Trailer: Hell or High Water

I love a good modern western, be it No Country For Old Men or A History of Violence, films that take a lot of the themes of the genre and yet are set in modern times, with a contemporary look. Here we have Chris Pine and Ben Foster playing brothers with some financial problems they feel can be solved by robbing banks. Jeff Bridges plays the aging sheriff looking to get to the bottom of the mystery. It’s all soaked with honeyed cinematography, masculinity (facial hair, and crude language abound) and a fair amount of desperation. Nothing particularly original here, but the pleasure of this kind of movie is in the details.

Hell or High Water is written by Taylor Sheridan, fresh off Sicario, scored by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and has a lot of pedigree for a simple story. Just the way I like it.

A story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers—Toby, a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner, a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger—come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the cross-hairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms.

Trailer: Hell or High Water

I love a good modern western, be it No Country For Old Men or A History of Violence, films that take a lot of the themes of the genre and yet are set in modern times, with a contemporary look. Here we have Chris Pine and Ben Foster playing brothers with some financial problems they feel can be solved by robbing banks. Jeff Bridges plays the aging sheriff looking to get to the bottom of the mystery. It’s all soaked with honeyed cinematography, masculinity (facial hair, and crude language abound) and a fair amount of desperation. Nothing particularly original here, but the pleasure of this kind of movie is in the details.

Hell or High Water is written by Taylor Sheridan, fresh off Sicario, scored by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and has a lot of pedigree for a simple story. Just the way I like it.

A story about the collision of the Old and New West, two brothers—Toby, a straight-living, divorced father trying to make a better life for his son; and Tanner, a short-tempered ex-con with a loose trigger finger—come together to rob branch after branch of the bank that is foreclosing on their family land. The hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that powerful forces beyond their control have stolen from under their feet. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves in the cross-hairs of a relentless, foul-mouthed Texas Ranger looking for one last triumph on the eve of his retirement. As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their plan, a showdown looms.

Cinecast Episode 439 – Reality is Highly Overrated

And we’re back! After some jam packed scheduling issues, feverish festivals, sleep deprivation and in-town guests, The Cinecast rises once again. Kurt has a full report on a very successful HotDocs outing and the boys take a special amount of time on our friend, Jay Cheel’s film, How to Build a Time Machine. While Kurt stumbled through Toronto’s documentary scene, Andrew was able to catch up with a bunch of late release festival fare just now hitting theaters in his neck of the woods. These include Jeremy Saulnier’s
Green Room, Tom Hiddleston in the visually striking, High-Rise and one of Kurt’s favorite films of last year, the most excellent Louder than Bombs.

We’re nixing the Game of Thrones talk this season due to scheduling and logistic issues, but that just allows a little more talk about what’s on the “big screen”. Andrew talks Patrick Wilson driving a limo that nearly gets cut in half, the production problems in a female-driven western, Kevin Bacon’s mustache, a documentary on Chris Farley and his very first viewing of a Frank Sinatra film (which was excellent!).

It’s a tight show proving once again the boys can take a couple/three weeks off and have no problem jumping right back into the proverbial saddle. 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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Trailer: Z For Zachariah

No, this is not the latest ABCs of Death short blown into a feature. It is in fact the latest film from one of the current most underrated indie auteurs, Craig Zobel (Compliance, The Great World of Sound) and starring Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. Prepare for an end-of-the-world cocktail that appears to be equal parts The Road, and Night of the Living Dead with a love triangle in the middle. Z For Zacharia has been one of my most anticipated movies of the year since its debut at Sundance, and the trailer looks like, in the acting department, it will deliver.

Only one word of advice to all the screenwriters out there: Stop naming character Caleb. Please stop. Thanks.

In the wake of a disaster that wipes out most of civilization, two men and a young woman find themselves in an emotionally charged love triangle as the last known survivors.

