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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-07-22
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This week's Operation Kino was recorded the night before Katey and David took off for San Diego Comic Con, so if you're totally burned out on hearing about that, don't worry! This podcast is not about Comic Con at all. It's comic book related, though, as we review Captain America: The First Avenger, but from there we launch into a conversation about patriotic movies, what the word "patriotic" even means and whether anyone will ever make a movie again that's as blatantly pro-America as, say, Independence Day. Before any of that, though, we've got a lightning round in honor of Friends With Benefits, and then we get into tidbits, where Katey talks up the new indie Bellflower, Patches wants you all to get into the online game Warlight, David sings the praises of Bjork and her tech-savvy new album, and Dave wonders what's up with all the leaked trailers these days. We end, as always, with your lightning round answers for dessert!

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Lightning Round 00:00:00 - 00:00:48

Intro and Tidbits - 00:00:59 - 00:24:16

Captain America Review - 00:24:34- 00:46:46

Patriotic Movies and Captain America - 00:47:13 - 01:07:59

Dessert - 01:08:00 - 01:11:43

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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-07-15
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This week on Operation Kino, Katey's back! And just in time to help wrap up the end of a franchise she loves nearly, as we review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. We start things off with a lightning round dedicated to grading the Potter films of the past, then move on to tidbits, where David promises great things from the New York Asian Film Festival, Da7e digs back into Star Trek: The Next Generation thanks to Netflix, Patches reminisces about summers gone by (specifically 90s summers), and Katey endorses actually going outside, even if you feel guilty about all the movies you're not watching in the meantime. After the Potter review we get into the whole idea of adapting books into movies, how it can be done well and incredibly poorly and what filmmakers need to do to make sure they're actually telling a good story and not just kowtowing to fans of the books. We end, as always, with your lightning round answers for dessert.

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00:00-00:44 Lightning Round: Best and Worst Harry Potter films?

00:44-24:36 Introductions and tidbits

25:01-45:22 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 reviewed

45:40-1:02:55 Book-to-movie adaptations discussed

1:02:55-1:07:43 Dessert!
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-07-08
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This week on Operation Kino, I've gone missing! With me off in the wilderness taking a much-anticipated vacation, the men of the show are left to their own devices and doing just fine. They forgo a lightning round in my honor, or something like that, and kick things off with extra-long tidbits-- Dave talking about movies and TV shows you find difficult to start watching, David going over the ongoing possibility of an Oldboy remake, and Patches dipping into the world of video games to talk about Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and the prospect of movies based on video games, period. Then these three guys talk about a movie about a different group of three guys, as they review Horrible Bosses.

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00:00 - 01:53 Introductions

2:12 - 12: 23 Good Movies and TV that are hard to start

12:46 - 22:44 Spike Lee attached to Oldboy Remake

13:05 - 34:13 Ubisoft and Video Game Movies

34:54 - 47: 09 Horrible Bosses reviewed
47:24 - 49:00 Outro
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-06-29
This week on Operation Kino we're ready for a throwdown-- believe it or not, we've got two podcasters dying to defend the artistic genius of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and two who think the others are on crack. Don't worry it all stays very friendly, but if you've ever wanted someone to actually explain why some critics love Michael Bay so much, this is a podcast you can't miss. But first there's the lightning round in honor of Larry Crowne, talking movies that are bad and uninteresting despite their likable cast. For tidbits we've got Patches running down the experience of revisiting the Lord of the Rings franchise in theaters, Katey extolling the wonder of children's horror book author RL Stine's twitter account, David discovering the Studio Ghibli film The Borrowers, and Dave catching you up on what you're missing by not watching TV this summer. After the review we take a look back at the year so far and go over our top three favorite films we've seen. We end, as always, with your answers to our lightning round question for dessert.

