Operation Kino 109 Review: The Pigs, Worms And Malick Influences Of Upstream Color
What do the pigs mean? How about the worms? Did he survive the same trauma that she did? Does the Foley recording have anything to do with the kidnapping and the surgery? Those are just a handful of questions we wound up asking about Upstream Color, and we attempt to solve them as we review the new film from Shane Carruth, with film critic-about-town Sam Adams (of The AV Club, the Philadelphia City Paper, Time Out NY and more) to help us out
Operation Kino 109: Resurrecting Clue And Honoring Ebert With It's A Disaster Director Todd Berger
This week 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 we review Danny Boyle's Trance with special guest Jordan Raup of The Film Stage, and choose your answers to our lightning round question about the best films of the year so far.
Operation Kino 108: Game Of Thrones Returns And Sucker Punch Haunts Us Still
This week 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 Glasses, 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
Operation Kino 107 Review: Of The Rock's Headsweat And G.I. Joe: Retaliation
We've been disavowed by our government, half of our team is dead, and the President has been taken over by a shapeshifter named Zartan, but that won't stop us from heroically-- heroically!-- bringing you our review of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, with special guest Mike Ryan. All that and your answers to our lightning round questions about movies so insane you had to see them for yourself
Operation Kino 107: Spring Breakers Breakdown And Sci-Fi That's Almost Great
This week special guest Scott Beggs joins us for a very serious and not at all sexy conversation about Spring Breakers and the cultural trope of the teen girl meltdown. Plus tidbits about The Sapphires and Andrew Niccol's sci-fi chops, remembrances of childhood toys gone by, and a lightning round question inspired by Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor.
Operation Kino 106 Review: Olympus Has Fallen! We Repeat, Olympus Has Fallen!
Olympus has fallen, and the only person who can revive it is Eric D. Snider, who we bring in to help us review the new Gerard Butler action film Olympus Has Fallen. Is it too violent? Is it ridiculous? Is it kind of great? All that, plus your answers to our lightning round question about the next auteur to have a surprise hit
Operation Kino 106: Jurassic Park 4 Speculation, VOD Confusion, And A Days Of Heaven Throwdown
This week we bring in publicist Brandon Rohwer to help us dig through the confusing world that is VOD film rentals, but only after we indulge in some speculation about Jurassic Park 4. Katey has a tidbit about catching up with Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, Da7e wants you to know about the greatness of TV's Robot Combat League, and we all answer a lightning round question inspired by the surprise box office success of Spring Breakers
Operation Kino 105 Review: Ginger & Rosa & Nuclear Bombs & Teenage Drama
Choosing to ignore a movie about Halle Berry on a phone and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (despite the fact that Patches has hired himself as the movie's new publicist), we review the super-small release Ginger & Rosa, from director Sally Potter. It stars up-and-coming actresses Elle Fanning and Alice Englert (or, if you're David, "Jane Campion's daughter")
Operation Kino 105: Visual Effects Industry In Turmoil, Spring Breakers, And The Return Of Film Centipede
This week we dig into the recent turmoil in the visual effects industry, celebrate the return of Film Centipede, talk about the storytelling tactics in Dungeons & Dragons and fall hard for Spring Breakers. All that plus a lightning round inspired by The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Operation Kino 104 Review: Oz The Great And Powerful Both Dazzles And Disappoints
If you hated Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland the way we did, you might be cringing at the sight of another brightly colored fantasy world, filled with recognizable stars and action and everything perfectly calibrated to appeal to as many people as possible. But Oz is directed by the likable Sam Raimi, and stars the very likable Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz (plus James Franco, who's also there somehow)
Operation Kino 104: Defending The Smurfs And Offensive Humor
This week Katey and Dave have doubleheader tidbit talk about NBC and HBO's Girls, Patches defends his love of The Smurfs, and the guys get into a conversation about what makes some humor offensive. All that plus a lightning round inspired by the DVD release of Wreck-It Ralph
Operation Kino 103 Review: Park Chan-wook's Lush And Possibly Crazy Stoker
Korean director Park Chan-wook has become an icon thanks to films like Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Thirst, but he's making a whole new leap with Stoker, his first film in the English language. Starring Mia Wasikowska as a young girl undergoing a very, very unusual coming of age, Stoker is lush and stylish and very, very weird-- exactly what many of us have come to expect from Park,
Operation Kino 103: Can Trolling Be Used For Good?
This week on Operation Kino, we've got a tidbit from Patches talking about the experimental documentary Leviathan and another tidbit from David about Oscilloscope Laboratories and their promotional stunt using Vine. Our first-ever listener voicemail asks us to talk about Star Wars and the ever-expanding world of franchises, and then we get into a big conversation about trolling, and how once in a while it can be used for good
Operation Kino 102 Review: The Rock Gets Serious With Snitch
We're bracing ourselves for a lot of movies starring The Rock coming our way in the next few months, and kicking things off is Snitch, a movie inspired by a true story and sharply critical of the very real government policy of mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenders. Sound boring? Well, that's where The Rock comes in to spice things up
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