Dazed and Confused @20

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...

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The Best Holiday Movies You Can Watch Instantly On Netflix

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...

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Killing them Softly at The Matinee

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...

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Playboy Interview with Quentin Tarantino

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...

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

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...

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Sequeltology

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...

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Talk TV and MUSIC in the Third Row

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....

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StudioVox [Promote Your Artistry]

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...

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Criterion Valentine Sale [50% off everything!]

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...

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Help Build a Time Machine!

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...

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