Cinecast Episode 227 – Come for the Violence, Stay for the Orgy

 
 
Despite being a man down this week and the multi-plexes pretty much in dumping-grounds mode in the doldrums of August and back-to-school season, Kurt and Andrew manage to talk it up for a few hours of chit-chat and whoop-de-do! On the menu today: Steven Soderbergh, Greta Gerwig, Paul Greengrass, Jessica Chastain, Steve McQueen, Gus Van Sant, John Milius, Kirk Douglas, Serial Killers and Netflix bandwidth issues (plus a whole lot more)! Clear out the ashes of fall fireplace, strike up a cheery evening blaze, grab a mug of hot cider and relax for a couple hours of pleasant chat with only half a dozen F-Bombs. 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:
– New site design
– Open letter to Steven Soderbergh


MAIN REVIEWS:
The Debt


TIFF PREVIEWS:
Restless (Gus Van Sant)
Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman)


THE WATCH LIST:

Andrew
Pleasantville
Spartan
The Final Countdown
– “Louie”

Kurt
City of Ember
Conan the Barbarian
10 Rillington Place
Hunger


DVD PICKS:

Kurt
Hanna
A Horrible Way to Die

Andrew
Straw Dogs [Blu-ray] – United 93 [Blu-ray]


OTHER DVDs NOW AVAILABLE:
Jandy’s DVD Triage


INSTANT WATCH NEW RELEASES/EXPIRING SOON:

Kurt
10 Rillington Place (new)
The Weather Underground (exp Sep 13)

Andrew
Apocalypto (new)
Airplane! (new)


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:


NEXT WEEK:
Drive
Contagion


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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antho42
Guest

Spartan looks too cheap. Taken is shit.

Kurt
Guest

All of David Mamet’s films have that ‘not dense’ production design. Not an issue, as the dialogue and execution more than makes up for it. Also, to accuse a film called “SPARTAN” for being minimalist is kind of amusing.

antho42
Guest

The climax of the film looks like a made for TV film. It is still an enjoyable film.

Ross Miller
Guest

I saw Pleasantville for the first time recently (I know, I know…) and really liked it. I can’t say I absolutely loved it (maybe on rewatches) but fond it very charming, very interesting – a lot to say at the same time as being lighthearted, as you said Andrew – and visually it’s stunning. Might grab it on Blu-ray to appreciate the visuals even more. Very blunt in its message, yes, but you kind of can’t help but be won over.

Schizopolis
Guest

Thank you for giving Spartan a tongue bath! I watch this movie every year since it came out on dvd. It’s easily in my top 5 spy-thrillers of all time. IMO, Spartan is a no nonsense version of 24. Spartan isn’t perfect. It has a few plot holes and convenient twists, but I just love how each scene is executed… the characters, the no nonsense dialogue and the overall psychology of people in that field of work. You really get a sense of how real life military/special forces personal might say and act during a crisis.

Spartan fans might’ve also checked out the CBS tv series “The Unit” produced by Mamet and starring Dennis Haysbert. Both Spartan and The Unit are based on the non-fiction book Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney. I’ve only seen the first season of The Unit and a few episodes I catch occasionally on syndication. It ran four seasons. The missions are awesome but the storylines with the army wives are just brutal. I bet the series would’ve been awesome if it were made for cable.

My dream team would be a military/spy-thriller written by David Mamet and directed by Michael Mann.

Kurt
Guest

I love the above post, and concur on Mann directing a Mamet script.

Kurt
Guest

(It would be kind of like RONIN)

rot
Guest

I originally thought Hunger would be a one watch film, but I have seen it three times now and liked even more on repeat viewing. It is partly that is visually engaging, but mostly it is about thinking about what it must be like to care so much about something you are willing to starve yourself… it is the twinkle of fanaticism in Fassbender’s eyes, it is the sparring of words about ethics that make me love this movie. The stylistic choices make a lot of sense to me, with the guard it emphasizes his flattened existence, there is no sense of the world around him, it is just the snowflake in front of his eyes… likewise the micro shots of the crumbs at the table and the fly seem pretty self-explanatory.

Jim Laczkowski
Guest

Coincidentally, Mamet is the next director we’re discussing at the Director’s Club. I definitely enjoy Spartan quite a bit. I feel like Val Kilmer should have had a comeback between this and Kiss KIss Bang Bang, but now he’s just stuck in straight-to-DVD limbo these days.

I’m excited to discuss House of Games and Homicide on the show because those are my two personal favorites of Mamet’s. Spartan would definitely be in the top five. State & Main is minor-Mamet, but it’s a heck of a lot of fun. He can certain genres and make them his own by applying his rhythmic use of syntax and language, and crafting it into a pretzel-twisty thriller. I feel like that even Mamet is coasting (Heist, Redbelt), his scripts and characterization are strong enough to where I think his movies have incredible rewatch value. I’m glad everyone thinks highly of Spartan, but his early work in the late 80s and early 90s is fucking brilliant. There’s a probably a reason why my two favorite Mamet films are the ones that Criterion put out 🙂

David Brook
Guest

I watched Red Belt for the first time and agree. I thought the first half or so was great, but the plot got very silly towards the end and overly convenient (the moment where he sees the magician by accident by walking past the dressing room made me groan out loud). It’s a solid engaging watch though.

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