Cinecast Episode 498 – Completionist

Thanks for dropping by for another edition of The RowThree Cinecast; inching ever closer to the big Quincentenary episode. These week we play it fast and loose, as does director Doug Liman tend to do with the subject of this week’s main topic, American Made. It ain’t perfect or perhaps even all that memorable, but it sure is a fun way to spend a rainy fall afternoon. Not much time to get to anything else but the boys do each have a pair for The Watch List – well, Andrew has a “Listen List” this week with a new podcast mention. Kurt visits a couple of Cinecast favorites with David Mamet and Denis Villeneuve. Andrew visits one of the six, yes six(!), films of the year to feature a John Denver song in Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. It’s not a whole lot to go on, but we certainly get some mileage out of it.

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Cinecast Episode 497 – On Skis

Scheduling lately has been rough as summer winds down and school is starting and film festivals and then of course hurricanes. But we managed to pull something together with the help of our friend Darren Aronofsky and his mother! The aforementioned hurricanes actually help to facilitate a trip through TIFF that otherwise wasn’t going to happen; so there’re lots of titles there to get through from Bruckner to Zahler. Andrew has been playing catch-up on some bullshit titles of the last year or so as well as going back to earlier Fincher as refresher. Lastly, Twin Peaks Season 3 The Return has wrapped up and Kurt has a number of things to discuss about that little slice of mayhem. Lots to dig into this week folks, and we’re starting with the book of Genesis. So stick this in your ear and settle in.

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Cinecast Episode 496 – Poverty Porn

Cinecast fans clamoring for a 3+ hour show… you get what you asked for. We have got tons of good stuff to talk about this week! To start it off, Kurt has been badgering Andrew for weeks to catch Good Time (SPOILERS!) and it finally made its way to Minneapolis; it’s dy-no-mite! Next up (not) a side project from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Wind River (SPOILERS!) which very much takes a lot of its cues from director Taylor Sheridan’s other screenplays, Hell or High Water and Sicario is one of the year’s best. Also, Renner and Olsen knock it out of the national park. Lastly, in terms of theatrical releases, a smaller production starring Ben Mendohlson and Rooney Mara that is based off of a two-act play is quite riveting and discussion-worthy. Check out our talk on Una when you get a chance. Oh, and if you haven’t heard, “Game of Thrones” season 7 has ended… in a big way. Due to listener requests, we engage. The Watch List hits every avenue. We’ve got rape fallout in the 50s, angry trucks, multiple Jeff Daniels, multiple Noomi Rapace, snipers and a singing and dancing Roy Scheider… and a lot more.

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Cinecast Episode 495 – Ocean’s 7-11

Soderbergh makes his triumphant(?) return to the Cinema with an all-star cast of this generation’s hottest stars. Kurt and Andrew and from Matt Gamble all take slightly different stances on 2017’s heist film (and fourth to use John Denver rather pronminently), Logan Lucky. Possibly more of a conversation starter is the upcoming Dave Bautista actioner, written by our friend Nick Dimici, Bushwick; which the boys were lucky enough to catch an early screening of. If your genre of choice is a “editless,” neighborhood rebellion movie with militia men and Brooklyn-ites battling it out, you’re gonna have a hard time finding something better this year. We round it out with some Bava, Ron Howard, Nolan and some batshit insanity from Marlon Brando, et. al. in Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau. We do have about sixty seconds of Game of Thrones talk in there somewhere as well as a look to the weeks ahead with various films coming down the pike.

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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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