Cinecast Episode 246 – Intrinsic Compass

With February really slumming it in theaters, the boys don’t have anything new to talk about this week. But why talk new when our listeners are so much smarter than us and provide us with lots of ponderous material of yesterday to talk about? The homework assignment this week turned out to be much more rich than we thought possible and so we have a good time with that stuff. The Watch List is equally entertaining this week with some old school Kubrick, time travel, unrelenting martial artistry and the much needed Indiana Jones fawning. Stay tuned near the end of the show for next week’s homework assignment and some general film related rambling as the boys try to kill as much time as possible just shooting the bull. Welcome.

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 (Paris, Texas and Southland Tales)
– Jay Cheel’s How to Build a Time Machine
– Donation Thank You’s!!


GRADING LAST WEEK’S HOMEWORK: (ASSIGNMENT: friends who kill friends)
(LetterBoxd)

**(SPOILERS!)** show content


THE WATCH LIST:

Andrew
The Killing
Ondine

Kurt
Come Drink With Me (Kurt’s Substream video)
Stalker
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (Kurt’s kids on Temple of Doom)
Obsessed and Scientific (Google video)


DVDs/NETFLIX INSTANT NOW AVAILABLE:
Jandy’s DVD Triage


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:
Send us your best example of a film in which the main character(s) wears a CLOWN mask to commit a crime.


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
The Secret of Roan Inish
Temple of Doom defense


NEXT WEEK:
Ghost Rider 2
The Secret World of Arietty
Thin Ice
Bullhead


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Nat Almirall
Guest

Pretty much any neo-noir from the ’70s is worth checking out, the big three being The Long Goodbye, Farewell, My Lovely (and I recommend watching the two back to back — going from Elliot Gould’s Marlowe to Robert Mitchum’s is a shift that will shear your sheep), and the sadly overlooked (but brilliantly performed) The Late Show. Mitchum also did another turn as Marlowe in The Big Sleep, which, unlike Lovely is set in the ’70s. And has Oliver Reed.

And Kurt, Ripley’s Game has the train-bathroom scene, but a half-hour spent setting traps is a bit too much.

Nat Almirall
Guest

ahh shoot.

Hans
Guest

When it comes to pronunciation; not too bad! 😉

I have been a long time listener (though, passive), and you guys have vacated probably two+ weeks of my life with the hours you produce. Not all has been, say, quality hours, but overall you provide an excellent show with good content. 😉 Together with Dr. Kermode and Mr. Mayo, you guys are my regular shows. (I let Filmspotting go a looong time ago, as that show in it’s form is just plain boring)

Let this be a encouragement to other listeners; nothing is free, and if you like it, show these guys some lovin’! 🙂

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

**SPOILER** **SPOILER** **SPOILER**

You made an error on the discussion of MYSTIC RIVER. It’s Laura Linney who plays Sean Penn’s wife and she gives him a speech to justify killing his friend. Marcia Gay Harden played Tim Robbin’s wife and mistakenly accused him of being the killer of Penn’s daughter.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Some other comments from the podcast:
1) Kurt’s statement about sending the Star Wars films to rep cinemas reminded me about how Star Wars was the ONLY film not shown during TIFF’s Essential Cinema series that opened the Bell Lightbox. Exact quote from the programme guide: “Due to rights issues, we are unable to screen this film at the present time, but hope to do so in the near future. Stayed tuned to tiff.net for updates.” Just sad.

2) I don’t know if I saw any unfinished films at TIFF, however I did see Guy Ritchie’s REVOLVER at TIFF, which was about 15-20 minutes longer than the version available on Blu-Ray.

3) The Secret of Roan Inish is indeed a wonderful film (though I’ve only seen it once when I was actually a kid). I remember John Sayles came to speak at my University once and this was the film associated with him (I asked him about it).

I still have about 40 minutes to listen to, so I might make further comments later on.

Marina
Guest

A few years ago the local chapter of SIGGRAPH managed to get rights to screen Star Wars (4-6). The only reason they managed that was because one of the original effects guys (can’t remember who now) was here for a talk and the deal, as one of the organizers explained, was that the guy from LucasArts had to accompany the reels. Needless to say, it was awesome.

Rick Vance
Guest

I am amazed that no one went with Kill Bill. That to me was the obvious choice this time around.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

As a bit an an antithesis for my long homework submissions so far, this week’s is just one sentence.

Jericho Slim
Guest

I can’t believe you guys haven’t seen The Long Goodbye. Awesome movie, and it has Sterling Hayden, who you were also talking about. Rectify immediately!

