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Operation Kino Podcast #23: The Help Reviewed And Movies Based On True Stories Discussed

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This week on Operation Kino, all four members of the usual crew are back together to hold hands and weep quietly into our handkerchiefs, as we review The Help. From there we've got a Segment Three inspired by the weekend's other big release, 30 Minutes or Less, in which we talk about movies based on true stories, whether there's ever such a thing as "too soon," and how far David would go to have Werner Herzog make a movie about his tragic death. Before any of that, though, we've got a lightning round dedicated to awesome movie deaths, and tidbits in which Dave doesn't think the Dark Knight Rises set photos are spoilers, David wonders how on earth a movie like Our Idiot Brother qualified as a Sundance success, Patches wants your dating advice and Katey shares the harrowing tale of how she survived Glee 3D. We end, as always, with your lightning round answers for dessert.

Don't forget to follow us on our new twitter feed, and take a listen below and find all your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and me (@kateyrich) on Twitter.

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00:00-00:52 Lightning Round

01:15 - 27:09 Introductions and Tidbits

27:25 - 46:12 The Help review

46:40 - 01:03:52 Movies Based on a True Story Discussed

01:03:52 - 1:08:17 Dessert

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Podcast: Talking The Help And Its Oscar Potential With Nathaniel Rogers

For some reason the Oscars are in the air lately, despite the fact that it's only August and next weekend's box office will likely be dominated by Conan the Barbarian. It started last week when Andy Serkis's motion-capture performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes started turning heads, causing some people to wonder if he could finally get an Oscar nomination for the role (and inspiring me to argue that he won't, and he doesn't need to be anyway). Tomorrow sees the release of The Help, a feel-good but also serious-minded drama set in the Jim Crow South, and featuring enough strong female performances to single-handedly fill the Best Supporting Actress category at this year's Oscars if they play their cards right.

But will they? Is The Help this year's The Blind Side, or just a summer diversion that will be forgotten by October? And is a potential campaign for Viola Davis as Best Supporting Actress totally misleading and wrong? To answer these questions and talk about the movie in general, I got on the phone with The Film Experience's Nathaniel Rogers, my friend and expert in all things Oscar, especially when it comes to actresses and their potential for awards glory. We talked about the movie and about the Oscar season to come for about 15 minutes; take a listen below, and find all your streaming options there too.

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Operation Kino Podcast #22: Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Reviewed And Mo-Cap Discussed

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On this week's Operation Kino, we're once again down a member, as Da7e is taking a much-needed vacation and celebrating his birthday far, far away from us. So once again we've broken the mold and brought in a guest, inviting Popular Mechanics writer Erin McCarthy to join us for a review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, then a discussion of motion-capture and performance-capture technology, both as seen in this movie and as a template for making films in the future. Erin happens to be an expert about it thanks to her job, so she's probably the best guest we could have gotten for this episode. First, though, there's a Lightning Round inspired by the new indie Bellflower, then tidbits, in which Erin sings the praises of Shark Week, David defends one new video game as a work of art, Patches thinks The Change-Up is the funniest movie of the year, and Katey is blown away by the book A Visit From The Goon Squad. We end, as always, with your lightning round answers for dessert.

Don't forget to follow us on our new twitter feed, and take a listen below and find all your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow our dearly missed Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and me (@kateyrich) on Twitter. You can follow our guest Erin McCarthy (@erincmccarthy too!

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00:00-00:54 Lightning Round

01:10 - 24:30 Introductions and Tidbits

24:47 - 47:10 Rise of the Planet of the Apes review

47:18 - 01:02:28 Motion-Capture And Performance-Capture Technology

01:02:28 - 1:06:43 Dessert

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Attack The Block: Do not miss summer's best alien invasion movie

There was all kinds of weird news at the box office this weekend, with Cowboys & Aliens and The Smurfs tying for first place by appealing to completely separate audiences, and the last Harry Potter film crossing the $1 billion mark overseas, making that movie franchise the equivalent of some large world economy. But there was one story that was just simply great: Attack the Block, the British import distributed on 8 screens by Screen Gems, made $130,000, which comes out to an impressive $16,250 per screen-- nearly twice the per-screen take of that other alien movie out in theaters this weekend.

If you follow me or other movie writers on Twitter you've probably been hearing about Attack the Block for months now, as Screen Gems has done aggressive fan outreach early screenings since the movie debuted at SXSW in March. Or you might have just read Matt Patches' glowing review from that very festival, where he promised it "may wind up as one of the best action movies of the year." At the end of a long summer of expensive, short-on-imagination blockbusters, it's clear Attack the Block is better than nearly all of them, a sharp and relentlessly entertaining genre movie that also gives us characters worth caring about. The fact that it's executive produced by Edgar Wright is not a mistake-- it shares Shaun of the Dead's and Scott Pilgrim's ability to meld action and character development effortlessly, and also go for humor and thrills in seemingly one fell swoop. The plot is pretty simple: what would happen if the alien invasion started at a rundown housing project in South London, and a group of street thugs were the only ones who could fight back? But it's where the movie goes both with its action story and this group of punks we come to love that makes Attack the Block so thrilling and special.

