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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Cinecast Episode 483 – Drag Me to Hell

We’ve come full circle. The Cinecast started with an argument on Alien and almost ten years later it continues with an argument about Alien: Covenant (SPOILERS!). Almost ninety minutes of chatting about the inner-workings of Ridley Scott’s brain and his plan for the current state of, and future of the Alien franchise. Something things to love, some things that aren’t quite as lovely. But rest assured with double the Fassbender, there is a lot to discuss here. After that, we try to rank out the order of Fincher’s filmography should be exposed to children after some talk on Zodiac. Our beloved Romancing the Stone makes another Cinecast appearance as well as Mendelsohn and Reynolds grinding through Mississippi. And hey Tarantino’s breakout hit is actually a master class in editing. We talk about the kids’ experience with “R” rated material and remember our own childhoods and being turned away from the multiplex for not having the proper ID.

Turns out the Alien franchise is a nice morning warm-up and we’re happy to share it with you. But beware of face-huggers and SPOILERS! 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 482 – A Six Demon Bag

Two movies could not be more different in tone. First up is an indie horror from a first time director who has made a minor masterpiece in Hounds of Love. Next up is a SPOILER review of the rainbow psychedelia that is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. II. Kurt saw some fireworks at HotDocs; and a hobby horse revolution among other things. Andrew revisited his favorite Ted Jonathan Demme film, turned his brain off with the third xXx movie and then perused the entire history of film over the past seven days. It was a busy week for both the guys, but there’s always time to record a show – even if it is eight in the morning.

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Cinecast Episode 481 – History is Unfair

HotDocs is back for its 2017 run and according to Kurt it’s been a wonderful festival so far – especially if you’re into donkey poetry and encouraging children to cut out tongues. Luckily Andrew got to join in the mix this year and help with the discussion on shoe shiners in the delightful Shiners and with the glorious 78/52 in which talking heads analyze Hitchcock’s infamous shower scene in his classic and most well known film, Psycho. But before we get to all that, the multiplex has been only somewhat watchable with no one (wisely) wanting to compete with The Furious of the Seven. We find things to like about The Lost City of ZED but also a lot of issues with the film making. Next up, Anne Hathaway fights inner demons and giant robots in the surprisingly dark Colossal, which is basically a mishmash of Pacific Rim and Rachel Getting Married. Andrew’s watch list includes Oscar-bait mediocrity, a horrible (or terrific depending on which host you ask) comedy remake and Joss Whedon’s dry run at “Firefly”/Serenity. There are some tangents on casinos, senior discounts, Jonathan Demme and legalizing marijuana along the way. Classic Cinecast… We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did conversing.

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Cinecast Episode 480 – Gossip Interstitials

Despite Kurt’s protestations, there is a definite soap opera theme to todays show and its discussions. Asks Charlize Theron in The Fate of the Furious, “what’s most important in life?” The answer, for those in Monterey, West Texas and international nuclear arms thieves in the arctic is of course, “Family.” Besides the box office blow-out this week, we spend a good third of this episode on the greatness of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” (watch out for the read-between-the-lines (SPOILERS!). Andrew has forsaken film for the past couple of weeks to watch a Peter Berg television series about football in West Texas… perhaps that was a mistake? Kurt on the other hand has been taking in more Canadian genre cinema, some action from our man Steven Soderbergh as well as a pseudo-doc from the 60s and second visit of Japanese Animated, but this time dubbed (not subtitled) version of Your Name (period). This and more; sans Corona.

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Cinecast Episode 479 – In Camera

It’s Friday; welcome to The Cinecast! Yes with a holiday weekend coming up and some conflicting schedules outside of that, we’re doing an end of the week show. Ergo, no new, theatrical releases this week. But there are some pretty big titles that are eating up the bandwidth on VOD this week. First up is Clive Barkarpenter’s The Void – yeah, it doesn’t make much sense to us either, but yay practical effects. Also, M. Night Shyamalan has gone back to basics and has re-started making his brand of film, The ones the made him. That’s right, Split (spoilers!) is pretty damn good film making.

Aside from another Shyamalan tie-in, Andrew has no Watch-List this week and leaves it to Kurt to monologue for an hour about a whole slew of cinematic goodies (and one podcast). There’s a “mental health” marathon [insert joke here], some studio not-Ghibli Japanese animation, a Netflix stand-up comedy special, some Quentin Tarantino, a 1970s precursor to American Movie and much more.

We’re a pretty great show to listen to while shopping for pudding. Have a listen!

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