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CinEffect Podcast Episode 124

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Gotta fart ’em all.

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(0:00) Swiss Army Man OST
(0:31) Intro

(2:53) Inside
(29:40) Inside SPOILERS
(45:31) Pokemon GO

(1:07:36) The BFG
(1:19:57) Central Intelligence
(1:22:00) Swiss Army Man
(1:38:17) Lancelt du lac (Robert Bresson Marathon!)

(1:53:21) Coming Soon…
(2:03:18) Links/Outro

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CinEffect Podcast Episode 101

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Beware of CinEffect Podcast.

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(0:00) Red Right Hand by PJ Harvey (Crimson Peak Trailer Music)
(0:52) Intro

(2:54) Downwell
(21:26) SOMA

(44:39) Miscellaneous TV Talk
(45:33) The Knick Season 2 Premiere

(54:47) Paddington
(1:02:21) Crimson Peak
(1:30:02) Bridge of Spies
(1:53:41) Don’t Look Now

(2:11:59) Coming Soon to Theaters…
(2:23:34) Links/Outro

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Recent Movie Round-Up 11/19/2012

No full reviews for Lincoln or any of the myriad films I saw this weekend because of college and whatnot. So here’s some mini-reviews to tide you all over…

Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012)
It’s Steven Spielberg. It’s Daniel Day-Lewis. It’s Abraham Lincoln. With a combined pedigree such as that, you’re bound to get accusations of being stifled by your own pompousness, but that’s furthest from the case from Spielberg’s humanistic portrait of the iconic president. Spielberg deftly mixes in elements of both myth and realism to his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, creating a figure that manages to be a “stoic everyman”; someone who knew the game of politics and could inspire followers of all kinds, but was just as ordinary as you or I.Plus, it helps that he’s being portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis, who just completely disappears into the role of Lincoln from not just his physical appearance, but his voice and mannerisms as well, fully immersing himself into the historical figure in a dignified manner.

But what truly makes this work is that this isn’t just a biopic or even a character study. It’s an ensemble piece that has more to do with the passing of the 13th Amendment than anything else, with Lincoln just one of the primary figures. The ensembles features a slew of great actors in many roles ranging from small to large. Tommy Lee Jones kills it in his best performance since No Country For Old Men, John Hawkes, Tim Blake Nelson, and James Spader steal each scene together as a group of some of Lincoln’s advisers, Sally Field is superb as Mary Todd Lincoln, and various other actors get many good scenes, including Jackie Earle Haley, Joseph-Gordon Levitt, Adam Driver, Hal Holbrook, Lee Pace, that guy who played Gale Boeticcher in Breaking Bad, and more. And not only that, but the movie is very clinical and matter-of-fact in its portrayal of the politics of the 1800s. This movie just goes down to the brass-tax of it all, with very little of Spielberg’s signature schmaltz getting in the way (And this is coming from a fan of War Horse).

All in all, this is definitely worth seeing, especially since it’s guaranteed a buttload of Oscar nominations this year. You didn’t need me to tell you that.

The Sessions (Ben Lewin, 2012)
A rare film that treats sexuality not as something taboo or as something that should inspire provocation, but as an important part of human contact that eventually everyone goes through, all while still treating it seriously. At the center of it all is the fascinating real-life character of Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), a poet who contracted polio as a young boy and must live the rest of his life on beds, gurneys, and iron lungs. He decides to lose his virginity at the age of 39 for an article about sex surrogates, hiring one (Helen Hunt) to teach him how to perform intercourse. The result is a light yet affecting character study of a man who doesn’t let his shortcomings stop him from expressing his love for others. John Hawkes is Oscar-worthy as Mark O’Brien, using only his face and his voice to magnificent effect, and Helent Hunt is a warm, genial presence. Alongside of that is some thoughtful examination on how love and sex affect religion, gender politics, our own biologies, disabilities, etc.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky, 2012)
Crap! I saw a bunch of good movies last weekend! And surprisingly enough, this one may actually be my favorite out of all of them. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is perhaps the best teen movie I’ve seen in a long time. Stephen Chbosky, who wrote the book that this film was based on, did something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before: Wrote and directed his own film adaptation. I haven’t read the book, but I saw it with my sister who had read and had a strong connection to it and its characters. Apparently, there’s changes (Of course), but it still gets the spirit of the book just right, which is what counts the most.

