Cinecast Episode 443 – Cheerfully Sleazy

No katana-wielding turtles and no angry birds knocking down buildings under construction. Sorry, that’s our own integrity as serious journalists simply taking a stand. Across this line, YOU DO NOT… also dude, the indie scene was not looking much better according to the outside reviews. So in preparation for the upcoming documentary, De Palma, we’ve decided this week to take a look back at the very early career of the man, with Hi, Mom!, from 1970. Perhaps more interesting, this is pre-Mean Streets Robert De Niro; and man there is a lot going on in this film. Also as promised, we’ve got an all new top five list celebrating the shorter films of greatness. A small Watch List about robots and the cinematic state of A.I. rounds out this lovely little show.

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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TIME TRACKS:

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

 

REVIEWS:

Hi Mom (De Palma, 1970) (full film available on YouTube)

 

TOP FIVE MOVIES UNDER 70 MINUTES:

KURT
5. Frankenstein
4. Duck Soup!
3. La Jetée
2. Pickpocket
1. The General

HM: Freaks, White Zombie, Crumbs

ANDREW
5. Killer’s Kiss
4. Bambi
3. The General
2. Night and Fog
1. Pickpocket

HM: Dumbo, White Zombie, Freaks

 

THE WATCH LIST:

ANDREW
CHAPPiE

 

OTHER THINGS:

Brian DePalma retrospective ongoing at Tiff Lightbox in Toronto
Andrew’s list of films under 90 minutes (not ranked)

 

RSS AND CONTACT INFO:

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Sean Kelly
Guest

“No katana-wielding turtles and no angry birds knocking down buildings under construction. Sorry, that’s our own integrity as serious journalists simply taking a stand. Across this line, YOU DO NOT”

I can’t help but take issue with this statement, which is the epitome of “high art vs low art” snobbery. You have every right to say that you don’t want to see the films in question, but DON’T FOR THE LOVE OF GOD make your “integrity as serious journalists” the reason! Not only does that insult other inspiring film writers that don’t ignore Hollywood fare (i.e. myself), but it’s a hypocritical statement, since “serious film critics” tend to frequently see films that they don’t necessarily want to go to.

Sorry for going off on a rant here, but that statement kind of hit a nerve.

Andrew James
Admin

“Serious journalists.” I’m flattered that you took that seriously Sean, but it was supposed to be a joke – and a Lebowski quote if you didn’t catch that too. At no time have I ever considered myself a serious journalist. Hell, I don’t even write anymore.

Craig
Guest

You sound like you need help.

Sean Kelly
Guest

You sound like you should mind your own business. For your information, I have Asperger’s Syndrome and most people here already know that. Last thing I need are snarky comments by trolls.

Craig
Guest

I don’t frequent the comments that often so had no idea about your Aspergers. For that I apologize. I only made the comment as on the few occasions I have looked at them you seem to be complaining about something.

Although calling me a troll when you were the one TELLING Andrew and Kurt what they should do on their show seems a tad hypocritical.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Yea, Sean Kelly is our serial-copy-editor and fact checker on the show. If we’ve misspoke (which happens often on a podcast!), Sean will let us know.

Otherwise, there appears to be little harm or foul here. We can all play nice and carry on.

Cheers.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

I though Craig’s comment was directed at Andrew! 🙂

Matt Gamble
Guest

Didn’t we all?

Andrew James
Admin

You spelled “Matt Gamble” wrong.

Sean Kelly
Guest

When submitting films to IMDB, they define short films as being 45 minutes or less.

Some festivals (such as Hot Docs) classify films that barely clock in at an hour as “mid-length.”

Kurt
Guest

Yea, there are a lot of docs in the 45-65 minute space. That’s why I took the documentary format completely out of my consideration for this list.

And Andrew’s ‘integrity’ comment was a bit tongue in cheek, Sean, and it probably landed in your Asperger’s blind spot! 🙂

devolutionary
Guest

Jumping on the Vimeo/Youtube bandwagon, I had no idea that La Jetee or Sans Soliel were widely available. I will remedy that soon.
You can also watch Leopard Man and several other classic thrillers (I assume public domain) at the DailyMotion FilmGorillas site:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x239fmd_the-leopard-man_shortfilms

UltimoLee
Guest

Opening:
In-house business: 00:14
Hi Mom [SPOILERS] 07:04
Top Fives: Movies under 70 Minutes 50:31
The Watch List: 1:32:49
Next Week: 1:49:50
End: 1:54:17
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I enjoy the looking back at old classics/forgotten gems & top 5’s but then over the last year or so i seem to be getting further and further away from “what’s the latest hollywood has to offer”. i still watch the odd marvel and plenty of other stuff but there’s so much of what has already been & gone that’s almost always better than what’s coming out now that i still have to see.

Andrew James
Admin

On many levels I agree. There is so much out there I haven’t gotten to yet, it will literally take my whole life to see it all. And even in that I will undoubtedly fail.

antho42
Guest

Kurt, Perfect Blue is only 81 minutes long

Kurt
Guest

One of my favourites!

Kurt
Guest

I think the ‘under-the-show-notes’ UltimoLee comments are my favourite. I 100% agree with that statement, too.

Kurt
Guest

And holy crap, we talked about Hi Mom! for 40+ minutes. OH MY.

Matt Brown
Admin

This whole thread really makes me wish we had upvote/downvote capability here at R3.

Andrew James
Admin

If fucking Disqus would allow me to alter their CSS we would!

Andrew James
Admin

Night and Fog is hitting Criterion Blu-ray at the end of July.

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