Helloha…. and welcome to another Action Junkies podcast where the wonderful Jade Lindley @CelluloidAK and myself @CinemaTronix as get together each week or any week, to talk about our love for action films.
This episode we delve into our thoughts for The Expendables 3. This is another one with both having different opinions on the film and that is always entraining to listen to.
We also go way off topic which is something that you will see much more of in the new up and coming episodes and stay tuned for a Cobra Commentary Track coming in the near future.
Appoliees for the slow audio.. Skype was up to no good on this one so we just went for it.
In this episode we are joined by the lovely man that is Baz Cox or @Baz_Film as he’s known on twitter and he is the first to join us in our slightly new altered format. This is where Me @CinemaTronix and the gang Raghav @raghavmodi Scott @Celluloidical and Ian @i_nesbot (who was absent on recording on this occasion) to talk all about films. We all bring a film we watched recently (old or new) to give things a structure to what is essentially a good old ramble about movies.
This episode we disscuss just what makes a good sequel and what diffrence the year gap between the two. I delve into The new Sin City film, Lucy, What If and Into the Storm. Rag shares his thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy, Baz talks about Two Days, One Night and Scott brings up The Fisher King and Boogie Nights.
In 2000, I was thirteen years old, and even though I was young, I had a very eclectic and grown up taste in music. At every chance I got I was listening to music, and going to the local record store every day after school was my safe haven. I went in every day just in case I missed out on a CD I didn’t see the previous day. I remember coming home after school and seeing my older brother sitting on the computer and telling me about a file sharing platform called Napster. He was explaining how you upload and share files with other users who like the same music as you. Upon hearing that my mind couldn’t comprehend just how awesome Napster really was. At every chance I got I was using Napster, and even though I was getting music for free, I was still buying the same songs on a CD, because I wanted to be able to listen to it on my stereo as well as taping that same CD onto a cassette so that I could listen to it on my walkman…Wow I feel so old now reminiscing about cassettes. Anyways, I never got over how amazing Napster was, and was crushed when it eventually shut down. I remember reading all over the internet and all through the newspaper of what happened to the company, and just thought how pathetic it was. Musicians and huge music companies coming together to attack Napster for just bringing music lovers closer. For years this has bugged me. I had watched interviews over and over again on Youtube with the Napster creators explaining what their goal was, as well as watching positive and negative reactions to the company from musicians. Then this year I decided to follow Alex Winter on Twitter. I have been a huge fan of him since I first saw ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ when I was 8. While looking on his Twitter profile I saw that he was releasing a documentary about Napster and the online music revolution which was perfectly entitled ‘Downloaded’. I couldn’t help but get excited that this was going to be released but at the same time annoyed at the prospect that it wouldn’t get played here in Australia, because they do have a tendency to bypass truly amazing films and documentaries. And then a couple of weeks ago I noticed it was available to purchase and watch online, so I practically lost my shit and changed my viewing plans for that evening and decided that I had to watch it.
‘Downloaded’ is the story of how Napster changed the way we listen to music thanks to it’s founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. Throughout this documentary we are exposed to the story through former members of the company, archive footage, disgruntled and freethinking musicians and corporate giants on both sides of the fence. What is so brilliant about this documentary is that we hear all sides of the story, it is by no means bias, but no matter which way you look at it, the real villains of this music revolution were not Napster, it was the greedy music companies and some self-entitled musicians who really were not about giving back to their loyal fans, but rather lining their pockets with their fans hard earned cash. The music industry is always changing, and there is no way to stop it, especially when technology is concerned. No one thought there would be a bigger battle than the step up from vinyl to CD, but they were wrong. There were so many things we didn’t even understand about the Internet, and here we have a group of guys who had barely finished high school changing the way we can access, share and enjoy music. What is so wonderful about this documentary is that Alex Winter manages to convey these guys as passionate pioneers for the music industry who only wanted to make people happy and if they happened to make money on the way, that was just an added bonus. The emotion from Fanning and Parker just radiates out of the screen because these guys had to push themselves to be the best they could be, and while they were just working together for a common good, they were chastised and painted in a bad light by people who only understood any kind of context if dollar signs were involved. Actually hearing different point of views from the guys who all contributed to Napster, gives a real sense of authenticity and that makes you relate to them. If these massive companies had any real knowledge on how people’s minds work, they would have realised how awesome Napster was, but instead they didn’t want to budge. They were just happy staying complacent, and not even listening to their consumers regardless of the fact that their consumers were evolving.
