Cinecast Episode 272 – A Horrible Metaphor

Kurt is out this week because TIFF has taken over. Luckily, another TIFF-goer is a bit more of a trooper: Ryan McNeil from The Matinee joins Andrew this week for a mid-week TIFF report as well as a full fledged, SPOILER review of John Hillcoat’s Lawless. Another relatively new release sees Michael Shannon taking on JG-L and a crew of bike messengers in Premium Rush and Andrew and Ryan have a good time sharing the love over that one – despite its terrible message to commuters. All of this and more before we even get into the watch list – which is surprisingly lengthy despite Ryan being neck deep in film festival world. Sit down and enjoy the ride, it’s a hootenanny (to use the parlance of the old-timey)!

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:
Save Flyway! (Andrew’s home made movie)


MAIN REVIEW:
Lawless


MID-TIFF REPORT:
– Table reading of American Beauty | (YouTube)
Seven Psychopaths | (IMDB)
Silver Linings Playbook | (IMDB)
The Place Beyond the Pines | (IMDB)
To the Wonder | (IMDB)
Byzanitum | (IMDB)
The Impossible | (IMDB)
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas | (IMDB)
Rust and Bone | (IMDB)


OTHER REVIEW:
Premium Rush


THE WATCH LIST:

Andrew
O Brother Where Art Thou
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Ryan
Three Kings
I Heart Huckabees | Movie Club review
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (extended edition)
The Debt
Primal Fear


OTHER STUFF MENTIONED:
Jeff Goldsmith podcast (Lawless)
Andrew’s Pinterest


NEXT WEEK:
Resident Evil: Retribution
Kurt’s Full TIFF report


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antho42
Guest

The two actresses in Premium Rush were brutal. I was surprise to see a mainstream film devote so much attention to the New York City hipster subculture.

Jonathan
Admin

Like brutal as in painful to watch?

antho42
Guest

Acting wise… yeah, they were pretty “painful to watch”. Having said that, the actresses do not deserve all the blame, because they are playing underwritten characters.

Goon
Guest

agreed, especially the J-Lo looking one.

Jonathan
Admin

Man, I should have got in on this episode. I actually saw a movie before your guys discussed it!

Rick Vance
Guest

So I think the final shootout in Lawless was messy because shootouts in life are messy and the movie so much about the myth colliding with the reality and becoming unwieldy and violent.

Andrew James
Admin

Yeah I agree. It probably was staged fairly closely to the way it actually happened. But I don’t think it was shot as well as it could’ve been.

Imagine the exact same scene, but the camera stays on top of the bridge the whole time. Or stays above the characters and lets us see all of the characters all of the time throughout that entire exchange. I think it would’ve been a lot cooler and lot more exciting and impactful. Not to mention artful.

Sean Patrick Kelly
Guest

I can’t believe that Ryan forgot that the Coens made The Big Lebowski in between Fargo and O Brother Where Art Thou

rot
Guest

The Impossible is manipulative but effective. I wouldn’t call it melodrama exactly because there are some horrific bits to it, but if you can watch Ewan McGregor break down on the phone and NOT at least feel your eyes water than you are far more jaded than I. The tsunami stuff is amazing, I don’t know how they did any of it. 100% believable.

I am betting that this wins People’s Choice award, it is the kind that does.

antho42
Guest

Without a doubt, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey is the superior film of the franchise. It parodies Bergman’s Seventh freaking Seal!

David Brook
Admin

I have to disagree with you there. It has some surprisingly highbrow references, but as a standalone film the first is much more effective and well constructed. Plus as much as I used to love the God Gave Rock and Roll to You ending, it’s pretty painful to watch now. And that stupid alien thing (station!) pissed me off even as a kid.

KeithTalent
Guest

Andrew was spot on with respect to Lawless; it was stuck between two movies and could not figure out what it wanted to be. I really wish it would have gone one way or the other. Also, I was expecting a far grimier film, like The Proposition, but this never felt dirty at all to me. The book does a great job of placing you in this filthy, grimy world and I thought Hillcoat was the perfect guy to translate that to the screen, but it did not happen for whatever reason. Still enjoyed the movie, but I thought it could have been much more.

Andrew was also spot on with respect to cyclists…

Andrew James
Admin

Yeah Keith, you’re right. Can’t remember if we talked about aesthetics of the film on the show or not, but you’re spot on. While I liked the time period and the set design in general, something about the whole thing felt sort of artificial and polished (despite being depression era). I mean compare this to something like “O Brother, Where Art Thou.” It’s night and day.

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