But as someone who never read the book, I never had a problem with the way the story played out. There were a few moments that I can tell were more detailed on the page rather than on-screen, but overall, everything worked as well as it could in the medium it was in. Mainly because this is one of the few films to really capture the awkwardness, anxiety, and euphoria of high-school freshman relationships. In its attention to all the details and nuances of high school life, it transcends its own genre and the cliches that come with it. As a result, we get a nuanced portrait of a somewhat mentally unstable teenager who learns to connect with the help of some seniors. The characters are all exceptionally well-drawn, and played by a fantastic, generally flawless teen cast. Logan Lerman especially surprised me considering his weaknesses in other films and how he revealed unseen depths as a dramatic actor in this one. Oh, and Emma Watson is insanely gorgeous, but you didn’t need me to remind you of that.

Also, can Ezra Miller be in everything now, please?

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Recent Movie Round-Up 11/16/12

Hey! Sorry for not posting for a couple weeks. Caught up with college work and whatnot. To make up for that, here’s something that I used to do in one of my tumblrs that I’m re-using so that there’s a steady stream of content even when it isn’t an “official” review. This way, I can talk about literally every movie I watch on this blog. And I mean everything. Have fun with this.

Flight (Robert Zemeckis, 2012)
A surprisingly strong character study. What it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in sheer sympathy and nuance in detail. Denzel Washington gives his best performance in years, as does Zemeckis in terms of direction. The plane-crash sequence is one of the most intense, nerve-wracking, and all-around memorable scenes I’ve seen in any movie released this year. That alone is worth the price of admission.

Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)
Great as an action movie, with a finale that’s so satisfying on equal parts emotional, thematic, and action-heavy levels. The plot isn’t really strong, which isn’t too big a problem since the main focus is theme instead of narrative, but it makes a few sequences sort of boring. Javier Bardem walks away with every scene he’s in, creating one of the most memorable villains of the year, and Sam Mendes directs the hell out of the action, with special thanks in part to Roger Deakins’s incredible cinematography.

The Exterminating Angel (Luis Bunuel, 1962)
50 years old and this movie still has a grand power. Takes a while for it to get going, but once it starts firing on all cylinders, it never stops. A gorgeously bizarre, enigmatic, blackly comedic satire.

Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001)
I saw this for the third time a couple nights ago and each time I revisit it, it gets closer and closer to becoming one of my favorite movies ever. Everything about it is just so gripping and uncompromising, and the final act still reels the brain to this day. The final sequence itself (involving giggling old people) is still one of the most terrifying things ever put in a film, while also being incredibly emotional in its own bizarre way. I personally think it makes almost total sense, but that’s my interpretation….get your own…

Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1997)
To prepare for Lincoln (Which I’ll most likely be reviewing soon, don’t worry you guys), I decided to see Spielberg’s dramatic magnum opus for the first time in about 4-5 years. Part of me regretted doing it, because this is such a harrowing (and extremely long) film, but it’s always comforting to be reminded of this film’s staggering power. Liam Neeson has never been this good since (To be fair, this performance is incredibly hard to top), and it can reduce you to a mess of tears with just the simple image of a red coat. In some ways, Lincoln (Though I haven’t seen it yet) could be seen as a spiritual successor to this film. It’s a portrait of an extraordinary historical figure that extensively recreates the feel of the events of the time period, features a no-holds-barred performance from its lead actor, and educates as much as it entertains (Or deeply disturbs, in the case of Schindler). So yeah, this movie’s still a masterpiece. You didn’t need me to remind you, but still…

Stay tuned for reviews of Lincoln and possibly Breaking Dawn Part 2 soon…

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