Cinecast Episode 463 – This One is Icy (Your Mom Was Right)

Matt Gamble from Where the Long Tail Ends makes his triumphant return to The Cinecast to sing the praises of Tom Ford and Hailee Steinfeld! Andrew and Kurt give Gamble a break for a moment while we head to Manchester by the Sea with Casey Affleck. The Watch List hits some big titles and small. With PT Anderson, Taika Waititi, Steven Spielberg, Paul Verhoeven, George Miller and competitive endurance tickling.

Breaking from tradition a bit, we cease to bring about any shouting matches or deliberate sign-outs (the Skype equivalent of slamming the door) upon Matt’s return, but nevertheless its a spirited conversation and it was fun getting the band back together. Hope you enjoy the show. And remember, SPOILERS!

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Mondays Suck Less in The Third Row

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Mark Kermode on Jaws @ 40.
The Most Egregious Acting Oscar-Snubs of the Past 10 Years
Errol Morris on Typography and Truth
For Fans of the Plot of Serial, The Undisclosed Podcast
The World’s Largest Shipyard?


Re-live 1980s Cheese with Green Screen and Vector Graphics and Hitler: Kung Fury


The Cinematography Strategy of Fast-Cutting on Fury Road


Wes Anderson Parody Trailers are a Dime-a-Dozen. The editing is strong in this one.


Shia LaBeouf cautions against living in a van down by the river


The Unauthorized Biography of Vincent Price


Josh Olson on the Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean


In praise of The Chairs in Cinema


Mondays Suck Less in The Third Row

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Precious Bodily Fluids and Ownership in Fury Road
RussellMania! (Toronto)
How To Fix Canadian Cinema
Why Does Nobody Talk About Avatar?


Some of the best David Letterman Bits

The Best David Letterman Guest Moments Compilation by worldwideinterweb


The wonderful world of Estonian sweets


John C. Reilly closes out Cannes like a Boss

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Cinecast Episode 396 – Rated ‘R’ for Mood

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It has finally happened. Matt Gamble shows up and forces a co-host to say enough is enough and leave the room. In these parts, it is probably the best way to handle things until cooler heads prevail – which takes a few minutes. You might think is the grotesquery on display in Fury Road or the non-necessity of the Pitch Perfect sequel becoming this weekends box-office champ. But No. Appropriately it is the Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 6. If Beinioff and Weiss, HBO’s show-runners are looking for a reaction, they have gotten it… Things devolve into semantics, call it the “Daybreaker’s Effect.” But fear not, intrepid listener with ringing ears, we move on to happier, less controversial places created by Mike Judge, Neil Marshall and Alfred Hitchcock.

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Review: Mad Max Fury Road

There and back again, a breeders tale.

When you boil all of the fireworks and prop-fetish out of the latest Mad Max film, Fury Road, you really have simplicity. The women are fed up with the men using them as chattel – literally, as seen in a human dairy farm made for the purposes of feeding the big-bad, Immorten Joe, and his mutant children, ‘mothers milk.’ The remaining, less tethered, women decide to leave, but then, given few options for emigration in a desert planet, decide to return. Vehicular mayhem of the likes never put up on screen in the history of cinema ensues. And there are consequences of upsetting the social order of things, mostly the crashing and burning of things, but a few lessons are learned along the way.

Mad Max, at least in the ever-increasing-in-budget sequels, has always been the iconic Ronin who wanders into town, tipping the scale of social order by his masculine independence. He is a symbol in a world of warlords and cowering, dirty plebian peasants.

In the rather muddled opening prologue seemingly run at 1.5x speed and laden with superfluous micro-flashbacks of the disappointed children who have taken root in Max’s subconscious, Max is captured by Immorten Joe’s ‘War Boys,’ stripped of his V8 Interceptor, and arrives at the Citadel to coincide with the younger women, those not tied to a milking apparatus, making their exodus. The gambit involves the outposts only female warrior, Charlize Theron here a hard-beaten alloy of Pris, Cherry Darling, Meredith Vickers, and Sarah Connor folded to steel and decorated in cosmetic axel-grease foundation. Imperator Furiosa has a plan to smuggle out the last of humanity’s corn-fed center-fold DNA to the mythical ‘green place,’ beyond the desert sandstorms under the guise of a regular gasoline and ammunition resupply run. Joe straps on his Vader-meets-Bane breathing apparatus and engages in pursuit. Max gets entangled.

