Cinecast Episode 380 – More Hovering

Party crasher on the set of the RowThree Cinecast arrives in studio in the form of one Sean Dwyer from Film Junk. More well-equipped to take the punches from Matt Gamble than anyone, it turns out to be a much more agreeable show than we anticipated – even with the latest Wachowski output being compared to Citizen Kane. That’s right, from the Ascension of the Jovian Gas Giant to the depths of Jude Law’s Russian sea we are a literal high and low podcast. Later in the Watch List, Sean and Andrew look deep into the “Black Mirror” while Matt and Kurt praise another successful editing venture of the great Louis C.K. – of course it doesn’t stop there. We have Steve McQueen, Spike Lee and “that one about the Nazis” on Amazon TV; among many other tid-bits of discussion. We’re happy and honored that Sean could finally make an appearance and happy to hear of the many upcoming moments of greatness still to come from the Film Junk crew.

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Trailer: Last Knights

A pox on all your houses! Or Cancer. Which begs the question: Who in medieval times even knew what Cancer was? Apparently Morgan Freeman does. Along with (after The Knick) a slumming Clive Owen, Noway’s biggest star Askel Hennie (Headhunters) as well as Shohreh Aghdashloo and Cliff Curtis paychecks are cached considerable talents likely wasted on a grim, dour, and ultimately silly looking cash-in of the current Game of Thrones popularity. The Last Knights is directed by Kazuaki Kiriya, the Japanese director responsible a pair of films (Casshern, Goemon) big on ideas but small on execution and written by the guy adapted the Canadian novel Barney’s Version for the screen.

“A fallen warrior rises against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge his dishonored master.”

I dare you to waste your money on this.

TV Teasers: Steven Soderbergh’s The Knick

Likely, landing in the medium that is best suited for his current working style, Steven Soderbergh’s TV series set in New York’s Knickerbocker hospital in the early 20th century. This is back when “Surgery wasn’t always science,” as the Godardian titles jump on the screen in the first promo. Tucked under the seat are several more. The series stars Clive Owen, is premiering on Cinemax and, if all these 15 second teasers are accurate, it looks to be rather bloody.

(Hat tip to Film Junk for this.)

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Cinecast Episode 192 – Rub the Fuzzy Wall

It is a two man operation today, a very casual (and lengthy) conversation of a wide variety of movies. First up is a mixed, but leaning towards positive, review of Edward Zwick’s Love and Other Drugs, which features good chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, but a very mixed bag of tonal shifts. Then we talk a little TV with The Walking Dead. We revisit a number of (relatively) recent films from what is predictable about Predators to what is excellent about Duplicity to what is slightly baffling about Walker, Don’t Look Back and Get Him to The Greek. The video-game as a childrens film in French CGI oddity The Dragon Hunters, and how this similar themed movie differs from Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon is discussed for a while. Then it is back into documentary land for an extensive revisit of King of Kong, as well as credit card debt and the state of the nation (circa 2005-06) documentary, Maxed Out. Andrew makes a case for The Illusionist, and talks about the use of music in Black Snake Moan. We close on all things Kubrick and Steadicam with The Shining and Birth. And some DVD love for Disney and Vikings and Mixed Martial Arts Melodrama. Pull a seat up to the digital fireplace, grab and Brandy and a cigar and lets talk some turkey.

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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s Intruders


I cannot and will not stop beating the 28 Weeks Later drum. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo follow up to Danny Boyle’s gritty outbreak/zombie film is one of the more visceral and adrenaline pumping nightmares to come along in ages. We do not often drop casting news stories around here (we prefer to wait for the more immediate look, such as a One Sheet or Trailer), but I will make an exception for Mr. Fresnadillo. Clive Owen and the underrated Daniel Brühl (Goodbye Lenin, Inglourious Basterds) head up the cast for the English language genre-film that is being produced in Spain (which should be noted is one of the current meccas for quality genre cinema).

The film involves a young girl who has to confront her childhood demons. I do not know how literal this will be, but you can likely expect stylish and visceral filmmaking, a specialty from this director, whose debut feature, Intacto, may be short on making sense, but is incredible on a scene-to-scene basis.

