Cinecast Episode 481 – History is Unfair

HotDocs is back for its 2017 run and according to Kurt it’s been a wonderful festival so far – especially if you’re into donkey poetry and encouraging children to cut out tongues. Luckily Andrew got to join in the mix this year and help with the discussion on shoe shiners in the delightful Shiners and with the glorious 78/52 in which talking heads analyze Hitchcock’s infamous shower scene in his classic and most well known film, Psycho. But before we get to all that, the multiplex has been only somewhat watchable with no one (wisely) wanting to compete with The Furious of the Seven. We find things to like about The Lost City of ZED but also a lot of issues with the film making. Next up, Anne Hathaway fights inner demons and giant robots in the surprisingly dark Colossal, which is basically a mishmash of Pacific Rim and Rachel Getting Married. Andrew’s watch list includes Oscar-bait mediocrity, a horrible (or terrific depending on which host you ask) comedy remake and Joss Whedon’s dry run at “Firefly”/Serenity. There are some tangents on casinos, senior discounts, Jonathan Demme and legalizing marijuana along the way. Classic Cinecast… We hope you enjoy listening as much as we did conversing.

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Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote Project Greenlit By Amazon

We do not generally publish news items here in the third row, and this is not even fully confirmed news, and this isn’t even the first time for this news. But screw it. Amazon Streaming is funding Terry Gilliam’s often aborted The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (see: Lost in La Mancha for the well documented cluster-fuck of the project) a pseudo-adaptation of Miguel de Cervantes famous novel.

According to an interview with the director at indiewire, Amazon is funding the film to get a brief theatrical run before becoming a streaming-only Amazon Prime product. He has even tapped John Hurt to star as the famous man of chivalry who tilts at windmills for a 2016 shoot.

Time will tell if this actually happens, but god, we hope it does.

Blu-ray Giveaway: Courtesy of Some “MONSTERS”

Magnolia Pictures, a favorite label of many of us here in the third row has put out a load of excellent titles over the past six years. As I sat in the theater this weekend and caught a second helping of the trailer for their newest film Monsters (our review), I couldn’t help but get excited once again. The movie looks like a whole lot of gorgeous and gigantorific fun.

Imagine my surprise when I got home to find the film already available at several online locations, including my Playstation! More fortuitously, Magnolia contacted us a day or two later and wants to hook up one lucky reader with a pretty awesome prize pack in celebration of Monsters being available to movie goers before it even hits theaters.

Available right now on iTunes, VOD, XBOX 360, Playstation 3 and, Monsters was a breakout hit of this year’s SXSW.

Gareth Edwards’ groundbreaking new film (also a selection at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival) is as much a poignant contemporary romance as it is an epic science fiction adventure. Shot with just a five person crew and a cast of two, Gareth Edwards’ team traveled through Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, finding and utilizing their locations and supporting actors as they went. The result is a film as cutting edge as it is classically composed, as emotionally satisfying as it is visually stunning, and the bold announcement of a major new talent.

Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his bosses daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.

So here’s the deal with the prize pack. All you have to do to enter to win is leave your name and email address (not divulged to public) in the comment section of this post. That’s it. We’ll randomly pick a winner and get you the following items:

A Monsters t-shirt (pictured above) as well as three BLU-RAY discs from Magnolia’s back catalog: Let the Right One In, The Signal and The Host. That’s three Blu-ray discs and a t-shirt all for basically just saying hello – though we certainly encourage a little banter in the comments as well (but not required to win). The contest will run for another week (while the film is still available on on-demand networks). So next Monday, October 4th, we’ll announce the winner right here. Unfortunately we can only offer the package to readers in the United States and Canada due to shipping restrictions from the label. Also, if you’re a RowThree contirbutor, sorry, you’re not eligible.

But at the very least be sure to check out Monsters on VOD right now or in wide release in theaters on October 29th. I’m sure there will be lots of talk on the subject by that time.

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