Ep. 84 – Star Trek Beyond, SDCC trailer dump, and Kiko is treading the boards with a new take on The Little Mermaid’s Ursula

July 25, 2016 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review Star Trek Beyond, talk about all the comic book movie trailers that dropped at San Diego Comic Con, and speculate on what stage role Kiko has taken that’s caused him to miss this week’s show.

[00:00-11:48] Intro/Where is Kiko? Is he starring in The Little Mermaid?

[11:48-38:53] SDCC trailers: Justice League, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Kong: Skull Island and Doctor Strange, plus casting news featuring Brie Larson, Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone.

[38:53-1:09:53] REVIEW: Star Trek Beyond

[1:09:53-1:17:43] Wrap up/tease

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Ep. 83 – Ghostbusters, a long discussion of the legacy of Tim Duncan, and too many words on Chris Christie’s FUPA

July 16, 2016 by  
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In this episode of The CineSnob Podcast, Cody, Kiko, and Jerrod review “Ghostbusters” and wax nostalgic on the career of Tim Duncan, who retired from the San Antonio Spurs earlier in the week.

[00:00-45:26] Intro/”RiffTrax Live: MST3K Reunion” & “Jaws on the Water” recap/”Bridesmaids” preview/Tim Duncan memories

[45:26-1:10:30] “Ghostbusters” review

[1:10:30-1:22:22] Wrap up/tease next episode

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Ep. 28 – Citizenfour, The Babadook, The One I Wrote For You, Orci out as director of Star Trek 3, Sony Pictures’ major hack, and even more comic book casting news

December 7, 2014 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Citizenfour,” “The Babadook,” and “The One I Wrote For You.” They also talk about Roberto Orci leaving as director of Star Trek 3, Sony Pictures being hacked, and the comic book film casting news for “Suicide Squad” and “Doctor Strange.”

[0:00-6:06] Intro, talkin’ Teddy Grahams and Happy Meals
[6:06-18:01] Roberto Orci out of Star Trek 3 director’s chair
[18:01-32:14] Sony Pictures hacked
[32:14-43:44] Comic Book Casting news: Will Smith and Jared Leto in Suicide Squad, Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange
[43:44-1:00:44] Citizenfour
[1:00:44-1:18:40] The Babadook
[1:18:40-1:36:55] The One I Wrote For You
[1:36:55-1:39:49] Teases for next week and close.

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Clifton Collins Jr. – Star Trek

May 13, 2009 by  
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Line up the characters that actor Clifton Collins Jr. has portrayed during his nearly 20-year career and it’s no wonder people might not recognize him once he’s off the set.

In “Star Trek,” Collins Jr. (second from the right at the L.A. premiere), who is the grandson of the late comedic actor Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez (“Rio Bravo”), plays Ayel, the right-hand Romulan henchman of Nero (Eric Bana). The Romulans are the alien race who threatens the crew of the Starship Enterprise.

During an interview with me, Collins Jr., 38, talked about what it’s been like playing a variety of roles over the years and why he thinks we’ll soon be living in a world full of Trekkies.

The last time I interviewed you was for your amazing work in “Capote.” How has your life changed since that breakout role?

I’ve just been branching out. I’m even directing music videos. I’m diversifying my talent and doing different things across the board. And then I still go after these [acting] roles. I still have the same work ethic. I love acting. I love pounding the pavement and getting in the room and doing the dance. For “Star Trek,” J.J. [Abrams] offered me the role. I think everything else I’ve ever been in I had to audition for.

In the span of two months I’ve seen you in “Star Trek,” “Sunshine Cleaning,” and “Crank: High Voltage.” Do you ever worry about a Clifton Collins overload?

Not yet. I don’t really look like Clifton Collins in most of my films. I think I’m pretty safe right now. I think if I was one of those actors that always wanted to play himself then I would definitely be afraid of that. I do think that I’m starting to run out of disguises though. (Laughs)

Is that something your conscious of when preparing for your next role?

