Cinecast Episode 423 – A Confident Know-Nothing

The year isn’t quite over yet for the folks in the third row. There are some pretty amazing loose ends to tie up. Before we get into Iñárritu next week, we’ve got some David O. Russell and co. to cover as well as one of the most unlikely best films of the year, The Big Short. The Watch List has Kurt seeing some “lesser” Kubrick in 70mm, Andrew watching the biggest waste of space of 2015 and Matt Gamble having his mind blown by streaming documentaries. If only you could’ve been privy to our off-air discussions, this might have been one of the best Cinecasts in history. Wait til next week when we round off the year with all of our “best of” stuff. Until then, we appreciate you dropping by and having your ear for a couple of hours in this new year, 2016.

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





Would you like to know more…?

Second Trailer for The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall St.

Focusing more on the progression of the story this time around and featuring a lot more (Academy Award Nominee) Jonah Hill, the second trailer for Martin Scorsese’s has as much bombast and excess (and slow motion) as ever. It’s great, and rather at odds with the litany of shoddy blockbuster/tentpole trailers of late, but rather than give us more images (and there are plenty more here) can we just get this movie in the cinema all ready?

Trailer: The Wolf of Wall Street

This might just be the sharpest cut trailer of 2013. Martin Scorsese’s latest film has a driving rhythm, singing with Matthew McConaughey, and what looks to be Leonardo DiCaprio at his ‘playboy of excess’ best (Catch Me if You Can, The Great Gatsby). The Wolf of Wall Street tells the story of a New York stockbroker, who refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, the corporate banking world and mob infiltration. The film also features Oscar nominee Jonah Hill and Oscar Winner Jean Dujardin are on support here as well, also what looks to be the tossing of lobsters, $100 bills and dwarves. Shot digitally in New York and New Jersey, it feels fresh, exciting and funny; something that is rather surprising for another look at the ongoing American fiscal crisis.

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.

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


To download the show directly, paste the following URL into your favorite downloader:

ALTERNATIVE (no music track):

Full show notes are under the seats…
Would you like to know more…?

Wall Street 2 International Trailer


I still have trouble with Shia LaBeouf in the principle role, but I must say that with each subsequent bit of marketing, the 20 years on Wall Street sequel is looking better and better. With the Rolling Stones featuring heavily on this trailers soundtrack, it seems (just a bit) that Oliver Stone is taking a page out of the Scorsese playbook.

“I once said, greed is good. Now, it seems it is legal.”

Despite being one of the centerpieces of the first trailer, it remains a knock out line and probably should be on the poster. Michael Douglas is clearly reveling in one of his more well known rolls. When are we going to get Romancing The Stone 3?

The International trailer for “Money Never Sleeps” is tucked under the seat.

Would you like to know more…?

Economy Rules Supreme: Wall Street 2 & Atwood Coming to Big Screen

Wall Street Movie StillWhat better way to revive the economy than with a couple of movies about the problem? Granted, one of these is likely to make more money than the other but I’m willing to bet that the little film will be the more poignant of the two.

In recently announced news, Oliver Stone has, after much discussion (and likely concession considering that earlier this year he dropped out of the sequel he has just agreed to) signed on to direct a sequel to the popular Wall Street. It looks like Michael Douglas will be reprising the role of all business no heart money maker Gordon Gekko while Spielberg fave Shia LaBeouf is in talks to star as a young trader. I like Stone and I don’t so much mind that he’s re-treading old ground but it’ll be interesting to see what he does with Gekko 20 years later. This is likely to be inflammatory and rub a whole lot of people the wrong way. Go Stone!

In only mildly related news, the National Film Board (NFB) has picked up the rights to Margaret Atwood’s “Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth”, a collection of essays which was originally presented at the Massey Lectures. I’ve yet to read the collection but apparently it’s a look at debt through “personal reminiscences, literary walkabout, moral preachment, timely political argument, economic history”. We are talking about the NFB here so I would not be surprised to see an innovative approach to the material.

Wonder what’s next. Maybe a Boiler Room sequel?