Cinecast Episode 497 – On Skis

Scheduling lately has been rough as summer winds down and school is starting and film festivals and then of course hurricanes. But we managed to pull something together with the help of our friend Darren Aronofsky and his mother! The aforementioned hurricanes actually help to facilitate a trip through TIFF that otherwise wasn’t going to happen; so there’re lots of titles there to get through from Bruckner to Zahler. Andrew has been playing catch-up on some bullshit titles of the last year or so as well as going back to earlier Fincher as refresher. Lastly, Twin Peaks Season 3 The Return has wrapped up and Kurt has a number of things to discuss about that little slice of mayhem. Lots to dig into this week folks, and we’re starting with the book of Genesis. So stick this in your ear and settle in.

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New ‘The Wrestler’ Clip

Mickey RourkeWhen Kurt and I did our Top 5 most anticipated films of the next 45 days (i.e. “Oscar season”) podcast, I don’t know where my head was at when I didn’t include Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler (Kurt’s review) on my list. After seeing the newest trailer and a bunch of clips (which normally I avoid like the plague as I like to go into a movie fresh as possible) I can’t help but think this is my #1 most anticipated movie of the Oscar season (with Che and Benjamin Button only half a length behind).

This newest clip, thanks to worstpreviews, just intrigues me even more. Now I have to admit I’m a little biased in that I think Tomei is one of the most gorgeous women acting today, but beyond my shallowness, the acting looks superb and I just can’t wait to see where Rourke takes this thing. I know lots of people have already seen the film, but to those who haven’t, check out the clip below (or more clips at the link provided) and tell me you’re not captivated immediately.

TIFF Biggies – Aronofsky, Kaufman, Linklater, Winterbottom, Soderbergh, Boyle, Smith x2

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As we get closer and closer to the full Toronto International Film Festival slate being announced, the press office decided to drop a big announcement today several new and high profile films including much anticipated Synecdouche, NY from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the epic-length Che biopic from Steven Soderbergh, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire, Rian Johnson’s The Brothers Bloom, Michael Winterbottom’s Genova, and Kevin Smith’s Zack & Miri Make A Porno (which I’m sure will have a great Q&A, Smith does good in that department).

Fans of Babel, Amorros Perros and 21 Grams should note that writer Guillermo Arriaga is making his directorial debut with The Burning Plain; and if you have any interest in the ‘little guy vs. The Ford Corporation’ story with Greg Kinnear, then note that Flash of Genius is also playing.

There is a new Richard Linklater film, but it is a theatre/film hybrid, so attend at your own risk. The film is called Me and Orson Welles.

These will be hard films to get into unless you want to pay the heavy Special Presentation price at the Elgin, a whopping $40 per ticket or so (yie), making the other two off-screenings of the film high demand from pass/coupon holders. But I suspect that it will be easier to attend than previous festivals if you want to spend the $$$.

Lastly, actor Charles Martin Smith (Never Cry Wolf, The Last Casino) is directing the closing film, which stars Robert Carlyle, called Stone of Destiny.

The full Toronto list of 20 Special Presentations (and film descriptions) follow under the seat.
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Darren Aronofsky’s Robocop confirmed

Robocop 2I‘m still struggling with the fact that Darren Aronofsky has committed to direct a remake/reboot/whatever of Robocop for MGM. The project is being fast-tracked for a 2010 release date (due to the success of Ironman, perhaps?)

has confirmed this former rumour.

While Row Three has a love of Robocop (Finite Focus) and all things Paul Verhoeven, and Darren Aronofsky usually makes visually snappy and interesting films, I can’t say that I’m thrilled about this project. Time will tell what approach they will take to the material.