Cinecast Episode 386 – Singing From My Hymn Book

 
Bread and butter. The Salvation is ours this episode, and it is all Mads Mikkelsen will get from the dawn of the oil era in the western United States. The Danish Western shot in South Africa plays as a metaphor for USA style Capitalism – a revenge movie where there will definitely be blood (even if it is all CGI) engenders a good hour of (*spoiler filled*) conversation. Our viewpoints differ, but ultimately the same conclusion is reached: the film is exploitative and pretty decent even if it is often unpleasant.

From there, The Watch List takes over as Kurt catches a few moments from the new Pixar feature and cautiously claims that they may have climbed from the pit of safe mediocrity that they have chosen to dwell in over the past few years. Andrew wanted more of Eva Green’s assets (her voice) and tries the 300 side-quel on for size. Kurt finds one of the key inspirations for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom a sweet little puppy-love slice of life called, Melody. We close out the show with the much talked about doc-mini, “The Jinx,” which is catching headlines and turning heads, and we are not immune to the charms and the crutches of documentary film making.

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

 

 
 


 

TIME TRACKS:

The Salvation spoilers end @59:10
See comments for more time track listings – thanks to Ultimolee for the extra elbow grease!

 

PRE-SHOW WARMUPS:

Fast and Furious Super Ticket
Fast and Furious Film Junk Premium

 

MAIN REVIEWS:

The Salvation

 

THE WATCH LIST:

KURT
Dumbo
Melody (aka S.W.A.L.K.)
Moonrise Kingdom
Inside Out (first ten minutes)

ANDREW
300: Rise of an Empire
– “The Jinx”

 

OTHER THINGS:

Chronological order of Fast & Furious movies
Nowhere to Hide (finite focus)
Sin City 2 Cinecast
Video “essay” comparing opening and closing frames

 

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Andrew James
Admin

Added Chronological order of Fast & Furious movies to the show notes above.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I just finished marathoning the series, for an upcoming retrospective post I’m writing for Toronto Film Scene, and I do say that I was impressed on how the stinger for FURIOUS 6 connects back to TOKYO DRIFT, which I consider to be the black sheep of the franchise (I actually went back to TOKYO DRIFT to see how the actual scene plays out).

Jim Laczkowski
Guest

Re: IT FOLLOWS.

Kurt, trust me, it sticks to the landing beautifully at the end. Don’t miss seeing it in a theater.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I actually thought that the film peaks in the second act, however this is definitely a film to see in a theatre.

Rick
Guest

Personally I found that for the concept the film(which is quite good), it was not able to hold up to its opening scene which is a perfect little piece.

The ending hit the meh note for me especially compared to how hard the beginning hit.

Kurt
Guest
devolutionary
Guest

He named his newly born daughter Pauline after his late buddy Mr. Walker. It’s nice to know there’s still some optimism left in the film industry nowadays.

ultimolee
Guest

Opening:
In-house business: 1:06
The Salvation [SPOILERS] 14:18
The Watch List: 1:00:13
Next Week: 2:43:38
End: 2:51:16

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Stunned to hear Kurt talk about Melody. I’d lived my whole life in england and only heard of it 2 years ago. watched it and loved it. I wondered how much that had to do with nostalgia for my childhood, 80’s northern england still looked a lot like 70’s england but hearing Kurt’s positive reaction just confirms what a little gem it is.

It would be hard to say it’s even a cult film in Britain, very few seem to have seen it and as Kurt mentions it has a bigger following in Japan. Which is surprising considering Jack Wild and Mark Lester had already starred in Oliver!

Craig
Guest

The only thing I need to know about The Salvation is how much screen time does Eric Cantona have?

Ultimolee is right about Melody, I think it’s that unheard of over here that describing it as a cult film is overreaching it’s status. Sounds like it’s worth checking out though.

ultimolee
Guest

I’d forgotten god was in The Salvation….

Mads meets God, need to watch this ASAP

Kurt
Guest

He has about 5 minutes of screen-time with little dialogue – about the equivalent time and tone of CiarĂ¡n Hinds’ screen-time in THERE WILL BE BLOOD.

Craig
Guest

Cantona might not be God, but he’s the King (well apart from Denis Law!)

I can’t believe on a North American film site I’m talking about Cantona and Law, the world can be a strange place.

Kurt
Guest

It’s a cult film in JAPAN, I thought I framed it that way in the show…

Sean Kelly
Guest

I believe THE LITTLE MERMAID was part of the Disney series at Lightbox (I think it was a weekend screening.

I saw TRON and FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR, both of which were prints (was was actually shown in 70mm, which made the film look great).

I’m disappointed that they cancelled the screening of THE BLACK HOLE, since that was probably the rarest film of the bunch).

devolutionary
Guest

I’m love Kurts misappropriation of Michael Jeter as Derek Jeter. He probably best resembles Tim Conway (as Dorf on golf)

Rolf
Guest

Kurt, there are actually some movies in which Mads is quite funny! Go watch FLICKERING LIGHTS or the first PUSHER film. Hail to the Mads!

Tony D'Amico
Guest

Not to be a dick Kurt, but you kept saying that Fantasia came after Dumbo, but it was actually completed and was according to Wikipedia a Roadshow in Jan of 41 about 9 months before the release of Dumbo . Fantasia’s wide release was in Jan of 42, and Dunbo was in Oct of 41. I only knew this because I recently watched both.

Kurt
Guest

This makes more sense than my muddled perception. Seeing how you recently watched them back to back, I imagine in terms of ‘weirdness’ there are some similarities in tone between the films?

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