Friday One Sheet: John Wick 2

Do I look civilized to you?” Criminally underseen in theaters in 2014, John Wick took the internet fanboy forums by storm and within a year was an instant cult classic and has everyone drooling for the further adventures of Mr. Wick in his assassin underworld. Needless to say, part deux will be a much bigger success at the box office than its predecessor was.

Here is a nice bit of marketing that is eye-catching in its high-contrast, near black and white facade. It’s also a pretty nice use of the top/down aesthetic and cleverly using the dual wielding pistols of Keanu Reeves to form part of the title of the movie.

All signs point to a high bit of ass-kicking awesomeness in the theaters next weekend.

Guest Hosting on The Director’s Club Podcast [Danny Boyle]

Andrew had the pleasure of guest hosting on the all new, inaugural edition of The Director’s Club Podcast this week! Jim and Patrick have retired from this particular game and Brad and Al have filled the shoes; and filled them wonderfully. And there are not many better ways to kick off the next generation of the podcast than with Mr. Danny Boyle.

Danny Boyle is my go-to name when someone asks me who my favorite director is. I always say, “well, besides the obvious: Coens, Tartantino, Kubrick, et. al., Danny Boyle is near the top of that list.” And the great thing about Boyle is, he started strong and aside from slight missteps here and there, only gets better as his filmography goes along.

Andrew, Brad and Al debate some merits and demerits of the dreaded Boyle Third-act syndrome, dig into why Ewan McGregor is better than Leonardo DiCaprio, have a love-in with the genre-hopping, look at some of the many infuences clearly indicated in Boyle’s work and discuss many of the recurring themes that blanket most of his films.

And we don’t stop at movies either. Boyle directed a sensational Olympic Opening Ceremony as well as some stage work with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. Yes, there’s a lot to get into here, my little droogies, and this episode will take nearly four hours to cover it all. So strap on the ear-goggles and get ready to go – – we’ll find ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place, visit the dregs of Scotland, defeat a worldwide(?) infection of rage, visit a secret marijuana island, a contestant on a game show, travel to the heart of our solar system and even get a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of heaven – and Dan Hedaya is there!

89th Annual Academy Award Nominations [Oscars]

Nominations for the 2017 Oscars have been announced and La La Land is today’s big “winner” with 14 nominations including best director, actor, actress and best motion picture. 14 ties Titanic and All About Eve for the most nominations for a single film. All of the other lucky contestants are posted below as well, including Moonlight garnering 8 nods.

See anything interesting or surprising – like no Sing Street? Anyone snubbed or is anything garnering undeserved attention?

The award winners will be announced on Sunday, FEBRUARY 26th at 8:30pm (ET), live on ABC at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood and will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel

 

TOTAL NOMINATIONS COUNT:
La La Land 14
Arrival 8
Moonlight 8
Hacksaw Ridge 6
Lion 6
Manchester by the Sea 6
Fences 4
Hell or High Water 4


 

BEST MOTION PICTURE:
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

 

DIRECTOR:
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

 

ACTOR:
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington, Fences

 

ACTRESS:
Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Ruth Negga, Loving
Natalie Portman, Jackie
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Viola Davis, Fences
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

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The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi is written and directed by our good friend, Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

74th Annual Golden Globe Winners

While I’m kind of over the whole movie awards thing – at least in terms of who wins, I do still enjoy the conversation that surrounds them. From the snubs to the nods, the parties to the costumes, the champagne to the hors d’oeuvres. The Golden Globes is leg one of the triple crown of movie awards. The others being of course The Spirit Awards and The Academy Awards (perhaps the BAFTAS are in there somewhere as well).

Now that being said, one of the things I like about the GG is that they’re one of the few shows that honor not only movies but also television. Up until about five years ago that is probably something I would have frowned on or simply waved off. However in 2015 and 2016, arguably the best media I consumed were considered television shows – although that distinction is being blurred more and more every year (case in point: O.J.: Made in America).

La La Land led this year’s film nominees with a total of seven mentions, followed by Moonlight with six. On the TV side, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” tops with five, followed by “The Night Manager” with four.

Last night, Jimmy Fallon took over hosting duties for the ceremony and put on a nice show. While there were no huge upsets or surprises or anything really grandiose that happened on stage, The GG run a classy show (we don’t cut off our winners’ speeches with music!) and the highlight was possibly the lifetime achievement award and the one-two punch of Viola Davis’ introduction and Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech. I see you.

Winners in red are listed below along with all of the nominees:


Best Motion Picture – Drama:
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Lion
Manchester by the Sea
Moonlight

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
20th Century Women
Deadpool
La La Land
Florence Foster Jenkins
Sing Street

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton – Loving
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:
Amy Adams – Arrival
Jessica Chastain – Miss Sloane
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Colin Farrell – The Lobster
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Hugh Grant – Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill – War Dogs
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Annette Bening – 20th Century Women
Lily Collins – Rules Don’t Apply
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

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Row Three Favorite Albums of 2016

You came here for movie opinion. Well, the movies wouldn’t be the movies without music (most of them). Believe it or not, a lot of us around here are bigger music nuts than we are about the flickers. In that regard 2016 was a pretty solid year. Of course with a damn near infinite ocean of tuneage our there, it’s hard to keep track of it all; even for the most obstinate of fans. There are one-off singles on Sound Cloud from all over the world. Extremely talented musicians trying to make their way on YouTube and even in 2016, the full studio album continues to sell and inspire like gangbusters.

