Cinecast Episode 251 – Formaldehyde Rain

 
With not much going on, there sure is a lot going on. We go gaga over the new Prometheus trailer. We have (row)three theatrical reviews to cover today and we touch down in Iran before cruising over to Jump Street and then we get our ass to Mars. We take our time, so bear with us and feel free to skip around the show but beware the full spoiler-discussion of A Separation – see the well deserved Oscar winning film before listening to that segment.

Kurt waxes ecstatically about the packaging and presentation of the new Special Edition BATTLE ROYALE DVD/BLU set. Hunger Games looms on the horizon.

Technically there was no show last week and the side effect of doing an Anniversary Clip-Show is that this week we have a lengthy Watch List to dive into. Watch out for the quick sand, subway squatters, slimey lawyers, Nick Cage as an Atlantic City Cop and Dennis Hopper’s chainsaw wielding antics! With this much off-beat violence, the show could be hazardous to your health. But feel free to indulge in your (Miami)vices and jump in feet first. You. Are. Invited.

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:
– Clips show (problems and thank you’s)
Sunshine Blu-ray rant
Prometheus trailer
– Kurt’s kids talk Studio Ghibli:
– – Whisper of the Heart
– – My Neighbor Totoro
– – Kiki’s Delivery Service


MAIN REVIEWS:
A Separation (SPOILERS!)
John Carter
21 Jump Street


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:
Movies with quick sand (listen to show for more details, caveats and ineligibles)


THE WATCH LIST:

Andrew
White Dog
Trainspotting
The Sunset Limited
The Lincoln Lawyer
Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Kurt
Battle Royale
Dark Days
– ‘Under the Skin’ (book) | most anticipated of 2012 episode
United 93
Snake Eyes


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


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
Tom Savini on Letterman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUHUgMuODFg


NEXT WEEK:
The Hunger Games
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen


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Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Yeah, the Cineplex website can be a bit tricky to navigate, partially because they want it to be your one-stop movie news site and it has a bunch of other stuff on the that I just ignore when I check movie times or order tickets (which I’m quite good at).

I also have a Cheerios code. I haven’t redeemed it (yet), because apparently the free movie was only for February and now the code only gets me two-for-one.

Anyways, I just got a ticket for a midnight screening at my local theatre. Makes it easy for me to go and not worry about how I’ll be getting home afterwards (I could just walk).

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

BTW, selling your copy of SUNSHINE is a bit of an overreaction, especially since Fox is offering free replacement discs.

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Disc_Announcements/Fox/Fox_Offers_Sunshine_Exchange_Program/6156

Goon
Guest

I don’t know what you and rot saw in the Sunset Limited. The back and forth debate between those two was extremely shallow, and it falls victim to the “I should leave/ I’m going to sit down and continue debating” crap more than anything else i’ve witnessed. And you could have a drinking game involving every hamfisted insertion of the title into the dialogue.

In Carnage it’s more believable because one person can pull the other back more easily, and there’s alcohol.

Gomez
Guest

Kurt, just a heads up Charlize Theron is playing the “corporate villain” in Prometheus.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Much better looking than Paul Reiser.

antho42
Guest

Kurt, is the Battle Royal novel really better than the film? Is it deeper?

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Marginally so. I wouldn’t say it is significantly deeper upon a single read (about 3 years ago). Some people think it is.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Probably because it is foreign.

antho42
Guest

Born in 1989, nerds are the cool kids in high school.

antho42
Guest

John Hughes films feel so foreign to me.

antho42
Guest

80 % = B-
90% = A-
100% = A+

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grade_(education)#Ontario
Ontario
Percentage and grade equivalence[20]
Grade points for 1.0 credits Percentage equivalency
A+ 90–100
A 85–89
Aβˆ’ 80–84
B+ 76–79
B 73–75
Bβˆ’ 70–72
C+ 67–69
C 63–66
Cβˆ’ 60–62
D+ 57–59
D 53–56
Dβˆ’ 50–52
Failure 0–49

Looking at that Wikipedia page on the variations in grading systems around the world make me realize just how relative everything is. It makes the conversation between Andrew & I even funnier on the podcast, because we are not properly communicating at all. Do most US High-Schools require a 60% as a pass? It was 50% in Ontario. The University of Waterloo required a 60% passing grade, but perhaps because it was a math school, all our grades were simply 0-100 (due to its 2 digit system, 00=100, and yes, I know this because I got 100% in a course, an elective film course, I might add.) I prefer the straight percentage to the letter grade or 4-grade-point average.

Matt Gamble
Guest

My high school was a 69% to pass. An A was a 93% or better. Of course, at the time, I came out of one of the best public school systems in the country. Yay Socialized Education!

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

You are a living tribute to your respective school-system, Gamble.

Nat Almirall
Guest

A 95 – 100
Aβˆ’ 94 – 90
B+ 89
B 88 – 86
Bβˆ’ 85 – 81
C+ 80
C 79 – 76
Cβˆ’ 75 – 70
D+ 69
D 68 – 65
Dβˆ’ 64 – 60 (I think)
Failure 59 – 0

Also a victim of public schools, in a farming community in Michigan, so we were about two hours from your border, Kurt. Then again, Michigan is the greatest state ever. Though the scale was basically the same at my college, the greatest and preppiest college ever.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Every college in Michigan is the gayest and preppiest ever.

