Cinecast Episode 405 – SPECTRE-tacular

 
Kurt is back from Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, and he might have a thing or two to say about the movies, the town and the folks at that festival. At nearly two hours we can only say brace yourself for genre-overload. But first, Matt Gamble joins Kurt & Andrew midway through the conversation on Christopher McQuarrie’s installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. Kurt loved it. Andrew liked it. Matt, well, Matt watched it. Practical stunts, exceptional set-pieces and the ass-kicking talents of Rebecca Ferguson and a cleaned up and ready for prime time Sean Harris are all on the conversational docket. While there is no full “True Detective” segment this episode (we’ll cap the remaining three off, next time) there is a full Watch List for your listening pleasure, and Matt does briefly chime in on this season of “True Detective,” along with the doc on Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau remake disaster, and Adam Sandler’s Pixels. Andrew covers off the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer and its direct-to-Nexflix sequel. Finally we settle the Mara Rooney / Kate Mara confusion (sort of).

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

 

 
 

 


 

TIME TRACKS:

Mission Impossible spoilers end @37:33
See comments for more time track listings – thanks to Ultimolee for the extra elbow grease!

 

MAIN REVIEW:

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

 

FANTASIA RECAP:

– DJXL5’s Hurlyburly Zappin’ Party (Shorts’ Programme)
Turbo Kid
Cash Only
Full Strike
Tales from Halloween
Possessed
Miss Hokusai
Cherry Tree
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live (doc)
She Who Must Burn
Traders
The Demolisher
The Interior
Cop Car
Fatal Frame
– “Satanic Panic” Book Lecture at Drawn & Quarterly
Dark Places
Synchronicity
Scherzo Diabolico
Shinjuku Swan
Crumbs
Nina Forever

 

THE WATCH LIST:

ANDREW
Wet Hot American Summer / Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp
The Crossing Guard
The Hunt for Red October
WWII from Space

MATT
Pixels
– “The Brink” / “Ballers” / “True Detective”
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau

 

OTHER THINGS:

Satanic Panic: Pop Cultural Paranoia of the 1980s (Book)
A new High and Low Brow Episode is up.
Kurt on the VHS Dungeon Podcast (just past 1h10 mark after an interview with Cinema Sewer’s Robin Bougie, who is a fine fellow!)

 

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Andrew James
Admin

So here’s the M:I5 trailer I mentioned with Zeppelin showcased. Maybe my favorite trailer of the year…

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

That is a good trailer, but I’m very glad I hadn’t seen it until after the movie!

Rick
Guest

Big on team MI5 it has been growing in my mind

Sean Kelly
Guest

Spurred partially by Kurt’s praise of the festival (and the yearly Cinecast recaps), I made the trip to Montreal this year to attend Fantasia for the very first time. I was in the city from the 18th to the 25th, which was sadly before the majority of the Toronto folks got into town (I spent much of the week hanging out with the Toronto After Dark programmers and I sat with Kurt for Turbo Kid).

I am also a somewhat crazy completist with a lot of free time, so I continued covering the festival via screeners when I got back to Toronto, with me finally putting an end to my coverage earlier today.

Here are a few films that I saw, which Kurt didn’t mention, that I would recommend keeping an eye out for:
Extinction – Think I Am Legend with the creatures from The Descent and a great child actress. A solid start to my festival.
Deathgasm – A New Zealand horror-comedy, which ended up being my favourite of the fest. Think Evil Dead with heavy metal.
We Are Still Here – I believe this has been on VOD in the States for a while now, but this was the Canadian premiere. An Italian-influenced film, which is probably the most bloody haunted house tale I’ve seen.
Anguish – Directed by the producer of The Strangers, which is a mix of a mother-daughter drama with haunted house thriller. Pretty well done.
Momentum – A fun female-driven action film starring Olga Kurylenko. I was contacted for permission to possibly have my review quoted in the marketing, so that’s something to look out for.
Bunny the Killer Thing – I’m not necessarily recommending this film, which is very misogynistic, I’m just amazed that it exists.
Bite – Canadian body-horror, which is quite reminiscent of Cronenberg’s The Fly. I saw it via screener, but apparently people were fainting and vomiting at the screening.
I Am Thor – An OK doc about an 80s heavy metal star. There was a performance after the screening, which was quite awesome.
Observance – Paranoid single-location thriller that’s like Rear Window, but with a bit of a supernatural twist.
Tag – One of the three Sion Sono films playing at the festival. A very surreal and gory film, which actually won the award for Best Film.
Who Killed Captain Alex? – A Ugandan action film, which is very fun to watch, despite the very low production values. The film can be accessed online (for free) on the website for the Wakaliwood production company.
They Look Like People – This was my biggest pleasant surprise of the festival. A very low-key horror film about a guy, who is paranoid about body-snatching creatures. Does a lot by showing very little.

