Here Comes the Ridley Train!

You can probably expect a deluge of Sir Ridley Scott and Alien related material in the-week-and-a-bit lead up to Prometheus, both around the web and here at Rowthree. To kick things off, here is Mamo!s Matt Price explaining why the British filmmaker’s ouvre should be looked at through the lens of iconic advertising imagery and he goes on to line up Scott’s filmography and legacy in that light. Here is another episode of Very Important Dudes and Dudettes in Film History, courtesy of our friends over at

Cinecast Episode 171 – Spiffed Up Stuffy Stuff

Waxing (on, and off) nostagic this week with glossy summer product. Two remakes from the heady cheese days of the 1980s dominated the multiplex last weekend: Will Smith Jr. in The Karate Kid and flying tanks in The A-Team. Contrary to what we say in the show it does not get very “spoilerific” at all; if you are over 30, these two films are more or less beyond that (your mileage may vary). Gamble has a quick take on the upcoming weekends behemoth Toy Story 3, from the perspective of someone (perhaps the only one) who didn’t like Toy Story 2. Kurt talks at length on The Duplass’ brother’s Cyrus which also opens this weekend in a few cities. Furthermore, in an ongoing behind-the-curve look at pop-cultural phenomenon LOST, Kurt continues to moan about the bad drama and stalling nature of the narrative, but does praise the heck out of the Season 2 closer and the Season 3 opener (there are *spoilers* ahoy in that conversation, be warned). Rounding out the show are DVD picks, a few other tangents – anyone up for Chinese cultural imperialism, or Communism vs. Fascism in 80s trash? How to parse TV awards shows? Ron Mann’s choice of having comic book authors read lengthy portions of their books on screen? Fashion Fan Boys? Oh, and another round of the piracy, file sharing, copyright debate ensues.

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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Marion Cotillard and Franz Ferdinand for Lady Dior

A few months ago Andrew posted a Lady Dior promotional video with Marion Cotillard in a noirish story. The end of the video promises that “Lady Rouge” would be coming soon, and that new phase of the campaign launched a few days ago. It’s not a video this time, but a song written and performed by Brit rock outfit Franz Ferdinand, with the lovely Ms. Cotillard providing vocals. It’s not a secret that we think pretty highly of Cotillard around here (she ended up on both Andrew’s and Kurt’s Top Ten female performances lists for her role in Public Enemies, and I thought she easily outshone her many costars in Nine), so it’s always fun to see her doing new things, even if those things are endorsements. Honestly, I actually like the song, too.

The new song, entitled “The Eyes of Mars,” is streaming over at Lady Dior now, along with some behind the scenes video and fashion photography.

Bookmarks for September 8th through September 24th


What we’ve been reading – September 8th through September 24th:

  • David Lynch art installation: "Machines, Abstraction and Women"
    Hmmmm, who came up with the idea of having David Lynch speak out for Violence against women? "Shut up! It's Daddy, you shithead! Where's my bourbon? Can't you fucking remember anything?"
  • When have we not been in the midst of a vampire craze?
    Slate thinks it is better to look at the few periods of Vampire droughts as there is almost always a Vampire craze going on
  • Joe Dante on Roger Corman’s Lifetime Achievement Oscar
    “It’s about time,” says Dante, whose 3-D horror film The Hole is debuting at TIFF. “But it’s the one year they decided not to include that award in the telecast. He and (legendary cinematographer) Gordon Willis and Lauren Bacall. Three of the most interesting people, and they’re not going to be on the show. And all because they want to nominate 10 movies for Best Picture. “Why? So Transformers can get a nomination? This is an attempt to try to keep this fairly moribund idea of the Oscars alive, but it’s staid and it’s serious and it’s competing with 100 other awards shows where people get drunk and say interesting things.”
  • How to Sell a Guilty Pleasure: The CW and Its Posters | MediaCommons
    A look at CW's poster campaigns for its crop of guilty-pleasure teens-behaving-badly shows, from Gossip Girl to the Melrose Place reboot.
  • The 50 Greatest Directorial Debuts of All Time? – Cinematical
    Cinematical looks at, and generally approves of, London Time Out's recent list of the 50 Greatest Directorial Debuts of all time.
  • Charlie Kaufman talks Charlie Kaufman
  • Let’s Dance like it was 1989!
    Last Toronto After Dark 2009 Item. An interview with Romanian vampire black comedy, Strigoi, director Faye Jackson. Check out the radically new Twitch while you are at it.
  • Sadly, Tetsuo: The Bullet Man Stinks
    Reviews from around the blogosphere are not kind for Shinya Tsukamoto's third Tetsuo film. Sad, but hopefully the director will lay the franchise to rest and make more films like Vital and A Snake of June
  • The TIFF Tel Aviv Controversy
    A nice starting point to the Grayson protest on the Toronto International Film Festivals " City to City: Tel Aviv" Spotlight this year. Protests to follow.

Marion Cotillard for Lady Dior… or is it Noir?

If you’ll remember a couple of weeks back we posted the stunningly nice looking commercial for Chanel No. 5 starring the always lovely Audrey Tautou under the direction of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. While flipping through the fashion pages today, I stumbled across another similar endeavor starring Marion Cotillard and directed by Olivier Dahan (La vie en Rose).


This one is a bit more epic in scope and actually tells a full story; apparently getting fairly harrowing at its climax. Though full disclosure here – I actually haven’t had time to watch the entire thing. But I do get an interesting feel for the mix of noir and that mysterious, “perfume commercial” feel. It’s not totally in black and white yet the color is washed out enough to give it an interesting look. And yet there is a ful opening and closing credit sequence done in a 1930/40’s style. Very cool.

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Besson’s New Baby: Advertainment

Luc BessonIt hasn’t come up too often around these parts but in the past I’ve had discussions with people about product placement in films. It’s funny because the films that don’t need any more money are the ones that “sell out” to product placement while the small, independent films who could probably use the extra bucks stick to their artistic integrity guns and wave Coke and Pepsi away. But leave it to My Favourite French Dude to come along and create and entirely new approach to advertising in films.

Luc Besson and advertising executive Christophe Lambert have launched a production company called “Blue” which will focus on creating “Advertainment.” The company will “produce clips, films, TV series and talk shows co-produced and financed by consumer brands.” Yes folks, in the future we may get entire films funded by brands. Hope you don’t hate that Coke commercial because the movie is probably around the corner!

On the one hand I think this is sad and a move into an even more commercialized world (I didn’t think it was possible but there it is. The “Jennifer Government” type of future seems that much closer) and on the other, I can’t help but think that this could be a good thing as well. I can think of a handful of shorts (Wong Kar Wai’s Phillips commercial “There’s Only One Sun“, Spike Jonze’s Adidas ad, and the BMW shorts) which go beyond advertising and into “art.” I’m hopeful that Blue will provide more of the same.