Cinecast Episode 462 – A Miracle to Come

Yes, 2016 has been shitty from just about any angle you can look at it from. Yet here at the Cinecast we try to remain hopeful and optimistic for the future. In movie world, the last two months of the year are looking to shape up quite nicely and it seems an understatement to say that the arrival of Arrival was fortuitous in its timing. The themes are probably exactly what the world needs right now. We discuss at length (SPOILERS!). In the Watch List, it’s not surprisingly just comfort food for the boys; i.e. movies we’ve discussed many times in the past, but felt the need to revisit over the past week.

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Cinecast Episode 461 – Unicorn Pink

Having a week hiatus gives us double the amount of cinema to dive into the following week. So here we are with five, count ’em 5, theatrical reviews. We kick it off with a likely Oscar contender in Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight – or as we put it, what will be the dominating force at this year’s Indie Spirit Awards. Marvel kicked off it’s newest franchise potential with Benedict (x2) in Doctor Strange. Kelly Reichardt is back with another slice-of-life picture in Certain Women. The film has has heart and some stellar performances, though may be a bit unsatisfying for many. Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe are let off their leashes Dog Eat Dog and Kurt announces the female performance to beat this year from Rebecca Hall in Christine – no, it’s not a remake about a killer car. We also briefly touch on Rachel Weisz and Timothy spall in Denial. The Watch List includes a mini Michael Mann Marathon (MMMM), a revisit to unconventional Peter Weir, a comedy special and a few horror titles to cap off October with. While the summer was legit the worst movie-going season of our lives, this fall is shaping up to be one of the best. So hold on to your hats, the Cinecast is just getting warmed up!

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Cinecast Episode 460 – The Secret Handshake of Quality

American Honey leads this week’s discussion and the boys are wowed by the performance of Sasha Lane and Andrea Arnold’s ability to artistically and enthusiastically capture this certain sub-section of the American “Dream.” Moving quickly into comedy, we’re excited to have more Christopher Guest on our plate; even if it is ten years in the making. Does Mascots disappoint or exceed? Lastly, while “Game of Thrones” is on break, HBO continues to churn out top-notch content. This fall it is an extended take on Michael Crichton’s “Westworld” complete with a big budget and an animatronic Micheal Wincott. Needless to say, the sprawling nature of the show, the graphic violence and sex and the interesting questions it raises about humanity, robotics, corporate America and God are really up the proverbial alley of your humble hosts. For a Watch List this week, Kurt got out to see more from The Toronto After Dark Film Festival with Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Creepy (a Japanese version of The ‘burbs of all things!) while Andrew needed more of the western genre and opted to go top tier with Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West.

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Cinecast Episode 459 – De-Scarify

Some differences of opinions on this week’s episode. Because Gamble is not here, we are civil about it and it never comes to blows – sorry about that. We might try to step things up a notch on the tension scale for future episodes, but perhaps we will stay in casual discussion mode for a while. At any rate, this week we are reviewing Benna Fleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, et. al. in Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant. Next up, we pre-cover a little bit of Toronto After Dark Film Festival with their Friday screening of The Lure.

For The Watch List, both of the guys look back a month or two at previous 2016 releases. Kurt is hopeful that there is an extended version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children out there somewhere to enjoy, while Andrew is kind of wishing that Nerve never existed in the first place. As a quick side tangent, Kurt relished Thirteen Days after last week’s discussion. Andrew secretly watched most of it again too.

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Cinecast Episode 458 – The Opposite of a Pass

Kurt and Andrew get into a little bit smaller film this week with Joshua Marston’s Complete Unknown in which it’s kind of unnecessary to praise Michael Shannon at this point, but we do reckon with the fascinating filmography of one Rachel Weisz and come to agree that she’s one of the more interesting big name actresses working today. Next up, Kurt dives into the multi-plex for some Big Hollywood thriller with Emily Blunt and her train riding. Sorry folks, it’s not as exciting as it sounds. Next up, apparently The Light Between Oceans is too depressing for even our computers to listen to and so it decides to cut out some of what Kurt is saying. We get the gist though and despite divisive opinion, he manages to convince Andrew it’s worth a watch. Lastly, Andrew goes back to revisit a sequel to one of his more beloved films, Bill and Ted. This week, those crazy kids find themselves going to hell, heaven, purgatory and wouldn’t ya know it, the future! But does it work as a film in 2016? And finally, Kevin Costner makes a triumphant return to the Cinecast when we talk once again about the greatness of the Kennedy administration – or at least how it’s portrayed on screen in Thirteen Days. Hashtag better than Stone/Morris.

