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Operation Kino 129 Review: Which Version Of The Grandmaster Is Actually Good?

This week we've got a crazy theory about Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster that we'd like to float by you, after David watched the original cut, hated it, then watched the American cut (now opening in theaters) and really hated it, then decided the original cut was a masterpiece. How did this happen? Is the new movie from the director of In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express worth your time?

Operation Kino 129: What We Learned From Summer Movie Season

This week we're wrapping up summer movie season at last, talking about some of the lessons we may or may not have learned from the last few months and sharing some advice for the people who made the films, too. We've also got a discussion of the documentary Our Nixon, a single shot in a certain upcoming film, a listener voice-mail inspired discussion of our worst celebrity interviews, and a lightning round question that's less about movies and more like a book report about how we spent our summer vacations.

Operation Kino 129 Review: One Of The Week's Many Great New Indies, Short Term 12

This week we've… well, there aren't really any great jokes to make about what we're doing this week, because we're reviewing Short Term 12, the new indie film starring Brie Larson that's set at a short-term care facility for kids in the foster system. But the movie is actually funny at times! And really worth watching! So skip the snark, listen to our review, then look for the film in limited theaters this weekend and in the weeks ahead

Operation Kino 128: Which Director Would You Send To Peter Jackson Island?

This week we're thinking about recent films like Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Lee Daniels' The Butler and wondering how much a director's biography is important when considering their work. On top of that, Patches' has checked in with the kids these days and brought us word on Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Da7e digs into Seattle's prostitution industry with the new iTunes rentable doc Rape For Profit, we ponder which director we would assign a Peter Jackson-style mini-empire

The Cornetto Trilogy Golden Mile, Day 5: Operation Kino 127 Review: The World's End

This week we've gathered together our best friends from high school and affixed our beer goggles firmly to our heads, as we attempt the 12-stop Golden Mile pub crawl and reveal the new Wright/Pegg/Frost joint The World's End. Does it live up to the legacy of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz? Is that even a fair question to ask?

Operation Kino 127: How To Tell History Better On Film, And Some Breaking Bad Speculation

This week we can't figure out why so many Hollywood movies-- including Lee Daniels' The Butler-- tell history so poorly, and wonder if documentaries should be made more often by major studios. Plus more detailed discussion about The Butler, David's adventures in the game Persona 4: Golden, a pop quiz about whether we think Walter White will die at the end of Breaking Bad, and a lightning round about our favorite historical figures on film

Operation Kino 126 Review: Searching For Healthcare And Good Sci-Fi On Elysium

This week we've shed the shackles of Earth and made our way to the skies to reach Elysium, the new film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Can it live up to the expectations from his first film? Is Matt Damon's health care plan really that bad? Patches, Dave and David reveal all in their review, in addition to picking your answers to our lightning around about forgotten Disney classics

Operation Kino 126: China's Growing Hollywood Influence, But More Importantly, Smurfs 2

This week we're interested in the prospect of a Pacific Rim 2, but a whole lot more interested in what seems like China's obvious growing influence on our biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Its it a good thing or a bad thing? Is it something the average moviegoer needs to know about? That plus Patches' highly anticipated review of The Smurfs 2, Da7e grappling with TV's adaptation of Hannibal, the return of Film Centipede, and a lightning round about forgotten Disney favorites

Operation Kino 125: The Spectacular Now Lives Up To Its Sundance Hype

This week we're tapping back into all those heavy high school emotions to review The Spectacular Now, the new teenage romance directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. To help us out, we bring in Slashfilm's own Angie Han. Was she as charmed by the movie as Katey and Patches were back at Sundance? Find out!

