Cinecast Episode 453 – Neither and Both

From nothing to everything. The theaters had nothing good and now we’ve got so many things we can’t get to them all (alas no Pete’s Dragon or War Dogs). But we do give initial reports on Anthropoid and Hell or High Water – both to be investigated deeper on future installments of the Cinecast. For now, rest assured they are both great. But this week it’s all about Studio Laika releasing Kubo and the Two Strings… about an hour’s worth of discussion actually. We go back and forth a little bit about overall quality of the film, but we’re both in 100% agreement that all movie-goers should be opening their wallet for Laika. Starting now. Also our DePalma retrospective is winding down, but we jumped back 40+ years to see Margot Kidder and Margot Kidder star in Sisters. A couple of tacked on things to The Watch List for good measure as well.

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:

Opening / Greeting: 0:00 – 4:15
Kubo and the Two Strings (SPOILERS!): 4:16 – 59:55
Sisters (SPOILERS!): 59:57 – 1:42:05
The Watch List: 1:42:06 – 2:17:52
Next week / closing: 2:17:54 – 2:26:11
Outro Music: 2:24:24 – 2:27:08

 

MAIN REVIEWS:

Kubo and the Two Strings

 

DE PALMA RETROSPECTIVE

Sisters (available on YouTube)

 

THE WATCH LIST:

KURT
Anthropoid
The Fog of War

ANDREW
Hell or High Water / No Country for Old Men

 

OTHER THINGS:

Andrew on the CineReeLists podcast
TIFF Lightbox De Palma retrospective

 

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Andrew James
Admin

You’re off the hook this week Ultimo Lee!

TIME TRACKS:
Opening / Greeting: 0:00 – 4:15
Kubo and the Two Strings (SPOILERS!): 4:16 – 59:55
Sisters (SPOILERS!): 59:57 – 1:42:05
The Watch List: 1:42:06 – 2:17:52
Next week / closing: 2:17:54 – 2:26:11
Outro Music: 2:24:24 – 2:27:08

Gerry
Guest

‘Operation: Daybreak’ was the Timothy Bottoms film that Anthropoid was a remake of. It’s really good, especially the last act.

I also can’t see the point of remaking Ben Hur. All the CGI in the world isn’t going to produce a better chariot race than the one in the Heston version.

Sean Kelly
Guest

Kurt, if you think (R-rated) Sausage Party is a children’s film, you haven’t been paying much attention.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Fair enough, indeed! We can agree that the film is pretty juvenile, and I know 12-year old me would have been watching it if it came out in 1986.

Sean Kelly
Guest

In regards to the “American-ness” of Kubo, it is notable that the entire main cast is voiced by white actors, while the Japanese actors in the cast (including George Takai) have smaller roles as people in the village.

Also, I thought Ralph Fiennes was a bit wasted, especially since you can’t really tell it was him, until you read his name in the credits.

Kurt Halfyard
Guest

Hey, better Ralph Fiennes than Liam Neeson!

Also, not to nitpick, but George Takei was born in America, making him very much an American Actor, not a Japanese Actor.

Sean Kelly
Guest

You know what I mean Kurt!

Andrew James
Guest

Maybe this was subconsciously partly my problem with the second half of the film. Like I said, the second I heard McConaughey’s voice, my face fell and I lost interest really quickly.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I’m sure that IRISH actor Cillian Murphy would take exception to Kurt calling him British. You can call Jamie Dornan British, because he’s from Northern Ireland, which is still part of the U.K.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Touche!

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