TUMP [EP#108 – La Haine]

This was supposed to go live yesterday, but thanks to my eyes refusing to stay open and a lot of noise (once again I apologize for the background noise, I tried my best to clear it up as best as possible) this short episode took a surprisingly long time to edit. Anyways, while we all talk about La Haine/Hate I hope y’all love the show:

Show Notes:

What We’ve Been Watching

Damion (00:02:10): The Avengers, Chronicle, John Carter, The Fugitive
Douglas (00:08:46): Better Off Ted, Wings, Samantha Who, Ultraviolet, Psych, Priest
Andrew (00:19:30): Killer Elite, Dial M for Murder, Time Bandits, Certified Copy, The Legend of Korra

Trailers (00:28:41): The Great Gatsby, The Master, Skyfall

Review (00:50:30): La Haine

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DVD Picks of the Week: May 15th

So last week I skipped out on this column, but after giving up 15 minutes into Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie I can honestly say that there isn’t anything from last week’s DVD releases worth discussing. So let’s just skip that and talk about the present:

Buy It:

Being John Malkovich (Criterion Collection)

Directed by: Spike Jonze

Written by: Charlie Kaufman

Starring: John Malkovich, John Cusack & Cameron Diaz

Why should you buy it? It’s my #2 film of 1999, and I don’t think you can find a weirder film about the human mind and how to mimick life in art than this one. Forgetting the scene of Malkovich entering the mind of Malkovich and taking the film at face value, what else would you want? We get a puppeteer, an art form that’s always been the most difficult to sell, who’s trying to find a life and ends up in a floor of an office building that sits between two real floors (hence the 1/2) filing. It’s insane, but worth every minute that you have to give.

Rent It:

Chronicle

Directed by: Josh Trank

Written by: Max Landis

Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell & Michael B. Jordan

Why should you rent it? Because calling it the found-footage, American retelling of Akira is an oversimplification of the whole thing. Yes it kind of straddles that line, but it also does a lot of things right. I like the character progression that Andrew, the bullied nerd anti-social child, goes through and the way that his powers evolve and skills increase over the span of the film. Especially with a lot of the camera explanations of the film. Yes it’s odd why the camera is even on, especially when he goes to hold up a convenience store, but I see it as no unlikely as the world’s youth is getting more and more obsessed with documenting their lives. It’s not a bad film, but definitely not a great one.

Skip It:

The Grey

Directed by: Joe Carnahan

Written by: Joe Carnahan & Ian Mackenzie Jeffers

Starring: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney & Frank Grillo

Why should you skip it? While I’m all for Liam Neeson vs. wolves in the middle of nowhere, I’m just sad that the film wasn’t more engaging. It tried really hard but it felt like a movie that was stretched too far. It has a runtime of near two hours but began to run out of steam and having the set pieces and drama just too far apart for me to care by the end of the film.

Honestly a strong opening, but nothing else.

The Rest

One For the Money
Hell on Wheels – The Complete First Season
Albert Nobbs
The Devil Inside
Norwegian Wood

Blu Ray

The Odessa File
1900
Father of the Bride: 20th Anniversary Edition – Two Movie Collection
Walking Tall: The Trilogy

What’re You Getting This Week?


What I’ve Been Watching: May 6th – May 12th

Another week, another series of films I’m happy to say (for the most part) I made the time to sit through. It’s been a rough week for me, work-wise, with a lot of hefty days. I even got through some very difficult podcasting nights last week (look for the fruits of that labour this coming week). I’ve started my personal marathon moments for Charlie Chaplin as well as Robert Bresson (two people associated with film that before this week I’d never seen a film by them) and if the rest of their films can be as half as good as these films I started out with I’ll be having some new favourite movies to talk about when someone asks me what my favourite films are.

FIRST TIME VIEWS

CITY LIGHTS (1931) - Silent cinema’s never been so funny and great as this film.
A MAN ESCAPED (1956) – There’re certain films from the 50s which focus so keenly on a single goal as methodically as this one does, and it’s great.
CHRONICLE (2012) – not as bad as I was expecting, pretty fun teen with superpowers movie.
THE SWELL SEASON (2011) – Sadly this is a case of a rock documentary that tries to follow a band and not say much other than play some songs which I love, but I prefer my mp3 player for that job.

