Cinecast Episode 484 – It’s Unfunny ‘Cause It’s True

The reviews for Baywatch were simply too toxic for even Andrew to stomach, and so it was a stay at home and check out the latest offerings from Netflix kind of week. Luckily Brad Pitt and Tilda Swinton step in to hopefully offer up something militarily wondrous over the Memorial Holiday weekend with War Machine. But does the material match up to the cast/performances? Also, while The Bad Batch does not hit theaters for a month or so, we managed to get into a sneak peek screening and so have a decent discussion on Ana Lily Amirpour’s sophomore effort. It’s one of those films (with empirical evidence provided herein) that requires a second watch to truly appreciate. The Watch List has a documentary double-dose, a 90s Oscar contender, home invasion meets slasher flick, the capture of Osama Bin Laden and we close it all off with some joyful misogyny courtesy of India.

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Contest: Win Passes to See ALLIED in Vancouver!

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Allied opens in theatres on November 23, 2016 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on November 21, 7:00pm at International Village.

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In 1942 North Africa, intelligence officer, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) encounters French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

The movie stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode and is directed by Robert Zemeckis.

We have 6 Double Passes to give away for a chance to see an Advanced Screening of Allied.

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Friday One Sheet: Allied

Movie stars and guns, for better or worse, I cannot think of a more traditional way to make a poster. The poster for Robert Zemeckis’s forthcoming World War II spy movie Allied has a look that says, Daniel Craig era 007 meets Casablanca*. The overall design is not great, not terrible, and pretty much gets the job done.

*If you are aware of the premise of the film, you might also get a dash of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in there too, mainly due to Brad Pitt’s presence.

Cinecast Episode 428 – The Undependables

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Twer the day of the big game. Which makes theaters and restaurants nearly empty. Ergo, Kurt and Andrew are very happy and indulge in the old fashioned style Cinecast complete with an hour long review of Hail, Caesar!, long discussions in each of The Watch List titles and many an unrelated tangent. The popularity of James Cameron’s Avatar continues to baffle the boys while the unpopularity of “lesser” Coen Brothers fare is equally stupefying. We ask for listeners help with casting the next Third Row Productions screenplay that’s in the works. Also Jerry Seinfeld is back with a new season of “talking shop” with comedians in (usually) cool cars. Doesn’t seem like much, but all of the fun adds up in this 3+ hour, old-school Cinecast. Listen up, we’ve got all your secret shit right here!

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Cinecast Episode 423 – A Confident Know-Nothing

The year isn’t quite over yet for the folks in the third row. There are some pretty amazing loose ends to tie up. Before we get into Iñárritu next week, we’ve got some David O. Russell and co. to cover as well as one of the most unlikely best films of the year, The Big Short. The Watch List has Kurt seeing some “lesser” Kubrick in 70mm, Andrew watching the biggest waste of space of 2015 and Matt Gamble having his mind blown by streaming documentaries. If only you could’ve been privy to our off-air discussions, this might have been one of the best Cinecasts in history. Wait til next week when we round off the year with all of our “best of” stuff. Until then, we appreciate you dropping by and having your ear for a couple of hours in this new year, 2016.

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Trailer: By The Sea

Husband and wife seem to have trouble enjoying their vacation in a swanky hotel on the Maltese coast. Angelina Jolie wrote and directed By The Sea, and it stars in it with her husband Brad Pitt. They slap each other a lot, and look very unhappy and it is all very 1970s glamour. Make of that what you will.

Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner.

Cinecast Episode 364 – Fetishizing the Pen

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack. And you may find yourself in another part of the world. And you may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile. And you may find yourself in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife. And you may find yourself in the seats of the third row. And you may ask yourself, well…How did I get here? We ask ourselves the same questions. With no main review this week, we’re stuck with our home viewings and The Talking Heads. Which is plenty when you consider the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen, John Turturro, Fisher Stevens and James Cameron. With nothing to talk about, it’s a mouthful folks (two, actually).

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Trailer: Fury

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #a9a883;”] B [/dropcap]rad Pitt has headed back to WWII combat duty, this time with with director David Ayer and co-stars Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena and Jason Isaacs. Fury offers a straight up story with handsome production values, but if the trailer is any indication, not much else. Ayer is most known for his morally ambiguous big-city cop dramas such as Harsh Times and End of Watch (he also wrote Training Day and Dark Blue) all of which I have found easy to skip, I don’t think I ever seen an Ayer film directed by Ayer; maybe it will be this one.

As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, the men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Cinecast Episode 327 – Building Gazebos


You might be interested in Kurt’s rather epic, “Kermode-ian,” Ender’s Game rant which tackles one of the key issues with modern blockbuster storytelling. He uses Gavin Hood’s slipshod execution and shading as a kind of Case Study in lazy storytelling and not realizing how rich the material one has at hand. But before that, there is a more civilized and in depth conversation on Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave which looks at what the likely future Best Picture winner does well, and where it perhaps mis-steps. Andrew grades the homework assignments, and hands out a new one, regarding World War I films. And a lengthy watchlist segment sees a couple of underrated Wes Anderson titles under discussion (well, full out praise is more like it), the laundry list of V/H/S 2 failures, a little love of body horror-comedy in James Gunn’s Slither, some talk on Kubrick’s The Shining and A Clockwork Orange, Tarantino’s Kill Bill as it quickly approaches being a decade old, and the ‘it’s not for us’ aspects of Steven Spielberg’s Warhorse.

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Trailer: Sail with Ridley Scott’s Counselor

One expects no less than handsome marketing and presentation from director Ridley Scott. And what an effective use of Awoldnation’s super-simple “Sail” to establish an editing rhythm of the piece. Great character beats and strange hair (a mark of potential film excellence if Skyfall and No Country For Old Men have anything to say about it) on Javier Bardem When the first trailers and teasers started appearing for his film based on a Cormac McCarthy original screenplay, The Counselor, it certainly warmed the cockles of my heart to see him tackle a noir-ish little thriller which such an A-list cast.

Trailer for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor Showcases its A-List Cast

Pitt. Fassbender. Bardem. Cruz. Diaz. And the fastest Land Mammal on Earth. These are the things that the teaser trailer wants you to know about the new thriller from Ridley Scott. The title cards helpfully announces that Cormac McCarthy is on screenwriting duty. Ridley Scott gets all the best people. The cast here is so deep (and the teaser so short) they fail to mention or show Bruno Ganz, John Leguizamo, Rubén Blades, Hank (Dean Norris) from Breaking Bad or Margaery (Natalie Dormer) from Game of Thrones.

The Counselor tells the story of a lawyer, played by Fassbender, who finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking. It appears to do so with copious amounts of style and production value. No surprise considering the director. These are the types of movies I hope Hollywood keeps getting opportunities to make, and I hope the final film lives up to this brief tease.