Cinecast Episode 312 – Magical MacGuffins

 
“You talkin’ to me?” Yes. Yes we are, with lots and lots and lots to get to this week. Now You See Me, Behind the Candelabra at a “red wedding.” You would think that that would be enough for an ordinary podcast, but you would be wrong. Listener email has a lengthy segment thoughts on blogger integrity (and apparently, self-esteem), while The Watch List bites into fact-finding procedural films, Jason Robards Jr., media ethics, adherence to factual source material when adaptation to dramaturgy and the compromises made along the way, dinosaur-hunter reaction shots, obsession, mashed potatoes, family abandonment and Bobby DeNiro giving Jodi Foster a good talking too. Anderew finished off Arrested Development to middling results, so he buries himself in Michael Crichton novels to perk up his mood.

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 ~

– Kurt’s kids talk Paprika over at Twitch.

OPENING QUOTE:
Maisie Williams
in
“Game of Thrones”

CLOSING BUMPER MUSIC:
“Never Say Goodbye, Say Ciao”
by
Liberace

 


 

~ REVIEWS ~

Behind the Candelabra
Now You See Me

 


 

~ GAME OF THRONES RECAP ~

– season 3, episode 9 “The Rains of Castamere”
– music provided by The Rains of Castamere Instrumental

 


 

~ LISTENER INTERACTION ~

– email from Sean Kelly regarding peer influence and movie attendance

Email: Kurt | Andrew

Voice Mail: 612-367-ROW3

We’ll call you!:

 


 

~ THE WATCH LIST ~

Andrew
– “Arrested Development” (season 4)
– “Jurassic Park” (novel almost finished)

Kurt
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
All The President’s Men
Taxi Driver

 


 

~ OTHER STUFF MENTIONED ~

– Funny or Die Game of Thrones recap
Guy Gavriel Kay
– What happened to Richard Dreyfuss?

 


 

~ NEXT WEEK’S POSSIBLE REVIEWS ~


– Before Sunset, Before Sunrise, Before Midnight
– Frances Ha
– Ricky Jay doc
– The Internship
– Stories We Tell

 


 

~ COMMENTS or QUESTIONS? ~

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

 

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Rick Vance
Guest

You do not go to War with the Dance if you want to get out cleanly.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

This.

and of course, this.

Rick Vance
Guest

Here is what I will say about Dany, her Journey resembles someone else’s on the show only it is much more protracted.

Because people are not currently knocking on her door for burning down their cities does not mean they are not plotting off screen.

Rick Vance
Guest

The show is a different kind of fun having read the books. Also the casting has been so good it doesn’t really matter.

Goon
Guest

Where the hell is that Dance gif from?

Anyways, ditto on disbelief that Halfyard learned to pronounce Paprika.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

My guess would be Sasha Baron Cohen’s ALI-G movie.

Antho42
Guest

Speaking of great, must see TV, The Venture Bros is the best American animated show since the heyday of the Simpsons. This is not an overstatement– the show is that good.

Nat Almirall
Guest

Seconded. If Alan Moore were American and wrote television, he’d have a chance of coming close to the brilliance of The Venture Bros. And I love Alan Moore.

Goon
Guest

As much as I love Venture Bros, I would put a few shows above it. Bob’s Burgers is certainly to me is the first show to really capture the heart of the early Simpsons family dynamic.

Rick Vance
Guest

That season opener was pretty amazing.

Nat Almirall
Guest

It was nice to see “Girly Mags” brought to the forefront — and Billy and Pete White to get an arch. And I really hope they’re doing a full-on Rusty Venture tv show — looks that way from the previews.

rot
Guest

@Kurt E Howard Hunt plays a role in All The President’s Men, and Mark Lane wrote a whole book about the legal case surrounding him called Plausible Denial which links him to the Kennedy Assassination. I believe ed Harris plays him in Oliver Stone’s Nixon, where he up to no good also. On his deathbed he confessed to being one of the shooters. E Howard Hunt is like Cancer Man in X-Files, his story is fascinating as all hell. Someone needs to make a movie just of his life (if I remember correctly he is a sort of Hunter Thompson character).

on a side tangent, I was wondering why no one has made a decent Martin Luther King biopic considering his importance in American culture, and finally just recently it was announced Paul Greengrass is doing one, but strangely with Forrest Whitaker as King. That is some strange casting.

