Cinecast Episode 375 – Older But Still Spry

This it. The final Cinecast for 2014. With Kurt leaving the territory and Andrew finishing this semesters schooling, the end of December is, like much of the back half of the year, a busy one. We agree to go out on a high note with Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner. With The 1984 Project also coming to its conclusion and no Matt Gamble present, it seems fitting to end the project with some Brian De Palma directing a Hitchcockian meta-porno, Body Double. We also ask for any criticism or comments on the project as a whole if you’ve got them as it may dictate whether or not we take on a similar venture later on down the road. The Watch List offers mucho Harry Potter, a bit more Nebraska high-plains and a look back at the early 90s, action-era, highlighting Steven Seagal. All in all this was an enjoyable year for us to fill your ear. Thanks to all of our listeners, friends and family who have supported us this long and we’ll see you all again in 2015. Cheers!

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Cinecast Episode 374 – Too Lazy to Cheat

We’re a bit at odds this week and the uneven release schedule sort of keeps us constantly out of flux. The good news this week is that we’ve got a guest to contradict the assininty of Andrew and Kurt with long time listener Thomas Wishloff from Sunset Rising. We weigh in on the merits of Carell’s Oscar hopes, Mark Ruffalo’s brilliance, the intricacies of Peter Weller and François Truffaut or Urban vs Altman and the discovery of the pervasiveness of stage productions. How we never got into the ins and outs of the new Star Wars trailer is a miracle (here’s a hint: Kubrick is far more fascinating); but hopefully you’ll enjoy the show anyway.

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Cinecast Episode 373 – We Don’t Need Facts

 
Welcome to late November. Nothing releases everywhere at the same time. Therefore these remote style podcasts tend to meander all over the place. Sometimes though, that’s a good thing; we have all manner of things to discuss; from the pressures of drum solos to the cowardice of humanity in an avalanche to planetary propaganda. It’s all here. Not to mention the prequel (or at least inspiration to Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later). There’s also the worst movie ever made, race relations, where has Steven Seagal been(?) and Cameron Crowe mind fucking everyone. You think turkey and green bean casserole in front of the TV watching the NFL is sustenance enough? Wait til you hear the Cinecast.

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Cinecast Episode 372 – The Montage is not Dead

We’re not always sure exactly what’s happening, but Kurt is pretty sure what’s not happening; at least in the case of The Babadook. Before we get there though, we fawn over Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, Nightcrawler, as well as the performances within – which might include Jake Gyllenhaal’s finest. From there we travel 30 years in the past to 1984 and then wish we hadn’t pressed “go” on this particular time machine. For the Watch List, it’s Laika’s meticulous artistry of stop-motion animation, Jennifer Lawrence shooting arrows and brooding (again), Marilyn Monroe is politically incorrect, Aaron Sorkin is exhausting and the killing of Jim Henson creations with martial arts. A tangent here and there rounds out another fine, wine and dine episode of the Cinecast.

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Cinecast Episode 367 – Ginormous

After our brief September hiatus we are back to talk about…well…being ‘off the air’ for most of the month. Kurt gives (brief) highlights on the best things he saw at the Toronto International Film Festival. With no interest in either seeing or talking about Young Adult yawnfest The Maze Runner or A Walk Among The Tombstones (aka Taken 4), there is a brief conversation on last weeks’ cinema release, James Gandolfini’s final film, The Drop, a Brooklyn small-time gangster picture which also showcases a fine Tom Hardy performance. We go back to 1984 to re-examine the Joe Dante classic Gremlins. And there is a quite varied Watchlist including The Devil’s Rain, Open Range, Karate Kid III, Night of the Demon and Live.Die.Repeat.

