Soundtrack Of Your Life #8: The Muppet Christmas Carol

It’s the Muppet episode! with our very special.guest star, Ariel Fisher. (YAYYYY)

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 8 Corey welcomes Ariel Fisher, who you’ll find contributing for many sites including right here at Row Three. Due to a time crunch, Corey picked the soundtrack for this month himself and sought a volunteer, and the result is this discussion of 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol. Tune in as we talk of the new era of “wrong sounding Muppets”, Christmas memories both joyful and cathartic, and finding out about Santa.

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Sorry We Missed It [Terminator: Genisys trailer]

This was posted online over a week ago. Not sure why I’ve not heard of it. I didn’t even know it was being made. The Mother of Dragons is taking on The Terminator.

Terminator: Salvation (T4) was unfairly shat upon in my opinion. The Sarah Connor Chronicles were quite good (at least what I saw of them) and the originals are some great popcorn fare. This looks to be a nice, air-conditioned break from the July heat outside. Masterpiece? No. Worth five eight bucks at a matinee? Most likely.

Thoughts?

 

The Force Awoke Almost 40 Years Ago

So it’s Saturday and I can post whatever I want. Those are the rules. When the Star Wars VII trailer was first unleashed to the world a couple of weeks ago, people all over the place were sighing and pooh-poohing the thing. It’s too fake and glossy looking they said. The lightsaber doesn’t make sense they said. There’s too much CGI they said. I, on the other hand love the trailer – especially the more I watched it. In my comments I mentioned that the trailer actually looks a lot like scenes from the original movies. It’s very minimal and open when it needs to be, detail oriented and claustrophobic when it needs to be.

I found this trailer today which kind of proves my point. It even shows moments that I specifically mentioned in my comments.

 
What this mock trailer also proves of course, is that it’s ludicrous to judge a movie based on six or seven 3-second shots from a movie; context is imperative. But I think in terms of visuals, from what I can see, Abrams has nailed it.
 

DVD Review: Patema Inverted

Director: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Screenplay: Yasuhiro Yoshiura
Starring: Yukiyo Fujii, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Shintarô Oohata
Producer: Michiru Ohshima, Mikio Ono
Country: Japan
Running Time: 100 min
Year: 2013
BBFC Certificate: PG


I‘ve mentioned my love of anime once or twice in some earlier reviews, but regular readers may wonder why I’ve written so few anime reviews for the site. I think the main reason is that I don’t watch much anymore. These days anime comes in the form of series more often than stand alone films and I don’t find the time to get through several hours of episodes. When I do get the chance to review an anime feature I jump at the opportunity, so when I was asked if I wanted to review Patema Inverted, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

The titular Patema is a young princess who lives in a subterranean community. She’s coming to that age when she wants to break out and see more of the world, so she spends her evenings secretly exploring the outskirts of the area in which she lives. She can’t help but step into the forbidden ‘danger zone’ and it’s there where her life gets turned literally upside down.

After falling down a seemingly bottomless pit, she finds herself in the outside world, only she’s falling ‘up’ into the sky rather than down to the floor. She manages to keep from floating into oblivion through the help of a young boy Age, who is also dissatisfied with his lot in life. A student on the planet’s surface (a.k.a. Aiga), Age is troubled as his father died after trying to create a flying machine to explore beyond their world. Age wants to do the same, but the evil dictator who rules over Aiga restricts anyone from doing so or even thinking for themselves for that matter. He teaches those in Aiga to hate and fear the ‘inverts’ who live under the ground, calling them sinners who were cast into the sky when a failed experiment distorted the rules of gravity. When this dictator discovers Patema has infiltrated his world, he will stop at nothing to capture her and use her to keep his stranglehold over the people of Aiga. Age won’t let this happen though and, enlisting the help of Patema’s ‘invert’ friends, he sets out on a mission to save her and bring balance to the world.

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Trailer: The Gunman

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Damn. The studio might have considered titling this movie Knights of Badassdom were it not already used. Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone, and Idris Elba all in the same action flick? That’s too much manliness for even the manliest of men to handle.

Well, all right… maybe Sean Penn isn’t synonymous with badass – intense, sure, but badass, eh. Still, since The Gunman is basically just a lovechild of a Bourne movie and Taken (it’s even directed by Taken helmer Pierre Morel), it’s safe to say that Penn really just might reinvent himself with this badass action star persona after all.