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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-06-24
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This week on Operation Kino we're back to our usual crew of four, though only two of us saw this week's film up for review, Cars 2. To make up for it we expand the review into an extra-long segment three, talking about the legacy of Pixar and how they can keep it going despite a critical disaster like Cars 2. But first we start with the lightning round, talking about performances by musicians-turned-actors, and then get into tidbits, where Katey gets introduced to The Road Warrior, Dave talks about the Green Lantern movie that could have been (as described in this interview), Patches revisits Gosford Park and David cooks up a harebrained theory about supehero movie plots and where else you can find them. We end, as always, with your answers to our lightning round question for dessert.

And this week, we've also got a giveaway! Listen just after tidbits and just before our review of Cars 2 for the details on our giveaway of a giant box of Transformers: Dark of the Moon toys. To enter, just answer the question we ask during the show and post it in the comments below; login via Facebook or Twitter to comment, though, so we're able to track you down in case you're the winner. Unfortunately only US residents can enter, since we simply can't afford to ship this many robots in disguise overseas.

Oh, and! We now have a Twitter feed! You know you're dying to follow it.

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00:00-00:50 Lightning Round

00:50-23:41 Introductions and tidbits

23:41-26:15 Transformers giveaway!

26:15- 54:56 Cars 2 reviewed and Pixar's legacy and future discussed

54:56-59:00 Dessert!
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-06-17
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This week on Operation Kino we're down a member, as David Ehrlich is caught up with an illness that may or may not have also been related to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals. Soldiering on without him, we review Green Lantern and use that as a springboard to talk about superhero origin stories, and why Hollywood is making so damn many of them. But first, tidbits! In which we throw down over movie musicals (the upcoming Les Miserables in particular), preview the new cable series Falling Skies, and Patches unleashes some rage about a particularly nasty moviegoing experience. We end, as always, with your answers to our lightning round question for dessert-- featured this week are Twitter users @miguelianraya, @gholson, and @ldmullen

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00:00-00:58 Lightning Round

00:58-20:48 Tidbits

20:48-40:37 Review: Green Lantern

40:37-58:27 Segment 3: Superhero origin stories

58:27-1:02:28 Dessert!

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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-06-10
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This week on Operation Kino we're once again gathered together in the same room, fighting against the forces of New York City noise and unbearable heat to review Super 8. Before that we've got a Lightning Round devoted to childhood summer movies. The tidbits involve some New York City boosterism, Patches finally coming around to Parks & Recreation, the necessary annual celebration of Wet Hot American Summer, and some self-promotion from Dave of the movie he produced, The Four-Faced Liar, which is now on Netflix Instant. And after the review we pick up the ball from Super 8 and talk about nostalgia in movies, how it can be both good and bad when used properly, and how a very strange food metaphor somehow can make sense of it all. We end, as always, with your answers to our lightning round question for dessert-- featured this week are Twitter users @riseb4thefall, @atonaljosh, and everyone who submitted Jurassic Park.

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00:00-1:24 Lightning Round

1:24-19:30 Tidbits

19:50-38:37 Review: Super 8

39:04-58:45 Segment 3: Nostalgia in movies

58:45-1:03:42 Dessert!

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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-06-02
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This week, for the first time ever, we're recording live and in person! And for the first time in weeks we've all seen the movie we're reviewing, which is the latest superhero opus X-Men: First Class. Plus a lightning round devoted to obscure movie titles, tidbits that include heartbreaking documentaries and two hot trailers, and a segment three about documentaries-- who's watching them, how we can get more people to watch them, and which documentaries are good for people who think they're just the boring filmstrips you had to watch in middle school. We end, as always, with your answers to our lightning round question for dessert-- featured this week are Twitter users @JEBermanator, @BrandonRohwer, @hlkneedler and @thefilmcynic.

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00:00-00:55: Lightning Round: In honor of Submarine, a coming of age story about a boy trying to lose his virginity, what's your favorite movie title that has little or nothing to do with the film's plot?

00:55-22:11 Introductions and Tidbits: David get weepy over How To Die In Oregon, Dave explains the shakeup in the DC Comics universe, Katey defends David Fincher and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trailer, and Patches sings the praises of 50/50.

