Cinecast Episode 494 – Broken Soundtrack

Art should push buttons. Bigelow does just that with her latest, criminally underseen, “masterpiece” (copyright Kurt Halfyard of RowThree.com), Detroit starring John Boyega, Will Poulter and Anthony Mackie et. al. It’s an intense couple of hours that is frustrating in the best possible way – kind of like this show. On The Watch List this week we talk about Jimmy Iovine’s involvement with DeathRow Records in “The Defiant Ones” as well as the crime thriller, drama, “Ozark”, which is “the best thing Jason Bateman has ever done” (copyright Andrew James of RowThree.com). For a tight show, we pack in a lot of conversation – including an apology to site visitors and listeners.

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Cinecast Episode 493- A Beer Commercial

Missing week in the recording schedule can be tough for some podcasts to get over; especially when one of the hosts is out of the country. But not The Cinecast. We trek on, banging out the 80s German jams while we rap about Charlize Theron and Atomic Blonde. Kurt is done with The 2017 Fantasia Film Festival and comes to us with a full report on everything from 4K remastered classics to a $65 Ugandan action picture. Due to some French ISP issues and nosy annoyed neighbors, we had to cut this one a little bit short, but what is in here is golden. Get your notepads ready, this is Cinecast 493!

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Cinecast Episode 492 – The Pride Cry

With Kurt attacking The Fantasia Film Festival head-on, we must keep this one short before the next screening. That said, it might be argued that at this point, a Christopher Nolan film can be considered an event picture. And Dunkirk is most certainly an event – both the historical context and the theatrical screening. So it would be doing the film a disservice not to give it the attention it deserves with a nearly hour long conversation. So we discuss the technical and emotional aspects of everything Nolan excels at with this picture; which some might consider his masterpiece. You’ll get no arguments from us. So we talk Dunkirk and then move on to a couple of Fantasia titles that Kurt has screened thus far. We apologize for the slight audio falters at the beginning, but it is cleaned up after about ten minutes. We’ll be back next week for another shorter show in which we’ll tackle Atomic Blonde and Lady Macbeth.

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Cinecast Episode 491 – No Acronyms

“Game of Thrones” is back on the air! Feels like it’s been eons since we last left westeros; and if the lines on the faces of many of the actors’ faces is any indication, it has! At any rate, Matt Gamble joins Kurt and Andrew as they dissect the season premiere (s07e01). Before that though, Andrew and Kurt have little to complain about with the final(?) entry in the Planet of the Apes trilogy. We also have a decent Watch List towards the end in which Andrew visits 80s movie star icons, Gamble has taken advantage of his position to see some other current theatrical fare and Kurt has a preview screening for Lady Macbeth. So yeah, it’s a pretty packed show and we manage it as well as three apes possibly could.

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Cinecast Episode 490 – The Other Leg

An honored guest has arrived at our table. Despite being the enemy, let’s show him some of our southern hospitality shall we? Yes girls, Ryan McNeil from The Matinee has graced our table with his presence. With their interruptery nature, Kurt and Andrew will try not to cut him off at the legs while we look back at Don Siegel’s 1971 feature, The Beguiled. Simultaneously, and in true R3 multi-task fashion, we review Sofia Coppola’s 2017 feature, The Beguiled. It’s always fun to compare and contrast. From there, we hit The Watch List. Andrew is out as he’s been exploring the galaxy on his Xbox, but Ryan goes about as mainstream as you can get with the new Spider-Man, then does a 180 and digs right into early Olivier Assayas. Kurt drops by the Bong Joon-Ho marathon for some more Okja and Memories of Murder.

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Cinecast Episode 489 – The Han Solo Moment

Being that it’s the holiday weekend in ‘merica as well as Maple Syrup-ville, the boys keep it focused on just two movies this week. The event picture that is Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver hit theaters this past week and we dive begrudgingly headlong into that mess. And land on somewhat of a more even keel with the straight-to-Netflix original film, Okja starring Tilda Swinton and Tilda Swinton – and yes, Paul Dano gets a beat down. Watch out for SPOILERS throughout this episode, but it’s a fun mid-morning around the coffee table.

