Cinecast Episode 433 – Stay for the Limb Licking

We should probably just get right to it as there is a lot to cover this week folks! First off, we have our good friend Corey Pierce of the Soundtrack of your Life podcast joining us this week to help in a (SPOILER!) discussion of the spiritual successor to Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane. After that, there are some other films in the cinemas these days so we dive into both Stephen Chow’s Mermaid and the astoundingly great movie that got yanked from US cinemas at the zero hour, The Little Prince.

The Watch List has documentaries, remakes, young adult epics, the slowest film of all time (yes, one of us shut it off after an hour), James Gillham’s (Google him) favorite film of all time, a Ben Stiller marathon, revisiting of an Oscar nominee, Wrestlemania and Thundercats in the Soprano’s TV era. If there isn’t something in there to float your proverbial boat, then you’re probably not even reading this in the first place. We do have some connection issues with our guest towards the end as Corey drifts off into the ether.

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Friday One Sheet: Alex of Venice

Continuing what I call the South Korean school poster-art (idiom: a clean, polished picture of a single or pair of characters with a pleasing, but vague background) we have this one for a Mary Elizabeth Winstead starring drama, Alex of Venice. Soft and warm lighting with subtle lens flaring gives off an innocent, glowing impression. And while I’m not absolutely crazy about the dueling fonts in the actual title presentation, I will admit that it does draw the eye and adds a strong visual element to an otherwise simple design. That being said, I like simple.

Trailer: Kill The Messenger

It is telling that all of our ‘investigative journalism’ stories are now period pictures. Jeremy Renner here plays San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb who uncovered the fact that the CIA was smuggling cocaine into the United States for the purposes of funding Central American Contra activities. (On a side note: This is also why former LA police detective Michael Ruppert turned down CIA appointments and became a full time investigative journalist and conspiracy researcher, and the subject of the 2009 film, Collapse. And while Ruppert is not in any way involved in this particular story, in real life, both Ruppert and Webb eventually committed suicide.)

Adapted from Webb’s 1999 book Dark Alliance and directed by Michael Cuesta (TV’s Homeland and Dexter) this looks very solid stuff, in a genre of film that isn’t made as often as I would like. The massive supporting cast is stacked to the gills with great actors: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Michael Sheen, Oliver Platt, Michael K. Williams, Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Berry Pepper, Robert Patrick, and Rosemarie DeWitt.

Cinecast Episode 179 – CGI Blood

Gamble returns to bestow much love on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (SPOILERS!) and naysay anyone else in the process. The discussion gets more confusing as you go along, brevity (or coherence) is not our strong suit, Andrew was significantly disappointed by the film and Kurt does what he can to remain aloof of the whole ‘fan-culture’ thing. The conversation eventually segues into video game experience (and that is a first on this show). Also on the docket, Sly Stallone’s retro-action picture The Expendables (SPOILERS!). There is a little Roman Polanski talk and Martha’s Vineyard Green-Screening in The Ghost Writer, a revisit of Vicky Christina Barcelona as well as mucho love for Sam Rockwell in Safe Men and Matchstick Men. To complete the ‘man quadrilogy’ there is also mention of Michael Douglas’ A Solitary Man and Jeff Daniels/Ryan Reynolds comedy Paper Man.

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Scott Pilgrim Trailer is Fun (and Epic)

Scott vs. World

Living up to the one-sheets promise to be an epic of epic epicness, comes the trailer for Edgar Wright’s (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) third film. Comic panel framing, overlayed “Ka-Pows,” flaming swords and bittersweet puppy-love all wrapped up with a solid cast and great visual design. Toronto locals will get a serious kick out of the city playing itself quite prominently in Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Bring it. has it in all shapes and size including glorious HD.