Jessica Chastain vs. Social Media

Nice to see Ms. Chastain having a little fun in this piece that tries to defuse the tensions of social media and celebrity these days. Albeit the most shocking thing is to see someone actually reading a newspaper on a park bench these...

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November 22, 1963.

This is a follow on by Errol Morris’ to “The Umbrella Man” short film commissioned for the New York Times last year (we featured it here.) In part 2 “November 22, 1963″ Morris continues his conversation with Josiah “Tink” Thompson regarding all things JFK. 50...

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Friday One Sheet: Castello Cavalcanti

Maybe I am hijacking my own column here, as the One Sheet on display this week is merely a well posed frame from the film with a red and yellow checkered flag along the top. But it it is a well posed frame from a Wes Anderson short film that popped up online this week, made with two of his usual collaborators, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, along with...

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TIFF Short Film “NOAH” [last day to view]

Just because you weren’t in Toronto the last couple of weeks doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little of what TIFF has to offer. For example, I stumbled across this short film entitled Noah which takes place entirely on a computer screen (including the closing credits). It’s an interesting look at relationships in the digital age....

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Watch It: Don Cheadle Makes Directorial Debut with “H8DES”

A few weeks ago Vanity Fair announced “The Decades Series” to celebrate the magazine’s 100th anniversary. The series consists of ten shorts, each with a different director or team of directors, capturing a decade beginning with 1910. It doesn’t look like the videos are being released in any sort of order as the 1960s was posted earlier this week (a fun video of...

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Watch Star Drunk, a modern sci-fi classic.

So, a bunch of writers in Portland, Oregon decided to get together, get drunk, and write a script for an epic sci-fi short film. While I think all of us wannabe writers have done this at one point (hey, Steinbeck, Kerouac, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, and Bukowski were all raging alcoholics, were they not?), these guys didn’t regret their decisions...

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Shorts Programme: The Cub

“Hello Wolves, this is my daughter. She is five years old but reads at the level of an eight year old…” Riley Stearns’ delightfully deadpan short film on bad parenting has a couple literally let their child be raised for a decade by a pack of wolves. The final shot has one hell of a closing beat. The Cub originally premiered at the...

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Watch Werner Herzog’s texting and driving documentary

We’re all big fans of Werner Herzog here in the third row. It’s impossible not to admire the man and his zest for life and love of using film to tap into human emotions. I mean, check out our post about him being the most interesting man alive and you’ll better understand our love for the filmmaker. Whether he’s making a documentary or a...

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The return of the Mickey Mouse shorts… sort of.

The Mickey Mouse short films… without them, there would be no Disney empire as we know it. Before his feature length Snow White and the Seven Dwarves in 1937, Walt Disney was known for mostly for his cute, mischievous mouse creation Mickey who appeared before live-action features. Walt Disney’s empire began in 1928 with what is still probably his...

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Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola. Say Wha? [UPDATED]

Is this simply nothing more than a commercial for a perfume by a couple of well known directors or is this a tease at something greater? I’m too lazy to do the leg work on this one, so if any Third Row reader has any knowledge about this, let me know. Here’s maybe a clue: I don’t recognize the gentlemen in the commercial/teaser, but I...

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