Commentary time and Chris and Scott get their Batfreak on by watching the 1989 Tim Burton version starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton. Sit back relax and enjoy as we chap shit and do Bale Batman voice impressions..
In this episode Chris Raghav and Scott chat about many things including Batfleck, who should play Lex, Star Trek into Darkness, We are the Millers and other ramblings. A revisit to the Bill Murray film Quick Change will happen next episode. Listen and enjoy.
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Hello its another episode of the podcast and its all about the reviews baby. Just because I’ve been short on time and unable to write reviews my self I’ve I’d just blab about some of the newer releases and some older ones as well. Films like Elysium, 2 Guns , Planes, some more Kick-Ass 2 and Pain and Gain. We also touch on The Lone Ranger with guest Amon Warmann and Christopher Ejizu as they rant over The Mortal Instruments and Sharknado. Its very chatty and a solid episode if I do say so myself. Enjoy
Yes we’re back after a week off and we continue our Bill Murrayathon with The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. This week features the vocal talents of myself (Chris), Scott, and returning heroes Ian and Raghav. Also Rag tells us what he finally thinks of Iron Man 3 and we also dig into Pain and Gain, Drinking buddies, Amour, Kick-Ass 2 and Alpha Papa. Warning this podcast contains SPOILERS for PAIN AND GAIN and IRON MAN 3 (but lets be honest, you should have seen it by now). Enjoy.
In the next installment of the Bill Murray marathon, this weeks film is Groundhog Day, a film where Bill Murray is trapped inside the same day until he can finally be Andie MacDowell. Joining Chris (@CinemaTronix) and Scott (@Celluloidical) is Sean Dixon (@PowerfulChicken), who is one of the hosts of Liverpool’s only film review show at @SurroundSoundFM . We also chat a bit about The Exspendables 3 and why Bruce Willis is an arse these days, and my instant thoughts on Alan Partridge, The Lone Ranger and Percy Jackson and the Half Arsed sequel. Enjoy.
Hello and Welcome to 25th Inglorious Bastnerds episode where we review the newly released films. Joining Chris is Alan (who has seen most of the films out) and Scott (who hasn’t seen any) as we talk about The Heat, RED 2, The Conjuring and some more of Only God Forgives. Because its a slow news week (or at least it was to us at the time) we talk about the new Dr Who instead. Also includes Chris getting made at Allan for liking Damsels in Distress. Later this week we will be continuing our Billy Murray series with Groundhog Day. Till then enjoy..
The Lone Ranger had development issues from the start, with delayed budgetary concerns and rumors of werewolves. Helmed by Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinskii re-teaming with its star Johnny Depp as The Lone Rangers trusty sidekick Tonto with Armie Hammer as the man himself. The story is John Reid (Armie Hammer) is a by the book lawyer who joins his law marshal brother in a pursuit of some dangerous bandits. When ambushed and left for dead, a native american called Tonto rescues him, guided by a mysterious white horse and team up to bring the outlaws to justice once and for all.
The Lone Ranger is a bit of an odd mix. On the surface it wants to a be a great big adventurous romp with touches of humor but while maintaining a really dark edge that feels totally out of tone with everything else. William Fichtner is virtually unrecognisable as the lead villain Butch Cavendish, an outlaw who while looks grotesque also has a taste for human flesh. Some of the deaths are harder than a regular 12a film, which is admirable for not softening the content just for the younger viewers but still feels out-of-place when Hammer and Depp provide a silly joke afterwards. That’s not say that the film makers attempts at comedy fail, in fact they do work and help carry the film along. Hammers interaction with a young girl and her doll on a train got a huge laugh early on however Tonto’s feeding of his bird is a regular joke that never takes off. The cast do a great job with thier roles, Hammer is great as the iconic hero, having wit, charm as well as the acting ability to make John Reid a fully rounded character. Johnny Depp doesn’t over cook his role as Tonto. With a fear from the trailer of Tonto being Jack Sparrow’s native american cousin, Depp tones down the kookiness to the right level sharing the screen time with Hammer making this more like a buddy movie.
