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  • Dazed and Confused @20

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    Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused turns 20 this year. And Stephen Marche over at The Culture Blog has a succinct and delightful article on the subject of the films more subtle themes and lasting popularity with viewers. His argument follows with nostalgia along the same lines of science fiction: You are not making a film about the time period within the film, but rather the time period at which the film is made. Namely the blossoming of GenX and what the heck all that means.

    That mixture of faux anti-authoritianism and intensely self-obsessed nostalgia makes Dazed and Confused the definitive film of Generation X. But it’s also a flim that goes beyond its own time. It’s a film about the confounding mixture of longing and regret that the memory of youth always has. All the kids in Dazed and Confused want nothing but to be out of high school. All the people watching Dazed and Confused want nothing more than to be back in high school.

    It is well worth a look. Check it out here.

  • The Best Holiday Movies You Can Watch Instantly On Netflix

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    With winter in season, the entertainment world starts buzzing about the upcoming holidays. TV channels play holiday shows and movies, and radio stations air Christmas songs. Families start getting into the holiday spirit, and with the cold weather outside, people huddle around the TV more.

    If you’re not an avid TV watcher, then Netflix is the next best option. Netflix streaming through an Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, Google TV, Android or an iPhone/iPod can let you get instant access to thousands of movies anytime, as long as you have a reliable internet connection.

    Top Holiday Movies Found On Netflix

    According to Matt Barone at Complex.com, Netflix has over 100 top rated movies from every genre, streaming at any given time. Viewers can take their pick of some of the greatest action, adventure, horror, comedy, sci-fi, or family movies ever made, but for the upcoming holidays, here are some great movies you can find to celebrate the season:

    Miracle on 34th Street

    This television classic has been around since 1955. Thomas Mitchell plays Kris Kringle, a department store Santa who claims to be the real Santa Claus. A feel-good movie for families.

    Home Alone 2

    Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, was left home the previous year and had to defeat a pair of burglars. This time he finds himself in New York City and the same criminals are not far behind. Definitely a great comedy to watch with friends or family.

    White Christmas

    Two military war friends, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, fall for two sisters and follow the girls to a resort owned by their former commanding officer, who is in danger of losing the place. A great romantic movie for couples.

    Jingle All the Way

    In this family comedy, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a father who decides to get the hottest toy for his son just before Christmas Day. Competing with another father (played by comedian Sinbad) for one of the last toys, he encounters a number of problems along the way.

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

    The Griswold family plans a big family Christmas, only to be turned into a huge disaster, featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. Classic Chevy Chase movie.

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    In this Tim Burton classic, Jack Skellington, King of Halloweentown, discovers Christmas Town and tries to understand the concept. This movie revolutionized the genre for its unique animation, characters, and creativity. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should add it to your list to watch.

    Elf

    Will Ferrell plays a man raised as an elf in the North Pole, who discovers he’s not an elf and goes to the U.S. to find out who he really is and where he came from. The success of the film has turned it into one of the top rated Christmas movies of all time.

  • Killing them Softly at The Matinee

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    Ryan McHatter and I had a nice long talk on Saturday night about Andrew Dominik’s latest film, Cogan’s Trade Killing them Softly. We actually spent more time on our version of “watch this instead” with the excellent Collateral from Michael Mann; which basically screams to the audience, “You know that Brad Pitt movie you just watched? Here’s how to do it correctly.”

    We also talked about Pitt’s masterpiece, Johnny Suede. Yeah it’s worth a listen.


    You can check out the whole thing over at Ryan’s site, theMatinee.ca. Take a listen, see what you think and leave your thoughts over there. Kurt and I will be getting into tomorrow night on The Cinecast (live) I’m sure.

  • Playboy Interview with Quentin Tarantino

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    used with tidings from Playboy.com

    His house is filled with movie memorabilia. Posters for unexpected films—Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, for example—hang on one wall, and I think I spotted oversize green Hulk hands. You can tell Tarantino is still single and able to indulge his voracious appetite for all things movies, because no wife would put up with it.”