Cinecast Episode 144 – Feeling a bit “Rusty”

Episode 144:
Twilight is upon us! Thankfully our own expert on all things Twilight, Marina Antunes, drops by our virtual studio to offer her thoughts on the film as the guys in the row fell asleep or watched disaster flicks instead. And by popular demand, we also bring back time track listing (in the show notes below) so that you can skip over the stuff you don’t want and know right where to go to hear all about Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. We managed to catch some other stuff in theatrical release including 2012, Surrogates and the latest in the Oprah archive, Precious. Add to this our doomsday marathon, weekly DVD picks and some other bits of goodness, we hope you enjoy the show and be sure to drop us a line either by email or in the comments section below.

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Cinecast Episode 112 – Without Hammering it Home


Episode 112:
The International and The Class are talked about at length as well as some catching up on the old and new classics and of course the good DVDs that are out this week.
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Review: The International

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Director: Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Perfume, Heaven, Paris, je t’aime [segment “Faubourg Saint-Denis”])
Writer: Eric Singer
Producers: Lloyd Phillips, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle
Starring: Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 118 min.

Here was the chance for Tom Tykwer to really let loose with his imagination and prove that he can take the corporate conspiracy sub-genre and do something new and interesting as he’s done previously with the oddly compelling Perfume or the gimmicky, but intense Run Lola Run. Instead, despite the wonderful locales and cold, but alluring cinematography, we’re left with just another dry, “Fugitive-esque” thriller that is as predictable as it is thought provokingly mute.

Clive Owen stars as Interpol Agent Salinger who has been trying for years to crack a corporate conspiracy involving an international bank that he believes is doing more than just banking; e.g. arms dealing, money laundering, escalating regional tensions and government espionage to the highest bidder. With international cooperation, Manhattan District Attorney (Naomi Watts) helps Salinger in tracing one clue to the next in an attempt to get to someone high enough up the ladder in order to expose the conspiracy and whistle blow the entire organization’s true identity. But bringing down a trillion dollar organization that spans the globe and is arguably more powerful than any single nation on earth is not easy and they’ll stop at nothing to make sure no one, including Salinger and Whitman, ever get close enough to expose the truth.
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Owen. Giamatti. Wilkinson. Roberts. SOLD!

Clive OwenClive Owen is in two upcoming corporate scandal films early next year. The first looks a bit on the cheesy, actioner side (The International), but the other, of which I just saw the trailer for today looks damn good. But as the title of this post suggests, I’m obviously biassed.

The film, Duplicity, is the brain child of one Tony Gilroy. So yeah, writer of the Bourne screenplays and better yet, the writer/director of Oscar winning Michael Clayton, I can’t think of many trailers that grabbed my attention immediately. It starts off on a bit more serious note, but as soon as Goldfrapp’s “Ooh La La” starts playing, I instantly got a Soderbergh feel.

So we’ve got the potential smarts of Michael Clayton, the fun action of Bourne and judging from this trailer a bit of Ocean’s 11 Soderbergh and maybe even some Coen Brothers style writing going on here. Add to that this cast and March ’09 suddenly seems very too far away.

And for those haters of Roberts, see Closer or Full Frontal.

Ownen and Watts in Tom Tykwer’s The International Trailer

Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl – wait. Is this a semi Eastern Promises reunion that Viggo Mortensen wasn’t invited to? Maybe not but it’s interesting that we have Watts and Mueller-Stahl reunited in such close succession.

The International stars Owen as an Interpol agent attempting to expose a high-profile financial institution’s role in an international arms dealing ring. I’m sure the involvement of Watts in this project is enough to make a few salivate but I’m much more excited at the opportunity to see another project directed by Tom Tykwer of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and Run, Lola, Run fame.

Unsurprisingly, this trailer is awesome and there’s one scene in there, an overhead shot of hundreds (maybe thousands) of ant like creatures running away. That made me a little giddy.

Sadly, we’re still months away. The International doesn’t open until February 13th.