Cinecast #61: Snake Oil
Wednesday, 14 December 2005 01:00
That should keep  Adam and Sam from criticizing my performance in Cinecast #61

Syriana: Though falling just shy of true greatness (because, as you know, we here at Cinecast are the final arbiters of greatness), writer/director Stephen Gaghan’s "Syriana" is never short of ambition. For his sophomore effort as a director -- no, it's not his debut, as Adam mistakenly says during the show -- the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Traffic" dives headlong into the dense thicket of international politics and emerges with a film that is timely, well-informed and genuinely exciting. Impressively, Gaghan is able to illustrate the self-interest and corruption that fuels the global economy without drowning the audience with cynicism; if he can't quite resist the temptation to editorialize occasionally, you can hardly blame him.

Also on the show, listeners share their Top 5 Death Scenes, explain the appeal of "Aeon Flux," and wonder if we've ever seen "L.A. Story." Plus, Massacre Theatre and a look ahead to this week's Top 5 Movies So Bad They're Good.

Massacre Theatre presented by the Elemental-Gear podcast, bringing you insightful computing technology opinions, discussions and reviews.

Music by the Waco Brothers courtesy of Bloodshot Records ... Cinecast theme music by Age of the Rifle.

Listen  to Cinecast #61

Cinecast #61
:32-18:14 - Review: "Syriana"
Music: Waco Brothers, "It's Amazing"
19:26-25:40 - Notes/Corrections
25:41-39:03 - Listener Feedback (Aeon Flux, Shopgirl, Death Scenes)
39:04-39:41 - So Bad They're Good Voicemails
Music: Waco Brothers, "Missing Link"
42:10-43:45 - Voicemail Response
43:46-47:43 - Death Scenes Feedback cont.
47:44-50:19 - Massacre Theatre
50:20-58:42 - Top 5 So Bad They're Good Preview

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