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  • Cinecast Episode 350 – Nanobot Jesus

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    Do you want to have a long, loving conversation about the state of the art in comic strips? A lengthy tangent in this weeks show does that at more: Schulz, Watterson, and even Keane come into the mix along with Penny Arcade, The Oatmeal and XKCD as two recent documentaries on the subject are available VOD. But before that, Kurt and Andrew find very little to say about Dom Hemmingway that Jude Law hasn’t already shouted at you for 100 minutes. Matt Gamble joins midway through a lengthy recount of the recent episode of Game of Thrones (S04E03) in which Kurt continues to marvel at both the density of information in any given episode, as well as the lengths for which HBO is willing to go for gratuitous nudity (the former is astounding, the latter is getting tedious).

    We go back to 1984 with the story of racism, the military and the awesome voice of Adolph Caeser in the Roshomon-esque A Soldier’s Story. In the Watchlist, Andrew gives us the lowdown on TV’s Fargo before continuing to working his way through the Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival. His favourite film of the year thus far, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood should be put on your radar. Andrew also pours some sugary-love on the rare Thomas Hayden Church starring film, Whitewash. Kurt does his own gushing with William Friedkin’s restored and glorious remake of Wages of Fear, the 1977 hidden gem, Sorcerer as well as his bafflement with 2013 Best/Worst type cinematic oddity, Fateful Findings. Matt digs deep into the first few episodes of Mike Judge’s Silicone Valley and then sweet, sweet comic strip love.

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  • Cinecast Episode 349 – Smell the Glove

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    You’d think this were an episode of “Coast to Coast.” Aliens, Elvis, Stonehenge, Witches, talking birds, dragons, world war III and amps that go to eleven. Matt Gamble is a special guest this week to talk about the “exhausting marathon” that is The Raid 2. We dive into the psyche of Nigel and David and lament the loss of all the past drummers. This is Spinal Tap in all its glory folks (now kick our assess, we insist!) Kurt saw Rio 2 for some reason and Andrew continues MSPIFF with Witching & Bitching and accidentally watches the “wrong movie” when he confuses Kevin MacDonald for Bruce MacDonald. Everything feels loose and foggy in this episode for some reason. Which is just the way Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin) likes it.

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  • Cinecast Episode 348 – Immediately to Eleven

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    So Game of Thrones is finally back on the air with a brand new season. Does it live up to the wait we had to endure or was it a bit of a let down? Matt and Kurt also deliver a back and forth on the two wide to semi-wide theatrical releases this week in Captain America: Winter Soldier as well as Jodorowsky’s Dune. We dive into a very Red Dawn in which fantasy and reality’s lines are blurred which Kurt takes quite an issue with. The Minneapolis Film Festival is in full swing and Google and Bollywood make their appearances known. Danny Boyle is in the mix along and apparently the 90s b-squad is going for a comeback in Jerome Sable’s Stage Fright. Seriously, Minnie Driver is still around?

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  • Cinecast Episode 347 – Two Princes

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    Part II is here. We talked Vol I of Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac last week, we finish that conversation this week in all its glorious whippiness and lack of Udo Kier. Then 1984 is continued with Prince and The Revolution, not Lake Minnetonka, Clarence Williams III, First Avenue and laughing in the Purple Rain. But we’re still on a weekend hangover from the Frabramble wedding party so we keep it short with no Watch List. But next week will get crazy with Game of Thrones starting up and also Andrew hitting M-SPIFF.

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  • Cinecast Episode 346 – …And then Christian Slater Shat Himself

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    Kurt Halfyard boards a plane to Minneapolis specifically to talk face-to-face with Andrew about his two favorite things: his Doppelgänger, Russell Crowe and The Bible. Sex is everywhere with Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac (vol 1). We skip 1984 this week but will be back next with Purple Rain and Part II of the sex movie. Fifteen years have passed, yet we still love to talk about the mind blowing nature of The Matrix. And we cap it off with Noah’s double bill, Snowpiercer (sorry about the *MILD SPOILERS* on a film that has not played domestically yet – Kurt gets a bit carried away – but really what is said in this episode does not dent the number of turns/revelations in the film, which we suppose, is itself a spoiler…)

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  • Cinecast Episode 345 – One Persian Cat. Deceased.

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    We boys mourn the loss of True Detective, and anticipate the upcoming Game of Thrones, but in this small gap between prestige TV projects from HBO, it was a pretty damn good weekend at the multiplex. A spirited if brief discussion on the pros and cons of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, including Ralph Fiennes’s gift for comedy, Jeff Goldblum’s facial hair, Harvey Keitel’s pectorals, F. Murray Abraham being frozen in time, and underwritten supporting roles for Tilda Swinton and Saorise Ronan. We then discus sexual assault by cunnilingus with Matt Gamble’s wife, Angela, along with other assorted Me-Decade insensitivites in the ongoing 1984 Project feature: Revenge of the Nerds.

    Kurt weighs in on the strange Canadian psycho-thriller Enemy which features Toronto as a sickly concrete hellscape and two Jakes (Gyllenhaal’s that is.) He thinks it is the best thing released theatrically in 2014 so far. Our Watch List as diverse as old-timey Miramax product, Chocolat, Teller’s documentary on art and craft and forgery, Tim’s Vermeer and an early 1990s bit of hipster TV, Fishing with John. Have at it.

