Cinecast Episode 447 – Some Real Lolita Shit

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The boys get together this Independence Day weekend to evaluate the best (and worst) that 2016 has had to offer at the halfway point. Before that Top Five list though, we talk a lengthy bit of pure cinema joy with Nicholas Winding-Refn’s The Neon Demon. Mr. Halfyard was also able to catch Steven Spielberg’s The BFG in which he praises the necessity for the film’s 3D. Both of the guys go very very big (read as: lengthy) with 4-8 hour films in The Watch List. We have to put off the De Palma retro this week due to Andrew’s ineptitude. But not to fret; that will be back next week and we have plenty on our plates to dive into this weekend already. Besides that it’s all in the reflexes.

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!

 

MAIN REVIEW:

Neon Demon

 

TOP FIVE HALFWAY THROUGH 2016:

KURT
5) Midnight Special and The Little Prince
4) Knight of Cups
3) The Nice Guys
2) Chi-Raq
1) The Neon Demon

HM: Triple 9, 10 Cloverfield Lane

ANDREW
5) The Neon Demon
4) Eye in the Sky
3) Triple 9
2) Everybody Wants Some
1) Demolition

HM: The Jungle Book, The Nice Guys, Zootopia

 

THE WATCH LIST:

KURT
The BFG
Hamlet (1996)

ANDREW
O.J. Made in America

 

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Jim Laczkowski
Guest

I found THE NEON DEMON to be incredibly dull and uninvolving. I hear all of this praise to make me reconsider a 2nd viewing sooner than later since maybe I’m nuts and missed the boat on this one.

Last week it opened wide, played the burbs. I check show times to go see it again, and it is not only NOT playing wide anymore but it’s only got one or two show times at the few theaters it’s playing at now. Almost like theater owners said, “We’ll give this a movie one week and then pull it immediately.”

Nat Almirall
Guest

Jim — just saw at the Loew’s in Woodridge — may still be there tomorrow. But it was at the theater down the street from me last week, and this week: nothin’.

Btw, are there any crackpot theories out there saying that the third model — the one Jesse sees in the bathroom — is the reflection of Jesse after she loses her “innocence,” (or maybe “natural beauty” is a better description)?

For as literal as I think some of the film’s metaphors are, I feel like the mirror, the cut, the blood-sucking, and the stuff at the end, are kind of pointing that way.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

That’s actually a pretty good read. The thing about the Neon Demon is that it is never as simple in the final construction as is the initial premise.

UltimoLee
Guest

Opening:
In-house business: 00:13
Neon Demon [Spoilers] 11:48
Top Five Halfway Through 2016: 59:08
The BFG: 1:18:58
The Watch List: 1:33:26
Next Week: 1:54:36
End: 1:59:31
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Only God Forgives: I’m on TeamKurt this week 😀

Andrew James
Guest

Stuck a Romancing the Stone stinger at the end of the show. Crazy how close it is to bits of Neon Demon.

Subsequently watched the entire movie. Always known I liked that score, but now realize it’s one of my favorite scores of all time. So good.

Andrew James
Admin

Just realized it’s Alan Silvestri. He did some great stuff in the 80s: Back to the Future, Cat’s Eye, Clan of the Cave Bear, Flight of the Navigtor, etc. Then he got into the 90s and realized all he cared about what was a paycheck and started turning out all of this Hollywood generic crap and has kind of been doing it ever since.

Matt Brown
Admin

What in the earnest fuck is wrong with you

Andrew James
Guest

I know you’re a big Marvel fan Matt, but just what are you trying to imply? That the Romancing the Soundtrack isn’t great? Or that Maid in Manhattan, The Croods, Red 2, Showtime, Serendipity and The A-Team are all iconic, creative scores that I should reevaluate?

Matt Brown
Admin

Well, my primary motivation was just to do my annual reminder that there may be something seriously wrong with you. But yeah, I’d say there has been some great Silvestri in the last 20 years: AVENGERS and CAPTAIN AMERICA obviously, but also CONTACT, THE MUMMY RETURNS, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Also anyone who says his contribution to MOUSEHUNT isn’t a goddamn masterpiece doesn’t get to sit at my table in any cafeteria ever.

Besides, there IS something wrong with you. How did you not know he did ROMANCING THE STONE??? Iconic score!

filmstache
Guest

I would say that mediocre movies just came a callin’ after the 80’s, I’m sure he made those films a little better. I would agree though, if you hear a generic score and says his name, you kind of wonder why

schizopolis
Guest

Silvestri’s theme for Chuck Norris’ Delta Force has been my ringtone for the last 6-7 years. I love it.

Nathan Austin
Guest

Silvestri did one of my favorite action movie scores for the original Predator. He also did a great score for The Abyss.

Andrew James
Admin

I’d have to go back and listen (haven’t seen Predator in years – I might have to watch tonight). But yeah that’s what I’m saying; his 80s output was great (from the stuff I remember), but I’m pretty confident What Women Want and Practical Magic don’t have a lot going on musically (or otherwise).

devolutionary
Guest

Andrew, I looked up Nimrod, Minnesota and was floored to find out that it was a legit incorporated town. 69 people? 34 homes (according to 2010 census)? Less than a square mile in area? Is it a summer/retirement site?

Andrew James
Admin

They love to have population 69 on their sign and hats. I’m not sure how legit that number is as it’s been that way for about 30 years. Not really a retirement city or even a summer getaway location. It just happens to be where my parents bought a farm back in the 70s and I spent a lot of time here.

Except over Labor Day weekend when the population grows to about 4-5000 for the festivities. It’s kind of funny – it’s a rinky-dink town in the middle of nowhere with no population and only a bar, a church and a senior citizen center. Yet most people in MN know where it is and have even been here.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Kenneth Branagh’s first film as a director was HENRY V in 1989. HAMLET comes after both MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING and his 1994 version of FRANKENSTEIN.

I was actually studying HAMLET in high school when I first saw Branagh’s film and I even read along in my textbook during one my viewings.

I bought the film on VHS (and later blu-ray), but I’ve only watched it a handful of times (when it played at the Lightbox, five years had passed since my last viewing).

Sean Kelly
Guest

Branagh has also directed two additional Shakespearian films since HAMLET – Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2000 and As You Like It in 2006.

Matt Brown
Admin
Kurt
Guest

Dang, Matt! That is the best review I’ve read of the film….and I’ve read quite a few

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