• Lynch Shooting Twin Peaks Conclusion/Promo/Something.

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    The casting call for this is hilariously politically incorrect, as is usual for this sort of thing (see below), but are you ready for a tiny taste of Peaks after 25 years?


    “TWIN PEAKS PROMO. Directed by David Lynch. Shoots in Los Angeles on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Prob a 6 hour or less day. Rate is 150/8. You must live in LA to submit. I don’t think SAG has jurisdiction on this, so SAG and NON can submit. I have called SAG to double check this and I am awaiting a call back to confirm.
    HOT Caucasian girl – BRUNETTE OR REDHEADS ONLY to play waitress. Age 18-27. MUST have an amazing body. Busty, very period looking face. Please submit two current color photos (one body shot, one face shot), your sizes, union status and contact info to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com.”

    Hat-tip: Bustle.com

  • Happy 50th, Nicolas Cage.

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    On this fine day, fifty years ago, the universe blessed us with Mr. Nicolas Cage. And there was much rejoicing.

    Here. Here. Here. Here. Here. And Here.

  • Run Run Shaw was 106.

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    Co-founder of the magnificent and prolific Shaw Brothers Studios, Run Run Shaw passed away yesterday at exceptional age of 106 (his brother, Runme, passed away in 1985 at 84). Putting out every kind of genre film in China, but specializing in big costume studio wuxia films, he was one of the last great world-class cinema moguls along the lines of Louis B. Mayer, Jack Warner or Darryl F. Zanuck. Only lesser tigers like Harvey Weinstein now remain. More here.

    (Fun Fact: Run Run Shaw was one of the principle financiers for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.)

  • The Education of Mohammad Hussein Debuts on HBO Tonight

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    The Education of Mohammad Hussein takes the viewer inside a tightly knit Muslim community in the economically depressed Detroit-Hamtramck neighborhood, focusing on the children who attend a traditional Islamic school, Al-Ikhlas. The film captures a year where the kids and their neighborhood have an unwelcome visitor, notorious Quran-burning Florida preacher Terry Jones, who arrives to provoke them with hateful rhetoric and anti-Muslim demonstrations. How the community reacts to this challenge is the heart of the film, which gives a quietly searing view of a post 9-11 America that is struggling to live up to its promise of tolerance and civil justice for all.

    The HBO presentation debuts TODAY, MONDAY, JAN. 6 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT).

    If you’re able to catch this interesting (and heartbreaking yet heartwarming) sounding doc, please drop by tomorrow with reviews/thoughts in the comment section below.

    Other HBO playdates: Jan. 7 (5:45 a.m.), 9 (7:45 a.m., 7:45 p.m.), 12 (1:15 p.m.), 17 (3:15 p.m.), 20 (11:00 a.m.), 23 (4:30 p.m.) and 26 (5:45 a.m.)

    HBO2 playdates: Jan. 8 (8:00 p.m.), 27 (3:15 p.m.), Feb. 1 (5:20 a.m.), 11 (3:45 a.m.) and 19 (1:50 a.m.)

  • DVD Review: Frances Ha

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    Director: Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale, Greenberg, Kicking and Screaming)
    Screenplay: Noah Baumbach, Gerta Gerwig
    Starring: Gerta Gerwig, Grace Gummer, Adam Driver
    2013

    This review is for the UK release (today!). Other versions of the film may be available to own in your area. Our original TIFF review is here

    (4/5)

    As a so called film fan; I don’t think I should say this, but Frances Ha is my first Noah Baumbach movie. I’ve wanted to dig into his filmography in the past but I simply haven’t found time to investigate yet another director who’s assesses the prickly lives of privileged middle class America. You must believe me on this, as for some reason or another, I find myself very attracted to this sub genre.

    I found myself thinking about how crafty Frances Ha actually is in its execution. Like the works of Whit Stillman, Sophia Coppola, Lena Dunham and of course the mumblecore movement, Frances Ha is a film that delves into the habits of people that we honestly believe have little to worry about. An awkward and self involved twenty-something struggling to sustain a bohemian lifestyle within New York City. Frances comes from a decent family, is college educated and living in what is considered one of the greatest cities. Living in a state of arrested development with her best friend Sophie, Frances is quite happy with this idle way of life until of course, Sophie finds love.

    Unlike Whit Stillman’s condescending Damsel’s in Distress (also starring Gerwig), Frances draws us in because she thinks she knows it all. She pretends to those who listen and when she’s found out (quickly) she still holds enough charm to want you to just give her a hug. She balances precariously between irritatingly annoying and that best friend who never grew up but was always fun to be around. To some she may grate for the 90 minutes, but I loved Frances happy go lucky charm. It’s hard not to feel jealous of her care free spirit, although you want to shake her for not “growing up”.

    This said, why should she grow up? Baumbach’s film wryly highlights the economic strain that is now beginning to press the moderately middle class as much as the poor. Frances may be scatty, but what we realize from her interactions with the people around her, even working hard in her creative outlet wouldn’t help things. Frances Ha is more of a character study than a political indictment, but knowing that Frances is coming of age defiantly in front of the sour faces of people that have very little to worry about, has a certain charm about it.

