Cinecast Episode 472 – We’ll Wait

This week’s main feature has much ado and The Mary Sue is going to be none too happy about it. A Cure for Wellness is a bit divisive for your co-hosts this week though we do manage to find some middle ground on some issues. Another Scientology doc – don’t roll your eyes just yet – will be hitting theaters in a limited run over the next few weeks and Andrew and Kurt hash out the interesting film making process in My Scientology Movie more than the subject matter itself. While Kurt played catch-up with last weeks discussion on John Wick: Chapter 2, Andrew visited The Great Wall in his new favorite theater in Minneapolis.

On The Watchlist, Kurt points out that Xavier Dolan is somewhat of a kindred spirit to Pedro Almodovar while Andrew sings the praises of Julieta. And everything comes together in the annual praise of Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war comedy-horror-recruitment-tool Full Metal Jacket.

Sit back and enjoy (Sniff your fingers if you must) it’s going to be a full one.

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Trailer: Terrence Malick’s Song To Song

After the magnificent Knight of Cups and the egregious Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey in 2016, Terrence Malick is back (so soon) with a rock and roll sour romance (Mike Nichol’s Closer with guitars and keyboards?) featuring some of the best A-list actors working today: Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman. Not featured in the trailer are the host of other actors, Cate Blanchette, Clifton Collins Jr., Christian Bale, Benicio Del Toro, Holly Hunter, Angela Bettis, Val Kilmer, and Halley Bennett. Nor do you see the various musicians: Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Johnny Lydon or Arcade Fire.

Shot with his signature style (lots of voice over, wide angle lenses, and pretty much zero emphasis on narrative) with his usual cinematographer, Emmanual Lubezki, if you wanted to know what an indie-rock tale would look like from the elegiac master of cinema, well, the trailer is tucked below.

Song to Song opens on March 17th.

Friday One Sheet: Colossal

Another day, another Kaiju picture. OK, not fair, and in these parts we have not given enough love to Nacho Vigalondo’s feminist, metaphorical-literal toxic-relationship cum monster movie, Colossal. This unorthodox (as is the film) poster, is hot pink, giving the genre the finger, while simultaneously affectionately putting on a puppet show. This is, in fact, exactly what the film is. I saw it at TIFF last year, and it is a solid genre effort that has some progressive meat on its bones; in spite nothing being subtextual, as the movie wears its ideas right on its sleeve. (I wonder if in the poster if it is a hand model, or actually Anne Hathaway’s hand.)

Just for completeness sake, we have tucked the trailer under the seat, but this movie plays better if you go in with no expectations. You’ve been warned, as with every Vigalondo picture, the discovery of the mystery/puzzle/rules is one of the chief pleasures of the thing, best not to have a trailer do the short-hand work in advance.

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Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

Director: Chris McKay
Writer: Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Jared Stern, John Whittington
Producers: Christopher Miller, Dan Lin, Phil Lord
Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson, Ralph Fiennes, Siri, Zach Galifianakis, Jenny Slate
MPAA Rating: PG
Running time: 104 min.



My original posting of this review can be found at Film Pulse


My apprehension toward spin-offs and my love of (nearly) everything Batman proved to be at odds with one another going into the kinetic The Lego Batman Movie, resulting in cautious optimism about an entire film based on the brick version of one of DC’s most popular heroes and one of The Lego Movie’s most humorous characters.

Thankfully, the film lives up to its predecessor, delivering a hilarious deconstruction of the Batman mythos while telling an action-packed and surprisingly heartwarming story. Will Arnett reprises his role voicing the caped crusader whose self-inflicted isolation starts to get the best of him, resulting in The Joker (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) rejecting his lack of emotional attachment by hatching a plan to unleash a bevy of pop culture villains on Gotham City in an act of defiance.

