Cinecast Episode 456 – So Far So Good…

The summer of 2016 officially winds down to a stop (thank the maker) as The Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close. Kurt spends a good chunk of this episode going through the best of the fest (from his perspective) and one or two things that didn’t work out quite as well as one would hope. Before we get there, we join Antoine Fuqua and his Magnificent Seven as they attempt to defeat the evil, mining industrialist, Peter Sarsgaard. It’s as close to an A-list cast as one can hope for these days, so does that pay off on the IMAX screen as it once did for the Western Blockbuster (if there ever was such a thing)? Lastly, Andrew has clearly had some time away from recording and producing to see quite a fair number of films. And breezes through a half-dozen of those before the boys call it a done deal. Regrets for not tying off the DePalma retrospective with a Scarface ribbon this week as promised; though that is in the works for next episode.

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Cinecast Episode 455 – The Reitman Side of the Line

Right from the outset we have to apologize for the sometimes dodgy sound problems. The actual quality of the sound is pretty good… when it’s there. Due to the unco___s of the north woods, some of our discussion ____ and go. Much like this week’s DePalma _____ film, you’ll _____ fill in some of the blanks on _____ own. Speaking of that, for our (nearly) final DePalma retrospective review, we hit up his most recent film from 2012 starring Noomi Rapace and Naomi Watts entitled simply, Passion. It encapsulates much of what DePalma does so well in a tight, 90-minute “not-so-erotic” thriller. Next up, we found that we have our very own film maker here in the third row. David Brook is editor on a UK based film that he’s been warning us for months would eventually come across our desks. And now that it’s finally here, we’re so happy that it did! Powerhouse performances alongside competent direction and story telling revitalize the faux-documentary sub genre. Have a listen. Lastly, as if there wasn’t enough talk of pedophilia in this show, Andrew tackles a couple films that deal with the issue in very different ways… and in extreme variances of success. Kurt has a couple of TIFF pre-screens that the embargo hammer keeps us from discussion too much, but it rounds out a pretty nice Watch List for this week. We’ll see you all again post-TIFF!

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Cinecast Episode 454 – What Won’t You Be Having?

We apologize profusely for the weird sound issues on this episode. We got a new rig in the studio and it might take an episode or three to get all of the kinks worked out. So please bear with us. In the meantime, we’ve got some good stuff to talk about this week. Indie “horror” kicks it up a notch in the silent but deadly, Don’t Breathe (SPOILERS!). Next up, the tragically underseen Hell or High Water (SPOILERS!) recalls some other contemporary westerns and steals from all over the place, yet still feels surprisingly fresh. Like we say on the show, if this ain’t on our top ten list at the end of the year, get ready for a helluva final three months in the cinema for 2016. Our DePalma retrospective continues this week with the delightfully crappy, Snake Eyes. How about that one continuous take for an opening eh? And how about that hurricane performance? We finish off with Kubrick making funny out of not funny, Mel Gibson doing what Gibson does best (getting angry and blowing things up) and some joyous music making from John Carney. Next week will see more DePalma and probably some Scandinavian genre fare from Stellan Skarsgård.

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Cinecast Archive Ready! (mostly)

We’ve gotten some requests lately (mostly by insane people that want to torture themselves) for access to the older Cinecasts. I’m happy to report that these are all now archived and available on the R3 servers; all the way back to Episode 1 (please don’t listen to that; it’s torturous for the listener and embarrassing for the host).

Way back when, before the Third Row was around, Kurt and Andrew (and occasionally Matt) got together at the old site of Movie Patron for early Cinecast movie reviews. When that site was deprecated, the Cinecast archive was still there along with download links to the shows and information on each shows. At some point in time, that site was forgotten about and eventually went down (when I stopped paying for it). When that happened, unfortunately all of the information disappeared along with it.

We’ve got a team of monkeys working around the clock…
– Andrew James

Today I re-uploaded all of the episodes to the “new” servers and created archive pages with episode numbers and download links to the mp3s. Unfortunately I lost all of the show notes for those early episodes (1-67). But thanks to listener ROLF(!) we do have quite a bit of information already and we’ve got a team of monkeys working around the clock to get that info into these archived pages (eventually).

