Mamo #327: Zero-G is Ruined

Do we have a show? You bet your britches we have a show. We talk Big Kahuna and Movie Club, Carrie and The Descent, Oblivion and Gravity, Agents of SHIELD and TV, rep cinemas and the future of exhibition, and maybe some other things too. Mamo is like Pringles: once you pop, you can’t stop.

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mattmovies
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Here’s the link to help the Revue Cinema: http://revuecinema.ca/

tederick
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KurtHalfyard
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That CARRIE piece is ridiculously awesome.  It hits many of the points that I felt about the remake and the casting.  I don’t so much feel that Carrie is ‘masturbating’ in the shower at the beginning, so much as enjoying a private moment for her days that are probably filled with nervousness and awkwardness from sun-up to sun down.  It’s the breaking of that awkwardness back into the bullying/humiliating mode that kicks off the film for me.  It works far better in the original film than in the remake.  Although I can see how all that pubic hair and ‘lurid spying of the camera’ in the 1976 version might suggest something more sexual.

ThomasWishloff
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Hey mattmovies you were awesome on my podcast, don’t tell yourself otherwise!

tederick
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KurtHalfyard I felt there were a few too many cuts from hand between the legs to face to hand between the legs, but that’s mostly because I generally prefer to assume everyone is masturbating, all the time.

KurtHalfyard
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tederick KurtHalfyard Brian DePalma makes dirty old men of us all….

Markus Krenn
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Mamo is like Pringles: once you pop, you can’t stop?

I say Mamo is like my Johnson, most of the time it’s too short.

Sean Kelly
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I too saw The Decent for the first time a couple weeks ago. It was definitely one of those films that make for good late-night viewing (I was watching it well after midnight).
BTW, the film’s 8 years old, not 12.

tederick
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Markus Krenn Bless you sir. I’d have said Mamo is like MY Johnson, i.e. enough already.

mattmovies
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Sean Kelly Thanks Sean, that 4 year gap completely changes my entire argument.
Also, It’s The Descent, not The Decent (tederick wrote it in the show intro, located 4 centimetres away, for reference)   😛

mattmovies
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Markus Krenn I’m also like Pringles except for me it’s once I poop I can’t stoop. That’s what happens when you eat Pringles.

Sean Kelly
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mattmovies Sean Kelly Yeah, I’m a bit OCD when it comes to correcting factual errors. 😛

Sean Kelly
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On the topic of community cinemas, any reader of my blog would probably be familiar with my coverage of the reopening of the Humber Cinema, which reopened a couple years ago after essentially lying dilapidated for an 8 year period.
The cinema had a close call a little over a year ago when the manger, who refurbished and reopenned the cinema (and is the same guy who manages the Kingsway Cinema in Etobicoke), was outright evicted by the landlord (the exact reason still remains a mystery for me).
Anyways, I can say that I’m quite happy with how the Humber is currently doing under its new management and I go there whenever I can (I’m probably going to see The Counsellor there this weekend).

Rick Vance
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I am kinda glad that there is a filmmaker out there who wants to be divisive and doesn’t intended for everyone to enjoy his work.
Having enjoyed Bronson and Only God Forgives and thought Drive was just okay I should probably check out the missed ones.

Rick Vance
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Speaking of Cronenberg it looks like I took the correct week off before the December blitz. Going to see Scanners, The Fly, Shivers, Videodrome, Crash and Rabid.

ajames1
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Are people really itching to see comments from a post 9 months ago?  We’ll get them in there soon, I promise. But I don’t think it’s actually something readers are really clamoring for are they?

ajames1
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mattmovies Totally did not mean to delete your previous comment.  I was trying something and didn’t realize it was going to do that.  Sorry!  Trying to get it back.

Markus Krenn
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ajames1 as for me, sometimes i don’t get around to watch a movie until 9 months later. And then listening or relistening to the according podcast. So older comments are a nice-to-have thingy.

ajames1
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I’ll have to concur with Dr. Brown on the nature of horror films. I don’t think a film has to be scary to be considered horror. Not “scary” in the sense that I am physically scared. But anything “horrorific” I might consider a horror movie.  
Of course each movie has to be taken on its own terms, but to broadly blanket the horror genre as “having to be scary or it’s not a horror film” seems off somehow.  Saying a film can’t be something because you didn’t get a very specific feeling seems awfully subjective. Of course specific films in and of themselves are subjective, but an entire genre definition is not.
“The explosions in Bad Boys 2 didn’t wow me, so it’s not an action movie.” or “I didn’t care about any of the characters or their feeling and motivations in The Social Network so it’s not a drama.” or “Zoolander didn’t make me laugh so it’s not a comedy.” These are disingenuous statements and it’s the equivalent of saying “Wrong Turn is a drama and not a horror movie because it didn’t ‘scare’ me.” 
It’s fair to say it didn’t scare you or excite you, but it has all of the tropes of a horror film and it wasn’t designed with the intent to not scare or thrill you.
As for The Descent, it’s very much a horror film; even if you take out all the stuff in the last 15 minutes.  The dark, the claustrophobia, the odd sounds – these are all horrorific elements. It might have a joke or two in there and some humorous moments, but that doesn’t make it a comedy.

mattmovies
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ajames1 Agree with all of this, but many of the films we were talking about have none of those tropes and unlike your examples which are trying to elicit those responses and failing, the movies I’m referencing aren’t even trying. The Tenant is not trying to “frighten” its audience, which is a separate question from whether it succeeds. Oculus is a horror film that completely failed to scare me, but I’m not claiming that my reaction doesn’t make it horror. There are plenty of comedies I don’t find funny, but they are still comedies because they are trying to be funny. My point in the episode is that the movies I have the problems with are the ones that are trying to scare me and succeeding – because I’m bad at those.

Rick Vance
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The best example of the kind of psychological horror that still fits would be the work and adaptations of HP Lovecraft wouldn’t it?
That stuff is never really scary per say but it does send that chill and makes me crawl at points.

Rick Vance
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So I haven’t read Ender’s Game but am aware of Card’s politics and just listening to the plot synopsis of the book in various audible ads in podcasts recently has shown me that I am pretty sure his work and his thoughts are much more connected than generally thought, I mean fighting off an invasion of the “Buggers” by genetically altering children. You don’t get more on the nose homophobia than that.
I think it is also the same with all directors whom people have a problem with and there is always something coming through in their work at the times in their lives when shit is going down even subconsciously.
So while I do separate the art from the artist it doesn’t mean I remove the person from the art.

Matthew Fabb
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Rick Vance the original short story, Ender’s Game was written in 1977. It was then expanded into a full novel which was published in 1985. I don’t think Card was really taking notice of gay politics back then.

I don’t think the kids are genetically altered, as least not in the books. There is a breeding program, where parents are assigned to each other, but I don’t think anyone is genetically engineered. 
Meanwhile, the aliens are called “Buggers” because similar to Starship Troopers, the aliens are giant insect monsters. It’s a derogatory term given to the aliens in order for people to distant themselves from these aliens, when they are being killed in mass numbers during the war.
Without giving anything away, the sequel to Ender’s Game is called “Speaker for the Dead” where characters from the first novel repent for their actions and try to give a voice to the aliens who were killed during the war.
I really don’t think there’s any homophobia present in Ender’s Game.

Jandy Hardesty
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Still listening to the ep, but first things first. I wanna be on the film noir movie club podcast.

themarina
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This is a bit late but this interview with Alfonso Cuaron is short but fantastic. Well worth a listen.
http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=39325

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