Friday One Sheet: Vertigo

From designer Jonathan Burton comes this impressive poster for Hitchcock’s classic, Vertigo. Combining the perspective title card (often in Saul Bass’s work) the emanating lines associated with images and key art of the film, as well as the waterfront of the Golden Gate bridge, perhaps the best detail is the most subtle, the reflection of Kate Novak’s face in the water.

Also, this might be the best use of Orange and Teal that I have seen in a while, here muted to just the right shade. I would happily hang this one on my wall, along with any number of Burton’s classic cinema series posters.

Blu-Ray Review: Fright Night

Director: Tom Holland
Screenplay: Tom Holland
Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffreys
Country: USA
Running Time: 106 min
Year: 1985
BBFC Certificate: 18

Halloween might have been and gone and Christmas is around the corner, but Eureka have gone against the grain to choose the Holiday season to re-release a cult classic horror favourite, 1985’s Fright Night on Blu-Ray (with a dual format edition to follow in April). Written and directed by Tom Holland, it was popular enough to not only spawn a sequel in 1988, but also a remake in 2011 starring Colin Farrell, Richard Tennant and the late Anton Yelchin. When the remake came out I wanted to see the original first, but never got around to it, so never saw either. So this re-release gave me the perfect chance to play catch up.

Fright Night sees typical teenager Charlie (William Ragsdale) grow suspicious of his new next door neighbour, Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon). After seeing him and his lodger Billy (Jonathan Stark) carrying a coffin into their house in the middle of the night, he’s sure something isn’t right. Then he sees a fanged Jerry seducing young women who turn up dead and thinks he spots him turning from a bat into a man. So Charlie is certain his neighbour is a vampire. Unfortunately no one believes him of course, so it’s up to him to put an end to his reign of terror. His girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse) and friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys) don’t believe him either, but are worried about his sanity and what he might do to his ‘innocent’ neighbour. So the two team up to help prove Jerry is human and the only way they can think of to do this is to enlist the support of washed up horror star Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), of whom Charlie is a massive fan. Meanwhile, Jerry and Billy do their best to mess with Charlie and take the three youngsters and cowardly old actor out of the equation.

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Trailer: Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK

Mostly known for sci-fi head scratchers and event level, comic book adaptations, Christopher Nolan has changed sub-genre somewhat and gone for a more dramatic flair with a retelling of the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II. Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, James D’Arcy and Tom Hardy will be the more experienced members of what is said will be a largely young/unknown ensemble cast.

The film will tell the story of Operation Dynamo, the effort to rescue 300,000 Allied soldiers from the French port of Dunkirk after German forces invaded the country. The rescue effort was undertaken by the British Navy, as well as hundreds of small fishing and pleasure boats pressed into service between May 26th and June 4th, 1940.

Dunkirk will open wide to North American audiences in July of next year. If you’re one of the lucky few who can see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 70mm screenings over the coming weeks, you’ll be able to catch a seven-minute clip from the film just preceding Star Wars. The rest of us can get a glimpse of the trailer below.

Contest: Win Passes to See FENCES in Vancouver!

Fences opens in theatres on December 25, 2016 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on December 19, 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre.

Fences is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black.

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74th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

While I’m kind of over the whole movie awards thing – at least in terms of who wins, I do still enjoy the conversation that surrounds them. From the snubs to the nods, the parties to the costumes, the champagne to the hors d’oeuvres. The Golden Globes is leg one of the triple crown of movie awards. The others being of course The Spirit Awards and The Academy Awards.

Now that being said, one of the things I like about the GG is that they’re one of the few shows that honor not only movies but also television. Up until about five years ago that is probably something I would have frowned on or simply waved off. However in 2015 and 2016, arguably the best media I consumed were considered television shows – although that distinction is being blurred more and more every year (case in point: O.J.: Made in America).

La La Land leads this year’s film nominees with a total of seven mentions, followed by Moonlight with six. On the TV side, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” tops with five, followed by “The Night Manager” with four.

