Cinecast Episode 241 – Gusto

While we patiently wait for Carnage to open in Minneapolis and for A Dangerous Method to open in Toronto, Kurt and Andrew decide to outline the 40 odd films-of-interest that are on the radar for 2012; there appears to be lots of interesting science fiction coming this year and a large pile of auteur-type films on the way. Moving onto the Watch List, discussion skips along from a rewatch of an under-appreciated genre flick from 2010 to a lengthy bit on Oliver Stone’s (and Stephen King’s) JFK. Added to the mix is John La Carre’s The Spy Who Came in From The Cold, Kurt’s family sings along to The Sound of Music, some early John Carpenter, Ron Howard and lots of love for Peter Sarsgaard, and a small bit on BBC’s current “Sherlock” TV series. Enjoy.

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ACTOR – number of films slated for 2012
Joel Edgerton – 4
Olga Kurylenko – 4
Jessica Chastain – 5
Richard Jenkins – 5
Bradley Cooper – 5
Joseph Gordon-Levit – 5
Bruce Willis – 7



20- Lay the Favorite – Stephen Frears
Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson,Vince Vaughn, Corbin Bernsen

19- The Great Gatsby (12/25) – Baz Luhrman
Mulligan, DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Toby McGuire

18- The Place Beyond the Pines – Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine)
Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne

17- Lincoln – Speilberg
Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Joseph Cross, Gloria Reuben, David Warshofsky, David Strathairn, Walt Goggins, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley.
PS: Also looking forward to Timur Bekmembetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

16- Cloud Atlas – The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer
Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, James D’Arcy

15- The Cabin in the Woods (4/12) – Drew Goddard, Joss Whedon

14- The Burial – Mallick
Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko, Barry Pepper, Amanda Peet, Michael Sheen and Jessica Chastain.

13- Total Recall – Len Wiseman (Underworld, Die Hard 4)
Colin Farrell, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Bokeem Woodbine,Ethan Hawke, Bill Nighy, Jessica Biel, John Cho

12- Only God Forgives – Nicolas Winding Refn
Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Scott Thomas

11- The Wettest County (8/31) – John Hillcoat
Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska

10- Anna Karenina – Joe Wright
Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew MacFadyen, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams, Ruth Wilson

9- The Master – PT Anderson
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Laura Dern

8- Gravity (11/21)- Alfonso Cuaron
George Clooney, Sandra Bullock

7- Prometheus (6/8) – Ridley Scott
Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish

6- Cogan’s Trade – Andrew Dominik [Jesse James, Chopper] Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta

5- Argo (9/14)- Ben Affleck
Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Tate Donovan, Taylor Schilling, Clea DuVall, Richard Kind, Rory Cochrane, Chris Messina, Michael Parks

4- Looper (9/28) – Rian Johnson
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and Piper Perabo

3- Moonrise Kingdom (5/25) – Wes Anderson
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel and Bob Balaban

2- Django Unchained (12/25) – Quentin Tarantino
Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, M.C. Gainey, Don Johnson, Anthony LaPaglia, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, RZA, James Remar, Sacha Baron Cohen

1- Inside Llewelyn Davis – Coen Brothers
Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman


Haywire – Stven Soderbergh
Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton

Perfect Sense – David Mackenzie
Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Connie Nielsen

Black Out – Arne Toonen
Robert de Hoog

Cosmopolis – Cronenberg
Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Mathieu Amalric, Samantha Morton, Jay – Baruchel

Nameless Gangsters – Bumchoiwaui Junjaeng
Choi-Min Sik

Stoker – Chan Wook Park
Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulrooney, Jackie Weaver

Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
Scarlett Johansson

A Topiary – Shane Carruth

The Grand Masters – Wong Kar-Wai
Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi

Mud – Jeff Nichols
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepherd

Seven Psychopaths – Martin McDonagh [In Bruges] Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits and Abbie Cornish

On the Road – Walter Salles
Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund

Savages (9/28) – Oliver Stone
Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Joel David Moore

Upside Down – Juan Diego Solanas
Kirsten Dunst, Jim Sturgess

~ HEAVY HITTERS WORTH MENTIONING ~ (in no particular order)
The Hobbit (12/14)
The Dark Knight Rises (7/20)
The Hunger Games (3/23)
Brave (6/22) – Pixar
Bourne Legacy (8/3) – Tony Gilroy (Duplicity, Bourne Ult, Michael Clayton) Edward Norton as the villain!
Skyfall (11/9) – Sam Mendes
The Amazing Spider-Man (7/3)
The Avengers (5/4))

~ OTHERS WE’RE INTERESTED IN ~ (in no particular order)
Kill Bin Laden (12/19) – Katherine Bigelow (Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong)
Ted (7/13) – Seth Macfarlane (Mila Kunis, Adam Scott, Giovanni Ribisi)
Gangster Squad (10/19) – Ruben Fleischer [Zombieland] (Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Holt McCallany, Emma Stone, Robert Patrick, Mireille Enos, Nick Nolte)
Love – Michael Haneke
Rust and Bone – Jacques Audiard [A Prophet] (Marion Cotillard)
Nero Fiddled – Woody Allen (Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill)
12 Years of Silence – Steve McQueen ( Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt)
Gambit – written by Coens (Coin Firth, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Cameron Diaz)
The Silver Linings Playbook (11/21) – David O. Russell (Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Chris Tucker, Jacki Weaver, Julia Stiles, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham)