    For the full prologue, please visit Playboy.com
    (obviously some images/language NSFW)

    On quitting making movies while he’s ahead: “I’m on a journey that needs to have an end and not be about me trying to get another job. I want this artistic journey to have a climax. I want to work toward something. You stop when you stop, but in a fanciful world, 10 movies in my filmography would be nice. I’ve made seven. If I have a change of heart, if I come up with a new story, I could come back. But if I stop at 10, that would be okay as an artistic statement.”
    On including controversial language in his films, such as the N word: “I’m just telling my story the way I’m telling it. I’m putting it in a spaghetti Western framework and highlighting the surreal qualities inherent in the material. I’m highlighting them mythically and operatically, and in terms of violence and gruesomeness, with pitch-black humor.”
    On getting high while in production: “I wouldn’t do anything impaired while making a movie. I don’t so much write high, but say you’re thinking about a musical sequence. You smoke a joint, you put on some music, you listen to it and you come up with some good ideas. …I don’t need pot to write, but it’s kind of cool.”
    On rewriting history in Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained: “You turn on a movie and know how things are going to go in most films. Every once in a while films don’t play by the rules. It’s liberating when you don’t know what’s happening next. …I thought, What about telling these kinds of stories my way – rough and tough but gratifying at the end?”
    On originally seeking Will Smith to play the lead in Django Unchained: “We spent quite a few hours together over a weekend when he was in New York doing Men in Black 3. …I think half the process was an excuse for us to hang out and spend time with one another. …It just wasn’t 100 percent right, and we didn’t have time to try to make it that way.”
    On why he ultimately cast Jamie Foxx in the role: “He was the cowboy…Forget the fact that he has his own horse—and that is actually his horse in the movie. He’s from Texas; he understands. …He understood what it’s like to be thought of as an ‘other.’”
    On Leonardo DiCaprio’s role as the villain, Calvin Candie: “I hated Candie, and I normally like my villains no matter how bad they are. …what I’m always trying to do…is get you to kind of like these guys, despite on-screen evidence that you shouldn’t. Despite the things they do and say and despite their agenda. I also like making people laugh at f*cked-up sh*t.”
    On the Aurora, Colorado, tragedy during Dark Knight Rises and the issue of films glorifying violence: “I think that guy was a nut. He went in there to kill a bunch of people because he knew there would be a lot of people there… That’s no different from a guy going into a McDonald’s and shooting up people at lunchtime because he knows a lot of people will be there.”
    On his celebrity status: “I’m not a Hollywood outsider anymore. I know a lot of people. I like them. They like me. I think I’m a pretty good member of this community… I still do things my own way, but I didn’t go away either. I still kind of feel like I’m always trying to prove I belong here.”
    On rising to the level of his earlier work: “I want there to be anticipation. I was actually quite proud when I read that Django is one of the most anticipated movies coming out this year. It’s a black Western. Where’s the anticipation coming from? I guess a lot of it is me. That’s pretty f*cking awesome.”
    On settling down as he approaches 50: “If I had a wife, I would probably be more polite. She would make me write thank-you notes, which I won’t do on my own. I wouldn’t be such a caveman.”
    On his ideal wife: “If I want to live in Paris for a year, what the f*ck? I can. I don’t have to arrange anything; I can just do it. If there is an actor or director I want to get obsessed with and study their films for the next 12 days, I can do that. The perfect person would be a Playmate who would enjoy that.”

    The full interview is under the seats… » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Please Help “How to Write a Joe Schermann Song” Win a Gotham Award

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    It’s no secret that here in the third row we’re big fans of indie filmmaker Gary King. One of things we like about King’s pictures are that he’s not afraid to take chances and try new things. His latest film, How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song is a musical dramedy; and in the world of film today, it certainly can be said that this is a risky choice. But per usual, Gary and his fantastic cast and crew were really able to pull it together. In fact, it’s pulled together so well that it’s made it to the short list for an IFP Gotham Audience Choice Award!

    While the possibility of an actual nomination for a Gotham Award is pretty exciting, the film is going to need your help to get there. I don’t have my personal review for the film posted quite yet, but trust me when I say the film is worth supporting (trailer). It’s been taking home awards left and right from various festivals and in fact just took home the award for Best Director at Flyway Film Festival (where I am right now as I type this out).

    So please take just a moment or two to poke this link with your digital arrow and place your vote. You get five votes total if you’ve got personal investment in any of the other films, but please vote for Joe Schermann as at least one of your five choices (you can only vote for one if you choose). Up against higher profile films like Silver Lining Playbook and Beasts of the Southern Wild, it’s going to need everyone’s help to (deservedly) stand above the rest.

