Cinecast Episode 475 – Swimming Pools for Everyone

It was a distinct possibility that this week was going to be a war of words between your hosts over Kong: Skull Island (SPOILERS!), but no, as it turns out the movie is pretty damn good no matter what your cinematic bent. This isn’t the 25 foot, Pete Jackson Kong either. This is a 100 foot chain-swinging, spear-throwing, body crushing version. And thanks to some pretty impeccable film making, every moment is awesome.

Meanwhile, in The Watch List, Kurt got to hang with the new Xavier Dolan film, It’s Only the End of the World, checked out the much lauded documentary on race in america, I am Not Your Negro and watched Walter Hill make another run at The Warriors. Andrew watched Robert Redford and Susan Sarandon flying WWI bi-planes and then Chris Pratt and J-Law chasing the stars in Passengers (It is like a 4-hour version of the opening credits to “Star Trek: Enterprise). Some more goodies in here so check it out.

Drop the needle on a John Fogerty track and strap into the Helo for a thrill 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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TIME TRACKS:

Opening: :00 – 2:51
Kong Skull Island: 2:52 – 44:27 (SPOILERS!)
The Watch List: 44:29 – 1:43:40
Next Week/Outro: 1:43:42 – 1:48:34
Closing Music: 1:46:47 – 1:49:40


MAIN REVIEW:

Kong: Skull Island


THE WATCH LIST:

KURT
I am Not Your Negro
Streets of Fire
It’s Only the End of the World

ANDREW
The Great Waldo Pepper
Passengers


OTHER THINGS:

Los Angeles Plays Itself ($3.99)
Kurt on The Matinee Cast (Personal Shopper)
Sunshine (10+ Years Later)


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8 Comments

  1. Forgot to talk about the KONG soundtrack. It’s another example of the sort of thing that would piss me off in other movies (e.g. playing the most obvious songs from a decade or time period – especially from the 60s/70s). But for some reason it works here. If you’re going to go for it, just own up to it and “drive it like you stole it” and that’s what Kong does. If we’re gonna do it, we’re gonna make it obvious and hammer you with Sabbath and Jefferson Airplane and The Chambers Brothers and Creedence. I thought it was just one more thing to bob my head to.

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  2. I saw It’s Only The End Of The World last week and it’s possibly my most disappointing film of the year so far. I’ve got no problem with cunts being cunts to other cunts, but it’s just really dull which from that director is really surprising.

    On the plus side, we finally got Elle last week in the UK and it’s as good as most people your side of the pond say it is. Vorhoeven pushing buttons is always a joy.

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  3. Kurt, the Canadian Screen Awards IS The Genies! They merged with the Gemini (TV) awards in 2013 into a singular awards ceremony.

    BTW, IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD was the big winner at the ceremony on Sunday.

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    • Ha. This is news to me. When they introduced the film at the screening at Lightbox, I guess the representative took it for a given that EVERYBODY should know this. I clearly did not.

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    • It’s all right. I like Offerman’s small part in the film more than the boys themselves. Vogt-Roberts has a very good sense of style and framing which clearly scaled well with KONG.

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  4. I’m pretty much in total agreement with you guys on both Logan and Kong, and I usually am bored by the big CG blockbusters. I think you’re right about the soundtrack; there was something similar going on in movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Suicide Squad that came across as sloppy, yet it totally worked for me in Kong.

    The Tom Hiddleston katana chopping looked like a total 300 ripoff but I loved it anyways. Larry Fong, a frequent Zack Snyder collaborator, was the cinematographer and I think he deserves a mention as well. The movie does indeed look awesome. I’ll probably try to check it out in Imax 3D thanks to your reviews of this and Great Wall (which I only saw in regular 2D).

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