Cinecast Episode 454 – What Won’t You Be Having?

We apologize profusely for the weird sound issues on this episode. We got a new rig in the studio and it might take an episode or three to get all of the kinks worked out. So please bear with us. In the meantime, we’ve got some good stuff to talk about this week. Indie “horror” kicks it up a notch in the silent but deadly, Don’t Breathe (SPOILERS!). Next up, the tragically underseen Hell or High Water (SPOILERS!) recalls some other contemporary westerns and steals from all over the place, yet still feels surprisingly fresh. Like we say on the show, if this ain’t on our top ten list at the end of the year, get ready for a helluva final three months in the cinema for 2016. Our DePalma retrospective continues this week with the delightfully crappy, Snake Eyes. How about that one continuous take for an opening eh? And how about that hurricane performance? We finish off with Kubrick making funny out of not funny, Mel Gibson doing what Gibson does best (getting angry and blowing things up) and some joyous music making from John Carney. Next week will see more DePalma and probably some Scandinavian genre fare from Stellan Skarsgård.

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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Sunday Video Essay: Memories of Murder

Adrian Martin and Christina Álvarez López wonderfully elaborate on the visual motifs and themes of art-house procedural (and my personal favourite South Korean film) Memories Of Murder. They sagely compare it to Zodiac, even though, in fact, Bong Joon-Ho’s film came out half a decade prior. Obviously there are spoilers in here, nevertheless, much like David Fincher’s film, the film is a difficult one to spoil in conventional ways. Want to know why I always point out and highlight (on the Cinecast) that Song Kang-Ho as a brilliant actor, you can see it even in the short snippets and contextual clips presented herein.

A Guest Appearance on The Cinereelist Podcast

Probably my favorite movie related podcast at the moment is The Cinereelists show. It’s gotten me back into chatting about lists again and using LetterBoxd for all its worth and glory as well getting to yell at my phone once in a while as the hosts struggle through some games.

This week I got to guest on not one, but two shows! On Monday James and Zach and I chatted for a bit about our Top 5 Litmus Test films – described in a little more detail on the show. And then for release today, we did a games episode that featured “Chain Reaction” as well as “Me, Myself and Irate.” We had a good time and I’m sure Kurt’s influence on me caused me to make this one of their longer shows in the archive.

Stop by and subscribe to their show! Or at least have a listen to the two episode I participated in if you’re running low of online movie discussion:

Andrew on Litmus Test Lists
Andrew on Movie Games Friday


Trailer: Miss Hokusai

I absolutely adored Keiichi Hara’s quiet and fierce animated portrait of artist Tetsuzo, a.k.a. Hokusai Katsushika, and his grown daughter O-Ei when I caught it at Fantasia in 2015.

Set in 19th century Edo, Japan. Miss Hokusai blends the magical realism sensibility of Studio Ghibli with Ozu Yasujirô-like framing. The film is a father-daughter tale, but really it extends its scope to cover the entire artist and publishing community (and spirit world) in the region at the time. It is as much about the rhythm of a city as it is about the subject insofar as Miss Hokusai is a film that you get so deeply lost in that it is difficult to discern beginning, middle or end. This is a good thing in a genre that is often mocked for its short attention span.

The lovely and sophisticated US Distributor GKIDS (who also brought Boy & The World, Ernest & Celestine, The Secret of Kells and When Marnie Was There in the US) is giving the lovely and sophisticated Miss Hokusai a domestic cinema release in October.

Friday One Sheet: La La Land

There is certainly nothing wrong with simplicity. This minimal poster for upcoming Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling musical, La La Land, still offers plenty of information. The posh clothing indicates a swanky night out, the stage door sign indicated that this is likely the two performing. Not sure what the cool blue tint is indicative of, but the text helpfully offers that the film is from, Damien Chazelle, the director of Whiplash.

The musical premieres in Venice and Toronto in the coming weeks before getting a limited theatrical release in December.

A Murderer… and a Lesbian! The Dressmaker (Trailer)

Remember movies like Bottle Shock or The Full Monty or Mrs. Henderson Presents, in which something “scandalous” hits a small town and meets opposition; only to become embraced and eventually adored by the community, changing everyone’s lives for the better, forever? Here is the iteration of that type of film for 2016: The Dressmaker. And this one is in Australia! What, all of it?*

The Dressmaker stars Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving (where has thing guy been?), Sarah Snook and Judy Davis. Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse who has apparently taken an almost two-decade long hiatus from film making.

Now, this is Winslet and constume design, so I’m all over this thing. But I imagine for others, this will look like pretty safe and uninteresting territory for just about everyone and everything involved.



*old Mark Kermode joke. sorry.

After the Hype #154 – Sing Street



One, two, three, hit it! We’ve got a great episode this week about a great movie that hasn’t gotten enough hype – SING STREET. Sean Carney (no relation to director) joins us to talk about this amazing musical filled with humor and heart. If you haven’t seen the film give our episode a listen, it might change your mind. If you’ve seen it – I know, right?!?!



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Girls on Pop – Episode 8: Oh the Music!

The hero we need right now?

The hero we need right now?

We recorded this show during the final days of the Olympics last week and our recording was shortly preempted by a break to watch the relay race which leads us to kick things off this week with a bit of discussion of one of the biggest events in the world before Sarah (@iBrockely) and I (@themarina) dig into some talk about entertainment news and happenings including a couple of new trailers and some deep discussion on the future of the DC Extended Universe.

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Cinecast Archive Ready! (mostly)

We’ve gotten some requests lately (mostly by insane people that want to torture themselves) for access to the older Cinecasts. I’m happy to report that these are all now archived and available on the R3 servers; all the way back to Episode 1 (please don’t listen to that; it’s torturous for the listener and embarrassing for the host).

Way back when, before the Third Row was around, Kurt and Andrew (and occasionally Matt) got together at the old site of Movie Patron for early Cinecast movie reviews. When that site was deprecated, the Cinecast archive was still there along with download links to the shows and information on each shows. At some point in time, that site was forgotten about and eventually went down (when I stopped paying for it). When that happened, unfortunately all of the information disappeared along with it.

We’ve got a team of monkeys working around the clock…
– Andrew James

Today I re-uploaded all of the episodes to the “new” servers and created archive pages with episode numbers and download links to the mp3s. Unfortunately I lost all of the show notes for those early episodes (1-67). But thanks to listener ROLF(!) we do have quite a bit of information already and we’ve got a team of monkeys working around the clock to get that info into these archived pages (eventually).

In the meantime, there are two ways to access the archive:
1) Hit the podcast dropdown menu on the left of your screen or in the menu of your mobile browser and then choose Cinecast. Scroll all the way to the bottom of that screen (past all of the more current episodes) and then click on “archive.”

2) Click this link.

Good luck in your journey and thanks for listening!