‘The Last Waltz’ is one of our great Thanksgiving traditions

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

This week, we are talking about concert films. To be clear, we’re not talking about music documentaries — these are movies that document one concert.

There’s a Thanksgiving Day tradition of watching of listening to “The Last Waltz,” a documentary about The Band’s final concert, which they played on Thanksgiving Day. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters and The Staples Singers all make appearances. Even Ringo Starr is there.

The Last Waltz

And of course, it was directed by Martin Scorsese. Despite that, Kpolly admits he’s never seen it before. I make the case for why he should change that. Hear us talk about this classic and share our picks for our other favorite concert documentaries below.

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A remarkable cast seals the deal in the Netflix western ‘The Harder They Fall’

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

Kpolly here.

Idris Elba. Jonathan Majors. Regina King. Lakeith Stanfield…. Okay, so… I guess go ahead and watch it now. What do you mean you want to hear more? That. Is. Enough!

The new western on Netflix, “The Harder They Fall” not only has one of the best ensembles of the last decade, but it has an exciting and surprising story to wrap it up in. The characters are loosely based on a variety of real-life outlaws and frontier people from the American West. Their lives have been embellished and brought together into one film, but the film still encourages us to dig into these bold characters and check out their other stories. 

When you watch, keep an eye out for the nod to the late Chadwick Boseman. Do your best not to cry.  

Check out what else we have to say about the film. And we’ll talk about what else we’ve been watching. Don’t forget to like, share, and subscribe to Cinebuds on any (and all) platforms. We want our mothers to be proud of us, and this is the ONLY way we’re gonna do that….

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Marvel bites off more than it can chew with ‘Eternals’

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“Eternals” is the newest movie from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From the gate “Eternals” is a different look for the MCU. It is directed by Chloe Zhao, the Oscar winning director of the smaller indie work “Nomadland.” Its cast is sprawling and diverse, including leads from Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie and Brian Tyree Henry, who plays the first MCU character who is openly gay. “Eternals” is more internal. 

“The Eternals”

The Eternals themselves are a group of earthly protectors that have been on the planet since the dawn of man. Their foil are the deviants, a superpredator who they have to kill so they don’t kill all humans. 

It’s a big movie that seeks to do what “The Avengers” did over 20-something movies in two and a half hours. Does it succeed? We discuss.

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‘The French Dispatch’ is Wes Anderson at his most wonderful and ornate

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“The French Dispatch” is the 10th movie from director Wes Anderson. As usual the cast is absolutely STACKED. You’ve got Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Benicio Del Toro, Timothée Chalamet, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Adrien Brody, Lea Seydoux, and those are just the leads, really. Normally, a Wes Anderson movie starts off very precise and meticulous, but at some point, Anderson loosens up the reins and gives the story some slack.

He does not do that in “The French Dispatch.” He maintains his incredible pace, his compact storylines, and meticulous detail throughout. He does that by telling four stories in one. The overarching story is that of The French Dispatch, a fictional publication based largely and deliberately on the very real publication and people of The New Yorker. In the credits he actually names the list of editors, writers and contributors who he based his characters on in “The French Dispatch.”

“The French Dispatch”

Within that story he tells three other stories — ones that are fit to print in The French Dispatch. One of a prisoner who is a brilliant artist, one of a young revolutionary, and one of a gourmand who gets caught up in a kidnapping. Typical of Anderson, there are gobs of style. “The French Dispatch” is Anderson at his most ornate. Every frame a picture. But there is also substance that accompanies the style. Each vignette has a point that it makes about the commodity of art, the capitalization of anti-capitalism, and even the loneliness of the writer. You should really go see it. 

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Marcus Doucette joins Cinebuds to talk about the fantastic new ‘Dune’ movie

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“Dune” is the film adaptation of the 1965 Frank Herbert science fiction novel. It’s been adapted for the screen a couple times. David Lynch has a famously flawed attempt. Sci-Fi channel did a series. Jodorowsky attempted but never completed it.

This version is directed by Denis Villeneuve, who directed other sci-fi epics “Blade Runner 2049” and “Arrival.”

“Dune” | Photo credit: Warner Bros.

For plot, “Dune” is both complicated and simple. The planet of Arrakis has Spice. It’s the universe’s most powerful substance. And everybody wants it. Paul, played by Timmothy Calamet, is air to the throne of the planet’s newest colonizer. He is thought to be The One. A god figure and the center of the storie’s hero narrative. He intersects with the expectations of his birthright, the effects of colonization, and the impact of his gift.

