Cover Stories: Available Now

If you don’t listen to the RowThree Cinecast, you might not know that our good buddy (sometimes nemesis) and Cinecast co-host, Matt Gamble, is actually now a published writer. Banding together with nine other souls of the written word, Gamble and crew have put together 100 short stories that “cut deep into the tracks of their favorite albums to produce ‘euphiction,’ the duet of euphonious and fiction.”

I’m not entirely sure what to expect from these stories, which span all the major genres (from romance to horror), but I do look forward to giving it a spin. In fact, right after this post, I’ll be checking out the ten story sampler that’s available as a FREE DOWNLOAD.

You can head over to Matt’s site, for more information on the book; or just skip his spiel and head straight to THE STORE to pick up a copy.

hint: if you listened to the latest Cinecast (episode 171), you can find out how to get the book for cheaper and even FREE!

Details Revealed: Rian Johnson’s “Looper”


Last October, Rian Johnson was gracious enough to hang out with us for one of our Cinecasts and Kurt managed to blindside him with early questions on Looper. At the time, preproduction hadn’t even started but Rian was pretty excited about the script and was ready to start filming once budgetary support was in place; though he wouldn’t divulge any of the specifics of the story, we knew it was sci-fi and possibly a time travel style movie. But in a pretty great interview with Cinematical he spills a few more beans on the project:

Looper is a time travel movie, set in a near future where time travel doesn’t exist but will be invented in a few decades. It’s pretty dark in tone, much different from Bloom, and involves a group of killers (called Loopers) who work for a crime syndicate in the future. Their bosses send their targets hogtied and blindfolded back in time to the Loopers, and their job is to simply shoot them in the head and dispose of the body. So the target vanishes from the future and the Loopers dispose of a corpse that doesn’t technically exist, a very clean system. Complications set in from there. I can’t wait to make it, I’m a big sci-fi fan and it’s going to be a fun world to play in. Fingers crossed.

Brick was a micro-masterpiece of the aughts and The Brothers Bloom was nothing too shabby either. So as it stands, Johnson is batting 1.000 in my eyes and can’t wait to see him tackle what might be my favorite genre. As soon as production begins, I’m sure we’ll be kept in the… ahem, “Loop.”


Cinecast Episode 142 – Aging Oddly

Episode 142:
With the strange release dates in different cities this time of year it’s difficult to come together and actually have seen the same recent films. Yet we somehow always find a way. Today’s show is just Kurt and Andrew back together for a classic shoot the shit discussion on everything we’ve seen theatrically over the past few weeks – from remastered Halloween classics to the latest Almodóvar and Todd Solondz. We also get into a little early Oscar talk (including the new hosts just announced) and of course weekly DVD choices. Hope you enjoy this little back and forth and feel free to leave your thoughts on anything you wish in the comment section below and
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Transformers 2 Challenge

I do not plan on supporting this gawdawful franchise, so I will not have my brain pounded to mush for a second round by Herr Bay. But just for kicks, I went into the archive and grabbed Cinecast Episode #54 where Andrew and myself talked about Transformers in 2007. I condensed things a bit and cropped the discussion out of the full podcast episode to a separate file below.

I challenge anyone who goes to the Transformers sequel to let me know if every criticism and comment on the first film does not apply to the sequel. The consensus out there is that everyone has finally woken up and smelled the coffee and have laid the critical boots to The Revenge of the Fallen.


Where the Long Tail Ends Podcast

If you lurk around this site long enough you’re bound to run into a guy who goes by the handle of Matt Gamble. He fights his way through our comment sections quite regularly and he has shown up on the Cinecast from time to time. Those days could be over however as he’s taken to the task of setting up his own podcast over at Where the Long Tail Ends.

I have to admit I haven’t listened yet, but I’m certainly looking forward to hearing about the experience of the new “motion seats” at Mall of America for the Terminator movie. Could be interesting. At any rate, if you don’t have your fill of podcasts around here (three distinct types of shows), you can get some more by checking out Matt and James over at