want to go back and see it again. My litmus test films would probably be INLAND EMPIRE or anything by the Coens. Everyone in film generally loves the Coens, but I’m surprised by how many non-film buff people I talk to who just don’t get them. It’s a pretty good indicator of whether I want to keep talking film with them or try some other topics. I might say Godard, but I fully understand why some people don’t like him.

One director for the rest of my life – My gut reaction is Hitchcock; he’s got more films in my top 100 than probably any other director, and he’s got a LOT of films. I’m tempted to say Coens, though, just because their work is more varied. Good call on Soderbergh, Andrew, and I hadn’t thought of Wilder, Kurt, but he’d be a good one, too. Sure he’s got his super-cynical side, but then you can just watch Some Like It Hot, Sabrina, The Major and the Minor in between. And if you loophole for films he wrote but didn’t direct, you get Ball of Fire, Ninotchka, and Midnight, all three sparkling comedies. On the long-and-varied filmography front, Howard Hawks would be another solid choice.

Film scores – Not too much to add, but I do have a soft spot for the old Max Steiner scores – they get programmatic at times, but the themes from Gone With the Wind and Casablanca (reuse of As Time Goes By, but still) are unforgettable. Also, not sure where you ended up falling on the jazz score front, but the Miles Davis scores for Elevator to the Gallows and Anatomy of a Murder are pretty great. Michel Legrand might fall into the soundtrack rather than score front, though he did both – I mean, he did the scores as well as the songs for all those New Wave films. I’m not sure how the score/soundtrack line falls on films like that.

Other podcasts – You guys hit most of the ones I listen to (or have listened to; I’m kind of out of the habit right now), but I’ll plug a couple more that I’ve enjoyed and need to catch up on. Battleship Pretension is a really literate film podcast – they get right deep into film criticism, philosophy, technique, the whole bit. I found that one when I was getting a little tired of the more superficial new release review podcasts (not you guys, you guys get deep into it) and it was great to get my mind actually working a bit. I haven’t listened for a while, but i should get bak into it. And then just for fun, the Flickchart podcast Flickfights is a pretty short and casual listen (always around an hour, perfect for my commute), using Flickchart matchups to generate discussion. (Also, I’m going to guest on that one in a couple of weeks. /shameless self-promo). Thanks for the other recommendations, I’m going to try checking some of them out as I get back into the podcast-listening groove.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

That was longer than it looked in Notepad.

Matt, I know some people who hate Magnolia with a passion, so it might work pretty well, certainly among more mainstream groups.

rot
Guest

I am one that thinks Magnolia is, if not shit, way overly hyped. And that is the kind of thing that would usually get me excited.

I think the Big Trouble in Little China test is also pretty good at gaging when and where you grew up. If you were a teenager in North America when it came out, you have an unspoken understanding that it is awesome.

podcasts: I hate the polished pseudo-professional kinds like Filmspotting, and Slash Film. What I find great about Mamo, the Cinecast and Film Junk is that it is shooting the shit.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

I was five when Big Trouble in Little China came out. There are a ton of ’80s movies I haven’t seen. When I got into film, I skipped right over the decades when I was alive and went back into the ’30s-’50s.

I agree, Mike, I like the content on Filmspotting usually, but I get so frustrated at how produced it is. /Film isn’t as bad, and I listened to it pretty regularly for a while, but I kinda got bored with it.

David Brook
Guest

You made me want to get involved with that epic post Jandy:

Fave films – I have a stock answer of Once Upon a Time in the West, This is Spinal Tap, The Empire Strikes back, The Godfather (Part 1 – I know the second is awesome too, but it’s so damn long it’s the first film that I go back to time and time again) and Apocalypse Now.

Best filmgoing experiences – Watching Dirty Harry on the beach in Cannes with Clint Eastwood presenting the screening was pretty damn cool even though it was frickin’ freezing. I’ve had some amazing experiences at a couple of the horror fests I’ve been to where the audience and atmosphere have been perfect for the film – Machine Girl, Night of the Creeps, The Orphanage and Paranormal Activity spring to mind. They’re not all perfect movies, but with the crowd and setting they worked brilliantly.

Celebrity meeting – Again in Cannes seeing Clint Eastwood, not only at the outdoor screening but also the day before, walking right past me as I queued for Santa Sangre.

