Cinecast Episode 428 – The Undependables

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Twer the day of the big game. Which makes theaters and restaurants nearly empty. Ergo, Kurt and Andrew are very happy and indulge in the old fashioned style Cinecast complete with an hour long review of Hail, Caesar!, long discussions in each of The Watch List titles and many an unrelated tangent. The popularity of James Cameron’s Avatar continues to baffle the boys while the unpopularity of “lesser” Coen Brothers fare is equally stupefying. We ask for listeners help with casting the next Third Row Productions screenplay that’s in the works. Also Jerry Seinfeld is back with a new season of “talking shop” with comedians in (usually) cool cars. Doesn’t seem like much, but all of the fun adds up in this 3+ hour, old-school Cinecast. Listen up, we’ve got all your secret shit right here!

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Cinecast Episode 427 – Stretching the Bubblegum

Was it the weather or is it the shitty inconvenient way films are released in theaters these days? Or does it depend on your geography or disposition? Or a little bit of everything? In short, we didn’t get to the “main releases” (of boats in storms or feminist westerns) this week and instead opted for some VOD experimentation with Vincent Cassell in Partisan. A solid film with problems is the verdict. The Watch List is fairly eclectic this week but a whole lotta witchin’ going on. From Winona Ryder to Vin Diesel, we cover the gamut. Andrew and Kurt also spend some time in the kitchen cooking up some spaghetti westerns before heading to Southeast Asia for a thriller and some kung-fu. Like a snake in the eagle’s shadow, there is no escape for the good the bad or the ugly; there most certainly will be blood inside Llewyn Davis.

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Cinecast Episode 426 – Wound Continuity

During the time we were recording this, one of the co-hosts officially became another year older. So Happy 41st Birthday to Kurt Halfyard! In this episode we talk about the nature of existence, memories and the human machine from two opposite ends of the spectrum: as a 5 year-old animated kid in Boy and the World to an elderly couple trying to celebrate their more than four decades of marriage in 45 Years.

Attached to the end of the show is a Watch List that includes David Fincher, asshole Alec Baldwin, Mozart, Asian Assassins, Roman Polanski and Jem & the Holograms. It’s truly truly truly outrageous.

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Cinecast Episode 425 – Most Anticipated Films of 2016 or: The Naomi Theme Park Ride of Thrills

We always sort of like this episode because it’s all positive. It’s like preparing for your first day of college and having the whole world in front of you. Everything has possibility. Sure Andrew doesn’t love Enemy and Kurt’s not always on board with Pixar, but basically all of the cynicism and shit of the world is still an unknown… for now. So with that, we’re giddy with all of the possibilities 2016 has to offer us in the cinemas (and at home on the small screen). From blockbusters to indie art-house fare, to animated films to foreign docs, there’s a lot to look forward to. We also read off some listeners’ most anticipated films of the year as well. Is it the year of Keanu and Naomi or do they just tangentially fall into the conversation by pure coincidence? Either way, like I said it’s all positive.

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Cinecast Episode 424 – 2015 Year in Review and The Revenant (The Whole Bloody Affair)

We did it. With the help of Jim Laczkowski from The Director’s Club Podcast, we come damn close to the 5-hour mark; which I believe is the longest running show in Cinecast history (ask Jay Cheel for clarification on that fact). We hit Innaritu’s THE REVENANT and Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA before getting into general thoughts on 2015 as a whole and then three top five lists from four hosts. It gets exhausting… and a little drunken. It’s 3am and I must be lonely. We hope you enjoy the show. Sheesh.

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Cinecast Episode 423 – A Confident Know-Nothing

The year isn’t quite over yet for the folks in the third row. There are some pretty amazing loose ends to tie up. Before we get into Iñárritu next week, we’ve got some David O. Russell and co. to cover as well as one of the most unlikely best films of the year, The Big Short. The Watch List has Kurt seeing some “lesser” Kubrick in 70mm, Andrew watching the biggest waste of space of 2015 and Matt Gamble having his mind blown by streaming documentaries. If only you could’ve been privy to our off-air discussions, this might have been one of the best Cinecasts in history. Wait til next week when we round off the year with all of our “best of” stuff. Until then, we appreciate you dropping by and having your ear for a couple of hours in this new year, 2016.

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Cinecast Episode 422 – Pimp Fur

Well, the Cinecast is back. Matt Gamble contributes to another epic, three hour plus discussion on the state of cinema at the end of 2015. The real magic of cinema is often displayed most notably and vibrantly with period pieces and this week’s show runs the gamut of period pictures. The Hateful Eight is out to mixed reviews and The Cinecast continues the status quo. Carol is lavishly tongue bathed and the largely unseen (or under the radar) pick this week is the VOD trash, The Lady in a Car with Sunglasses and a Gun. Before Gamble hits the proverbial road, he leaves with his initial impressions of both Trumbo and Concussion. Andrew catches up with some home grown pleasure in “Fargo” (season 1) while Kurt and co. indulge in a double helping of stop-motion animated fox films. There might be some eco-preaching shoved in there somewhere as well. No one had the stomach for the Point Break remake. You’ll have to go to a different podcast for that.

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Cinecast Episode 421 – Canadian Pubes

Here comes The Fassbender and Marion Cotillard who bring us arguably William Shakespeare’s simplest play ever written in MacBeth. It’s definitely pretty and the performances are beyond masterful, but is it all enough to hold our attention and proclaim it to be a masterpiece? Or even a good film?

Next up we travel to the near future on a distant planet in which everyone speaks Russian… and is stuck in the dark ages. Andrew marvels and is simultaneously baffled by Aleksey German’s Hard to be a God. The coach stops in 1970s Canada for some Elliot Gould completionism and Keir Dullea in Paperback Hero as well as revisiting some old demons at Laika Films and Coraline. We kind of anticipate being lost in a haze of Star Wars and other Oscar-worthy films for the next couple of weeks, so sit back and enjoy this old fashioned, simple version of The Cinecast.

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Cinecast Episode 420 – Nightmare Fuel

It ain’t quite April 20th, but it’s four-twenty in the Cinecast house. Christmas Terror and misogynous Teddy bears bookend this episode with some stoner comedy and Shakespeare and Stop Motion in between. If your hosts seem to ramble and get lost in the weeds once in a while, that is apropos the episode number! Also, Rest In Peace Robert Loggia. Onwards!

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