Cinecast Episode 416 – List List

Last week we talked about all of the films coming in the next week that we’d have a tough time reviewing them all. As a consequence, we review none of them. Instead, we just glide from this to that, as Moses Znaimer would say, it is flow, not show. We look at our Top 5 Danny Boyle films, and as we are wont to do, talk at length about Sunshine. A medley of Mamet, Soderbergh, Bullock, Sorkin, Halloween horror and various other bon bons are extracted from the candy box. We call these: “shoot the shit” shows and we hope you find something worthwhile in the grab-bag. Note that the show is almost 100% spoiler free this week!

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Man Bites Wolf: Trailer for The Grey

I like me a good survival horror/thriller. I think I may just pay $10 to see Liam Neeson punch nature in the face.

From this trailer, it appears that director Joe Carnahan has dropped the silly Smokin’ Aces shtick and gone back to that rough and weighty opening chase from Narc. The film has gotten solid reviews from those who care about this kind of genre, that is to say, fans of the David Mamet penned, Lee Tamahori directed The Edge.

Below is the red-band (bloody and language and all that) trailer for The Grey.


Review: It Might Get Loud

Director: Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Gossip)
Producers: Davis Guggenheim, Lesley Chilcott, Peter Afterman, Thomas Tull
Starring: Jimmy Page, Jack White, The Edge
MPAA Rating: PG
Running time: 97 min.


Music and film: two things that have gone hand in hand for decades. Two peas in a pod if you will. With Guggenheim’s It Might Get Loud, three peas in a pod might be a more apt bromide. If you’re not at least a casual fan of at least one of the three artists showcased in It Might Get Loud (Jack White of “The White Stripes,” The Edge of “U2,” or Jimmy Page of “Led Zeppelin”), I’m tempted to just tell you to forget it and stop reading now. On the other more likely hand, maybe this film is exactly what you need to get with the program, because there is some true guitar virtuoso magic at work here and if you’re not toe-tapping by the end, I don’t know you – nor would I want to.

We begin on the quiet front porch of an old shack seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Jack White is meticulously banging nails into a board, stringing a piece of wire around one end which is held in place by an empty soda pop bottle. Out of nowhere he somehow plugs the contraption into a Fender amp and hammers on it with his fist and a rusty old slide creating a raw, grisly blues sound that envelopes the theater. “Who says you have to buy a guitar?”, he proclaims. Thus setting the tone for the rest of the film. It will get loud.
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