Cinecast Episode 255 – All Flourish and No Fun

So here it is: your smackdown in the Cabin in the Woods. Andrew sits a little further from the fire this week as to not get burned too much by the Kurt vs. Gamble nerd-a-thon. Check your watch, Necronomicon and your Lemarchand’s box at the door; it’ll be a bit of a bumpy ride. Soon after we have a bunch of old school teaser trailers to talk about; courtesy of the Cinecast listeners. We get a full ActionFest! recap including an encounter with one Ms. Gina Carrano… and a guy who lights himself on fire. Matt brings back the love to Jump Street, plays some video games and gives us a sneak review of Five Year Engagement. Lastly Andrew buzzes through as much stuff as he can including the entire Bourne trilogy, some more Tarsem, rock stars, nerds, activists, magical swords and death smugglers. Let’s just say the show is well rounded. But hey, we kept it under four hours… barely.

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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ACTIONFEST RECAP
Kurt and his stunt double react to the madness.


MAIN REVIEW:
Cabin in the Woods (SPOILERS!):


GRADING HOMEWORK:
(links to YouTube trailers coming here soon!)
Nat Almirall (LetterBoxd:) Back to the Future
Sean Kelly (LetterBoxd): The Haunting
Darryl Bowen: Alien3, Nemo, Poltergeist, Bee Movie, Human Centipede 2
Robert Reineke: Alien
Courtney Small: Big Top Pee-Wee, Wall-E
Mike Rot: Magnolia
Steven Beckley: Austin Powers 2
Ian Loring: The Exorcist, Spiderman
Rick Vance: Addams Family, War of the Worlds
James Ager: Star Trek
Lennart Andersson: The Turin Horse
Ryan McNeil: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Rhiannon Maclean: Trainspotting
Corey Pierce: Comedian

Andrew: The International
Kurt: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Snatch, Strange Days, The Incredibles, Face/Off

full list on LetterBoxd
full GPA spreadsheet for this semester


THE WATCH LIST:

Kurt (ActionFest edition)
Solomon Kane
Trailer War
Les Lyonnais (aka A Gang Story)
I Declare War
Headhunters
Transit
The Wild Bunch
Dragon Eyes
Wu Xia

Matt
21 Jump Street
Five Year Engagement
– “Mass Effect” (video game)

Andrew
The Bourne Trilogy
Immortals
Rock Star
Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade
Erin Brockovich
– “Game of Thrones” S2
Smuggler


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


HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:
send us your best example of Genre mashing films


NEXT WEEK:
God Bless America
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Rick Vance
Guest

I managed to find an example of the ads for Godzilla it used the size of the object the ad was on to comment on how large the monster was. “It’s foot is this big”

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Jericho Slim
Guest

I can honestly say that Godzilla ’98 is the single most disappointing movie I have ever experienced in a theater. I was a grown man, but my soul was still crushed by the experience. I’ve never had the heart to revisit it.

They had Godzilla running from missiles and hiding in alleys! Godzilla – the king of monsters! I hate Roland Emmerich.

Rick Vance
Guest

I managed to find an example of the ads for Godzilla it used the size of the object the ad was on to comment on how large the monster was. “It’s foot is this big”

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Goon
Guest

“A Totally Different Style of Dicksucking” really should’ve been the title.

Matt Gamble
Guest

I can’t agree more.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

It almost was. Seriously.

Matt Gamble
Guest

It really should have been.

Goon
Guest

“…looks like Paul Bettany”

Likely not right but thought of Marc Warren:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0912938/

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Hearing Andrew’s discussion of the climax and how there’s so much going on the monitor’s actually reminded me (of all things) the videogame Doom 3 (which is probably still my favourite horror videogame).

When all hell (literally) first breaks loose in the game, the player initially sees the carnage through security monitors before the monsters are actually seen in person.

Now, of course, me using a videogame comparison is going to probably bring up bad memories of that horrible Rex Reed review.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

It is also done on Ozymandias’ big bank of Monitors in WATCHMEN, and the big-brother system in the original MEN IN BLACK. Cabin in the Woods reminds me a lot of Men In Black, a movie that is a goofy lark, but little else.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Andrew: People criticizing the film are thinking too much about it.

Me: Amen.

Goon
Guest

And I think a lot of people praising the film are thinking too much about it.

The only thing about the movie that really annoys me is that there really are a contingent of people tossing around the ‘genius’, ‘game changer’ lines. And they seem to all have made their way here: http://badassdigest.com/2012/04/13/up-for-discussion-the-cabin-in-the-woods/

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Yeah, I wouldn’t go that far. I really liked the film. It’s pretty high up on the films I saw so-far this year. Will it be on my top ten at the end? Probably not.

Jericho Slim
Guest

I try to stay away from pre-movie hype, trailers and reviews. So my opinion after I watched CITW was that it was just a throwaway movie that not many people would like – I didn’t even come to rowthree last weekend. I was genuinely shocked when I saw you being shouted down on the thread on Monday morning, and then looked at the scores on RT and Letterboxd.

I honestly though that Lockout would be getting some play for it awfulness/genius, but apparently you and I were the only ones who watched it.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I really want to see LOCKOUT.

Jericho Slim
Guest

It’s a really, really, really, really bad movie. If you go in knowing that, you might – I stress might – be able to squeeze some fun out of it.

Realize, it’s not Priest bad. Priest had some fun goofy moments which I liked (the conducting of the town’s destruction), even though I didn’t like the movie.

It’s not Legion bad, which is a bad movie that I really like. It’s not “From Paris with Love” bad, which is another bad movie I like.

