Cinecast Episode 200(!) – Stats, Stories and Sunshine

 

 
 
So, the better part of five years just seems to have flown by us in a podcasting frenzy. First, THANKS(!) to everyone who has ever downloaded or streamed a show and actually listened to the thing in its entirety. We certainly could do the show without you, but what would be the point? It would not be as much fun or as rewarding without the feedback and comments; so thank you very much for all the interaction over the years! Also, several shout-outs in the show go to various people that have helped out over the years (you know who you are!) There is no main review this week, instead we spend the majority of our time working out personal issues with one another and just sort of reminiscing about the podcast. Also, favourite films, favourite film going experiences and a big old batch of great listener emails (two hours of that!) Eventually, we talk a little on The Mechanic on The Mechanic and sort through the great selection of DVDs coming out this week.

So, excuse (or indulge) in a great big boatload of narcissism (fair warning!) and thanks everyone for listening and supporting over the past half decade. Here is to you and here is to two hundred more. Cheers!

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!


 
 

 

 

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Trailer: Malick’s Tree of Life in luscious 1080p

It has been a long time coming, a troubled journey to final cut, par for the course in the filmography of Terrence Malick, but Tree of Life has been promised to the world this summer after being somewhat promised to us for Cannes 2009, Cannes 2010, TIFF 2010. The trailer has been attached to some film prints (apparently, not the ones in Canada) of Black Swan, but after a week of exclusive celluloid and grotty Youtube bootleg versions, it comes to Apple.com in 1080p Quicktime. You may want to stop what you are doing and have a look see.

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Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith.

Some day you will fall down and weep. You will understand it all. All of Things.

That is one hell of a promise. Mr. Malick. Here is hoping you are good for it. Who are we kidding, we know you are. Emmanuael Lubezki’s cinematography and Alexandre Desplat’s score are not hurting things, either.

Where on the scale of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Fountain will Tree of Life sit?

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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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“Jumper” Sequel a Maybe

While everyone talks about the terrible trailer for Doug Liman’s new political “thriller,” Fair Game, it reminded me that I needed to check up on Jumper 2 news/rumors. And lo and behold, Hayden Christian mentioned in a quick interview with the magicians over at MTV that there are some rumblings about a script being developed for the next film.

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

“We’re talking about it right now actually…Hopefully [the story will go] somewhere a little darker. I think there’s a lot, lot, LOT you can do with it. But, ya know it was sort of set up in a way that it’s gonna be mother hunting son and possibly even maybe, ya know, sister hunting brother. We’re talking about it, trying to figure it out.”

So yeah, I admit it; I’m a fan of the original Jumper movie (in fact, I like most of Liman’s previous work) for a lot of reasons. Hayden Christiansen doesn’t happen to be one of those reasons, but I definitely look forward to more of the story. I liked the way this character used his super powers believably (before Hancock did) and I dig the rest of the cast (particularly Jaimie Bell was awesome in this). The jumping effect was used… effectively and I thought the action sequences were wicked as hell.

I know I’m in a very small minority here but the movie took in well over $200 million so the demand for a sequel is likely there. And despite what people say – because they don’t want to admit to liking a Christiansen movie – they’re gonna go back for a second round because they secretly liked the first one. Even if it was just for Rachel Bilson.

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Cinecast Episode 113 – Hats, Canes and a Shiny New Penny

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Episode 113:
It’s the Academy Awards (almost) all the time. From the show itself to the winners; a complete recap. A new and interesting version of the top 5 and of course DVD picks.
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Andrew’s Oscar Recap

Penélope Cruz and her trophyPenélope Cruz wins. Is there anything else that matters? Not really, but let’s talk about it anyway. First of all, Hugh Jackman.

Well, we really didn’t see much of the host this evening. But when he was on, he was charming, graceful and even-keeled. We didn’t get a whole lot of side-splitting jokes, but we did get plenty of singing and dancing numbers (which is to be expected from a previous Tony Awards Host). The dancing number that was performed single-handedly by Jackman (well, he had plenty of help from the props crew) was loads of fun, particularly The Reader portion of the dance. Whisking Anne Hathaway from her front row seat to help with the Frost/Nixon bit worked surprisingly well too (and Anne Hathaway can sing… well!). His second dance montage didn’t do much for me, but hey, you can’t hit it out of the park every time.

Which leads to an interesting trend that I noticed throughout tonight’s telecast: picking on the nominated films no one saw and taking loving jabs at the Academy voters a bit for not nominating more popular films such as comedies or comic book movies. I think The Dark Knight was mentioned more than once throughout the evening in a baffled sort of way. I’m a bit surprised at the awards for taking those rips in stride. But I think main-stream watchers can appreciate this and that’s who the Oscars Presentation wants/needs to attract.

Hugh Jackman hostsSo what better way to do that than with montages. You’re probably thinking, “yeah right, another montage of 150 black and white people, 90% of whom I’ve never even heard of.” No no no, the telecast this year had a little high octane for the guys, a little relationship/romance for the ladies and some stellar animation for the kiddies. I thought this was a nice touch and added a bit of fun for everyone to the evening. For the kids, several of the top animated films of the year had clips glued together to make for a superb fun and entertaining bit of action. And speaking of action, the editing together of several great action sequences of the year was really spectacular. It started with cars and racing and shifted gears quickly to guns and explosions, to fist fights and sword fights, top notch stunt work (i.e. falling) and ended on a high note of all the jumping cars from the year’s films (Speed Racer, Wanted, Bond, Death Race, TDK, etc. etc.). And all of this edited note for note and beat for beat with… some song that fit in well with the atmosphere.

