Cinecast Episode 223 – Just the Alien from Cloverfield and Super 8?

 
 
A bit of a break in the usual routine as summer comes closer to a close – In this episode of the Cinecast director Jim Mickle (Stake Land and Mulberry St.) joins Kurt and Andrew for a chat on Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens and Errol Morris’s Tabloid. We mix up the typical show order and do DVD picks first (as Stake Land hits DVD shelves this week!), then our main reviews, with liberal sprinkling of Netflix instant watch suggestions throughout the show before finally ending on The Watch List. This allows for a lot of delightful tangents and director/screenwriter insights. Hope you enjoy this one, it’s a keeper.

As always, thanks for listening and please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below.


 
 

 

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INTROS:
– Welcome Jim Mickle (director of Stake Land)


DVD PICKS:

Kurt
Stakeland
Strigoi

Andrew
Stakeland


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Jandy’s DVD Triage


MAIN REVIEW:
Cowboys & Aliens


OTHER REVIEW:
Tabloid


THE WATCH LIST:

Kurt
Equilibrium
The Claim

Jim
The Chaser
Incendies

Andrew
Unknown
Season of the Witch
Mad Men


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
Favreau/Ford interviews
Battleship trailer
Jim’s Twitch article
Kurt on Director’s Club Podcast (Winterbottom)


NEXT WEEK:
Another Earth
Terri
Rise of the Planet of the Apes(?)


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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Marina
Guest

Canadian Version of Oscars is The Genies. As for INCENDIES, it’s already in roll-out in the US via Sony Classics. Dates:
http://www.sonyclassics.com/incendies/dates.html

Marina
Guest

Ah got it. If that’s the case, it’s available from Amazon.ca. Has been since sometime in March.

CS
Guest

Although I have not seen Stake Land, plan to rent it this weekend, I really enjoyed listening to Jim talk about the process of making the film. I always find it interesting to hear the director’s point of view on everything from casting, distribution, etc. Hopefully you guys will have him on again, I thought he did a good job on the show.

I have to agree with Kurt, Equilibrium is an awful film but it was fun watching it again with the Indefensible crowd. Ghostbusters 2 works for the first half but then falters in the end. Bill Murray was golden for the first two thirds though.

Unknown felt like an old man version of the Bourne Identity but not as entertaining. It was painfully slow and everything ties up far too conveniently.

As for Battleship, I did not even notice the grid aspect until you brought it up. Regardless, the fact that the love story is featured so prominently in the trailer worries me a bit. It seems like the studio is trying hard to sell the set up instead of the action.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Jim was a great guest! Loved hearing about his films, which I’m definitely planning to see soon. And the dynamic with the three of you was really laid-back and easy to listen to as well.

Kurt, I’m so glad to find more people who think Equilibrium is as dumb as I do. I know so many people who are of the belief that it’s an amazing movie, and I’m sorry, but it’s not. And The Claim is one of only about three or four Winterbottom films I have seen. Because Milla is in it. 🙂

Kurt
Guest

Jandy, as an expert in all things MillaJ, do you agree with me that it is her most nuanced performance…?

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

Yes, of things I’ve seen. Helps that it’s actually a good movie with a top-notch director, too. (For the record, yes, she is married to Paul W.S. Anderson, auteur of the Resident Evil films and the upcoming The Three Musketeers.) I heard good things about her in last year’s Stone, with Edward Norton and Robert DeNiro, but I didn’t see it. But I tend to like her in everything, heh. I know you’re not a fan of The Fifth Element, but I think she’s adorable in that – not as demanding a role as The Claim, but she hits it perfectly for what it is.

rot
Guest

Having seen The Claim and first season of Deadwood within months of each other, it is kind of crazy how similar the two feel… same environment, but characters as well.

Kurt
Guest

There are no Pinkertons or road agents in The Claim, but yea, I can totally see the comparisons!

rot
Guest

@Andrew

Give Mad Men a chance… I was down on it for three seasons (not down so much as I liked it but thought the praise of it was overblown) but in the fourth season it suddenly changed everything I felt about it, I truly love the show now. It is the ultimate slow burn but so worth it.

ryan
Guest

its not an alien you idiot. dont have site that talks about shit that you dont even know about.

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