Filling the Holes (for John)

For a while now I’ve been contemplating building a list of movies that I feel that I should watch. I’m a firm believer in the thought that the more I learn on the topic, the more I discover that there is more to learn. As I watch more and more movies I constantly discover that there are more and more films which I need to see. Yesterday Andrew posted up a list of films that he wants to work through and is having everyone vote on them to determine how he will start. I had no idea he was doing this and while I like his way of choosing what to watch, I decided to take a different approach. I would gather some of the “Top Film Lists” and combine them into an overall list and then pick and chose from the top 100 films.

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Need your help…

I am trying to gather together all the lists of top 100 films from around the world that people consider important. If you know of any lists please feel free to leave a link to them in the comments.

The lists needs to be inclusive to all films from around the world so lists like the AFI one cannot be included. The lists also need to be inclusive of all genres.

Thanks for any help.

Gambit Trailer

I want to yell at the people on youtube who are complaining that a movie called Gambit isn’t about the X-men character but that is a side note. What is more important is to let you know you should watch the trailer for the remake of the 1966 Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine comedy. First off the trailer is pretty fun but more importantly it is penned by the Coen Brothers. It was set for release in just under two weeks on October 12th but has now been pushed back into early 2013.

Toronto After Dark Full Line Up Announced

This will be my fourth year attending Toronto After Dark Film Festival. TADFF is where I broke my proverbial festival cherry and it holds a really special place in my heart. The organizers are an amazing bunch of guys and gals who put on a top notch party, TADFF is the birth place for Row Three, all the coolest movie bloggers and fans in Toronto seem to congregate over the many pints and as an extra bonus the festival provides the audience with the chance to see some of the best new genre films. I do not expect this year to be any different and can’t wait for the festival to start on October 18th.

This year’s fest consists of 20 feature films and 29 short films. Here is the quick list of the feature films American Mary, Cockneys vs Zombies, My Amityville Horror, Crave, Inbred, Grave Encounters 2, Citadel, Game of Werewolves, In Their Skin, Resolution, After, Rec 3: Genesis, Grabbers, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, Dead Sushi, Lloyd the Conqueror, Doomsday Book, Sushi Girl, Wrong, and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. And here is the list of short films Adjust Tracking, Alchemy And Other Imperfections, Annie And The Dog, Bio-Cop, Birthday Pictures, Bydlo, The Captured Bird, Children Of The Dark, Do Not Erase, Eviction, Frost, Game, Garlic Bread Man Vs. Superbo Lasagna Man, Malody, The Myth Of Robo Wonder Kid, Not Till We’re Married, A Pretty Funny Story, Sandwich Crazy, Trudy, We Ate The Children Last, Bobby Yeah, Caterwaul, Decapoda Shock, Dialogue, Family Nightmare, Henri, Numbers, Odokuro, and Vicki.

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At Row Three we Appreciate Good Spam

Every so often we get some spam that is just too good to pass up. This one even deals with movies so it is a double bonus. I hope you all take as much away from this comment as we have.

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Most people have seen Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” animated movie. But there are not too others which are absolutely magic – classics. Here they are:

1. My lid pick exchange for a mermaid film is “Smudge”. Not alone is it comic and the cabal wonderful, but there is quite a hint of breathtaking footage of Daryl Hannah mermaiding in the ocean. We can’t grow sufficiently of that! Preserve continue in haul that this is not a children’s movie. It was made in the ’80s, and in spite of the most quarter it is okay because the progeny to watch. But there is a little moment of nudity (when the mermaid is walking into New York discernible of teaser the ocean with nothing but her great whisker to cover her) and there is some implication of what she and the Tom Hanks characteristic untypical are doing in the elevator, but nothing is shown. The flicks is wonderful, with a leading excuse and formidable mermaid footage and lots of laughs, as fount as a capacious romance.

2. My second top ideal is “The Arcane of Roan Inish”. This is a safe, tranquillize flicks the entire family can enjoy. It was made in Ireland, and as such is slower and quieter than most American movies. It is beside a lilliputian Irish lass who moves to busy with her grandparents. While there she unwittingly stumbles upon the obscurity circumambient the key the dearest adapted to to existent on, called “Roan Inish” (Island of the Seals). As she slowly solves the puzzle, she brings movie trailers healing and concordance without hope to the family. In this film the untrue myths non-spiritual luxuries is a selkie, not a mermaid. The selkie lives in the aspect of a seal. On advantage she climbs up on a poverty-stricken and removes her seal scrape, revealing a pleasing woman. So this film is a trifling tittle special, and you desire at no time look at a seal the despite the fact mo = ‘modus operandi’ again.

3. My third favorite mermaid movie is “Aquamarine.” This equal is geared to the teen crowd. It has nothing lascivious, so the whole parentage can take to it. It’s a delightfully another rendering of the classic Tiny Mermaid story, with a wonderful shock ending. The mermaid in this big is unusual, more like a regular teen girl. There are a sprinkling suitable shots of her in the water. The messages in this silent picture are elevated quality, such as loyalty, friendship, exclusive conviction, selflessness and courage. And it is also sheer funny.

4. Handful four of my top mermaid movies is an familiar black and drained deathless called “Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid.” You intent should prefer to a object to finding this silver screen to watch, but VHS versions are ready for mark-down on Amazon.com. All of the underwater footage was filmed in the venerable Weeki Wachee Springs in Weeki Wachee, Florida, no more than a year after this underwater theater opened. Made in 1948, this moving picture is nearly a married span charming a vacation in the trailers Caribbean. The humankind is almost 50 and is having a mid-life crisis. While on vacation he accidentally fishes up a live mermaid from the sea! Ann Blyth plays the entrancing mermaid and you transfer enjoyment this wonderful film. The no greater than objections a parent might include is the exercise of extramarital flirting, and some laughable scenes with a guy disquieting to give up smoking.

