Cinecast Episode 408 – Enjoy the Ineptitude

And so it is that we weed through the dregs that are the end of August. So much so, that Kurt refuses to join us for the beginning of this episode in lieu of getting to hang out with Guillermo del Toro for a screening of an early Hitchcock picture (more on that later…). In Kurt’s absence, Matt and Andrew lament our experiences with Nima Nourizadeh’s American Ultra and Aleksander Bach’s piece of shit known as Hitman: Agent 47.

But what better way to rekindle the passion, than to look back over the past half decade (kinda) and embrace (or berate) each other for our top ten picks for the “best” films of the last 5+ years?

Then we feel the need to at least mention a title or two (both old and new) in the Watch List – A moral panic crime thrillers, Nazi Germany and the latest power-house performances from Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro. So, love and FFs (you’ll have to listen to decode that acronym) all around then, folks!

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Cinecast Episode 407 – Martinis and Back Slapping

 
Legendarily short show here folks. We like what we see, there just is not much to get into with it. First off is Easy-E, Dre and Cube lighting fires and white-washing in Straight Outta Compton. Then we get back to more “classic” styling with designer suits, 60s fashions, and a really nice bottle of Moët in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

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Cinecast Episode 406 – Glass Houses

 
This week is a bit of a struggle. A loving struggle but it took some finagling to make happen. Still, this week there’s (spoiler) love for the surprise “hit” of the summer in Edgerton’s The Gift. There’s a bit of a disagreement with “True Detective,” but that’s going to happen as we’ve seen from week to week. Then there’s some praise for the Amy Winehouse doc, Un-reality TV and the hate for Movie 43 baffles Andrew. Also John Carpenter is seen in a whole new way on the big screen. And surprising no one, Fantastic Four (2015) is the opposite of what its title suggests.

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Cinecast Episode 405 – SPECTRE-tacular

 
Kurt is back from Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, and he might have a thing or two to say about the movies, the town and the folks at that festival. At nearly two hours we can only say brace yourself for genre-overload. But first, Matt Gamble joins Kurt & Andrew midway through the conversation on Christopher McQuarrie’s installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. Kurt loved it. Andrew liked it. Matt, well, Matt watched it. Practical stunts, exceptional set-pieces and the ass-kicking talents of Rebecca Ferguson and a cleaned up and ready for prime time Sean Harris are all on the conversational docket. While there is no full “True Detective” segment this episode (we’ll cap the remaining three off, next time) there is a full Watch List for your listening pleasure, and Matt does briefly chime in on this season of “True Detective,” along with the doc on Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau remake disaster, and Adam Sandler’s Pixels. Andrew covers off the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer and its direct-to-Nexflix sequel. Finally we settle the Mara Rooney / Kate Mara confusion (sort of).

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Cinecast Episode 404 – Shawshanky

Though it’s a little earlier in the week than we’re used to recording, we do get back into somewhat of a more normal groove with the Cinecast this week. We’ve got a main SPOILER review with Trainwreck. There’s some dispute over who’s film this is, Apatow’s or Schumer’s. Or both? Either way, Andrew and Kurt both enjoyed the film but have differing thoughts as to why we liked it. True Detective continues to wind its way into the hearts of your humble hosts. One of us as a love potion and the other as a sickly poison. But hey, we like to like what we like. Submarine movies are inherently awesome – especially with a grizzled Sean Connery at the helm. Prison escape movies are kind of that way too. We lament our cinematic truancy of the 1950s and Rock Hudson. We follow it all up with some Kevin Bacon and some Leland Orser. And then Andrew muffs the sign off.

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Cinecast Episode 403 – Two Hundred Eighty-Eight Thumbs Up

It’s a night time desert out there in the cinemas these days. Things are so chilly that Andrew does not even want to dwell on his Minions experience over the weekend (but rest assured, he does anyway). Also in the melange is conversation on True Detective, Telugu MEGA-EPIC Baahubali: The Beginning, the slew of trailers dropped at a certain pop cultural event, plus and a number of random tangents and what-have-yous. Not really a typical Cinecast, but things are not the trainwreck you might think (more on that bit of miscommunication in the show). Apologies for The Cranberries closing out the show, it’s an Amy Schumer thing.

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Cinecast Episode 402 – Spooky Action at a Distance

Still not loads going on in the cinemas of summer, 2015. Yet we bravely venture on in the spirit of conversation (and possibly the longest running podcast – in terms of pure hours of content – on the internet? Help!); looking back wistfully at the works of Dante, Soderbergh and Cameron as we discuss the latest time travel debacle, Terminator: Genisys. Onwards, TV releases today are sometimes agreeable, sometimes controversial and sometimes divisive, so say we all with “True Detective” and “Hannibal” headlining our TV talk this week. But we also go back a stretch and revisit the new classic in Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men as well as another Laika studio entry, aching to be a classic, The Boxtrolls. Another shorter version of The Cinecast that finds the tangents of here and there; wherever the conversation seems to feel right.

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Cinecast Episode 401 – The One with Nothing to Talk About

Nothing. Well, damn near nothing. Dope is pretty good. The year is pretty weak at the halfway mark. What else is there to say? Whatever it is, we say it on this show. So have a listen.

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Cinecast Episode 400 – A Waterfall of Love

 
After 400 episodes, you might think there would be some animosity, down in the dark recesses of our subconscious. With a special mailbag segment of the show, we get to the bottom of things and it is a wellspring of love and support. Or maybe not, as some listeners think it is a good idea to draw new lines of warring factions with other podcasts (really McNeil?… really!?). Otherwise it is business as usual in the Third Row.

We debate the high water marks of Pixar, past and present, and talk about the margins and the minutiae of their latest endeavor, Inside Out.

We ponder the opening and unconventional first episode of the second season of True Detective. Will it evolve into greatness, or even be worth discussing (or even watching) for an entire season?

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