Cinecast Episode 358 – Wedlock

 
[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #a9a883;”] T [/dropcap]here are a few people out there who say it might actually be all a ginormous opium dream. And without Matt Gamble around to complain about this tactic, who can really dispute it? This is of course Sergio Leone’s masterpiece(?) featuring Robert DeNiro and James Woods as delinquent Jews in Brooklyn, Once Upon a Time in America which is talked about at length for this week’s 1984 Project.

Before that, however, Kurt and Andrew are at odds on the legitimacy of David Michôd’s post apocalyptic art-yarn The Rover. Hint: It’s all about the last 2 minutes, kids. The Watch List this week includes J.J. Abrams, Sam Fuller, Rosario Dawson and some seriously generic bullshit that wastes Jeff Goldblum. Being the end of June, we add an extra chapter this week to talk about our favorite films of 2014. Also, some of the years disappointments and surprises so far and the arbitrariness/difficulty of making these kinds of list.

This is what we call classic-style Cinecast episode: Where Kurt & Andrew just flying casual, occasionally taking a moment to pull up the IMDb, and shooting the breeze about movies.

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Cinecast Episode 356 – Bearfucker

 
Welcome to the time-discombobulated episode of the cineast. First things Last: Kurt’s son number one, Willem joins in for a detailed discussion of Edge of Tomorrow, with emphasis on details and minutiae. It’s tucked at the end of the show. Andrew and Kurt discuss the specifics of the new Rowthree design before getting into the 1984 project with taciturn Chuck Norris and side boob, but slapped in between Gamble joins in for a lighter-on-the-spoilers discussion of the Tom Cruise movie, so we can Live. Die. Repeat. There is a bit of a love-in for the action stylings of Neil Marshall as he helms the penultimate Season 4 episode of Game Of Thrones with an eye for continuity and geography at Castle Black. Finally there is a Watch List where Kurt & Gamble debate (again) the merits of Orange is the New Black. Also: Roger Dodger, Rango, Full Metal Jacket, Blade Runner and Deathproof. So grab your G.O. juice and your copy of Italian Vogue and hop into the fray.

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Cinecast Episode 355 – Elliptically Speaking

What a great episode! It’s simultaneously a circle-jerk and a butt feck. I hate you but he loves you and I love him so it’s all good. The worst thing is you can’t listen to any of it because you haven’t seen anything we’re talking about. That said “GAME OF THRONES” has far more to offer than just skull crushing, Bill Murray can’t deliver and Mike Judge makes populist entertainment that the populist isn’t even aware of! The aforementioned “shit you haven’t seen yet” is praised with HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 and time travel and skewed versions of the way you look at iconical films are re-evaluated. I don’t know what to tell you. Honestly? You should probably just avoid ths amazing episode of the Cinecast for two years until you can comprehend everything we go into here; including Andrew’s love for sparkly, drama queens with cancer.

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Cinecast Episode 353 – Warm, Dense and Sprawling

Godzilla was already gotten out of the way earlier in the week with the recording of the RowThree Super Ticket (Cinecast + Mamo); so we’re able to just stick with a simpler structure this week. We have our “GAME OF THRONES” recap to dive into and both Kurt and Andrew agree it’s possibly the best episode so far in terms of character development and depth. Then we give much love to Tim Roth in both The Watch List and in our ongoing 1984 project with Stephen Frears’ THE HIT – which also showcases “monster” performances from both John Hurt and Terence Stamp. We check the coinage of “Oscar bait” with The English Patient. Annual tongue bathing of David Mamet’s Spartan and with last week’s Terminator talk, Andrew heeds the advice of listeners and tries on “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” for size. Even without a main review, we’ve got 100 minutes of goodness in here for your listening pleasure.

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Cinecast Episode 352 – This is What Happens with Progress

 
Though the power of the RowThree fell silent for a couple of days, Andrew and Kurt refused to give in. Andrew talks Locke. Kurt talks some Orson Welles, some Wickerman and some Nuclear Power on this weeks Watch List. Kurt’s 11 year old son Willem joins for a discussion the best performance of Schwarzenegger’s career. And Westeros is in chaos, as always.

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Cinecast Episode 351- Bleach Bypass

Sorry for the lapse in the race against Mamo and a missed Game of Thrones episode, but we’re back with a vengeance in a quite classic feeling of the Cinecast. Kurt is in full festival mode with a recap of The Toronto HotDocs Film Festival and Andrew stayed at home and was baffled by Katherine Hepburn on a boat – “I guess you had to be there.” Jim Jarmusch delights both of us with a refreshing take on the vampire sub-genre using blood popsicles; which segues nicely (using the John Hurt angle) into a nice talk about Orwell’s 1984 in the 1984 project. Peter Dinklage can be found later in the show with the Watch List along with William Friedkin directing Gene Hackman and surprising love for Babel from Mr. Halfyard. It feels good to be back.