5. United that is a dab dissimilar, and which only recently came out, is a Japanese anime Miyazaki talking picture called “Ponyo on the Cliff alongside the Sea”, or sparely “Ponyo”. In this whole the fish-girl is depicted as a goldfish with a generous gall, which is rather strange. But in an singular contort, this five-year-old fish-girl has to engage the teeny five-year-old somebody little shaver to fondness her faithfully, or she will turn into sea sparkle and be no more. It is such a sweet interpretation, these inconsequential children knowledge to love and trust each other in such an undefiled way. It is a story of wonder and daring and should not be missed.

6. My pick for the duration of handful six is Disney’s “The Petite Mermaid”. It was the talking picture that got Disney backside into the in favour film business again in the 1980s. The music and white are a delight. I memorialize how delighted I was when it first came unconfined – it is a diverting mermaid movie, high jinks for the whole family.

Toronto After Dark 2011: Exit Humanity Review

Surviving through life’s difficulties and is the central theme of John Geddes civil war zombie drama Exit Humanity. Exit Humanity provides a fresh take on the over pushed genre of zombie films. I don’t want to take anything away from the good zombie films but it seems to me that many new film makers just rely on the zombie love to bring get an audience. Fortunately, Geddes is able to create a compelling small scale epic drama with a strong performance by it’s lead actor Mark Gibson as Edward Young. The movie starts out with a bit of a prologue and then with Edward having just killed his wife after she turned into a zombie and heading off to find his lost young son. We follow Edward through his search, his loss and eventually his recovery while meeting a few people along the way and killing off some zombies. Like most zombie flicks the conflict is only partially with zombies with the other people still alive posing as the real threat.

Exit Humanity strength is also it’s biggest weakness. It is a very slow burn movie with long quiet moments of Edward traveling across the south with him working through his rage and depression. Very little dialogue is provided during the opening half except for voice over which is provided by Brian Cox. While I enjoy Brian Cox I will never understand the need for voice over in any movie. It is pretty obvious what is going through Edward’s mind and Gibson does quite well in conveying the emotions and the voice over is somewhat superfluous an feels as if the movie is dumbing itself down. The voice over in this case is text from the story which Young is writing and it the book is the justification behind both voice over and another important aspect of the movie. Animations are used in place of the more expensive and hard to film action scenes. For some this will be a negative but I found the animated sequences to be both beautiful and compelling and drew me in.

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Toronto After Dark 2011: Monster Brawl Review

This review for the first Toronto After Dark Movie, Monster Brawl will likely be a fairly short review as I was not a fan of the movie and I feel that it really plays less like a movie and more like a pay per view event – the entire film is told in the language of character profiles, sports statistics and eventual the actual tournament matches with play by play commentary. I know this was what director Jesse T. Cook was going for, the film is an experiment as much as anything else, but I really felt the result was a tad hollow as a movie. We have announcers, Dave Foley and Art Hindle who are the high point for the film introducing and commentating each match. Prior to each match we get a short clip that details a bit of history about each of the monsters and that is it.

Lets first look at some of the good points of the movie. The costume design is extremely well done. Each of the monsters look perfect. The costumes are all done with practical effects and everyone from The Mummy to Frankenstein act, move and look like they should. Secondly, there are a few good jokes and puns throughout the movie. Most of these come from Hindle and Foley but there are a few jokes from the introduction clips and also the smack-down hyperbolic speeches that the monsters give that are quite funny, particularly if you grew up on the cartoonish rhetoric of the WWF. Third, there are a few good kills and having Lance Henrikson doing the Mortal Kombat FATAL-VICTORY voice was more amusing than it ought to be and puts Monster Brawl in as much territory as a Arcade up-right fighting game as it is mired in sports language. Somehow without being actually present on-screen Henrikson (in all his gravelly glory) is one of the films chief assets. Finally, while I have my complaints about the lack of an audience at the pay per view the wrestling set the graveyard is quite well done.

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Dark Bridges Film Festival Announces Feature Film Lineup!

Dark Bridges Film Festival just announced their feature film lineup. I am quite lucky to be able to say that this years festival has an amazing lineup and I am really proud of what I and the others who help run the festival have been able to do. Saskatoon, has a growing film community and through Dark Bridges we are able to bring films to Saskatoon that never would have been given the chance to screen theatrically. Sure you can catch some of these on DVD by the time the festival comes out but seeing them with an audience of fans is what makes Dark Bridges so much fun.

This year we have a wide selection of films. The high points for me are not the big name films like 13 Assassins, TrollHunter, Stake Land and Tucker & Dale vs Evil but instead are the ones that are just hitting the festival circuit or are somewhat unknowns.

Victims is a powerful low budget drama from the UK about a kidnapping that deals with justice, vengeance and redemption. Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps is really fun mashup of a ghost story combined with a thriller, horror and mystery. Rabies is Israel’s first horror film and it is a really interesting twist on the typical slasher in the woods. Finally, The Millennium Bug is a fun campy hillbilly horror comedy that just happens to have a giant monster bug in it that is done with no CGI.

Dark Bridges Film Festival will be screening 14 feature films (13 Assassins, Beauty Day, The Corridor, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, Mandrill, The Millennium Bug, Rabies, Sennentutschi: Curse of the Alps, Stake Land, Super, TrollHunter, True Legend, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, Victims), a whole bunch of short films, hosting a zombie walk and having a discussion for film makers all on Sept. 29th through October 2nd.

Be sure to check out our website at darkbridges.com and our facebook event page for more information. Full festival passes are only $65 at the early bird rate.

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