Cinecast Episode 424 – 2015 Year in Review and The Revenant (The Whole Bloody Affair)

We did it. With the help of Jim Laczkowski from The Director’s Club Podcast, we come damn close to the 5-hour mark; which I believe is the longest running show in Cinecast history (ask Jay Cheel for clarification on that fact). We hit Innaritu’s THE REVENANT and Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA before getting into general thoughts on 2015 as a whole and then three top five lists from four hosts. It gets exhausting… and a little drunken. It’s 3am and I must be lonely. We hope you enjoy the show. Sheesh.

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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Row Three Favorite Films of 2015

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A weak year or a strong year? You tell us. With an eclectic group of favorites from so many different people there’s an argument to be made that 2015 was one of the strongest years in film in a long time… but was it really? Well, in box office numbers, there’s no two ways about it. 2015 was the best ever (thank you Universal Pictures and Disney).

Whether you loved or were disappointed in 2015, we all found plenty to love and these are each of RowThree’s contributors’ favorite films of the year along with some honorable mentions, notable misses and even some stinkers. Each contributor is listed below – just start scrolling – or you can jump directly to any individual member of the group with a click of their name provided below.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by the site, listened to any of the great podcasts hosted here and/or took the time to leave some comments in a post somewhere and some time throughout the year. We really appreciate each and every one of you. See you all in 2016!

Marina Antunes
Kurt Halfyard
Andrew James
Corey Pierce
Matthew Brown
Bob Turnbull
David Brook
Matt Gamble
Bryan Dressel
Chewie Darsow
Ryan James
Matt Price

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Trailer: The Witch

As February theatrical release of The Witch edges closer, A24 has cut a tight, dread-laced new trailer with an eye for showing off the “R” rated films exceptional production design and commitment to period storytelling. It is disturbing in the same way old photos can be disturbing. When you consider the period language of America in the 17th Century, the off-kilter dynamics of a family being crushed under the anxiety of superstitions and isolation in the New World, and director Robert Egger’s particular knack for shooting animal husbandry in the creepiest way possible – all of these things key strengths of the actual film – you’ve got an exceptional piece of honest marketing.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest – within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately – animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

Row Three Favorite Television Series of 2015

Round here, it’s pretty easy keeping track of all of the film we watched throughout the year; being cinephiles and all. Whether we meticulously log and rate everything on LetterBoxd, keep an album ongoing in Facebook galleries or scribble down thoughts and dates in a spiral bound notebook. But with television, since there are so many episodes and odd airing dates and ways to access the media, it can be a little more daunting.

Still, a couple of us managed to keep things logged and rated and ranked throughout 2015. Because let’s be honest, the TV shows these days very often trump a lot of what we saw in theaters. At any rate here’s a look back at some of our favorite shows streaming and airing over the past year…

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David Bowie. 1947-2016

Musical legend, style god, actor and space oddity, David Bowie has passed on following a battle with Cancer. Whether you grew up with him in the 1970s as Ziggy Stardust and The Man Who Fell to Earth, the 1980s with Live Aid, Labyrinth and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, the 1990s with his Nine Inch Nails / Trent Reznor collaborations and various soundtrack work (From The Lost Highway to Seven) or the aughts with his astounding portrayal Nicola Tesla in The Prestige, and his comic destruction of Ricky Gervias in Extras, the Thin White Duke knew how to keep himself fresh, vibrant and relevant in both the pop cultural and musical worlds. And he did it with a rare integrity and dignity that is often missing, particularly in the world of pop music. He just recently released his 25th studio album, Blackstar, a couple days ago. David Bowie’s passing comes just a few days after his 69th Birthday.

The Guardian has more.

Row Three Favorite Albums of 2015

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You know what’s great about music? Well of course you do: an infinite amount of tangible and intangible things. But in the internet’s “need to list everything” context, what I like is that there’s very little overlap. Because there is so much music released in any given year and it’s so incredibly diverse and there are so many different tastes, everyone’s list is unique and interesting and inspiring and full of frisson.

So it is with much pleasure that Row Three presents all of our favorite music from the year. If you’re looking for something new to whet your ear’s appetite for resonance, I can all but guarantee you’ll find something great in the list of artists below…

Enjoy!


Bob Turnbull
Andrew James
David Brook
Jim Laczkowski
Corey Pierce
Scott Olson

 

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73rd Annual Golden Globe Winners

Not too many surprises here; except that apparently The Martian is the best comedy of the year. Still, the always streamlined and tight Golden Globe Awards were a fun watch as Ricky Gervais was back to take verbal jabs at Mel Gibson, women drivers, NBC and HFPA itself. Teraj P. Henson clearly had a few before getting up on stage (“here, have a cookie”) and Tarantino pisses off social media (and apparently Jamie Foxx) after uttering the word “ghetto.”

Then it was on to the presentations and the awards. The class act award goes to Tom Hanks however, who delivered one of the best introductory speeches for an award I’ve heard in a long time – maybe ever – for Denzel’s “Cecil B. DeMille” award. Too bad Denzel just looked like a bumbling idiot on stage.

At any rate, here were all the nominations and winners at tonight’s presentation. The winners are IN RED. Feel free to leave your commentary in the appropriate section below.

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Carol = 5 nominations = 0 wins
The Revenant = 4 nominations = 3 wins
Steve Jobs = 4 nominations = 1 win
The Big Short = 4 nominations = 0 wins
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Best Picture, Drama
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
The Big Short
Joy
The Martian
Spy
Trainwreck

Best Director
Todd Haynes, Carol
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

Best Actress, Drama
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Saorise Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor, Drama
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Will Smith, Concussion
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl
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Soundtrack Of Your Life #15: The Wrestling Album / Piledriver

Stand back before we grab your cakes..

Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest (or guests) 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.

Well this is different. For the first time Soundtrack of Your Life delves into TV and sports with a double length episode: The Wrestling Album and Piledriver: The Wrestling Album 2. Featuring originals and entrance themes that captured the height of 80s Rock N Wrestling cheese, this somehow serves as the backdrop to a nearly 2 decade long friendship with former roommate, best friend and best man /Anthony Brennan.

Follow Corey Pierce on Twitter at – @coreypierceart
Follow Anthony Brennan on Twitter at @anthbrennan
Follow Soundtrack of Your Life on Twitter at @thisisyourOST