Cinecast Episode 405 – SPECTRE-tacular

Kurt is back from Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival, and he might have a thing or two to say about the movies, the town and the folks at that festival. At nearly two hours we can only say brace yourself for genre-overload. But first, Matt Gamble joins Kurt & Andrew midway through the conversation on Christopher McQuarrie’s installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. Kurt loved it. Andrew liked it. Matt, well, Matt watched it. Practical stunts, exceptional set-pieces and the ass-kicking talents of Rebecca Ferguson and a cleaned up and ready for prime time Sean Harris are all on the conversational docket. While there is no full “True Detective” segment this episode (we’ll cap the remaining three off, next time) there is a full Watch List for your listening pleasure, and Matt does briefly chime in on this season of “True Detective,” along with the doc on Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau remake disaster, and Adam Sandler’s Pixels. Andrew covers off the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer and its direct-to-Nexflix sequel. Finally we settle the Mara Rooney / Kate Mara confusion (sort of).

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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**UPDATED** Full Trailer: Mission Impossible 5

In its fifth entry, the Mission Impossible franchise doubles down on crazy-real stunts involving its aging leading man, Tom Cruise. Previously, he was climbing around on the outside of Dubai’s Burj Kalifa skyscraper. Here he is struggling on the outside of a gargantuan military aircraft as it takes off. Impressive stuff.

The rest of the trailer is more of what you would expect from the fifth entry of a franchise. Christopher McQuarrie taking over for Brad Bird in the director department seems like an OK choice, but the screenplay, written by Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce and video game writer Will Staples, involves a shadow-agency — an evil mirror of the IMF — and is as lazy as one can get; probably another indication of Bad Robot being the ongoing shepherd for the franchise.

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Review: Need for Speed


Director: Scott Waugh
Screenplay: George Gatins, John Gatins
Producers: John Gatins, Patrick O’Brien, Mark Sourian
Starring: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Ramon Rodriguez, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, Michael Keaton
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 130 min.

At some point, someone is going to have to explain to me what the appeal is of running in a race where the prize is five cars, most of which don’t even make it to the finish line. I can understand that in the case of Need for Speed’s Tobey (Aaron Paul), the race is far more personal but otherwise, what’s the point? Bragging rights? I’m not sure I’d be bragging about being arrested at the end of a race and the last time I checked, a Ferrari that has exploded into a fireball has the same value as a pinto that has exploded into a fireball: that would be zero.

Based on Electronic Art’s long running video game franchise, the movie adaptation basically takes a bunch of really awesome cars and gives people a reason to drive around in them at high speeds and perform ridiculous stunts. The story pits Tobey, a struggling garage owner, against Dino (Dominic Cooper), a successful race car driver and dealership owner whose business isn’t doing as well as he outwardly suggests. The beef gets deeper when Tobey and Dino are in a race that ends with a death. Tobey goes to prison and comes out a few yeas later determined to get his revenge by claiming a spot on the winner-takes-all race organized by a mysterious character simply known as Monarch (Michael Keaton occasionally channelling Beatlejuice – not to mention a blunt homage to Vanishing Point) and, of course, winning the race and in the process maybe knocking Dino down a couple of pegs.

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Jay Cheel’s BEAUTY DAY Trailer

Friend of Rowthree, Documentary film writer and co-podcaster, Jay Cheel has been entertaining the blogosphere for years with the FilmJunk podcast as well as short films starring the eccentric Reed Farrington, Video Game faux-docs, and Mario Bava inspired horror shorts. He has stepped up to the territory of feature documentary filmmaking with Beauty Day.

Before Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass crew were were risking their lives, and common decency for the sake of your entertainment, before Tom Green made an ass of himself in public for shits and giggles, there was Ralph Zavadil, a resident of St. Catherines, Ontario (Canada) that used to broadcast his dangerous and highly amusing stunts and general mayhem on the local community access channel, in the guise of his alter-ego, Cap’n Video. Cheel has turned the trials and tribulations of Zavadil into a feature documentary that captures Cap’n Video 15 years later against the backdrop of his famous shows, including a ‘neck-breaking’ pool jump, skiing off his roof and lighting his face on fire amongst other things. Beauty Day will be screening at the Museum of Modern Art on Sunday March 20th (and a follow-up screening on the 21st) before hitting the festival circuit, and a Canadian Theatrical release this spring. But for now, enjoy Ralph doing what he does best, lighting stuff on fire, casually dropping F-Bombs, and delightfully wrecking stuff! Cheel has an eye for wide-screen cinematography, and a love for John Carpenter, Errol Morris and Werner Herzog , so there is no doubt that this will be gorgeous on the big screen.

After a serious on-camera accident and a controversial Easter episode, the Cap’n was pulled from the airwaves and eventually faded away into community cable obscurity. Now, fifteen years later, Ralph has decided to revisit the Cap’n in celebration of the 20th birthday of the creation of the character. With the help of his best friend Robert, he’ll attempt to get back on the air one last time and give the Cap’n the send off he deserves. In the process, we revisit all of the ups and downs in Ralph’s life and learn that those who are truly passionate about their art always manage to find an outlet and surround themselves with like minded, creative people.

The trailer is tucked under the seat.
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