Cinecast Episode 263 – A Little More NOS

 
You thought the comment section for our review of Pixar’s Brave was brash? Wait until Matt Gamble can actually use his voice. His attempts at putting Kurt into his place is always entertaining and Kurt goes for a Dude-ish zen approach to defend the latest Pixar from such quick dismissal. There is love for the rather unusual pairing of Keira Knightley and Steve Carrell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and after all the harping on Brave, 100% forgiveness for the silly fun that is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Throwing horses apparently goes further than Bear pratfalls.

Being the halfway point of 2012, we indulge in our need to put together five lists and the gang all throws out their ‘Best of 2012 – So Far’ choices. A quick watch list involves Frankenstein, The other September 11th, fast cars, Jordana Brewster and Louis C.K. It’s a packed episode, so give it a whirlybird on your electronical doodad!

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:
Death Bed: The Bed that Eats at Trylon Microcinema
– Sound issues
– Homework prizes
iPhone podcast app
MovieStakeout podcast (favorite B-movie creature features)


MAIN REVIEW:
Brave


OTHER REVIEWS:
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (guest co-host Aaron Hartung enters at this point)


TOP 5 OF 2012 (so far):

Kurt
5) The Secret Life of Arrietty
4) Prometheus
3) Haywire
2) The Imposter
1) Moonrise Kingdom
HM: Monsieur Lazhar, I Declare War, The Grey

Andrew
5) Haywire
4) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
3) Moonrise Kingdom
2) Cabin in the Woods
1) Cafe de Flore
HM: A Separation (2011) – would be #3

Matt
5) Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
4) The Innkeepers
3) Bernie
2) John Carter
1) Jeff Who Lives at Home
HM: Prometheus, The Raid, 21 Jump Street, Woman in Black

Aaron
3) Prometheus
2) Moonrise Kingdom
1) The Flat


THE WATCH LIST:

Aaron
Post Mortem
– “Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life” (YouTube)

Kurt
– “Frankenstein” play (directed by Danny Boyle)

Andrew
Fast Five

Matt
Live in L.A. (Louis C.K.)
Alien: Resurrection (WTLTE podcast)


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


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
Kurt’s kids review Brave:


NEXT WEEK:
Magic Mike
Ted


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Goon
Guest

Haven’t even thought of ranking for the year, but here’s 4-5 star Letterboxers:

Moonrise Kingdom
Bernie
Prometheus
Mirror Mirror
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Indie Game
Cosmopolis
Goon
Wanderlust
The Grey
Avengers
Headhunters
Pirates! Band of Misfits
Friends With Kids
John Carter
21 Jump Street
A Separation (wasn’t released here til 2012)
Monsieur Lazhar (ditto)

and because the front half of the year almost always not as good as the second, and because Letterboxd makes it easy, another list:
the best non 2012 films I have seen this year for the first time:

Exotica
Being There
Harold and Maude
Parenthood
When We Were Kings
Joe vs. the Volcano
Certified Copy
Anatomy of a Murder
High and Low
Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within
Wings of Desire
Belle du Jour
Beginners
Billy Elliott

Nat Almirall
Guest

Anatomy of a Murder — greatest movie ever made.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

It’s hard to disagree with this. The movie is indeed PERFECT.

Goon
Guest

Everything Matt says during the Brave discussion is in full “…that kid is on the escalator again!” mode.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Awesome. We finally got Matt to “FULL JASON LEE IMPRESSION” (and Bonus: He waxes philosophically on why Lee’s villain is so great in THE INCREDIBLES.)

Jericho Slim
Guest

Speaking of Kevin Smith, some Clerks 2 goodness for Andrew:

NSFW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bLy26TwtyI

Re-watched this last night – I still love Kevin Smith.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Maybe if Kurt feared and respected my opinion we wouldn’t have that problem.

Nat Almirall
Guest

I want to see and dislike Tremors just for Kurt.

David Brook
Admin

Impossible.

antho42
Guest

My first homework submission:
1. Vital – Most of the film deals with student doctors learning how to do autopsies. Tadanobu Asanoand Shinya Tsokumoto bring their A game.
2. Gone in 60 Seconds- A mute Vinnie Jones eating a sandwich while performing an autopsy. Brilliant!

