Cinecast Episode 459 – De-Scarify

Some differences of opinions on this week’s episode. Because Gamble is not here, we are civil about it and it never comes to blows – sorry about that. We might try to step things up a notch on the tension scale for future episodes, but perhaps we will stay in casual discussion mode for a while. At any rate, this week we are reviewing Benna Fleck, Anna Kendrick, J.K. Simmons, et. al. in Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant. Next up, we pre-cover a little bit of Toronto After Dark Film Festival with their Friday screening of The Lure.

For The Watch List, both of the guys look back a month or two at previous 2016 releases. Kurt is hopeful that there is an extended version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children out there somewhere to enjoy, while Andrew is kind of wishing that Nerve never existed in the first place. As a quick side tangent, Kurt relished Thirteen Days after last week’s discussion. Andrew secretly watched most of it again too.

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Cinecast 168 – The Hacksaw Dilemma

 
Revenge is a dish best served cold. So claims an old Klingon proverb. While probably not technically accurate as to the origin of the phrase, it is apropos of this weeks cinecast. It would perhaps be even more appropriate to say that revenge is a dish served often, and in a versatile and diverse number of ways! Even though that does not exactly roll off the tongue – we present a couple of lists to prove it. Tying in with this weeks top ten is our full (and shockingly spoiler free!) review of the Michael Caine revenge drama, Harry Brown. Though there are only two of us to go back and forth this week, we still find some DVDs to discuss and maybe grump out a bit at dismal outlook on our near future at the multiplex.

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Cinecast Episode 156 – Metaphorical Make-Up Sex

 

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Shutter Island has been a big topic of discussion around here and the whole of the movie-based internet sites over the past week and we’re obliged to continue that discussion as Matt Gamble joins in for a full on spoiler discussion of the movie – including hashing out the continuity errors once and for all! We also saw plenty of other great cinema since last week including a revisiting of Mulholland Drive and escaping back to the original versions of both The Collector and The Crazies. Kurt managed to catch up with the new version of the latter film while Andrew made time for the Oscar nominated (acting) The Last Station as well as the German mountaineering picture, North Face. So lots to get into here as well as some new DVD releases and other tic bits of awesome. It was a great show and we hope you enjoy the listen.

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Cinecast Episode 116 – Knowing is Half the Battle

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Episode 116:
We’re back with a little Knowing this week. A lot of Knowing actually. Then it’s on to some other tidbits of goodness, DVDs and Spike Jonze.
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Review: Wanted

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Director: Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch)
Writer: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Chris Morgan
Comic book: Mark Millar, J.G. Jones
Producers: Jim Lemley, Jason Netter, Marc E. Platt, Iain Smith
Starring: James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, Angelina Jolie, Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: approx. 118 min


Last year Timur Bekmambetov surprised the hell out of me by entering my top ten list of the year with his sequel to Night Watch, entitled Day Watch. It’s so refreshing to walk out of a theater in the heat of the summer blockbuster season having just seen a CGI-rich, comic book-esque film and think about how great it was and how hard it is to resist the impulse to yell from the top of the highest building that “this is the SFX blockbuster movie you should be paying to see this summer!” As it turns out, Day Watch was no fluke for director Bekmambetov. I’m thrilled to climb to the top of this cyber-building and scream out, “this is the SFX blockbuster movie you should be paying to see this summer!”

As part of his dreary, daily life existence, Wesley Gibson wakes up to a nagging girlfriend, an empty bank account and a work life very reminiscent of Peter Gibbons in Office Space. Until one day a mysterious sexy vixen named Fox let’s him in on the secret that he’s actually the target of a super-assassin and that Wesley too has the potential to become a super-super-assassin and join an elite “fraternity” – like his father. Reluctantly Wesley decides to take Fox up on her offer and through a series of action packed sequences learns their extraordinary (or super-natural for lack of a better term) ways of combat at a secret facility in the middle of somewhere, led by Sloan (Morgan Freeman). To go further would be coming close to spoiler territory. But the fact that there even is a spoiler territory in a “summer blockbuster” movie is a good, nay extraordinary, thing.

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