“The Prisoner” microPodcast [A. B. and C.]

 

 
Kurt Halfyard & Nat Almirall swap their togas for khakis, white piped jackets, the occasional blue turtleneck, and suave buttons to bring you another microcast, this time focusing on the celebrated, allegorical, and surreal 1967 series The Prisoner.

Conceived by the enigmatic Patrick McGoohan, “The Prisoner” follows a British ex-spy who ‘privately, personally, and by hand’ resigns his post only to be gassed and spirited to a bizarre Village, a place where all the other peculiar inhabitants are identified by numbers and overseen by an ominous, but ever revolving Number 2. As the spy, now renamed Number 6, seeks an escape, Number 2, ‘by hook or by crook,’ attempts to uncover the reason for Number 6’s resignation.

Join Numbers K & N as they break down each of the 17 episodes, unraveling the metaphors, tracking Number 6 on the Dickishness Behavior Scale, engaging in a bit of the ultra passive-aggressiveness, and lavishing praise on the monolithic Leo McKern.

What do the Cold War, Lewis Carroll, Gay Barry Goldwater, and Lava Lamps(tm) have in common? What is the best way to escape from being tied to a chair? How do you make a Village Iced Tea? And what is up with those umbrellas? Listen in, and then you will know everything…

The first three episodes are available now for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever listening device you prefer:

 

“The Prisoner” microPodcast [The Chimes of Big Ben]

 

 
Kurt Halfyard & Nat Almirall swap their togas for khakis, white piped jackets, the occasional blue turtleneck, and suave buttons to bring you another microcast, this time focusing on the celebrated, allegorical, and surreal 1967 series The Prisoner.

Conceived by the enigmatic Patrick McGoohan, “The Prisoner” follows a British ex-spy who ‘privately, personally, and by hand’ resigns his post only to be gassed and spirited to a bizarre Village, a place where all the other peculiar inhabitants are identified by numbers and overseen by an ominous, but ever revolving Number 2. As the spy, now renamed Number 6, seeks an escape, Number 2, ‘by hook or by crook,’ attempts to uncover the reason for Number 6’s resignation.

Join Numbers K & N as they break down each of the 17 episodes, unraveling the metaphors, tracking Number 6 on the Dickishness Behavior Scale, engaging in a bit of the ultra passive-aggressiveness, and lavishing praise on the monolithic Leo McKern.

What do the Cold War, Lewis Carroll, Gay Barry Goldwater, and Lava Lamps(tm) have in common? What is the best way to escape from being tied to a chair? How do you make a Village Iced Tea? And what is up with those umbrellas? Listen in, and then you will know everything…

The first three episodes are available now for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever listening device you prefer:

 

“The Prisoner” microPodcast [The Arrival]

 

 
Kurt Halfyard & Nat Almirall swap their togas for khakis, white piped jackets, the occasional blue turtleneck, and suave buttons to bring you another microcast, this time focusing on the celebrated, allegorical, and surreal 1967 series The Prisoner.

Conceived by the enigmatic Patrick McGoohan, “The Prisoner” follows a British ex-spy who ‘privately, personally, and by hand’ resigns his post only to be gassed and spirited to a bizarre Village, a place where all the other peculiar inhabitants are identified by numbers and overseen by an ominous, but ever revolving Number 2. As the spy, now renamed Number 6, seeks an escape, Number 2, ‘by hook or by crook,’ attempts to uncover the reason for Number 6’s resignation.

Join Numbers K & N as they break down each of the 17 episodes, unraveling the metaphors, tracking Number 6 on the Dickishness Behavior Scale, engaging in a bit of the ultra passive-aggressiveness, and lavishing praise on the monolithic Leo McKern.

What do the Cold War, Lewis Carroll, Gay Barry Goldwater, and Lava Lamps(tm) have in common? What is the best way to escape from being tied to a chair? How do you make a Village Iced Tea? And what is up with those umbrellas? Listen in, and then you will know everything…

The first three episodes are available now for streaming (see table of contents below) or in the RowThree podcast feed to send to whatever listening device you prefer:

 

88th Annual Academy Award Nominations [Oscars]

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Nominations for the 2016 Oscars have been announced and The Revenant is today’s big “winner” with 12 nominations including best director, actor, supporting actor and best motion picture. All of the other lucky contestants are posted below as well, including Mad Max: Fury Road garnering 10 nods.

See anything interesting or surprising? Anyone snubbed or is anything garnering undeserved attention?

The award winners will be announced on Sunday, FEBRUARY 28nd at 7pm ET live on ABC at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

 

TOTAL NOMINATIONS COUNT:
The Revenant 12
Mad Max: Fury Road 10
The Martian 7
Bridge of Spies 6
Carol 6
Spotlight 6
The Big Short 5
Star Wars: The Force Awakens 5
The Danish Girl 4
Room 4


 
 

BEST MOTION PICTURE:
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

DIRECTOR:
Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

ACTOR:
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

ACTRESS:
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvestor Stallone, Creed

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Rooney Mara, Carol
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Would you like to know more…?

