Cinecast Episode 303 – Prolificity

With Andrew’s new night school/work schedule things are a bit weird in the Cinecast scheduling department, but we still manage to get to a lot of new ground (and some old Australian ground) in this 3+ hour episode of The Cinecast. Two definitely “off the beaten path” films from a Hollywood standpoint to talk about. Yet both as different from each other as they could possibly be. We introduce a new segment to The Cinecast this week with our weekly “Game of Thrones” recap in which we realize that although this week’s episode covered more ground in 55 minutes than most television covers in half a season, it still left about a third of the character threads off the screen this week. A healthy Watch List harkens back to Australian (not really) blockbusters, Harmony Korine’s previous works and a couple of straight to DVD pictures that might (might) surprise you.

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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Full show notes are under the seats…

 


 

~ IN-HOUSE BUSINESS ~

– Rober Ebert takes “a leave of presence”
– Cinecast Schedule wonkery
– Mamo! Box Office contest
– Kurt on upcoming Director’s Club Podcast (Michael Haneke)
How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song in Minneapolis 4/11 (Andrew moderating Q&A) – check out Lindsey Ragone’s musical montage
– Upcoming movie club podcast (Naked Lunch, Tristram Shandy)
– Movie Podcast App available on iTunes
– LetterBoxd Pro

OPENING QUOTE:
Roger Ebert

CLOSING BUMPER MUSIC:
“Everytime”
by
Brittney Spears

 


 

~ REVIEW ~

Spring Breakers (SPOILERS!)
Upstream Color

 


 

~ GAME OF THRONES RECAP ~

– Season 3 Episode 1 (SPOILERS!)

 


 

~ THE WATCH LIST ~

Andrew
Baytown Outlaws
The Man with the Iron Fists
Crocodile Dundee
Crocodile Dundee II

Kurt
Gummo
Mr. Lonely

 


 

~ NEXT WEEK’S REVIEW(S) ~


– Place Beyond the Pines
– Evil Dead
– Jurassic Park 3D
– Upside Down

 


 

~ COMMENTS or QUESTIONS? ~

feedback@rowthree.com (general)
andrew.james@rowthree.com
kurt@rowthree.com

 

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Antho42
Guest

Good luck with higher education, Andrew James. It can be a really scary place!

Antho42
Guest

Many classes have banned laptops due the poker and Facebook effect.

Nat Almirall
Guest

If you need an extra for the discussion on Naked Lunch/Tristram Shandy, I’ll be happy to join.

Antho42
Guest
Antho42
Guest

Most people of my age do not know anything about Crocodile Dundee.

Markus Krenn
Guest

Now i feel really old…..

Antho42
Guest

The only thing I know about Crocodile Dundee is that third movie came out at the same time in the theaters as The Holloween film with Busta Rhymes and Reign of Fire.

Marina
Guest

Interesting you guys bring up Margaery because in the show she hasn’t been as well adapated as some of the other characters. There’s a lot more to her than the Mother Teresa aspect (that’s an addition from what’s in the book which may play well into developing her story). My favorite scene of the episode is the dinner scene with her, her brother Loras, Joffrey and Cersei. She’s playing an interesting angle behind the scenes that hasn’t been exposed.

The Littlefinger & Sansa scene is great too. I love that they use the handmaidens to foreshadow that plot line.

S3 is only covering 1/2 of book 3 which should give a little more time to develop some of the other stories. And if you’re interested, the AV Club’s breakdown of the episode is pretty great. There’s actually some discussion on doing character centric episodes. You’ll want to tread lightly since this is the “expert” review (for those that have read the books) but worth looking at:

http://www.avclub.com/articles/valar-dohaeris-for-experts,95455/

Jandy Hardesty
Guest

Just based on the show (haven’t read this far in the books), I didn’t really get the impression that Margaery’s “Mother Theresa” actions are necessarily genuine. I think she’s incredibly intelligent and conniving and she’s playing an angle. In fact, I think she could easily turn out to be Tyrion’s main rival within the Lannister house. I’m fascinated to see where her arc goes.

(Disclaimer: I didn’t listen to the show, just responding to Marina’s comment.)

Rick Vance
Guest

This is how I took it too.

Also the look that everyone gives when her and Loras are going on about how much food they have provided and how we are the reason you all are still alive is pretty great in that dinner scene.

Marina
Guest

You’ve nailed it Jandy. The fact they added that scene in the orphanage is a great visualization of that, especially when it’s the first we see of her after the S2 scene when she meets with Littlefinger in the camp and she says she didn’t want to be “a” queen but “the” queen. I think she’s going to be a big contender for the throne. Cersei obviously recognizes her ambition. Hence the little smirk at dinner.

