Mamo 437: Asshat Assets

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Deadpool!! The R-rated superhero flick’s massive over-performance this past weekend has thrown everyone into a tizzy, including us, if by “tizzy” you mean “questioning some of our previous statements about Ryan Reynolds.” We toss the ball around a bit, with respect to the modern movie star and the growth of the comic book movie genre, before taking several more choice swipes at the imminent death rattle of Batman v. Superman.

Mamo #328: The Character Assassination of the Coward Rob Ford

Toronto had a rollicking week in the news, but is this the resurgence of print journalism, or its last gasp? We talk new media vs. old, complex thought vs. simple, and whether a well-informed electorate is beyond the purview of a man like Rob Ford.

Plus – listen for details on how YOU can win tickets to the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, and post your entries in the comments below!

To download this episode, use this URL: http://rowthree.com/audio/mamo/mamo328.mp3

Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox Trailer

Fantastic Mr. Fox Movie StillWell, I don’t think anyone is going to compare this to any of Wes Anderson’s previous films. It’s not like it looks like any of them. Am I a fan of Anderson’s films? Sure, though not as much as some other folks around these parts. The extent of my love is Rushmore while the rest are, well…meh. When it was announced that Anderson would be adapting a stop motion animated film based on the children’s classic by Roald Dahl, it barely registered on my radar.

Fantastic Mr. Fox stars George Clooney as Mr. Fox, a cunning family fox who is forced into action by developers who threaten his way of life; it’s a slight change from the original story but not enough to ruffle many feathers (I think). Along for the action are Meryl Streep, Michael Gambon, half of Hollywood and usual suspects Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.

It’s a charming trailer but I’m not really biting. At this point, the most interesting thing about the film is that it feels like something I would have watched growing up in the early 80s. Whether that’s enough to get people on board remains to be seen and I’m curious to know if Anderson supporters will jump on board or take a pass.

Fantastic Mr. Fox opens on November 13th.

Trailer is tucked under the seat!

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Joss Whedon’s “Dollhouse” Trailer

Eliza Dushku in DollhouseNo it has nothing to do with movies; well, not directly anyway. But I am sort of looking forward to Joss Whedon’s new TV series, “Dollhouse.” Firstly because it is a Joss Whedon creation and I’m a huge fan of both “Buffy” and “Firefly/Serenity.” Plus of course Alien: Resurrection. And hey, even Titan A.E. had its moments. Secondly, two words: Eliza Dushku.

“Dollhouse” on the other hand looks like something completely new. Women agents who have their memories wiped and replanted with a new set of skills and thoughts to make them most adept for whatever their next mission calls for. If they need to be excellent spelunkers, then they are programmed to be such. Does the mission call for Jujitsu and brain surgery? No problem; just a simple mind wipe and programming and these chicks are ready to go.

So yeah, it sounds kind of cool. Sort of a cross between “Charlie’s Angels” and The Matrix. Yesterday a new trailer was released and we’re able to post it here thanks to the kids over at worst previews.



Review: The X-Files: I Want to Believe

The X-Files: I Want to Believe One Sheet

Director: Chris Carter (The X-Files)
Writer: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
Producers: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Xzibit, Callum Keith Rennie
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 105 min


For me, “The X-Files” will for ever be linked with one of the most traumatic days of my life. I was 15, home on a Friday night. Mom was working and dad was in the yard and at 8:30PM, my sister and I started to pack up the evening activities. We changed into our PJ’s, poured ourselves a glass of milk and wrapped ourselves in a blanket in preparation for the final hour before bed time. The minute long set-up came on and then Mark Snow’s much hummed theme music kicked in. “The X-Files” was about to begin. It was at that moment, partway through the theme, that we smelled smoke. That was the night our house burned to a cinder and when asked about it years later, I can clearly recall the circumstances of our escape.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe Movie StillI always imagined that at some point in my life I’d come to associate the show with that tragic event in my life but it never happened. If anything, over the years we, my sister and I, have become even more fanatical about the show that provided us with hours of midnight chats and nightmares. While the show was on the air, we collected everything from comic books (to this day sealed and protected in limited edition numbered plastic wrap) to trading cards (the entire first season including the specialty cards). It’s fair to say that I’m a big fan of the show. Yet, when the production headed South in season six, I started to lose interest. The move, in combination with the release of the film in 1998, marked a difference in the series and almost immediately, the tone of the show seemed to change. It was darker, the characters a little more pessimistic and overall, less interesting. I stuck around for a few more seasons until Fox left the show at which point, I completely lost interest. I caught it here and there when nothing else was on TV but gone were the days of ritualistic weekly viewing.

I tried some of Chris Carter’s other projects; “Millennium” was excellent while it lasted and “Harsh Realm” seemed to have potential before it was canceled but nothing nothing seemed to stick any more. Carter, who had once seemed a bright beacon in TV land, seemed to be fading and when “The X-Files” finally went off the air in 2002, Carter seemed to go into seclusion. Over the years there was occasional talk of another film but those rumours never seemed to go anywhere. So when David Duchovny started to talk about the potential for another movie, no one paid much attention. It wasn’t until the film was finally announced that fans started to believe something could come together. So here we are, a little over a year since the initial announcement of the film and The X-Files: I Want to Believe has brought back the once unstoppable team of David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Chris Carter. The fans have been anxiously awaiting the return but was it worth the wait? In one word: yes.

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