Nat Almirall
Guest

You’re from, where, Gamble? Minnesota? Do they have education there?

And for the record, I went to college in Virginia — we are actually ranked as the preppiest college ever.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

York University (where I went) required a minimum C (60%) to pass, but a C+ (65%) or higher if you want to stay in the honours program.

I’m proud to say that I never got lower than a B.

Jandy Hardesty
Admin

I’ve had schools do it different ways, but generally 60% was a D. Anything below that, you failed. Most of the time 90-100 was an A, 80-90 a B, 70-80 a C, and 60-70 a D. I remember A+ being an extremely rare grade; usually only if there were extra credit or you’d done extra work, although some teachers would do A+ at 98-100%. Some teachers also split it into + and – for the rest of the grades, but not all did.

That’s all talking college and grad school, though. I was home schooled through high school and I just remember my parents grading tests to percentages, but not really giving letter grades.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

The high praise for 21 JUMP STREET (currently 86% on Rotten Tomatoes) is frustrating for me, because I just did not connect with the film. The worst part being that I saw the film over a month ago at an advanced screening, so there was no way I could be swayed by the buzz.

I didn’t think that it was a bad movie, I just did not really find myself laughing that often. Also, I like Jonah Hill, but thought he was miscast in this film.

Oh well.

Jericho Slim
Guest

Jump Street is a good movie, but it can’t hold a candle to The Other Guys, which covered some of the same ground, but is better in every way: humor, action, and plot. I don’t remember The Other Guys getting as much praise, though the RT score isn’t that different.

I think that Jump Street’s secret weapon is total lack of expectations. Though not a great movie in my opinion, it is probably the best 21 Jump Street movie that could have been made.

antho42
Guest

I like the novel segment.

Kurt
Guest

Expect another one next Cinecast episode.

Jericho Slim
Guest

Andrew, if you think Jonah Hill can’t mess up, watch The Sitter. That’ll cure you.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Johnny Lee Miller was quite good as the villain in Season 5 of Dexter.

Quick (slightly spoilerish) clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp4k9Yf_k94

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Speaking of Johnny Lee Miller, he’s playing Sherlock Holmes in the North Amercian remake of SHERLOCK (named ELEMENTARY). Strangely, Lucy Liu plays Watson.

They just released an image:comment image

Oskars
Guest

All is true about the crisp quality of the new ALIEN Blu-Ray.
The movie looks as if shot yesterday.

Rick Vance
Guest

This is gonna end up being some crazy rant but bear with me because I have never heard an unfair trashing of a movie like Kurt’s review of John Carter.

The movie entirely knows what it is and is having a laugh both at itself and with the audience. It is so full of such rampant slapstick and gags that I am shocked anyone could ever call this dour. The contrast is stark because the characters are dealing with real issues/problems in the movie but from the montage of Carter being thrown into jail and breaking out the movie sets its tone pretty clearly.

Everyone in big costumes acting completely over the top of the most part this was intentional. Another huge one was when the Princess is introduced giving that huge verbose speech to the camera when she then cuts into how corny the whole thing sounds.

The framing device worked to both set up his motivation (which is a skilled fighter who returns to find his home destroyed so is reluctant to take up any cause.) and add a nice wrinkle to the end when the happy ending is expected. The same way I felt that John as a gruff very reluctant hero is fresh compared to these movies usually are.

Also the fact that this didn’t take it deathly serious like the Prequels or Avatar was a breath of fresh air honestly and scene inter-cut with him burying his family and fighting all those guys was masterful.

Finally I agree with Matt that the score is awesome, also I feel that if this movie was a straight Pixar film it would be getting a tongue bath compared to what it is getting now. Oh and I skew a couple decades younger and haven’t read any of the books.

Rick Vance
Guest

Almost forget this but you guys opened the flood gates so you have to do a homework for favorite trash film now.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

That might have been the smarter homework assignment, considering I was talking a lot of Battle Royale, which is probably my favourite ‘pure trash’ film ever made.

“Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them. ”
–Pauline Kael

Steve
Guest

I also like actor Kevin McKidd (who was miss-identified in the podcast as Kevin McDonald). I saw him recently in The Acid House, an anthology movie, from the author of Trainspotting (not a sequel). It’s on Netflix Instant.
I first noticed him by name as the lead character in the short-lived but superb TV show “Journeyman” which you can find for free on Hulu. I highly recommend it.

I enjoyed The Lincoln Lawyer as well. Another good character actor is that Shea Whigham, who keeps popping up in things I watch (All the Real Girls, Take Shelter, Splinter). He’s got a country/redneck/ne’er-do-well look about him and he should probably take care to avoid being typecast.

Steve
Guest

This just posted on Roger Ebert’s website (but not made by Ebert), a video essay and blog post on White Dog:

Link: http://blogs.suntimes.com/foreignc/2012/04/white-dog-a-video-essay.html

antho42
Guest

Under the Skin– I do not think it would translate well to the film medium. It is a travesty that they going for a normal looking Scarlett J. in the lead role.

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