Cinecast Episode 349 – Smell the Glove

You’d think this were an episode of “Coast to Coast.” Aliens, Elvis, Stonehenge, Witches, talking birds, dragons, world war III and amps that go to eleven. Matt Gamble is a special guest this week to talk about the “exhausting marathon” that is The Raid 2. We dive into the psyche of Nigel and David and lament the loss of all the past drummers. This is Spinal Tap in all its glory folks (now kick our assess, we insist!) Kurt saw Rio 2 for some reason and Andrew continues MSPIFF with Witching & Bitching and accidentally watches the “wrong movie” when he confuses Kevin MacDonald for Bruce MacDonald. Everything feels loose and foggy in this episode for some reason. Which is just the way Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin) likes it.

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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  1. Opening:
    In-house business: 00:04
    Under The Skin [SPOILERS] : 6:44
    Rio 2 [SPOILERS] : 37:54
    The Raid 2 / Gamble Lands [SPOILERS] 48:34
    Game of Thrones Season 4: Episode 2 [SPOILERS] 1:03:29
    The 1984 Project: This is Spinal Tap: 1:37:01
    Watch List: 2:00:34
    Next Week: 2:13:53
    Outro music: 2:23:05

    Just to let you know Andrew, there’s some real bad sound problems 3 or 4 times during the show.

  2. I enjoyed The Raid 2, but I liked the simplicity of the first better.

    It was quite fun listening to Matt’s grumblings about the film with the knowledge that The Raid 2, originally known as Berandal, was written BEFORE the first film. The film was shelved for financial reasons then was re-written to become The Raid’s sequel (hence the cutting of the loose ends Matt was going crazy about).


    I’m sure the fans of the GAME OF THRONES books are laughing right now, since while TV viewers had to wait nearly a year, in A STORM OF SWORDS, the Purple Wedding happens only a few chapters after the Red Wedding.

    • This is typical of the GoT adaptation divide, but I’m very happy to be experience it via the HBO format than the rather bloated novels.

  4. The voice of the poisonous frog in RIO 2 is Kristin Chenoweth, who is best known as a Broadway actress, though she has also appeared in films and TV series (particularly PUSHING DAISIES and GLEE)

  5. So to begin I really liked The Raid 2 so it did not feel like a slog or anywhere near its actual run time.

    Also I wasn’t confused at any time because yes while everyone had single syllable names written in the subtitles those names were different to a point where I could read the difference even the one time where it wasn’t 100% clear from the audio.

    I usually count on Mr. Gamble to be the grounded one to balance the out there and often lofty Halfyard so I was shocked that this movie was any challenge to understand or grasp the plot of what was going on.

    Likewise I find it incredibly refreshing in a movie about warring factions of violent insane criminals that there isn’t anyone to ‘root for’ outside of Rama himself who more so than his performance tells the tale through action and how he confronts people with violence.

    Oh and there is a real stint of lack of high powered weapons in Asian gangster films To’s Election films also go in that way I am not entirely why whether it is because it is easier to find those types of weapons, or it leaves a more brutal impression on the town when you carve someone up compared to shooting them or if it just looks better on film.

    The real jewel here is the action and it is stunning, never boring and also finding another wrinkle to throw into the mix, so in that way I don’t mind if I have seen literally every scene not fighting from another movie, they were done well enough and I enjoyed a great many of the new performances enough that they were exactly the right propellant into the next and the next action sequence right until the awesome finale.

    I loved this movie and it is a shame there is nothing like it in the action department coming from the West anymore.

  6. More stuff I forgot

    The movie is gorgeously shot to a level I am surprised by coming on the heels of the first one.

    The soundtrack is pretty great

    What I gathered about the brother from the single watch is:
    -it starts the movie with a bang
    -it along with the first scene with Rama throws the audience off their footing coming out of the first movie
    -it sets up that location and its purpose for later in the movie
    -it sets up Bejo the two first times he is brought up is killing the Brother and by the boss of the Brother (Bangun) brings him up eating their area which is probably related to killing their subordinates like The Brother.


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