Totally. I try to find ways to make characters original and different and interesting. Doing this brings me growth as an actor. That’s been one of the joys of acting – playing all these different types of people.

Is that something you learned from your grandfather since some people might say he wasn’t as lucky in terms of landing diverse roles?

I’d have to disagree with that. A Mexican American Tejano who couldn’t read or write and who became a contract player for John Wayne I think would be considered incredibly lucky. It’s hard enough to get work in this town. Also, the roles that he took, I don’t see anything wrong with playing the common man. It’s like Johnny Cash singing about the issues of the common man, the middle class, the lower class. He played to people he grew up with. [My grandfather] wasn’t Ricardo Montalban. He wasn’t José Ferrer. He was not privileged and didn’t live in Beverly Hills. He was very poor. To be able to be the hit that he was and be the only person to one-up Groucho Marx, who at the time was the greatest comedian living, is pretty sensational.

Is it safe to say that you were not a Trekkie before landing this role?

I’m not the kind of guy that’s going to watch all the episodes of “Star Trek” and become a Trekkie overnight. But this movie is an amazing ride. Whether you’re a Trekkie or not it’s a great film. It would actually make a great Western.

I’m sure you know there is a stereotype associated with people who like “Star Trek.” A Trekkie wouldn’t be considered the coolest guy to know. Do you think this film is going to change that?

Let’s just throw that out the window right now because that idea is goooone! If to be a fan of this film is to be a Trekkie then I think the whole world is going to be Trekkies. (Laughs)

Does it worry you at all that this film already comes with a huge fan base, some of whom may examine this new movie with a fine-tooth comb?

I don’t really think that way. I think doing a job that people will microscopically dissect is not really exciting for me. What’s exciting for me is knowing if people enjoyed the piece. I want to know if they get lost in it. If people want to be meticulous, I think it’s more of a personal thing for me.

What role in the early part of your career would you tell someone to revisit if they want to know more about who you are as an actor?

They’re all crazy and different. I don’t think I could choose. I’m an actor. You tell me what kind of movie you want to see and I’ll tell you which movie to watch.

Star Trek

May 11, 2009 by  
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Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana
Directed by: J.J. Abrams (“Mission: Impossible 3”)
Written by: Roberto Orci (“Transformers”) and Alex Kurtzman (“Tranformers”)

Welcome me with open arms Trekkies worldwide.

While I may not know the difference between photon and polaron torpedoes and can’t speak a lick of Klingon, the new J.J. Abrams-helmed “Star Trek” has created a new fan – at least of the most recent film.

Commanding the Starship Enterprise is a young James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), the son of a former captain whose reign was short-lived after being attacked by a Romulan ship the night his wife gave birth to James. Leading the enemy ship throughout the film is Nero (an unrecognizable Eric Bana), a Romulan who wants nothing more than to make anyone he comes in contact with suffer, especially the Vulcan race.

The back stories to the most influential characters of the series, including Kirk, Spock, and “Bones” McCoy are extremely fascinating. Give credit to screenwriting team Robert Orci and Alex Kurtzman of the overblown “Transformers” movie for reenergizing this franchise. With so much material to work with in “Star Trek” folklore, Orci and Kurtzman do well in dabbling in both the old and the new aspects of what has made the franchise popular for so long.

As the new half human-half Vulcan Spock, actor Zachary Quinto is spot on, not only with his pointy-eared look but when what he brings to the character. The scenes he shares with the original Spock (Leonord Nimoy) are well-written and fit in nicely with the new story. The most important thing about this small cameo is that Nimoy doesn’t feel like he was thrown in as a gimmick. His contribution to the film is integral and Abrams uses the short time he has with him to expand the story by light years.

Once Kirk enlists in the Starfleet, “Star Trek” never lingers. It’s an extraordinary action film complete with impressive special effects and solid performances by the entire cast.