Cinecast Episode 393 – Galen

The Watch List this week starts with a mutual review of the Canadian film, Preggoland, which both of the boys liked quite a bit. Then it’s a Harry Nilsson Maurice Sendak early 1970s double bill, inept 1960s super spies, studio Ghibli and The Equalizer reboot. It’s all good and casual under the sodium-vapor lights lining a misty Bryant Ave – with some welcome surprises in our home for the past few days.

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Cinecast Episode 392 – Man Candy

Both of the guys were at film festivals last week. Andrew at Minneapolis Int’l Film Festival and Kurt at HotDocs. We each pick four films from the screenings and give short capsule reviews. Coincidentally enough, two picks from each of us are of the western genre. Who knew you could have a western documentary, but apparently you can have more than one. Bill S. Preston Esquire directed a doc and apparently the story of Kurt Cobain has not completely been told as Montage of Heck goes deeper and is quite excellent. Michael Fassbender (who opens the audio of the show) teams up with Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn in Slow West and Brit Marling defends her manor and her life in a post Civil War wasteland in The Keeping Room. All this and more inside. Grab a cup of bottomless java and have a listen!

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Cinecast Episode 391 – Melted

Our “Game of Thrones” recaps are always a favorite part of the show – at least for us. Without a show last week, we have two episodes to catch up with. Episode 2: “The House of Black and White” and Episode 3: “High Sparrow.” We’re all over the Westeros map this time and many plot threads and characters are analyzed including Dr. Frankenstein, Eyebrow guy, Leprachaun man, Inigo Montoya, Ridley Scott, Davros, Fabio and Melted Danny Glover. It’s a hell of 120 minutes on television! We’ll see you tomorrow for a festival episode (Hot Docs and MSPIFF).

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Cinecast Episode 390 – The Wicker Man Principle

The plan is to have a new show every day this week. Wine, women and song tend to get in the way of our plans quite often but that’s the plan. For today’s episode, Kurt and Andrew sit down face to face and administer The Turing Test to Ex Machina (spoilers!) over a couple of pints. It’s up to you to determine if we pass or not. We kick things off with a brief conversation about the latest Star Wars trailer so that Andrew can further confuse himself and listeners as he tries to clarify things. Later this week will be a massive Watch List, Game of Thrones recaps and a Festival Episode.

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Cinecast Episode 389 – Apple Pie Enema

 
Kurt and Andrew discuss the filmography of Noah Baumbach in light of his latest midlife-crisis dramedy, While We’re Young. *SPOILERS* abound, but also there are many tangents on parenting and childless relationships, raising chickens indoors, cultural appropriation and a plea to stop with the ‘can a documentary be truth’ conversation that should have ended a decade ago. Otherwise, we like the movie.

“Game of Thrones” is back, and we break down the opening episode scene by scene (*SPOILERS*). Kurt flips out about how stagnant the Mother of Dragons thread of the show has become, but otherwise, we are immensely excited to have the HBO’s most popular show back on the table for weekly discussion.

Andrew is doing the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, and discussions on a couple of the titles, including The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared (tangents on Forrest Gump and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as well as a quite detailed love-in for The Clouds of Sils Maria (with lengthy tangents on the career of Olivier Assays, Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart).

On the Watch List, Andrew watches both Gone In Sixty Seconds movies back to back, and we tangent briefly about Death Proof and the year 1974 as it applies to car-chase movies. While we are in the 1970s, we also take a long look at Nic Roeg’s Don’t Look Now and its lasting effect on horror, sex scenes and the fracturing of space and time through editing.

Kurt also talks briefly about Ardman Studio’s Shaun The Sheep as well as the Trevor Noah documentary, You Laugh, But It’s True (with a further tangent on the current South Africa injection into American culture.)

Message: There are lots of side-tangents in this free-flowing episode of the Cinecast. 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 388 – It Follows

 
For those looking for our Furious 7 review, be sure to check out The RowThree Super Ticket. In here, it’s all indie horror making a big splash. Matt, Andrew and Kurt hash it out. Minimal editing, production and show notes here folks. If you want the full deal, we leave that up to Toretto and James Wan in another podcast.

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Cinecast Episode 387 – Cutest Damn Bunnies in Cinematic History

 
This week’s episode focuses on two women with some very deep seeded problems; one physiological and one psychological. But they both love their rabbits. From Fargo in winter to the Italian Spring, we span the globe, the seasons, the real and the surreal. From character actor docs to wrestlers in tanks to mediocre comedy and horror – this is one Cinecast that truly covers the gamut of cinematic procurability and diversity.

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Cinecast Episode 386 – Singing From My Hymn Book

 
Bread and butter. The Salvation is ours this episode, and it is all Mads Mikkelsen will get from the dawn of the oil era in the western United States. The Danish Western shot in South Africa plays as a metaphor for USA style Capitalism – a revenge movie where there will definitely be blood (even if it is all CGI) engenders a good hour of (*spoiler filled*) conversation. Our viewpoints differ, but ultimately the same conclusion is reached: the film is exploitative and pretty decent even if it is often unpleasant.

From there, The Watch List takes over as Kurt catches a few moments from the new Pixar feature and cautiously claims that they may have climbed from the pit of safe mediocrity that they have chosen to dwell in over the past few years. Andrew wanted more of Eva Green’s assets (her voice) and tries the 300 side-quel on for size. Kurt finds one of the key inspirations for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom a sweet little puppy-love slice of life called, Melody. We close out the show with the much talked about doc-mini, “The Jinx,” which is catching headlines and turning heads, and we are not immune to the charms and the crutches of documentary film making.

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Cinecast Episode 385 – The Way of all Flesh

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There are a lot of rookies out there. The Cinecast ain’t one of them. We’ve seen this before. We’ve seen that before. And we’ve also seen this. And somehow, despite everything discussed today basically being re-hashes of things that have come before, we’re retain the capacity to be impressed, inspired, encouraged and offer kindness. Andrew and Kurt consider the immediate future of the Cinecast as well as the long term future and then in the spirit of re-hashing old things, bitch about pre-show cinema commercials for old time sake. If you put a dollar (or more) in our PayPal, we’ll send you a copy of the show sans the commercial bitching. In The Watch List this week: classic Dr. Who, children being burned alive, whistle blowers, Wes Anderson plot holes and Zach Braff screwing college girls. It’s all here glorious audio format if you only can believe… in a little magic.

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