Episode #234: No Ghosts Nor Shells

April 15th, 2018
  • Delirious (2006)/
  • Battle Royale/
  • Under The Skin/

To avoid an episode getting into Ghost in the Shell that many may avoid, we opted instead to look at other movies with some of the leads in them.  As a slapdash assortment, these 3 movies actually bounce off each well during the episode - which was nice!  Enjoy...

Note:  The Silenced was the Korean film Matt was struggling to think of.

 

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Episode #228: Better Than BvS pt II - Dark Knight Returns

January 26th, 2018

This week we add a cowl to the cape in the 2nd half of our animated DC discussion.  Frank Miller has been a part of the public fabric since Sin City & 300, but the Dark Knight Returns didn't get the big screen treatment in the same way.  Matt discusses the 2-part animated films from 2012/2013 that present a marvelous depiction of Miller's dark take on the caped crusader.  So check it out - Mikey!!  The rest of you too!

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Episode # 227: Better Than BvS pt I - Superman Doomsday

January 15th, 2018

As superheroes are in the driver's seat for modern movie theater goers, so has the cartoon world reached a Renaissance in legitimacy for movie and series format.  Special effects have reached a near zenith where you'd expect a live-action version to be the best experience.  Is it though?  Over the next 2 episodes, Matt is here to tell you the answer is no.

Doomsday appeared in an interesting time slot:  before Iron Man & Dark Knight melted our child brains & created the superhero film series market, the need for capes & fancy suits had slept for almost 2 decades.  Our Sidelined Superheroes episode looked at the lack of lasting hype for Batman Begins in 2005.  Both DC titans had been dormant since the 90's except for tv, and cartoons are for kids, right?  Not anymore...

Next episode we'll do both parts of The Dark Knight Returns from 2012!

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Episode #207: Hatorade Xtreme Flavor: Transformers

March 25th, 2017

GUEST HOST:  CHRIS FRED!!

Featured Art:  Jeffrey Veregge.  Buy T-shirts with some of his art here!!  https://shop.fingersduke.com/collections/jeffrey-veregge?page=1

The intended 1st segment for the previous episode, the venom was in buckets which led it to become its own beast.  After hundreds of movies, we finally let loose on a flick from the Bay shelf - the only one we can really stand to talk about (other than the rock, here's that episode link!).  With so much love for the original Transformers movie (that link here!) & series, we were so PRIMEd to love it.  Alas, Mizzle Bizzle makes it hard to enjoy anything retooled with his equipment.  Chris also give almost 2 cents on Equilibrium, & 6 or 7 cents on Apatow.  

Links:  Bay - The Rock.  John Turturro - Coens II, III.  Tyrese Gibson - Flight of Phoenix

Notes:  Matt was wrong about F7.  It was in the top 10 highest-gross of all time, which we still think is a bit sad.  It wasn't the U.S. that thought so, however - we were about 20% of the total in ticket sales.  Action as a uniform medium for an international audience heavily affects the modern blockbuster market.  The main reason we won't see another Independence Day film:  no one cared in the overseas market...   Here's the top 100 to make you happy and sad.

Matt meant to mention the Audi-geddon in Capt. Amer. Civil War.  Nearly every car in it is an Audi, but at least you have to look to notice...

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Episode #203: Animal-sode

January 29th, 2017
  • Mr. Pig/
  • Zootopia/
  • The Beaver/

Adding an animal to a movie usually pushes a button that puts us at ease, as do cartoons and puppets.  This episode looks at all those things!!  It is also an adventure through having 3 movies unseen before this week.  It's not often a great idea, but it brought together 3 totally different approaches to storytelling.  It also led to some examples of how writing can limit or cripple important moments.

Though Matt forgot to say it, Mr. Pig was his favorite, through remarkably cheaper in its budget.  Big does not always mean best.

Links:  Danny Glover: Lethal Weapons & Predator 2.  Maya Rudolph: MacGruber.

J K Simmons: Spider-Man 2, Burn After Reading, The Gift, The Ref.

Jodie Foster: Silence of the Lambs.  Anton: Anton Yelchin Episode.  also Fright Night.

Mel Gibson: (LW above) Payback, Braveheart, Road Warrior.  

Jennifer Lawrence: X-Men 1st Class.  Joel Murray: God Bless America, Scrooged.

Michael Giacchino: Super-8, 50/50, Incredibles

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Episode #199: The Last ______

December 5th, 2016
  • The Last Dragon
  • The Last Unicorn

Two Titans hang out at the same bus stop this week as we look into the staying power of the 1980's.  Whether you wanted to kick someone in the face - or just ram a magical horn through their face, there were options to exorcise those demons.  Can they face the modern moviegoer?  Or can modern moviemakers ever hit the same mark?  Listen and find out!!

Note:  DeBarge had been around since 1979.  Oops.