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

You win with your first choice, as that was my favourite film of 2004.
Kurt’s Top Films of 2004 –At the time. My 2012 brain says it is probably either Birth or Code 46 or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind supplanting Vital , but DAMN, 2004 was a solid year for awesome conceptual films: 3-Iron, Primer, I heart Huckabees, OldBoy, The Life Aquatic, Kung Fu Hustle, Infernal Affairs, Saddest Music in the World, Good-bye Lenin, Closer, The Incredibles, Howl’s Moving Castle, Tripletts of Belville, Sky Captain, Team America, and Zebraman!

antho42
Guest

3-Iron is in my top 3 favorite films of the last decade. It is a perfect film, in my opinion. I still cannot believe that it only cost 1 million dollars.

antho42
Guest

Kurt – 2046 also came out in 2004. I might be in the minority, but I prefer it over In the Mood of Love.
Wow, 2004 was a great year in film. Maybe even better than 1999.

antho42
Guest

In fact, I do understand why In Mood of Love is widely held as a masterpiece, while 2046 is regarded a lesser Wong Kar Wai film.

antho42
Guest

In fact, I don’t understand why In Mood of Love is widely held as a masterpiece, while 2046 is regarded as a lesser Wong Kar Wai film. 2046 does everything that he accomplished in In Mood of Love, while also being more ambitious. It is also a more visually striking film; I fucking love the retro 1960’s future aesthetic.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I’m also a HUGE fan of 2046, but I do think IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE is a better film.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Particularly if you were paying attention outside of the US! 1999 was a stronger american film year, 2004 perhaps a stronger ‘across the globe’ year?

Steve
Guest

Aren’t these parts 2 and 3 of a trilogy? What are your thoughts on DAYS OF BEING WILD?

antho42
Guest

The weakest of the three; it feels like a student film. It does not look great, either.

antho42
Guest

Why?

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

So many intangibles in wkw’s films. But I guess I love the purity and succinctness and structure of ITMFL.

But I love the full-on aesthetic and sprawling anthology-ness of 2046.

It’s a close call, with Maggie Cheung sealing the deal over the several women in 2046.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Sadly the new Apple Podcast app is iOS5 only and I can’t try it on my hand-me-down iPod Touch 4.2.1

ultimolee
Guest

At least i’m pleasing somebody’s girlfriend 🙁

Being in the backwater of the UK and also being a lazy non-cinema going dvd lover i’ve only seen two of Kurt and co’s top 5/3’s. Haywire (which was unimpressive personally) and Jeff Who Lives at Home which i liked but The Duplass brothers zoom in bullshit is so fucking irritating it took me out of the film every time it happened.

Some of these probably came out in 2011 in US/CAN
1. A Cat In Paris
2. The Descendants
3. The Kid with a Bike
4. Young Adult
5. Carnage

and because i’m bored top 10 films i’ve seen for the first time this year.

Mosquito on the Tenth Floor (Yôichi Sai, 1983)
1732 Høtten (Karin Julsrud, 1998)
A Last Note (Kaneto Shindô, 1995)
Castaway on the Moon (Lee Hae-jun, 2009)
Matinee (Joe Dante, 1993)
Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols, 2011)
When You Read This Letter (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1953)
The Other Guys (Adam McKay, 2010)
Dear Doctor (Miwa Nishikawa, 2009)
Face (Junji Sakamoto, 2000)

Oh and Anatomy of a Murder is incredible.

Jericho Slim
Guest

I was surprised by Gamble’s top film. Jeff Who Lives at Home didn’t particularly impress me. To each his own, I guess.

Goon
Guest

Me neither, but I think my problems may be specific to mumblecore/Duplass in general and not unique to the film.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I’m sad that I missed both JEFF and BERNIE while they played theatrically here.

Jericho Slim
Guest

Bernie will be in your top 10 if you see it this year. Guaranteed.

Jonathan
Guest

I was really pleased with Jeff Who Really Lives At Home. It wouldn’t have worked for me had it not been the last 20 minutes, which really made the rest of it pay off – and it WOULDN’T have worked had the first two acts of the film been… any different.

rot
Guest

Objectively, the best 5 films of 2012 so far:

1) Prometheus
2) The Innkeepers
3) The Grey
4) The Imposter
5) Snow White & the Huntsman

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I saw The Innkeepers, Headhunters and We Need to Talk About Kevin in 2011, so they are not on my list.

But I’m loving the INNKEEPERS love in these parts.

http://www.rowthree.com/2011/06/20/laff-2011-the-innkeepers/

http://www.rowthree.com/2011/11/02/toronto-after-dark-2011-the-innkeepers-review/

David Brook
Admin

And here: http://blueprintreview.co.uk/2012/06/the-innkeepers/

Couldn’t resist a second blog plug 🙂

If you count The Story of Film as a film, that would be my number 1 of the year – I started watching it in 2011, but the series didn’t end until 2012.