I mean, do you remember Liam Neeson’s career before Taken? He was always intense and definitely cool, but that flick transformed him from Qui-Gon Schindler to Hollywood’s go-to old man action thespian.

Anyway, back to the The Gunman. The movie follows an international operative who just wants to retire peacefully with a beautiful woman young enough to be his daughter, but then things happen and people want to kill him and his lady is kidnapped so he has to go, like, get her back and kill people and stuff. With a specific set of skills that only he possesses. And a really groovy Hawaiian shirt.

Check out the trailer for The Gunman below. The movie drops on March 20, 2015.

Friday One Sheet: Rated R-100

Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto specializes in delightful, deadpan movies. His previous efforts, Big Man Japan (aka Dainipponjin) and Symbol were both international successes, and great films as well. His latest is the bizarre S&M-dramedy, R100 that takes its title from the Japanese film rating system, indicating that nobody under 100 is authorized to view it.

Can a poster be dead-pan? I think the large amounts of text on this, and a woman in fetish-leather wear is both eye grabbing, and kind of self-deprecating at the same time. Good on you Drafthouse Films for capturing part of the spirit of this crazy film, without spoiling a darn thing.

2014 List of Lists [updated 12-12]

…And here they come down the final stretch. The year ain’t quite over yet and some of us don’t even start the idea of a list until January (especially the procrastinators in the third row). Yet the heavy hitters claim they’re ready to go and the “best of” lists have already started popping up. My obsession with lists has waned in the past couple of years, but that goes out the window this time of year. I like to stay in the know with popular opinion and keep all of these lists handy. I think some of the readers here do too. But rather than publish a daily “here’s another list from Mrs. X” post, I’ll periodically (about once a week) be on the lookout for new top ten lists from critics, directors, bloggers, podcasters, the wise old owl down the street and Joe Bob Briggs. At any rate, this will be the go-to place for a constantly updated source to where you can find all of the movie top ten lists that are being spurted all over the interwebz.

I’m trying something a little bit different this year. Rather than an epic, long list with periodic updates populating the list even further, I’ll just add a new section to the list with a date and the new entries. Perhaps towards the end of January as the list releasing slows down to a halt I’ll condense them all into one long list. But for now, each time this post is re-published, you’ll be able to see all of the new entries listed by date. It may not be as easy to find a specific list right away (ctrl + f is your friend), but for those that are keeping tabs, it will be easier to see the newest updates.

If you’ve got your own list or seen a list laying around that you don’t see below and think should be included, by all means email me the link or drop it in the comments below.


TODAY’S UPDATES (12/12):
(#1 film in parentheses if applicable)
AFI  
BFI (readers’ choice) (Under the Skin)
Entertainment Weekly (Whiplash)
Funny or Die (Whiplash)
Hit Fix (Inherent Vice)
IMDb  
IndieWire (Eric Kohn) (Boyhood)
Intercut Film Podcast (Cody Lang) (Our Sunhi)
New Yorker (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
New York Post  
New York Times (Boyhood)
Palatinate (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Phoenix Film Critics Society  
The Playlist (Under the Skin)
Rolling Stone (Boyhood)
Thompson on Hollywood (Hoberman, Quandt, Taubin) (Goodbye to Language (x3))
Time Magazine (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Vanity Fair (Love is Strange)
Vulture (Boyhood)

[best you didn’t see] moviefone
[best horror] Sound on Sight
[best soundtrcks] IndieWire
[best Bollywood] Bollywood Helpline
[worst sci-fi] Outer Places

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Teaser Trailer: The Walk

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If you saw 2008’s masterpiece of documentary filmmaking Man on Wire, you’re likely in one of two camps when it comes to the upcoming Robert Zemeckis film: you’re eager to see such an awesome story adapted into a feature or you’re left wondering what in the hell is the point when we already have the brilliant Oscar-winning documentary.

Despite my initial hesitation, I’m placing myself solely in the former camp. After all, Zemeckis does a hell of a job at taking an idea that sounds on paper like it might not work and making it spectacular (see: Cast Away, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Back to the Future, etc.).

In The Walk, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play French high-wire artist Philiipe Petit. In true Zemeckis form, the movie is going to utilize the latest technology to re-create the infamous 1974 World Trade Center walk with what will unquestionably be some breathtaking 3D.

The rest of the cast includes Ben Kingsley, James Badge Dale, Ben Schwartz, Steve Valentine and Charlotte Le Bon. It hits theaters on October 2nd, 2015.