I'll be writing a formal review of Attack the Block at some point this week, but this is just a short note to say, if at all possible, you should see this movie. Yes I know it's in limited release and difficult to find in a lot of places, but if you're in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin or Chicago, you have no excuse. Hopefully Screen Gems will be expanding the movie in the coming weeks based on this strong start, and if nothing else, Attack the Block is destined to be a DVD hit as more and more audiences discover what will at least be the best alien invasion movie of 2011. Believe.

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Operation Kino Podcast #21: Cowboys & Aliens Reviewed And Aging Actors Discussed

On this week's Operation Kino, we've got our first-ever special guest! With David Ehrlich still marooned on the West Coast in the wake of Comic Con, we brought in another survivor of the nerd-stravaganza, UGO's Jordan Hoffman, to help us recover from the madness and also review the movie that premiered for the geeky hordes in San Diego last week, Cowboys & Aliens. Before that, though, we've got our lightning round dedicated to cinematic love triangles, and then get into tidbits, where Katey and Jordan relive their respective highlights of Comic Con, Da7e gets into how much Ridley Scott's Prometheus might be an Alien prequel after all, and Patches really wants you to think about seeing The Smurfs. Really. For segment three we're on a bit of a tangent, getting into the ages of movie stars, whether actors can be too old for given roles, and hey, when did Harrison Ford start seeming so damn old anyway?

Don't forget to follow us on our new twitter feed, and take a listen below and find all your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow Da7e (@da7e), our dearly missed David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and me (@kateyrich) on Twitter. You can follow our guest Jordan Hoffman (@jhoffman6 too!

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00:00-00:49 Lightning Round

01:04 - 28:56 Tidbits

29:17 - 45:58 Cowboys & Aliens review

45:48 - 01:05:10 Actors and Age

01:05:10 - 1:09:36 Dessert

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I'm going to go fondle my sweaters

Every now and then today someone has popped up in my Twitter feed to remind me that today is a truly excellent anniversary. It's been ten years to the day since Wet Hot American Summer was released in theaters, only to land with a thud-- it made just $295,000 in its theatrical release. But bad movies that flop don't get anniversary celebrations, and Wet Hot American Summer may be the ultimate example of a cult movie that only builds its audience over time. When it hit theaters 10 years ago I was a savvy enough movie fan to read in Entertainment Weekly that it was one of the best movies of the summer, but I was also living in the kind of small town where it definitely never opened theatrically. It took me until about three years later, when several of my college friends were obsessed with it, to finally watch the movie, and it wasn't long after that I was wearing knee socks to a special screening in a nearby town and editing a home movie to the tune of "Higher and Higher."

Wet Hot American Summer is best watched with a group of friends who will laugh at pretty much anything, but once you've seen it you can revisit it endlessly on your own-- almost the entire movie is available in various clips on YouTube, so you don't even have to skip ahead to your favorite part. Feel free to share your favorite scenes below; meanwhile, I'm going to go hump the fridge. God bless us all, and God bless America!



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How did anyone's career survive this?

I pulled this video up earlier today for this article and I'm still not really over it. When I watched this movie I definitely didn't realize it'd be the enormous worldwide hit it became, and I idly wondered about the career prospects for everyone who participated in something so cheesy. I figured all the adult stars like Meryl Streep and Colin Firth would turn out just fine-- though who would have guessed Firth would have an Oscar just two years later?-- but genuinely wondered about the young stars Amanda Seyfried and especially Dominic Cooper. Being a girl Seyfried could pretty easily overcome flouncing around in sequins and a modest one-piece bathing suit, but Cooper seemed doomed to be remembered in his hot-pink jumpsuit any time he tried to play a serious romantic or action lead role.

I was totally wrong, of course-- he's in Captain America and The Devil's Double and seemingly everywhere else-- and I'm glad. But seriously, this video is almost too embarrassing to look at, and I don't care how much money everyone made while doing it. Relive the horror with me.

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Operation Kino Podcast #20: Captain America Reviewed And Patriotic Movies Discussed

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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!

Don't forget to follow us on our new twitter feed, and take a listen below and find all your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and me (@kateyrich) on Twitter.

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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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Shark attack in San Diego

Given that I'm covering Comic Con for the rest of the week-- you can catch up on all that madness here-- there may not be much action here for the next few days. But I figured none of you would object if this became a repository for all the bizarre photo ops that tend to happen at Comic Con. So behold, what happened when I attended a party and press event for Shark Night 3D, and got a little too close and personal with a shark. There was also a mechanical shark-- yes, like a mechanical bull, that you ride-- but I wasn't really dressed appropriately for riding it without flashing the entire crowd, so this was the only photo op I came back with.