– “Sherlock” (season 2)
The Book of Eli

The Spy Who Came in From The Cold
The Sound of Music
Assault On Precinct 13 (1976)
Shattered Glass

Jandy’s DVD Triage

Naboer (aka Next Door) (IMDb)
Kurt’s kids review The Sound of Music


A Dangerous Method

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Most anticipated films of 2012:
1. The Grandmaster directed by Wong Kar Wai (Hopefully the Mayans compel the Master to finish the film).
2. Prometheus directed by Ridley Scott (The litmus test of Ridley Scott status as a filmaker and Damon Lindelof as a writer)
3. The Dark Knight Rises directed by Christopher Nolan ( Nolan’s film could be this generation Star Wars).
4. Cloud Atlas directed by the sibling and Timus ( The most ambitious wide release film).
5. Cosmopolis directed by David Cronenberg (Robert Pattinson
+ Cronenberg = WTF0
6. Under the Skin directed by Jonathan Glazer ( Glazer + Science fiction = sold)
7. Looper directed by Rian J. (I has positive buzz from people who have seen it).

Kurt Halfyard

Sean (The Broken, Cashback) Ellis has a film set in the Philippines coming out in 2012. I’m excited for it:


I think the book that your looking for,Kurt, is Don DeLillo’s Libra. He is also the author of Cosmopolis.

Kurt Halfyard

I’ve read a few DeLillo’s novels (White Noise, Underworld) but not Libra….No, the book that I was looking for in the show is JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglass.

Bob Turnbull

A few that didn’t make either of your lists:

“A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence” by Roy Andersson – The last of a trilogy (“Songs From The Second Floor” and “You, The Living”), this may not make it in 2012 but just on the off chance it might (Mark Cousins, director of The Story Of Film, mentioned he had seen the new one and loved it) it is undoubtedly my number 1 most anticipated above anything else.

“Kiss Of The Damned” by Xan Cassavetes – After the terrific documentary “Z Channel”, I’m definitely psyched to see Xan’s first fiction feature. I’m confident that she’ll be able to find a new angle to the vampire mythology – I can’t help but feel this might be closer in tone to the Euro vamp pictures from the 70s.

“Like Someone In Love” (aka “The End”) by Abbas Kiarostami – “Certified Copy” was pretty special, so I’m on board with Kiarostami now, no matter what the final title of the film might be.

“Simon Killer” by Antonio Campos – His debut Afterschool showed a lot of promise.

“Tchoupitoulas” by Bill & Turner Ross – I’m not actually sure if this is a narrative or a documentary, but the brothers Ross turned in one of the best docs of the last decade with “45365” a few years ago, so I’m itching to see what comes next (and the Louisiana setting for the new one sure won’t hurt).

“The We And The I” by Michel Gondry – After Eternal Sunshine, I’m a Gondry fan for life.

Tons of potentially great stuff in your lists – “The Master” is probably my top choice there.

Steven Landry

In the realm of looking forward to getting a serious drink on prior to watching a hopefully fun mess… Neveldine/Taylor’s GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE.

Big fan of WILLOW back in the day, but when I think of Joanne Whalley I always recall KILL ME AGAIN.

Jandy Hardesty

You’d think Eternal Sunshine would be enough for me to go for anything Gondry, but I actually haven’t loved anything else he’s done – I didn’t like The Science of Sleep, and only mildly enjoyed Be Kind, Rewind. And didn’t see Green Hornet. I’m thinking maybe it’s Charlie Kaufman I like from Eternal Sunshine rather than Gondry. Still, I’m curious about whatever Gondry does.

Kurt Halfyard

Big fan of John Dahl here. Must go back and revisit that, I don’t remember it at all.


Kurt, you really do need to watch The Town one of these days.

Bob Turnbull

Andrew, I think I might have another 2012 release that will grab your attention…

I got a lot of these picks by looking through the Most Anticipated lists at Playlist and Ioncinema – Playlist was a single article while Ioncinema has been putting them up one at a time (small bunches per day). They just listed their number 1 pick today and it’s “Post Tenebras Lux” by Carlos Reygadas (he of “Silent Light”). That’s now definitely on my list too.

Jandy, “The Science Of Sleep” disappointed me the first time I saw it, but I warmed a great deal to it on a second viewing. Be Kind Rewind is far from great, but there are some wonderful moments. The Green Hornet is so-so, but I still enjoyed it much more than many people. I wouldn’t say Gondry is anywhere close to my favourite director, but he has the ability to create magic.