22:33-43:28 Review: X-Men: First Class

44:00-1:02:55 Segment 3: Documentaries discussed. What makes documentaries accessible, why don't more people see them, and does it matter if documentaries reach larger audiences? Plus our recommendations for easily found documentaries worth your time.

1:02:55- 1:06:28 Dessert! Your answers to our lightning round question.
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-05-27
On this week's Operation Kino we're reviewing two sequels, The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2, so it only seemed appropriate to dedicate segment 3 to sequels too! Before that, though, we've got a Lightning Round inspired by characters who don't know what's going on, Tidbits that cover everything from The Killing and The Hunger Games to indies like Attack The Block and Tuesday, After Christmas.

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00:00-00:55 Lightning Round: In honor of The Hangover Part II, what's your favorite movie in which the main character has no idea what's going on?

00:55-23:38 Introductions and tidbits: Hunger Games casting, Attack the Block, The Killing and two tiny movies, Tuesday, After Christmas and The Warped Ones.

23:38- 36:50 Reviews: The Hangover Part II and Kung Fu Panda 2.

36:50-56:31 Segment Three: Sequels! What makes them good, what makes you want to see them, and why does nobody bothered with serialized storytelling anymore.

56:31-1:01:54 Dessert!

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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-05-20
On this week's Operation Kino we give ourselves over to our artier side, reviewing Terrence Malick's new film Tree of Life and then discussing what makes us call filmmakers like Malick "auteurs," whether that word has meaning anymore and whether it helps or hurts the films they make. We also have some tidbits that cover television, the otherwise un-reviewed Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the August Criterion Collection lineup. We've also got a lightning round question inspired by Pirates, plus your answers for dessert.

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00:00-00:54 Lightning Round: In honor of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, what franchise character hasn't been or shouldn't be played by anyone else.

00:54-24:10 Introductions and tidbits, including fall TV, Parks & Recreation, August's Criterion release, and the new Pirates movie

24:10-34:20 Tree of Life reviewed

34:20-1:02:53 Auteur: is it a useful word to call a director, and does it affect the way we see their movies?

1:02:53-1:07:03 Dessert!
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-05-12
This week on Operation Kino, we're bringing in our first-ever guest! Because neither Dave or nor Katey managed to see Bridesmaids we marshaled Perri Nemiroff, who writes for Cinema Blend and all kinds of other places, to join Patches and Dave for the review. First, though, we've got our lightning round in honor of Priest and post-apocalyptic worlds, plus tidbits that venture off into books and to the south of France. After the review we delve into the entire nature of modern movie comedies, why they don't generally compare to TV comedy and what it would take for any movie comedy to make it on our best of the year lists (spoiler: Bridesmaids probably won't make the cut). At the end, once again, we have dessert with your own picks for your favorite post-apocalypse movie. And listen closely for yet another contest, this one a result of Dave cleaning out his apartment.

To win Dave's Moulin Rouge DVD and poster, head over to the Kino Katey Facebook page and comment on this post with what Dave asked you guys to write. Good luck!

As for the rest of the show, take listen below and find all your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow Dave (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Matt (@misterpatches) and me (@kateyrich) on Twitter.

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00:00-00:52 Lightning Round: In honor of Priest, what's your favorite movie set after the apocalypse?

00:52-18:45 Introductions and tidbits, including Dave's giveaway of his Moulin Rouge! DVD

18:45-34:20 Bridesmaids reviewed

34:20-58:22 Comedy: why is TV better at it than movies? And what will it take for movie comedies to be really great?

58:22-1:03:16 Dessert!
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-05-05
It's finally May and every movie in the theater seems to have been turned up a few decibels, so you know what that means: summer movie season! On this week's episode of Operation Kino we review the first big movie of the summer, Thor, and preview our picks for summer movies we're expecting to be surprise hits, under-the-radar films we want you to look out for, movies we're actively dreading, and the ones we think it'll just be fun to see all together. Plus tidbits and a lightning round in honor of Something Borrowed, yet another film in a long line of romantic comedies with terribly generic titles.

