Cinecast Episode 421 – Canadian Pubes

Here comes The Fassbender and Marion Cotillard who bring us arguably William Shakespeare’s simplest play ever written in MacBeth. It’s definitely pretty and the performances are beyond masterful, but is it all enough to hold our attention and proclaim it to be a masterpiece? Or even a good film?

Next up we travel to the near future on a distant planet in which everyone speaks Russian… and is stuck in the dark ages. Andrew marvels and is simultaneously baffled by Aleksey German’s Hard to be a God. The coach stops in 1970s Canada for some Elliot Gould completionism and Keir Dullea in Paperback Hero as well as revisiting some old demons at Laika Films and Coraline. We kind of anticipate being lost in a haze of Star Wars and other Oscar-worthy films for the next couple of weeks, so sit back and enjoy this old fashioned, simple version of The Cinecast.

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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See comments for time track listings – thanks to Ultimolee for the extra elbow grease!

 

MAIN REVIEWS:

MacBeth

 

THE WATCH LIST:

ANDREW
Hard to be a God

KURT
The Silent Partner
Paperback Hero
Coraline

 

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David Brook
Guest

In case you didn’t spot my review of Hard to be a God a few months back – http://www.rowthree.com/2015/09/15/blu-ray-review-hard-to-be-a-god/

devolutionary
Guest

Really good review David!
I’ve been meaning to check it out, but it doesn’t exactly have great distribution around these parts. There was a really early cut of it floating around online several years ago (prior to Alexei German’s passing). I’ve heard from some people that it visually and thematically mirrors Fellini’s Satyiricon which I also enjoy, plotless as it may be.

David Brook
Guest

Thanks!

Arrow’s impressive Blu-Ray is region free if you’re willing to import it: http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk/hard-to-be-a-god/

UltimoLee
Guest

Opening:
In-house business:
Macbeth [SPOILERS] 6:14
The Watch List: 40:43
Next Week: 1:28;45
End: 1:32:58

Nat Almirall
Guest

Thanks for the kind words — I meant to post this last week, but perhaps it’s more appropriate for this episode, but here’s several great lectures on Shakespeare’s plays and their politics, including Macbeth: http://thegreatthinkers.org/shakespeare-and-politics/lecture-course/

Sean Kelly
Guest

Yes, MACBETH is pretty visually spectacular, but I was quite bored to death watching the film. My favourite Shakespeare adaptations (of the very few I’ve seen) are Baz Luhrmann’s ROMEO + JULIET, Kenneth Brannah’s HAMLET (all 4+ hours), and Joss Whedon’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

Also, I studies these Shakespeare plays in high school:
Grade 9 – Romeo and Juliet (coincidentally the Luhrmann film came out at the same time)
Grade 10 – The Merchant of Venice
Grade 11 – Macbeth
Grade 12 – Hamlet
OAC – King Lear

I have also bought, but not yet read, one of the Shakepearified Star Wars books THE EMPIRE STRIKITH BACK.

BTW, MACBETH may be Shakespeare’s “simplest” play, not it’s not one that’s taken lightly in theatre circles.

Andrew James
Admin

I would never say I was bored with this version of MacBeth. But I do agree that it just had nothing in it that really gripped me or made me care. “Bland” might be a good word (from your review Sean). Certainly not bland visually though.

devolutionary
Guest

At least you guys didn’t watch the Geoffrey Wright Australian gangster adaptation of Macbeth in 2006. I had high hopes for it considering I enjoyed Romper Stomper but it’s pretty weak. Interesting modern visual take on the play but I think it strays too far from Shakespeare and having the young charisma-vacuum Sam Worthington doesn’t help either.
Kurt might like some of the weirdness though.

EDIT: Sorry, must’ve skipped Kurt’s comments

Sean Kelly
Guest

There’s also the modernized 2001 film SCOTLAND, PA, which starred James Le Gros as Joe ‘Mac’ McBeth and Christopher Walken as Lieutenant McDuff

Andrew James
Admin

I think Kurt briefly mentioned the Assassin’s Creed movie coming directed by the same guy. It’s also starring Fassbender and Cotillard. So perhaps the reason this is so bland is the fact that’s it’s basically just an audition for that film?