Cinecast Episode 377 – Don’t Pull the Cable

After last week’s smackdown, we go a little more positive this week with a look forward to our top films that we most look forward to in 2015. While the camaraderie is there, it isn’t necessarily a good thing as we take down a couple of well deserved directors of yesteryear in their current theatrical outputs. The Watch List this week is short, but much more forgiving with a lot of praise and noteworthy watches. We’ll return next week with some Oscar Isaac, Steven Soderbergh and Jennifer Lopez… ok, probably not Jennifer Lopez, but perhaps some Gwynneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. Sigh, maybe we’ll stick with some acclaimed, but inexplicably forgotten, television and foreign language Oscar contenders. But man is 2015 shaping up to be a helluvan orgasmic year; cinematically speaking.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!





Blackhat spoiler ends @40:37
American Sniper spoiler ends @1:07:17
See comments for more time track listings – thanks to Ultimolee for the extra elbow grease!



– Kurt on the Film Junk 500
– Movie Club Podcast recording in February (Popeye & Punch Drunk Love)
Still Watching the Skies Podcast (Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow)



Blackhat, American Sniper



15) Nobody Wants The Night (Isabel Coixet)
14) The Hateful 8 (Quentin Tarantino)
13) The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
12) A Hologram for the King (Tom Tykwer)
11) The Martian (Ridley Scott)
10) Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski)
9) Men & Chicken (Anders Thomas Jensen)
8) The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson)
7) Z for Zachariah (Craig Zobel)
6) Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée)
5) Regression (Alejandro Amenábar)
4) Tomorrowland (Brad Bird)
3) Elle (Paul Verhoeven)
2) Love (Gaspar Noé)
1) Fury Road (George Miller)

15) The Good Dinosaur (Peter Sohn)
14) Triple Nine (John Hillcoat)
13) She’s Funny That Way (Peter Bogdonavich)
12) The Revenant (Alejandro González Iñárritu)
11) Midnight Special (Jeff Nichols)
10) The Visit (M. Night Shyamalan)
9) While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach)
8) Chappie (Neil Blomkamp)
7) Untitled Cold War Spy Thriller (Spielberg/Coens/Hanks)
6) Masterminds & Don Verdean (Jared Hess double feature)
5) Crimson Peak (Guillermo del Toro)
4) Self/Less (Tarsem)
3) Tomorrowland (Brad Bird)
2) Joy (David O. Russell)
1) Fury Road (George Miller)

15) Pan (Joe Wright)
14) The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos)
13) Our Brand Is Crisis (David Gordon Green)
12) Sicario (Denis Villeneuve)
11) Pitch Perfect 2 (Elizabeth Banks)
10) Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée)
9) Misson: Impossible 5 (Christopher McQuarrie)
8) Ricki and The Flash (Jonathan Demme)
7) That’s What I’m Talking About (Richard Linklater)
6) Carol (Todd Haynes)
5) The Hateful 8 (Quentin Tarantino)
4) Spectre (Sam Mendes)
3) Star Wars 7 (JJ Abrams)
2) Fury Road (George Miller)
1) Fast 7 (James Wan)

The Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone)
Mississippi Grind (Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck)
Avengers 2 (Joss Whedon)
Life (Anton Corbijn)

Interesting Directorial Debuts:
Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
Miles Ahead (Don Cheadle)
Bone Tomahawk (S. Craig Zahler)
Truth (James Vanderbilt)

other curiosities:
Danny Boyle, Judd Apatow, Woody Allen, Cameron Crowe, Gus Van Sant, Ben Wheatley, Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, Ron Howard, Olivier Assayas, Wachowskis, Robert Zemeckis, Antoine Fuqua, Joe Swanberg, Jodie Foster, Guy Ritchie, Sean Penn, Stephen Frears, John Hillcoat




– “Marco Polo” (season 1)
Two Days One Night
Still Alice
Big Hero 6

– “The Knick” (season 1)
The Day of the Beast



“Dancing with the Devil” retrospective at TIFF



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So glad the cinecast goes weekly again 🙂


You can thank Blackhat for the High and Low Brow list I sent you, Gamble.