And as ‘mainstream opinion’ as it is I really enjoyed The Avengers and would put that near the top too.

CS
Guest

I have to side with Andrew and Aaron on Fast Five. The film is completely ridiculous but I loved it every minute of it…and I am the furthest thing from a “gear-head.” Gamble is right that the first four films in the Fast and the Furious series took themselves too seriously. Fast Five, on the other hand, completely embraces the fact that it defies all sense of logic. Is it better than either Point Break or Desperado? No. However, Fast Five does have the same fun re-watch factor as those two films.

Lastly, I am surprised Gamble hated Fast Five but enjoyed Torque. While Torque is filled with numerous over-the-top moments, none were as memorable as the ones in Fast Five. Plus Torque’s pairing of Martin Henderson and Ice Cube lacked the chemistry and/or charisma that Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson had.

Jericho Slim
Guest

I liked the action in Fast Five a lot, but the rest was so boring, I wound up not liking the movie as a whole. All the “character moments” and dialogue were a waste, in my opinion.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I know Louis C.K. mostly from his brief recurring role on Parks and Recreation and his supporting role in The Invention of Lying.

I never saw any of his stand-up stuff, though I’d probably like it since I quite like stand-up comedy (I actually YouTubed some of Billy Connolly’s material after watching Brave. Funny stuff.)

Bob Turnbull
Admin

Sean, if you have NetFlix (in Canada) search for Louis C.K.’s hour long stand-up called “Chewed Up”. It’s very funny and really lays out a lot of his style and views (though I think both Goon and rot are far more versed in his stuff than I am – I have yet to see his show and very much need to).

Warning though – if you are easily offended, tread carefully. I don’t actually find that his ideas and what he’s “really” saying is offensive, but sensitive ears should be covered…B-)

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

Just watched it. Thought it was so so.

Matt Gamble
Guest
Jane D
Guest

Kurt, it was great to hear your take on the theatrical broadcast of Danny Boyle’s “Frankenstein”. Our family managed to see both versions and thought it was an excellent production. I actually think Cumberbatch’s Creater was more compelling in the opening act than Miller’s. But both men brought their A-game to a very physical role in playing the Creature. And I agree that those scenes between the Creature and Dr. Frankenstein were very powerful.

I also felt they way they did those birds-eye shots of the action for the broadcast audience were very effective (eg. the Creature’s attach of Elizabeth) and not a view-point the live theater audience was privy to.

With regard to this being made available on DVD, it seems doubtful. This is from the National Theatre website:

“Will you be releasing a DVD of the production?

We have no plans to release a DVD. We know from letters, tweets and emails that a great many people wanted another chance to see the production – and these encore screenings have been scheduled in response to that huge public demand. Our rights arrangements with actors and crew don’t currently permit DVD release, and we’re also keen for as many people as possible to experience the broadcasts in the format for which they were created: broadcast in HD to cinemas.”

Goon
Guest

Since Coogan was namedropped:

you guys gotta get the I Partridge Audiobook. 6 hours of Coogan reading to you. It’s absolutely hilarious.

David Brook
Admin

He’s just started a new series in the UK too called Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life

I only saw the first 10 minutes (I don’t subscribe to the channel it’s on), but it looked very funny. It’s all done in the style of a corporate video, which for someone who has a made a fair few of them makes for hilarious viewing.

Kurt
Guest

Considering that Frankenstein was distributed to movie theaters on BLURAY discs for exhibition, I wonder if it will leak onto the Internet soon, if it is not there already.

Rick Vance
Guest

Have you guys heard of Hellsing? It is a Japanese comic that was serialized from 1997 to 2009, which was then adapted into a TV show before the story was completely and a series of OVA(Original Video Animation) that followed the thing more chronologically.

The reason I bring that up is because it is the reason why Western Vampire fiction doesn’t work for me at all. This thing is a crazy exploitation story about the events after Dracula where the now re-branded Alucard has been heeled by the Hellsing family to help them Hunt monsters throughout the centuries, and in modern day a Rouge group of more evil than the Nazi’s Nazi’s Blitzkrieg London and it basically devolves into all out war. Mixed in is a Vatican sponsored cult that worships Judas

To make the point the leader of this force makes a speech:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUB9QGKCNmI

It is just turned so to 11 that it makes everything else that comes out seem pale by comparison

This is the main character
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2DI-7uTceI

Robert Reineke
Guest

I feel that someone needs to put Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies on their watch list soon.