Cinecast Episode 452 – Too Much Pole Vaulting

Due to sleep deprivation for both of your humble hosts, neither were able to get the flicker house this week for a “new” review. However, DePalma is always accessible and we spend a good deal of time trying to figure out what the hell he was thinking by essentially doing a more sprawling version of Carrie with THE FURY just one year after wrapping up Carrie. Both this decision and the film itself is baffling – but ripe for body explosion and pole vaulting conversation. The Watch List is kind of all over the place as well. It includes book and video game talk as well as “Michael Bay isn’t that bad” conversation and a duplicate title from 1975 that you won’t ever find. Oh yeah, and Leland Orser takes the lead!

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!

 

DE PALMA RETROSPECTIVE

The Fury

 

THE WATCH LIST:

KURT
Faults
The Astrologer
– “Command and Control” [book]

ANDREW
Armageddon
– “No Man’s Sky” [game]

 

OTHER THINGS:

TIFF Lightbox De Palma retrospective

 

NEXT WEEK POSSIBILITIES:

– DePalma Retro Series: Sisters
Hell or High Water
– Kubo and the Two Strings
– War Dogs
– Ben-Hur

 

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schizopolis
Guest

Had to fast-forward the episode once Kurt started describing The Fury. I’m in. It’s been sitting in my Netflix queue for ages and I never got around to it.

Also came out in 1978, Medusa’s Touch with Richard Burton is another sci-fi, horror-thriller that would probably fit into the category.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

You’re not just ‘in’ you are ‘in for it.’ Good luck and good-speed with this one, it’s nuts — salty nuts.

UltimoLee
Guest

Opening:
In-house business: 01:13
De Palma Retrospective – The Fury 14:19
The Watch List: 1:08:31
Next Week: 2:28:01
The End: 2:34:57

Sean Kelly
Guest

I’m pretty sure I’m not the one Kurt was talking to about an obscure video game (that even a hardcore gamer like me has never heard of).

Also, the Command and Control documentary opens at the Hot Docs Cinema on Sept 23.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I just checked and No Man Sky is indeed on Steam (will wait until I can get it on sale)

filmstache
Guest

Hey kurt, any idea which Van Cleef films you will be consuming soon?

Give me a reason to buy The Big Gundown please.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

Looks like it will be the SABATA trilogy

Allan Mcpherson
Guest

Wouldn’t Escape to Witch Mountain have scooped the other “Psychics on Run” films?

Robert Reineke
Guest

Arguably you can put Village of the Damned or probably more aptly Children of the Damned in the family tree.

Allan Mcpherson
Guest

Robert, I considered those as well. Its sort of a “call and response” dynamic with those narratives, at least as to what the threat is.

Kurt
Guest

I love how we are building a sub-genre in this thread, the “Weaponized Psychic Film.” For those who like to research these things, please post a full list here in the comments section!

The Fury
Firestarter
Midnight Special
Children of the Damned
Race to Witch Mountain
Scanners (+ all its sequels)
Carrie
Minority Report
Medusa’s Touch
Patrick (1978 + remake)
Akira
Chronicle
Push
Mindstorm
Lawnmower Man
Lucy

Robert Reineke
Guest

You can probably toss in the various X-Men films, especially First Class where they recruit Prof. X to work for the CIA.

I think Dreamscape qualifies.

Nat Almirall
Guest

Do the Star Wars films qualify? Would The Shining qualify (since the hotel is trying to possess Danny because he’s psychic)? Would The Shadow qualify?

devolutionary
Guest

A Boy and His Dog (canines count too!)
Stalker 1979 (kind of subverts this)
Odd Thomas
Looper (Can’t remember if you already said this)

Kurt
Guest

I deeply love both A BOY AND HIS DOG and STALKER.

Robert Reineke
Guest

I suppose we have Matilda to consider as well.

Andrew James
Admin

I was thinking that TOMORROWLAND somewhat fits into this (“Stranger Things”) genre too. The girl isn’t psychic, but she’s a weird robot on the run from the gov’t and its giant conspiracy and hanging out with another kid for a larger purpose.

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