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Episode #197: TVsode II

November 7th, 2016
It's TV Time again!!!  Join Matt as he acts like your personal TV guide.  Television has been a great asset in learning the highs and lows of making serial entertainment.  Modern media (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) has learned from many of those lessons and started with a bang.  Even Youtube is making original content.  What a great time to absorb tons of visual fluff!!  Staycations are now a possibility to catch up on your queue and binge some new shows at home.  The quality of the home entertainment flood has increased drastically in the last decade or so.  TV isn't necessarily in its death throes, but it is closer than some desire we imagine.  Slip your shoes off & enjoy some joy over the babble box.  

 

Our twitter is @CinemaSluts if you wanna find us there!!

 

Just for you peeps - Matt looked up the writers for Supergirl after all:  half of 18 are women.  Shane Black only wrote the 1st 2 LW films (3 & 4 were character writing credits).  We discussed Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale.  He & Thandie Newton were in W (Powell & Rice), just in case you haven't had enough political input this year (wink wink nudge nudge).

 

Correction:  Death style contractors are not a thing; Death STAR contractors was what he meant to say (as in Clerks - also applies to the thankless jizzmopper job).

 

Links:   Pursuit of Happyness,  TombstoneYoung Guns, Terence Stamp of Approval.
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Episode # 189: TVsode I

July 23rd, 2016

What's this you ask??  It's a bit o' TV Time!!

While setting up for a delayed episode, we opted to give you a slice of what we watch when we aren't doin' flicks for you lovely folks.  The majority of these shows are in fact Netflix original content, as they have been leading the pack in creating original ideas and remaking a thing or two that failed.  There are some cable shows mentioned also that Matt recently finished (Echo Base didn't quite get to finishing SOA together).  This decade is fast becoming a new Golden Age of television-style serial shows.

INTRO/OUTRO:  Death Bed Confession - get their stuff on iTunes, Spirit, Google Play, Pandora.  Awesome band from Denver!! 

BTW, Chris & Matt are working through the 3rd Season of Arrow.  Chris couldn't get through the Flash, but Matt really dug it (it's worth getting through the 1st half for the 2nd half of the 1st season).  Like Netflix, the 2 shows have different tones, so it doesn't feel like the same show with different costumes (except the certain writing moments when it does ;) ).  

EDIT 8/21: Matt finished Arrow S3 - a nice ramp-up over the season; he almost gave up, glad he didn't.  He also finished Stranger Things & it is greeeaaaatt!!!  Stick it through for the 2nd half.

Here is Rachel Bloom's video:  F*ck Me Ray Bradbury

Here is the filthy Deadwood vid:  CS

Thankfully, someone also put the Robot Chicken clips together: White Wine

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Episode # 186: Marvel Chapter 2 - X-Men 1st Class

June 10th, 2016

Morevel!!  MorX-Men!!  

This week, we take you down the path where the Fox lives.  As it lives, it chokes out so much potential from various franchises & series.  Is it better now than it was when they took hold of Xmen nearly 20 years ago (we know, right?!) ?  Put on some leather & spandex and tune in to find out...  We will say up front that the newer Xmen films have managed to attach new faces to characters that we can love (Lawrence, Fass & Mac).

Apocalypse thoughts.  Matt had fun and liked Oscar Isaac's performance better than the trailers.  Characters were under-used; if we look at ladies, Civil War did it better.  His take was that Marvel lapped itself in the month of May, but really they lapped Fox.  

While spending less than Marvel for CA Civil War (see our thoughts in the write-up for the last episode below), it made about 1/3 in its opening weekend.
LINKS:
Matthew VaughnKick Ass.  Nicholas Hoult:  Mad Max Fury Road.
Kevin BaconTremorsWhite Water SummerMystic RiverFootlooseFlatliners (also Oliver Platt)
Michael Fassbender:  Prometheus12 Years a Slave.

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Episode # 185: Marvel Chapter 1 - Spiderman 2

May 31st, 2016

Whelp - so much for the short discussions for the moment.  We had to break up the Marvel talk into 3 episodes, as looking over the studios took up some time.  Stay tuned for more over the next month.

Spiderman 2 was a powerful followup to a movie that shook the earth with staggering numbers for its theater run.  Was it big, listen bud - it made 114 of 137 million back by the 1st weekend!!  X-men did 54 of 75 million 2 years before on its opening.  Don't let their standing reputations undo the frantic success of their comparative openings. This one made 114 of 200 million its 1st weekend & easily cleared the budget since then.  How well does it hold up?  Listen in & hear how we see it after more than a decade.  

As for Civil War:  David & Matt both felt it was a great movie that managed to balance the characters (even new ones) pretty well.  The new Spiderman was fantastic & definitely Matt's favorite representation thus far.  Black Panther is awesome, Boseman knocked that outta the park (catch that 42 reference, hey - we covered that in episode 159).  Keep it up, Marvel proper.  Apocalypse:  we'll hit that next episode...