Kurt
Guest

I wonder what sort of strange accent or facial ticks Whitaker will bring to King…

Rot
Guest

He should of went with an unknown, or had Delroy Lindo been young he could have pulled it off maybe.

rot
Guest

Also Kurt, nowhere near as great as All The President’s Men and Zodiac, but to flesh out a triple bill with some story beats reminiscent of the Rob Ford scandal, State of Play is actually pretty good. Russell Crowe is in full-out Halfyard mode, and there are a ton of cameos in this… I believe it was written by the guy who did House of Cards, and it feels like House of Cards the movie (Robin Wright even plays the politician’s wife role again).

Kurt
Guest

“Russell Crowe is in full-out Halfyard mode” = Win!

Kurt
Guest

Both State of Play and House of Cards are American adaptations of UK TV series.

rot
Guest

also as someone who has been to Washington and is going back in a couple of weeks, this film hits a lot of the best-of sites, nice travelogue movie.

Rick Vance
Guest

“In my opinion” is the most damaging three words to enter human discourse in the age of the internet.

Now people need a constant confirmation you aren’t making a statement that for some reason can be believed to not be your opinion. It is all madness.

Sean Kelly
Guest

*SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER* *SPOILER*

Based on what I read, Brynden Tulley didn’t attend the Red Wedding in the book, so they probably had him sneak out before the carnage to have him survive and maintain continuity.

In a similar vein, Rob’s wife being in attendance and dying was added for the show. Apparently she is much more minor in the book (and also didn’t attend the wedding).

Sean Kelly
Guest

I’m a fan of all three Transformers films 🙂

Sean Kelly
Guest

BTW, to answer Andrew’s retorical question:
– I saw Frances Ha at TIFF (hasn’t opened in Toronto yet anyway)
– I already saw Mud
– Ricky Jay’s not playing

In general, I’m a longtime fan of M Night Shyamalan and I’ve always gone to see his films, despite what crtitics thought. My faith was challenged with The Last Airbender, but restored somewhat with Devil (which Shamalan only produced and came up with the story).

DavidM
Guest

On the subject of Game of Thrones highlights, you missed out the priceless expression[s] on Jorah Mormont’s face when he came back from the fight…
Incidentally, the current setup of this story thread, with a female and her three male super-soldier protectors travelling and battling their way across a hostile land toward their distant destination, finally made me realise what the adventures in Essos reminded me of: the 1970s Japanese TV series, Monkey.
Partly why Daenerys’ story is so popular is this heroes’ quest aspect. Also, just the look, the colour pallette, of Essos is happily at odds with the show’s blustery main setting (with the exception being King’s Landing, which is, inexplicably, the one part of Westeros that is bathed in sunlight). The exotic looking locations give the show a much needed visual spice.

As for recent TV movies, when Andrew mentioned Al Pacino I was sure he was going to mention HBO’s Phil Spector, the other biopic on TV this year.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Re: Movies Coming out this Week

Even though I had a mild interest in THE PURGE, I’m going to go see THE INTERNSHIP, mostly because I don’t have to travel far to see it (it’ll be at my local neighbourhood cinema, which I try to support whenever I can).

I’ll also being seeing THE EAST.

Even though BEFORE MIDNIGHT will be playing on a single screen this weekend, I’m going to hold out until after it expands to the Bell Lightbox next week (since I volunteer for TIFF and can see the film for free).

I also just realized right now that Ethan Hawke will be in two entirely different kinds of movies this weekend (mainstream horror vs indie romance).

Sean Kelly
Guest

I was thinking about the subject of gory violence in TV shows.

It’s probably not too hard to find graphic violence on cable TV shows. Other than GAME OF THRONES, shows like TRUE BLOOD and DEXTER get quite gory at times.

On the network side of things, I’m quite (pleasantly) surprised that the new NBC series HANNIBAL is able to get away with as much graphically gory violence as it does (last night’s episode involved, among other things, a guy’s tongue sticking out from his throat).

The closest comparison I can think of is the 2009 CBS miniseries HARPER’S ISLAND, which featured at least one gory death per episode (the show was essentially a slasher film stretched out as a TV series).

Then of course, there’s one of my longtime favourites SUPERNATURAL, which airs on the CW. While not as graphic as HANNIBAL, the show still features at least one scene of gory violence an episode (often as a sight gag).