    The 5 nominees will be chosen from your votes and will be invited to attend the Gotham Awards where the winner will be announced live. The second round of voting will begin on November 5th, 2012 and will feature the top 5 films from round one. The winner of the Audience Award, powered by Festival Genius will be announced at the 22nd Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 26th, 2012.

  • Sequeltology

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    A couple of years ago we hosted a bracket tournament here at RowThree to determine who the “best” director of all time is. I think we settled on someone obvious – like Hitchcock or Spielberg or something. It seemed to be more work than it was worth and we haven’t tried it again. But it seems someone else is willing to run the show this time around and figure out what the best sequel of all time is.

    From now until September 5th, Grantland.com is running a bracket round of some of the best true sequels (they get into details about what constitutes a sequel and what doesn’t) of all time and it’s up to readers to try and decide which title will move on to glory.

    You can get all of the details over at their main site, but the voting actually takes place via their Facebook page. So if you feel like a little pointless movie voting fun, head over there and make your picks. The first round ends today I believe, so get over there soon to participate! I’ll warn you right now there are a couple that are fairly difficult decisions.

  • Talk TV and MUSIC in the Third Row

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    TALK MUSIC

                   

    TALK TV

    We’ve tried every way we can think of for a place in which people can talk about TV shows, music and even books or sports within the confines of RowThree. We had a separate blog with guest writers for a time. It died a slow and horrible death. Then we tried a little chat bar at the bottom of the page and everyone seemed confused and no one was ever on at the same time. Within about a week we realized that wasn’t working at all and had to remove it. So then we just went with something as simple as an occasional post on a random topic that we felt was warranted. This is fine but we still found that random post comment sections were still getting “hijacked” with comments on the Olympics or comic books or concert venues. Hey, we love the enthusiasm, but we want someplace for you guys to be able to do this that doesn’t require you to guess where to post your thoughts or just pick a random spot to do so.

    Why don’t you just implement a forum?, you might ask. Well long story short, we just don’t want to.

    But we think (and hope) that we have finally found the solution to our MorePop struggle. We’re introducing “Outside the Realm.” These are posts having to do with Music and Television that are fairly specific. You can browse a list of posts until you find the topic you want to talk about and leave your thoughts in the comment section and hopefully get a conversation started. Outside of the realm can be found by clicking either of the two links at the very top of your screen marked “Music” and “Television.” Once there, this will make a lot more sense.

    Here’s why we like this idea and hope it will succeed:
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  • StudioVox [Promote Your Artistry]

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    Knowing that a lot of our readers out there are of the creative ilk, I thought I’d share this little social media site I stumbled upon. Already you see the words “social media” and you’re tempted to throw your arms in the air and just call life quits. But bear with me. StudioVox is a little different. You don’t have to keep up with it every minute of the day to stay active. And rather than just a bunch of random folks talking about the amazing ham sandwich they had this afternoon or how happy they are that Bill Bixby is in the new Avengers movie, this is a place to peddle your wares and also see what others in your “neighborhood” have brewing.

    This is a place solely for creative professionals (and amateurs). It’s not just a giant flea market either; people can showcase their stuff, sure, but it’s also a place to connect with others in your area of craft and share ideas, gather information, find job opportunities, critique and comment on others’ work and maybe even collaborate on events and gatherings.

    All the industries are here: movies, music, literature, textiles, gaming, fine art, television, performing arts, graphic design, gaming, public relations, mobile media and even bartending. There are professional agencies to get in touch with and a job listing section to the site. If you’re related to the arts in any way – even movie blogging or podcasting, this is a pretty cool place to hang out. Hell, even if you’re just a fan of any of these things – and presumably you are if you’re on this site and reading this – you can just hang out with like-minded folks in the various motifs of choice.

    I’ve been playing with it for a couple of weeks and find the interface extremely friendly and fun to use. I’ve found a bunch of great people to interact with, but for the most part just really like checking out all the artwork that’s out there. I plan on using the service to help pimp the RowThree Cinecast so if you end up becoming a lurker of the site (totally FREE), feel free to look me up.