I can totally understand why musicians would be less than impressed at the fact that people are illegally sharing or downloading their music. They are missing out on CD sales, yeah that’s definitely true. But when people are exposed to an artist for free and hear one or two of their songs, some of these listeners will go out and buy the CD or buy it off iTunes, how do I know? I worked in a huge Hi-Fi chain store for five years. And despite the fact that there are illegal downloads happening all over the world, people would still come in and buy the CD. I cannot tell you how many conversations I had with customers who had illegally downloaded many songs, and then just decided they would prefer the CD. Sales of music has definitely decreased but don’t just blame the illegal downloaders. Maybe have a look at the ACTUAL music industry and really listen to what is being released. There are a lot of brilliant new musicians that are out there; some are discovered…and a lot aren’t. Instead there is complete rubbish dominating the charts and iTune downloads but these songs are not going to be remembered the way the tunes of Led Zeppelin will be remembered. Napster was brilliant because there were so many independent bands out there who just wanted to be heard, and thanks to Napster they were, and some were even a big success. It is sad though because now it isn’t so much about the quality anymore, but the quantity. Push out a tonne of singles, albums, it doesn’t matter because die-hard fans will always buy their favourite musicians albums regardless of whether or not it’s good. It’s as if these cashed up musicians forget about all the crappy bars and clubs they had to perform at just to get people to hear their music. And more often than not, they would have done it for free. At times I do believe musicians forget about how loyal their fans truly are. Think about it, you spend hundreds of dollars for a concert ticket, you buy band shirts, CD’s. DVD’s, re-issues of old album with two added new tracks, and you do that because you love their music. But love get’s lost in the music industry and it’s all about money. And when it comes down to it, these companies didn’t want to lose cash, so they destroyed something that could have made them just as much, all because they didn’t understand it.
I really loved ‘Downloaded’, and I would have to say it is easily in my top 10 favourite documentaries of all time. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched this in the past few weeks. It’s storytelling at it’s best. It doesn’t just briefly summarise certain aspects, it really goes in depth but not so convoluted that it’s a mess. Everything is edited and explained honestly and straight to the point, so you’re not having to stop and say ‘Oh shit I have no idea what they are talking about’. Alex Winter really knows how to tell a story and make it unfold to captivate your interest and that is a sign of an amazing filmmaker in my eyes. He managed to piece together this saga which had been more or less forgotten about, and gives the audience the saga in it’s entirety. ‘Downloaded’ definitely has a smooth transition between the chapters, so you understood what was going on and you aren’t left confused. You can see Alex Winter’s passion and knowledge for the issues been discussed, and his direction of this feature are nothing short of brilliant and engaging. ‘Downloaded’ is fresh, insightful, and totally in a league of it’s own. The ideas and elements used in this documentary are very well thought out, so this know’s exactly what it is. If you have a thirst for knowledge and love documentaries you need to see this, because I am sure you will take away something awesome away from this.
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In this fine episode of The Inglorious Bastnerds, Scott @Celluloidical , Ian @i_nesbot and myself @CinemaTronix talk about our weekly film watching…. as well as our thoughts on chocolate confectionery.
This is the film podcast that is the most laid back and chilled… Kind of like listening in to table of movie geeks with nothing else better to do. So why not join us.
For this episode we cover more Guardians of the Galaxy, I declare my love for Expendables 3 and my indifference towards The Inbetweeners 2 and Ian talks about his distaste for Chef.
