Cinecast Episode 469 – Anti-Spoiler

Finally back to business with actual, theatrical reviews. The boys were able to catch two this week with Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures and Adam Driver starring in Paterson. For the former, the “Bottle Shock” effect perhaps works in the film’s favor. For the latter, by not spoiling anything, we kind of spoil it; it’ll make sense after a listen. Despite some reminiscing on the passing of one of The Cinecast’s favorite character actors in Miguel Ferrer, we are able to find the bright side and general positivity throughout the rest of the show that also includes a short Watch List of faux documentaries, a film debut from a now well-known and respected director, and… well, the mastication of feces – but at least it was on 35mm. Sit back and enjoy the bus ride!

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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Intro: :00 – 2:35
Trailer construction: 2:37 – 11:20
Miguel Ferrer: 11:21 – 15:20
Hidden Figures: 15:21 – 43:58
Paterson: 44:00 – 1:15:52
The Watch List: 1:15:53 – 1:52:09
Upcoming films/Outro: 1:52:10 – 2:00:05
Closing Music: 1:57:14 – 2:00:49


Hidden Figures


Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

Operation Avalanche


Why do movie trailers have their titles at the end?
Miguel Ferrer R.I.P.


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Sean Kelly

Denis Villeneuve’s Maelström has a talking fish and begins with an abortion set to “Good Morning Starshine.”

That doesn’t sound right wing to me.

Sean Kelly

I think the reason OPERATION AVALANCHE played Hot Docs (the program it was in was called DocX BTW) was that Matt Johnson usually shoots his films guerilla style and got to shoot in NASA under the pretense that it was a documentary.

There is also the minor controversy that came from Matt Johnson turning down an invitation to TIFF, in favour of a world premiere at Sundance, since he believes Canadian films are lost in the shuffle at the festival (which I admit is partially true).

However, I’m not going to go all OJ with you on this one and disagree with its status as a fictional film.

Sean Kelly

Also, to correct Kurt, NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW was made into a proper TV series, not a film. Three episodes were screened at TIFF and series will premiere sometime this year on Viceland.

Kurt Halfyard

I missed it when it played TIFF. Thanks for putting the correction out there.

Sean Kelly

There’s a brief trailer for the show on the Viceland website –

Kurt Halfyard

Sturgeon’s law: “Ninety percent of everything is crap”. Derived from a quote by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, who once said, “Sure, 90% of science fiction is crud. That’s because 90% of everything is crud.”


Janelle Monae had a supporting role in Moonlight.

I think I side with Andrew regarding Villeneuve. The only exceptions being Sicario and to a much lesser extent Prisoners. I feel he lets the chips fall where they may when shooting politically charged movies. Much like your discussion on Jarmusch, people try to find patterns and links where they want to. I think the Incendies revelation is clearly left-leaning despite the hell the two protagonists go through to find their mother. Polytechnique might be perceived as right-leaning only because it plays it straight down the middle and doesn’t try to take the moral high ground. Real and flawed characters trying to make sense of surviving a massacre.

Was watching the American Masters doc on Sidney Lumet and he surprisingly said that he never had a social or political angle in any movie he’s made. He just found those issues really interesting to direct and lets the audience decide for themselves.