Mad Men Podcast – The Buchel Review

Throughout the “Game of Thrones” season, The Cinecast devotes a good portion of the show to recapping the latest episode. Surprisingly, it has proven to be one of the more popular segments of the show in the last couple of years. So I wanted to bring listener’s attention to another popular television show podcast that is loosely related to the RowThree media empire: The Buchel Review.

The final episode of the massively popular “Mad Men” is almost upon us and there are loads of resources covering the series and its inevitable conclusion. But we’ve got RowThree family in the mix as occasional/Cinecast/guest, Aaron Hartung, and his pals have been recapping the last few episodes of the final season as they air each week.

If you’re a fan of Mad Men, this is one of the best podcasts you’ll find discussing the show in a “water cooler & cigarettes” format. And as we’ve mentioned before, Aaron certainly has a voice for radio and is very soothing to stick in your ear. Check out The Buchel Review on PodBean and see what you think. Once addicted, definitely subscribe to their feed in your favorite podcast catcher to download the last couple of episodes as they become available.

 

Music Video Saturday Vol. 2 [music]

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I started a weekly column where I highlight a music video that I vividly remember or just recently discovered. Last week I tackled the weirdness that is Bjork as directed by the great Spike Jonze. This time we are going way back in time to the first memory of a music video I ever had. I was 7 years old and my sister (a music freak) was staying with us briefly, staying up all night watching MTV. I was familiar with The Cars since my dad played their debut record constantly. They had just released a new album called Heartbeat City which he purchased on cassette. I can’t recall which video came out first “Magic” or the one that has stuck with me to this day featured below. “You Might Think” is one of my favorite songs of theirs, which is featured on a less than stellar outing from the band despite hit singles like “Drive.” Suffice to say, the record as a whole doesn’t hold up as strongly as their debut, but this landmark video (at least in mind) is still well worth a look. Yes it’s uber-80s in terms of content and effects, but it’s goofy and groundbreaking for its time. The reason I chose it for the simple fact that Ric Ocasek as a fly haunted my dreams just as much as Freddy Krueger did at the time. I had nightmares of being stalked by fly-Ocasek and watching it now, I can’t help but laugh at the fact that seeing that animated fly actually scared me as a kid. What memories of music videos do you recall from your childhood that made an indelible impression — good or bad? Here’s the very first for me, and I’m not ashamed to say that I still like this song despite what the video did to me as a kid. Stay tuned next week for an “I Love The 90s” edition of Music Video Saturday!

I Want My Music Video Please! [music]

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It should come as no surprise that my three favorite music video directors are Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and Mark Romanek. A lot of accomplished filmmakers started out making short films, collaborating with musicians back when there was one cable channel that focused solely on the music video art form. For me, music and film are the two things I love the most when it comes to expressing a vision. So I consider the music video to be the best of both worlds. My earliest memories outside of sitting through Spielberg and Zemeckis films in the theater with my dad, often involved staying up late to watch 120 Minutes, Alternative Nation, Headbanger’s Ball, and any MTV program dedicated to binging on videos. So I decided to explore this further by presenting a weekly find, either one I’ve never seen before, or a blast from the past that I think deserves another look. You will definitely find selections from the three names mentioned above including a list of my all-time favorite videos mid-year. For now, let’s talk about the brilliance of Spike Jonze as an inventive visual stylist whom I first adored when his breakthrough Weezer video won accolades back in the mid-90s. I know he still actively makes short films, and of course I consider HER to be one of the best films of the decade so far. I used to be a huge Bjork fan but as of late I haven’t been as crazy about her output, particularly the songs on this record. But I will admit to finding “Triumph Of The Heart” to be an interesting song to say the least, featuring beatbox vocal contributions from Mike Patton of Faith No More. And besides music and movies, I also love cats. Finding this Spike Jonze gem was a welcome start to my weekend, and hope that you feel the same. I wouldn’t necessarily put it up there as one of Jonze’s best, but it’s certainly worth a look for its sheer weirdness.