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Oh how I loathe remakes, they never get it right. It’s just total rehashes of the original films just without the charm, the individuality, TOTAL GARBAGE…oh wait what’s this there’s a remake which is just as good as the original…wait it’s a horror film? Yep that’s right you heard correctly, FINALLY there is a decent remake in the horror genre, and it goes by the name of ‘Maniac’. I had been losing my shit over this film since I heard about this going into production. Unfortunately this didn’t hit the cinemas here in Perth, surprise surprise. But last week I was lucky enough to buy a Blu-ray copy and I went home that night, poured a big glass of whiskey and got ready for the violence that I was going to indulge myself in. It’s not every day that a killer has a strange fetish and love for women’s scalps, but Frank Zito does. On his journey of recreating beautiful women with bloody scalps he meets the beautiful photographer Anna who has a fascination for mannequins and want’s to use them for an art exhibit. As she is preparing for this exhibit, their friendship blossoms and Frank is struggling with his own demons and wondering if this woman could be his ideal match, the woman that stops him fulfilling his sick desires. I don’t want to give too much away with the plot, because it’s an amazing piece of modern-day horror mixed with exploitation elements which you need to see unfold for yourself. I do love the original version of ‘Maniac’ but I cannot help but feel this remake is just as enjoyable if not more so than the first one. The pacing with the remake doesn’t feel as slow, it feels a lot more intense and with the musical score in the background it only adds to severity of the brutality that we witness on the screen.
Now I just have to say I have never been a huge fan of Elijah Wood and I am probably one of the only people out there that can’t stand the ‘Lord of the Rings’ franchise, however this film proves Wood is capable of so many talents. His role of Frank Zito could have totally fallen flat on his face if he played this in more an aggressive manner in terms of his personality. Instead he played Frank as if that he had a childlike mentality who truly believed what he was doing was right. And even though what he was doing to these women was just straight up horrifying, I couldn’t help but feel really sorry for him. He had severe mummy issues and seeing what she was doing while he was a child, definitely changed his course on life and how he should act towards women. And it’s a real shame that this sort of thing isn’t just seen in the movies. I really enjoyed the character of Anna played by Nora Arnezeder because while at times she seemed very vulnerable to Frank’s insecure charms, she was still badass and she is by no means a weak character, it was good to see a strong female lead. You cannot talk about this film without mentioning the amazing POV shots in the film. The reason why I love that it was filmed this way, is because it makes you feel like you are Frank. It makes you feel like you are doing the killing, and it’s a very effective way to get into your own psyche and actually ask yourself if you sympathise with the victim or with him. Also when a film like ‘Maniac’ is shot in POV it’s actually quite chilling because you somewhat feel that you are in control of this situation but at the same time there is nothing you can do about it because it’s a film. It’s an extremely personal way of shooting a film and if given the right setting, and story then it’s something that can be pulled off with a lot of artistic merit, instead of looking like an amateur porno film. I also loved the musical score, it just had a very 1980’s feel to it which at times was reminiscent to the film ‘Drive’. At times I was actually wondering if Ryan Gosling was going to appear out of the shadows, but alas nothing. The death count wasn’t extremely high, but I am glad it wasn’t because instead of killing a tonne of stupid hookers this really focused on Frank and why he chose the women he did. Between each killing there was time for you to gather yourself and see Frank’s madness unfold, and parts of his life is slowly revealed and as the film goes on you are trying to piece together this jigsaw puzzle. ‘Maniac’ is an incredible piece of film, a remake which is loyal but has it’s own take on it but pays homage to the original. Everything is very clear, concise to the point, and it doesn’t try to confuse with too much convoluted and pointless sub plots. This film is honest, and simple and that simplicity really goes a hell of a long way. Sure a lot of people have branded this film ‘depraved’ and ‘sick’ and I have heard that people have walked out of the cinema when watching this film, which I think is just funny. Sure the killings are graphic and are blatant, but it isn’t a gore-fest. It isn’t about how much fake blood could have been used during the production, it’s just that Frank like’s to scalp women and it’s not something we see in every single horror film, so of course people will be shocked. If you haven’t seen this based upon the fact that it is a remake, just please throw that thought out of your head because it is one of the best remakes that has been produced in the last 10 years. And I definitely think that this film could be in a few people’s top 10 films of 2013…I know it’s definitely going to be in mine. If you are a horror buff and have not seen this you should definitely check it out and see all the different elements taken from sub genres such as ‘splatter’, ‘Giallo’ and ‘Exploitation’. ‘Maniac’ has so many creative influences but it is so damn unique, so I order you to grab yourself a whiskey, settle in for the night and watch ‘Maniac’…just do it now.