In the meantime, there are two ways to access the archive:
1) Hit the podcast dropdown menu on the left of your screen or in the menu of your mobile browser and then choose Cinecast. Scroll all the way to the bottom of that screen (past all of the more current episodes) and then click on “archive.”

2) Click this link.

Good luck in your journey and thanks for listening!

Cinecast Episode 453 – Neither and Both

From nothing to everything. The theaters had nothing good and now we’ve got so many things we can’t get to them all (alas no Pete’s Dragon or War Dogs). But we do give initial reports on Anthropoid and Hell or High Water – both to be investigated deeper on future installments of the Cinecast. For now, rest assured they are both great. But this week it’s all about Studio Laika releasing Kubo and the Two Strings… about an hour’s worth of discussion actually. We go back and forth a little bit about overall quality of the film, but we’re both in 100% agreement that all movie-goers should be opening their wallet for Laika. Starting now. Also our DePalma retrospective is winding down, but we jumped back 40+ years to see Margot Kidder and Margot Kidder star in Sisters. A couple of tacked on things to The Watch List for good measure as well.

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Cinecast Episode 452 – Too Much Pole Vaulting

Due to sleep deprivation for both of your humble hosts, neither were able to get the flicker house this week for a “new” review. However, DePalma is always accessible and we spend a good deal of time trying to figure out what the hell he was thinking by essentially doing a more sprawling version of Carrie with THE FURY just one year after wrapping up Carrie. Both this decision and the film itself is baffling – but ripe for body explosion and pole vaulting conversation. The Watch List is kind of all over the place as well. It includes book and video game talk as well as “Michael Bay isn’t that bad” conversation and a duplicate title from 1975 that you won’t ever find. Oh yeah, and Leland Orser takes the lead!

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Cinecast Episode 451 – The PTSD is Palpable

After some infectious diseases ravaged through the third row, The Cinecast returns as healthy as ever, albeit a day late. However, as promised we’ve got a review for one of the indie darlings of the year in Hunt for the Wilderpeople from Thor 3 and What We Do in the Shadows director, Taika Waititi. The De Palma retrospective starts back up this week heading into Vietnam with Casualties of War; where there are no rules. The Watch List this week consists of time travel and spaghetti westerns and disasters and zombies and apocalypses and animated talking roses and Indian mafias and 80s slop-raunch and Werner Herzog. It will all make sense later.

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Cinecast Episode 450 – My Hot Dogs Got Cold

Andrew and Kurt are Bourne again. And while both of them preferred the status quo (Bourne swam off into the moonlight, all was right with the amnesiac super-spy). It was 2007 when Matt Damon said he had no interest in coming back to do any more of these, but the power of Greengrass compels you! The power of Greengrass compels you!

So, here we are with the fifth film in the Bourne franchise, nearly a decade after Bourne popped up on the grid. Some of the principle cast returns, Greengrass is of course back with his shakiest of cams, and there is a whole slew of new and interesting actors added to the mix. Did the new film hit the mark or did it simply squander all the moolah and talent it had going for it? We discuss.

Then it is off to Montreal where Kurt gives the full recap all the films he caught and various sundry adventures he had during his ten-day gallop through the mega-sized genre fest. A small watch list includes Andrew finishing Netflix’ “Stranger Things” and Kurt revisiting the middle chapter of Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy. It is a monster-sized show, but one we think you will enjoy. Have at it!

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Cinecast Episode 449 – Gravitational Slipstream w/Ryan McNeil

With Kurt still on a four week vacation, we call in our designated hitter, Ryan McNeil of The Matinee podcast to talk all about the latest in the Star Trek franchise from Justin Lin and co. Andrew turns the tables a bit on Ryan with a second round of his patented “Know Your Enemy” questions and we dive into quite a bit of television watching in The Watch List, which includes a lot of love for Netflix Studios’ “Stranger Things.” We also reminisce on Cameron Crowe, Miles Davis and even with the DePalma retrospective on hold, we dive into some of his early filmography as well, with Blow Out. Thanks so much to Ryan McNeil for riding shotgun this week and we’ll be back next week with Bourn, a Fantasia Film Festival recap and the continuing adventures of Brian DePalma directing Casualties of War.

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