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  • Cinecast Episode 344 – I Hate Metaphor

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    Nothing too flashy this week, just spoiler talk as “True Detective” season one wraps up in all its celestial glory and our 1984 Project continues on with Neil Jordan’s fascination with lycanthropy; or is it the female menstruation cycle? Either way, Stephen Rea’s head floats in a bucket of milk and Angela Lansbury talks about the bastard children of priests in The Company of Wolves. Matt Gamble shouts out to listeners on some needed feedback for the porn parody pardox while Kurt dives into François Truffaut. Andrew flirts with Prohibition and Keanu Reeves sitting in a director chair. For movie tech geeks, Criterion stumbling a bit on their transfers is also discussed with World on a Wire. Next week will be and Wes Anderson.

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  • Cinecast Episode 343 – Listen, Do You Smell Something?

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    Hope you like gigolos; cause we talk about it again. Matt Gamble joins us with eloquence and a the usual splash of tom-foolery. Non-Stop is ostensibly the main topic of discussion today; but the Oscar recap (45 minutes worth) and “True Detective.” get the lion’s share. After all that noise, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray get the spotlight in Ghostbusters, as the 1984 Project trucks on; also starring Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts and Rick Moranis and Richard “Dick” Thornburg. The film is of course beloved but Andrew struggles with the fact that he’d rather be watching Rocky Balboa (Fuckyea) If that simply isn’t enough for you, we have “Breaking Bad”, Wong Kar-Wai, The Oscar-bait Bottleshock nominee Omar before Andrew sheepishly admits his desire to see 300: Rise of an Empire. You have been warned.

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  • Cinecast Episode 342 – Nobody is Happy After a Three Way

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    The only regret on this episode is that Matt Gamble couldn’t get Frank (from Film Junk) to cry at some point. From Kurt’s drunken obsession with the female form (seriously folks, it is profound) to Andrew’s bafflement at the hatred for Colin Farrell’s lens flares. It’s a good thing Ryan McNeil is somewhat of a veteran of the show as it takes a special type of mortal to endure this kind of full throttle podcast that only the Cinecast can deliver. Lessons learned: Kurt may or may not have had a three-way, gigolos are “amazing”, Robin Wright’s labia is probably what was in Marcellus Wallace’s brief case. Amongst all the tomfoolery, there is a debate on the merits of the Second Indiana Jones film and Amber Heard should retire yesterday. It’s all in here along with plenty more. Thanks to our guests for sticking it out late; it was a show for the ages – yet we magically come in at under three hours – this is what passes for ‘concentrated’ with this podcast…

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  • Cinecast Episode 341 – The Pleasure Port

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    Perhaps the reboot of RoboCop (beware of SPOILERS!) isn’t quite as horrible and unnecessary as we all feared. Perhaps it’s chock full of good ideas updating its presence for the new millennium… or perhaps not. Matt Fabramble crosses international borders to join the Cinecast this week to discuss. We also Lynch the sci-fi fantasy cluster-feck that is Dune, in our ongoing 1984 project. “True Detective” keeps on trucking as well and continues to excel. Kurt and Andrew tackle the nature of time itself and the various dark dimensions swirling about humanity. The Watch List includes a whole lot of debauchery with sex masters and gigolos, hot Helen Hunt, crying on the inside and the best looking black and white film ever made. Oh, and apparently we’re not done hashing out LEGOgate. We’ve done it before and we’re destined to do it again. And again. And again. And over again.

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  • Cinecast Episode 340 – Quiet Cool

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    In an effort to keep Kurt and Andrew from having a one-sided argument with each other regarding The Lego Movie, Andrew Parker from DorkShelf guest appears on today’s episode of the Cinecast to deliver the counterpoint… or does he? Either way, we all come together for the undying love of “True Detective” and continue our quest through 1984 with one Freddy Krueger. We wrap things up with a brief Watch List, which includes George C. Scott teaching dolphins to talk. Oh, and we do make some room for George Clooney as he directs and stars in a World War II movie. So there’s that; which apparently is not much.

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  • Cinecast Episode 339 – Well, There it Is.

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    What does a 30 year old Oscar winner, a critically panned melodrama and the shocking death of a fine actor all have in common? They form the basis for discussion on this weeks Cinecast. Andrew & Kurt look back at the multitudinous highlights of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s career, each offering a top performance list. We then dive deep into the 1984 Project with Milos Forman’s much fêted Amadeus. A Shakespearean-inflected tale of a 17th century court composer plotting the demise of his musical rival when he cannot deal with the melange of Wolfgang Mozart’s genius and crassness, Antonio Salieri fluctuates with all the hand wringing conflict, squandered piety and delightful vulgarity in front of him. In the meantime, Kurt does some hand-wringing of his own over his enjoyment of Jason Reitman’s Labour Day, and the young director’s career to date. A very small watchlist rounds out the show. Also, appy-polly-wollies in advance for an overly long opening bit.

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