High on my can’t wait to see list Richard Linklater BOYHOOD arrived in the cinemas with stunning reviews, and as I settled down to see it my expectations were very high and why not? The recently third instalment of the ‘Before series was such a success. So afterwards why did I leave feeling I had seen a decent picture but no masterpiece. With a fair number of shoddy moments and scenes that bothered me.
1. Missed opportunity – Kenneth Turan’s(L.A TIMES,See link below for full article) quote ‘at best , ok, a film whose animating Idea is more interesting than its actual satisfactions’. I totally agree
2. The film felt very surface level, skirting over many of the
characters and age changes that felt bolted together
3. There are no iconic characters, no Jessie, Celine, Wiley Wiggins or even a Wooderson.
4. The children in places talked unnaturally and felt that the speeches were scripted and read out as so. My children certainly don’t talk in that way and that put me out of the room, it hasn’t got that Stand by me back and forth, or the Max Records in Where the Wild Things Are.
5. Patricia Arquette really struggled in the first half of the film in my opinion, maybe she didn’t have the right material?
6. A major problem for me was the first stepdad he was ridiculously over the top and caricatured, he had no character arc. Totally unbelievable.
7. I frequently have leaky tear ducts but nothing here, the cobbled together scenes left me emotionless to the ending.
8. I was hoping that Linklater was hoping to give us some memorable scenes of the passing of youth, but not much stood out and there were a couple of poor ones including a clumsy peer pressure sketch and an awful golf segment.
9. For a 165 minute movie the ending seemed very rushed, the graduation of Mason and the climax of the film felt premature.
It seems like I am hammering Boyhood but I enjoyed it, the time passed quickly but they could have spent more time with the family members. Maybe I was expecting too much, it was no Wonder Years, Mason did not have the charm of Kevin. Also was no Tree of Life as it has been compared. A water down Hollywood mainstream version maybe. But Malik’s deft touch with father and son set pieces is by far superior in my eyes. Boyhood was worth the watch for sure but the height was not met.
Hey it’s about a week late but here’s a spoiler podcast on Guardians of the Galaxy. Joining me @CinemaTronix is my regular partner in crime Scott @Celluloidical and regular spoiler contributors Amon@awarmann and Chris (Mr Ejizu) @MovieUmpire and we all gather to talk about Marvel’s latest instalment and what was potentially their biggest gamble turn out to be a smash hit.
Directed by James Gunn and staring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel, expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to another galaxy was a band of misfits get together to save the universe.
We recorded on my birthday so apologises if sounds of me eating birthday cheesecake come through but what the hey.
Be aware that this is a SPOILER podcast so we ruin the heck out of it, however most of the world has already seen it already anyway but just in case.
We also chat about Comic-Con and me and Amon have a disagreement about Expendables 3 and rank the Marvel films in order of preference.
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Hello it’s another podcast and it’s been another longish wait (Thank you for your patience by the way) As it’s been a few weeks Scott Alden @Celluloidicaland myself @CinemaTronixhave a little catch up on what we’ve seen at our local multiplexes.
This episode we talk Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, we disagree completely on How to Train your Dragon 2, The Rock starring Hercules, The Purge Anarchy and we talk a bit (but not too much as there is a spoiler podcast coming right up) about the film of the moment Guardians of the Galaxy.
As well as talking about more geeky stuff as Comic-Con had just happened and so the debate on how Batman Vs Superman will turn out continues, A little on Transformers 4, The Man with the Iron Fists, the new up and coming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Brett Ratner and I also express my love for Sylvester Stallone and Expendables 3.
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