Cinecast Episode 388 – It Follows

 
For those looking for our Furious 7 review, be sure to check out The RowThree Super Ticket. In here, it’s all indie horror making a big splash. Matt, Andrew and Kurt hash it out. Minimal editing, production and show notes here folks. If you want the full deal, we leave that up to Toretto and James Wan in another podcast.

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Super Ticket Episode 5 – No More Funerals

Listen up woman! Shit’s about to get real. We’re not letting some snot-nosed Limey who thinks he runs the world get under the skin of this podcast. No sir, we’re calling in the cavalry. Mamo & Cinecast unite to dislodge any notion y’all got about taints or GPS parachutes. Cars do fly in this universe and damned we’ll be if any sum bitch, especially Jason Statham, is gonna take that away from us. We gots NOS in our brain and petrol in the veins, so sit down, have a tuna sandwich and chill with us. You can have any beer you like; as long as it’s a Corona. This is the Super Ticket, brah! And we’re talking Furious 7. Recognize.

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Trailer: Burying The Ex

Yes it has been 6 Years since Joe Dante released a feature film. The Hole is a so-so picture, with surprisingly good (and restrained) 3D, that very few folks in Canada or the US got a chance to see due to poor distribution, so more or less, it has been 12 years since Mr. Dante has had a theatrical feature in the multiplex (Looney Tunes Back in Action). As much as I quite adore his Trailers from Hell website (Seriously, spend some time there, it’s great!) and his occasional TV work, I’d really like to see a return to form.

By all accounts, Burying The Ax is not going to be that thing, and a muddled, often obvious trailer (cut rather artlessly considering trailer editing was Dante’s Truck & Trade for years under Roger Corman) seems to confirm this.

However.

Most Joe Dante pictures have a way of aging rather magnificently, from The Howling to The Burbs to Gremlins 2. So I look forward to being wrong on this.

Max (Anton Yelchin) is a nice guy. Evelyn (Ashley Greene) is his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend. Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies. Evelyn returns in zombie form and is determined to take her boyfriend back from her nicer, cuter, possible soul-mate replacement, Olivia (Alexandra Daddario).

Burying The Ex comes to VOD in June (with very limited theatrical.) To that I say, sorry folks, despite the success of both Warm Bodies and the Evil Dead remake (note image above, and how it resembles the original Evil Dead poster) Joe Dante’s multiplex days appear to be over. I remain hopeful that this is not the case, but we will always have Trailers from Hell.

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Soundtrack Of Your Life #11: New Jack City

Am I my podcast’s keeper? Yes I am..

Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

For episode 11, for the first time, Corey welcomes 2 guests at once. First there is Petula Neale, a local film fan who in her own words rightfully proclaims: “Gives good voice” . Additionally welcome David Voigt, a critic within Toronto for many years who recently has started up his own site, In The Seats. We bring them together as both have chosen 1991’s New Jack City, a goofy Scarface-influenced crime film with a soundtrack loaded with big rap & R&B hits, but more importantly the influential fusion genre of new jack swing. Tune in for discussions of explicit lyric stickers, hiding tastes from friends, hanging around the wrong crowd, and trying to find any crowd at all.

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Blu-Ray Review: From Bedrooms to Billions

Director: Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield
Writers: Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield
Starring: David Braben, Peter Molyneux, Shahid Ahmad, Nigel Alderton, Nick Alexander, Fred Gray, Geoff Crammond, Jeff Minter, Jon Hare, Matthew Smith
Producers: Anthony Caulfield, Nicola Caulfield
Country: UK
Running Time: 150 min
Year: 2014
BBFC Certificate: E

From Bedrooms to Billions is an independent documentary looking at the birth and growth of the British video games industry, funded by an Indiegogo campaign run by its producers/directors/writers, Anthony and Nicola Caulfield. Speaking to a vast number of those involved, the pair tell the story of how young geeks figuring out how to make basic games on the first home computers like the Sinclair ZX80, Spectrum and BBC B/Micro went on to build a small cottage industry out of nothing which went on to be an important driver of what is now the biggest entertainment industry in the world.