I also have to note that I have the complete opposite opinions of both THE DEMOLISHER and THE INTERIOR than Kurt. I liked THE DEMOLISHER, despite some flaws, yet THE INTERIOR was a very dull and underwhelming film (and not at all funny or scary). Even though I was back in Toronto when they screened, I watched the screeners the same night and I saw a lot of praise for THE INTERIOR on Facebook immediately after I finished watching it, which really made me feel bad.

I plan on coming back to Fantasia next year.

Kurt
Guest

I believe we use different parts of our brains when we watch movies, Sean. If you think that THE DEMOLISHER is a superior film to THE INTERIOR, then whoa, there is not much further to say, the gulf is canyon-sized. THE INTERIOR might have been the best film at Fantasia this year, of the ones I saw, and THE DEMOLISHER, while far from the worst thing I saw, was deeply flawed in its ability to tell a story, and even its drama, cinematography, even continuity were learning curve level, far from great.

I realize that film is subjective, but seriously Sean, we are miles apart on this. (And you’re wrong.)

Sean Kelly
Guest

Everyone has the right to their own opinion and nobody’s wrong.

Plus, I did not say that I thought that THE DEMOLISHER was superior to THE INTERIOR, I just said that I liked it more. There’s actually only a one star difference between the two in my ratings.

And Kurt, I was already well aware that we have different tastes in movies. In fact, I would argue that your taste is a pretty darn unique one.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

your first sentence: The former part is right, the latter half of that sentence is debatable. 🙂

Sean Kelly
Guest

To be completely fair, the screener I watched for THE INTERIOR was an unfinished version of the film (it didn’t have the final sound).

I’m completely willing to re-watch the film if, and when, it screens in Toronto and re-evaluate my opinions on the film if need be.

Gerry
Guest

Thanks Sean,

I’ll be looking out for Deathgasm, Bite, and They Look Like People on your recommendation.

DJB
Guest

Um…Kevin Bacon is talking about “Rebooting” Tremors. Did you put a slug from the original Star Trek 2 in his ear? http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/38216/kevin-bacon-keen-on-tremors-reboot

Kurt
Guest

I think the collective enthusiasm of the Fantasia Screening of COP CAR has opened Kevin Bacon’s eyes to the possiblity. That screening was off the charts in Montreal.

See the middle of this video

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Although the subject came up regarding a Before Trilogy style ’30 years later’ look at the same characters.

Rick
Guest
Kurt Halfyard
Admin

SO many interesting things in that video. Why did GRANTLAND not spend more time with the voice-over pacing and editing though, it’s downright clumsy at times, half-words, clear cuts, rushed talking….weird.

Tony Zhou still does these essays the best (https://www.youtube.com/user/everyframeapainting )
with Matt Z. Seitz (https://vimeo.com/112136296) and Scout Tofoya (http://www.rogerebert.com/contributors/scout-tafoya) second

Sean Kelly
Guest

I watched WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER theatrically a few months ago and found it absolutely hilarious (to the point where I subsequently bought the film on blu-ray). I haven’t yet had time to watch the show, but I’m planning to watch it in the near future.

The story behind the film is that it was a hit at Sundance in 2001, but couldn’t find proper distribution. I suppose it wasn’t until home video when it got notice.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I binge-watched WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: THE FIRST DAY OF CAMP last night.

While I’m not traditionally a big binge-watcher, it was definitely the best way to experience the Netflix series, since it’s pretty much all one continuous story.

I generally enjoyed the series, though I thought that the movie was much funnier. The show has the same problem as many prequels, since it has to make sure that all the characters end up at the same place they start off in the film. Though I did like the many age jokes, including the one in the final episode.

Andrew James
Admin

I liked the randomness with which they had to ged rid of some people and turn people into other things to get them “setup” for the movie. I thought they did a nice job with making that funny, rather than just going through the motions.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I saw THE GIFT at an advanced screening last night. It’s vanilla at best (a Lifetime movie at worst).

devolutionary
Guest

That’s unfortunate to hear. I’ve liked some of Joel’s brother Nash’s directorial work before and the initial premise seemed loosely similar to the Guest. I’ll probably still check it out nonetheless.