One of the things I love the most about both the books and series is the strong female characters. They’re all playing their own angles, even Sansa who most of the time comes across as helpless victim, has her moments.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I saw Roger Ebert once at TIFF. I think it was around 2009 when the Varsity was still a P&I venue.

I was on duty as a volunteer near the exit and Roger Ebert walked out. It took a couple seconds for it to register who he was.

I also saw Michael Philips (one of Ebert’s TV replacements) MANY times while volunteering. I probably also saw Kurt before knowing him.

Sean Kelly
Guest

When I saw Spring Breakers on Tuesday, I was shocked at the high female ratio. Also there was a large group of friends who came and sat in the row in front of me, one of whom was using their giant Android phone. Even though I had the same feelings as Kurt, I chose to ignore them (though I did shush them as they were talking as the movie started). I was also was questioned about the film by staff in my way out and my answer was probably WAY more intelligent than they expected.

P.S. I have interest in participating in the next Movie Club (I believe I already messaged Kurt about it).

Sean Kelly
Guest

The second Radiohead album is called The Bends. I have (nearly) their entire discography (minus Pablo Honey and Amnesiac)

Andrew James
Admin

I actually really like The Bends. But I think the analogy Kurt was trying to make is Pablo Honey is to OK Computer what Primer is to Upstream Color.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Nope, Kurt specifically mentions “Just” and “Fake Plastic Trees,” which were two of the five big singles from The Bends, which was Radiohead’s commercial breakthrough. I haven’t listened to it, but my impression is that Pablo Honey is pretty much just “the album with Creep on it.”

Also, I have to argue that OK Computer wasn’t as drastic a change to Radiohead’s sound than Kid A was. That album DEFINITELY takes some getting used to.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

Yea, the album I was looking for was THE BENDS which is by far Radio Heads most accessible, and straight forward pop-rock. Contrast that to KidA or In Rainbows, and boy, they’ve come a long way…

Still, dont’ get me wrong, I adore THE BENDS for what it is.

Sean Kelly
Guest

The Skype Q&A for UPSTREAM COLOR will be at the 7:40pm screening on April 13 (a week tonight).

I got my ticket for the screening a couple days ago.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I’ve never seen any of the Crocodile Dundee films, though I’m not against the prospect either.

Also Mad Max initially only received a very limited release in North America (with overdubbed dialogue to hide the Australian accents). That is why Mad Max 2 was renamed The Road Warrior for its North American release.

Andrew James
Admin

Jurassic Park is indeed playing in 2D at the AMC here.

Rick Vance
Guest

You guys must be getting old if you didn’t see anything in Spring Breakers. This movie is Hunter S. Thompson for 2013, well him and Malick and a bit of Burroughs.

It spoke more about racism to me than Django did, it spoke about current youth and unlike you guys the longer it went the more it came off as real over being a heightened thing. So many scenes stick out and play off earlier things be they blunt or background. The lesson on post Civil-War America links into the movie stealing scene between Gomez and Franco where she is uncomfortable and can’t say out loud why but the audience knows.

This year is off to an unreal start with this and Stoker.

Goon
Guest

and it just so happens I don’t like Hunter S. Thompson, Terrence Malick or William S. Burroughs.

Rick Vance
Guest

Oh and some not Spoilery any more Game of Thrones knowledge.

In Book 2 The Quarth stuff was very much condensed but that is because books it is possible to just avoid the character for very long swaths of time while she is wandering the desert. In the TV show they obviously wanted to keep Dany on peoples minds and so they stretched it across the season. Quarth in the books is only there for the house of the undying which in and of itself was hugely changed to the show because it was full of prophecies and that kinda stuff common to fantasy literature. However unlike books declaring a whole bunch of slightly hidden stuff on TV show especially with what GoT became after Season One would turn the whole thing into theories about what was said.

Also the Dothraki lands and moving in Quarth are supposed to be the more backwater pieces of the other landmass. At least two of the major cities hanging out in the area have been name dropped on the show.

Goon
Guest

Rather than rag on Spring Breakers or Upstream Color anymore, I’d instead pimp out that the best film in local theaters right now (other than maybe Stoker) is actually the worst looking film in theatres right now as well, and it’s by design.

NO starring Gael Garcia Bernal is as authentic as movies come and in a year with both Lincoln and Argo has traces of both in there and beats out both of them for resonance and media commentary. SEE IT.

Matt Gamble
Guest

There is a Pulitzer Prize just for criticism. Quite a few film critics have won it.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Here is the full winners list – http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat/Criticism

Only about 14 of the winners were for film criticism (with Ebert being the first)

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