Just as in the world of film, it was a particularly difficult year for celebrity deaths. Prince, Bowie and Cohen all left us this year, though not without leaving one last token of awesome for all of us to enjoy – the Bowie album in particular is seeing huge critical and fan praise. George Michael was unable to finish the big Wham! reunion that was in the works but we’ve still got a metric ton of material to pore over.

So while there were some definite low-lights this year, it is with much pleasure that Row Three presents all of our favorite music from the year. There was so much it was difficult to keep it to just ten albums in many cases. If you’re looking for something new to whet your ear’s appetite for resonance, I can all but guarantee you’ll find something great in the list of artists below…

Enjoy!


Scott Olson
Andrew James
Corey Pierce
Jim Laczkowski
Bob Turnbull

 

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Carrie Fisher: 1956 – 2016

The galaxy mourns as it’s beloved princess became one with The Force on Tuesday morning at the age of 60; succumbing to complications following a cardiac arrest suffered last Friday while aboard an airline flight en route to Los Angeles.

Family spokesman read a statement from Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, confirming the sad news. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” reads the statement. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly,” says Lourd, 24. “Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Fisher was obviously best known for her iconic hair buns and sass-talking to the Evil Galactic Empire as the charismatic, Princess Leia in 1977’s Star Wars. At just 19 years of age it launched her acting career at full throttle and solidified her as a household name. She went on to star in other films such as The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Cinecast’s darling The ‘burbs and one of my personal favorites from my youth, Under the Rainbow.

Fisher herself would be the first to admit she had some flaws and weaknesses. Over time, she overcame many of those weaknesses and became a soldier for good as a spokesperson and promoter of mental health awareness and drug rehabilitation. In short, besides her snappy sense of humor, wonderful writing abilities (cleaning up a lot of screenplays in her day) and natural good looks, she was a good and generous person with a purpose that gave a lot to the people on this planet.

Luminous beings are we; not this crude matter.”
– Yoda

Everyone has been bashing 2016 since about mid-August for all of the precious lives departing this Earth this year. But for me, this one stings the most. A lifelong passion, friend and damn near religion, The Star Wars saga has always been for me. And Carrie Fisher is no small part of that kinship. Not too many people sass off and down right defy Vader as her character does and live to talk about it. Fewer still look good doing it. And don’t even get me started on the funny feeling my eight year-old self got on Jabba’s sail barge. I can’t imagine that character being played by anyone else.

In December of 2015 I teared up a little bit at the site of a hunk of metal zooming over a desert surface. In 2017, with Episode VIII in the Star Wars Saga releasing close to Christmas, the tears will be a bit more Organa-ic and unfortunately not out of joy, but out of sadness and loss. Fair warning to whoever sits next to me; it’ll happen.

We’ll miss you Carrie. May the force be with you.

 

2017 Redux

We’ll be doing our most anticipated films of the coming year in an upcoming post/Cinecast. But I was doing a cursory look through and noticed quite the trend: sequels (or off-shoots from something else). Not that this is anything new, people have been complaining about this for years. But it looks to me like 2017 takes the proverbial cake; likely crushing the 2011 record for sequels being released in a year. Have a look at what I’ve got so far; what am I missing?


• Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
• Guardians of the Galaxy Volume II
• Wonder Woman
(a sort-of sequel to BvS and certainly not an original property)
• Fate of the Furious
• Beauty and the Beast
• Underworld: Blood Wars
• Fifty Shades Darker
• Star Wars: Episode VIII
• Justice League
• Despicable Me 3
• World War Z 2
• Lego Batman
• War for the Planet of the Apes
• Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
(yeah right, final my ass)
• Logan
• Cars 3
• Jumanji
• Pacific Rim 2
• Alien: Covenant
• John Wick 2
• Blade Runner 2
• Kong: Skull Island
• Amityville: The Awakening
• XXX: The Return of Xander Cage
• The Equalizer 2
• Baywatch
• Transformers: The Last Knight
• Rings
• Ghost in the Shell
• The Mummy
• Spider-Man: Homecoming
• Trainspotting 2

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Super Ticket Episode 8 – Rowgue Three

Mamo and Cinecast unite to form the Super Ticket! We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us. We are one with the force, the force is with us.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and may the force be with you!

 

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Trailer: Christopher Nolan’s DUNKIRK

Mostly known for sci-fi head scratchers and event level, comic book adaptations, Christopher Nolan has changed sub-genre somewhat and gone for a more dramatic flair with a retelling of the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II. Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, James D’Arcy and Tom Hardy will be the more experienced members of what is said will be a largely young/unknown ensemble cast.

The film will tell the story of Operation Dynamo, the effort to rescue 300,000 Allied soldiers from the French port of Dunkirk after German forces invaded the country. The rescue effort was undertaken by the British Navy, as well as hundreds of small fishing and pleasure boats pressed into service between May 26th and June 4th, 1940.

Dunkirk will open wide to North American audiences in July of next year. If you’re one of the lucky few who can see Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in 70mm screenings over the coming weeks, you’ll be able to catch a seven-minute clip from the film just preceding Star Wars. The rest of us can get a glimpse of the trailer below.