Cinecast Episode 505 – Ten Damn Years

It’s difficult to believe that another ten years has flown by and your gracious hosts are digging through an entire decade of film for the second time in this podcast’s illustrious lifespan. But for this go-around, Kurt and Andrew (and oftentimes our good friend Matt Gamble) have gone through these obstreperous ten years more or less together. For us, this has been a lifestyle; a marriage if you will. Not to each other, but to this web site, this podcast (what’s left of it) and to the art of film. We’ve spent a third of our lives(!) breaking down scenes, bickering about scripts, quoting Walter Sobchak and Mark Rumsfield, debating ambition versus actual, deriding the Transformers series, lavishing praise on everything from Almodóvar to Zahler, lamenting the loss of some of our greatest heroes and wondering why there isn’t more of Rosario Dawson in pretty much everything. And for ten damn years we’ve done all of this together… always wishing there was additional time to see and do more of all of it.

So in this episode we breakdown the decade that was. If we figured out one thing, it’s that there’s nothing much to pin down on the last 3650 days. No matter where you look, there’s something new and interesting or different and obtuse. It might not all be good, but it’s uniquely its own and there’s art to be found all over the place. It’s in camera and out. It’s in our personal subconscious and society at large. For better or worse, it’s shaped who we are as people and it’s fun to go back over all of the ups and downs, strikes and gutters and what-have-yous from the past ten years. Nothing before has been like it and nothing moving forward will be the same. It’s glorious; warts and all.

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Cinecast Episode 504 – Wonderfully Frustrating

 
The one in which we break down the past twelve months of film. We’ve done it before and we will might do it again. We start off the show saying that we’ll spend the second half of the show talking about the past decade. But this thing goes on long enough and we call an audible and decide we’ll record that conversation at a later date. But for this episode, we come up with a few thoughts about what 2019 had in store for us; just off the cuff: horror movies are actually hilarious, the poor eat the rich, Eddie Murphy sparked a personal renaissance, streaming reigned supreme, Bombshell wins our casting award and Disney can just fuck right off. This is just a taste of all the goodies we uncovered. Of course, no year in review would be complete without the obligatory top ten (or so) list that requires some amount of breakdown.

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Cinecåst Episode 503 – Once Upön å Time in Montreäl

If you’re a regular listener to The Cinecast of yesteryear, you’ll know that Kurt’s been on Andrew’s case since forever to get his ass up to Montreal for the annual Fantasia Film Festival. Apparently all it took was the better part of a decade and the “closing” of RowThree to secure a festival badge and train ticket. And from what we can remember, it was a pretty good time with friends and flicks; a full recap is attached hereto. But first, folk horror rears its evil head in Scandanavia with Ari Aster’s Midsommar and Quentin Tarantino wows us with his ninth tenth ninth(?) newest film with yet another foray into revisionist history. This time it’s late 60s California in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. So don your flower crowns, light up a Red Apple® and sit back and enjoy; it’s time for the Cinecast Special!

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Cinecast Episode 502 – The End of 2018

We miss it. So we gotta do it. And what better time to get the Cinecast brothers back together than for the end of the year recap? After some much needed catch-up and chit-chat, we talk about some of the themes and overall thoughts on what a great year 2018 has been for cinema… and what “cinema” even means in 2018. A top performances list is almost exclusively ruled by women this year and the boys find a lot of common ground in their final top ten films of the year. Apologies in advance for literally yelling at you for not liking Widows, but that’s your own fault.

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Cinecast Episode 501 – Irrelevantly Relevant

We thought we were done. You thought we were done. And we are. But we got a little homesick for some good ol’ fashioned Cinecast magic. And today’s films up for discussion could not have scratched that itch any better. It’s been close to ten months since the boys last spoke and so naturally we need to take some time to play catch-up with our cinematic lives over that time. 2017 stand outs, what’s been on the radar for 2018 and so forth. And then we get into full SPOILER discussions of Boots Riley’s magnetic Sorry to Bother You as well as Tom Cruise’s stunt extravaganzza, Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Kurt, once again, visited Montreal for the always entertaining “Fantasia Film Festival” while Andrew stayed home and watch Kevin Costner on the small screen. The Cinecast is resurrected one more time and there’s a lot to catch up on here folks, so let’s get to it…

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Cinecast Episode 500 – You’re On Your Own From Here…

Ten damn years! The Cinecast has been around for ten years totaling (more than) 500 episodes. We’ve argued over, bickered about, tongue-bathed, laughed about and quoted movies for close to 2000 recorded hours. We’ve made loads of new friends, lost loved ones, earned degrees, visited other continents, entered the covenant of marriage, written books, attended countless festivals, interviewed celebrities and even starred in a couple of low budget films in that time. And the amount of alcohol consumed… I don’t even want to think about it. We have some of the most devoted listeners in podcasting and I have to believe we’re in the running for most hours recorded of one series in the history of podcasting at this point. Therefore, of course we have a good hour of reminiscing and say thanks to a few important folks. But as we hit this momentous milestone we, for the most part, treat it like any other episode except for one big in-house announcement. We have three theatrical reviews: Thor: Ragnorak, The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Murder on the Orient Express. Then we take some time to look back at the year that is 2017 which of course includes a top five list. We also fulfill on a years-old promise (or at least half of it) with a retro-review of Tyrannosaur in return for a generous donation from listener Len Fearnside.

This is The Cinecast 500. Yes, have some.

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Cinecast Episode 499 – Automat

Blade Runner 2049 fixes some things about the original 1982 film. This is exactly why Andrew is happy and why Kurt is pissed off. Also, is it basically a remake in disguise? The boys dissect. Up next, what if The Coen Brothers and Quentin Tarantino were married and their child was a gore hound? You’d have S. Craig Zahler and Brawl in Cell Block 99 would be his sophomore effort.

Kurt is back from Sitges and we get a little taste of that experience at the beginning of the show. Towards the end of the episode, Andrew has been turning off his brain with mostly junk cinema while Kurt saw his favorite film of the year. Have a listen and make your case/point in the comments below.

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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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