Cinecast Episode 184 – Death Lottery

The 4 hour barrier is broken as The Documentary Blog’s Jay Cheel joins Kurt and Andrew on the longest Cinecast ever – you know it is even longer than the previous epic length TIFF show. What do we talk about? For starters, Kurt & Jay examine the Let The Right One In remake, Let Me In (*SPOILERS*), in painstaking detail, and how not to process American remakes of foreign language films. Next we move along for a solid hour on Never Let Me Go (*SPOILERS*) which keeps going on the vibe of comparing source material to eventual film adaptation and why you probably should not do that. More Carey Mulligan talk as Andrew skims and sums up Wall Street 2 with out spoilers. Then, a spoiler-free discussion on Catfish follows, although only Jay caught it, so it is more of a discussion on fake/faux-Documentaries, and ‘narrative-ethics’ which leads to more more talk on I’m Still Here, with a little Last Exorcism and The Blair Witch Project to round things out. Next we move along to the avant garde and barely-narrative Cannes Palme D’Or winner, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and a lot of other films we watched: An overview of the “Middletown” documentary series, a bit of Daybreakers-Redux, a bit of Season 6 of “LOST” (you guessed it, with *SPOILERS*), and more avant garde cinema with Last Year At Marienbad. We also debate the finer points of Steve Buscemi and the cast and crew of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Finally (finally!) at around the 4 hour mark, our DVD picks round out a show that carried us well into the wee hours of the night recording. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed chatting. It may be long, but it is a solid and whip-smart show this time around, although we are biased on that front.

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Boardwalk Empire Trailer. Who Needs the Theater? This is Gonna Be Radical!

Just as LOST goes off the air, a lot of people are “lost” wandering aimlessly through the channels wondering what to do now with their lives. That question, at least for me, was just answered when I caught the promo trailers for “Boardwalk Empire”, the next in line destined to be part of HBO legacy of quality television.

With this cast, crew and subject matter, it’s all I can do to restrain myself from calling the cable company to get HBO hooked up right this second.

If you paid attention throughout that promo, you might’ve noticed the ridiculously awesome cast. Besides Steve Buscemi (looking like possibly his best work since Reservoir Dogs) and the recently always great Michael Shannon (really, those two names are enough for me), there were splashes of Kelly Macdonald, Dabney Coleman, Michael Stuhlbarg, Gretchen Mol and Michal Pitt.

Then of course Scorsese’s name is tacked on there for some reason and the series creator, Timothy Van Patten is no slouch either. You might not recognize the name, but he’s directed a few episodes of “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Deadwood,” “Rome,” and “The Wire.” Basically this just looks amazing. WIth HBO backing it, I really don’t have much doubt in that assumption.

Under the seats is another promo with a little more detail as to the story of the series that begins this fall. Thanks to Switchblade Comb for the heads up on the new promo.

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Have I Got a WOPR for You!

War GamesGrettings Professor Falken! On July 24th the original War Games starring Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy and Joshua will make its one night only return to the big screen in select theaters nationwide. Apparently the movie will screen along with new, cast and crew interviews talking about how the film was really ahead of its time and its relevance today. Which I totally agree with.

Also showing with the film will be a sneak peak at the indirectly related sequel which looks absolutely awful. But hey, more “bang” for your buck right? Thanks to CinemaBlend for the heads up and you can head over to Fathom to find a participating theater near you.