It’s just bad. Go in with 0 expectations, and you might like it.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Even with zero expectations it takes a crap ton of effort to glean anything from Lockout. Its just bad.

Cringe
Guest

If Cabin in the Woods was a Japanese or Korean film Kurt would consider it brilliant.

Goon
Guest

I’m not sure Japan or Korea would bother making a movie like this.

Cringe
Guest

Yeah, I’m just fucking with Kurt.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

The Moby song in the Bourne Trilogy is called “Extreme Ways.” It’s also on his 2002 album 18.

The song was actually re-recorded by Moby (and re-released as a single) for The Bourne Ultimatum (probably to boost soundtrack sales)

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Here’s the Music Video: http://youtu.be/7U-7DJFgooU

And here’s the Bourne Ultimatum version: http://youtu.be/JXtuVCgtDSY

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

May I recommend Comic-Con Episode IV: A New Hope for next week? I know at least Kurt would be able to see it, since it’s going to be playing at the Toronto AMC.

Rick Vance
Guest

That movie made me angry.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Just e-mailed next week’s homework. I either made a very smart choice, or I was way off. However, I thought it was time I start taking some risks with these.

Nat Almirall
Guest

Mmm — I am so proud of my submission for this week’s assignment. This is such a great idea, guys.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I started getting second thoughts and submitted a new film. Feel free to use both.

Rick Vance
Guest

Oh I almost also put this in my email for Teasers because Norton / Pitt and Fincher did a Fight Club PSA campaign to be shown before films

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5wCnj0r1is

Angela
Guest

A few notes:

Kurt, if you have an iPhone 4 or later and iOS 5 your phone can now sync w iTunes via wifi at night while you sleep at night.

For the record, I have seen Primer, the original Mummy, Robocop,the first Predator, Fido, Evil Dead, the Blob, and one of the Japanese Godzilla movies where he fights some kind of giant bug-thing but I can’t remember the name.

I agree with Andrew, some of the people discussing (and deconstructing) CITW are taking it far more seriously than the filmakers did. It’s gleeful goofy fun.

You can find the weekly film podcast I co-host at http://www.filmconfessional.com (yes, allow me a moment of shameless self-promotion).

Matt drank WAY more than I did, don’t let him tell you differently.

Nat Almirall
Guest

Mothra?

Nat Almirall
Guest

I’m on Matt’s side with Chasing GhostsKing of Kong is the better film, but there’s a lot of fascinating scenes in it — the guy with the cats who sleeps in his living room; the “art” collector; Walter Day performing his “music” — broad but good.

Rick Vance
Guest

Should also point out as someone who read the Game of Thrones series well before it was being put to TV (also the moments of the books are so visceral that watching the show can not be done without remembering what is next.)(shame too I think I would prefer entering the show blind.)

There are still a pretty sizable cast of characters on the way. Also some pruning.

Jericho Slim
Guest

I’m not gonna read any more Game of Thrones and I won’t start watching the series until the books are finished. I’m tired of being strung along for years and years by fantasy writers who just wanna make money.

I read the first 2 books a few years ago and they were awesome, but I can wait.

Steve
Guest

I’m a big fan of the Bourne series and never thought of them being each “the same movie”. I think that’s hyperbole to really push that idea. In Supremacy, Jason doesn’t have a female companion like in the other 2, after Marie departs early on. He’s kind of a rogue in that one. Part one pushed their love story, but the other 2 had a revenge element to them. Each one has a great car chase but I think they are each distinctive in their placement in the movie and tone. The reason there are train station scenes in each one is simply that rail travel is immensely popular in Europe. There are many other story elements that set them apart in my mind. But it’s basically in Identity he knows nothing and has many questions, in Supremacy he’s forced out of hiding and does detective work on his past and his first mission as a hit-man, and by Ultimatum he has enough to go on the offensive, gather the last few clues and go to the USA to find the people who made him Jason Bourne.

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vaughn
Guest

cause on your talk on Cabin in the Woods it made me go see it. and i have to say it really didnt blow me away. it was more funny then scary to me. im not shiting on it but it didnt really change my thoughts on modern horror films. i didnt really care for the kids and as they got killed off i just started checking boxes. the worker drones stuff was what i liked the most. i wished there was more of that shit then the kids running around getting killed off. also the end with the hand was silly. thats all

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I think the hand at the end was kind of a Cthulhu reference (“The Old Ones”) but as with most on-screen Cthulhu stuff, it just comes across as SILLY.

I’m very sad that GdT’s AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS never got past the initial funding/planning stages…

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

On the plus side, he got to do PACIFIC RIM instead, which he decided to film in Toronto and make the city a geekier place for a few months.

I kind of want to go to one of the Hitchcock Master Classes he’s doing at the Lightbox in a couple weeks, but they are charging a bundle for them ($25 regular, though I’d be able to pay $18.75 with my membership)

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I might do one of these too. Haven’t crossed paths with the man since he’s been in Toronto. I hear Rinko Kikuchi is also in town for Pacific Rim.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I on the other hand saw del Toro three times while he was in the city:
1) He made a surprise appearance at Fan Expo last year. I snapped a photo of him chatting up Malcolm McDowell (http://flic.kr/p/ahAuB6)

2) I attended his “In Conversation with…” at the Lightbox (after which I, literally, ran to the Toronto Underground to see Innkeepers at Toronto After Dark)

3) He happened to be standing in front of me at the ticket kiosk at the movies (which I already documented in my blog – http://bit.ly/JG4PDK)

Hans
Guest

This teaser to Godzilla would have been my submission if I ever got around for it..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsYtUgYx8Xo&feature=related

Also this teaser to the social network is quite cool’:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BpvUY8Mgeg

But I never get my submissions in in time 🙁

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