Cinecast Episode 427 – Stretching the Bubblegum

Was it the weather or is it the shitty inconvenient way films are released in theaters these days? Or does it depend on your geography or disposition? Or a little bit of everything? In short, we didn’t get to the “main releases” (of boats in storms or feminist westerns) this week and instead opted for some VOD experimentation with Vincent Cassell in Partisan. A solid film with problems is the verdict. The Watch List is fairly eclectic this week but a whole lotta witchin’ going on. From Winona Ryder to Vin Diesel, we cover the gamut. Andrew and Kurt also spend some time in the kitchen cooking up some spaghetti westerns before heading to Southeast Asia for a thriller and some kung-fu. Like a snake in the eagle’s shadow, there is no escape for the good the bad or the ugly; there most certainly will be blood inside Llewyn Davis.


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Cinecast Episode 311 – As The Furious Turns

A the fifth Fast and Furious sequel speeds into the multiplex, Kurt and Andrew go deep into the nuance and complex character interactions that have defined the last 12 years of this franchise. OK, not so much. Instead we ask questions about Spanish airport design, what becomes of the 100 commuter funerals after the credits roll, and just how well one can control London surveillance cameras these days. It’s easy to pick on the story inanities of the Furious Franchise, but we do take time to admire the 2nd unit elements of the film, and the editing of parallel action which are excellent. Andrew talks the new Arrested Development season up on Netflix, Kurt is all over the map in trying to parse the motivation and execution of Ridley Scott’s Director’s Cut of Kingdom of Heaven. Frank Capra gets some show time with Arsenic & Old Lace and the cultural impact of It’s A Wonderful Life.

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Mamo #305: Dinosaurus Six

VROOOOOOOM…!! Mamo takes a quick road trip to the U.S. of A. for barbecued meat and Vin Diesel, which are largely indistinguishable from one another. On the drive home we take a moment to survey the state of the nation of the most unlikely super-franchise in Hollywood. Who’s feeling fast? Who’s feeling furious?

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Teaser for Riddick 3

OK, I’ll confess: While I am rather indifferent to the been-there-done-that muddle that was David Twohy’s Pitch Black, the mega-budget rather delightful and thoroughly camp sequel is the guiltiest of pleasures. The Underverse, Colm Feore’s crazy-ridiculous armour, hell, the Flash Gordon level of production design, coupled with fully unrestrained Karl Urban and Thandie Newton shouting at everyone and Dame Judi Dench as a hologram, it’s the film that keeps on giving. Of course this kind of craziness lost money, and Twohy, who was a stalwart of writing middling genre films in the 1990s, kind of disappeared for a decade right after The Chronicles of Riddick torpedoed.

No More!

The convict with strange glowing eyes who simply won’t take your shit will be complete with the third film, simply called Riddick. Considering the all at odds titling of these films, they are going to look strange next to each other in the future discount box-set.

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Cinecast Episode 263 – A Little More NOS

You thought the comment section for our review of Pixar’s Brave was brash? Wait until Matt Gamble can actually use his voice. His attempts at putting Kurt into his place is always entertaining and Kurt goes for a Dude-ish zen approach to defend the latest Pixar from such quick dismissal. There is love for the rather unusual pairing of Keira Knightley and Steve Carrell in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and after all the harping on Brave, 100% forgiveness for the silly fun that is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Throwing horses apparently goes further than Bear pratfalls.

Being the halfway point of 2012, we indulge in our need to put together five lists and the gang all throws out their ‘Best of 2012 – So Far’ choices. A quick watch list involves Frankenstein, The other September 11th, fast cars, Jordana Brewster and Louis C.K. It’s a packed episode, so give it a whirlybird on your electronical doodad!

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Cinecast Episode 234 – High-Five, Movie. I’m outta here!

A high energy show, especially so considering the lack of Matt Gamble. Kurt and Andrew talk a little Tower Heist and the public whipping of Brett Ratner – due to more than one recent public faux pas and his penchant for being a douchebag in public. They then move into the meatier movie meal that is Martha Marcy May Marlene **SPOILER WARNING**. But wait, there is more: A new Top 5! Plus, the Watch List keeps the fires burning, all toasty-like, as Kurt gets really, really enthusiastic about big screen viewings of Kubrick and Gilliam films. There is a fair bit of disagreement about the pleasures of David Twohy’s Pitch Black. Also We Live in Public, Streets of Fire, From Dusk ‘Till Dawn (the proto-Grindhouse vampire flick), Super and Sexy Beast keep things lively and lengthy right to the very end. Have at ‘er, folks, she’s a good ‘un.

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R3view: Fast and Furious

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Director: Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow, Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Annapolis)
Writer: Chris Morgan (Cellular, Wanted, Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift)
Producers:Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, John Ortiz, Gal Gadot, Michelle Rodriguez
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 107 min

Not a true R3view as only two of us were actually brave enough to head out to the multi-plex to see the fourth installment in the F&F franchise. While most consider this series to be one step up from cow dung, we (Andrew and Marina) admit to the first film being quite a fun guilty pleasure. Bringing back the original cast for this most recent segment of the thread was enough for us to get out, buckle up and prepare for one helluva ride… maybe.

Dom (Diesel) and crew are still up their old tricks; hijacking rigs for their valuable contents. Now on the run from the law however, they’re forced to work their racket in smaller countries such as the Dominican Republic. When an unexpected plot twist forces Dom to return to The States (Los Angeles), he knows the law will be breathing down his neck the second he crosses the border. Luckily for him he’s got a friend on the inside (Paul Walker). Together they work on the inside of a major crime syndicate; one of them out for justice, the other out for revenge. Fast cars and general mayhem ensue.

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Cinecast Episode 114 – The “Major League” Solution

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Episode 114:
A boatload of catch-up movies to talk about. Matt Gamble from joins in since he loves Watchmen so much. Some of us did the homework assignment too: top 5 hangin’ out movies.
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Vin Diesel’s Hannibal Project Goes to TV

Vin DieselA few months back I posted some news about Vin Diesel’s passion project, a period war epic titled Hannibal the Conqueror which was to tell the story of Hannibal, the man considered one of the greatest Carthaginian commanders. Diesel was to star and direct the film, a project he has been working on for years.

At the time of that first story, the film was still in the midst of pre-production with little details on casting or production and thanks to some recent news, it appears that it will be a few more years before the project moves ahead as Diesel originally intended. It was announced last week that Diesel would be producing, directing and lending his voice to a children’s animated series about the conqueror. The project is being produced for BET and will act as a prequel to the live-action film focusing on Hannibal as a boy.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury but I didn’t realize Diesel was particularly interested in animation. It’ll be interesting to see how this turns out and what sort of animation style the project takes. Could make for an interesting watch.