Operation Kino 125: The Love Story Quarter Quell

This week is our 125th episode, which marks our fourth Quarter Quell. As we've done in the past, we're changing up the format this week, with each of us bringing up a film that affected the way we think about relationships and love. Patches talks about Harold and Maude and how it taught him how to open up to a girl in high school, Da7e talks about Can't Hardly Wait and the false messages it sent him, Katey talks about coping with a breakup through Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and David talks about how Certified Copy reflects the many performative aspects of relationships

Operation Kino 124 Review: Slicing Our Way Through The Wolverine

This week we've survived the bombing of Nagasaki and fortified our skeletons with adamantium, all so we can travel to Japan and review The Wolverine. Hugh Jackman returns to play the X-Men character for the seventh time-- which is crazy-- and we ponder whether this standalone effort, much unlike X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is actually worth a watch

Operation Kino 125: Comic-Con's Aftermath, Spike Lee's Kickstarter, And Japan

This week we've made it to the flip side of Comic-Con, and look back on the weekend in San Diego to figure out which trends emerged about the movies we'll be seeing for the next few years. We also hash out the meaning of Spike Lee's Kickstarter campaign, answer a listener voicemail about movie conversations on Twitter, pick out some of the most overlooked performances from the year so far, and pick our favorite films set in Japan for the lightning round

Operation Kino 123 Review: Only God Can Forgive Red 2

This week we give you two reviews-- two!-- for the price of one, as we review both Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives and the sequel nobody really asked for, Red 2. Which is better? Who glowers better-- Bruce Willis or Ryan Gosling? Which one involves exploding toilets? Find out all about that and much more, plus your answers to our lightning question about moments of violence in movies that make us squeamish

Operation Kino 123: Ghooooosts!

This week, as the world braces for Comic-Con, we talk about the boycott of Ender's Game and the outrage over author Orson Scott Card's views on gay rights. Does it mean anything to boycott a movie based on the views of the book's author? Will it accomplish anything? We also talk about Katey finally catching up on Game of Thrones, Da7e wonders if you have to believe in ghosts to be scared by ghost movies, we remember our fondest Comic-Con experiences, and we pick our favorite squirm-inducing moments of movie violence

Operation Kino 122 Review: David Burns Pacific Rim To The Ground

This week we're coming to you live from the Shatterdome, as we review this week's rock-'em sock-'em jaeger vs. kaiju adventure Pacific Rim. Does it live up to the many monster movies that inspired it? Has Guillermo del Toro made a film worth the five-year wait? Will David ever like a single blockbuster that comes out this summer? All that, plus your answers to our lightning round question about when animals attack

Operation Kino 122: TV vs. Film, And When Animals Attack

This week, we revisit the debate between TV and film, and wonder if one format is gaining on the other in terms of capturing the public imagination. David catches us up on his recent cinematic visit to North Korea, Patches is scared to death of David Lynch's Lost Highway, we go over the good and bad of Guillermo del Toro...

Operation Kino 121: Fruitvale Station, The Sundance Hit Engineered For Oscar Glory

We couldn't force ourselves to see The Lone Ranger or Despicable Me 2-- sorry, guys. So instead we buckle up for a bit of a fight over next week's indie release Fruitvale Station, which won a slew of prizes at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is preparing to open in limited release

Operation Kino 121: When Will Gay Rights Finally Come To The Movies?

This week, while we're all still celebrating the end of the Defense of Marriage Act, we wonder why increasing public support of gay relationships has barely been reflected in film at all. We also talk about the new indie Museum Hours and a new issue of the Hawkeye comic, ponder the awfulness of the blockbusters this year so far, and pick our favorite cinematic masked characters inspired by The Lone Ranger

Operation Kino 120: White House Down Is America, And Back To The Future Might Be Racist

An average cop named John McClane-- no, sorry, John Cale-- is the only person left in Nakatomi Plaza-- sorry, we mean The White House-- who can help save the hostages-- oh, and the President!-- in this weekend's new action thrilled Die H-- White House Down. Yes, White House Down

Operation Kino 120: Don Draper Is Driving Us All Crazy

This week we're all fed up with Don Draper, but we can't decide if that's a good or a bad thing as we bring in special guest Joe Reid to discuss the season finale of Mad Men. Plus Katey gets upset when people try to critique movies they haven't seen, Patches is stressed about his love of John Hodgman, we wonder what it would be like if you could alter all art with your mind, and we ponder our favorite movie musical numbers for this week's lightning round question

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