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Operation Kino 117: Were Google and Tumblr Part of Carl Sagan's Dream for the Universe?
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.
Operation Kino 116 Review: Man vs. Nature vs. Now You See Me vs. After Earth
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.
Operation Kino 116: Streaming Now
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/Cannes experience, a mini-segment about ILLUSIONS, and a lightning round inspired by After Earth.
Operation Kino 115 Review: Revving It Up For Fast & Furious 6
VROOM! VROOM! or…yeah…something. Deadline's Jen Yamato joins the furious pair of Katey and David to discuss Justin Lin's final entry into the Fast and Furious Franchise. Complete with a group of bikers revving through the streets outside of Jen's apartment.
Operation Kino 115: Talking About Spoilers, Because We Cannes
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
Operation Kino 114 Review: Star Trek Into The Nerdiest Star Trek Into Darkness Review
This week we've all been handed red shirts and sent to work in engineering-- which means that, inevitably, not all of us will survive the episode as we review Star Trek Into Darkness. In this spoiler free-for-all conversation we're joined by certified Trek fanatic Jordan Hoffman to talk about the latest film from J.J. Abrams
Operation Kino 114: What Does Scarcity Even Mean These Days Anyway?
This week we wonder why people pay for something that's "rare" in an era where anything-- including those fancy Mondo posters-- can be replicated infinitely. If that sounds confusing, trust us, Da7e explains it. Plus discussions about the indie film Zero Charisma and John McCain's scheme to fix television, a listener voicemail question about movies opening earlier overseas than in the United States, and a lightning round inspired by Star Trek Into Darkness
Operation Kino 113 Review: Join Us For The Great Gatsby, Old Sport
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?
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 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. We also share your answers to our lightning round question about panic attacks in movies
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 scores, try to figure out our mild disappointment with Jeff Nichols' Mud, and figure out how on earth Katey never particularly got into The Simpsons. All that plus a lightning round inspired by the panic attacks in Iron Man 3
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 Review: Alone On Earth With Tom Cruise In Oblivion
In Oblivion Tom Cruise thinks he's the last man on earth, but he's wrong… because we're here with him, wondering why his movie is so derivative from a million other sci-fi films, and how we can steal his Yankees hat. We're joined by Kase Wickman of Next Movie to review Oblivion, and we also choose your answers to our lightning round question about directors who would be perfectly suited to TV
Operation Kino 110: Place Beyond The Pines Director Derek Cianfrance And His Secret Musical Dreams
This we are joined by Place Beyond the Pines director Derek Cianfrance to talk about his new film, his ongoing collaboration with 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. All that plus a lightning round inspired by Jane Campion's move to television.