Cinecast Episode 333 – Russell’s Hustle

Merry Christmas RowThree readers/listeners! Here’s a time-lined episode of the Cinecast in your digital stocking to tide you over this holly day. As if you needed something to tide you over – you’ve got A Christmas Story, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, Scrooged, Love Actually and of course the one-two punch of Die Hard and Black Christmas to tide you over (braver souls may tackle Christmas on Mars or Silent Night Deadly Night 2). So in the secular spirit of Cinecast, we don’t cover any of that. We have one David O. Russell on our plate instead. Kurt is notoriously a lover of Russell’s work and Andrew is usually torn. How does American Hustle fare with us? Also, as the new year approaches, we start thinking ahead to all of the potentially wonderful stuff that will surely let us down in 2014: our top five most anticipated. A quick Watch List breezes by before Andrew has to jet off to work.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas and Happy Festivus everyone! May the force be with 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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Alan Rickman
Die Hard

“Little Saint Nick”
The Beach Boys




American Hustle





  • Nymphomaniac – Lars Von Trier
  • The Giver – Phillip Noyce
  • Cyber – Michael Mann
  • Interstellar – Christopher Nolan
  • Snowpiercer – Bong Joon-Ho



  • Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer
  • A Most Wanted Man – Anton Corbijn
  • Inherent Vice – PT Anderson
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Matt Reeves
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West – Seth McFarlane

– HM:
22 Jump Street – Phil Lord, Chris Miller
White Bird in a Blizzard – Gregg Araki
Noah – Darren Aronofsky
Pompeii – Paul WS Anderson




First film for aspiring Cinephiles

Sorry we ran out of time. We’ll get to the responses next episode!


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Movie 43
The Internship

The Ice Storm







– Inside Llewyn Davis
– Her
– Wolf of Wall Street
– Secret Life of Walter Mitty
– 47 Ronin




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I absolutely agree with you guys in regards to “American Hustle”. While I wasn’t necessarily ecstatic about the seeing the film, I did feel it seemed like David O. Russell was getting back to his more adrenaline-driven, unpredictable storytelling that drives his earlier films,  which I like a bit more then his recent efforts. However, I thought the entire film “limped” its way through, almost kicking and screaming every time it had to address the actual con, which makes me wonder why David O. Russell wanted to make this film in the first place. Obviously, the characters are what attracts him, but the sub-genre he’s working in, fights against both his direction and characterization. At many times it felt to me like the actors where enthusiastic but David O. Russell was not. And to call it “farce” or “screwball comedy” doesn’t feel accurate enough for me because it never seems to fully commit to either approach. Everything is depicted in an almost indecisive manner.

I felt every time the story attempted to raise its dramatic stakes, Russell’s direction interrupted that progression and fluidity with some kind of gimmick or lugubrious sequence that was enjoyable in the moment, but felt inconsequential in the grander scheme of things. The De Niro moment is a perfect example of this because while I think Russell’s intention is ultimately comedic in that moment, I do think there is also an attempt to inject a sense of “danger”, but because De Niro is delivering everything in such a flat manner, there’s nothing intimidating to latch onto.
Either way, I enjoyed the performances and the overall aesthetic, but the movie never gave me anything to invest in, it was just a lot of “stuff” being presented that seemed to miss more then it hit for me.

With my rambling aside, another great episode guy, always great to hear your opinions, which I consistently find refreshing.

Sean Kelly

I’m sort of surprised to see Kurt place The Giver on his anticipated film list, since when I told him about the film at the pub a month or so ago, he told me that he never heard of it (or the young adult novel it is based on).

I’ve actually read the novel (which won the 1994 Newbery Medal) twice: Once on my own and again for Grade 8 English. As such, I am quite looking forward to the film adaptation.

IMDB is a little off in the cast order. Taylor Swift is NOT the main character, even though her character is one of the main supporting roles.

The actual main character of the story is Jonas (played by relative newcomer Brenton Thwaites – who I’ve only previously seen in Oculus).  If the film stays close to the book, much of the plot will center around his “lessons” from The Giver (Jeff Bridges).

I actually still have my (nearly 20 year old) copy of the novel. I’ll happily lend it to Kurt if he wants to give it a read (it’s relatively short, compared to modern young adult novels).

Sean Kelly

While on the subject of 2014 films, I thought I should plug the lengthy preview I wrote for Toronto Film Scene, in which I namecheck about 91 releases. –

Sean Kelly

BTW, Nymhomaniac is indeed going to be a two-parter. Part 1 is scheduled to be released on March 21, with Part 2 coming on April 18.  However, I half expect some theatres to do roadshow screenings.


Another Coen Bros. next year as well!

Sean Kelly

ajames1 I don’t know a directorial effort by them is coming, but they wrote Angelina Jolie’s second directorial effort Unbroken.


Sean Kelly ajames1 Yup – you’re correct.  I read the blurb wrong.


Ok ok.  Kurt is right.  I saw the trailer for POMPEII last night in front of 47 Ronin and it is abysmal looking.  But I happen to kind of like Anderson’s particular brand of abysmal so…


Thanks for the kind words! 

“Everything is depicted in an almost indecisive manner.”

This.  So much this!

Sean Kelly

ajames1 I was a bit surprised to find out (during a feature on the Cineplex pre-show) that Pompeii was filmed in Toronto (with some location shooting in the actual Pompeii).

Not much of a surprise, considering Paul W.S. Anderson films the Resident Evil series here (the 6th film of which is coming this fall), but you definitely don’t think of the city when you think “period epic.”

Rick Vance

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Tony Gilroy – Nightcrawler
“The Trip” to Italy
Return of Peter Bogdanovich (produced by Baumbach and Wes Anderson)
Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut
Mike Leigh costume drama!
new Cameron Crowe
Todd Haynes directs Blanchett again
Juliette Binoche playing a version of Juliette Binoche directed by Olivier Assayas!
Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special (comparing it to a Carpenter film!)
David Michod’s follow-up   to Animal Kingdom
Michael Keaton completes the trifecta starring year in an Innaritu film
Pixar is dead and Laika is the new kid on the block: The Boxtrolls
 Peter Strickland ‘s follow-up to Berberian Sound Studio
Michael Fassbender follows a 17-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas in “Slow West.”
Cumberbatch as Alan Turing – directed by Headhunters director Mortem Tyldum
Linklater directs Hawke and Patricia Arquette.
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