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Cinecast Episode 350 – Nanobot Jesus

 
Do you want to have a long, loving conversation about the state of the art in comic strips? A lengthy tangent in this weeks show does that at more: Schulz, Watterson, and even Keane come into the mix along with Penny Arcade, The Oatmeal and XKCD as two recent documentaries on the subject are available VOD. But before that, Kurt and Andrew find very little to say about Dom Hemmingway that Jude Law hasn’t already shouted at you for 100 minutes. Matt Gamble joins midway through a lengthy recount of the recent episode of Game of Thrones (S04E03) in which Kurt continues to marvel at both the density of information in any given episode, as well as the lengths for which HBO is willing to go for gratuitous nudity (the former is astounding, the latter is getting tedious).

We go back to 1984 with the story of racism, the military and the awesome voice of Adolph Caeser in the Roshomon-esque A Soldier’s Story. In the Watchlist, Andrew gives us the lowdown on TV’s Fargo before continuing to working his way through the Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival. His favourite film of the year thus far, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood should be put on your radar. Andrew also pours some sugary-love on the rare Thomas Hayden Church starring film, Whitewash. Kurt does his own gushing with William Friedkin’s restored and glorious remake of Wages of Fear, the 1977 hidden gem, Sorcerer as well as his bafflement with 2013 Best/Worst type cinematic oddity, Fateful Findings. Matt digs deep into the first few episodes of Mike Judge’s Silicone Valley and then sweet, sweet comic strip love.

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Cinecast Episode 349 – Smell the Glove

 
You’d think this were an episode of “Coast to Coast.” Aliens, Elvis, Stonehenge, Witches, talking birds, dragons, world war III and amps that go to eleven. Matt Gamble is a special guest this week to talk about the “exhausting marathon” that is The Raid 2. We dive into the psyche of Nigel and David and lament the loss of all the past drummers. This is Spinal Tap in all its glory folks (now kick our assess, we insist!) Kurt saw Rio 2 for some reason and Andrew continues MSPIFF with Witching & Bitching and accidentally watches the “wrong movie” when he confuses Kevin MacDonald for Bruce MacDonald. Everything feels loose and foggy in this episode for some reason. Which is just the way Jonathan Glazer (Under the Skin) likes it.

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Cinecast Episode 348 – Immediately to Eleven

 
So Game of Thrones is finally back on the air with a brand new season. Does it live up to the wait we had to endure or was it a bit of a let down? Matt and Kurt also deliver a back and forth on the two wide to semi-wide theatrical releases this week in Captain America: Winter Soldier as well as Jodorowsky’s Dune. We dive into a very Red Dawn in which fantasy and reality’s lines are blurred which Kurt takes quite an issue with. The Minneapolis Film Festival is in full swing and Google and Bollywood make their appearances known. Danny Boyle is in the mix along and apparently the 90s b-squad is going for a comeback in Jerome Sable’s Stage Fright. Seriously, Minnie Driver is still around?

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Cinecast Episode 347 – Two Princes

Part II is here. We talked Vol I of Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac last week, we finish that conversation this week in all its glorious whippiness and lack of Udo Kier. Then 1984 is continued with Prince and The Revolution, not Lake Minnetonka, Clarence Williams III, First Avenue and laughing in the Purple Rain. But we’re still on a weekend hangover from the Frabramble wedding party so we keep it short with no Watch List. But next week will get crazy with Game of Thrones starting up and also Andrew hitting M-SPIFF.

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Cinecast Episode 345 – One Persian Cat. Deceased.

We boys mourn the loss of True Detective, and anticipate the upcoming Game of Thrones, but in this small gap between prestige TV projects from HBO, it was a pretty damn good weekend at the multiplex. A spirited if brief discussion on the pros and cons of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, including Ralph Fiennes’s gift for comedy, Jeff Goldblum’s facial hair, Harvey Keitel’s pectorals, F. Murray Abraham being frozen in time, and underwritten supporting roles for Tilda Swinton and Saorise Ronan. We then discus sexual assault by cunnilingus with Matt Gamble’s wife, Angela, along with other assorted Me-Decade insensitivites in the ongoing 1984 Project feature: Revenge of the Nerds.

Kurt weighs in on the strange Canadian psycho-thriller Enemy which features Toronto as a sickly concrete hellscape and two Jakes (Gyllenhaal’s that is.) He thinks it is the best thing released theatrically in 2014 so far. Our Watch List as diverse as old-timey Miramax product, Chocolat, Teller’s documentary on art and craft and forgery, Tim’s Vermeer and an early 1990s bit of hipster TV, Fishing with John. Have at it.

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