The main problem lay with the films running time. At two and half hours The Lone Ranger drags when is should just bounce along. It’s such a shame because by the time you get to the twenty-minute action scene at the end, it feels like an apology to the views for sitting through unnecessary plot contrivance after unnecessary plot contrivance and the film suffers greatly for it. Its becoming the trend now for blockbusters now being over two hours and needlessly so. The truth is that this film is way too long. I get the impression that it is down to too many creative influences having too many ideas of what they want to do and it that makes everything baggy and bloated. So much so that most of the time it feels like an endurance test as the plot tries to bring in so many elements that once that final sequence starts you breathe a sigh of relief as you finally something happens that note worthy or memorable. By then you may have given up as you start to think about what parts of the film you would edited out yourself. Helena Bonham Carter and Barry Pepper role’s for instance was completely unnecessary as well as Tonto’s 1930’s cut-away story telling section. The romantic interest in the form of Reid’s brothers wife (Ruth Wilson) does feel a little odd and uneasy even though it does have the balls to go through with it without taking too far. It’s an enjoyable ninety minute movie that happens to be an hour too long and that ruins the experience watching all of The Lone Ranger. William Faulkner once said “In writing, you must kill all your darlings” and that is one lesson the film-makers forgot while making it..
A new Commentary track brought to you by Chris and Scott. Just was Only God Forgives hit cinemas dividing everyone left right and centre, we thought it was a good idea to revisit 2011’s Drive. In this episode we talk over one of the best films in recent memory and swoon over Ryan Gosling as he stares into our souls while offering a toothpick. Now all together… “Real human being….. and a real hero”
Ever since 2011’s Drive arrived on the scene and became the modern-day classic with its flashes of extreme violence, 80’s synth pop soundtrack and Ryan Gosling staring intently into the camera, expectations has been high some what for Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow-up with its star. Only God Forgives is a different beast from Drive entirely that is much darker. In fact it is so dark that it wasn’t for all the red neon it wouldn’t be visible.
Refn has made a film that will divide opinions. Those wanting a to see something akin to his last collaboration with Gosling will be left feeling disappointed, regardless of the beautiful cinematography by Larry Smith and the excellent Cliff Martinez score. Here Refn steps away from the mainstream elements of Drive, focusing on the mood and atmosphere rather than a solid narrative while gleefully playing with the expectations audiences may have the the macho image that “The Man with No Name” image that Gosling’s Driver had as he stares at things some more. The film follows Julian (Gosling), a drug smuggler in Bangkok who owns a boxing club. When his brother gets killed as a result of an unjustifiable action, looks for who’s responsible. Julian maybe the lead character in the film but the true leading man is Vithaya Pansringarm who’s a high-ranking police officer that dishes justice as he sees fit, usually with a sword followed by some karaoke. Without saying a word he has true presence as he drifts along the screen like a high-powered being. Kristin Scott Thomas is fantastic as Julian’s twisted mother who is completely ruthless in wanting revenge for her son’s death. the film kicks in a gear from the moment she enters the film.
Julian himself is the real weak link. Not that Gosling is bad in the role, in the that his character is an empty vessel that spends most of the film reacting to everything around him without being sure of anything himself. It’s a shame because his character is central to the story so with everything around him is so masterfully crafted, by the end what you really need his a beating heart and that is something that just isn’t there..
Yes we’re back with another episode where Skype ran havoc on us but we endured. Sadly no Ian as intended but Scott and myself start out Bill Murray marathon with the 1991’s Frank Oz directed What About Bob. Listen as I convince Scott that he enjoyed the charmingly over-looked comedy, more than he thought he did.
We also go off on a tangent on all sorts of other thing such as Nolan, special FX , flaver of the month, films we don’t get and some more Only God Forgives talk.