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!

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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!

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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…

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Please help us keep things “safe” around here by making sure you heed to our fairly strict SPOILER POLICY.

PLEASE READ OUR *SPOILER* RULES:

Spoilers ARE ALLOWED in the comment section below. In fact, anything is fair game at the time of credits roll on any new episode in the U.S. eastern time zone.

However, here at RowThree, the first few words of any new comments automatically show up in the recent comments page. It can really piss people off if they show up to a site and the first thing they see is the name a of a show they’re behind on or haven’t gotten to yet and see that the first few words in a comment start off with a spoiler like, “In season 3 after Harvey gets shot in the face by Linda, I couldn’t believe it!”

TV shows, maybe even more so than movies these days, can be very spoilerific. Because of their long air times and shelf life, a lot of people just aren’t right on top of new shows the way they once were. So please try to be respectful for those of us who have not yet seen the show and cover up any spoilers you have.

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Try Out Our Theme Switcher!

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Welcome to the re-jiggered RowThree! It’s the same look with a few minor tweaks and improvements.

UPDATE (3/22 6:15pm CST): Sorry. The theme switcher plugin was wreaking havoc with the widgets and screwing up the site on both the back end and the front end. So for now, the dark version of the site is not available. Sorry for the inconvenience to your eyes.

The menu choices are now to your left, leaving the right side of the screen devoted solely to the discussion!

The most exciting new detail is the ability to tailor the look of the site (somewhat) to your preference. If you’re digging the black text on white, do nothing. If you prefer a darker experience that’s maybe more ideal to low light conditions, check out the theme switcher and try using our theme inspired by one of our other favorite movie sites, LetterBoxd. If you find that ain’t your thing, just flip the dial and switch back. We’ve got some ideas for many more themes to come so that you can see all of our glorious content with whatever works the best for you.

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“The Prisoner” A microPodcast (vol. 5 – final)

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Kurt Halfyard & Nat Almirall swap their togas for khakis, 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…

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

 

“The Prisoner” microPodcast [Fall Out]

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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…

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