CinematNIC by Nicole Russin-McFarland

The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan Batman Analysis #3)

An episode of CinematNIC by Nicole Russin-McFarland

By Nicole Russin-McFarland
Be CinematNIC. Filmmaker Nicole Russin-McFarland discusses movies, movies and nothing but movies. The podcast’s intimate one-on-one format gets to the heart of the matter like a personal conversation over coffee with a good friend.

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"Aquaman" Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, & Nicole Kidman
The special effects were beautiful–and weird for the film.
August 14, 2019
"Captain Marvel" Starring Brie Larson, Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson & Djimon Hounsou
People went crazy giving this film positive or negative reviews according to their political beliefs. The movie isn't political at all. Let's discuss!
August 14, 2019
"The Abyss" Directed by James Cameron, Starring Ed Harris & Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
The second of Mr. Cameron's hidden films only available for streaming on Cinemax! This movie is excellent but a bit too slow paced for a late night movie party. “The Abyss” is best fit for viewing on a lazy solo afternoon when you can really get into the story.
August 14, 2019
"True Lies" Starring Jamie Lee Curtis & Arnold Schwarzenegger, Directed by James Cameron
One of the most popular films of the 1990's has been banished to VHS, DVD, and Cinemax streaming. You cannot rent nor buy this film anywhere. Does it REALLY deserve the reclusive status and misogynistic claims? Films like American Beauty (underage actor’s scene), White Chicks (dressing as Hispanic men), and Tropic Thunder (blackface) have not disappeared from sale. Plenty of films have national security storylines. Why is this movie hidden?
August 5, 2019
"First Man" Starring Ryan Gosling, Directed by Damien Chazelle
Amazing visual effects, but what else is good about this Neil Armstrong biopic?
July 22, 2019
"Lady Bird" Starring Timothée Chalamet & Saoirse Ronan, Directed by Greta Gerwig
Giving it an honest review without hating on the chick flick genre.
July 22, 2019
"Beatriz At Dinner" Starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow & Chloë Sevigny
A small film bringing attention to tiny racism in everyday life.
July 16, 2019
"Avatar" Directed by James Cameron, Starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver & Zoe Saldana
I crack the case with multiple reasons on why this film stands on its own apart from other blockbusters.
July 16, 2019
I Pretended to Be A Man Applying for Jobs and Proved Sexism In Media Is Alive
As I wrote today on my website regarding using a fake men's name to apply for freelance journalism jobs: "In the recent months, I used a man’s name applying to the same places I once asked for work under my real female name. Shocker! People were more respectful to me as the male alias...My experiment proves sexism is alive and well. The #metoo movement camouflages it, but it exists and shall exist well beyond my lifetime. Because I apply under a female name, I am undeserving of employment."
July 16, 2019
"The Catcher Was a Spy" Starring Paul Rudd, Jeff Daniels, Sienna Miller & Tom Wilkinson
Paul Rudd's first big dramatic role was great. What happened with the production? What separates this film from a standard Best Picture contender?
April 24, 2019
"Tron: Legacy" Starring Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund & Olivia Wilde
Aside from the FX and Daft Punk film score, this movie existed solely for money, right?
April 24, 2019
"From Prada to Nada" Starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega & Wilmer Valderrama
A romcom that finally gets it right.
April 24, 2019
Interview: Actress Cristina Milizia ("LEGO DC Comics," Netflix's "Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures")
Voiceover actress Cristina Milizia has acted in work for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Netflix, and Disney. Topics covered in the interview: marketing herself as a bilingual actress, lots of tips for newbie voiceover actors, wearing "silent" clothes in the recording studio, and developing a range of character voices.
April 19, 2019
"Transformers" Spinoff "Bumblebee" Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Directed by Travis Knight
The film franchise gets a new twist becoming a "girly" movie, a response to criticism towards the original movies. I talk about how different the movie is, which moviegoers will like it, what I expect for future "Transformers," and at the end, decide to reveal my heart's desire to make an animated "Transformers" series that takes things as seriously as a live action film might. If I haven't died by the time you hear this episode in another century, never getting the chance to do so.
April 10, 2019
Netflix's "Girl" Starring Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart & Tijmen Govaerts
Director Lukas Dhont found success at Cannes with "Girl," but the rest of the world is divided on the film's interpretation of a trans teen girl's story.
April 10, 2019
Netflix's "Unicorn Store" Starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson & Joan Cusack
Brie Larson's directorial debut unbeknownst to me when viewing this film made its film festival rounds a few years back. The film is a solid debut breaking female director stereotypes.
April 10, 2019
"Lilo & Stitch" Starring Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders & Tia Carrere
One of the final Disney vault 2D animated works, sadly.
March 19, 2019
"Ralph Breaks the Internet" Starring John C. Reilly, Gal Gadot, Jane Lynch & Sarah Silverman
Spoiler alert! I discuss a very shocking twist that upset me very off brand for this film franchise.