Links

Sam Raimi:  The GiftArmy of DarknessEvil Dead 2.
Kirsten Dunst:  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless MindInterview w/the Vampire
Alfred Molina:  Dead ManCoffee & Cigarettes.
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Episode #160: Dreamworks

May 3rd, 2015
Pixar indeed stands tall amongst the world of modern day animation.  Heck, we even dedicated a whole episode to their genius.  However, one must not overlook the competition that has steadily been catching up creatively over the years.  Since 1998, Dreamworks animation has delivered 30+ films that (with the exception of one) have turned quite a profit.  So it's obvious that there's an audience for animation beyond the safety of They-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.  

Dreamworks has made strides outside the "kid appropriate" box,as well as keeping in step with social progressive attitudes (from Hiccup being handicapped, to Gobber being gay).  Their trust in the modern audience has paid off and they won't be stopping anytime soon..

Dreamworks do in fact live up to their moniker and we couldn't be more pleased with the results.

PS: For those paying attention, here's the episode of Heat Vision & Jack that we named in the episode. 

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Episode #157: That Song & That Movie

March 21st, 2015
Some movies are married to certain songs.  Like marriage, even when it ends, the songs still call up very specific memories.  The movies themselves are not necessarily game-changers (though we dig 'em), but the song connection is groot-like; as in strong.  Guardians soundtrack, anyone?  That movie actually shares a song from one of these soundtracks.  

Though each of these movies were a big wave in their time, not everyone has seen them.  The crazy thing is they may still get the reference from hearing about it or seeing the scenes referred to in a TV show.  The 1st 2 tracks are not done all the time, but when you see the crowd banging their heads during the 3rd track at karaoke, the 3rd film will unlock the mystery of the strangers who each seem to know All the Right Moves.  

Alright gang, take off your pants (but leave the shirt & socks on), grab a razor & a gas can, and try not to honk in the car.  
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Episode #151: Flubisode Part III: Flubs with a Vengeance

January 4th, 2015

It's a new year and we all know what that means:  It's time for another Cinema Slut Gag Reel/Blooper Reel!

It was a fun 2014 (as you will hear this week).  We bring you our 3rd collection of outtakes, gags, B-sides & various other flubs we had along the journey that was this year.  

Now don't go thinking that just because we make (quite) a few mistakes, that means we are NOT the Aquilonian gods of podcast renown & sluttish wonder.  Far from it.  We are destined to wear these jeweled crowns upon our troubled brows til time ceases to be...  or at least until we decide to take 'em off.  

This one is especially long for a flubby.  With that in mind, maybe break it up over 2 listens if you wish.  There are some choice moments, there just happen to be many of them that stacked up this year.  Next week we risk getting political.  Until then, enjoy our folly to make you jolly.

(Here's the Key & Peele clip to which we were referring)

Also, here are the clips from Smallville with Terence Stamp and Julian Sands.  We were both right..
 

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Episode #150: TOLKIEN-SODE III: The Fellowship of the Ring

December 21st, 2014
Well folks, here it is - Our last Tolkien-sode.  The road does not go ever on as we say goodbye to Peter Jackson's LOTR movie adaptations.  Fellowship was the first taste of amazing for many of us.  For almost 50 years we were waiting; hoping beyond hope that someone talented enough could come along, rally like-minded enthusiasts and give a silver-screened face to characters that we treasured & loved.

What's our take on it?  Well, that's why ya gotta listen.  Worry not: we won't kill you with spoilers.  Especially in our talk of The Battle of the 5 Armies.  We have your best interests at heart.

And...  we may have lied at the beginning:  If you whip up enough of a frenzy, we may get around to the Rankin-Bass adaptations sometime.  No frenzy, no Sir Theodore as Gollum.  We'll just watch 'em ourselves & NOT tell you why we love them..  so there.  

Who knows.  We don't.  We just do what our Rice Krispies tell us to. 
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Episode #148: Movies You Love to Hate

December 7th, 2014
You know them, but do you love 'em?

This week it's a stroll down that alley painted in stark black & white.  No ambiguity for these. oh no.  

More often than not reserved for conversations revolving around Pink Floyd albums (here's a clip about the new Floyd album) or political leanings, the adulation & venom are flung freely in discussions like this week.  One can be either for or against these flicks, there are no Swiss in this mix.   No doubt many of you have bore witness to just such "discussions."  

So, put some milk on to boil, then stir in a couple'a spoonfuls of this episode to warm you on this chilly December night (or whenever/wherever you may listen).

PS: We snaffu'd a bit during recording:  It's Mike White from Gentlemen Broncos and Jerusha Hess is MARRIED to Jared Hess.  She's NOT his sister.
  
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