Cinecast Episode 473 – Game Over Man

Despite some pretty sad news we receive toward the end of the show, this pre-Oscar podcast stays relatively cute and cuddly throughout – NOTE: we don’t actually talk about the Oscars. We do talk a fair bit about The Turkish documentary, Kedi, about cats wandering Istanbul that should be opening in limited release very soon. Kurt catches up with one of the latest from Netflix Studios, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore and also a travesty of a film in Bitter Harvest. Andrew catches some stellar Malick and is happy to see Alicia Silverstone back on the big screen in Catfight. Lots to dig into here; meow.

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 Stuff: :00 – 8:37
Main Review: 8:38 – 37:27
The Watch List: 37:28 – 1:38:53
Sad Breaking News: 1:38:54 – 1:44:21
Next Week / Outro: 1:44:22 – 1:47:29
Closing Music: 1:44:12 – 1:49:07
Stinger: ???


MAIN REVIEW:

Kedi


THE WATCH LIST:

KURT
A Bigger Splash
I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore
Bitter Harvest

ANDREW
Voyage of Time (IMAX 3D)
Catfight


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devolutionary
Guest

Is Kedi the Louis Theroux version of feline docs? Sounds like it would be a hoot at Youtube theatre parties (hope that isn’t a disservice). And I still need to checkout A Bigger Splash.

Was initially surprised to see David Yow, frontman of The Jesus Lizard, show up in I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore too. He’s been popping up in several films recently. Really liked the movie too; fun and off-kilter violent dark comedy. Kurt, do you find Saulnier’s direction too tempered? Probably won’t be crazy about Blue Ruin either then.

Yes, Molly Parker is/was? a big deal in 90s TV Canadiana. Twitch City represent!
Bitter Harvest? 9% on RT, 35 on MetaCritic, but 7.2 aggregate on IMDB? Weird. I suspect juicing. Will avoid.

Kurt
Guest

I just found that Green room didn’t balance it’s punk/violence/humour as well as it could have. The praise for that film baffles me, but I certainly admire that opening shot in the cornfield. That’s some damn fine filmmaking for the first 5 minutes. There is some great stuff in Green Room, but there is a lot of mediocre boring stuff. And this is from someone who really loves the actors in the film: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart and Alia Shawkat….all great in almost everything; here, merely ‘good.’

Gerry
Guest

There’s a sequence in Green Room involving an arm. From the look of it any one of the ‘cuts’ (cut seems too minor a term) would have resulted in the owner of the arm bleeding out, but hey, some gaffer tape and we’re good to go.

From that point on it was just a cartoon / Marvel film for me, not genuinely scary because there were no genuine consequences from the arm.

If the arm thing wasn’t there maybe I’d have taken the rest of the film seriously and found it scary.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Yes. You’ve hit the nail on the head here. The consequences and stakes (set up in the first half of the film) take a back-seat to genre-pandering, deflating the intensity.

Andrew James
Admin

I’ll chime in here to agree with you guys. I liked Green Room overall, but it was really clunky and messy and didn’t look very good. It took too many little turns and sidetracks and for me, didn’t even make sense in some places.

Blue Ruin is much more subdued and on-track. I actually think Kurt would enjoy it quite a bit.

UltimoLee
Guest

I’ll buy the flashing red phone in the morning 😀

You were kind of lucky, i don’t usually check my email at that time of day (i’m useless at checking my emails) and this time around skipped through to do the tracks due to knowing i couldn’t listen until the day after.

Hearing Kurt deflate at the Bill Paxton news 🙁

Craig
Guest

A Bigger Splash was my number 12 of 2016, it might have helped that I saw it in my favourite screening room though. Matthias Schonaerts should be as big as Tom Hardy, he has that same brooding intensity.

I thought I Don’t Feel…. reminded me a little of a more restrained God Bless America with regards to how the main character reaches the end of their tether with arseholes in society. It’s good, but it’s not as good as Jeremy Saulnier’s stuff no matter what Kurt says.

Molly Parker and Callum Keith Rennie were also both in the TV version of John Grisham’s The Firm. It was the first thing I saw them both in.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

I’m a pretty big fan of GOD BLESS AMERICA. Yup. Bobcat Goldthwait’s cinema (as a director) in general is pretty geared towards my tastes.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I wonder if Kurt was aware that Luca Guadagnino’s follow-up to A BIGGER SPLASH is a remake of SUSPIRIA, with Dakota Johnson in the Jessica Harper role. The remake’s cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, and even Jessica Harper herself will make an appearance.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

Fully aware. It comes up on the FILM JUNK Podcast, which I was a guest on, yesterday: http://filmjunk.com/2017/03/01/film-junk-podcast-episode-601-get-out/

Andrew James
Admin

Just finished “I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore” and I can definitely see some of the Lebowski influence. Obviously not as funny but it definitely has its moments. The Elijah Woods character lies somewhere between Walter Sobchak and Napoleon Dynamite.

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