Matt Gamble

Well at least some good might come out of watching it.


Kurt said that Film Junk 500 would be out by now and he was sorely mistaken. According to Sean, it won’t be released til sometime mid-next week. Yeesh. Must be epic to be taking that long to be released.

Also, great show. Just discovered this due to my Director’s Club and Film Junk subscriptions and will be a longtime listener of this one as well. Blackhat was crap. The end. Thanks guys for a killer podcast!


No superheroes films- God bless the Cinecast!


In-house business: 00:28
Blackhat [SPOILERS] 19:04
American Sniper [SPOILERS] 40:37
The Watch List: 1:44:16
Next Week: 2:43:26
End: 2:48:09

Robert Reineke

The potential release of Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind is high on my Most Anticipated list.

Sean Kelly

M. Night Shyamalan’s last film was AFTER EARTH in 2013. While that film essentially had Shyamalan as a hired hand (and focused more on Will and Jaden Smith), THE VISIT looks to be a new writer/director effort with absolutely no big names in the cast.

I consider myself an unapologetic fan of the director and I’ve generally liked all of his films (except for THE LAST AIRBENDER, which is the only of his films I have no intention of rewatching).


I must be the only person who was disappointed with Two Days, One Night. The Kid With A Bike was one of my favourites from that year and The Silence Of Lorna was great as well so maybe I had unrealistic expectations.

David Brook

You aren’t the only one:

I didn’t think it stood up to the strength of their previous films, which are mostly brilliant.


Which other films by the Dardenne brothers should I see? Maybe the reason TWO DAYS ONE NIGHT stood out to me so strongly last year was because it was my first experience with their type of filmmaking.

David Brook

I reviewed most of their films in a box set a while back so have a read through:

They’re pretty much all great although I wasn’t a big fan of The Child, because I couldn’t side with the lead character. My favourite was probably Rosetta.


I would just work backwards, to be fair they themselves acknowledge that they operate in the same ballpark for each film.

Andrew James

I don’t think 2D1N is the greatest thing from 2014 and I certainly don’t share the unabashed love that others (Jim) seem to find in it. However, I did like the repetitive nature of the discussion and the moral dilemma. It was fun to see the different reactions from all the different characters. There are moments where it does kind of drags. However I got a lot out of it even afterwards. I think it has a lot to discuss with the “what would you do?” dilemma that a lot of movies like this have. And not only what would you do, but also what would you do within each different characters specific situation? There’s a great dynamic between all of the different characters in this story – from Cotillard to the husband to the bosses to the different employees and the employees’ significant others. There is so much complexity brought forth through the simplest of ideas.


Thanks Jim Laczkowski for this:

Thomas Wishloff

I’m assuming that Indian Cheese was “paneer”, and if so, that shit is the bomb.

Matt Gamble

It might be, but not when you are expecting chicken.

Rick Vance

I really enjoyed Blackhat, it was Mann stripped way down and the action and consequences for that stuff was all there. It was the Quantum of Solace of Mann movies (I really enjoy QoS too except for one scene).

Very Johnnie To, low overall stakes but high stakes to the individuals involved in the moment.

All the computer stuff worked for the interests of the film, like I don’t think that stuff will ever be ‘realistic’ so the shots of the data flowing work for me because the movie overall is a movie it isn’t like the computer encryption and hacking stuff shown in CitizenFour because they are different beasts.

Also I like that Hemsworth wasn’t the stereotypical computer person because while I myself fit into that stereotype it isn’t true anymore. Also the movie goes out of its way to show him training his body and he actually brings it up, and it makes sense if you are going to play games that have more consequences you have to be prepared on all angles.

The villains motivation wasn’t make enough money and retire too, there is a bunch of hubris and look at me do this thing too, didn’t you guys watch the movie?


My main issue with BLACK HAT is that it was an emotional vacuum. Something I’m willing to tolerate in the occasional Johnnie To or 007 film, but not willing to give for this particular director. Hence: MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT. I blame a lot of this on the script, but a fair but of it also on Chris Hemsworth and Tang Wei for failing to connect in any real way.

Andrew James

So I just realized that Kurt’s #11 is the book I’m currently reading. Heh.