Cinecast Episode 282 – Wardrobe Porn

Forgive us please while we still try to figure out the dynamics of the video portion of the show. Which, if you missed the LIVE streaming version, can still be seen with the embedded YouTube version right here in the third row… if seeing Andrew’s stroke-victim smirk, Kurt eating/drinking and Matt Gamble’s shiny head is something that appeals to you. Otherwise just enjoy the discussion on the latest Joe Wright film, an 80’s remake of a Patrick Swayze vehicle and a somewhat disagreeable thirty minutes on SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (!**SPOILERS**!). We kick it all off with this week’s homework grading and cap it all off with The Matrix Trilogy, some porno talk and The Hobbit – the book, not the movie. If you missed it, be sure to tune in next Tuesday for another LIVE episode talking some Andrew Dominic and Brad Pitt.

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Sean Kelly
Guest

Thanks for calling my “still in the experimental stage video blog” a podcast. I added a link in the “Other Stuff Mentioned” section of the show notes.

Also, I have to admit I too have not seen FROM BEIJING WITH LOVE (though I’ll be going to the Lightbox screening). I found the clip on YouTube. 😛

Sean Kelly
Guest

You know, I’m glad you didn’t put me on the show. I might have lost it at Kurt and his “it’s all in movie land, so it doesn’t have to be realistic” defense of Silver Linings Playbook’s abandonment of the mental illness angle.

The film would’ve been SO much better as a serious drama, because mental illness is NOT funny.

Jay C.
Guest

Mental illness is not funny. Hmmm…I wonder what else isn’t funny?

By this logic — that things that aren’t funny should only be portrayed as “serious drama” — I suppose we shouldn’t be making comedic films about:

War (Dr.Strangelove, Three Kings, etc.)
Racism (Borat, All in the Family (yes, TV, but you get the point))
Cancer (50/50)
Suicide (Harold and Maude)
Nazis (The Producers)
Terrorism (Four Lions)
Alcoholism (Arthur, Flight)

Seems like we’d lose a lot of great films if we suddenly deemed certain serious subjects off limits to comedies/comedians.

Sean Kelly
Guest

If the subject is treated with respect, yeah sure you can make a comedy about it.

However, bipolar is used in Silver Linings Playbook for a few “go crazy” moments and then it’s dropped from the film for romcom cliches.

The film would’ve been so much better if they built on the bipolar angle and made it something you truly cared about. I liked the film better than most romantic comedies, but I truly believe that it played things more safe than it should have.

I probably viewed Silving Linings Playbook from a different perspective because I have Asperger’s Syndrome (and accompanying self-esteem and anxiety issues) and I sometimes have breakdowns when I’m stressed out or upset. It’s probably not as bad as someone with bipolar, but I was definitely able to relate (and can say that it’s not pretty).

It almost seems timely that this film comes out at the same time the Centre for Addition and Mental Health released a PSA in movie theatres (in Canada) trying to raise awareness about mental illness (and how many people just shrug off the signs)

John Allison
Editor

Totally agree with Jay. I know people who are totally cool with topics being covered in a drama but as soon as it is a satire it has no value and shouldn’t be shown.

In my mind anything is fair game as long as it is done well. Drama’s about serious topics can be terrible just as satire or comedies can be just as bad but the opposite is also true. A really good comedy or satire that makes you think can be really valuable in bringing a topic up in discussion.

Jim Laczkowski
Guest

If you’d put me and Sean on the same episode, it might’ve gotten ugly in the most respectful way possible : ) As a dude who has BiPolar, read the book and heard O’Russell’s Q&A, let me say that SLP did things supremely well in ways that surprised me throughout. I could go on and on, refer to specific things in the book especially that he changed (including the idea that the character refers to the feeling of being in an underdog sports movie at times), but let’s just say that people do find the right meds, get well, and meet someone cool. There’s redemption for damaged folks, and I’ve seen it more often than not.

I have NO doubts that this couple in the end will experience more downs than ups at times based on their past history (along with medication adjustments and family quarrels) but this is the best kind of romantic dramedy… where characters trump the cliches and the protagonist fights with himself due to his mental illness / internal struggle, which is something I relate to on a daily basis. And to hear O’Russell talk about his personal experiences, and his son’s experiences with the disease also choked me up. I think this is not only a truly great piece of entertainment that people can root for, but a substantial one for this year. I will back up my 5 out of 5 all the way.

Sean Kelly
Guest

FYI, I just checked online and the Beyond Bond series at the Bell Lightbox (including From Beijing With Love) is actually programmed by Midnight Madness’ Colin Geddes.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Except for that one title, From Beijing with Love, has Kuplowski’s stamp on it in the Lightbox Slideshow.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Actually, I think those blurbs in the slideshow are just recommendations from random TIFF staff.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Saw the slide you were talking about and it is indeed merely a recommendation by Kuplowski.

Gil
Guest

Your talk of the Footloose remake had me thinking of this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peMNuFsAioU

Sean Kelly
Guest

So, I was listening to Leo Laporte’s Tech Guy podcast today and at one point he mentioned how he includes links on his shownotes that automatically lets you watch each segment of the show in video format.

That got me thinking that this should be done for Cinecast, especially since the timecode of the video is different than the audio (sometimes by as much as half an hour).

After semi-blindly searching through the video for the actual start times, I added a series of links to the shownotes wiki, which allows you to jump to each segment in video form.

Hopefully Andrew likes this idea and does it himself next time.

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