“One Day” with Hathaway and Sturgess

 Ever since Rachel Getting Married graced our movie screens in 2008, I’ve pretty much been on a non-stop Anne Hathaway kick. And while nothing has really come close to her performance as Kym in said film, I nonetheless seek out anything she’ll be appearing in (including her fun performance in Alice in Wonderland (our R3view)). I’ve also been keen on checking out more from Jim Sturgess who piqued my interest with the much debated Across the Universe. And of course a lot of the ladies these days are big fans of him simply for the geeky, eye candy.

Now it appears they’re close to signing a deal to work with Lone Scherfig on her follow-up to 2009’s very underrated and underseen screen gem, An Education (Laura’s review); a screen adaptation of David Nicholls’ romance novel, “One Day.”

synopsis:

Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

Coming from the director of An Education (again, one of the finer films, in almost every regard, of 2009 – maybe should’ve gotten best director?) is enough to get me in the seats alone. I like the idea of the premise and pairing Hathaway and Sturgess together in there just seems like the perfect concoction to create something really great. And being that it’s a Focus Feature endeavor, I’m sure it will be something we’ll be talking about with high regard near the end of 2011.

The drought is over. First trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse!

Twilight Saga Eclipse PosterWhen, in April of 2009, rumours floated of David Slade possibly directing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, I was excited. A fan of both the franchise and Slade, the prospect of seeing them meet was almost too much to bear. When the announcement came that Slade had indeed signed onto the project, I was trhilled (read: beside myself with excitement).

A few months later the central cast members returned to Vancouver (with the exception of Rachelle Lefevre whose character of Victoria is now being played by Bryce Dallas Howard) along with some new faces and filming began on the third installment of the franchise. The sets were much more guarded and though the fandom was present at every corner, we seemed to be seeing less and less of what was being shot and were it not for the fact that the story originates from a book, those who haven’t read it will be hardpressed to tell you what it’s about.

In an odd turn of events, Summit has decided to take a completely different approach to their marketing of Eclipse. By this point in the game with the New Moon release, we’d seen footage, treasers, a trailer and more images that we could shake a stick at (both official and unofficial) but for Eclipse, nothing. There’s one official picture kicking around which gives you very little and even the few leaked images which popped up a few weeks ago provided little indication as to what Slade’s version of the story would look like. Quite the feat considering the film is only three months away.

Yesterday, the studio released the first 10 seconds of the teaser, ten seconds that revealed nothing but threw the fandom intoa tizzy. Do you blame us? For a group which is so used to being drowned with material, this tease is a little painful. Thankfully, the studio has a little heart and the full trailer is now live, a mere 24 hours since our first glimpse. And that glimpse is interesting.

This looks nothing like a David Slade film – at least none of the David Slade films I’ve seen. It’s warm and sun bathed – not exactly what I had expected. Though there isn’t the over the top action crammed into this that there was into New Moon there was some hint at it (good thing too since this installment has more action than most of the others). It’s not what I expected by I do like it.

Let the snark fly!

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens to the universe on June 30th.

Trailer tucked under the seats!

Would you like to know more…?

R3view: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Director: Tim Burton(Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Novel: Lewis Carroll
Screenplay: Linda Woolverton
Producers: Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Richard D. Zanuck, Tim Burton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Crispin Glover, Anne Hathaway
Additional voices: Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Barbara Windsor, Paul Whitehouse, Timothy Spall
MPAA Rating: PG
Running time: 108 min


Synopsis:
For every generation a new version of Alice in Wonderland must arise I suppose. With this newest incarnation, Tim Burton puts on a visual treat fest in which a much older Alice, now in her late teens, once again falls down the rabbit hole into a strange wonderland. Meeting several odd and zany characters, both friendly and beastly, Alice must discover her true wit and help lead the good Queen of White in defeating The Red Queen and her minions for control of Wonderland Underland.

read all of our reviews below…

Would you like to know more…?

Cinecast Episode 158 – Squeeze the Juice

 
We don’t mean to constantly bitch about everything, but sometimes it just slips out. If you were paid a dollar for every minute we rant about 3D for the next year, you could begin preparations to retire now. Some of the unintentional insults hurled our way from the Oscars didn’t help matters much either. But we did manage to find some joy whilst visiting Wonderland. Some quality recent viewings and DVD releases made their way into our homes and hearts as well. Take a listen and feel free to leave your own sarcastic jabs at the Oscars (or whatever else tickles your fancy) in the comment section below and as always, thanks for listening!


To download the show directly, paste the following URL into your favorite downloader:
http://rowthree.com/audio/cinecast_10/episode_158.mp3

 
 
 
Full show notes are under the seats…
Would you like to know more…?

