Friday Puzzler: Purple Rain

Welcome to Friday! Your last day at the office. What can you do to avoid as much work as possible and still make the time go faster? How about put this puzzle together. Each Friday RowThree will have a themed puzzle to coincide with the weekend’s cinematic release.

Use your mouse to move the pieces (scroll wheel or arrow keys to rotate) and create the image you see below. Then discuss. Please note that the bottom third of the play space should be blank for placing loose pieces.

This week, it’s THE PRINCE!

 

Trailer: The Girl on the Train

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Paula Hawkins novel, “The Girl on the Train”, kept a helluva lot of pages turning last year. So many pages that the studios couldn’t wait to cash in on an adaptation. And here we are; only 18 months from publication and we’ve got a film with a great cast and what looks like a fairly decent budget.

Myself, I read about half the book and found the characterization (mostly of the main character) too annoying and distracting to bother continuing on with. But I wasn’t quite as reluctant to put the book tablet down once I found out a movie was coming out and starring one of my current favorite actresses in the titular role, Emily Blunt. She can pull almost anything into something watchable. Besides her, there’s Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, Rebecca Ferguson (maybe the best part of MI:V) and Carlos rounding out an impressive cast.

The director I’m still on the fence about. He’s had a couple of critical successes and a couple of fairly unknown duds. The Help was a very well put-together, if Oscar-baity, film however and is really the only decent Jessica Chastain performance (that I’ve seen) – yeah I just said that. It will be interesting to see how the director moves away from light-hearted dramas into a full-blown, Fincher-esque thriller.

All of this to say that I guess I’m not overly excited about this. Make no mistake, they’ve got my money. I wanna see how this is pulled off; I just have my doubts is all. At any rate, the trailer is below; have a gander. The film opens wide on later this fall on October 7th.

Mondays Suck Less in the Third Row

Of course I must feel the need to warn you that not everything on here is totally SFW. Most of it is fine and there will never be anything crazy explicit, but in some cases there may be some slightly questionable content for the office. In this case, the goats and the teen dream phone have some audio cues that might raise some eyebrows.

Check out these links:
10 memorable moments from Kobe Bryant’s 20-year NBA career
These are a little more LOL worthy than these ^
This is your brain on LSD
Yuri Milner invests $100m to send a fleet of spacecraft to Alpha Centauri
Donald Trump is the star of every horror movie
Some more cool fan-made movie posters
Clever and gorgeous Star Wars photography using only toys



Would you like to know more…?

Friday Puzzler – The Jungle Book

Welcome, almost, to the weekend! Your last day at the office. What can you do to avoid as much work as possible and still make the time go faster? How about put this puzzle together. Each Friday RowThree will have a themed puzzle to coincide with the weekend’s cinematic releases.

Use your mouse to move the pieces (scroll wheel or arrow keys to rotate) and create the image you see below. Then discuss. Please note that the bottom third of the play space should be blank for placing loose pieces.

This week, since Jon Favreau is getting stellar reviews on his remake of the animated (classic?) film, The Jungle Book, we thought it would be fun to go back and take a look at the original!

 
 
Your final image should look like this:
 

Trailer: Marvel’s Doctor Strange

Per usual I know absolutely nothing about the second (or third?) tier comic book heroes when they’re first released in cinemas. I had no idea who Iron-Man was and I certainly didn’t know anything about Ant-Man or The Guardians of the Galaxy. Now here comes Doctor Strange. Not a clue. But…

It’s also got The Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and an all-star, international cast that generally symbolize quality. Plus there’s some nice The Matrix and Inception like imagery going on here. So I would say at first glance, I’m interested in seeing some Marvel during my normal “going to the movies for Oscar fare” time of year.