Row Three Favorite Films of 2015

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A weak year or a strong year? You tell us. With an eclectic group of favorites from so many different people there’s an argument to be made that 2015 was one of the strongest years in film in a long time… but was it really? Well, in box office numbers, there’s no two ways about it. 2015 was the best ever (thank you Universal Pictures and Disney).

Whether you loved or were disappointed in 2015, we all found plenty to love and these are each of RowThree’s contributors’ favorite films of the year along with some honorable mentions, notable misses and even some stinkers. Each contributor is listed below – just start scrolling – or you can jump directly to any individual member of the group with a click of their name provided below.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by the site, listened to any of the great podcasts hosted here and/or took the time to leave some comments in a post somewhere and some time throughout the year. We really appreciate each and every one of you. See you all in 2016!

Marina Antunes
Kurt Halfyard
Andrew James
Corey Pierce
Matthew Brown
Bob Turnbull
David Brook
Matt Gamble
Bryan Dressel
Chewie Darsow
Ryan James
Matt Price

Consensus

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Row Three Favorite Television Series of 2015

Round here, it’s pretty easy keeping track of all of the film we watched throughout the year; being cinephiles and all. Whether we meticulously log and rate everything on LetterBoxd, keep an album ongoing in Facebook galleries or scribble down thoughts and dates in a spiral bound notebook. But with television, since there are so many episodes and odd airing dates and ways to access the media, it can be a little more daunting.

Still, a couple of us managed to keep things logged and rated and ranked throughout 2015. Because let’s be honest, the TV shows these days very often trump a lot of what we saw in theaters. At any rate here’s a look back at some of our favorite shows streaming and airing over the past year…

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Row Three Favorite Albums of 2015

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You know what’s great about music? Well of course you do: an infinite amount of tangible and intangible things. But in the internet’s “need to list everything” context, what I like is that there’s very little overlap. Because there is so much music released in any given year and it’s so incredibly diverse and there are so many different tastes, everyone’s list is unique and interesting and inspiring and full of frisson.

So it is with much pleasure that Row Three presents all of our favorite music from the year. 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!


Bob Turnbull
Andrew James
David Brook
Jim Laczkowski
Corey Pierce
Scott Olson

 

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73rd Annual Golden Globe Winners

Not too many surprises here; except that apparently The Martian is the best comedy of the year. Still, the always streamlined and tight Golden Globe Awards were a fun watch as Ricky Gervais was back to take verbal jabs at Mel Gibson, women drivers, NBC and HFPA itself. Teraj P. Henson clearly had a few before getting up on stage (“here, have a cookie”) and Tarantino pisses off social media (and apparently Jamie Foxx) after uttering the word “ghetto.”

Then it was on to the presentations and the awards. The class act award goes to Tom Hanks however, who delivered one of the best introductory speeches for an award I’ve heard in a long time – maybe ever – for Denzel’s “Cecil B. DeMille” award. Too bad Denzel just looked like a bumbling idiot on stage.

At any rate, here were all the nominations and winners at tonight’s presentation. The winners are IN RED. Feel free to leave your commentary in the appropriate section below.

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Carol = 5 nominations = 0 wins
The Revenant = 4 nominations = 3 wins
Steve Jobs = 4 nominations = 1 win
The Big Short = 4 nominations = 0 wins
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Best Picture, Drama
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Big Short
Joy
The Martian
Spy
Trainwreck

Best Director
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Actress, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Saorise Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Will Smith, Concussion
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
Would you like to know more…?

CASTcast 2015

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The Cinematic Appreciation Society of Toronto returns for more drinking and merriment and incidental discussion on the highlights of 2015 in film. Dozens of film lovers in the Toronto area (including many contributors here at RowThree) submitted their top ten lists and the results were tallied into a consensus top ten.

Our hosts for this podcast gather around a round table (literally) and work their way through the list one at a time and spend a few minutes discussing the pros (and some cons) of each title. Though there was surprisingly little RowThree representation on the recording panel, our own Corey “Goon” Pierce contributes to the on-mic revelry.

Enjoy the listen!

Dave Voigt – In the Seats | @intheseats

Corey Pierce – Soundtrack of Your Life | @coreypierceart

Hillary Butler – Live for Films | @petdochill

Ryan McNeil – The Matinee@matinee_ca

Corey Atad – @coreyatad

Norman McGlashan – Flick Hunter | @mcstay12

Jorge Castillo – Prairie Dog Magazine | @jicastillo

Heidi Morales – Hye’s Musing | @HeidyMo

James McNally – CAST organizer, Toronto Screen Shots@toscreenshots