Fury Road is essentially a remake of the (superior) template-setting 1981 sequel, The Road Warrior. It replaces gasoline with lady-flesh clad in fluttery white maternity wear, and aims to get way-the-fuck-beyond the Thunderdome. This is helped considerably by hundreds of millions of 21st century studio dollars. For George Miller nerds, there are enough callbacks to the original films (from actors to onscreen images) to fuel a good sized jerrycan. The wild practical stunts involving vehicles and men leaping from car to truck to monster-truck, or dangling from poles and any number of resulting slap-stick visual gags buried in a modern CGI spectacle reminded me more of the set-pieces in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger than George Miller’s previous desert chases. Perhaps this seeded the desire for the film to be about how we watch these kind of movies. Maybe it is.

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Final Fury Road Trailer

The final, Mad Max: Fury Road trailer popped up online yesterday. It features much of the wild tone and imagery of all the previous trailers, but this one exists more or less to communicate the actual story beats.

At this point, I’m not sure what Warner Brother’s feels they need to sell with the film, either people are chomping at the bit to see the promised insanity and over-the-top imagery, or they have decided it is not for them.

I’d argue that the marketing folks nailed everything there is to nail with the Comic-Con trailer last year, with its Clockwork Orange meets massive post-apocalyptic chase imagery, but if need to scratch the itch for a few new bits of Fury Road before the films May 15th release date, this trailer more than hits the spot.

Friday One Sheet: Orange and Steel

With the marketing engine for the long delayed Mad Max sequel/reboot hitting its peak in the last couple weeks, here comes all the outdoor and big-cinema exterior banners. This super-quad gives a fresh new feel to the typical 21st century action-movie Orange & Teal cinematography-style. The crisp bold titles with the films two stars poised and ready against the post-apocalyptic world is all one needs to know. Mad Max: Fury Road will certainly not be a movie for wide audiences, but for the core fan-base and lovers of pure action cinema, all of the marketing has been hitting the sweet spot.

BIG New Trailer: Fury Road

The space goes down, down baby, down, down the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, sweet, sweet, don’t let me go. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. Shimmy, shimmy, cocoa pop. Shimmy, shimmy, rock. I met a girlfriend – a triscuit. She said, a triscuit – a biscuit. Ice cream, soda pop, vanilla on the top. Ooh, Shelly’s out, walking down the street, ten times a week. I read it. I said it. I stole my momma’s credit. I’m cool. I’m hot. Sock me in the stomach three more times.

You probably do not need to be sold any more on this project, you are either in or out at this point. If not, watch the latest Mad Max: Fury Road trailer in 1080p

Cinecast Episode 354 – Past is Prologue

Put the flag up the pole, Andrew and Kurt like a comic book superhero movie a lot. And go figure, X-Men: Days of Future Past mimics the Kurtzman-Orci canonical reset button, has time travel figure largely into the plot, and revels at times in 1970s trappings. But there is empathy and stakes… and that matters. After talking a little X-men (SPOILERS!), things move on to a Top 5 and tangents on time travel in cinema (as in, just what the hell is a time travel movie these days?)

Then it is onto some Filth (mild SPOILERS!) where James McAvoy grins like a guilty child while banging everything in sight and generally misbehaving. But what was the missing ingredient from the film? There is talk again of that slippery thing called empathy.

Finally, things roar to a finish with a single Watch List title: Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior a movie that is timelessly simple and pure in execution. We look forward to George Miller drivin’ that tanka again in his rebooting his own franchise with Mad Max: Fury Road a film that has been in production forever, but arrives in May 2015. Someone out there is starting rumors that it will be a game changer. Will it give Star Wars VII a run for its literal money? It will if Kurt has anything to say about it.

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