This week David Ehrlich, Matt Patches, and Jordan Raup of TheFilmStage.com play themselves in a review of Seth Rogen’s directorial debut This Is the End. Rogen alongside James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Emma Watson in the apocalyptic comedy, but does the meta-approach work wonders or signal the end of the Apatow era?
This week, Katey, Dave, and David are all MIA — so it’s up to Patches to pick some topics and wrangle the Internet’s best to talk them out. First up, Patches and James Rocchi of MSN Movies profess their love for Cosmos and discuss Carl Sagan’s influence on movies. Then, Mike Ryan of Huffington Post joins the show to slam this weekend’s two hour Google commercial, The Internship. Our mini-segment piggybacks off We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks to dig into the trail of Bradley Manning. We wrap up with a look at the film talk that’s happening on Tumblr, with Chad Perman and Michelle Said of the successful blog/magazine Bright Wall Dark Room. We kick it off with a lightning round question inspired by the documentary, Dirty Wars.
This week we’d like to welcome you back to Earth and show you a magic trick in three acts. That’s right, this week sees two major non-franchise releases so we thought we’d touch on them both. Magical caper Now You See Me leads us off followed up by a discussion of M. Night Shyamalan’s newest Smith-family joint: After Earth. You mght be surprised where we end up in both discussions.
This week we’re down a Katey and decide that it would be a great time to check up on the ever-changing landscape of streaming entertainment. House of Cards might have been the vanguard, but is Arrested Development that game-changer? Plus discussions about Bryan Singer and Joss Whedon fighting over Quicksilver and Patches’ Troma experience, a mini-segment about ILLUSIONS, and a lightning round inspired by After Earth.
This week we are gallivanting along the French Riviera— or standing outside in torrential downpours, depending on how you look at it— as Patches checks in with an update from the Cannes Film Festival. Katey and Da7e talk spoiler culture, David waxes poetic over Before Midnight, Da7e explains a bit about the future of zombie Community, and we have a lightning round inspired by Fast & Furious 6.
This week we’d like you to join us for a ride on our hydroplane, old sport, as we sweep up the confetti and champagne glasses left over from our screening of The Great Gatsby. Did Baz Luhrmann’s experiment with 3D actually work with his maximalist aesthetic? Are the crazy party sequences great, or great to the point that they’ll make you sick? And who is this Gatsby fellow anyway? (It’s Leonardo DiCaprio.) All that, plus your answers to our lightning round questions about other books you read in high school that ought to become movies.
Operation Kino 113: Predicting The Themes Of This Year’s Summer Movie Season
This week we bring in Movies.com mastermind Erik Davis to look at the year’s crop of summer movies, and which trends we see emerging by the time the weather cools down again. Katey talks over her first time watching Road House, David sings the indie praises of An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, and we test our memories of the year’s films so far with a quick round of Patches Matches. All that plus a lightning round inspired by The Great Gatsby.
Operation Kino 112: The Searchers, The Simpsons, Mud And Terrible Marvel Music
This week we’re highlighting a conversation that Patches had with Glenn Frankel, author of the remarkable new book The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend. We also ponder why Marvel movies have such terrible music, try to figure out our mild disappointment with Jeff Nichols’ Mud, and figure out how on earth Katey never particularly got into The Simpsons.
Operation Kino 112 Review: Iron Man 3 Is A Very Shane Black Superhero Movie
This week we each step into our individually crafted Iron Man suits— or are we just controlling them with our minds?— to review Iron Man 3, the movie you are probably going to see no matter what we tell you. It’s a two-parter: one half for people who haven’t seen it, and a spoiler-filled second half for those who have.
Operation Kino 111 Review: Pain & Gain Is Roided-Out Near-Greatness
This week we want to pump— *clap!*— you up, as we review Michael Bay’s roided-out American Dream made celluloid, Pain & Gain. We’re joined by Da7e, who isn’t technically a special guest but who hasn’t reviewed a movie with us in ages, so it felt special anyway. We talk about whether Pain & Gain’s dumb jokes outweigh its good parts, the comic genius of The Rock, and the movie’s surprising violence— even in moments when it’s totally hilarious. We also pick your answers to our lightning round question about Robin Williams’s best movie.
Operation Kino 111: Apologizing For Armageddon And Falling Back In Love With Tribeca
This week we are shocked and horrified to learn that Michael Bay apologized on behalf of Armageddon, and aim to set the record straight on its greatness. Katey talks about her experience at the Indie Grits Film Festival, David is feeling more optimistic than ever about the Tribeca Film Festival, and we ask for your help in supporting our friend Ed Douglas in his fight against cancer.
Operation Kino 110: Place Beyond The Pines Director Derek Cianfrance And His Secret Musical Dreams
This week on Operation Kino, we’re joined by Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance to talk about his new film, his ongoing collaboration with actor/his secret twin Ryan Gosling, his dreams of making a musical and much more. We also talk about the Sundance series Top of the Lake, the Evil Dead remake, and whether or not we should be worried about Terrence Malick’s sped-up production schedule.
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Operation Kino 109: Resurrecting Clue And Honoring Ebert With It’s A Disaster Director Todd Berger
This week on Operation Kino, we are lucky enough to be joined for the entire show by Todd Berger, the writer and director of the new indie comedy It’s A Disaster, which is currently available on VOD and iTunes and is heading to theaters this weekend. At Todd’s suggestion we discuss the under-appreciated 1985 comedy Clue, spend some time nitpicking Skyfall, remember Roger Ebert, and talk to Todd about making a black comedy about what happens when the apocalypse interrupts the world’s worst brunch. All that plus a lightning round inspired by the biopic 42.
Operation Kino 108 Review: Danny Boyle’s Trance Gets Inside Our Heads
What is real life, and what is a dream? Why is Rosario Dawson appearing inside our heads? And how did she know the right way to trim her hair… no, not that hair, the hair… down there. These questions and more are pondered as Operation Kino reviews Danny Boyle’s Trance with special guest Jordan Raup of The Film Stage.
Operation Kino 108: Game Of Thrones Returns And Sucker Punch Haunts Us Still
This week on Operation Kino we invite special guest and genius book lady Joanna Robinson of the Cast of Kings podcast to help us talk over the new season of Game of Thrones, Da7e tells us what he has planned for his super-special pair of Google Glass, David wonders if Bioshock Infinite ought to be a movie, and we answer a voicemail from listener Kyle Turner about why Spring Breakers succeeds where Sucker Punch fails. All that plus a lightning round about our favorite films of the year so far.