Cinecast Episode 373 – We Don’t Need Facts

 
Welcome to late November. Nothing releases everywhere at the same time. Therefore these remote style podcasts tend to meander all over the place. Sometimes though, that’s a good thing; we have all manner of things to discuss; from the pressures of drum solos to the cowardice of humanity in an avalanche to planetary propaganda. It’s all here. Not to mention the prequel (or at least inspiration to Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later). There’s also the worst movie ever made, race relations, where has Steven Seagal been(?) and Cameron Crowe mind fucking everyone. You think turkey and green bean casserole in front of the TV watching the NFL is sustenance enough? Wait til you hear the Cinecast.

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Super Ticket Episode 4 – The Tourette Syndrome Convention

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Dust. Wind. Dude. Nolan likes to present his deep thought, high concept material in the simplest way possible. Why? Is he talking down to us or is there some other reason for it? And is that ok? Forget quantum mechanics, string theory, global disaster and baseball in space, we want to know two things: why does Nolan treat us like children at times and will Coop ever get a chance to copulate with his daughter? Also, Maaaatt Dammun.

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Cinecast Episode 372 – The Montage is not Dead

We’re not always sure exactly what’s happening, but Kurt is pretty sure what’s not happening; at least in the case of The Babadook. Before we get there though, we fawn over Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, Nightcrawler, as well as the performances within – which might include Jake Gyllenhaal’s finest. From there we travel 30 years in the past to 1984 and then wish we hadn’t pressed “go” on this particular time machine. For the Watch List, it’s Laika’s meticulous artistry of stop-motion animation, Jennifer Lawrence shooting arrows and brooding (again), Marilyn Monroe is politically incorrect, Aaron Sorkin is exhausting and the killing of Jim Henson creations with martial arts. A tangent here and there rounds out another fine, wine and dine episode of the Cinecast.

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Cinecast Episode 371 – Zach Galifianasskissisms

Normally there’s a whole rig-a-ma-roll to these things. But this week we heard Martin Scorsezeeze might be looking for his next big thing; so we’re keeping it simple and relying on our gut instincts and raw talent. Positivity is always something to keep going; so we roll with it. From main releases to Watch List. If you gauge this show based on the amount of quality within the projects discussed, then this is most likely the most perfect Cinecast ever created. Daughters, critics, dead dogs and suicidal tendencies aside, we’re seizing the moment.

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Cinecast Episode 370 – Floating Death Marbles

Despite car destruction and Canadian terrorism, Toronto After Dark carries on, as does the further adventures of World War II – this time carried on the backs of tanks and Brad Pitt. John Carpenter’s biggest film (in terms of budget) is on tap in the 1984 Project with Starman: starring brother Shamus, Jeff Bridges and a career performance from Karen Allen. In this episode we have everything from Alamo tanks and a literal fog of war, to super heated crowbars, records of pure gold, women peeing, 26 short films, Hitchcockian suspense, Jim Broadbent clones and Steven McHattie taking charge. And to think next week, is Birdman… how much more exciting can the cinema experience be than right now?

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Cinecast Episode 369 – Sometimes You Gotta Lie to Tell the Truth

We should retitle the show from Cinecast to “room full of loudmouths.” Matt Gamble is back on the show this week to add that extra dimension of bitching, praising, complaining, droning and bloviation that this episode needed to give the series a good crane kick in the ass. First up it’s the festival favorite TIME LAPSE, which despite its high concept and heady nature, the boys find surprisingly little to say about except that it’s pretty great. Andrew and Matt report on the Jeremy Renner vehicle, KILL THE MESSENGER – which peaked far too early in the run time. Pat Morita is the sensei for THE KARATE KID in this week’s volume of The 1984 Project. With The Watch List this week, it’s more Fincher, more Duplass, more sci-fi and high concept, cannibalism, Amazon Prime, Mike Meyers’ directorial debut and Harry Potter with horns. Lastly we argue about nothing regarding HBO’s newly announced method of content delivery.

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Cinecast Episode 368 – Marriage as an Extreme Sport

Andrew and Kurt are back together. It’s been rocky these past 30 days, but they’ve decided to give their relationship another go. We’ll be easing back into it – we don’t want to rush anything. So we’re foregoing The 1984 Project this week and keeping The Watch List light and breezy. As it has more or less been David Fincher week across the webs, Kurt takes our lengthy discussion on GONE GIRL and continues the conversation with ZODIAC and SE7EN. Andrew goes back further in time to a galaxy far, far away and re-evaluates George Lucas’ masterpieces also known as Episodes I, II & III. We’ll be back next week with a full throttle show that will include a lengthier watch list, The Karate Kid and at least two theatricals.

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Cinecast Episode 367 – Ginormous

After our brief September hiatus we are back to talk about…well…being ‘off the air’ for most of the month. Kurt gives (brief) highlights on the best things he saw at the Toronto International Film Festival. With no interest in either seeing or talking about Young Adult yawnfest The Maze Runner or A Walk Among The Tombstones (aka Taken 4), there is a brief conversation on last weeks’ cinema release, James Gandolfini’s final film, The Drop, a Brooklyn small-time gangster picture which also showcases a fine Tom Hardy performance. We go back to 1984 to re-examine the Joe Dante classic Gremlins. And there is a quite varied Watchlist including The Devil’s Rain, Open Range, Karate Kid III, Night of the Demon and Live.Die.Repeat.

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Cinecast Episode 366 – Mermaid Mode


In this episode, Kurt and Andrew struggle to grasp hold of Ari Folman’s hybrid animated/live-action film The Congress. Then it is back to 1984 to visit Madison the Mermaid and high energy Tom Hanks. The Watchlist looks at the healing power of music, obscure Tae Kwon Do weirdness, VHS culture, Swedish deadpan masterpieces, a musician hiding behind paper mâché head, and Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan touring restaurants in Italy. Have at it.

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