Cinecast Episode 331 – She Sparkles

Massive apologies to Matt Gamble who made a huge effort to be here last night and then Andrew had to bow out on recording the show at the last minute. Especially after he got Andrew into a special pre-screening of American Hustle – which we get into during the show. But we’re here tonight continuing our Decemeber countdown list with top five female performances of 2013 as well as a very fun and debatable watch list. Before all of that, an angry listener chimes in with his own thoughts on last week’s review of Frozen as well as some quick thoughts on two films that are as of yet unreleased: Her and American Hustle. Both of which we keep totally spoiler free and vague, as we plan to dive into them much more in-depth in the coming weeks. Even without a wide release review, this was a super fun show to produce.

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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~ SNEAK REVIEWS (NO spoilers) ~

Full show notes are under the seats…




– Next week Super Ticket (The Hobbit 2 w/ Mamo!)
– Kurt on Cronenberg series

Amy Adams

“Good Times, Bad Times”
Led Zeppelin




American Hustle





  1. Olivia Wilde, Drinking Buddies
  2. Emma Watson, The Bling Ring
  3. Tilda Swinton, Only Lovers Left Alive
  4. Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin
  5. Juno Temple, Magic, Magic

– HM:
listen (printed coming soon)



  1. Vanessa Hudgens/Ashley Benson, Spring Breakers
  2. Mia Wasikowska, Stoker
  3. Brie Larson, Short Term 12
  4. Amy Adams, American Hustle
  5. Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

– HM:
Jennifer Laurence, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight





Sean Kelly
Mia Wasikowska, Stoker
Veerle Baetens, The Broken Circle Breakdown
Caity Lotz, The Machine
Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Colour

“Rockin'” Rick Vance
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Cameron Diaz, The Counselor
Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color
Ashley Benson & Vanessa Hudgens, Spring Breakers

Jape Man
Alice Eve, Some Velvet Morning
Sophia Takal, Molly’s Theory of Relativity
Gina Piersanti, It Felt Like Love
Amy Seimetz, Upstream Color | Kate Lyn Sheil, Sun Don’t Shine (directed by Amy Seimetz)
Adele Excharopolous, Blue Is the Warmest Color

Lee Scovell
Onata Aprile, What Maisie Knew
Sharnie Vinson, You’re Next
Rin Takanashi, Like Someone in Love
Mia Wasikowska, Stoker
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said


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The Lone Ranger

We Are What We Are
Raising Arizona
My Neighbor Totoro
Castle in the Sky




– The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (RowThree Super Ticket with Mamo!)



~ COMMENTS or QUESTIONS? ~ (general)


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Sean Kelly

In Kurt’s defense, I don’t think he’s the only one lukewarm on Frozen. I went to the Toronto Film Scene holiday party last night and many of my fellow writers has not-so-nice things to say about the film (I think I was the only one who was completely positive about the film).


The movie does make reference to the parent’s deaths. Anna tells Elsa that they only have each other and subsequently the loss of the parents leaves both children stuck in adolescence, predisposed to make terrible choices without guidance. It is a movie predicated on overprotective parenting mistakes and if that sticks in your craw, the movie will certainly piss you off. But the movie also want to explore how a frayed bond between two family members who have drifted apart and so the key comparison is Nebraska, rather than My Neighbor Totoro, which celebrates a well adjusted family pulling together.

Ultimo Lee

OpeningEmail/Kurt’s Korner – 10:22
Her – 21:22
American Hustle – 32.42
Top 5 Female Peformances (2013) – 44.20
Listener Top 5 Female Peformances: – 1:14:52
Watchlist: – 1:32:56
Next week/Homework: – 2:48:57
Outro music: – 3:00:50

Ultimo Lee

Did Kurt pronounce Ernst Lubitsch as Loo-Bitch?
If you can’t watch a new film why not pick a classic to watch and review or something new on VOD?
from the trailer of Molly’s Theory of Relativity it looks like one of
the worst acted films i might have ever seen…….or is it mean’t to be


It’s strange that anyone should be castigated as being heartless for not liking Frozen – it’s one of the least emotionally engaging Disney films I’ve ever seen (although I haven’t seen many modern Disneys – but I did see the charming Tangled, which is so obviously everything Frozen wants to be). The best thing you can say about it, is that it passes the Bechdel test.

Rick Vance

So I am not 100% if Andrew was trolling with the Pokemon remark but regardless of that the dismissal made me rather upset so I have some equal level examples to that in other genres.

It would be like if I:
Told you I wasn’t going to watch anymore Coen brothers movies if I didn’t enjoy Ladykillers. Told you I didn’t enjoy action movies when the only action movie I had seen was Transformers 2.
That level of generalization is toxic where ever it crops up.

Sean Kelly

Yeah, it’s not really fair to judge The Machine from that non-contextual clip. There’s a proper trailer now and even that undersells the film somewhat. Just take my word for it and see it (just don’t expect it to be the next Blade Runner).


“Two clubs: Lone Ranger and the Counselor”
definitely more than two clubs out there for poorly reviewed films. There’s an Only God Forgives club.  And there’s a Pain & Gain club to be sure.  And others I’m likely forgetting.


Rick Vance I’ve seen plenty of Japanime and I hate it every time.  We discussed Spirited Away on the movie club a while back and I felt the same way.  Same with Princess Monoke and Paprika.  I’ve also seen plenty of trailers and clips from other things.  

I fucking hate that style of animation with a passion. Doesn’t matter what the subject matter is or how good the story is.  As soon as it looks like that and those characters make the same annoying facial expressions (the gaping mouth, wide eyed surprised look) all the time, I tune everything else out and I can’t see anything through the haze.

And yes, it looks like Pokemon.

Sean Kelly

ajames1 Rick Vance I’m seeing Studio Ghibli’s Grave of the Fireflies later this week. The film is supposed to be an uber-depressing masterpiece.

Rick Vance

ajames1Rick VanceI still think it is generalizing because there isn’t a single style of animation in which they all follow.
I have a single suggestion but it sounds l like you wouldn’t be open for it.