Keanu has a new suit and is ready to kick some ass!
January came and went in the blink of an eye bringing with it a solid assortment of early-year winners as well as a couple of major stinkers. Now February looks to topple the balance of good entertainment. Will it succeed? It’s certainly looking optimistic.
Join us this week as Colleen and I (Letterboxd) mourn Dale’s (Letterboxd) absence before jumping head first into February’s movie offerings which bring everything from cheesy romances to kick-ass action.
2016 has come and gone and though by the year’s half-way mark it looked like it might be one of the poorest movie years in some time, the latter part turned out to be an abundance of riches, offering up more than enough great movies to make up for the mostly dreadful first half.
So what did we think of last year’s movie crop? What turned out to be our favorites and not so faves? On this momentous episode of Girls on Pop – not only is this our first episode of 2017 but also our first in the double digits – I’m joined by newly minted Row Three contributor and all-around awesome movie maven Melissa McDowell (@MelsyTweets) to count down our favourite movies of 2016.
Along the way we also talk about the poor state of women in Hollywood, some of the close calls that didn’t quite make the list and one or two underrated gems just waiting for discovery.
A bit of time off during the holiday break means the crew managed to catch up on a lot of TV and movies.
Join us this week as Colleen, Dale (Letterboxd) and I (Letterboxd) chat about some of the entertainment which keps us occupied over the holiday season, from prestige award hopefuls to some of the best (and strangest) shows currently on TV.
This show was actually recorded last week but with the holidays, it didn’t make it up before the end of 2016 so it is, instead, our first episode of the new year!
Tune in as Dale (Letterboxd), Colleen and I (Letterboxd) look ahead to the first releases of the new year and as per usual, there’s an interesting mix dumping ground releases and a number of left over prestige pictures – even though we don’t really talk about them other than in passing since most of them were discussed during our December preview.
Stay tuned because 2017 is going to be A-W-E-S-O-M-E!
Silence opens in theatres on January 6, 2017 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on January 4, 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre.
Silence is one of Martin Scorsese’s passion projects, being twenty-eight years in the making. Scorsese snapped up the film rights to Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel of the same name back in 1989, and the film has been in and out of development since then. With the film now finally complete, SILENCE is perceived as his most personal and deeply felt work to date – a project he was so passionate and “obsessed” with, that it had to be completed.
Fences opens in theatres on December 25, 2016 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on December 19, 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre.
Fences is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black.
One of the most highly anticipated titles of early 2017 is James Ponsoldt’s The Circle.
Adapted by Ponsoldt from Dave Eggers’ best selling novel of the same name, the movie stars Emma Watson as Mae Holland, an optimistic young woman who lands a job at the most advanced internet company in the world called the Circle, a company led by a charismatic leader known as Bailey and played here by Tom Hanks. Mae soon meets a mysterious co-worker, played by John Boyega, and begins to note that perhaps things at the Circle aren’t all sunshine and rainbows as it appears on the surface.
In addition to some great leads, the movie also stars Karen Gillan, Bill Paxton and Patton Oswalt.
I like the concept of the story and the prospect of finally getting a good tech thriller since most of the glossy offerings over the last few years have been mostly forgettable so hopefully this one manages to raise the low bar. It certainly shows potential.