Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 78: Escape Plan, The Counselor, and About Time

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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Escape Plan.  Even though Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone can get out of a high-tech prison that’s sealed off from the world in an enormous cargo ship, they are unable to escape from the Misfits’ enthusiasm for their new film.

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The Counselor.  Forget about legal counsel, maybe Ridley Scott should have consulted with a different writer than Cormac McCarthy before making his latest movie.

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Bonus Twofer Somali Pirates Episode: Captain Phillips and A Hijacking

Samali-iratesCaptain Phillips and A Hijacking are as different in execution as they are similar in subject matter.  Captain Phillips, although presented in a straightforward, almost documentary style, still embraces many of the Hollywood conventions in terms of character and structure.  A Hijacking, on the other hand, presents a more fragmented, dispassionate story, the moments of repressed fear and anger resulting in a steady, building, cumulative intensity, which is both involving and sometimes frustrating for a viewer.  The Misfits weigh the pros and cons of these two filmmaking approaches, and also ask the question, “Who is the captain?” and wonder, “Does anyone really want to be the captain?”

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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 77: Carrie, Room 237, and Gravity

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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Carrie.  Watching the remake of Carrie is a bit like being locked in a closet with a bunch of dull people for ninety minutes.

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Room 237.  If Stanley Kubrick had wanted to make room 237 in The Shining really scary, he would have filled it with film critics and conspiracy-theory nuts arguing about the meaning of his film.

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Cinema Misfits, Bonus Halloween Episode: Exorcist II: The Heretic, Jaws 2, and Psycho II

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The Exorcist, Jaws, and Psycho.  Each one of these films spawned a sequel, bastard offspring that, for the most part, the creators of the original versions refused to have anything to do with.  In this Bonus Halloween Episode, the Misfits take a second look at Exorcist II: The Heretic, Jaws 2,  and Psycho II, and find that while these are flawed films, lost in the shadows cast by their predecessors, they do have their own small ambitions and marginal successes.  They are also, in many cases, unintentionally laugh-out-loud funny.

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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 76: The Spectacular Now, The World’s End, The Butler, and Oscar Predictions

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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The Spectacular Now.  For the Misfits, it wasn’t all that spectacular–then, now, or later.

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The World’s End.  If the world’s got to end, this isn’t such a bad way to go:  beer, robots, and laughs.

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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 75: 2 Guns, The Sapphires, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and Elysiumn

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6 ‘n 90!  Da Man does six reviews in ninety seconds.

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2 Guns.  It has all the elements found in a Tarantino film: a crazy diner scene, a non-linear timeline, and a couple of bickering anti-heroes exchanging clever quips.  Unfortunately, what it doesn’t have is Quentin Tarantino.

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The Sapphires.  This film is a lot like a cover version of a classic American hit performed by a foreign band.  Just different enough to be interesting, and while not particularly original, makes up for it with a lot of energy and heart.

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Cinema Misfits Podcast, Episode 74: R.I.P.D., RED 2, and The Wolverine

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6 ‘N 90!  Da Man reviews six films in ninety seconds.

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R.I.P.D.  Maybe the ad campaign for this film should have been a variation on the old Certs commercial.  “It’s a ripoff of Men in Black.”  “No, it’s a ripoff of Ghostbusters.”  “No, it’s two, two, two ripoffs in one!”

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RED 2.  What if they had a Cold War and nobody came–except septuagenarians.  You’d have Red 2, or as some Misfits refer to it, codger-palooza.

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