Friday One Sheet: Gangs of Wasseypur

It’s a couple of years out at this point, but here and there you might still find a screening for Gangs of Wasseypur we’ve reviewed it twice and gave it a good tongue bathing on the Cinecast at one point.

The poster carried on the Bollywood color tropes but man is this thing ever brutal to look at. The vengeance and hilarity and brutality all spraying forth in bloody mayhem all at once is definitely striking and eye-catching. But the highlight on this poster of course is that our own Kurt Halfyard has the third quote on the poster. Alas, it’s his review quote over at those sons-of-bitches at Twitch Film, but it’s still exciting. Happy Friday all!

Trailer #2: Blackhat

A few months ago we posted the first trailer for Michael Mann’s next cyber-espionage film, Blackhat. Commentary from the peanut gallery was basically, “bland.” And while the newest trailer has some of the same images and will not assuage the Mann-haters out there, the tone is much more Mannly. In fact, it feels a helluva lot like Miami Vice actually. This excites me, will excite others and still other will want to wretch… which is partly what makes me love it even more. *stick my tongue out emoji here*

Blackhat strikes wide on January 16th.


Contest: Win Tickets To See The Gambler! [Vancouver]


Rupert Wyatt’s The Gambler opens in theatres on December 25 and we’ve got 5 double passes and some promo items to give away for the advance screening on December 22, 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre.

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a high-stakes gambler, Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance…

Jim Bennett (Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker and high-stakes gambler who is very familiar with games of chance. For your chance to win, just identify the 4 popular casino games below, and email us your answers before midnight PST on Friday, December 19! Winners will be chosen from all entries on December 20, 2014.


Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Director: Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma and Louise, Alien, Black Hawk Down, Blade Runner, Prometheus)
Writers: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Jeffrey Caine, Steven Zaillian
Producers: Peter Chernin, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott, Jenno Topping
Starring: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, John Turturro, Aaron Paul, Ben Mendelsohn, María Valverde, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 150 min.



My original posting of this review can be found on LetterBoxd.


Directing a movie is hard work. Building a film from the ground up, shooting and trimming it to bits in order to finally unveil a finished project takes blood, sweat and tears from the person daring enough to take on the helm and it’s a task that has broken plenty in the past. As a result, most directors make audiences wait several years between their pictures, making sure that they have the time necessary to get it as close to perfection as they can. For some, however, the process is a decidedly simpler endeavor and they’re able to bring out a film every year, sometimes even more than one. Woody Allen is famous for this, and possesses a consistency that is underappreciated aside from a string of misses at the turn of the century, but it’s easier for him given the smaller, more character-focused material he chooses to direct. For directors like Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg who tend to work on a massive scale with even larger budgets it takes more time and effort to turn in that final product, which makes it quite surprising that Ridley Scott has become as efficient at delivering a steady flow of features in the past few years.

Starting with Robin Hood in 2010, Scott has put out four films in five years with his next, The Martian, scheduled for release in less than twelve months. These aren’t small movies either. With the exception of last year’s crime thriller The Counselor, each of these films has been budgeted at well over $100 million and Scott’s penchant for as much physical sets as possible, as opposed to the more frequented tendency to rely on visual effects, makes each one a gargantuan task to take on. Perhaps it should come as no surprise then that despite his methodical ability to bring these movies out in such rapid succession, the results have been less than desirable for those who take on the equally mighty task of actually sitting down to watch them. While I’m a fan of the divisive space epic Prometheus, there’s no denying that with critics and audiences alike Scott has been in quite a steep rough patch these past few years and so it’s with no shortage of competition that I say that his latest, Exodus: Gods and Kings, is easily the worst film of his 40-year career.
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Mondays Suck Less in the Third Row (Morning Edition)

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Soundtrack Of Your Life #8: The Muppet Christmas Carol

It’s the Muppet episode! with our very special.guest star, Ariel Fisher. (YAYYYY)

Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

For episode 8 Corey welcomes Ariel Fisher, who you’ll find contributing for many sites including right here at Row Three. Due to a time crunch, Corey picked the soundtrack for this month himself and sought a volunteer, and the result is this discussion of 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol. Tune in as we talk of the new era of “wrong sounding Muppets”, Christmas memories both joyful and cathartic, and finding out about Santa.

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