    The site is still in BETA testing, but RowThree procured a bunch of free login codes. So while supplies last, if you’d like to check out the site, you can participate in the BETA version (which works fairly swimmingly) using the following access code:

    STVX-rowthree

    A lot of you are already on LetterBoxd, so you may already be familiar with sort of how it works. But instead of commenting on Hollywood’s mess, you can look at other people’s works of art that you can actually purchase or just admire or leave comments on… and likewise have people HONESTLY critique your work.

    If I haven’t explained it well enough, certainly check out the really well laid out video below to maybe help convince you. It’s definitely worth a look…

    » Read the rest of the entry..

  • Criterion Valentine Sale [50% off everything!]

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    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! HALF OFF EVERYTHING AT CRITERION.COM!

    Starting at noon EST today, February 14, all in-stock Blu-rays and DVDs will be 50% off the suggested retail price (SRP). Just enter the promotional code SWAK on your shopping cart page at Criterion.com to apply the discount.

    See you in the poor house.

  • Help Build a Time Machine!

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    Jay Cheel from the documentary blog and director of Genie Nominated Beauty Day is gearing up to complete his next full length feature documentary, How to Build a Time Machine. As Jay puts it,

    HOW TO BUILD A TIME MACHINE will be a genre-bending, true life sci fi mystery that will tell John Titor’s story through interviews with the incredible web of people who were drawn into it, and through a recreation of his journey … As a lover of film and filmmaking, I attempt to make movies that would excite me as a fan. I want to tell this story in the most cinematic, engaging, and entertaining fashion possible.

    But to get this all done they need YOUR help to film cinematic recreations of John’s mission to 1975 based on his original Internet posts. To accomplish this, they will need money to help cover the costs of costumes, props, locations, and actors. With your help, they’re hoping to reach $25,000, which will enable Jay to create a great experience for you, the audience.

    Please head over to Doc Ignite and help Jay out with a couple thousand dollars. Or ten. Whatever you’ve got to spare. Don’t do it for Jay, don’t do it for the love of independent film making. Do it for me so I can see thing as soon as possible!

    If I don’t convince you, let the film do the talking…

     

  • Raiding the Lost Ark: A New Filmumentary by Jaimie Benning

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    A couple of years ago the best Star Wars documentary (probably the best film documentary) I’ve ever seen hit the annals of YouTube and blew away fans with the amount of (relatively) unseen footage, stage sound, archival interviews and unbelievable behind-the-scenes evidence edited together in the most meticulous of researched fashion. Star Wars Begins launched Jaimie practically into super stardom amongst Star Wars fans and many cinephiles alike. Now Jaimie, with a little more knowledge and experience under his belt tackles the second most beloved trilogy on earth, Indiana Jones.

    The “filmumentary” is slowly becoming standard lexicon around the webs and I’m happy to see more of them done… as long as they’re half as well done as these exceptionally well made pieces of nostalgic awesome. I haven’t sat down to watch Raiding the Lost Ark quite yet, but as soon as I hit publish on this post, I’m going to head over to the Vimeo site and check it out. I am absolutely stoked and I can blindly recommend you do the same. Do yourself a favor and go watch it. Now.

    PS – if you haven’t seen Star Wars Begins yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. It’s brilliant.

  • Cinemetrics [A Visual Fingerprint for a Film]

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    No other way to say it, this is friggin sweet. Graphic designer Frederic Brodbeck has developed a visual system that breaks down any film into color and motion to give every film its own unique signature. Brodbeck analyzes the editing structure, color, speech and motion of movies, then transforms them into graphic representations that can be compared side by side.

    Each movie is processed frame by frame, then broken down into ten shots “chapters.” Each chapter is then broken down into a color scheme and movement for how much motion is happening on the screen at that given time.

    Most films’ in the examples on Bordbeck’s web site are all dark and look very similar. But then contrast them to Wes Anderson’s film’s “fingerprints;” they are much more vivid… and brown. It’s fascinating but not all that surprising when you see each film’s breakdown. Each one I look at I think, “Well yeah, that makes sense!” (look at Top Gun above). In the video below, look at the difference in motion between Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Cameron’s Aliens. It’s obvious, but fascinating to basically be able to see both films in their entirety, side by side.

    cinemetrics from fb on Vimeo.

    The dude sells posters and other media of any movie you want made up (or some that are already done). I SOOO want The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (pictured above) hanging in my theater.

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