Contest: Win Passes to See SILENCE in Vancouver!

Silence opens in theatres on January 6, 2017 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on January 4, 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre.

Silence is one of Martin Scorsese’s passion projects, being twenty-eight years in the making. Scorsese snapped up the film rights to Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel of the same name back in 1989, and the film has been in and out of development since then. With the film now finally complete, SILENCE is perceived as his most personal and deeply felt work to date – a project he was so passionate and “obsessed” with, that it had to be completed.

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Contest: Win Passes to See FENCES in Vancouver!

Fences opens in theatres on December 25, 2016 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on December 19, 7:00pm at Scotiabank Theatre.

Fences is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black.

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Contest: Win Passes to See ALLIED in Vancouver!


Allied opens in theatres on November 23, 2016 but we have a chance for you to be among the first in Vancouver to see it at an Advance Screening on November 21, 7:00pm at International Village.


In 1942 North Africa, intelligence officer, Max Vatan (Brad Pitt) encounters French resistance fighter Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Reunited in London, their relationship is threatened by the extreme pressures of the war.

The movie stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode and is directed by Robert Zemeckis.

We have 6 Double Passes to give away for a chance to see an Advanced Screening of Allied.

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Friday One Sheet: The Minimalist Hobo (with a Shotgun)


Having seen Jason Eisener’s tribute to the Grindhouse, George Miller, Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson, I can say that a minimalist style poster is kind of weird and mis-representative of the circus-side-show nature of the film, but hey, it’s retro, modern and purdy all at the same time, ain’t it?

Speaking of retro/modern. There is an 8-Bit Hobo game available for your iPad/iPhone. I find this not only hilarious, but appropriate when you see how the film is actually shot/constructed/toned with a clear foot in each the retro-room (did you know the film is actually an early 1980s period piece?) and the modern digital cinematography (a la the Red.)

Lastly, in the spirit of Jason Eisener and Rob Cottereill’s original meal ticket on Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s original Grindhouse Contest (which got the Hobo With A Shotgun faux-trailer attached to at least all the Canadian prints of the double-bill extravaganza), they are holding a Trailer Contest.

And you thought this would be just a simple Friday One Sheet Post, didn’t you? Hobo With A Shotgun opens in Canada on March 25 with an American release soon to follow. If you are in Toronto or Montreal, there are plenty of cult film sites giving away advance passes. (You probably want to see this with a rabid anticipatory cult audience, because the film is going to baffle and piss off the mainstream folks who wander in.)

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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Row Three and The Substream and Midnight Madness


Midnight Madness

This is just a fun little tie in from Row Three and The Substream around TIFF, and specifically the Midnight Madness cinematic mayhem. You see, last year they had a contest to win a complete midnight madness double pass (that is a pair of tickets for all 10 films in this years programme) and lo and behold Mamo!’s Matt Brown was the winner of that contest. He is featured (in all his Burt-Glory!) in the video below. The Rowthree folks in town for the festival plan on doing some video bits with Shawn, Mike and the Substream gang during the Midnight Madness line-ups so look for us over there chatting and carrying on about the fresh and juicy genre entries at TIFF10. In the meantime, go check them out for other contests (all week more tickets!) and content they have on the go.

Win a Copy of Black on DVD

he good folks over at Evokative Films have provided us with three copies of Pierre Laffargue’s Black (Kurt’s Review) to give away. Instead of just giving this away to random readers I have decided that it is the perfect chance to pimp the Dark Bridges Film Festival. In order to pass the time until the festival (September 24-26, 2010) we have been doing some midnight screenings. One of these screenings is happening tonight (March 26th). If you want a chance to win one of these DVDs you just have to email me by clicking the link ( and let me know the name of the short film or the feature film that we are screening at The Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon.

The contest is open to Canadian Residents. The winners will be selected randomly from the emails on April 2nd at 12pm Central. Black arrives on DVD on April 6th which you can purchase from the Evokative store.


Row Three’s Annual Oscar Pool for 2010

Update: Ross Miller is the winner of the really cool Resevoir Dogs poster. Would Ross please send an email to with his mailing address. I’ve posted the scores for everyone in the bottom of the comments.