Also! Very excitingly, we're holding our first-ever Operation Kino giveaway, because both Dave and I have Thor toys to share with you all. You'll have to listen to the podcast to figure out which question we want you to answer, but when you have an answer put it in the comments of this Facebook post. We'll pick one answer at random by the end of this week and send you your prize. Good luck!

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00:00-01:03 Lightning Round: In honor of Something Borrowed, name a romantic comedy you enjoyed despite the generic title.

1:03-20:04 Introductions and Tidbits.

20:04-36:12 Thor reviewed.

36:12-37:10 Thor toys giveaway!

37:10- 1:04:20 Summer movie preview: our picks for surprise hits, under-the-radar gems, movies we're actually dreading, and the ones that we want you all to come see in theaters with us. 1:04:20-1:08:16 Dessert! Your answers to the generic rom-com question.
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-04-28
This week's podcast is chrome-wheeled fuel-injected and stepping out over the line. This week's podcast is only partially devoted to reviewing Fast Five, but I'd like to believe the spirit of adrenaline imbues the entire thing. In addition to going over the merits of the latest Vin Diesel/Paul Walker testosterone extravaganza, we tip our hats to Disney's Prom by looking back to favorite childhood films, pick our highlights and lowlights from the Tribeca Film Festival, and duke it out over whether or not you should ever have to pretend to have seen a classic film, and hey, who's to say which films you "have" to see anyway?

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00:00-00:50-- Lightning Round: In honor of Disney's Prom, name a movie that actively made you hate your own boring-ass childhood.
00:50-02:23-- Introductions and checking in on David's health.
2:23-19:27-- Our highlights and lowlights of the Tribeca Film Festival.Fast Five reviewed.
35:00-59:18-- Discussion: why do people lie about seeing movies they haven't seen? Should you feel bad for missing movies that other people consider "great"? And does having seen a lot of movies make your opinion on them any more worthwhile?

58:18-1:03:41-- Dessert! Our favorite answers to our lightning round question, culled from our Twitter friends.
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-04-22
In this week's Operation Kino we're down a member, as David Ehrlich was wrapped up both by the Rangers being in the NHL playoffs and sinus surgery. Soldering on without him, Patches, Dave and Katey do a lightning round about post-World War II drag performances in honor of Tyler Perry's Madea, share tidbits about Friday Night Lights, Meek's Cutoff and the trailer for The Help, review Water for Elephants and discuss whether or not the Tribeca Film Festival is worth covering, and how we can make it better.

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00:00-00:50 Lightning Round: Most Tolerable Post-WW2 man-in-drag performance. 00:50-17:51 Introductions and tidbits: Friday Night Lights, Meek's Cutoff, The Help 17:51-32:38 Water for Elephants Reviewed 32:38-49:15 Tribeca Film Festival Discussion
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Author: Katey Rich
published: 2011-04-14
In this week's Operation Kino, we're testing out another new format, kicking things off with a lightning round in honor of Rio's animated birds before we start the show. In Segment 1 we each pick the one thing we've got on our mind this week, in Segment 2 we review Scream 4, and in Segment 3 we use Dave's visit to the Rise of the Planet of the Apes set as a chance to talk about prequels in general, and whether or not they're ever an important part of a story.

To read Dave's Apes set visit go to Latino Review, where he actually says that James Franco and Andy Serkis "put their monkey where their mouth is." You can watch the first episode of the Mortal Kombat online series we discuss here, and though Patches' claim that you can download the first two episodes of The Killing on iTunes for free turned out to be false, you can stream them at AMC's website.

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00:00-00:50: Lightning Round: "Top Animated Fowl"
00:50-22:00: Introductions and Tidbits. Katey talks about Michael Shannon cast as General Zod, Dave talks about the online series "Mortal Kombat: Legacy," Patches talks about the AMC series The Killing, and David finds new appreciation for Nicholas Sparks.
22:00-43:02: Scream 4 reviewed.
43:02-1:03:52: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, what Dave learned by visiting the set, and what it might say about the validity of prequels in general.
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