Row Three Favorite Films (2013)

For what is probably the first time in RowThree history we were actually able to get our acts together and dish out the annual “best of” list in a timely manner (i.e. before February). Everyone on the team contributed their version of what stood out most in 2013 through the eye of cinema. Mostly in the form of a Top Ten list, but there are some other goodies and observations in here as well. Scroll your mouse wheel down or click any of the names below to jump right to a specific list and/or permalink. Then start thinking about what you want to include in your list for 2014.


Marina Antunes
David Brook
Matthew Brown
Ariel Fisher
Kurt Halfyard
Andrew James
Ryan McNeil
Matt Price
Bob Turnbull

Consensus

 
By all means, drop some of your favorites in the comments section below.
Welcome to 2013!

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Filling the Holes

This week I finally got around to watching Singin’ in the Rain. A classic movie that is one of those, “you’ve never seen THAT!?” titles. After finishing it, as delighted as I was with the film, I was more just pissed off at myself for not having watching much sooner! Well this sort of thing will not stand, man.

So I’m taking a page from The Matinee and have decided that I am going to fill a lot of longstanding (and deep) holes in my filmography; most (not all) of which are inexcusable as a film fan if I want to consider myself a cinephile. So throughout 2013, I will be filling said holes with celluloid (or the digital equivalent) one by one on a monthly basis. But I need your help.

Each month I’ll scratch off one of the movies on my list and mention it here in the third row with its own brief (or possibly lengthy) post. This will give everyone the opportunity to discuss my enjoyment or lack thereof of each title. I think it will definitely be more fun for me and you the readers if you’re involved with this. Or you can just lurk and laugh from the shadows.

So to prepare for this thing a month in advance and potentially make it even more interesting for visitors, I’ve put together a list of 80 titles that I’ve never seen and that I think (for the most part) are essential viewings in a person’s movie going repertoire. Take a second to look these titles over and then vote for the TEN you think I should watch.

I’ll cull the ten highest voted titles down and then pick an additional two of my own choosing. Then in no particular order, starting in January, I’ll view and write about each one on a monthly basis.

The full poll is under the seats, thanks for your help!

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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 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.

Happy New Year

 

 

Happy New Year from Row Three and a big hearty welcome to the end of times and bad blockbuster CGI (as per the Aztecs and Mr. Emmerich, respectively), 2012!

Just a curious poll to start this year (reply in the comment section). What was the last film you watched in 2011?

This not too taxing poll idea comes about via one of my Toronto movie friends. Sasha James, aka FinalGirlProject, has had the tradition of watching Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige as the last film of the year, every year since its release date. Since that film is one of the best of the previous decade (and also about stealing ideas), I decided to take up this tradition myself, hence the above image.

March Madness: Director’s Cut [and the winner is…]

That is it. That. Is. It! By only ONE vote, the master of suspense takes down Akira Kurosawa. It must’ve been my initial vote that turned the tide. But Alfred Hitchcock has won this year’s director’s tournament.

Thanks to everyone who played and it was a fun little mind distractor while it lasted. I’m sure we’ll be back in the not too distant future with something similar, until then have fun with whatever commentary you might have on this little experiment of ours and be sure to check out the final brackets and rub your eyes in disbelief at some of the upsets that occurred.

 
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March Madness: Director’s Cut [FINAL ROUND]

This one is for all the marbles. Welcome to the FINAL ROUND of the RowThree March Madness pool! The four divisions of contenders have been eliminated and now only two stand. It’s up to you to decide who will take home the big trophy. This poll will remain open for about 24 hours. There can be only one victor. (Note: there was a fifth set of brackets we called the Consolation Division – a group of 16 directors we really wanted to see compete but weren’t quite “worthy” of the big dance. This round is now over – you can see the results below).

Not much to say here. It’s Kurosawa vs. Hitchcock. May the best man win!

 

SCHEDULE (begins – ends):
Round 1: 3/9 – 3/13  
Round 2: 3/14 – 3/18
Round 3: 3/19 – 3/23
Round 4: 3/24 – 3/27
Round 5: 3/28 – 3/30
Round 6: 3/31 – 4/1

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The same rules from round one still apply:
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March Madness: Director’s Cut [THE FINAL FOUR!]

Welcome to The Final Four (ROUND FIVE) of the RowThree March Madness pool! The four divisions of contenders have finally come together looking to advance to the championship game. It’s up to you to decide who advances. Look through each bracket within all five divisions and make your choice. After a few days the polls will close and we’ll see who advances to the next round. There can be only one victor. (Note: there is a fifth set of brackets we’re calling the Consolation Division – a group of 16 directors we really wanted to see compete but weren’t quite “worthy” of the big dance. This round is now over – see the results below).