REWATCHED

THE APARTMENT (1950) – “When you’re in love with a married man, you shouldn’t wear mascara”
COMMUNITY (SEASON 1) – “You should be like Calvin. His best friend was a tiger, and he went on dope adventures, and if anything got in his way, he’d just pee on it.”

THE COUNT

74 First time watches (20 from 2012); 46 Rewatches; 120 Total Films

SONG OF THE WEEK

What’ve You Been Watching?

20 Films to Look Forward to in 2012

Last year it seemed to be a pretty popular post and after putting 2011 behind me with my Top 20 of the Year posted I think it’s time that I take a look forward.

You may ask if I feel like 2012 will be a better year for cinema than 2011 was? I’d first say that I thought 2011 was  a pretty good year for movies and I can’t imagine how much worse they could do this year with some of my favourite filmmakers all having films being released this year.

These films are ordered only by their release date (so don’t try and quibble with me about ranking) and I do admit that this list is just brushing the surface of films that I’m inevitably going to head out to the cinema to enjoy, I know I’m a sick sick man. So let’s get into the thick of it.

Haywire (dir. Steven Soderbergh) Jan. 20th

Have I not mentioned my love of all things Soderbergh? He’s a director who’s willing to take chances with genres and differing techniques and this time around he’s going to make his first ever action movie. I’ll be there to see the results.

Chronicle (dir. Josh Trank) Feb. 3rd

I do feel like the “found footage” genre is getting a little used but somehow this one still looks worth my time. Maybe it’s because I just like that guy from Parenthood and want to see how he does.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (dir. Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor) Feb. 17th

So those of you out there who read this blog may know that I loathe the first Ghost Rider film. I however, do believe that this is one of the best trailers of the last year since not only is it generally exciting, but it’s also exciting with Nicolas Cage in it being Ghost Rider, one of the worst comic book characters of all time… But Neveldine and Taylor have a certain style of frenetic ridiculous action that I feel it might just deliver on it’s promise of entertainment.

Being Flynn (dir. Paul Weitz) Mar. 2nd

Robert De Niro is an actor who over the years has fallen out of favour from time to time but has never truly escaped our minds completely with his talent. Here, along with Paul Dano, he will play the role of a struggling writer who has a chance to reconnect with his estranged son and I imagine the bumps along the way will make for entertaining drama.

Casa de mi Padre (dir. Matt Piedmont) Mar. 16th

Will Ferrel in what looks to be an all Spanish film, about the most insane and over the top hero character. I’m in.

The Raid (dir. Gareth Evans) Mar 23rd

I’ve heard nothing but great things about this movie since it screened at TIFF last year and based on the trailer I can’t imagine myself not falling in love. It looks like what you would get if you took Hard Boiled and 13 Assassins, blended them together and then decided to remove the first hour of character build and just throw me into the middle of the action.

Prometheus (dir. Ridley Scott) June 8th

Yes I fear the internet. Can you imagine what would’ve happened if I had left this off the list? Actually I’m curious. With Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender in the remake prequel to Alien, the film that I believe put Scott on the map, I’m curious enough.

Brave (dir. Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman) June 22nd

It’s Pixar and it’s not Cars. Enough.

G. I. JOE: Retaliation (dir. Jon Chu) June 29th

Just like Ghost Rider I think the action looks just right to get me in the theatre. Only disappointment is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt won’t be back to reprise his career defining role as Cobra Commander.

Magic Mike (dir. Steven Soderbergh) June 29th

Two Soderbergh films in one year? Is that allowed? I’m gushing.

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TUMP [EP#98 – Mammoth]

This week Douglas, Damion and myself decide to sit down and take a strong hard look at the 2009 film Mammoth along with discussing trailers of the week and other miscellaneous films that somehow manage to shoe-horn their way into the podcast. Check out the show below:

Show Notes

What We’ve Been Watching
Douglas (00:02:51): The Debt, Mr. Nobody, Spy
Damion (00:18:07): The Transporter, The Bank Job, True Lies, Breaking Bad, Up All Night, The Chicago Code
Andrew (00:26:51): One Day, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travles of a Tribe Called Quest, Pan Am

Trailers (00:39:42): This Means War, Chronicle, 3

Review (01:00:41): Mammoth

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