Cinecast Episode 483 – Drag Me to Hell

We’ve come full circle. The Cinecast started with an argument on Alien and almost ten years later it continues with an argument about Alien: Covenant (SPOILERS!). Almost ninety minutes of chatting about the inner-workings of Ridley Scott’s brain and his plan for the current state of, and future of the Alien franchise. Something things to love, some things that aren’t quite as lovely. But rest assured with double the Fassbender, there is a lot to discuss here. After that, we try to rank out the order of Fincher’s filmography should be exposed to children after some talk on Zodiac. Our beloved Romancing the Stone makes another Cinecast appearance as well as Mendelsohn and Reynolds grinding through Mississippi. And hey Tarantino’s breakout hit is actually a master class in editing. We talk about the kids’ experience with “R” rated material and remember our own childhoods and being turned away from the multiplex for not having the proper ID.

Turns out the Alien franchise is a nice morning warm-up and we’re happy to share it with you. But beware of face-huggers and SPOILERS! 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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Cinecast Episode 482 – A Six Demon Bag

Two movies could not be more different in tone. First up is an indie horror from a first time director who has made a minor masterpiece in Hounds of Love. Next up is a SPOILER review of the rainbow psychedelia that is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II. Kurt saw some fireworks at HotDocs; and a hobby horse revolution among other things. Andrew revisited his favorite Ted Jonathan Demme film, turned his brain off with the third xXx movie and then perused the entire history of film over the past seven days. It was a busy week for both the guys, but there’s always time to record a show – even if it is eight in the morning.

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Cinecast Episode 481 – History is Unfair

HotDocs is back for its 2017 run and according to Kurt it’s been a wonderful festival so far – especially if you’re into donkey poetry and encouraging children to cut out tongues. Luckily Andrew got to join in the mix this year and help with the discussion on shoe shiners in the delightful Shiners and with the glorious 78/52 in which talking heads analyze Hitchcock’s infamous shower scene in his classic and most well known film, Psycho. But before we get to all that, the multiplex has been only somewhat watchable with no one (wisely) wanting to compete with The Furious of the Seven. We find things to like about The Lost City of ZED but also a lot of issues with the film making. Next up, Anne Hathaway fights inner demons and giant robots in the surprisingly dark Colossal, which is basically a mishmash of Pacific Rim and Rachel Getting Married. Andrew’s watch list includes Oscar-bait mediocrity, a horrible (or terrific depending on which host you ask) comedy remake and Joss Whedon’s dry run at “Firefly”/Serenity. There are some tangents on casinos, senior discounts, Jonathan Demme and legalizing marijuana along the way. Classic Cinecast… We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did conversing.

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Cinecast Episode 480 – Gossip Interstitials

Despite Kurt’s protestations, there is a definite soap opera theme to todays show and its discussions. Asks Charlize Theron in The Fate of the Furious, “what’s most important in life?” The answer, for those in Monterey, West Texas and international nuclear arms thieves in the arctic is of course, “Family.” Besides the box office blow-out this week, we spend a good third of this episode on the greatness of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” (watch out for the read-between-the-lines (SPOILERS!). Andrew has forsaken film for the past couple of weeks to watch a Peter Berg television series about football in West Texas… perhaps that was a mistake? Kurt on the other hand has been taking in more Canadian genre cinema, some action from our man Steven Soderbergh as well as a pseudo-doc from the 60s and second visit of Japanese Animated, but this time dubbed (not subtitled) version of Your Name (period). This and more; sans Corona.

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Cinecast Episode 479 – In Camera

It’s Friday; welcome to The Cinecast! Yes with a holiday weekend coming up and some conflicting schedules outside of that, we’re doing an end of the week show. Ergo, no new, theatrical releases this week. But there are some pretty big titles that are eating up the bandwidth on VOD this week. First up is Clive Barkarpenter’s The Void – yeah, it doesn’t make much sense to us either, but yay practical effects. Also, M. Night Shyamalan has gone back to basics and has re-started making his brand of film, The ones the made him. That’s right, Split (spoilers!) is pretty damn good film making.

Aside from another Shyamalan tie-in, Andrew has no Watch-List this week and leaves it to Kurt to monologue for an hour about a whole slew of cinematic goodies (and one podcast). There’s a “mental health” marathon [insert joke here], some studio not-Ghibli Japanese animation, a Netflix stand-up comedy special, some Quentin Tarantino, a 1970s precursor to American Movie and much more.

We’re a pretty great show to listen to while shopping for pudding. Have a listen!

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Cinecast Episode 478 – Life Happens

Back into blockbuster mode this week with the somewhat controversial live action remake of Ghost in the Shell. While Andrew and Kurt don’t find it particularly controversial, we do have differing ideas of what makes it good (or not so good). Andrew caught up with some indie, found-footage horror in The Dark Tapes; coming soon to tons of VOD near you! Kurt went back to the space-thriller well, putting his trust in Jake Gyllenhaal for Daniel Espinosa’s Life. In The Watch List, we’ve got 80s nuclear holocaust (beware of the anal bleeding), 40s Jewish holocaust and a celebrity “disappearance.” Check in and strap on the ear-goggles. It’s last week this morning with Kurt and Andrew. Enjoy!

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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.

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Cinecast Episode 476 – Facebook and a Water Stain

This makes three episodes in a row now in which Kurt and Andrew land on exactly the same page in regards to our feelings towards a particular movie. And on that note, sorry not sorry for reviewing the movie that no one saw this weekend, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to spend resources on what looks to be, by most accounts, a washed out, lazy retelling of a Disney new classic. Instead, we jump through some logistical hoops and drive many miles to catch up with a little movie from Britannia titled The Sense of an Ending. It didn’t seem to fully click with most audiences and we have some theories as to why that might be. But around here it is classic Cinecast gold. From there it’s the Watch List. Kurt hit some classic Canadian cinema and caught up with Jerry Seinfeld and his many automotive guests on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee while Andrew finished Peter Berg’s “Mark Wahlberg” trilogy and finally took the time to finish Scorsese’s epic, Silence. A delightful conversation ensues; have a listen!

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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.

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