Cinecast Episode 461 – Unicorn Pink

Having a week hiatus gives us double the amount of cinema to dive into the following week. So here we are with five, count ’em 5, theatrical reviews. We kick it off with a likely Oscar contender in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight – or as we put it, what will be the dominating force at this year’s Indie Spirit Awards. Marvel kicked off it’s newest franchise potential with Benedict (x2) in Doctor Strange. Kelly Reichardt is back with another slice-of-life picture in Certain Women. The film has has heart and some stellar performances, though may be a bit unsatisfying for many. Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe are let off their leashes Dog Eat Dog and Kurt announces the female performance to beat this year from Rebecca Hall in Christine – no, it’s not a remake about a killer car. We also briefly touch on Rachel Weisz and Timothy spall in Denial. The Watch List includes a mini Michael Mann Marathon (MMMM), a revisit to unconventional Peter Weir, a comedy special and a few horror titles to cap off October with. While the summer was legit the worst movie-going season of our lives, this fall is shaping up to be one of the best. So hold on to your hats, the Cinecast is just getting warmed up!

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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Certain Women
Dog Eat Dog
Dr. Strange



Miami Vice
The Insider
Bridge of Spies
Little Shop of Horrors (1986 director’s cut)
The Witch

The Retrieval
Superman Returns
The Truman Show
Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle
I am the Pretty Thing that Lives in the House



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Opening / Greeting: 01:48
Moonlight (Spoilers!): 7:10
Certain Women (Spoilers!): 28:05
Dog Eat Dog (Spoilers!): 47:21
Christine: 1:04:18
Dr. Strange: 1:20:40
Denial: 1:39:30
The Watch List: 1:52:29
Next Week / Closing: 3:01:06
Outro Music: 3:04:11
I think i’ve got all the spoilers marked

Sean Kelly

Sort of funny how Kurt tried so hard to avoid spoilers for CHRISTINE, even though it’s based on fairly well known true events, which is revealed in TIFF’s description of the film.

Andrew James

I don’t think they’re that well known.

Sean Kelly

I also have to say that I’m never a fan when Kurt, a guy who once suggested my Asperger’s was the reason I liked a film less than he did, casually throws out the word “Austistic” to describe a character, especially since I believe this description comes from a misreading of said character.

If anything, Christine is suffering from depression, which is made worse by the fact the symptoms are shrugged off by her mother and her clearly sexist boss views Christine’s ambitions as an annoyance more than anything else.

P.S. Andrew, I would be an extremely happy person if you NEVER reviewed another Marvel film on the show. Your DOCTOR STRANGE discussion, and obvious unfamiliarity with the character, was painful to listen to.

Andrew James

Yes. Went into Doctor Strange 100% blind. Knew nothing about the character aside from the trailer. Claiming that a movie cannot be reviewed unless you’re already familiar with a character is ridiculous. I guess I can’t review Hacksaw Ridge either then? Or Deepwater Horizon? Or Jane Eyre? Or Pan’s Labyrinth?

Now granted, it’s hard to talk about a movie with someone who has not seen the movie, so I basically just listed the positives and negatives about the film making involved. These things I liked, these things I didn’t. I don’t give a fuck what’s in the comics. The villain (Mads Mikkelson) is bland as hell with shitty practical make-up. But I like how his “weapon” “chose” him. I like the time manipulation in the final battle. I like the inclusion of Eastern philosophy. etc. etc. All very valid opinions when watching a formulaic super hero movie that is clearly influenced by all manner of other films.

I would argue that reviewing the film based on your knowledge of the comic (or whatever else) is even more disingenuous. It’s why we try (usually without success) to review films without bringing in the bias of having read the book first (e.g. The Martin, The Road, No Country for Old Men, etc.).

Sean Kelly


For the record, I have not read a single DOCTOR STRANGE comic and have reviewed the film as a film (which I like). However, I am also familiar with the DOCTOR STRANGE mythology, which undoubtedly helped me understand what’s going on. For instance, I already had the knowledge that Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character of Karl Mordo was Doctor Strange’s arch-enemy, so I knew there would be a point where he turns to the dark side (which indeed happens in the second post-credits scene).

I am more than half a decade younger than both you and Kurt and I truly believe that my status as an (early) millennial affects my opinion of comic book movies. I grew up watching many of the Marvel cartoons in the 1990s, which had characters like Doctor Strange appear in guest roles. I’ve played video games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance, which features pretty much every character now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (including Black Panther). There is no part of me that pre-judges these Marvel movies and groans on his way to the theatre.

You are free to review whatever the hell you want on the Cinecast, but I am just tired of you viewing these films with a level of disdain and complaining about the formulaic nature, even if you end up liking it.

Kurt Halfyard

I’m not aiming to throw that term out in a derogatory way, I think the filmmaking here suggests time and time again Christine struggling with social queues. Yes, she has some pretty extreme depression issues, but she also lacks a tonne of empathy for the others at her office, they are often ghosts in her field of view, many portions of the autistic spectrum overlap with this.


‘The Insider’ talk made me want to re-watch it; I remember liking it quite a bit back in the day, but it turns out it holds extremely well. I don’t even think it’s Oscar-bait-y (albeit in the ‘good sense’). The film’s got some weird magic to it, its brutal honesty probably being its biggest positive. Philip Baker Hall is solid, Pacino is very good, Plummer is great, but boy, is Russell Crowe amazing in his role. Unbelievably good and nuanced performance from him. The cinematography is quite dreamlike, as well as the score which at times is simply trippy. A great, great film.

Sean Kelly

I’m curious if Andrew recognized SING STREET’s Lucy Boynton in I AM THE PRETTY THING THAT LIVES IN THE HOUSE?

I didn’t realize this until afterwards, since she looks quite different in I Am the Pretty Thing (specifically, the blonde hair).


I have not seen River of Grass but starting with Old Joy and working all the way up to Certain Women (haven’t seen – I’m assuming), Kelly seems to be evolving the protagonist point of view. It’s interesting that the quiet, internal, contemplative angle is completely told from the male point of view in Old Joy.

Michael C. Hall’s pretty good in Dexter but I thought he first got noticed for his realistic portrayal of a gay man in Six Feet Under.

La Menthe

Dr. Strange is a shit film, pure and simple. Like 90% of other superhero blockbusters. To claim that some underlying knowledge about the subject matter will change that is absurd. Even if we were to agree that it was true, it’s a terrible argument: movies stand on their own as their own creative artwork. If they can’t do this, they have failed.

Sean Kelly

That is very snobby way of thinking. Superhero films are not supposed to be viewed as high art and in my opinion DR STRANGE is one of the better recent Marvel films (and given the fact that most people on my Letterboxd feed gave it between 3 and 4 stars, I’m not alone when it comes to liking the film).