What I Heard Last Month [music]

I still try my best to remain loyal to a number of bands and musicians that continue to put out new music.  I certainly don’t get as excited about what’s new, but for 2015, I would like to try my best to keep up and attempt to listen to at least four new records each month and avoid needing to binge at the end of the year. With that said, I would love for you to comment with what you’ve been listening to each month to celebrate the other art form we probably love almost as much as film!  Here are the four new albums I’ve heard this past month, besides my own of course (shameless plug) which you can download for free!

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Review: Amazon Pilots 2015

It was probably before “Lost’s” first season where I finally succumbed to becoming a couch potato, but I have kind of known alongside many other pop culture enthusiasts that television was evolving into something else than mindless TGIF programming.  Obviously, you can even look before “The Sopranos” took HBO by storm to uncover such gems like “Dream On” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”  Around the time that “Breaking Bad” became water-cooler fodder, I was singing the praises to the high heavens that TV was becoming somewhat more interesting than films.  Now that I didn’t love movies still, but more people were excited about television that movies around certain friends of mine who weren’t cinephiles.  Television was exciting at least in a different way, akin to a good book you didn’t want to put down.  Still, I can’t deny that nearly every show I have gotten hooked on still hinges upon the occasional soap opera tactic of a cliffhanger ending or melodramatics.  Which doesn’t bother me, since that “hook” is what keeps me coming back.  I never understood why my mom was addicted to soap operas until the same thing happened to me with Lost and then, Breaking Bad.

So now that I’ve seen shows like “The Affair, Mad Men, The Americans,” etc etc etc, I can safely say that TV programming is keeping me happy and relatively stimulated on an intellectual level but at the same time, much like any accessible medium now, is becoming difficult to keep up with in terms of sifting through content.  Before we had 1000 channels to sift through and luckily DVRs have made it easy to pick and choose.  Now that Hulu, Netflix and Amazon have gotten into production angle, it’s becoming even harder to decide which show to binge watch.  I know a lot of friends who say “I will wait til it’s over” but I think since I grew up waiting week to week for my favorite shows, I enjoy the routine of the waiting game now.  With that said, Amazon has done something very interesting these past couple of years by offering viewers a “choice” of sorts.  They get to vote on which pilots they think will sucker them in for full seasons.  I went through this process last year (or the year prior) and chose “Transparent” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”  I did enjoy Chris Carter’s Lost-esque horror apocalypse “The After,” but wasn’t eager to follow those characters as much as I was a crazy composer and of course, the now Emmy-winning Jeffrey Tambor.    I think a lot of creative minds are getting behind this format and execution especially since a guy like Woody Allen is giving Amazon the thumbs up for his first TV show concept soon to be announced.

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Row Three Favorite Albums of 2014 [music]

The big list of awesome movies from the third row’s 2014 experience is just around the corner – we’re just waiting for some last minute screenings to show up in the next week or so. In the meantime, we’ve had some time to sift through all the tunage from 2014 and along with other movie-blogging friends have put together this nice list of great sounds of 2014. There are 1000 movies released each year, but there are tens of thousands of albums. So by no means did any of us get to them all, but here’s a sampling of all our favorite listens over the last 365 days.

Enjoy!


Jim Laczkowski
Andrew James
Bob Turnbull
David Brook
Scott Olson
Corey Pierce

 

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2014 Emmy Winners

Yes, we’re a movie site. But anyone paying close attention (especially to The Cinecast for the past couple of years), knows we’re getting to be bigger and bigger fans of the small screen as HBO, AMC and yes even ABC (I’m mainlining “Modern Family” like you wouldn’t believe) are consistently putting out seriously top notch stuff. Breaking Bad boundaries with each passing season. It’s hard to find someone out on the street who won’t tell you that, “Oh my God [insert almost any TV show title here], is easily the best show ever created for television.” And these days, they’re probably right.