Litmus test films – I don’t know if I’ve got any specifics for this. Off the top of my head some favourites that would bother me if someone disliked would be: my top 5 list mentioned earlier, anything by Hayao Miyazaki, Stand By Me, Chinatown, The Third Man, Delicatessen, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Rear Window, The Conversation. I could go on.

One director for the rest of my life – Like Jandy, the name that first came to my head was Hitchcock, for sheer volume and quality. After some thought I’d probably go for a more varied director though. Spielberg is an obvious choice, but it would certainly pass the time much more smoothly than most. Kubrick is possibly the most consistent director for me, but as you pointed out in the podcast, it would drive you to suicide pretty quickly. What I’ve seen of Kurosawa’s work has all been genius, varied and enjoyable, but there are still a lot of his films that I’ve not seen, so I’d hesitate to choose him over some others.

Film scores – Bernard Herrmann is my go to guy. His Hitchcock scores are incredible. North By Northwest, Psycho and Vertigo kick the shit out of pretty much all scores for me. I’m also a big Morricone fan and good call on the Chinatown soundtrack, that’s got one of my favourite themes.

Oh and Jandy – Duke Ellington did the Anatomy of a Murder score, not Miles Davis. It is awesome though. 🙂

Other podcasts – I only regularly listen to the Cinecast, Movie Club (when I’ve seen the titles) and Film Junk so I don’t know any others well enough. I’ve started one over at Blueprint: Review which I’d love to plug (just did I guess 🙂 ), but only 2 episodes in we’re pretty damn far from you guys. We just talk over each other and have never seen anything together.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

THE LAWYER IN JURASSIC PARK GETS EATEN? OMG, Andrew, I hate you. Just kidding. I think you’re right about superficiality on the /filmcast. I’ve found some good things to watch through them, but they don’t get very deep into stuff. I get a lot more out of Cinecast’s “stuff we watched” section than /filmcast’s. It was after listening to a bunch of /filmcasts that I found Battleship Pretension so refreshing. Don’t know what you mean about no place to comment, though – they have a post for every episode with comments, just like you do – current one is here.

David, is Godfather Part II longer than Part I? I have a tough time getting into Part I – I’ve seen it two or three times and I grudgingly appreciate it now, but I liked Part II immediately. Haven’t brought myself to watch Part III yet. Thanks for the correction on the Anatomy of a Murder score – I knew it was jazz and guessed it was Davis; I should’ve known not looking that up before posting was gonna get me in trouble! Thanks for the mention of the Blueprint podcast – I’ll check it out. I had one going for a few eps with some friends, but we kinda got stuck after only seven or eight episodes. I’d like to start it up again, but after recording an ep in September and never having time to edit it, I’m a bit gunshy.

rot
Guest

btw Jandy, what is the verdict, which is your favorite Back to The Future? You left my tweet hanging…

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Oh, sorry – I was still in the middle of watching them when I got your tweet and forgot to come back to it. Part II was definitely the best. The bit in the future was hilarious and the way the part back in the 1950s tied back in with everything from the first movie was pretty incredibly done. I quite enjoyed Part III, too, though – I’m a sucker for the Old West – but it wasn’t quite as narratively tight as the first two.

David Brook
Guest

Part 2 is like 25 minutes longer than part 1, which feels like a long time to me when I watch it. I don’t know, I love them both, but I tend to get sucked into part 1 more easily when its on.

Thanks for the interest, but don’t get too excited about the Blueprint podcast, I do next to no editing on it and not everyone involved is as into films as much as say myself, so it’s more of a recorded chat with a bunch of friends than an intelligent discussion on the topic. It’d be great to get some feedback though as to what works and what’s missing.

Goon
Guest

Andrew, re: /filmcast – I think its just the way Dave Chen speaks, and I saw his “lifecast” and he’s the same way then, even in casual videos, he’s just a stilted dude..

and I think he projects it onto everyone else on the show in the little things he does hosting it, ultimately he’s the one pushing everything along. I mean I hate that whenever he calls on someone he says their name

“What did you think Adam Quigley?” – it creates such distance as if these people dont know each other, as if its a unique panel each week.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

CriterionCast can get a little stlited for me, too, but I like the stuff they’re talking about so much I can put up with it, in short bursts anyway. I tend only to listen to those if I’m particularly interested in the film, though, and usually only if I’ve seen it.

rot
Guest

@Goon ” I mean I hate that whenever he calls on someone he says their name” Yes! That drives me nuts. I think the Criterioncast does it too, but I can tolerate it more there because at least there is some substance to the conversation.