Release Date: November 4
Director: Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil, Sinister, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Exorcism of Emily Rose)
Writers: C. Robert Cargill (Sinister), Jon Spaihts (Prometheus)
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Scott Adkins, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benedict Wong

 

Really Excited for June 28

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  • New 2K digital master, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interviews with director Olivier Assayas and actors Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart
  • Cloud Phenomena of Maloja, a silent 1924 documentary by Arnold Fanck that is seen in the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Molly Haskell

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  • Restored 4K digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack
  • New interviews with Stanley Kubrick scholars Mick Broderick and Rodney Hill; archivist Richard Daniels; cinematographer and camera innovator Joe Dunton; camera operator Kelvin Pike; and David George, son of Peter George, on whose novel Red Alert the film is based
  • Excerpts from a 1966 audio interview with Kubrick, conducted by Jeremy Bernstein
  • Four short documentaries from 2000, about the making of the film, the sociopolitical climate of the period, the work of actor Peter Sellers, and the artistry of Kubrick
  • Interviews from 1963 with Sellers and actor George C. Scott
  • Excerpt from a 1980 interview with Sellers from NBC’s Today show
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar David Bromwich and a 1962 article by screenwriter Terry Southern on the making of the film

Mondays Suck Less in the Third Row

Felcome to the resurgence of the Mondays Suck Less feature! Since it’s been a while, some of these link/videos/images may be a bit old from stuff I’ve saved up over the past few months.

Check out these links:
Huge Collection Of Windows 3.1 Games Now Playable In Your Web Browser
Jon Favreau: I want my Jungle Book to remind how much we loved the original
FACT: humans get aroused by touching robots
Beautiful Never-Seen Photographs of Monica Bellucci
Solar panels are now powered by… rain?


Film Dialogue

from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age

Lately, Hollywood has been taking so much shit for rampant sexism and racism. The prevailing theme: white men dominate movie roles.

But it’s all rhetoric and no data, which gets us nowhere in terms of having an informed discussion. How many movies are actually about men? What changes by genre, era, or box-office revenue? What circumstances generate more diversity?

To begin answering these questions, we Googled our way to 8,000 screenplays and matched each character’s lines to an actor. From there, we compiled the number of lines for male and female characters across roughly 2,000 films, arguably the largest undertaking of script analysis, ever.


Would you like to know more…?

Friday Puzzler – Linklater

Welcome, almost, to the weekend! Your last day at the office. What can you do to avoid as much work as possible and still make the time go faster? How about put this puzzle together. Each Friday RowThree will have a themed puzzle to coincide with the weekend’s cinematic releases.

Use your mouse to move the pieces (scroll wheel or arrow keys to rotate) and create the image you see below. Then discuss. Please note that the bottom third of the play space should be blank for placing loose pieces.

This week, it’s LINKLATER!

 
 
 

Trailer: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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We just live in this world now. A world in which we’ll be getting a new Star Wars trailer about every four months or so. And I think most of us are fine with that. Perhaps the most exciting thing for fans with this awakening of The Force (that is capitalized is it not?), is the names of the directors being asked to help guide the projects. We’re finally going into some (hopefully) new directions, creatively speaking, with the series in names like Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper) and Phil Lord & Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street) taking the helm.

Also for the first time, we’re getting major studio versions of what we might call “spin-offs” from the series. It’s the same universe and larger over-arcing story, but new characters and personal stories that fit into the battle of dark vs. light that don’t necessarily revolve around the Skywalker lineage. Case in point, 2016’s Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla); cashing in on his ability to work with Kaiju in favor of All-Terrain Armored Transports.

Rogue One casts a whole slew of recognizable names including Felicity Jones, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna and more! This international cast brings more than just interesting faces, it brings some newer ideas to the table as well such as old school martial arts.

As glossy as portions of this trailer are, it hints at a darker look at Star Wars as well; a grittiness if you will. I hope to see that sort of creative look and feel to the Star Wars universe over the next few years. When churning out a new Star Wars film every year for the foreseeable future, there is certainly a risk of going into the Marvel (i.e. “vanilla”) territory. Hopefully, these names will be allowed to be a little bit more creative as time goes on. I think this trailer does flirt with that notion just a bit.

Ladies and Gentlemen… Rogue One: A Star Wars Story…