Cinecast Episode 445 – Seductively Sleazy

So Pixar stepped progress back a couple of decades by bullying and belittling the mentally challenged and thinking that’s ok. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. First we need to exorcise the demons with railroad ties, track suits and gongs in Hong-jin Na’s fantastically bizarre The Wailing. From there, we continue with the De Palma retrospective and take a coke’d out boat ride with Al Pacino and Sean Penn in the “much wiser gangster” picture, Carlito’s Way. We’re pretty confident those subways are not actually red. The Watch List devolves into more Disney intolerance and racism with Song of the South and Finding Dory as well as some good ol’ fashioned gangster comedy. Kurt keeps it “brief” this week with a quick look into the mind of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Neon Demon which we will consider a bit more thoughtfully on next week’s show.

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Cinecast Episode 444 – Gorgeously Sleazy

And the summer theatrical season continues to be of zero interest to our heroes. Luckily the De Palma retrospective is about to kick off at the TIFF Lightbox and continues all summer long. So we’ll loosely follow that schedule for the time being. Last week we reviewed De PalmaNiro in Hi, Mom and this week we keep going with the Travolta vehicle, Blow Out. From there, we move on to a little more delightfully trashy fare from William Friedkin and Tony Scott. Lastly Danny Boyle never gets enough credit for his amazingness.

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Cinecast Episode 443 – Cheerfully Sleazy

No katana-wielding turtles and no angry birds knocking down buildings under construction. Sorry, that’s our own integrity as serious journalists simply taking a stand. Across this line, YOU DO NOT… also dude, the indie scene was not looking much better according to the outside reviews. So in preparation for the upcoming documentary, De Palma, we’ve decided this week to take a look back at the very early career of the man, with Hi, Mom!, from 1970. Perhaps more interesting, this is pre-Mean Streets Robert De Niro; and man there is a lot going on in this film. Also as promised, we’ve got an all new top five list celebrating the shorter films of greatness. A small Watch List about robots and the cinematic state of A.I. rounds out this lovely little show.

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Cinecast Episode 442 – Pre-Madonna

For whatever reason, X-men seems to be the one Marvel franchise that your hosts seem to have some amount of loyalty to. Even though we all know that the third one is the worst, we traverse the murky waters of X-Men: Apocalypse – the “third one” in the slightly rebooted version of the franchise. With a busy week schedule-wise, there wasn’t much else to talk about, but Andrew threw together a quick, Memorial Day Watch List that includes very early Costner, Robert Mitchum vs a submarine and the very first film for Tom Cruise and Sean Penn. We meander a little bit around the state of the current multi-plex, but ultimately pledge to be back with an all-new Top Five list next and some other goodies. Have a seat and take a listen!

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Cinecast Episode 441 – Lust and Aimlessness

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Back on track with Shane Black. The boys are able to reconvene this week with not one, but two main theatrical reviews for your spoiler pleasure. We start it off this week with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in a good old fashioned buddy-cop, action/comedy The Nice Guys. It really ties the room together.

Next up is Yorgos Lanthimos’ first English language film, The Lobster. This one is a little bit more difficult to parse out. It stars one Colin Farrell and one Rachel Weiss among others; it is a twisted and comedic (deadpan?) look at love, relationships and dating in a world painted like only this particular director can portray. Kurt and Andrew attempt to hash out what it all means. Kurt revisits the glory days of Saturday morning cartoons and Andrew just wishes he had seven bowls of Captain’s Peanut Butter Crunch.

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Cinecast Episode 440 – No Selfies at the Orgy

Weather conditions can always be spotted based on Kurt’s drinking habits. This week it’s a smoky IPA, so guess what’s going on outside. Ergo, guess how often we got to the theater. Luckily it’s the digital age and there are zombies to be thwarted. Bo Mikkelson’s What We Become is this week’s subject of discussion. You might think this is just another low-budget, run-of-the-mill zombie flick, but not so fast. There’s more going in this world than run shoot growl die. Susan Sarandon is back in action along with Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons in The Meddler. Is it perfect for date night? Kurt’s got the answer. There’s time travel on the mnd as the boys grind the gears of Synchronicity. Andrew goes back to very early Alec Guiness and Alec Guiness and Alec Guiness and Alec Guiness and Alec Guiness and Alec Guiness and Alec Guniess in Kind Hearts and Coronets – a delightfully twisted comedy from the 90s. We do indulge in a little “Between Two Thrones” as well; and it felt good. Also Eyes Wide Shut; what a shock.

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Cinecast Episode 439 – Reality is Highly Overrated

And we’re back! After some jam packed scheduling issues, feverish festivals, sleep deprivation and in-town guests, The Cinecast rises once again. Kurt has a full report on a very successful HotDocs outing and the boys take a special amount of time on our friend, Jay Cheel’s film, How to Build a Time Machine. While Kurt stumbled through Toronto’s documentary scene, Andrew was able to catch up with a bunch of late release festival fare just now hitting theaters in his neck of the woods. These include Jeremy Saulnier’s
Green Room, Tom Hiddleston in the visually striking, High-Rise and one of Kurt’s favorite films of last year, the most excellent Louder than Bombs.

We’re nixing the Game of Thrones talk this season due to scheduling and logistic issues, but that just allows a little more talk about what’s on the “big screen”. Andrew talks Patrick Wilson driving a limo that nearly gets cut in half, the production problems in a female-driven western, Kevin Bacon’s mustache, a documentary on Chris Farley and his very first viewing of a Frank Sinatra film (which was excellent!).

It’s a tight show proving once again the boys can take a couple/three weeks off and have no problem jumping right back into the proverbial saddle. 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 437 – It’ll Play Well in Europe

From nothing to see to too much to see. Such is the first world life in the third row. Luckily there is VOD and Kurt and Andrew can at least confer on the latest hype amongst the internet’s genre-film fanboys, The Invitation. From there, Andrew is suckered into the critical acclaim of the latest Jon Favreau joint, The Jungle Book and it really wouldn’t be a classic Cinecast without some tongue-bathing of Kevin Costner – yeah, he’s in a movie this weekend; you probably haven’t heard. Matt Gamble has all but vanished but we still managed to get into some movie experiences both theatrically and on the home screen worth mentioning. More Richard Gere is in store, Kurt heads back to the Y2K scare with Ralph Fiennes in sexy wardrobe and Angela Bassett in tight braids. Plus rep cinema VVitchy goodness in Toronto with 1983 occult gem Eyes of Fire.

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Cinecast Episode 436 – Greasy

For the foreseeable future it might seem like Andrew is a little drunk right at the beginning of the show; usually that happens at the end. But the truth is he has just woken up at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. So the graveyard shift is affecting speech patterns and logic, but it hasn’t kept us from the theater. In various capacity between the two of us, we were able to catch Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition, Richard Linklater’s Everybody Wants Some and Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special. So yeah, this one is kind of a love fest all around. In the Watch List we have some great 80s trash, a Richard Gere marathon, some great kid-friendly fare, Kim Jong-un and Robert DeNiro tries not to shit the bed. All this and much much more in the Kurt and Andrew Sunday conversation.

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