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Cinecast Episode 366 – Mermaid Mode


In this episode, Kurt and Andrew struggle to grasp hold of Ari Folman’s hybrid animated/live-action film The Congress. Then it is back to 1984 to visit Madison the Mermaid and high energy Tom Hanks. The Watchlist looks at the healing power of music, obscure Tae Kwon Do weirdness, VHS culture, Swedish deadpan masterpieces, a musician hiding behind paper mâché head, and Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan touring restaurants in Italy. Have at it.

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Cinecast Episode 365 – Conversations on a Beach


We’re calling this the overlap episode. From Mickey Rourke to M. Emmet Walsh to Brendan Gleeson to Chris O’Dowd; everyone seems to be in everything (if only Andrew had finished MI:2). But Calvary is where it all stems and a lengthy and meaty discussion we have on that one – unfortunately we’re not on a beach. Sin City the go-around-again edition tempts Andrew while Kurt falls for pretty great marketing from the team at CBS films and their picture, The Kings of Summer (aka not to be confused with Stand By Me). Star Wars and meticulous, unrelenting fans of the original brings humanity together with their “Despecialized” version (2.5) and the circle is now complete.

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Cinecast Episode 364 – Fetishizing the Pen

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world. And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife. And you may find yourself in the seats of the third row. And you may ask yourself, well…How did I get here? We ask ourselves the same questions. With no main review this week, we’re stuck with our home viewings and The Talking Heads. Which is plenty when you consider the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, John Turturro, Fisher Stevens and James Cameron. With nothing to talk about, it’s a mouthful folks (two, actually).

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Cinecast Episode 363 – Maybe We Should not Give Up on Megan Fox

Back to a more classic styled Cinecast for Andrew and Kurt this week, a relaxed conversation on two major celebrity deaths these past few days, the smaller theatrical releases: Magic in the Moonlight, I Origins, Coherence and film festivaling. It’s all pleasant and sweet agreement for the first half of the show but things slowly go south at the start of the 1984 Project (which sees Roy Scheider in 2010 but really just doing his character from Jaws) and the nerd-shit really hits the fan as Ready Player One enters the conversation.

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Cinecast Episode 360 – It’s Like Mustard

 
Sone famous once said that a person’s character can be defined by what he chooses to complain about. What do you despise? Is it Max Brooks? Is it Steve Guttenberg? The video streaming entity such as Vudu? Or is it someone/something else? By all means sound off! So yes, we explore the depths of our personal hatreds on this week’s Cinecast, but equally so, we also share some fondness, nay love, for Charles Grodin, Jean-Marc Vallée, Brent Spiner, Chris Tucker, Louis C.K. and yes, even Mel Gibson.

Documentaries and Ozploitation occupy the bulk of this week’s conversation. Steve James’ documentary, Life Itself (aka you’re better off just reading the book) and Russell Mulcahy’s creature feature, Razorback. But, and this is important. don’t even bother downloading this show until you’ve purchased your 4-pack of Midnight Run sequels. Yeah, it’s that kind of show.

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Cinecast Episode 359 – Downtown China

 
Not sure even where to start with the monologue this week. Let’s see, there’s The Bay-Man’s fourth installment in the giant robots fiasco; which inexplicably is really easy to get worked up about. It’s not really worthy of hate, nothing to love, yet so easy to rant about. There’s a “sick, twisted desire” to torture ourselves over this movie – plus always an opportunity to delve into Andrew’s sordid history with the franchise.

Before all of this is Bong Joon-Ho’s English language debut with Snowpiercer and it’s overly satirical view of our apocalyptic, dystopian future on a crazy train. And Chris Evans is there. And protein bars made of shitty CGI.

The 1984 project continues with Val Kilmer’s first starring role in Top Secret!. He sings, dances, talks backwards, bar fights underwater and delivers punchlines that will be stolen by countless films for the next thirty years.

The Watch List sees Kurt wrapping up Breaking Bad, Andrew living in Tiny Houses, and Matt enjoying Disney’s Amblin knock-off currently playing in theaters. It’s a 150 minute power rant. LATRINE!

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