Cinecast Episode 477 – Choose Nostalgia

This is kind of a trip down memory lane for your humble narrators. From the big theatrical release this week to the Netflix binge watching. Of course I’m referring to Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting 2 which ties in nicely to our discussion on “Stranger Things” later in the show. Before a short Watch List however, we’ve promising Olvier Assayas for weeks now, and it’s finally here. Kristin Stewart surprises us again in Personal Shopper. Throughout The Watch List, which also includes a disaster of a DePalma film, we often tangent on the awesomeness of Netflix, the structure of television shows and buying a more expensive cup of coffee before hitting the 10% of the library that’s actually good.

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 – 8:30
Trainspotting 2: 8:32 – 1:01:59
Personal Shopper: 1:02:00 – 1:53:59
The Watch List: 1:54:00 – 2:27:08 – 2:39:14
– – Tangent – Messiness of TV shows: 2:27:10
– – Tangent – Awesomeness of Netflix: 2:35:15
Outro: 2:39:15 – 2:44:26
Closing Music: 2:41:22 – 2:45:38


MAIN REVIEWS:

T2: Trainspotting 2
Personal Shopper


THE WATCH LIST:

KURT
– “Stranger Things” (tangents on modern TV and Netflix)

ANDREW
The Bonfire of the Vanities


OTHER THINGS:

Kurt talking Personal Shopper on The Matinee
The Devil’s Candy


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Andrew James
Admin

In regard to our “perfect TV show” discussion, I think I would add both seasons of Fargo to that list.

devolutionary
Guest

Fargo S2: I still need to get on that. Would you also count The Knick or Mr. Robot? Like Twin Peaks and Lost, I lump Six Feet Under in but then forget about its valleys too. I tend to gravitate towards the ‘mini-series’ platform since less can go wrong that way.

Kurt
Guest

THE KNICK has a few wobbly tangents, but otherwise, I’d confidently put that on the PERFECT list.

Gerry
Guest

With three episodes to go, one series that’s shaping up to be perfect is the current season of Homeland.

After a slow burn start, which I found very interesting, it became very compelling and I actually cared for and fear for some of the characters, a rare thing in movies or TV shows these days.

My three favourite characters in movies or TV over the last year or two are Peter Quinn, Saul Berenson, and Max, all from this season of Homeland. My most hated characters, which I rarely have, are Dar Adal, played by the brilliant F Murray Abraham, and the murdering prick, again both from this season of Homeland.

Do I care that Peter seemed to be mercy killed by Carrie at the end of last season? Absolutely not.

Craig
Guest

Homeland went to shit in season 3. I’ve heard it’s improved again, but after one great season, one OK season and one piece of shit season I was out.

devolutionary
Guest

Heh, for a moment I thought you guys were reviewing that recent horror movie The Devil’s Candy, which appears to be getting good reviews (Dir: Sean Byrne – The Loved Ones). The trailers made it seem like a Rob Zombie film done with restraint.
If nothing else, Bonfire… was the movie that sparked Willis to make Hudson Hawk his way and become a diva, for better or worse.

Kurt
Guest

The Devil’s Candy the 2015 film is OK. It’s not great. But not bad. It is indeed, very Metal.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I have to note that Kurt was somewhat exaggerating in regards to the Varsity Cinema, which is arguably one of the least corporate cinemas of the Cineplex chain. It only has 8 screens, the bulk of which play limited release films, and it’s one of the few without TimePlay.

I think the only Cinplex cinema LESS corporate than the Varsity is the Canada Square, which it probably the only cinema left in the city not to receive modern renovations.

Kurt
Guest

Yea, but Varsity is in the MANULIFE CENTRE, which is super-duper expensive retail….Very Corporate. It may be slightly off-brand in terms of what Cineplex does at SCOTIA/QueensWay/Oakville/Eglington, but the atmosphere it is in is about as Corporate as it gets in terms of cinema experiences.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I believe Danny Boyle filmed some moments from the original Trainspotting novel that were never used in the first film (i.e. The flashback with Begbie’s father)

Sean Kelly
Guest

I read that the reason Shirley Henderson didn’t speak in Trainspotting 2 is that she was suffering from an ulcer and lost her voice.

In fact, her one line in the film was shot long after the rest of principal photography.

Luka
Guest

Hey, I’m in a snarky mood so forgive the barbs and jibes. Freakin’ filmjunk was late again in posting their recent cast, so I went for sloppy seconds- you guys. It’s been about 2 to 3 years since I listened to you last and was pleasantly surprised that Kurt has toned down his hysterical contrarian spirit- you seemed to thrive on being contrarian for the sake of being contrary and riling things up including me which led me to leave. Anyway liked your reviews and as good reviews do laid out very good reasons for me not to see T2 (I really like T1) or personal shopper. You guys might have hooked me back in. Oh, Andrew, have nothing bad to say about you- a nice counterweight to the hysteria.

Andrew James
Admin

Ha! Glad you found your way back. Unfortunately this comment got stuck in the spam filter since you’ve been away so long (or something). Anyway, it’s here now. Hope you return. Listen to our Kong Skull Island Episode. Lot of love on that one.

Cheers.

Kurt Halfyard
Admin

It is always ‘delightful’ to be labelled as ‘sloppy seconds’ – A Contrarian.

Gerry
Guest

SPOILER ALERT FOR THE CURRENTLY JUST ENDED SEASON OF HOMELAND

Having now seen it all, for me, Homeland season 6 is a perfect TV series. That’s the way to do a good penultimate episode cliffhanger.

I really liked the final episode not just for the fact that it drove the story forward for next season but for its metaphorical aspects, i.e. it dealt with how reasonable people can become entirely unreasonable in their responses after a major terrorist incident, e.g. 9/11.

After 9/11 the Patriot Act was introduced into law / President Elizabeth Keane expanded the powers of the Patriot Act.
Despite the fact that the 9/11 hijackers were mainly Saudi, America invaded ….. Iraq (!!!???) and seemingly engineered the situation that created ISIS / President Elizabeth Keane took her anger out on the intelligence community, both things having negative consequences for America.

It also presented what America has done in several countries in the past as happening in present-day America, as pointed out by Saul, and the absolute ineffectiveness of the NSA’s mass surveillance metrics, (that’s not my view, it’s the apparent view of the intelligence agencies.)

It’s so nice to see intelligence as well as entertainment on screen. Kudos to the Homeland writers and producers.

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