This plan is the result of an explosive opening action sequence involving Batman once again foiling The Joker’s plot to take Gotham, ending in a brief exchange wherein Batman professes to The Joker that he doesn’t care about him or anyone else for that matter, and he doesn’t recognize him as a worthy adversary.
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Trailer: The Bad Batch

Billed as, “A dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals,” having seen the film, i can attest that that is a pretty accurate description of the film. And yet, even with that description, the film is a bit of an oddball. This is fitting, as the film is given a very unconventional trailer – which confirms one of the films chief strengths, its integration of music in to story and image.

From Ana Lily Amirpour, the director of Iranian set (Los Angeles shot) vampire picture, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, the film is brimming with top actors in tiny parts (Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi, Diego Luna, and Jim Carrey all have superb supporting roles). Suki Waterhouse and Jason Mamoa star in the film (and have some excellent chemistry.) Unlike the moody black and white Jarmusch-ian urban nightscapes of her first feature, she has gone saturated sunshine in the desert here, and it is both gorgeous not easily comparable to any other filmmaker.

Great tagline: “Being good or bad depends on who you are standing next to.”

The Bad Batch opens in the US on June 23rd.

After the Credits Episode 204: Littlest Hobo Media Spew

Watch out. Here comes the Mennonite mob

Reality TV?! That’s right – we’ve been sucked into the world of reality television but this isn’t exactly “The Bachelor.”

Join us this week as Colleen and I (Letterboxd) delve into some of the material that’s been keeping us busy over the last few weeks including lots of TV, a few books and even a couple of albums!

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Blu-Ray Review: Train to Busan

Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Screenplay: Sang-ho Yeon
Starring: Yoo Gong, Soo-an Kim, Yu-mi Jung
Country: South Korea
Running Time: 118 min
Year: 2016
BBFC Certificate: 15

I‘ve been enjoying a glut of East Asian genre movies of late with Creepy and The Wailing both impressing me. I hoped to continue this winning run with the South Korean zombie film Train to Busan, which has been gathering a lot of acclaim from critics and horror fans alike. I’m a bit tired of zombie movies these days to be honest, but I have faith in the Koreans to inject a bit of fresh blood into the genre and from what I’d heard, Train to Busan had done just that.

The film sees a zombie outbreak tear through South Korea after a leak at a biotech site. We don’t witness the beginnings though, instead we follow the hard-working hedge fund manager Seok Woo (Yoo Gong) as he takes his young daughter Soo-an (Soo-an Kim) on the train to Busan to see her mother. The two parents have separated and Seok is struggling to spend enough time with Soo-an, so she wants to go live with her mother. Circumstances around the pair cause Seok to have to step up as a father though when the undead start attacking in hordes and the two are trapped on the train along with a few other survivors and the hungry remnants of the less lucky passengers.

I’m not sure it quite lived up to all the hype, but I did enjoy Train to Busan quite a lot. Pitching closer towards action than horror to some extent, the film played more towards my tastes in that aspect. Instead of jump scares and a reliance on gore (this is bloody, but not gross-out) we get pulse-racing chases as waves of zombies launch at our protagonists. This style of fast paced zombies attacking in great numbers is reminiscent of World War Z, but the scale is kept just about small enough and less CGI-heavy to seem more realistically threatening.

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Cinecast Episode 471 – Bronze is Better Than Silver

While we have two new theatrical reviews this week, the first review is mostly a Kurt monologue while with the second, it’s mostly Andrew’s mic and podium. I expect some disagreement from the peanut gallery in both cases. We talk a little bit about the upcoming summer films of 2017 and how our hope is reinvigorated for the blockbuster. Andrew is still playing some catch up with 2016 including more (yes, more!) Michael Shannon and the controversial personalities of Nate Parker and Mel Gibson. Kurt heads back to 1985 with Mickey Rourke for a couple of hours and is baffled that the bedlam on display was blocked from his memory. In a moment of fantasy speculation, we ponder the effects on the careers of Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke had their roles been flip-flopped. We’ll be back next week with some of Godzilla’s ancestry in China and some sci-fi body horror from Gore Verbinski.

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