    A playful homage to the French New Wave, Woody Allen’s Manhattan and the current America lo fi independents, Frances Ha’s look and feel (along with its casting) make sure it’s not as slick as Joe Swanberg’s sweet but knowing Drinking Buddies but holds a warmth and earnestly about its characters that many female lead movies sorely lack. Romance is hinted at but isn’t the be all and end all of Frances life. She’s just as gawky as the boys and while men come in and out of the frame of the story, they do not define the tale.

    From a narrative standpoint, I fear those who need a more solid structure may be driven mad by Baumbach’s wandering plot. However Frances Ha is rich in other ways, such Sam Levy’s gorgeous black and white cinematography, which feels like the only way you could present a life like Miss Halladay. Meanwhile Gerwig performance improves upon her Hannah takes the Stairs persona, giving us a much more rounded character from those we’ve seen from her before.

    Frances not easy to like but has a persistence in her character that bites at the ankles like a terrier. This is a film fuelled on its distinctive sense of humour, its deceptively optimistic tone and a lead performance which has energy in spades. Frances Ha may be monochrome in conception, but like the lead character, it’s full of colour.

    Extras: (1/5)

    A Frances Ha disc filled with witty asides about the writing process and involving extras about the films creation would have been the extra sweet icing on a very digestible cake. Unfortunately, what we have here is a barebones disc with only a nicely cut trailer to keep you warm during the cold January nights. Something like Frances Ha could have even benefited from even some fluff pieces to tuck into. With a film that’s being likened so much to the likes of “Girls” and the mumblecore movement, it would have been interesting to have heard a commentary which refutes or compliments such talk.

    Those living across the pond will be sticking out their proverbial tongues as Criterion has happily released a Blu-Ray/DVD Duel Format Edition; complete with a mew master of the films picture and sound, a booklet featuring an essay by playwright Annie Baker and conversations about the film with the likes of Peter Bogdanovich and Sarah Polly. No doubt fans of the film may nudge and wink at their family aboard (or call on Uncle Amazon) to get their mitts on the fuller edition. That said, the transfer given on this single disc gives us a decent transfer of an extremely pretty film. A man of such poor common blood as myself; will happy take what’ve given to him and for a film that made me smile as much as Frances Ha , I can easily like it and lump it.

  • After the Credits Episode 145: Top 10 of 2013

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    In what has become an annual tradition, one that always seems to sneak up on us, Dale (Letterboxd), Colleen and I (Letterboxd) look back at some of the best and worst moments of 2013, and count down our favourite movies of 2013.

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  • Mamo #334: Twenty Fourteen

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    After a three-week food-and-blackout-fueled hiatus, Mamo returns! It’s the first week of 2014 which means, naturally, it’s time to close up shop on 2013 with our picks for the best films of the year. We also get in deep on the relative merits of Twelve Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, wax philosophical on whether films can ever truly be “numbered,” and give some thought to Her and the state of science fiction.

    To download this episode, use this URL: http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/mamo334.mp3

  • After the Credits Episode 144: January Preview

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    Our New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to record preview shows for the entire year and we’re off to a good start as Dale (Letterboxd), Colleen and I (Letterboxd) preview the paltry offerings for the first month of the new year. Good thing there’s still so much 2013 catch up to do ’cause there isn’t much to get excited for in January.

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  • Cinecast Episode 334 – 2013 Year in Review (Money Shot)

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    You might think the new year’s show would be all chipper and happy. But then Matt Gamble shows up: superficial and unintelligible fights ensue – none of which matter a lick. But between you and me, to hell with that guy. Before the fireworks, Kurt and Andrew have their differences on Wolf of Wall Street (SPOILERS!). Once antichrist show up, we do get into 2013 trends and themes as a whole and then our “big” reveals of Top Ten films from 2013. We do thrown in a few honorable mentions at the end.

    As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!


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  • Trailer: The Raid 2

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    Graduating from the single-building, video game like structure of the first one, with a bigger budget and more fleshed out plot and cast, The Raid 2: Berandal looks to be the action film of the year, and those at Sundance will be the first to see it. In the meantime, the marketing department for the film has cut a quite sophisticated trailer (it’s the Beethoven) that shows the wider scope, and increased level of destruction, seemingly without losing a bit of the cutting edge action that the first one so handsomely mounted. Close quarters combat? Check. Epic muddy smackdown in a prison yard? Check. Automobile destruction of a train station? Check. In fact it looks like the stunt team destroys much of Jakharta here.

    Immediately following the events of the original, The Raid 2 tracks Officer Rama as he is pressured to join an anticorruption task force to guarantee protection for his wife and child. His mission is to get close to a new mob boss, Bangun, by befriending his incarcerated son, Uco. Rama must hunt for information linking Bangun with corruption in the Jakarta Police Department while pursuing a dangerous and personal vendetta that threatens to consume him and bring his mission–and the organized crime syndicate–down around him.

  • Row Three Favorite Films (2013)

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    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

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    By all means, drop some of your favorites in the comments section below.
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