Kurt
Guest

Jericho – it’s on Netflix Instant, Canada. I know what I’m doing tonite.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

You won’t be disappointed, Kurt.

CS
Guest

Nice. I now have another film to look forward to this long weekend.

Rick Vance
Guest

Andrew can you qualify the Homework assignment next time with the films that are left out. A new email is writing itself inside my head right now for a different film.

CS
Guest

Although I am a huge fan of Temple of Doom, still my favourite of the series, I have to admit Willie Scott is terrible. She is the only real knock I have against the film. Scott is annoying and a rather bland female character overall, especially when you look at how great Marion was in Raiders. It is actually interesting to see the evolution, or lack thereof, the love interests have in the Indy franchise. Only Marion is a truly well rounded female character. Though, the more I think about it, even Marion goes from a tough lady who can drink men under the table in Raiders, to a damsel in distress in Crystal Skull.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

So much disagree on this, Courtney. Willie’s scene involving the bedroom farce is fantastic. And in the spirit of those 30’s serials, the woman is supposed to be getting into trouble all the time.

A disappointment of Raiders was setting up Marion to be so strong, and then turning her into the damsel in distress when the script suited. This is a pet peeve of mine (Roger Ebert pointed this out recently in his re-review of Titanic involving Kate Winslet’s character) Now don’t get me wrong. Marion Ravenswood is a great character. But Willie Scott (and yes Kate Capshaw) give a pretty darn good performance. I love how Spielberg sets her up fetching items like the empty gas can during the fight with the big-bad-guard and hands them off to him when she can. I love that opening music number, and I like the character in general. I think she is perfect for this role, and yes, one of the reasons of why ToD is great.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

I’m not a big fan of Temple of Doom, largely because of Kate Capshaw. I don’t mind a damsel in distress in emulation of ’30s serials, but does she have to be SO FREAKING ANNOYING every second she’s on screen? She’s just irritating, and I spend the whole movie wishing Indy would just leave her behind. There are other things I don’t like about the movie (I prefer the Christianity-based artifacts because of my own familiarity with their legends, and the heart-grabbing scene I find really disturbing for some reason), but she’s the main reason I always hesitate before rewatching the movie, trying to decide whether I can put up with her for two hours or not.

Nat Almirall
Guest

Have to agree with Kurt here; Willie is supposed to be grating because she’s supposed to be the reversal of Marion–it’s the Spielberg trademark of flipping cliches on their head, just like in the opening Indy’s protected, rather than threatened, by a big rolling thing; working for a gangly village of peasants instead of the US government; and the sequel isn’t a sequel at all but a prequel.

mason
Guest

On the homework assignment, I wasn’t going to list it, because I was sure someone else would…But how about X-Men Origins: Wolverine, between Wolverine and Victor (Sabertooth)?

mason
Guest

Oh, and I probably failed the assignment because nobody actually dies in Class or School Ties. But the characters do go from being good friends to enemies, and they do fight, either physically or through schemes.

Sam Fragoso
Guest

You two look completely identical to Jamie Foxx & Colin Farrell in “Miami Vice” …. amazing.

Goon
Guest

Fun with intonation

When Andrew says this film title it sounds correct: “Come Drink With Me” as the intonation is up on the second words.

When Kurt says it, his intonation is more on the first syllable then going down, which makes it sound like he’s saying “Cumdrink With Me”.

Both very fine films I’m sure.

PS Ripley’s Game does indeed rule. I saw it at the DVD blowout warehouse at Spadina/Queen and may go pick it up. its been a while. Talented Mr. Ripley is better though, IMO.

Jay C.
Guest

A little late on this, but whatever….I was surprised that nobody mentioned A Simple Plan as a part of the “friends killing friends” homework assignment, so I will mention it here. I LOVE that film.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

A Simple Plan may be Sam Raimi’s most restrained film…and that kinda makes it awesome in itself. Very similar to SHALLOW GRAVE, which was the example we gave in the show to kick off the homework assignment. Now that A Simple Plan has been brought up, I’m kinda itching to revisit it.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I wonder if people these days associate A Simple Plan with this quite good film or the Montreal pop-punk band from the early 2000s?

Goon
Guest

^agreed.

Also based on the criteria, would Elephant count?

Robert Reineke
Guest

For “friends killing friends” the first one that popped to mind was Shallow Grave. It’s a killing triangle even.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Robert, in the show, that is the example (besides Chronicle) that we gave.

Robert Reineke
Guest

Which is good reason that I should catch up on the podcasts so as not to make foolish comments.

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