Cinecast Episode 245 – White People Cure Racism Through Football

Welcome back to our little show. Lots of in-house business items on the table this week, including the first grading of this semester’s homework assignments. Kurt and Matt discuss found footage superpower movie Chronicle. We delve into the state of the reborn Hammer studios with spooky ghost tale, The Woman in Black. Then we talk Clint Eastwood, Chrysler and the state of the Nation through Advertising and Politics. The Watchlist covers a fair bit of talk on David Mamet, but also the woefully received Clint Eastwood rugby movie, Invictus. Also, terrorism, Carlos and the films of Olivier Assayas. And Miranda July revisited. It’s a pleasantly meandering show in an otherwise quiet movie-going month. Join Us.

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 this week.
Donate
– 150 Episodes of The RotCast (congrats guys!)
Kurt’s appearance on the Film Junk Podcast
Matt’s article at Film Junk on digital projection
– Thanks to Ryan for the Groundhog Day present!


GRADING LAST WEEK’S HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:
Zippy Period Pieces:
Courtney: Moulin Rouge
Rot: Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
Rick Vance: Zodiac
Hatter: neo-Westerns, The Woman in Black and The King’s Speech
Sean Kelly: Hamlet (1996)
Lennart Andersson: Brick

LetterBoxd list


MAIN REVIEW:
Chronicle


OTHER REVIEW:
The Woman in Black


SUPER BOWL ADS:
Kurt’s post on David Gordon Green’s Chrysler Commercial:

Andrew’s post on the Mötley Crüe Commercial:


THE WATCH LIST:

Andrew
Carlos
Heist
Raiding the Lost Ark (watch it now)

Kurt
The Spanish Prisoner

Matt
The Future
Invictus


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:
Send us an example of a film in which the characters start off as friends, but ultimately attempt to kill one another.


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
The Blood of Heroes (aka Salute of the Jugger)


NEXT WEEK:
Perfect Sense(?)
Safe House
Oscar Nominated Shorts


PRIVATE COMMENTS or QUESTIONS?
Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, or email us:
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andrew.james@rowthree.com
kurt@rowthree.com

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Chronicle is listed twice on the time listings. I’m assuming the second one is supposed to be Woman in Black.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I’ll accept the A- for the homework (sorry for choosing a Shakespeare film when you said not to). I was spending a long time thinking about what to write about and I almost wrote about The King’s Speech myself.

I rented this version of Hamlet when I was studying the play in high school and I was just blown away (I have since bought it on VHS and, later, Blu-Ray). I loved it so much, I actually had a huge dislike for the Mel Gibson version when parts of it were screened in class (still haven’t seen that version in its entirety).

Also, I hate the confusion my URL causes because it’s in lowercase. It’s NOT pronounced “Skon Movies.” Instead, it’s supposed to be “SK (as in my initials) on Movies”.

I actually recently added capitalization to my twitter handle (which is the same) to emphasize the correct pronunciation. I probably should start typing my URL that way as well (starting with this comment).

More comments from the first third of the podcast:

– I’ve had Google Adsense for my blog since 2007. It’s almost not worth having, since I’ve only made a minuscule amount in those 5 years.

– I believe Steven Spielberg still (partially) edits his films manually. I’ve been learning to manually edit 16mm film in night classes. Even though my projects will never exceed 3min, it’s still hard work. I can only imagine what features are like.

– The biggest TIFF snafu I’ve experienced was during THE TAKE in 2007, in which the power went out for a few minutes (and the actors would make a few out-loud comments while the lights were out).

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

That sucks. I tried capitalizing the URL, but it still showed it as lowercase. Oh well.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I mean THANKS for the A- (saying I accept it doesn’t come off right)

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Quick comment about Campbell Scott: I haven’t seen him in many films, but he was the main antagonist on the third season of the TV series Damages and he was pretty good on this.

P.S. Invictus is about RUGBY (and I liked it)

nephums
Guest

Campbell Scott also has a recurring role in the USA series Royal Pains and I really enjoyed him on damages

Goon
Guest

Ha! Andrew – I just flat up gave Ryan The Game, so in a roundabout way you got it from me 😛

Kasper
Guest

You guys probably have listeners from various weird and far away places than you might think.

Goon
Guest

Matt Gamble: I waited for a long time to see Beginners because that trailer made me absolutely positive it would be pure horseshit, but ended up loving it. Andrew is right, if you like the Miranda July movies you may very well also be surprised.

Give it a shot.

rot
Guest

Beginners is better than the piece of shit that was Thumbsuckers, but it has got a heap of problems. The charm of Melanie and Ewan and the narration are its saving grace.

CS
Guest

Yep Thumbsucker was a pretty terrible film, fantastic cast completely wasted. Beginners was miles ahead of that film, though I would argue that Plummer and Mary Page Keller are the most interesting aspects of the film. The relationship between Melanie and Ewan is indeed charming but I was more taking by each parent’s relationship with Ewan’s character more than anything else.

Matt Gamble
Guest

I’ll see if the girlfriend has any interest, because I am not sitting through that thing alone.

Rick Vance
Guest

So I see my testing the waters of the ‘assignment’ was not as profitable as I thought, digital jazz is not in vogue. Had to double down on this weeks, which I am just about to watch.

Also related to the Chronicle talk has there been a Superhero movie that stars the villain and ends with him winning? The only thing I can think of that comes close is Wanted which isn’t really a Superhero movie after they stripped the super stuff from it for mainstream audiences.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I went to see the Oscar Shorts last night. The animated shorts are definitely overall better than the live-action, though there were some gems in the latter.

rot
Guest

OK Letterboxd beta-users, I just proposed the addition of a Rally Board to their site (something a bunch of us wanted for Row Three but which we never quite figured out). You can vote for it here http://feedback.letterboxd.com/forums/136771-general/suggestions/2595124-rally-board

Gerry
Guest

‘The Game’ is available in widescreen, region free, blu ray cheap – £6.99) from amazon.co.uk.