And Back to the Future II was the correct answer.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Alas, I think I’m most partial to the first BTTF film, and like #3 the least. The middle one is solid, and easily the ‘weirdest’ so it has that going for it.

David Brook
Guest

I think Part 2 is underrated, but for me the first is nigh on perfect, I love that movie. It’s pretty much 1, 2, 3 for me.

Goon
Guest

Part 2 was the first one I ever saw, I was 9, and yet I understood it just fine. Always preferred that one.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Oh, huh. I usually listened to them late, I guess, so I just assumed the posts matched iTunes because there were always posts with comments there by the time I listened to the show. That’s weird.

rot
Guest

I heard that episode. he also says “um” a lot, which is distracting. I am willing to overlook it when they are delving in-depth into something I like. Since December I have been going chronologically through Kurosawa’s filmography (courtesy of buying the centenary criterion boxset)… I am one away from Hidden Fortress, which I believe they recently did an episode of…. so haven’t been listening to them lately, but plan to.

Goon
Guest

On the Enter the Void episode thread I trashed the movie and the movie itself (as I am want to do) and Dave Chen turned into me saying I was trolling and attacking him personally.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Hidden Fortress is far from Kurosawa’s best. It’d practically be forgotten in his filmography if it wasn’t for the Star Wars connection. Still lower tier Kurosawa is still better than most films out there. There just doesn’t seem like a lot of passion in this one, compared to his other Chanbaras ….

rot
Guest

so far the big discovery for me was Stray Dog. I have seen Hidden Fortress but so long ago I forget it. A lot of these are that way.

Aaron
Guest

Listening to this episode actually inspired me to re-listen to the Transformers episode just to hear Kurt’s ranting again. I ended up listening to most of the episode, which was still great.

Kurt
Guest

Excellent!

Antho42
Guest

Criterion Cast– I have zero respect for this podcast. In their Chungking Express episode, one of the guys reiterated word for word Quentin Tarantino’s video analysis of the film. And the downloads takes forever.

Film podcast that I listen too:
Battleship Pretension
Filmspotting
Slashfilm
The Greatest Movie Ever Podcast
Movies You Should See
The Totally Rad Show
Slate Spoiler Special
Movies 101
Filmjunk
Movie Club
Mamo
KCRW The Treatment
After the Credit
Cinecast
Where the Long Tail Ends
Spill.com

My Favorites:
The Greatest Movie Ever Podcast
Cinecast
Mark Kermode
Filmjunk
A Couple of Cold Ones (spill.com)

Antho42
Guest

Now I happen to agree that that movie is shit, but how can you review the film without watching the central “thrust” of the film?

This is coming from the guy that reviewed Kontroll in Cinecast, even though he only seen less than half of the film. By the way, he didn’t hate the film.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Epic disagree on Irreversible. but then again, you all know that — http://movieclubpodcast.blogspot.com/2010/11/movie-club-20-visitor-q-and.html

Marina
Guest

I have to agree with Andrew here. Turning something off partway through and then commenting that you did so because the movie did nothing for you is one thing – for all you know it gets better later but you don’t pretend to know that. Watching a film, skipping a key scene which makes/breaks the movie and then still spilling your opinions also rings false to me. It would be like sleeping through a major plot point and still reviewing the movie as if you’d seen the entire thing.

Matt Gamble
Guest

is really the main thing everyone talks about when discussing the film.

I’d argue it was the digital cock.

Kurt
Guest

No way. It was all the Rape when the film came out. I didn’t even find out that the penis was digital until years later.

Matt Gamble
Guest

What people talked about when it came out and what they talk about the film 9 years later are very different things. Most people I know who talk about the film now marvel/discuss the opening scene rather than the protracted rape scene.

Probably because one is good filmmaking and the other is just desperately antagonistic.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Absolutely agree on the first point. The second is debatable (if you are going to show violence, you might as well not sanitize it more make it comfy for the audience…see also The Killer inside Me. Violence in a drama or movie aimed at adults outside simple entertainment should make you feel damn uncomfortable.