It is that time of year again and we are all getting ready for Academy Awards. Unlike some of the contributors here at Row Three I’m not a real big fan of awards show but I wanted to be involved so I decided to start running an Oscar Pool. This year we’ve got a special prize for the winner. Kurt has agreed to put up an Ibraheem Youssef designed Reservoir Dogs Poster (apropos of Inglourious Basterds being nominated for best picture) which is valued around $100 Canadian. The contest is open to anyone. (In the spirit of fun and bragging rights, the Row Three contributors will be submitting their picks but are not eligible for the prize.)

In the case of a tie we will start at the top of the list (ie Best Actor) and see if any one has it wrong and they will be both dropped out. If everyone has it wrong or correct then we will compare the next one down the list until only one person is left.

You may submit your choices in the comments. Please do not type them in yourself please copy and paste them in the exact same order as presented below. I will post a sample submission as the first comment for this post.

Submissions will be accept up until March 7 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. which just happens to be the start of the show.

Only one submission will be accepted for each person. No changes are allowed once you submit so please consider your choices carefully.
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Shorts Program: Foolishly Seeking True Love

“Shorts Program” is a semi-regular column highlighting a short film that is well worth your time. If you have a short film you would like to share, drop us a line at

Foolishly Seeking True Love

Last year, Film Independent announced a partnership with Banana Republic and Vanity Fair called “Project:Involve.” The idea behind the project is to provide filmmakers from culturally diverse backgrounds with funding and mentorship to create a short film. The theme of the competition was “City Stories” and there wer two major limitation: tell your story in under three minutes and the film has to be shot in the French New Wave style. One of the film makers selected for last year’s competition was Jarrett Lee Conaway.

Conaway recently shared his short, a romance titled Foolishly Seeking True Love, with the world at large and boy, am I happy he did. It’s a sweet, charming and beautiful looking story that left me smiling. Take a 3 minute break from the Oscar chat to check out this great up-and-comer.

Film is tucked under the seat!

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Win Inglourious Basterds on DVD!

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without some bad ass Tarantino awesomeness to share with the family. What could be better than sitting around with mom and pop after a big turkey and ham dinner to take in a little Nazi scalping?

Row Three is here to fill that dream of yours. We’ve got a copy of the two disk special edition of Inglourious Basterds (our review) which Andrew drooled over a few weeks back, ready to ship out to one of our lovable readers and listeners.

You want in? Here’s how you put your name in the hat. Drop a comment below with your pick for the worst Christmas movie ever. It could be a movie, or a TV show (I’m looking at you Star Wars Holiday Special!), – we’re not picky. Everyone who suggests a film (or two) will get an entry into the draw for the DVD. All of the selections will be discussed on the After the Credits Christmas Special at which point we’ll also announce the winner of the contest.

Fine print: there is none. Contest is open to everyone (except contributors. Sorry kids). Entries taken until December 15th.

Get those selections in and good luck!

Movie Quote Quiz #8 (with a prize!)

WINNER UPDATE: Surprisingly few entries. Apparently this was a little bit harder than I thought. But hey, that’s what makes it a contest I suppose. Our winner correctly guessed four of the five quotes – strangely getting them all but #2. So congratulations to Corey Pierce of Toronto, Ontario who wins a free copy of Rip! A Remix Manifesto for his efforts. You’ll find the answers to the quotes in the now open comment section.

It just dawned on me that it’s been a while since we’ve had any kind of contest or quiz around here. Probably because you plebeians couldn’t even answer #5 on the last quiz after almost a week – even knowing who is speaking the line! So I’ve put together another audio clip quiz this afternoon complete with a giveaway thanks to Mike Rot. In theory the clips should get increasingly difficult as you progress through the quotes 1-5.

For your chance to win a free DVD copy of Rip! A Remix Manifesto (Rot’s review), just name the movie each clip below is from and email me your answers. The submissions received with the most correct answers will be put into a hat and a winner drawn at random. Contest ends THIS SUNDAY evening (July 19th) at 10pm EST and winner announced Monday morning.

Comments are closed for this contest. You must email the answers to Andrew. You can submit answers as many times as you like, but only your last entry will be counted (in other words you can change your mind if ever you feel like it). Depending on what kind of submissions I get, I may or may not throw a couple of hints into the comments below throughout the week.

Good luck!


HINT #1: 80’s Fantasy


HINT #1: The wind sound is because the speaker is on an airplane.


HINT #1: Criminally underseen film of 2000. The voice is pretty recognizable. That should be enough.


HINT #1: Listen to the crowd carefully. They’re actually chanting the name of the movie.


HINT #1: The speaker is originally from my home town – and still has a home here.