Matt Gamble
Guest

I LOVED The Gift.

Ultimo Lee
Guest

Better late than ….

Opening: 01:50
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation [SPOILERS] 5:51
Kurt @ Fantasia 37:33
The Watch List: 2:31:43
Next Week: 3:13:22
End: 3:19:04

filmstache
Guest

Can wE get a Frank vs Jay length debate going between Sean Kelly and Kurt on the merits of The INTERIOR vs. THE DEMOLISHER that really gets to the heart of what one actually means by their wording in each sentence of their respective posts. That would be great thanks.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Are you comparing me to Frank from Film Junk, because I can’t help but feel a little offended at that?

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

A verbal debate on this would be a complete route, because Sean’s Asperger’s (and his inherent kindness) would not hold back my typical SCORCH THE EARTH style rhetoric.

filmstache
Guest

No, but a fun debate on the subject through the comment thread would be a good read. Obviously, Sean isn’t anything like Frank from what I’ve read, I was just imagining a full fledged, intricate discussion that would equal that of a frank vs. Jay, except on the comment board.

devolutionary
Guest

In terms of a lengthy debate, we all know Kurt could hold his own with almost anyone, regardless of validation. 😉

Cenation
Guest

The Fantasia coverage is awesome. I definitely have some new movies to look forward to.
About that True Detective shootout that has reminded some of Heat, I’m wondering if anyone was also reminded of the finale of Johnnie To’s Drug War, which was put together with an amazing sense of precision. There’s also the opening shootout in To’s Breaking News, all done in a single shot.

Kurt
Guest

Somebody give the next MI or James Bond film to Johnny To.

devolutionary
Guest

LOL, I think he’d be perfect for a true spaghetti [err noodle?] western myself.

Andrew James
Admin

Started “The Brink” on Gamble’s recommendation. It’s pretty fecking great. I even thought the pilot was pretty good. Just finished episode 5 and laughed all the way through. Not quite “Silicon Valley” level greatness, but it comes close. The goofy satire is amazing – and that mine field scene had me in stitches.

And holy shit, who put a bee in Tim Robbins’ bonnet? The guy can act all of a sudden.

Matt Gamble
Guest

Starting in Ep 6 or 7 they introduce two characters that are amazing.
I think one of the things I like most about the show is that each of the three storylines have slightly different tonal styles of satire. Robbins’ is very much the darkest in tone and reminds me a lot of In The Loop, Black’s is more of a fish out of water goofball comedy and then the pilots are just pure screwball farce. The show is really great, I wish it was getting more love.

BTW, just started UnREAL, holy shit is that show good. I think its the best TV I’ve watched all year. Super nasty satire of Reality TV that doesn’t pull any punches and surprises the shit out of you time and again. Constance Zimmer just chews up scene after scene and she’s not even the best part of the show. How in the hell did a show this good get on Lifetime?

Kurt
Guest

How Did I not know of this show? This is so up my alley.

Andrew James
Admin

Because you don’t have HBO – they’ve been pushing the shit out of it before pretty much every episode of GoT and Ballers and True Det.

Andrew James
Admin

I’ve been hearing that Mr. Robot is an amazing show as well. And it’s in USA Network. It seems these random cable channels are really taking lessons from HBO and AMC et. al.

Andrew James
Admin

I’ve found that the last couple of episode of The Brink (2 more to go) started to get slightly more serious and less lolz. Which I’m fine with as surprisingly, I’m still interested to see “what happens next”.

Tony D'Amico
Guest

Maybe I misunderstood you Andrew, but what exactly did you mean when you said you were confused by the Mara sister’s names? I’ve always seen Rooney named Rooney Mara, ever since I became aware of her in the Nightmare on Elm St reboot., not Mara Rooney. Her middle name IRL is Rooney according to IMDB. I’m not trying to call you out on anything I was just confused on what you were confused on.

Craig
Guest

Exactly, I’ve never heard her referred to as Mara Rooney anywhere else.

devolutionary
Guest

I think Kurt’s constant name mispronunciations are contagious. Either that or Andrew is modelling himself after Jay Cheel’s name flubs.

Andrew James
Admin

Yeah I noted that this week as well. I’ve always thought her name was Mara Rooney for some strange reason. Just me being weird I guess.

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