Zhang Yimou is “Coming Home”

I’ve been a pretty bi fan of Zhang Yimou since Raise the Red Lantern (where my Criterion release!?). He smartly strayed from his signature style (symmetry and extraordinary bright color palette) after Curse of the Golden Flower and moved on to different fare with Coen Brother remakes and directing English-speaking Americans. But it’s been four years now and we’re due.

What equally exciting is that he’s pairing up again with his longtime muse, Gong Li, for this latest picture.

I do admit this trailer feels a little dreary and overly sentimental, but at the same time, there’s something emotionally sweet and hypnotic with what’s going on here and I for one am really looking forward to seeing what he’s bringing to the table this time around. With fairly positive reviews coming out of TIFF, Coming Home will be hitting The States and Canada early this fall.



Trailer: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

Hey look, it’s Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie)! Also this is the last, new thing we’ll ever see the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman on screen for ever again (which saddens me on many levels). So there’s stuff in here to look forward to, and I admit that having read some of the novelizations, I’m somewhat interested in the conclusion here; but overall this is one of the most mediocre, but successful, franchises I can think of. From crappy, cheap set designs to questionable performances (by reputable (some, Oscar winner) actors), there’s just an overall sense of poor production value.

Of course there is a wide and varying difference of opinion on these films and the subject matter is somewhat intriguing. Unfortunately I just find that the execution of what could’ve really been an iconic franchise is wiped away with a lot of static.

Sorry, to bring down the atmosphere and I do hope these film makers can pull of something grand for the finale, but if we go with the history books, all signs point to another forgettable entry in the series.



Second Trailer for PAN

“Is this Canada?” Nope, it’s Neverland kiddo.

For whatever reason that I can’t quite put my finger on, I’ve never been a fan of the “Peter Pan” story or any of its iterations to the big screen. Something about it has just never interested me and always made me feel icky. On the other hand, ever since Pride and Prejudice, I’ve been a huge fan of Joe Wright. Alright so The Soloist was a bit of a misstep, but everything else he’s directed has a special visual flair and genuine emotional context to it that jaw drops me every time.

So here I am faced with a dilemma and really hoping that Joe Wight’s revisionist edition of Peter Pan will land that left hook to jaw drop me once again. I have to admit, the trailer starts off sluggish, but begins to wear me down in the middle and totally wins me over by the end.

Pan opens wide on October 9th and stars Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried, Garrett Hedlund and Levi Miller as Peter Pan.



Mondays Suck Less in the Third Row

Check out these links:
How THE LAST STARFIGHTER became a cult classic
Type Drummer (you’re welcome)
20 animal myths you were taught that are actually false
Gender swapping The Avengers (Photoshop)
25 most disturbing movies ever (and wrong)
That Awkward moment when you realize that The Joker is the hero.
Spurious Correlations
Essential Korean film chart

Making of Mad Max: Fury Road (2 hrs.)

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Second Trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak

Just in time for Halloween, Guillermo del Toro has got our backs. Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston star as some sort of budding romance is befuddled by their living environment; an old mansion with spooky secrets and haunted realms within the walls. Unfortunately every movie these days has to star Jessica Chastain, so she’s in here too.

The gorgeous cinematography and creative set design looks to be more than enough to offset any other superficial complaints I may have. It will be fun to have a truly, good ol’ fashioned haunted house story just as the leaves are beginning to drop and the cold wind is howling. In other words, October 16th. Have a look at the newest trailer for Crimson Peak.



Mad Men Podcast – The Buchel Review

Throughout the “Game of Thrones” season, The Cinecast devotes a good portion of the show to recapping the latest episode. Surprisingly, it has proven to be one of the more popular segments of the show in the last couple of years. So I wanted to bring listener’s attention to another popular television show podcast that is loosely related to the RowThree media empire: The Buchel Review.

The final episode of the massively popular “Mad Men” is almost upon us and there are loads of resources covering the series and its inevitable conclusion. But we’ve got RowThree family in the mix as occasional/Cinecast/guest, Aaron Hartung, and his pals have been recapping the last few episodes of the final season as they air each week.

If you’re a fan of Mad Men, this is one of the best podcasts you’ll find discussing the show in a “water cooler & cigarettes” format. And as we’ve mentioned before, Aaron certainly has a voice for radio and is very soothing to stick in your ear. Check out The Buchel Review on PodBean and see what you think. Once addicted, definitely subscribe to their feed in your favorite podcast catcher to download the last couple of episodes as they become available.


Mondays Suck Less in the Third Row

Check out these links:
Transcript of Lucas, Spielberg and Kasdan brainstorming Indiana Jones concept
25 Horror Short Films We Dare You To Watch Alone Tonight (streaming)
What movie character is more of a scumbag than we realize?
Tarot Cards re-shot into real scenes
Mark Hamill’s personal “Return of the Jedi” photo album
90 Year-old tortoise gets prosthetic wheels after rats eat her legs
“The Professional” (BTS photos)
IndieGoGo campaign to finish Orson Welles’ last film
More amazing historical photos
50 Crazy Stairs from Around the World
Papparazzi-proof clothing

Miyazaki films reimagined as woodblock prints (sold out)

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