Cinecast Episode 214 – I Hate that I Know That

We start things off simple. No Kurt. Just some Pirates and Priests. With unpleasantness out of the way, Kurt jumps in with both feet for a indie post-apocalyptic film out of Toronto, a re-evaluation of Inglorious Basterds and Tarantino’s career. Trains and Toni Collette keep the conversation chugging along and with Gamble here, “Game of Thrones” is sort of unavoidable. We all revel in the love for Rip Torn and South Korea before rounding everything out with a talk about sequels that are crazier than a rat in a tin shithouse (ala Caddyshack II and Gremilns II). Nobody dies.

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From our Netflix Queue

With the growing popularity of Netflix instant streaming in the U.S. and its most recent arrival into Canada, we at Row Three would like to highlight some of the great choices available at the press of a button.



Annie (John Huston)

One of the very first films I remember my parents taking me too. And wow does it still hold up! Great song and dance numbers, anti-communism subtexts, the political divide, the great depression, cute kids, a stellar Broadway cast and the 7-UP guy using the force. If Burnett and Finney weren’t nominated for an Oscar that year, they damn well should’ve! Sheer brilliance. Family films just aren’t made this way anymore perhaps most certified by an extended sequence with the joy of going to the movies. It’s exciting, funny and if nothing else the thirties had style. Relive this near masterpiece now while it’s available at the click of a button.

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Community – Season 1 (Dan Harmon)

Enough people had told me to watch Community that I finally caved and took a look. Within the first five minutes of the first episode I laughed so hard I had to pause for fear of missing the next joke. The show follows a motley crew of characters trying to perpetually study for Spanish class in an undignified community college. As ensembles go, this has got to be the best, with the stand-outs for me being Joe McHale as Jeff, the so-called leader of the group (who is as close to Adam Scott in acting style as you can get), Chevy Chase as Pierce, the elderly student trying desperately to seem cool, and of course, Danny Pudi as Abed, the insanely meta oddball who insists they are all in a sitcom. Meshing a lot of the great aspects of Party Down and Freaks and Geeks, Community is relentlessly funny (sometimes veering a bit too far into non-sequitur comedy for my taste but usually tempered with a meta-understanding that apparently builds upon the Abed character in future episodes). As someone who has attended community college I see a lot of truth in this otherwise go-for-broke oneupmanship of half-hour sitcom comedies. I have only seen the first 15 episodes so far, but of these, the consistency of quality remains incredibly high. Try the first episode, this is quality straight out of the gate.

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Cinecast Episode 169 – Stone Dildos

Today we are joined by Killerfilm’s Serena Whitney to pontificate on the the latest multiplex horror film, Sex And The City 2. Matt Gamble chimes in with the herding of the drunken and frocked chattel to sold out screenings. Mucho negativity ensues. We also revisit The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, to delve into the films shortcomings and another one of those ‘book to movie adaptation’ discussions. Lots of Movies We Watched, spanning Norm MacDonald‘s post-SNL flop to an obscure French New Wave release. There is also a smack-down of Andrew on his flippant dismissal of The Iron Giant and a fairly lengthy tangent on George A. Romero‘s filmography and orbiting remakes. The whole crew gives their DVD picks, which turns into a limbo game of trying to dodge the slew of Clint Eastwood releases coinciding with his 80th Birthday. Enjoy.

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This looks stupid…

But I must say, it looks like it could be the right kind of stupid. The idea of the movie (a group of friends travel back to the 1980s while drunk in a hot tub) is so ludicrous, and the name of the movie (Hot Tub Time Machine) is so ridiculous, and the cast of the movie (John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Chevy Chase, etc.) is so diverse, I can’t help but think that this could surprise some people in the same way that The Hangover did this past summer. Then again, maybe not – but hell, even if I knew nothing about this movie besides the name, I would feel obligated to go see it.


Ridiculous: Hot Tub Time Machine

John CusackYesterday I was browsing the list of productions currently filming in Vancouver and spotted one that made me laugh (and wonder what the hell Hollywood was coming to). The film in question is titled Hot Tub Time Machine and I only tweeted about it because of the crazy title not bothering to read anything else. A few minutes later I see a retort from podcast co-host Dale about John Cusack. I wasn’t sure how the two were related until Dale mentioned that he was in the film. Yes, in this film. And that’s not even the best (or worst depending on how you look at it) of it because IMDb has a cast list which is either:

    1) so ridiculously awesome this movie is going to blow The Hangover (our review) out of the water or
    2) the production company’s wet dream because there’s no way you could get this many talented (and funny) people in the same movie

It’s hard for me to believe but according to Cinematical, not only is the cast list correct but is actually a funny script (so they say). And who else aside from Cusack has signed on? How about Crispin Glover, Chevy Chase, Craig Robinson (of “The Office) and Sebastian Stan (of “Kings” and “Gossip Girl” fame).

Oh, and if you can’t figure it out from the title, it’s about a group of guys who, after a night of Red Bull and vodkas (an awesome but girly drink), travel back in time through their hot tub.

I just don’t know what to make of this.

Movie Speeches: Where’s the Tylenol?

Occasionally a speech comes along that isn’t meant to inspire or rally the troops or the like. Sometimes a character has to just get something off their chest. Juliet did something like that from her balcony and Derek Zoolander said a few words at his friend’s funeral. But no one has ever been able to convey anger and frustration as effectively as the likes of Clark W. Griswold Jr. “We’re gonna have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny fuckin’ Kaye!”