The CAST Awards Podcast 2012

The Cinematic Appreciation Society of Toronto returns at the end of another year to discuss the winners of our annual poll of the best films. Hosted by Matt Price and Matt Brown of Mamo!, this panel roundtable features commentary and discussion from the following contributors:

Kurt Halfyard – Row Three, Twitchfilm@triflic
Ryan McNeil – The Matinee@matinee_ca
Heidy Morales – Hye’s Musings@HeidyMo
Bob Turnbull – Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind@TheLogicalMind
James McNally – CAST organizer, Toronto Screen Shots@toscreenshots

To download this episode, use this URL: http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/cast_awards_2012.mp3

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Goon
Guest

Kurt trots out one of his favorite things he does in this podcast, the “In 20 years…”. I’m gonna tease a bit:

In 20 years this unpopular films nobody watched will be remembered and this incredibly popular award winning movie won’t be discussed.

In 20 years the trite pointless modern references of (eg. Killing Me Softly) will be poignant.

Any other uses of this phrase I’m missing? 😛

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Talk to you in 20 years about this, Corey.

Goon
Guest

I can’t hit ‘like’ on comments so I’ll just post it here

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Andrew James
Admin

Bond’s response to the dispatching of the girl in Skyfall I did not read it in the same way as Brown. I don’t think it was just James being cheeky for the sake of something funny to say for the audience.

It was important for James Bond to appear to remain calm and uncaring. He could not let Bardem know that he was actually a little bit affected by the demise of the girl. The kill shot is a little shocking (at least it was to me) and despite Bond seeing many many kills over his career, I did get the sense that he was a bit shaken (not stirred) by the incident. But if he shows that emotion, it will give the impression of weakness. So rather than show that “weakness,” he simply makes a quip as though he doesn’t care and therefore Bardem’s character did not get the best of him.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

My point is just how useless that Bondgirl is in the film, rather incompetent, and easily disposable. That was my point in relation to all the other films in 2012 that featured strong women. (OF course this is offset by Dench’s rather great character in Skyfall).

DavidM
Guest

On the subject of Bond being, or feeling, washed-up and past it in Skyfall – remember that Casino Royale was a reboot – an origin story, really – that took the character back to his beginnings as a 00 agent. Two films later and they are already playing the ‘too old for this shit’ card.

I enjoyed it for the most part, but agree that it has been overpraised, especially Mendes’ direction – it’s a cinematographer’s film, really.

Andrew James
Admin

Nice Heidi! Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is such a fantastically challenging film. Certainly not for everyone, but I like the interaction between the characters too. I like how the narrative passes the proverbial torch from one character to the next making each one the main character for a time.

The last 15 minutes are brilliant.

Heidy
Guest

Thanks Andrew! I certainly would not tell every one of my friends to go see Once Upon A Time in Anatolia but it certainly is worth the challenge. I agree that it does a great job in making sure we get to know every main character in the story. Some great humour in it, too. It’s one of those films I’d watch again and find new things to like.

Kurt
Guest

This: http://focusguilds2012.com/mrkscript/
(moonrise kingdom annotated screenplay)

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