Cinecast Episode 311 – As The Furious Turns

A the fifth Fast and Furious sequel speeds into the multiplex, Kurt and Andrew go deep into the nuance and complex character interactions that have defined the last 12 years of this franchise. OK, not so much. Instead we ask questions about Spanish airport design, what becomes of the 100 commuter funerals after the credits roll, and just how well one can control London surveillance cameras these days. It’s easy to pick on the story inanities of the Furious Franchise, but we do take time to admire the 2nd unit elements of the film, and the editing of parallel action which are excellent. Andrew talks the new Arrested Development season up on Netflix, Kurt is all over the map in trying to parse the motivation and execution of Ridley Scott’s Director’s Cut of Kingdom of Heaven. Frank Capra gets some show time with Arsenic & Old Lace and the cultural impact of It’s A Wonderful Life.

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Cinecast Episode 255 – All Flourish and No Fun

So here it is: your smackdown in the Cabin in the Woods. Andrew sits a little further from the fire this week as to not get burned too much by the Kurt vs. Gamble nerd-a-thon. Check your watch, Necronomicon and your Lemarchand’s box at the door; it’ll be a bit of a bumpy ride. Soon after we have a bunch of old school teaser trailers to talk about; courtesy of the Cinecast listeners. We get a full ActionFest! recap including an encounter with one Ms. Gina Carrano… and a guy who lights himself on fire. Matt brings back the love to Jump Street, plays some video games and gives us a sneak review of Five Year Engagement. Lastly Andrew buzzes through as much stuff as he can including the entire Bourne trilogy, some more Tarsem, rock stars, nerds, activists, magical swords and death smugglers. Let’s just say the show is well rounded. But hey, we kept it under four hours… barely.

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Mamo #248: A Piece of Heaven Fell on Asheville

Mamo comes to you from ActionFest 2012 in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina! We chat up the film festival with a body count while contemplating the warm welcome our American cousins have given us all.

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ACTION FEST!!!!!!!!!!!! 2012!!!!!!

It will be a bit of a Canadian invasion of Asheville’s ActionFest 2012, as RowThree folks – the Mamo boys, and no shortage of other Toronto movie peeps – travel down south for movies, mayhem, and meals! (Oh the meals we shall partake of! Asheville has damn good eats.)

But let us keep the focus on the films: Highlights include Swedish black-comedy, Headhunters (Kurt’s Review), Bobcat Goldthwait’s bullet-laden satire of the US of A, God Bless America (Kurt’s Review), Danny Trejo kicking but as a surly senior vigilante, Badass, the recent Canadian hockey dramedy, Goon and Peter Chan’s martial arts epic, Wu Xia.

The festival, which runs April 12-15, has recently debuted their trailer online (see below) and announced a some of their line-up (tucked under the seat).

ActionFest will also honoring legendary stuntman Mickey Gilbert (Ben Hur, The Wild Bunch), MMA goddess turned actress Gina Carano (Blood and Bone, Haywire) and fight choreographer J.J. Perry (Warrior).

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Cinecast Episode 243 – Jump on that Curve and Ride it to Infinity

 

Soderbegh claims he’s retiring. Yeah right. Every time I turn around my IMDb smart phone app is alerting me to something new he’s working on. Haywire was something we heard about what seems like ages ago now and it’s finally here. Does it live up to the wait and the expectations? Matt Gamble takes another one in the nuts for the team with Red Tails and the latest Underworld picture; in 3D this time. Kurt’s children chime in for a couple of minutes on their thoughts on the 80’s animated series “Dungeons and Dragons.” After that technical snafu, we’ve got a helluva watch list this week rounds out the show with 80s, underrated goofery, catching up with some underseen gems from 2011, a love fest for Ti West’s latest, some Man for Earth discrepancies and a whole lot more.

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Review: HAYWIRE

Welcome to January, folks – the month when studios tend to dump their dogs into the theatres. If you are not looking to play catch up on the pre-Christmas derby of Oscar hopefuls working their way to a wider release or partaking of the blockbusters deemed too ‘holiday’ for the summer season, you may be on the prowl for one of those buried gems of quality nestled amongst the Hollywood trash heap. Steven Soderbergh makes a solid case for the no-nonsense action thriller, and a bid for a few of your shekels, with Haywire. The film does nothing particularly novel. Another expendable super-spy chase slash revenge picture of which there were at least three of last year – Colombiana, Hanna and Ghost Protocol – and features neither an extravagance for expensive set-pieces nor the over-inflated high stakes. But what then separates this from last year, or a multitude of straight-to-video Jason Statham vehicles is this classic Roger Ebert bon mot, “It’s not what you do but how you do it,” which certainly applies here; even something that feels like this particular filmmaker could do in his sleep has such a precise polish and rhythm that not a second of this film feels superfluous. There are enough little touches and intangables to forgive Haywire for having nothing whatsoever to say other than Soderbergh knows his craft. The film is a walkthrough of all the things that director favours and have been showcased in his prolific c.v. The film knows to be lean and mean and is completely unpretentious about its execution.

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Soderberg Directing Marial Arts Actioner Knockout

GinaCaranoIt’s a good thing that Dr. Soderberg has, for the time being at least, forgotten the chatter about quitting directing. Perhaps he was just having a bad day but whatever the reasoning, it’s clear he’s not abandoning film making just yet and frankly, with the awesomeness of The Informant! opening in a few week’s time, I can’t say I blame him.

Word now is that the good doctor will be directing Knockout, a James Bond-like action film about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her martial arts skills for good. The doctor isn’t hiring an action star for the role, oh no. Soderberg is pushing the envelope of this Hollywood project closer to the edges of his most recent indie offering by casting Gina Carano, a mixed martial arts circuit fighter, in the lead.

Apparently Soderberg discovered the Muay Thai-trained fighter on the circuit where, with her good looks and talent, she is considered the face of the up-and-coming women’s mixed fighting. Some may also recognize Carano as Crush from the recent “American Gladiators” reboot. I recognize this as something to get excited about.