So there isn’t the same hoopla in the third row as there is for Oscar night, but we do like to take a look at the pattings of the backs on tube town too. So here are the nominees and winners of this year’s Emmy Awards*.

Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” (AMC)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
 
 

Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Louie” (FX)
“Modern Family” (ABC)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“Veep” (HBO)
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”
Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom”
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Woody Harrelson, “True Detective”
Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective”
Kevin Spacey, “House of Cards”
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzy Caplan, “Masters of Sex”
Claire Danes, “Homeland”
Michelle Dockery, “Downton Abbey”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kerry Washington, “Scandal”
Robin Wright, “House of Cards”
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Louis C.K., “Louie”
Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
William H. Macy, “Shameless”
Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Lena Dunham, “Girls”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep”
Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”
Taylor Schilling, “Orange is the New Black”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jim Carter, “Downton Abbey”
Josh Charles, “The Good Wife”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland”
Aaron Paul, “Breaking Bad”
Jon Voight, “Ray Donovan”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad”
Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
Joanne Froggatt, “Downton Abbey”
Lena Headey, “Game of Thrones”
Christine Baranski, “The Good Wife”
Christina Hendricks, “Mad Men”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
Allison Janney, “Mom”
Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black”
Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Andre Braugher, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Adam Driver, “Girls”
Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
Tony Hale, “Veep”
 
 

Outstanding Miniseries
“American Horror Story: Coven” (FX)
“Bonnie & Clyde” (Lifetime)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Luther” (BBC America)
“Treme” (HBO)
“The White Queen” (Starz)
 
 

Outstanding Television Movie
“Killing Kennedy” (National Geographic)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (HBO)
“The Normal Heart” (HBO)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (PBS)
“The Trip to Bountiful” (Lifetime)
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “Dancing on the Edge”
Martin Freeman, “Fargo”
Billy Bob Thornton, “Fargo”
Idris Elba, “Luther”
Mark Ruffalo, “The Normal Heart”
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
 
 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Sarah Paulson, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Minnie Driver, “Return To Zero”
Kristen Wiig, “The Spoils of Babylon”
Cicely Tyson, “The Trip To Bountiful”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Matt Bomer, “The Normal Heart”
Martin Freeman, “Sherlock: His Last Vow”
Colin Hanks, “Fargo”
Jim Parsons, “The Normal Heart”
Joe Mantello, “The Normal Heart”
Alfred Molina, “The Normal Heart”
 
 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Frances Conroy, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Kathy Bates, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Angela Basset, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Allison Tolman, “Fargo”
Ellen Burstyn, “Flowers in the Attic”
Julia Roberts, “The Normal Heart”
 
 

Outstanding Variety Series
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC)
“Real Time With Bill Maher” (HBO)
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“The Colbert Report” (Comedy Central)
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” (Comedy Central)
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC)
 
 

Outstanding Variety Special
“AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute To Mel Brooks” (TNT)
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America” (CBS)
“Best Of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Primetime Special” (NBC)
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays” (HBO)
“The Kennedy Center Honors” (CBS)
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles” (HBO)
 
 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Dylan Baker, “The Good Wife”
Reg E. Cathey, “House of Cards”
Paul Giamatti, “Downton Abbey”
Robert Morse, “Mad Men”
Beau Bridges, “Masters of Sex”
Joe Morton, “Scandal”
 
 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Kate Burton, “Scandal”
Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom”
Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex”
Kate Mara, “House of Cards”
Margo Martindale, “The Americans”
Diane Rigg, “Game of Thrones”
 
 

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Nathan Lane, “Modern Family”
Steve Buscemi, “Portlandia”
Jimmy Fallon, “Saturday Night Live”
Louis C.K., “Saturday Night Live”
Bob Newhart, “Arthur”
Gary Cole, “Veep”
 
 