March 19, 2019
"Annihilation" Starring Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez & Jennifer Jason Leigh
A women's empowerment film within science fiction that doesn't show women doing, well, anything empowering or adventurous.
March 19, 2019
"Avengers: Infinity War" Starring Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. & Benedict Cumberbatch
Another blockbuster comic book hit. Is it any good?
March 19, 2019
"A Clockwork Orange" (Stanley Kubrick Viewing #3)
Looking back on how it was perceived by Roger Ebert when the film debuted and my thoughts on it now.
March 19, 2019
"Crazy Rich Asians" Starring Awkwafina, Henry Goulding, Michelle Yeoh & Constance Wu
I was a fan of the concept but not the "Fifty Shades" style story.
March 10, 2019
"Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" Starring Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Zoe Kravitz & Liev Schreiber
The critics make this movie sound like another boring film that only appeals to critics. Listen to filmmakers and the fans!
March 6, 2019
"A Simple Favor" Starring Blake Lively, Anna Kendrick & Henry Golding
My friend liked this far more than I did.
March 6, 2019
"Mortal Engines" Produced by Peter Jackson & Fran Walsh, Directed by Christian Rivers
The first teen genre film from one Mr. Peter Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh.
March 6, 2019
Why Wasn't "Logan's Run" a "Star Wars" Level Favorite?
I ponder the reasons this film cannot compare to its rivals.
March 6, 2019
"Deadpool" vs. "Deadpool 2" Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin &Morena Baccarin
The sequel was better than the first, in my opinion!
March 6, 2019
"My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari No Totoro)" Directed By Hayao Miyazaki
Who is the raccoon monster you always see on my social media food photos? Why are my animated works so unusual? Find out!
February 24, 2019
"A Kid Like Jake" Starring Claire Danes, Priyanka Chopra, Octavia Spencer & Aasif Mandvi
Does a film have to be entertaining to be good? I ask, and answer, my own question.
February 21, 2019
"The Last Song" Starring Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth, Greg Kinnear & Kelly Preston
You know I only watched this for Miley and Liam, period.
February 21, 2019
NECA Toys, Gremlins, The Shape of Water, Legacy Effects and More in My First Variety Article
I interviewed some amazing people for my first Variety article, appearing on the web and within the print edition. This topic was one I really wanted to write about as a fan of the creations.
February 21, 2019
"Mr. Nobody" Starring Jared Leto, Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Either you hate it or love it.
January 14, 2019
"The Lobster" Starring Colin Farrell, Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
The most plot twisting film I have seen in ages. Go watch it after you listen to this podcast!
December 19, 2018
"Girl With a Pearl Earring" Starring Scarlett Johansson & Colin Firth
Loving the film score and movie overall since I saw it in 2003.
December 19, 2018
“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” (Steven Spielberg Viewing #8)
Lava! That chicken! Bad guys! I talk about this movie's quirks after my second and final day of vocal exhaustion, also known as recording German lines for the German edition of my cartoon, O Girl of a Dream.
December 19, 2018
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” (Steven Spielberg Viewing #7)
Indiana Jones is not a series to me. It is a lifelong goal. Ever since I was 13 and had a conversation about it with a boy at my school, I have wanted to direct an Indiana Jones film! It is life!
December 19, 2018
"Donnie Darko," the Cult Favorite Film
A 2001 opening weekend ruined this otherwise excellent movie.
December 17, 2018
Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma"
My opinion of the black and white Netflix-financed film expected to win a 2019 Academy Award!
December 16, 2018
"Jurassic Park" (Steven Spielberg Viewing #6)
I loved this from the moment I saw it opening weekend!
December 16, 2018
Pamela Anderson in "Barb Wire"
Reviewing how this film is oddly more feminist in nature than films released after the 2018 new wave of women's equality in film.
December 15, 2018
"The Lake Vampire" Director Carl Zitelmann: Halloween Red Carpet, 2018 Austin Film Festival
Desperate to find a subject for his next novel, Ernesto Navarro follows the tracks of a mysterious killer, a man obsessed with drinking human blood and becoming immortal.
November 3, 2018
"Antiquities" Director Daniel Campbell, Producer Gary Newton & Actor Roger Scott: Red Carpet Q&A
After his father's death, a young man, Walt (Andrew J. West), moves to his dad's hometown in order to learn more about who his father was. Walt decides to stay with his awkward aunt and her family, whose denial makes his search nearly impossible. He accepts a job in a local antique mall where his boss quickly offers him the possibility of a management position; however, a mean-spirited co-worker isn't pleased by his new competition and proceeds to sabotage any chance Walt has. Walt then meets Ellie (Ashley Greene), an eccentric and crude free-spirit who still manages to be irresistibly charming. He finds himself completely enamored, though both are hesitant to pursue a relationship. Walt ends up not only finding out who his father really was, but learns more about himself than he ever thought possible. Starring Andrew J. West, Michaela Watkins, Michael Gladis, with Ashley Greene and Mary Steenburgen, with music by Jesse Ingalls and Jason Mozersky of Relentless7.
