Not At Odds #5 – Jupiter Ascending, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb!



Guys! Jandy and I just got back from JUPITER ASCENDING and really enjoyed it. So much so, in fact, that we devoted 40-some minutes to talking about it in this week’s episode of NOT AT ODDS. Here’s the deal: we won’t go to mat for the flick, but we will tell you what worked for us and why we found this mess more enjoyable than some of the more polished fare we’ve seen lately. I also issue a dare that’s somewhat related to last week’s episode.

Let’s get to it!


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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: Jupiter Ascending

Glossy, pulpy, expensive, and looking very much like the sci-fi portion of Cloud Atlas, here is the first look at the Wachowski Siblings’ follow up film, Jupiter Ascending. While it seems far more conventional in its aim (it is essentially Snow White again?) than their previous film, the cast, including Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Doona Bae and Eddie Redmayne seems very much at home in the John Carter-esque surroundings. And it’s nice to see ‘the chosen one’ be female for once, even if it is Mila Kunis. Cheap editorial jabs aside, have a look at the trailer below.

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) is an unlucky Russian immigrant who cleans toilets for a living. She encounters Caine (Tatum), an interplanetary warrior whom the Queen of the Universe sent to kill Jupiter. Caine tells Jupiter that the stars were pointing to an extraordinary event on the night she was born, and that her DNA could mark her as the universe’s next leader.

Cinecast Episode 194 – An Island of Loneliness

After several weeks of ‘shooting the shit’ and not bothering with the current film releases, we attempt to make up for lost time, and even (mother mercy!) get ahead of the game. This episode is loaded down with SPOILER-style reviews of two films in limited release (there is your fair warning) and one that many are looking forward to this Christmas. But fear not dear listeners, Black Swan is getting wider by the week and Finnish oddity Rare Exports, a delightfully deadpan anti-Christmas kids flick is probably coming to a theatre near you any moment now, hopefully VOD or other distribution channels will follow. The last is the Coen Brothers latest, a re-envisioning of the Charles Portis novel that is similar enough to the 1960s John Wayne movie in story and plot that spoilers are more or less moot. The boys pour on the love of classic westerns as well as experimental looks in the genre from Cat Ballou to Deadwood. And being that years end is just around the corner, it is time for lists once again. All three of us present our TOP FIVE female performances as an appetizer for our ten picks of the year. Some great DVD choices this week lead into a rousing “discussion” (and by discussion, we mean an epic They Live styled “PUT THE GLASSES ON” smackdown with Gamble doing his best Roddy Piper and Andrew assuming the stoic Keith David position) of how ‘interesting’ Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet is for what it is. It is worth staying to the end for that one, even if Kurt throws up his hands in exasperation of the whole argument. Oh, and just to mix things up a little we talk some Terrence Malick and the recently web-release Tree of Life Trailer.

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Cinecast Episode 194 – (Alt. No Music Version)

Cinecast Episode 194 (alternate version with no music). This post is simply for streaming purposes and easier access for iTunes subscribers. For full show notes and listener comments, please visit the official post for this episode.




Trailer: Black Swan

After much speculation and curiosity regarding Darren Aronofsky’s latest, we finally get a substantial peek by way of its first trailer, which hit the Apple site yesterday. And boy, does it give you a fair bit to chew on. It seems as though Aronofsky is plunging back into the mental breakdown territory that poked through in the later half of Requiem for a Dream, with more than a little of The Red Shoes thrown in. Plus, on top of the Portman-Kunis rivalry that (I’m guessing) makes up the bulk of the movie, I’m really looking forward to seeing what Vincent Cassel does in this flick. I’m certainly intrigued, and it looks like Black Swan may very well make Aronofsky five for five.

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Review: The Book of Eli

It was only a matter of time before someone took Denzel Washington’s confident teacher shtick (a recurring trait present in his performances all the way back to 1987’s Cry Freedom) and turned the actor into a bonafide preacher. Although the Hughes Brothers are far more interested in comic book appropriation of Spaghetti Westerns, Samurai films and Post Apocalyptic landscapes. It is a winning combination actually, even if the execution is far more John Carpenter than Sergio Leone or Akira Kurosawa. This is not a complaint, in fact, much like Carpenter’s scientist-meet-supernatural Prince of Darkness, it makes the blunt themes around the power of religion and spirituality play better to the material.

There is a dry wit buried in the presentation, of The Book of Eli from Gary Oldman’s town-boss, Carnagie (marvelously chewing scenery) sending illiterates out into the wilderness to find The Bible (they come back with The DaVinci Code and some Oprah magazines) to a brothel room adorned with a poster for A Boy and His Dog. L.Q. Jones’ 1975 cult post-apocalyptic flick is another underrated post-apocalyptic fable with a streak of jet-black humour.

Thirty years after nuclear war, presumably a holy war, as all the religious texts were torched sometime shortly thereafter, a long-in-the-tooth solitary walker, the proverbial Man With No Name (you can call him Zato… -err- Yojim… -err- just Eli) wanders into a one horse town in the desert to get a little fresh water and recharge his iPod (a scene involving a highly pleasurable Tom Waits cameo) but gets sucked into a war over the power of words/religion with Carnagie.

Carnegie has his sights set on empire expansion (he is introduced reading a biography of Mussolini) but feels that the whip and a monopoly on fresh water can only go so far in building an empire – in short, he needs a more powerful weapon. How about the Bible? (“Hearts and minds and all that.”) When he gets wind that Eli, who kills about half of his men in a bloody bar fight, happens to be carrying a copy. It’s a grandiose big old leather bound and locking type, not a pocket sized Gideon issue, commensurate with the budget and size of the film. Carnagie tries several approaches to obtain it before finally setting on heavy artillery. Eli, is reluctant to get involved, like a prophet (or stoic warrior monk), his focus is to stay the course in his journey “west.” But like any good western, he becomes entangled when Carnagie’s prized beauty (Mila Kunis) takes a liking to the good book or the good warrior (or both), and becomes a sort of acolyte slash damsel in distress.

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New Trailer, Same Good Looks: The Book of Eli


Months ago, a teaser trailer surfaced for The Hughes Brothers’ The Book of Eli. The post apocalyptic story starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman features Denzel as the savior, a man charged with protecting a book which will save humanity.

The teaser played up the action and the film’s great production design and this, the first full length trailer for the film, is nearly identical to the teaser which seems to have disappeared off of the blogosphere though if I’m recalling correctly, this may also have the first footage we’ve seen of Oldman. Again, there’s loads of potential here and if nothing else, The Hughes’ Brothers know how to make a good looking film but I’m a bit concerned about the release date. January is usually a dumping ground for movies that suck but I’m hopeful the studio is simply looking to cash in by providing a solid, entertaining film to capture the attention of the masses. The lack of competition is likely to work in their favor and the fact that the brothers have a good track record helps things a fair bit.

The Book of Eli opens on January 15, 2010.

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Denzel Goes Badass in Book of Eli Trailer

It’s hard to believe that we’re nearly a year to the first time I brought up The Book of Eli. At the time, the project had just cast Denzel Washington in the lead as a survivor in a post-apocalyptic world, charged with protecting a book which will save humanity. The really exciting news about that announcement was the fact that The Hughes Brothers (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents and From Hell) would be directing the project. That was the true bit of excitement.

Nearly six months away from the film’s release, we now get a look at the first teaser and though it doesn’t tell you much about the story, it’s enough to show the film’s great looking visuals and, as a teaser is supposed to do, generate buzz for what is shaping up like a promising production.

The Book of Eli opens January 15, 2010.