Cinecast Episode 283 (VIDEO)

Here is the captured video for Cinecast #283. This second post is here so that the video will appear as an alternative download at various podcast download software services (iTunes, podkicker, podcast alley, etc). Feel free to view the original post that includes the audio only version of the show, complete with show notes. That post should be available between 1-12 hours after this the live video feed is closed. All available episodes of The Cinecast can be found in the Cinecast archives

 

To download the VIDEO VERSION (421 MB) of show directly,
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http://rowthree.com/video/cinecast12/episode_283.mp4

 

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Emma
Guest

KTS = first movie I ever walked out on

CS
Guest

Thanks for plugging my guest spot on the Reel Insight podcast, Andrew. Much appreciated.

Emma
Guest

Fight Club pick= win -more of a romcom than Eternal Sunshine

Nat Almirall
Guest

Kurt turned into Russell Crowe so gradually, I barely noticed.

antho42
Guest

Kurt looks like Russel Crowe.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Zero Dark Thirty has a one week NY/LA run this week or next. Official release is 1/21.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Sorry, meant 1/11. Not sure if that is nationwide or platform though.

Jay C.
Guest

Posting this here because the Silver Linings Playbook episode is buried at this point and I just got to the episode…

Regarding the football fight sequence in SLP, I think there’s an important distinction to be made. Andrew, you say that the scene fails because it’s an uninspired opportunity to have Bradley Cooper’s character fail himself (and disappoint the audience) by getting into a fight. Your criticism is that it isn’t interesting because who wouldn’t step in and defend their brother from being beat up. In my opinion, the scene is not about Cooper failing himself but rather his family members failing him. His father selfishly (and superstitiously) puts him in this circumstance and his hot headed brother ends up creating a dilemma that also threatens Cooper’s recovery. In addition to that, his therapist shows up and provides a look behind his professional curtain.

This is in line with the rest of the film. Cooper continually looks for those silver linings while his family members are unintentionally throwing up roadblocks that interrupt his therapy and explain how he came to be in the mental state he’s in. Like father, like son.

Andrew James
Admin

Good point Jay. Although I’d argue that the scene is still lazy and obvious. How can we get his brother in trouble? Let’s bring in a bunch of skin heads to start a fight with some Indian guys. It just felt clunky, lazy, unsubtle and obvious to me. Sure, it might fall in line with the rest of the movie, but that’s kind of my point. Most of the movie felt pretty ridiculous to me with a series of (in)convenient beats. The argument that it’s his father’s fault for sending him to the football game is ridiculous. I LOVE the portion of the story that his father is a superstitious, gambling nut ball. It makes sense that he’d send his son to the game and it makes sense Cooper would agree to go (out of love and responsibility; but mostly because he actually kind of wants to). But just happening to get in a fight with a bunch of racists is retarded. Really? I’ve been to about 200 professional (and some non-professional) sporting events in my life (a few in Detroit). You know how many race riots broke out? Zero.

Dammit, go for broke. Really show what it means to be living a life with bipolar disorder in this high-stimulus world while trying to deal with an non-understanding and fucked up family. You can do that and still be “funny” and smart and relevant and interesting and unique and clever. No, we’ll just have your brother get his ass kicked by a bunch of neo-Nazis that happen to walk by while a giant busload of Native Americans (complete with a painted school bus) roll in. What is this American History XXX? Subtle and believable.

And his therapist just happening to be there at the exact same time was the (arsenic-laced) icing on the cake. A total eye-rolling moment for me. How convenient. Oh, and he’s gonna yell “cocksucker” really loudly because won’t it be funny if a 60 year-old guy with an Indian accent yells “cocksucker.” Simpsons circa 1990. Zzzzz.

I see the appeal of the film overall, I’m just surprised that people I follow and trust within the film community fall for this nonsense so easily when nothing about it is particularly funny, innovative, heartfelt, clinical, satirical, clever, believable, subtle or interesting. Sure it has some entertaining moments (I liked it mostly for performances and characters), but the Ga Ga is just baffling to me.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I don’t know about American football, but fights tend to break out at Soccer matches. They even made a film about that (Green Street Hooligans).

I’m a supporter of Celtic FC in Glasgow, however whenever I’m in Scotland to visit family, I don’t dare wear my Celtic colours, since it might result in a confrontation with Rangers supporters.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Also, I don’t know about race, but religion actually plays a big role in the Celtic/Rangers feud (Celtic supporters are typically Irish Catholics, while Rangers are supported by Scottish Protestants)

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

It’s a screwball comedy, and never once is SLP aiming for complete realism. Rather it wants to get at some truths via ridiculous contrived reasons. The nature of the genre, and I believe that David O Russell pulls it off here.

Andrew James
Admin

Nothing about that scene is comedic. Nothing. Except the attempt at humor through stereotype.

“…never once is SLP aiming for complete realism.”
Which is a shame because the film would’ve been so much better for it, rather than trying to “take the piss out of it” approach.

We’ve been around this block before.

Schizopolis
Guest

My sides still hurt from hearing “Andrew James Olmos” lol

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