This year’s fiesta and award handouts, which are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, will be hosted by The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 8 at 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET from the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The full list of nominees are as follows:

Best Motion Picture – Drama:
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Manchester by the Sea

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
20th Century Women
La La Land
Florence Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

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Cinecast Episode 464 – These Violent Delights

Through snow, cold, rain, holidays or malware, The Cinecast finds a way. Yes, despite RowThree being down for cleaning over the past few days, the boys managed to do some catch-up on 2016 movie releases get it all down on virtual tape. This week, Kurt and Andrew get into Todd Solondz’ “awkward comedy” Wiener-Dog and Kurt hits the theater for Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane… maybe wishes he hadn’t. HBO finished up its first season of “Westworld” and the boys dig through that mess of wires and mazes. As always beware of SPOILERS! For The Watch List, Andrew works on catching up on some other 2016 movies that slipped through the cracks including Tom Hanks, Michael Shannon, Seth Rogen and more. Kurt spent his time hitting the big screen versions of some older gems including Meet me in St. Louis and Tampopo. Also Michael Keaton continues to own the twilight years of his career; this time by owning a McDonald’s franchsie. Join us on this joy ride.

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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Blu-Ray Review: The Man From Laramie

Director: Anthony Mann
Screenplay: Philip Yordan, Frank Burt
Based on a Story by: Thomas T. Flynn
Starring: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp
Country: USA
Running Time: 104 min
Year: 1955
BBFC Certificate: U

I‘ve talked before about my love of the western genre and how my adoration only truly kicked into gear a few years ago. One of the titles that spurred on (pun intended) this more recent fandom was Winchester ’73. The first collaboration between director Anthony Mann and star James Stewart, it used a clever narrative device (the ownership of the titular gun) and was lean, thoroughly engrossing and exciting. Knowing that the pair made four more films together following this, all of which are highly regarded, I’ve been keen to work my way through them. Hearing 1955’s The Man From Laramie often called the best of these, it was at the top of my list. Somehow it’s taken me a couple of years to actually get around to it though and I’m glad I waited, because it allowed my first viewing to be Eureka’s new Masters of Cinema Blu-Ray release of the film.

The Man From Laramie sees Will Lockhart (Stewart) arrive in Coronado with his wagon freight of goods. After dropping them off at the local store he heads with his crew to stock up on salt to take something on to the next town. However, he falls foul of Dave Waggoman (Alex Nicol) who owns the salt flats and punishes Will overly severely, humiliating him and destroying his livelihood. The unhinged Dave is stopped from going even further by his surrogate brother Vic Hansbro (Arthur Kennedy), but that’s not enough to prevent Will from seeking revenge. As the film moves on, we realise there’s more to Will’s presence in town than delivering freight though and his desire for revenge stretches further than saving face against Dave. A group of cavalrymen, including his brother, had been murdered by the Apache, who used repeating rifles clearly sold to them by ‘white men’. So against the opinion of those around him, Will sticks around Coronado to seek his own brand of justice against those responsible.

Alongside this, the film examines the relationship between Dave, Vic and Dave’s father Alec (Donald Crisp) who owns most of Coronado and the land surrounding it. The ageing Alec is priming his son to take over the ranch, but he isn’t ready yet, so Vic currently runs things. Vic feels like he deserves to become the owner though as he’s put more work in, but Dave is Alec’s blood. So their relationship is very strained and Will’s interference helps fuel further disagreement between the feuding men.

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Fate of the Furious Trailer

When I tell friends and family that Episode VIII is my most anticipated film being released nest year, they say “well duh, you’re like the biggest Star Wars fan I know.” And even though our friend Rian Johnson is at the helm, the further adventures of the Skywalker family is not the film of which I speak. Nope, I’m talking about the further adventures of The Toretto “family.”

That’s right, FF8 hits theaters in 2017 and is 100% my most anticipated theater ticket purchase. Look at everything happening here! Dom betrays “the family” and goes rogue. Charlize Theron joins the cast as the new villain. Per tradition, the villain from the last installment is now forced to join forces with the rest of the crew to bring Toretto back from the dark side. A wrecking ball causes a 20 car pile-up. And another tank. It is going to be off the hook y’all!

Get Your Cast to Mars – Hell Is Other People

Get Your Cast To Mars was originally a three part (+ bonus episode) micro-podcast focusing on the planet Mars in the movies. Matthew Brown and Kurt Halfyard considered the red planet as an image, an idea, and a somewhat rare place visited in the cinema of the past 100 years.

We are back for a second season focusing on Mars on Television – specifically, the Ron Howard/Brian Grazer produced six part mini-series that began airing on National Geographic and FX in November 2016. We are sticking with the three part format again for the purposes of this podcast, looking at the series in pairs. Here we look at the unusual nature of the show (hybrid doc/fiction) and the outlay of a set of very elaborate and difficult problems.

As always, please join in the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section and again, thanks for listening!


The Complete First Season of Matt and Kurt getting their Cast To Mars:


The Second Season:

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