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Uzo Aduba, “Orange is the New Black”
Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”
Natasha Lyonne, “Orange is the New Black”
Tina Fey, “Saturday Night Live”
Melissa McCarthy, “Saturday Night Live”
Joan Cusack, “Shameless”
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” — “Ozymandias” (Moira Walley-Beckett)
“Breaking Bad” — Felina” (Vince Gilligan)
“Game of Thrones” — “The Children” (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss)
“House of Cards” — “Chapter 14″ (Beau Willimon)
“True Detective” — “The Secret Fate of All Life” (Nic Pizzolatto)
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
“Episodes” — “Episode 305″ (David Crane)
“Louie” — “So Did The Fat Lady” (Louis C.K.)
“Orange Is the New Black” — “I Wasn’t Ready” (Jenji Kohan and Liz Friedman)
“Silicon Valley” — “Optimal Tip-To-Tip Efficiency” (Alec Berg)
“Veep” — “Special Relationship” (Simon Blackwell, Tony Roche and Armando Iannucci)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire” — Farewell Daddy Blues” (Tim Van Patten)
“Breaking Bad’ — “Felina” (Vince Gilligan)
“Downton Abbey” — “Episode 1″ (David Evans)
“Game of Thrones” — “The Watchers on the Wall” (Neil Marshall)
“House of Cards” — “Chapter 14″ (Carl Franklin)
“True Detective” — “Who Goes There” (Cary Joji Fukunaga)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
“Episodes” — “Episode 309″ (Iain B. MacDonald)
“Glee” — “100” (Paris Barclay)
“Louis” — “Elevator, Part 6″ (Louis C.K.)
“Modern Family” — “Vegas” (Gail Mancuso)
“Orange Is the New Black” — “Lesbian Request Denied” (Jodie Foster)
“Silicon Valley” — Minimum Viable Product” (Mike Judge)
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series
“The Colbert Report”
“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”
“Inside Amy Schumer”
“Key & Peele”
“Portlandia”
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America”
“Billy Crystal: 700 Sundays”
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards
“Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles”
67th Annual Tony Awards
 
 

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
“American Horror Story: Coven” — “Bitchcraft” (Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk)
“Fargo” — “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” (Noah Hawley)
“Luther” (Neil Cross)
“The Normal Heart” (Larry Kramer)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Steven Moffat)
“Treme” — “…To Miss New Orleans” (Eric Overmyer and David Simon)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series
“The Colbert Report” — “Episode 9135″ (James Hoskinson)
“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” — “Episode 18153″ (Chuck O’Neil)
“Portlandia” — “Getting Away” (Jonathan Krisel)
“Saturday Night Live” — Jimmy Fallon (Don Roy King)
“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” — Will Smith/U2 (Dave Diomedi)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special
“The Beatles: The Night That Changed America” (Gregg Gelfand)
The Kennedy Center Honors (Louis J. Horvitz)
The Oscars (Hamish Hamilton)
“Six By Sondheim” (James Lapine)
“The Sound of Music Live!” (Beth McCarthy Miller)
67th Annual Tony Awards (Glenn Weiss)
 
 

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
“American Horror Story: Coven” — “Bitchcraft” (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)
“Fargo” — “The Crocodile’s Dilemma” (Adam Bernstein)
“Fargo” — “Buridan’s Ass” (Colin Bucksey)
“Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (Stephen Frears)
“The Normal Heart” (Ryan Murphy)
“Sherlock: His Last Vow” (Nick Hurran)
 
 

Outstanding Special Class Program
The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)
The Oscars (ABC)
Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (NBC)
The Sound of Music Live! (NBC)
67th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)
 
 

Outstanding Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: President Barack Obama (Funny or Die)
Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim)
Parks And Rec in Europe (NBC)
The Soup: True Detective (E!)
Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show Starring Bruno Mars (NFL)
Park Bench With Steve Buscemi (AOL)
30 For 30 Shorts (ESPN)
 
 

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