Well that came out of nowhere! Mamo looks at American Sniper‘s perfectly-fired magic bullet, which hit the Academy, the audience, and about a billion think-piece writers in a single shot. Afterwards, we delve into Supergirl, #XFiles2015, and the equally magic, equally bullet-shaped Joaquin Phoenix.
This week Bryan and Jon are joined by Chewie and Jandy as they take on the 2012 epic Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. Way too many people missed this masterpiece, which is a shame. Do you hear that? SHAME! Ugh. We can’t even look at you anymore.
After last week’s smackdown, we go a little more positive this week with a look forward to our top films that we most look forward to in 2015. While the camaraderie is there, it isn’t necessarily a good thing as we take down a couple of well deserved directors of yesteryear in their current theatrical outputs. The Watch List this week is short, but much more forgiving with a lot of praise and noteworthy watches. We’ll return next week with some Oscar Isaac, Steven Soderbergh and Jennifer Lopez… ok, probably not Jennifer Lopez, but perhaps some Gwynneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. Sigh, maybe we’ll stick with some acclaimed, but inexplicably forgotten, television and foreign language Oscar contenders. But man is 2015 shaping up to be a helluvan orgasmic year; cinematically speaking.
As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!
Antonio Banderas has clearly trained her well after they left The Tarsco Bar in Ciudad Acuña. But apparently he must’ve gone out for the evening and left poor, half-naked Selma Hayek all alone to defend herself against a lot of comic book villains. Well, not totally alone. There’s a stockpile of advanced weaponry under the floor boards.
The siege movie of 2015 is upon us and it is Everly.
We tried to squeeze one more video weekend into 2014, but ill health and busy schedules prevented it happening. So instead we kicked off 2015 with the 15th (recorded) Weekend of Trash (previous write-ups can be found in the category archive).
So as usual, here are the reviews of everything we watched over a weekend of sleaze, violence and downright nonsense. The reviews are only brief (I’m not about to start writing notes whilst watching movies featuring time travelling dinosaurs) and ratings are largely based on entertainment value rather than quality, so take them with a pinch of salt. I’ve included clips and trailers when possible too.
* Apologies for the crap image above – my phone camera didn’t like the lighting in the room so it came out a funny colour.
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.
Check out these links:
Let’s just get this out of the way now.
Neil Blomkamp’s secret “Alien” movie concept images
Artist Combines Smiths Lyrics And Peanuts Characters In Best Tumblr Ever
“Revenge of the Nerds film analysis (extremely long)
24 Tips from Werner Herzog
One of the emerging trends of 2014 horror genre is the slow evolution of the ‘found footage’ film into a ‘live-desktop’ kind of horror picture. Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows was an abject disaster at pioneering this form, but by all accounts, Cybernatural, aka Unfriended, is a fair bit better. After a successful run on the festival circuit, the film edges close to a commercial release in April (VOD would be best suited considering the narrative takes place entirely from a desktop screen) it seems to have settled on the original title.
The poster itself makes wonderful use of negative space and text, albeit it eschews any standard browser window look. Bad behavior, cyber bullying, murder, suicide, are all highlighted to offer the kind of horror-promissory notes content to go along with form.
(PSSST. I’ve tucked the trailer for the film, under the seat)
Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.
For episode 9 Corey welcomes RowThree’s own Matthew Price, who along with Matthew Brown make up the might duo of Mamo, which is celebrating their 10th year in 2015. Matthew has selected 1983’s The Big Chill, an exceptional film about how values shift over time, with an exceptional soundtrack that by any standard was a game-changer for the way music and nostalgia were utilized in film. Tune in for discussions about suicide, wake etiquette, Berry Gordy’s ignorance of his own successes, imposing your taste on a new generation. And keep an ear open for Corey’s Mamo gimmick infringement.