Further titles we didn’t cover on the show: Kelly Reichardt has a movie coming out . As does the director of the deadpan-dry-and-underrated THE GREAT WORLD OF SOUND, Craig Zobel,

Oh, and speaking of the lasting effects of BE KIND, REWIND, and the whole ‘sweded’ versions of films, it is alive and well on youtube:


Amazing. Kurt gets corrected on Affleck again and has to ask if he had it wrong, after all the times he’s been razzed… he gets corrected, and 2 seconds latter says Benna Fleck yet again! You’ll never get over it, Kurt! I’m convinced. Or you’re working an epic troll on me.


John Dahl really needs to go back to making feature films. His television work is decent but nowhere near as interesting as his films.

I have to agree with Jandy about Gondry, I find that I have been rather disappointed with his post Eternal Sunshine films. While each have had inspired moments, especially The Science of Sleep, on the whole the films have done nothing for me. I should probably revisit The Science of Sleep though, as I only watched it once.

Some of the films I am looking forward to in 2012:
1. The Dark Knight Rise
2. Django Unchained
3. 12 Years of Silence
4. The Raid
5. Moonrise Kingdom
6. Inside Llewelyn Davis
7. Stoker
8. Looper
9. Under the Skin
10. The Great Gatsby
11. The Hobbit
12. Hunger Games

Granted if PT Anderson’s new film does come out in 2012 then it will immediately top the list.

p.s. I love these two and a half hour episodes, helps to make the time fly in the office.

Jandy Hardesty

Gondry has great vision, he just can’t always quite get it on the screen, I think. Like you say, Bob and CS, there are great moments and inspiration, but they don’t come together cohesively. I’m not saying that’s always necessary – sometimes I like messy films a lot, but his mostly just exasperate me. Except Eternal Sunshine – Kaufman is an amazing screenwriter, and he and Gondry together are fantastic. I’d love for them to make another film together.

As far as anticipated films – I have yet to read up on some of these (I gotta stop by The Playlist’s coverage still), but I think Looper, Django Unchained, and The Hobbit top my list right now.

Bob Turnbull

Andrew, have you seen Battle In Heaven by Reygadas? I still haven’t seen it or Japon – I’ve been a bit resistant because they sound very patience testing (though I too loved Silent Light).

I too would love another Gondry/Kaufman collaboration, but Gondry apparently has a hand drawn Noam Chomsky doc, a Philip K. Dick adaptaion (Ubik) and a French drama (with Lea Seydoux and Audrey Tatou) on the go as well, so he’s keeping busy. Kaufman is re-teaming with Spike Jonze though, so that should prove interesting…


Andrew — I am also going to start reading Cloud Atlas. I heard good things about the book.


It will be awesome if Rowthree had a monthly book club.


Antho, while Jonathan is our resident Literature Nerd (and Rot churns thru a fair bit of non-fiction and novels)…we’ve got a few ‘books we’d like to see adapted posts’ in the archives.


Cant recall if I mentioned it here, but super psyched for Jonathan Demme’s adaptation of Stephen King’s recent book 22/11/63, which is in production.

Rick Vance

To answer one of your unanswered questions Andrew one of the reasons Chiwetel Ejiofor wasn’t in movies this year is that he starred in a 7 episode series on the BBC called The Shadow Line that is AMAZING.

It is basically what a British version of a single season of The Wire would look like only the it deals much more in the subconscious and the horrific terrifying layers people goto with their complicity in organizations such a great series that hardly gets talked about from like June.

Jim Laczkowski

I’m beyond excited after listening to this episode. There’s so much to look forward to. My Top picks for now off the top of my head:

The Master
Django Unchained
12 Years of Silence
Moonrise Kingdom

Jim Laczkowski

I guess we can add the next Kelly Reichart film to the top 5 most anticipated now as well 🙂

Jericho Slim

Kurt – I was listening to the podcast this morning (great episode by the way) and I was curious about a throwaway comment you made. You said that terry goodkind and robert jordan ruined fantasy novels for you. It struck me because those two authors were the last new fantasy books I read as well. I kind of lost it in the middle of their never-ending series, and never went back.

I was wondering – what turned you off? For me, it was that there seemed to be no end in sight for their series, and I had the suspicion that I was being milked.


As you say. They are milking the cash-cow. I have no interest in fantasy series that echoes Guiding Light, Days of our Lives or Coronation Street. A novel should have some sort of point, after a certain point, that-is.

Jericho Slim


Hey, I have a recommendation of a fantasy series for you, although you’ve probably read it. It’s called The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by stephen r. donaldson. Three books – awesome story – my favorite series of all time. I think you’d love it.

There is a second three book series that is also excellent, called the second chronicles . . . and the final chronicles – which is 4 books – that I will read when the last book is out next year.


Yep, I’m a fan. A bit of a strange fantasy experiment in making such an unlikable character in the centre of a Trilogy (well, uh, two trilogies)

Funfact. Stephen R. Donaldson wrote the novelization of Alien3, which is far more like the eventual Rawlin’s-Cut of the film rather than the actual released in 1993 film.