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Cinecast Episode 457 – Lots of Gauges

We’re finally wrapping up our DePalma summer retrospective with what Film Junk readers have deemed the best Brian DePalma film that ever was, the iconic Scarface. Pacino and Loggia whoop-ah it up to eleven as they take over the Miami, gangster underworld. Is that enough to warrant a three hour run time? Can they carry us all the way to the finish? Kurt and Andrew investigate. From there, we travel a few hundred clicks to the west where the deepest oil well in history blowed-up real good with Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich aboard! Deepwater Horizon was a good time for those of us that got to witness it years later with a large 7-Up and hot, buttered popcorn in our lap. Do you concur? Lasty, Kurt revisits the original Star Trek Motion Picture on the big screen which turned out to be quite delightful and Andrew hopes for another positive showing from Woody Allen in a revisit of Vicky Christina Barcelona. Say hello to your little friend: The Cinecast!

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Cinecast Episode 456 – So Far So Good…

The summer of 2016 officially winds down to a stop (thank the maker) as The Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close. Kurt spends a good chunk of this episode going through the best of the fest (from his perspective) and one or two things that didn’t work out quite as well as one would hope. Before we get there, we join Antoine Fuqua and his Magnificent Seven as they attempt to defeat the evil, mining industrialist, Peter Sarsgaard. It’s as close to an A-list cast as one can hope for these days, so does that pay off on the IMAX screen as it once did for the Western Blockbuster (if there ever was such a thing)? Lastly, Andrew has clearly had some time away from recording and producing to see quite a fair number of films. And breezes through a half-dozen of those before the boys call it a done deal. Regrets for not tying off the DePalma retrospective with a Scarface ribbon this week as promised; though that is in the works for next episode.

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Cinecast Episode 455 – The Reitman Side of the Line

Right from the outset we have to apologize for the sometimes dodgy sound problems. The actual quality of the sound is pretty good… when it’s there. Due to the unco___s of the north woods, some of our discussion ____ and go. Much like this week’s DePalma _____ film, you’ll _____ fill in some of the blanks on _____ own. Speaking of that, for our (nearly) final DePalma retrospective review, we hit up his most recent film from 2012 starring Noomi Rapace and Naomi Watts entitled simply, Passion. It encapsulates much of what DePalma does so well in a tight, 90-minute “not-so-erotic” thriller. Next up, we found that we have our very own film maker here in the third row. David Brook is editor on a UK based film that he’s been warning us for months would eventually come across our desks. And now that it’s finally here, we’re so happy that it did! Powerhouse performances alongside competent direction and story telling revitalize the faux-documentary sub genre. Have a listen. Lastly, as if there wasn’t enough talk of pedophilia in this show, Andrew tackles a couple films that deal with the issue in very different ways… and in extreme variances of success. Kurt has a couple of TIFF pre-screens that the embargo hammer keeps us from discussion too much, but it rounds out a pretty nice Watch List for this week. We’ll see you all again post-TIFF!

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Cinecast Episode 454 – What Won’t You Be Having?

We apologize profusely for the weird sound issues on this episode. We got a new rig in the studio and it might take an episode or three to get all of the kinks worked out. So please bear with us. In the meantime, we’ve got some good stuff to talk about this week. Indie “horror” kicks it up a notch in the silent but deadly, Don’t Breathe (SPOILERS!). Next up, the tragically underseen Hell or High Water (SPOILERS!) recalls some other contemporary westerns and steals from all over the place, yet still feels surprisingly fresh. Like we say on the show, if this ain’t on our top ten list at the end of the year, get ready for a helluva final three months in the cinema for 2016. Our DePalma retrospective continues this week with the delightfully crappy, Snake Eyes. How about that one continuous take for an opening eh? And how about that hurricane performance? We finish off with Kubrick making funny out of not funny, Mel Gibson doing what Gibson does best (getting angry and blowing things up) and some joyous music making from John Carney. Next week will see more DePalma and probably some Scandinavian genre fare from Stellan Skarsgård.

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