We’re down to The Final Four(!) and the divisions finally meet up to clash it out. As expected it’s all of our number one seeds competing for the title of champion. What wasn’t expected (at least by me) was the fact that voting has actually gotten easier as subsequent rounds ensue. That said, who do you pick now? Kurosawa or Tarantino? Are you going with the master pioneer or the talented “rip-off” artist? Do you vote for the master of suspense and thrills or Billy Wilder and his status as Hollywood’s “Golden” boy? No pick is right and no pick is wrong; you just gotta go with your gut.

And it’s all over in the consolation division and the Queen’s royal touch seems to have paid off for Sir Ridley Scott as he beat out all of the competition, including the likes of Mike Leigh, Wes Craven, Sam Raimi and Joel Schumacher among others, to take home the NIT trophy. So congratulations Mr. Scott – now go make a good movie!

 

SCHEDULE (begins – ends):
Round 1: 3/9 – 3/13  
Round 2: 3/14 – 3/18
Round 3: 3/19 – 3/23
Round 4: 3/24 – 3/27
Round 5: 3/28 – 3/30
Round 6: 3/31 – 4/1

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The same rules from round one still apply:
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March Madness: Director’s Cut [ROUND FOUR]

Welcome to ROUND FOUR of the RowThree March Madness pool! We’ve got four divisions of contenders looking to advance to the next round (Note: there is a fifth set of brackets we’re calling the Consolation Division – a group of 16 directors we really wanted to see compete but weren’t quite “worthy” of the big dance). It’s up to you to decide who advances. Look through each bracket within all five divisions and make your choice. After a few days the polls will close and we’ll see who advances to the next round. There can be only one victor.

And the road to the Final Four continues… All of our #1 seeds have made it to the great eight. Not a single one was upset. But surprisingly only one #2 seed will be in competition. There’s not a lot to say that hasn’t already been said in recent days. There have been a lot of prediction as to who will take home the big trophy but I think at this point it’s pretty much anyone’s game. Keep sounding off on your horse to win.

The consolation division doesn’t look all that much different. Sir Ridley Scott in the number one position continues to gobble up the competition. And since he’s not going to be facing anyone higher than the 6th seed, it looks like he may have it all wrapped up. So this is round is for all the marbles in the NIT. Does Brian DePalma have enough left in the tank to bring it home? It’s up to you…

 

SCHEDULE (begins – ends):
Round 1: 3/9 – 3/13  
Round 2: 3/14 – 3/18
Round 3: 3/19 – 3/23
Round 4: 3/24 – 3/27
Round 5: 3/28 – 3/30
Round 6: 3/31 – 4/1

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The same rules from round one still apply:
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March Madness: Director’s Cut [ROUND THREE]

Welcome to ROUND THREE of the RowThree March Madness pool! We’ve got four divisions of contenders looking to advance to the next round (Note: there is a fifth set of brackets we’re calling the Consolation Division – a group of 16 directors we really wanted to see compete but weren’t quite “worthy” of the big dance). It’s up to you to decide who advances. Look through each bracket within all five divisions and make your choice. After a few days the polls will close and we’ll see who advances to the next round. There can be only one victor.

So a funny world we live in. In this round we’ve got the battle of the Stevens, the battle of the Fords and the battle of the Davids. And over in our foreign bracket, we’ve got four very different countries vying for glory. Once again not too many huge surprises in the previous round. It’s a little disheartening to see the Coen Brothers get bounced out so quickly (though only bya very narrow margin of 43-40). But I guess when you’re going up against the #1 seed in The Master of Suspense you’ve gotta count your blessings that you’re even hanging close.

Over in the NIT division things are a bit more interesting. Somehow Brian DePalma managed to take out Mike Nichols in a ridiculous display of film making. Meanwhile, Frears fought the good fight but couldn’t get out from under the death grip of Mr. George Romero. It will be interesting to see what becomes of the Ridley Scott/Michael Mann match-up. Both team have their enemies, but both have some classics under their belts as well.

We draw ever closer to the final four! Enjoy and let the voting continue…

 

SCHEDULE (begins – ends):
Round 1: 3/9 – 3/13  
Round 2: 3/14 – 3/18
Round 3: 3/19 – 3/23
Round 4: 3/24 – 3/27
Round 5: 3/28 – 3/30
Round 6: 3/31 – 4/1

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See the CONSOLATION BRACKET

The same rules from round one still apply:
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