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: Heaven’s Gate (1980)

banner.jpg

Most people who love the movies know the story of Heaven’s Gate. Here it is again in a nutshell. After winning three Oscars for The Deer Hunter (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor), director Michael Cimino went on to write and direct a western epic about the Johnson County Wars. Due to massive cost over runs and film delays the film ended up being 44 million dollars (while that number seems quaint in an age where the lowliest of romantic comedy costs about 40 Million – BEFORE PRINTS & ADVERTISING – it was an unheard of amount of dough to spend on a film in 1980.) At one point, the cut of the film was 5 1/2 hours long, some say this over-indulgence was mainly due to Cimino’s perfectionism and ‘man of the moment’ status.’ Case in point: After 5 days shooting they were apparently 4 days behind schedule. The film was eventually pared down to 3 hours 40 minutes. After the Deer Hunter, critics were expecting the second coming of Christ (which wouldn’t happen until 2004 with Mel Gibson’s fetishistic passion play) and lambasted the film so bad that the studio waited on the film for another 8 months, and chopped it down by another hour. Nobody went to see the film when it was released, and United Artists, the studio, went bankrupt and was bought at a fire-sale price by MGM (there is no small irony in that MGM has been similarly fire-sold several times, for varied reasons, 20 years onward.)

So how is the film? Well, I liked it. A lot. The class struggles in the film between the rich corporation (i.e. state-sanctioned rape of the working class) and the poor immigrant farmers is as relevant today as it was in the 1890s. I loved the contrast between the Harvard graduation celebrations and the frontier life celebrations. The frivolous game of defending bouquets of flowers with concentric rings of faculty holding hands while the students try to grab the flowers for honour is nicely revisited as a bloody game of survival as the residents of Johnson County defend their escaping families and attack the 50 odd armed bounty hunters. The love triangle of Kris Kristofferson’s rich man behaving like a poor man, and Christopher Walken’s poor man behaving like a rich man with Isabelle Hupert’s confident middle-class prostitute is as interesting for the relationship dynamics as for its symmetry: She charges Walken’s character for sex so as to no be ‘cheating’ on Kristofferson’s character.

Would you like to know more…?

Rank ’em: Jeff Bridges

In honor of his Best Actor win at the Oscars and because Sandra Bullock doesn’t have too many good movies, we’re bringing you a Rank’ Em thread for Jeff Bridges, a dude that has been acting steadily since the 1960s and an actor that has always been cool to like due to his unappreciated status (despite his four prior Oscar nominations before this win). Glancing through this filmography, it seems I have yet to see a lot of his work (again, this guy has been around a long time, so specifically his older stuff), so maybe your lists will help me sort out what I should and should not bother watching. Rank these anyway that you would like: the movie itself, his performance, the amount of dudeness. I’ll rank mine by how much I enjoyed the film itself.

10. Starman
9. K-PAX
8. The Men Who Stare at Goats
7. Crazy Heart
6. Iron Man
5. The Contender
4. The Fisher King
3. Arlington Road
2. The Last Picture Show
1. The Big Lebowski

Contest: Win Passes to the Canada International Film Festival! [Vancouver]

Canada International Film FestivalWith the Olympics over, it seems as thought Vancouver, the city as a whole, is sobering up. Once we get there, in another week or so, we’ll be looking for something fun to do and what better than curling up with some great films at a great venue?

The Canada International Film Festival kicks off on March 19th and for three days, they’ll have on display a huge array of short films with a spattering of documentaries and feature films from around the world.

The festival, which is calling the Edgewater Casino home for the weekend, is offering up some great films and to one lucky reader, an opportunity to take in a few films in style. The organizers have graciously given us a double pass to any of the screenings taking place over the weekend. Aside from taking in some great films, you won’t be waiting in line and fighting people off for that primo seat. The lucky winner will be given access to the VIP seating area which features the best view along with the most comfortable seating as the VIP area features some plush seating. Not too shabby!

Considering we’re all still in detox, we’ll make the entry process easy. Simply email your name to marina@rowthree.com. That’s it.

One entry per person. Contest closes on Wednesday, March 17th at noon and the winner will be drawn that afternoon and contacted via email with details on picking up their prize!

Good luck everyone and don’t forget to check out the line-up of events!

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

banner.jpg
bobcarol-bed.jpg

Based on my superficial knowledge of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice before watching it, I expected a swinger sex farce, taking advantage of the loosening mores and relaxed content restrictions of the late ’60s to portray two pairs of married friends who indulge in becoming something more. But it ended up being a lot more than that, to my pleased surprise.

bobcarol-retreat.jpgBob and Carol (Robert Culp and Natalie Wood) attend a self-discovery retreat, initially because Bob intends to make a film about it, but after a revelatory and emotional group counseling session, they become believers and want to share their new-found enlightenment with their best friends Ted and Alice (Elliott Gould and Dyan Cannon). But Ted and Alice aren’t quite ready for their friends’ touchy-feely gospel and being told that they should live in total openness and truth makes them more uncomfortable than anything. Here I expected the film to side with Bob and Carol unequivocally and paint Ted and Alice as hopelessly old-fashioned and out of touch. But actually, the film is more balanced and thoughtful than that.

Would you like to know more…?