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Cinecast Episode 488 – Hillbilly Protocol

Wonderful photography is all over the place; particularly in this episode. It’s a running theme through almost everything we discuss in today’s show. Elsa Dorfman uses “shed-size” Polaroids to inspire the beat poets of the day and contemporary family portraits alike in Errol Morris’ new documentary, The B-Side. Noah Hawley has stepped up his game big time in season 2 of “Fargo” – not only in cinematography but also pretty much every other aspect of a television season. The Watch List sees gimmicky gore fests, a silent three-hour progenitor for the James Bond films, underappreciated Coen Brothers fare, a new Netflix series about women’s wrestling and finally a .44 Magnum, the most powerful hand gun in the world and could blow your head clean off!

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Cinecast Episode 487 – A Fistful of Film (Best of 2017 So Far…)

Kinda weird that with various movies in circulation starring Naomi Watts and Rachel Wiesz and John Lithgow… not to mention a Pixar film, that Andrew and Kurt stayed away from el teatro this weekend and opted for some air conditioning and home screenings. Kurt binge watched the entire season one of Fargo and much prodding by Andrew; so there’s plenty of discussion to be had there – discussion of biblical proportions actually. Andrew went back to early Leone and Michael Bay and some Sundancey schlock. But it’s the end of June so it’s time to look back and try to find any evolving trends on the year as well as count down our top five films of the year so far. This one is a bumpier ride, but hang on to the reins and you’re come out of it just fine.

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Cinecast Episode 486 – Zooms and Nightmares

Matt Gamble makes a most triumphant return to The Cinecast this week as we tackle the latest in indie horror “spreading” through the multi-plexes. Get your face mask on for It Comes at Night. From the infected forests of North America to the cold, gray bureaucracy of the U.K., Andrew and Kurt go to the depths with last year’s Palme d’Or winner, I, Daniel Blake. Each host this week has three films for their Watch List which rounds out a pretty nice show. We have documentaries, Disney remakes, previous Palme d’Or winners, Netflix original, boxing flicks, romantic comedies, Fosse Fosse Fosse and cannibalism.

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Cinecast Episode 485 – Amazon.com

Airect from the Gods and the Crete-like island of Themyscira, the RowThree Cinecast is here for your listening pleasure with a full SPOILER review of The DCU’s Wonder Woman. There are things to love and things that weren’t pulled off quite as lovely as we would have hoped, but all-in-all we’re both fairly satisfied with what we got. Which was a friend with a cleft asshole. Rather than dealing with the multi-plex more than he has to, Kurt settles under the covers for a lengthy YouTube series on deserted malls. Andrew reminisces with his young manhood and going to the movies with his father and then sticking with the home invasion theme from last week, somewhat enjoys watching Keanu Reeves channel Nicolas Cage (ala The Wickerman). We look ahead to next week and determine Ken Loach will likely beat out Tom Cruise at the movies… at least for the purposes of our discussion anyway.

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Cinecast Episode 484 – It’s Unfunny ‘Cause It’s True

The reviews for Baywatch were simply too toxic for even Andrew to stomach, and so it was a stay at home and check out the latest offerings from Netflix kind of week. Luckily Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton step in to hopefully offer up something militarily wondrous over the Memorial Holiday weekend with War Machine. But does the material match up to the cast/performances? Also, while The Bad Batch does not hit theaters for a month or so, we managed to get into a sneak peek screening and so have a decent discussion on Ana Lily Amirpour’s sophomore effort. It’s one of those films (with empirical evidence provided herein) that requires a second watch to truly appreciate. The Watch List has a documentary double-dose, a 90s Oscar contender, home invasion meets slasher flick, the capture of Osama Bin Laden and we close it all off with some joyful misogyny courtesy of India.

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