Big themes are sci-fi world building, colonization from the perspective of the colonizer and the colonized. Capitalism, exploitation, and religion.

For this episode, I brought in Dune expert, our very own Marcus Doucette.

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‘Lamb’ is as intensely weird as you expect

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“Lamb” a new weird movie from A24. It stars all your favorites, Hilmir Snaer Guonason, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson AND Noomi Rapace. Not to mention the titular lamb, who is half human, half lamb.

It is pastoral in its Icelandic quaintness. But the presence of a half-human half-lamb keeps you thinking, “Just what is going on here?” There is no precedent for this movie, no worn path where you can see what is coming down the road. Just man, woman, man, and lamb.

“Lamb” | A24

There is definitely a lot to talk about with this one.

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Where should the James Bond franchise go from here?

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We’re 88Nine’s Justin Barney and Milwaukee Film’s Kpolly. We’re buds, we like cinema — we’re Cinebuds.

“No Time to Die” is the last James Bond film of the Daniel Craig era. Kpolly and I talk about what that means for the franchise and the future. The movie itself is everything you come to for Bond. There is a nefarious Russian scientist. An evil villain performing a dastardly deed on a private island. Bond wears a tuxedo and beats up bad guys after ordering a martini that is shaken, not stirred. 

Nicola Dove “No Time To DIe” | Photo courtesy MGM

Does it transcend? We talk about it.

What would we like to see in the future of Bond? We talk about it. 

What else have we been watching? We talk about it.

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James Wan’s ‘Malignant’ is all over the place

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“Malignant” has a lot going on. I don’t want to say too much since it is a horror movie that is driven by twists, turns, and misdirections, but at any given point in the movie you can expect it to be either gruesome, horrific or surprisingly goofy. 

The movie is directed by James Wan, who directed “Saw,” “Conjuring 2,” “Fast and the Furious 7” and “Aquaman,” which honestly checks out here. There is a lot of early 2000s in “Malignant,” with playful camera angles, punchy foley sequences, and a straight-out-of-“CSI” industrial crime driven soundtrack. 

“Malignant”

It certainly gives a lot, but at least one of us found that it gave us nothing. 

There is a lot to talk about with “Malignant.”

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Nicolas Cage calls ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’ his wildest movie ever. Is it?

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Fresh off of staring in the best movie of the year (“Pig”), Nicolas Cage plays lead in what he says is the wildest movie he’s ever made. 

“Prisoners of the Ghostland” has promise. It’s going hard for cult classic status. It’s from the studio that brought us “Mandy,” Kpolly’s and my favorite movie of 2018. Its theme and setting are a cross between “Kill Bill,” “Metropolis,” “Mad Max” and “Big Trouble in Little China.” And it has Nicholas Cage. 

The story is set in “Samurai Town.” A beautiful set that is a mixture of director Sion Sono’s Japan, and the wild west. A cowboy draped in white pulls Nicholas Cage out of prison to find his granddaughter and bring her back. To ensure that he won’t run, the cowboy makes him wear a suit strapped with explosives in particular areas that will go off under certain circumstances. From there it is full of imaginative set designs, post-apocalyptic costumes and action sequences.

“Prisoners of the Ghostland”

But does it achieve cult classic status? That’s the discussion. 

Plus, Kpolly and I ended up watching the same Hulu show and loving it.

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‘Shang-Chi’ is Marvel at its finest

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Kpolly here. This week on Cinebuds we watched the new Marvel film (Justin’s idea this time, if you can believe it), “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.”

In his introduction to the franchise, Shang-Chi is forcibly reunited with his distant family members and has to stop his father from unleashing a disaster upon the universe. It’s a Marvel movie, so if the entire universe is not almost destroyed, why even get out of bed?   

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” | Courtesy Marvel

Of course these films have a consistent formula, but around those familiar bones there are opportunities to build some great details, characters and images. Did Shang-Chi join those glorious few superhero movies that Justin actually likes? Did it join those far greater number of superhero films that Kristopher gobbles up by the handful?  And do we celebrate the fact that this is the first Asian main character/superhero to join the universe? Of course!

We’ll also discuss what else we’ve been watching, reading, and if I shaved my beard a little too closely only moments before recording the podcast! Surely I won’t dwell on that, though….. or will I?

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