When I first saw the film advertised I thought it looked like your standard nostalgia trip, the likes of which you see filling gaps in TV schedules, but being a child of the 80’s who grew up alongside video games (although I’m a little young for the Spectrum, I came in with the Acorn Electron then the Amiga), I couldn’t resist going along for the ride. However, I quickly came to realise that this is actually an exceptionally well researched and constructed documentary which truly charts the history of the movement. It’s not a throwaway piece simply glazing over and making do with playing clips over quotes saying how great all these games were. This is especially apparent in the sheer number of contributors the directors managed to interview. The list is exhausting, taking in well known figures such as David Braben (co-creator of Elite) and Peter Molyneux (Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Theme Park, etc.) as well as those involved in video game music and art design.

It’s a fascinating story too. I was well aware of how games and consoles have developed over the last 30-odd years, but I hadn’t thought about where it all came from. The film makes you realise just how wild and avant-garde it was. When the first systems came out, there weren’t any games available. You didn’t have shops in every high street stocked to the roof with them. You had to programme your own games by typing lines and lines of code. Many of the first home games would be found in magazines that would publish the coding for them. The people who developed the industry were largely youngsters barely out of school (some still in it), who had no business knowledge, so it was a crazy mess in its infancy. It all began of course in the pre-internet days so it was truly underground at first and grew through magazines and word of mouth. The film does an excellent job of appreciating how this happened.

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Blu-Ray Review: Man of the West

Director: Anthony Mann
Screenplay: Reginald Rose
Based on a Novel by: Will C. Brown
Starring: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb, Arthur O’Connell, Jack Lord
Producer: Walter M. Mirisch
Country: USA
Running Time: 100 min
Year: 1958
BBFC Certificate: 12A


I‘ve been enjoying my own mini western renaissance over the last couple of years. I’d always held a handful of westerns in high regard, with probably my all time favourite film (Once Upon a Time in the West) being from the genre, but I hadn’t considered myself a ‘fan’ until recently. My love of Leone was possibly part of the reason, steering me away from Hollywood westerns and towards the Italian ones, most of which are woefully unavailable in the UK. However, the last few years have opened my eyes to a number of true American greats and now I can proudly call myself a fully fledged western fan.

The film which began my new love affair with the west was Anthony Mann’s Winchester ’73. I adored it and was pleased that most of the rest of the director’s collaborations with James Stewart were in same the DVD box set that housed it. My run of westerns since then has taken in classics from a variety of stars and directors too and I still haven’t been disappointed (other than with one or two less respected spaghetti westerns). I’ve been gathering whatever titles I can, whenever I see any on offer, and, looking up Mann’s filmography, I also liked the sound of one of his last westerns, Man of the West. I hadn’t got around to it though, until the PR guys behind the ever trustworthy Masters of Cinema series offered me a Blu-Ray screener of their new release of the film.

Man of the West stars Hollywood legend Gary Cooper as Link Jones, who enters a bustling town to take a train to Fort Worth, where he is to hire a teacher for his much smaller town. There’s a sense that he’s not the quiet do-gooder he claims though or so the local sheriff suspects. When the train gets hijacked by bandits and Link, motor-mouthed salesman Sam Beasley (Arthur O’Connell) and attractive bar-room singer Billie Ellis (Julie London) are thrown off and left to walk to the nearest town, we learn the truth about the mysterious man. He takes his two companions to his old home, where they find the gang of bandits that includes a couple of Link’s cousins and is led by none other than his uncle, Dock Tobin (Lee J. Cobb). And so begins a tense power play between the ‘bad guys’ and Link, who wants to continue to go straight as he had been doing for many years, but has no choice but to play the hard man to avoid getting himself and his innocent friends killed.

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Manoel de Oliveira. 1908-2015

Our oldest living filmmaker, prolific Portugese director, Manoel de Oliveira, has passed on at the incredible age of 106. To put things in perspective, his first work in the film industry was in the SILENT FILM era; specifically 1927. And his career spanned more than 60 Features, Documentaries and short films. Although I do not believe I saw a single one of his many films, much of which are from an industrious run in the past 20 years, his passing underscores once again to me, just how young filmmaking is as an artform.

Working steadily into his hundreds, Manoel de Oliveira’s final feature screened in 2012 at the 69th Venice International Film Festival; Gebo and the Shadow stars Michael Lonsdale, Jeanne Moreau, Claudia Cardinale, Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trêpa and Luís Miguel Cintra and is based on the play The Hunchback and His Shadow by Raul Brandão.

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