Cinecast Episode 268 – Slick

We’ve done it before, we’ve done it again. It’s another “shoot-the-shit” episode where we dive mostly into rewatches and recent book readings. But before all of that, the topic of provincial holidays and home beer brewing rears its head as well as a one-man look at Len Wiseman’s version of the new classic, Total Recall. See you at the party…

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:
– Get well soon Matt Gamble


MAIN REVIEW:
Total Recall


THE READER LIST:

Andrew
– “Time’s Eye” | Amazon

Kurt
– “Embassytown” | Amazon
– “Ready Player One” | Amazon
– “Miracle Mile” | Lulu


THE WATCH LIST:

Kurt
Miracle Mile
Dead Man
Red Chapel (Det røde kapel)
Play Dead

Andrew
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Five Minutes of Heaven
The Fox and the Hound
Total Recall (1990)


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The Bourne Legacy
To Rome with Love
The Imposter


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antho42
Guest

Artur C. Clark’s prose is so bland. Science fiction fans tend to give a pass to subpar/terrible prose.

Kurt
Guest

A piece on the sticky politics of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD: http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?type=&id=828&fulltext=1&media=

Kurt
Guest

The guts and details of Total Recall 1991, 2012, and really bad Dick joke.

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/08/09/the-new-total-recall-doesnt-know-dick/?mod=WSJBlog

Matthew Fabb
Guest

“Virtually every change brought the film further from Dick, not closer.”

So much for my hope that it might be going to the other way and be an action movie that was a bit more Philip K. Dick like. The short story is simple, but I still think it had some interesting ideas in it that could have been explored in a movie.

Rick Vance
Guest

Man Kurt we like the same kinds of material but the mediums of approach are so different. If only you were interested in comics at all. The science fiction there is bursting off the page.

Also I will be that 26 year old person who only fully watched Total Recall for the first time in the last couple years. That movie is FUCKING AWESOME. No one makes action movies like Verhoven did, well except same period Woo (weird how stuff like that lines up). It is funny, brutal, terrifying and awesome. For Verhoven Robocop is better, for Arnold Predator and Terminator are but it is pretty damn good in its own right.

I think the cheap sets and the feel that everything was put together with papermache adds to that. It is almost saying, if you can do action this well, be this funny, and have this many new ideas everything else will blend together to create that great whole.

Kurt
Guest

I’ve read a few comics/graphic novels, but I really do not like the medium all that much, give me a good book in long-form prose any day of the week.

antho42
Guest

Speaking of science fiction, I have started Cloud Atlas. How the fuck are the Wachoskis and Tyker going to pull of the adaptation? The novel is 6 different stories that are writing in different prose styles– from 19 the century memoir prose to modern airport book prose.

Nat Almirall
Guest

Where do Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, and Mutts fit in?

Kurt
Guest

Exactly. Calvin and Hobbs for the absolute win. I’ve got my son reading the anthologies now. These are pure classics, and a different medium than longer form serialized (or even graphic novel) comic books.

Rick Vance
Guest

Comics is the technique of creating time using space. Method of distribution doesn’t create a new medium.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

As Scott McCloud puts it in “Understanding Comics”, the detail of the art can vary widely, from very detailed to more cartoony to represent more people:comment image
Which he then broke down to a picture plain from reality to cartoony to pure language, then upwards to become more abstract:comment image
Then he mapped out various comic book characters:comment image
One of the things comic strips often do is become more cartoony to open up how you perceive the characters. Some long form comic books do as well, but it depends on what you are exposed to.

As Rick points out comic books and comic strips are the same medium, it’s just the length that changes. Also many comic strips are more based around comedy. There are comedy comics, but they tend to be fewer in number compared to comic strips.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Netflix Canada does indeed have a queue (though it’s called “list”)

Even though I add films to it for reference on the website, it’s overall useless, since the main Netflix app I use (on my blu-ray player) doesn’t have an option for it.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Some other things:
– You got the cast of Fox and the Hound backwards (Mickey Rooney is the Fox and Kurt Russell is The Hound)
– I’m a bit surprised that in all his Total Recall love, that Kurt didn’t mention that the original is playing tomorrow night at the Bell Lightbox (I plan on checking it out – haven’t seen it)

Rick Vance
Guest

It is amazing that now being 13 years out The Matrix still holds such a firm grip over the western action film. Also very similar to how other groundbreaking works of something are dissected elements were taken out and others have been left on the cutting room floor. People not realizing that the Martial Arts, the training actors, the guns, the blocking, the R rating all combined to create what The Matrix did.

Now we are left with pieces and chunks of that trying so hard to recapture the lightning.

Steve
Guest

I’m a fan of James Nesbitt as well. If you have a chance, check out Jekyll on Netflix Instant. It’s a six episode British series where Nesbitt plays a guy with the Jekyll and Hyde split personality disorder. A great dual performance.

Rick Vance
Guest

Oh and to speak to Bill Nighy’s presence he was in the 7th Harry Potter movie for I think one scene (like a majority of the fantastic British actors) and he was amazing in it.

So yeah I can’t imagine him phoning it in.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

He was in Harry Potter for two scenes. 😛

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I just saw (the original) Total Recall for the first time (theatrically) and I had a blast!

Kurt
Guest

I wish I could have been at that LIGHTBOX screening on saturday. 35mm print, w00t!

Alas, I was camping in the rain.

Kurt
Guest

I have very fond memories of seeing that film in the theatre at least three times in its initial run.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

It was a jam packed screening. Atom Egoyan was even there (I walked past him afterwards in the washroom corridor)

Darcy S McCallum
Guest

hey Kurt if u like Mads Brugger, like I do having seen all his feature-work with The Ambassador this week at MIFF, then I’d reccomend John Safran’s work, a mockumentary filmmaker here in Melbourne who interviewed Mads, will vlet you know if audio comes out of the two going at it, in the meantime check out John Safran, his main subjects are music, religion, race, hypocracy, conspiracy, and more… Cheers.

Kurt
Guest

Nice. I will do that for sure. If anyone has a line on where I can find DANES FOR BUSH, Brugger’s first feature, please let me know.

As it stands, The Red Chapel is on both US and Canadian Netflix
and
The Ambassador is playing FOR FREE over at Mubi.com – http://mubi.com/films/the-ambassador–2

KuRt.

KeithTalent
Guest

Just catching up on the podcast and was very happy to hear someone else who liked The Red Chapel, so had to comment. I loved it too, such an awesome look inside that crazy country and having the disabled guy in there just added a layer of humanity to it all. Huge fan of that movie.

The Ambassador is playing at VIFF, so hoping to see it there. Hope I like it as much as you did and as much as Iiked The Red Chapel.

Kurt
Guest

My review of Walter Chaw’s superlative monograph on 1980s gem MIRACLE MILE, & an extended conversation with the author is now live on TWITCH – http://twitchfilm.com/interviews/2012/08/movies-as-a-cassandra-complex-a-conversation-with-walter-chaw-on-the-global-and-personal-apocalypses.php

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Verhoeven’s favourite scene from TOTAL RECALL is one scene that we spent a significant amount of time talking about on this episode (of the cinecast, above)

As validated here: http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/director-paul-verhoeven-talks-remakes-schwarzenegger-and-his-favorite-scene-from-total-recall?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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