Cinecast Episode 316 – Pleasantly Tickled

Critics be damned. The Lone Ranger is one of 2013’s best films. Kurt goes to bat against the nay-sayers and does a fairly good job at convincing us. Meanwhile we both agree that the vampire sub-genre has been disserviced (is that a word?) for the past many years thanks to sparkles and tween nonsense. But then along comes Neil Jordan and reminds us he’s actually pretty good at these types of films; even if it doesn’t appear so at the outset. Also, Bullock and McCarthy do the best they can with what they’re given in their female-centric, buddy-cop film. In the Watch List, Kurt shits on Christopher Nolan, gives props to Charlie Chaplin, watches illegal films and Andrew realizes Spielberg is actually still pretty great in the new millenium; even if the Brothers Grimm don’t quite acclimate as well. Oh, and not really any spoilers this week… except maybe in Andrew’s GoT Blu-ray review (sorry).

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 ~

– Movie Stakeout horror remake podcast
– Movie Club Podcast (sometime in August now): Tristram Shandy and Naked Lunch
Kurt’s favorite ‘hoser’ movies

OPENING QUOTE:
Tom Cruise
in
Interview with the Vampire

CLOSING BUMPER MUSIC:
“Vampire”
by
Dr. Dog

 


 

~ REVIEWS ~

Byzantium
The Heat

 


 

~ THE WATCH LIST ~

Kurt
The Heat
Inception
Spaceballs
City Lights

Andrew
Catch Me if You Can
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
– “Game of Thrones” (season 1 BLU-RAY review)

 


 

~ NEXT WEEK’S REVIEW(S) ~


– The Way Way Back (possibly)

 


 

~ COMMENTS or QUESTIONS? ~

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

 

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antho42
Guest

Thank you, Kurt — now I feel vindicated. When the podcast ranked Nolan’s films, I was shaking my head when all of you where ranking Inception very high in his filmography.

In comparison to The Matrix (which shares many similarities), it is not even a contest. The Matrix is a more fun and more philosophical film. Also, aside from the hallway scene, and losing it original edge due to its vast influence on filmaking, the action sequences in The Matrix are way better. Even the expositions scenes in The Matrix are fun, unlike in Inception. The Jay Cheel’s of the world bag on the goth heavy aesthetic, but, in all honesty, this is just superficially criticism (i.e., see Goon’s criticism of Drive’s aesthetic).

Goon
Guest

Criticism of Drive’s esthetic can’t be superficial when the whole movie is just esthetic.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I was listening to Kurt’s review on my way home from seeing THE LONE RANGER last night and, even though I can say that I overall liked the film, I have to say that Kurt was perhaps exaggerating just a little bit in saying it’s a perfect film.

I hypothesize that if you build up enough excitement about a film, you are more likely to overlook any flaws and see the film you were expecting to see. I expect this is going to be the case for me when I see PACIFIC RIM later this week.

Also, Kurt seems to live in a bit of a Bizzaro World, where his overall opinion on films often differs from everyone else’s.

Kurt
Guest

This was not the case for MAN OF STEEL, which was actually my most anticipated film of this summer…which was failure for me, its flaws un-overlook-able.

Sean Kelly
Guest

The violence in THE LONE RANGER and its PG-13 rating in general is basically due to the influence of producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

Bruckheimer pushed for a PG-13 rating for the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN series (a first for a film under the “Walt Disney Pictures” banner) and since then three additional films (not counting the Pirates sequels) received PG-13s: PRINCE OF PERSIA (also a Bruckheimer production), JOHN CARTER, and LONE RANGER.

However, LONE RANGER does push the PG-13 to the limits with that heart removal scenes (including a very blood soaked hand).

Kurt
Guest

I would like to see it again if I missed the ‘flaws’ of this film…I was waiting for the film to fall into ‘blockbuster mediocrity, but it never did. Very happy overall that it worked out this way.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I highly disagree that INCEPTION gets less watchable on rewatch and I’ve also seen it three times. In fact, for me it’s a bit of the opposite.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Andrew, you need to watch more redband trailers. I was well aware of HANSEL AND GRETEL’s rating and it was part of what interested me in seeing it (I liked it BTW).

Goon
Guest

For Kurt: Stories We Tell is indeed on DVD now, and I hope Andrew still checks it out in theaters

Go see Way Way Back this week. It’s quite good. The only real problem with it is that it doesn’t have another 20 minutes to flesh out the supporting characters, a number of which have stuff going on under the surface that required some sort of extra scene with the lead to give the whole film more empathy and a proper sendoff to the crew

Sean Kelly
Guest

I might see Way Way Back as weekend filler, since I’ll be seeing PACIFIC RIM at an advance screening on Wednesday.

rot
Guest

Frances Ha.

I am getting hoarse.

rot
Guest

Would be interesting to learn your take on Verbinski after having watched Pirates 2 and 3, Kurt. I like part 2.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I don’t like Part 1, I quite like Part 2. Never saw Part 3 or 4 due to indifference.

Rick Vance
Guest

After seeing Ranger I do have a small urge to go back and watch at least the original three (the 4th always felt like a step backward at least from trailers)

Rick Vance
Guest

The Lone Ranger feels like a movie out of time, in all the very best ways. I didn’t know it was a Bruckheimer film until the credits but that really made it all click.

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