For laughs, we had James Franco and Seth Rogen doing a bit in their Pineapple Express characterizations. If you’re a fan of those characters, you got it. If not, maybe not so much. But Franco’s Pineapple character getting a little misty-eyed over his Best actor presentersMilk character and then getting a little too touchy/feely with Rogen was a highlight of the evening. Oh and @Ben Stiller: c’mon; that gag was already done at the Independent Spirit Awards the night before.

How about the new format this year? I for one really liked the way the presentations were made for the acting categories. Seeing five of the older actors who had won Oscars (Shirley Maclaine, Michael Douglas) give a personal “pep talk” to each of the nominees (Anne Hathaway, Sean Penn) was a really neat and original way to announce the nominees. Huge kudos to whoever came up with that idea.

Then there’s the music, or lack thereof. The Awards needed to snip some time off of their presentaion this year and one of the more obvious ways to do that would be by cutting the music down a bit. Well, they succeeded with doing that; but instead of cutting the music all together, they mixed it into a sort of montage and all played by the Oscar orchestra. While it was some pretty music, it was also kind of slow and bogged down the flow of the show. Either keep it or cut it would be my suggestion. The straddling the fence approach didn’t really work for me. But hey, that’s just one man’s opinion.

And of course there were all of the winners. The most surprising had to be neither The Class nor Waltz with Bashir going back to their home country with a statue. Nope; instead, a little film out of Japan (Okuribito) no one’s heard of takes the cake. I haven’t seen the film, so I can’t comment on it’s worthiness, but nevertheless it is surprising.

The least surprising of course was Ledger’s win for the Joker. Was that not the lock of the show… maybe ever? Hardly worth mentioning it was so obvious. As was Slumdog’s sweep of almost everything it was nominated for.

In the acting category, we all knew it would be Penn or Rourke. Both were equally deserving in my eyes, but I sure was rooting for Rourke. He’ll maybe never see that opportunity again, which is a real shame. This is a win that, no matter which way it went, could be and will be debated for years to come. Plus, we didn’t get to see a (potentially) clean version of his speech from the night before. If you didn’t see it, you need to find Kate Winslet winsit on YouTube asap. It’s entertaining stuff.

And Kate Winslet finally gets her much deserved trophy. As much as I was rooting for Hathaway, I knew this was Winslet’s year and was prepared for that. And anyway, she has worked the hardest for it and she has been shut down year after year after year. She truly deserves this and I think everyone was happy for her – especially her dad sitting way in the back of the theater.

Did I mention Penélope Cruz took home and Oscar? Her speech was the cutest of the night and thanking Almodóvar was a nice touch. Congrats darling!

So I guess all in all it was a pretty good show and a real success in terms of cutting back on the time factor and bringing a little something for everyone to the table. If only the nominees had been a bit more… accurate. Keep these changes in place for next year and tweak one or two things and bring back Jackman and I think you’ve got a real crowd pleaser on your hands. Just amke sure you nominate the right films this year Mr. Gainis!

Actor/Director Oscar Photo Shoot

Via Variety this morning, I stumbled across a really nice looking photo shoot of ten director/actor photo shoots from the 2008 movie season that account for some four dozen Oscar nominations. Each photo is quite handsome and were obviously done some time ago as Ledger appears in one of the photos.

All shots were captured by photographer Annie Leibovitz and more information about each one can be found over at Variety if you’d like. Feel free to click on any image to get a slightly bigger version…

THE RINGERS

So are these great shots or what? Or was this just an excuse for me to post yet another Penélope Cruz photo? You decide. The rest of the photos can be seen under the seats below (the last one is kind of amusing I think).

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Cinecast Episode 110 – Paint by Numbers

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Episode 110:
Quite the rambly show that covers a lot of ground today. So come on in and listen to a couple of geeks talk everything from French avant garde to animated documentaries to grade B, popcorn cinema for a couple of hours. It’s good fun.
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Cinecast Episode 106 – Some Familiar Territory

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Episode 106:
Going back over some films that we have mentioned before, but this time with a little more depth; including talk on Slumdog (which gets a bit spoiler-y), JCVD, and Milk. And new tangents on villains and 80’s TV shows. Of course the DVD picks are here and few things more.
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Cinecast Episode 105: Assaninity


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Episode 105:
LOADS of movie reviews on this show (My Name is Bruce, Dear Zachary, Milk, Australia, Happy-Go-Lucky, I’ve Loved You So Long); plus Gamble (Where the long Tail Ends) makes a cameo appearance once again to entertain with tales of The Punisher and other obscurities. Also a new TOP 5 list and DVD picks.
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Cinecast Episode 103 – Hither and Yon


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Episode 103:
We’ve got Bond galore and also a nice Tangent on Kubrick and Kieslowski. And for fans of lists and Oscar season, a new top 5 list is here as well. Oh, and Zombie Diaries!
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