International Trailer for STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS (Where People Glower at Each Other & Things Blow Up)

I should probably stop posting trailers for the sequel film to the rebooted Star Trek franchise, as the direction that the creators want to take these films is simply out of synch with what I know to be a Star Trek film. Apparently in this new tangent universe, there is no 5 year mission to explore new worlds. Why bother when you can set your tone in the vein of Chris Nolan Batman features – all culture of fear and terror and bureaucratic gridlock. This trailer also commits cardinal sin of using a Requiem for a Dream “Lux Aeterna” score, which at this point is as terrible of a cliche in science fiction trailers as is “Everyone Was Kung Fu Fighting” is for Jackie Chan imports. Oh, they apparently crash the enterprise and I know we never seen that done in a Star Trek feature film before.

I feel like a petty negative-nancy when it comes to the mass-sell of this film, with its endless explosions and its PG-13 lingerie shot. At least with The Wrath of Khan, they had the science and ethics of the Genesis project. Here, it’s all noise and fury, signifying nothing we’ve not seen in the past 5 years of space-shooter films. Congrats Star Trek, you are just like everything else. Thanks J.J., Orci and Kurtzman, you’ve risen my passion (a good thing!) but alas in a negative way towards what appears to be your collective, handsomely mounted and expensive mediocrity.

(Before you folks get all mad at me for pre-judging this enterprise: No, I don’t have to wait to see the film to get pissed off about it. I shall indulge myself like the patron saint of angry nerd, Ignatius J. Reilly, who to the best of my knowledge was not a Trekkie; but then again, neither am I.)

“RDJ Just Sits in His Trailer” [Avengers Clip w/Whedon Commentary]

Here’s my one super hero comic book post for the year. Early reviews for The Avengers have been highly praising of the film so I figure there must be a lot of interest and anticipation out there at this point. I found this clip that showcases a major fight sequence within the film. The interesting part is that we get commentary from writer/director Joss Whedon throughout the clip. I suppose the clip itself could be considered a spoiler, but it’s two guys bashing each other with metal – did you really not expect to see some of that in the movie?

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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An “Unstoppable” Trailer

So most people haven’t been real impressed with anything Tony Scott has done for about ten years now. Me? Well despite the horrid outing of his last picture/remake, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, I’m still an apologist and defender of the man’s filmography. I’m still on board with just about anything the studios release with Scott’s name attached as director.

Not real surprising that Denzel takes the lead yet again for Tony Scott’s newest: Unstoppable. Washington has essentially been Scott’s “anti-muse” for the better part of 15 years and I imagine we’ll see the two collaborating for years to come. What might be of interest to many is the return of Chris Pine for a big role in a major studio picture. Was the Capt. Kirk role a fluke or can the kid bring something to the proverbial table? I feel like I’ve seen the premise of this movie ten times already (a runaway train loaded with chemical explosives) and was pretty underwhelmed with what I see in the trailer… until Rosario Dawson popped in. That’s it, I’m sold.

Is there any sort of excitement or interest in this movie (releasing November 12th) at all?

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Cinecast Episode 122 – More Money Than Brains

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Episode 122:
Easily the most spirited Cinecast of all time. Gamble seeks revenge, Andrew weeps and Kurt peels back the layers.

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R3view: Star Trek (2009)

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Director: J.J. Abrams (Mission Impossible III, “LOST”, “ALIAS”)
Writers: Roberto Orci , Alex Kurtzman (The Island, MI:III, Transformers)
Producers: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Bruce Greenwood
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 126 min


The first time every single one of the RowThree staff managed to get out and see the same movie and have the time to write about it? That alone might say something about the press and anticipation this film has been getting from fans, bloggers and critics alike. Yes, these things come in threes and this is the apprehensive third piece of a trifecta of beloved franchise returns. Does it mostly fail like the others (Star Wars, Indy); or does it breathe new life into a franchise that has been dying a slow death in audience interest for years.

Synopsis:
JJ Abrams directs this “reboot” of the classic Star Trek series in which audiences are treated to the discovery of how the crew of the USS Enterprise first meet and the circumstances to the lead up of how they eventually become crew mates. While Earth is threatened by evil Romulans, the story focuses mainly on the blossoming friendship of Kirk and Spock and how their extreme cultural differences are put aside to form a tag team that is unmatched in the galaxy.

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