October 31, 2018
"Delia & Sammy" Producers Sher Bautista + William Jones: Red Carpet, 2018 Austin Film Festival
Sher Bautista and William Jones produced the Filipino film about Delia, an ill-tempered former actress, has to find family to leave her equally difficult husband with before she dies, forcing themselves back into the lives of people they've hurt, estranged and antagonized.
October 28, 2018
Social Media and Its Importance for Filmmakers
Social media is the only voice you often have before people misjudge you. Why give them the chance to dislike a person who doesn’t exist? Use your voice to represent the real you.
October 15, 2018
"Eyes Wide Shut" (Stanley Kubrick Viewing #2)
A number of people I meet watch this movie with, well, their eyes and minds wide shut. I try my best to remember each of the major themes I saw for you friends out there. Eyes Wide Shut is viewed as Stanley Kubrick’s most mysterious film.
October 15, 2018
"The Shining" (Stanley Kubrick Viewing #1)
Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic wasn’t always well received. We dip into this and more on my first Stanley Kubrick themed episode. Note: When I discuss Stephen King's distaste for the film having seen Ready Player One, I thought in the film they meant it in passing as opposed to a grand hatred of the film as it really is!
October 15, 2018
"Titanic" Mania, Two Decades Later!
Chatting my life experiences around Titanic, my love of Mr. James Cameron, and the famous score.
October 15, 2018
Peter Jackson Made Me Believe Directing a Trilogy Is Possible
When I was 14, I first became acquainted with film work by a man named Peter Jackson.
September 6, 2018
"The Terminal" Is Relatable?! Who Knew! (Steven Spielberg Viewing #5)
Reflecting on the film since watching it at 15 years old in theaters, I relate plenty to Tom Hanks' character trapped in the airport.
September 6, 2018
"Ready Player One" Is Better Than Its Trailers (Steven Spielberg Viewing #4)
Disappointed by the trailers, I enjoyed the film very much and its messages.
September 6, 2018
Women's Cinema Post #metoo
I do indeed like some chick flicks despite hating the genre and discuss a few other points in a post #metoo atmosphere.
September 6, 2018
Oh My! "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
I love, love, love, love, love Rey so much. My story of falling in love with Star Wars began because I thought Luke Skywalker was hot, believe it or not, and now I love the series overall like an old opera.
July 15, 2018
"The Adventures of Tintin" Is Dreamy Inspo (Steven Spielberg Viewing #3)
Talking about the combined forces at work on this film of Mr. Jackson and Mr. Spielberg, one of my favorite animated sequences ever, and what it means to me.
July 15, 2018
Please Don't Let Movie Theaters Become Extinct!
Every memory I have of seeing famous films in theaters cannot happen viewing them at home if for the first time.
July 15, 2018
Minions are Today's Mickey Mouse
I feel so blessed living in a time period when a timeless group of cartoon characters came to life.
July 15, 2018
Thoughts on "Hans Zimmer: Live in Prague"
Hans Zimmer gives us zero Buggles tunes and lots of beautiful film score music in his unusually appealing live concert, now on Netflix.
July 15, 2018
The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan Batman Analysis #3)
Reflecting on the sadness and cultural relevance within the final movie in the trilogy.
July 1, 2018
"The Dark Knight" (Christopher Nolan Batman Analysis #2)
Everyone's fav of the trilogy, "The Dark Knight" is famous for Heath Ledger's performance. I think there is more to it!
July 1, 2018
"Batman Begins" (Christopher Nolan Batman Analysis #1)
Talking about the first in the trilogy with gusto until I feel a sneeze coming on at the end.
July 1, 2018
"Can't Hardly Wait" Is Kind of Awful
I don't understand its appeal to 90's nostalgia fans.
July 1, 2018
The New "It" Should've Gone Retro
The movie didn't feel like the 80's for a film taking place in the decade.
July 1, 2018
Let's Chat "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" (Steven Spielberg Viewing #2)
I relate so much to this film's theme about dreaming of reaching the impossible.
June 24, 2018
Pixar’s “Coco” Exposes My Human Flaw
Who wants to be forgotten?
June 24, 2018
"The Hateful Eight" Is Visually Spectacular
Quentin Tarantino has a method to his madness when he rants about film being more attractive than digital.
June 24, 2018
"Tomb Raider" Showdown: Alicia Vikander vs. Angelina Jolie
Which actress makes for a better Lara Croft?
June 24, 2018
Did "Jaws" Age Well? (Steven Spielberg Viewing #1)
By popular demand from those who know I'm starting a podcast, here is my first dip into the Steven Spielberg viewing sessions.
June 24, 2018
“The Last Movie Star” Deserves Recognition
Will the Academy notice the fine work done with this film?
June 23, 2018
Quentin Tarantino's Many Imitators
Why are filmmakers who are fans of Quentin Tarantino imitating PULP FICTION instead of following their role model's advice?
June 23, 2018
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