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Excellent poster design might be the most exciting thing about Captain America

I've got a weakness for a certain kind of patriotism, for things like wearing stars and stripes on the Fourth of July, sights of soldiers returning home from combat, all that iconography that's blasted into American brains pretty much at birth. So while I'm only lukewarm about the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger, I love the posters that have been commissioned by Mondo, the source of great pop culture design and the alternate posters that pop up for seemingly every fan-friendly movie. Several of the Cap designs have been floated around the Internet at places like Badass Digest, Wired and Slashfilm. Some are done up like propaganda posters for the evil organization Hydra, and some are pure jingoistic American energy. Below are two of my favorites. As I prepare for tonight's press screening of Captain America, this might be the first time I've been genuinely excited about it. I guess good design is its own kind of superpower.





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Operation Kino Podcast #19: Harry Potter Reviewed And Book-To-Movie Adaptations Discussed

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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.

Don't forget to follow us on our new twitter feed, and take a listen below and find all your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and me (@kateyrich) on Twitter.

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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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Nickelodeon brings back their 90s programming, and summer finally gets great

Somewhere down the line I did learn that this was happening, but I must have forgotten about it in order not to lose my mind waiting for it to happen. Starting July 25, TeenNick-- a channel I do not subscribe to, but might need to now-- is going to start airing classic 90s Nickelodeon programming after midnight. The teaser, which you can watch below, has clips from everything from All That and Kenan & Kel-- later era, house-produced programming you know they'd promote-- to Salute Your Shorts and Doug. Sticky Stickly even makes a cameo-- the stick figure who hosted their summer programming whose address I can still sing. A lot of these shows aren't even available on DVD at all. I am kind of beside myself.



Over at the Teen Nick blog they've established a "90s are All That" tag, so I'm hoping they'll keep me up to date on when my favorites like Hey Dude and Pete & Pete get added to the lineup. Honestly, I know the Transformers movies and all the superheroes get a lot of peoples' nostalgia flowing, but these shows are my childhood. Hey, I'm an American raised on television, it's how these things work.

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"Hello, I am the Chosen One. This book's about my life."

I don't know if this video is entertaining for anyone who hasn't both seen Book of Mormon on Broadway and have a penchant for online Harry Potter tributes, but I happen to fit into both categories and got a very big kick out of it. I just like it when clever, young-ish looking people get together and make something silly but also supremely entertaining. Plus it's fun to celebrate the Harry Potter books the week that the last movie comes out, because I think I'm with a lot of other Potterphiles in thinking the books will always be superior.



For reference, I've also embedded the original song from Book of Mormon that they're riffing on here. Now you have yet another reason to buy the soundtrack!

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Operation Kino Podcast #18: Horrible Bosses Reviewed While Katey Is Absent

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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.

Don't forget to follow us on our new twitter feed, and take a listen below and find all your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and even though I wasn't on the show this week, me (@kateyrich) on Twitter.

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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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Operation Kino Podcast #17: Transformers 3 Reviewed And Best Movies Of 2011 So Far Discussed

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.

Don't forget to follow us on our new twitter feed, and take a listen below and find all your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and me (@kateyrich) on Twitter.

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Katey and Mike discuss Transformers: Dark of the Moon with spoilers

I had a lot of burning questions walking out of Transformers: Dark of the Moon that I hadn't even begun to start answering, and definitely couldn't get into without spoiling the movie to some degree. So I enlisted my pal Mike Ryan to go over some of the particulars, though as you'll see, we barely managed to scratch the surface of this massive, surprisingly complex movie.

SPOILERS AHEAD...because that's the point of these videos.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon Video Review

Tonight, like virtually every other movie critic in the country did, and like virtually everyone else in the world will in a few days, I saw Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The arguments among the critics started fast and got heated out on the sidewalk outside the Times Square theater, so I grabbed podcast pal Da7e to get some thoughts on camera. I admit, it's not our most coherent video review-- a random Times Square vendor pops in at one point to try and sell us something, and another podcast pal David Ehrlich wanders into the background to shout his unequivocal love of the movie. It's chaotic and energetic, much like Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but also just over three minutes long, which makes it way shorter!

Take a look below, and come back throughout the week for way, way more Transformers coverage, including this week's Operation Kino podcast devoted to the robots in disguise.

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Operation Kino Podcast #16: Cars 2 Reviewed And Pixar's Legacy Discussed

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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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Katey and Mike discuss Green Lantern with spoilers

SPOILER WARNING: Katey and Mike Ryan talk and complain about Green Lantern, including all the spoilers we couldn't put into reviews. You have been warned.

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Operation Kino Podcast #15: Green Lantern Reviewed And Superhero Origin Stories Discussed

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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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