Mamo #342: MamOscar 2014

Oscars 2014! This omnibus episode stitches together all 9 of the minisodes from last night’s Oscar telecast. Ellen, Slave, Gravity, selfies, Blanchett, McConnaughey, Hustle, Menzel, Midler, Minelli, the pizza guy and much, much more!

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Mamo #336: It’s An Honour Just Being Mamo

It’s Mamo Christmas! The Oscar Nominations for 2013 are announced and as usual, there’s a whole lot of people who could’ve sworn “merit” was going to enter into this somewhere. Mamo discusses.

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CASTcast 2013

The Cinematic Appreciation Society of Toronto returns for more drinking and merriment and incidental discussion of the winners of our annual poll of the year’s best films.

Hosted by Matt Price of Mamo!, this panel roundtable features commentary and discussion from the following contributors:

Kurt Halfyard – Row Three, Twitchfilm@triflic
Ryan McNeil – The Matinee@matinee_ca
Matt Brown –, Twitchfilm, Mamo!@tederick
Ariel Fisher – Row Three, Rue Morgue – @Afis8
Bob Turnbull – Eternal Sunshine of the Logical Mind, Row Three@TheLogicalMind
James McNally – CAST organizer, Toronto Screen Shots@toscreenshots

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Mamo #334: Twenty Fourteen

After a three-week food-and-blackout-fueled hiatus, Mamo returns! It’s the first week of 2014 which means, naturally, it’s time to close up shop on 2013 with our picks for the best films of the year. We also get in deep on the relative merits of Twelve Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street, wax philosophical on whether films can ever truly be “numbered,” and give some thought to Her and the state of science fiction.

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Row Three Favorite Films (2013)

For what is probably the first time in RowThree history we were actually able to get our acts together and dish out the annual “best of” list in a timely manner (i.e. before February). Everyone on the team contributed their version of what stood out most in 2013 through the eye of cinema. Mostly in the form of a Top Ten list, but there are some other goodies and observations in here as well. Scroll your mouse wheel down or click any of the names below to jump right to a specific list and/or permalink. Then start thinking about what you want to include in your list for 2014.

Marina Antunes
David Brook
Matthew Brown
Ariel Fisher
Kurt Halfyard
Andrew James
Ryan McNeil
Matt Price
Bob Turnbull


By all means, drop some of your favorites in the comments section below.
Welcome to 2013!

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My Movie Moments of 2013


Though I didn’t keep very good track throughout the past 12 months, I think I’ve cobbled together some of my favourite moments from 2013’s films as well as some older movies I saw for the first time. So here’s a random walk through them…


2013 films:

  • Best spine-tingling, goose-bump raising moment of the year: Merry Clayton’s rendition of “Southern Man” in Twenty Feet From Stardom. You can almost feel the spittle as she tears into the song while her backup band shreds it.
  • The joy of playing music when you’re young in We Are The Best! and Metalhead.
  • Mark Ruffalo’s music producer imagining the instruments and arrangement backing up a solo acoustic performance in Can A Song Save Your Life?.
  • “Who starts a song like that?” – Christian Bale’s American Hustle hustler talking about “Jeep’s Blues” by Duke Ellington.
  • “Five Hundred Miles” performed in Inside Llewyn Davis.
  • The red waterfalls in Byzantium and Neighboring Sounds – one a recurring motif reflecting the “birth” of a vampire and the other a shocking sudden foreshadowing.
  • The effective use of colour in Stoker.
  • The bright colours in Only God Forgives and Trance.
  • All those gorgeous sunsets in Spring Breakers.
  • The opening shot of billows of dirty water cascading down like an avalanche in Watermark.

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Hey Man, Nice Shot (2013)


Today, we begin wrapping up 2013 by returning to an annual tradition originally posted over at The Matinee. It occurred to me some time ago that when you think back on a film, sometimes you think about one solitary image. When you bring those images together, it turns into a neat little tapestry of the year on the whole.

The idea started back in 2010, and continued through 2011 and 2012.

Decide amongst yourselves what it means that I have been choosing more and more images as the years have gone on.

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Mamo #327: Zero-G is Ruined

Do we have a show? You bet your britches we have a show. We talk Big Kahuna and Movie Club, Carrie and The Descent, Oblivion and Gravity, Agents of SHIELD and TV, rep cinemas and the future of exhibition, and maybe some other things too. Mamo is like Pringles: once you pop, you can’t stop.

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Mamo #326: Gravatar

Gravity continues into its second weekend of box office domination and as the inevitable backlash winds up, Matt and Matt take a few trips around the planet in their space suits to talk about god, the lack of same, and how we ascribe meaning to our big screen counterparts by way of great filmmaking.

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Cinecast Episode 324 – Floating Fire

Better late than never right? We stick to the Thursday recording schedule for one more week. But it’s a good week; we get to review Alfonso CuarĂ³n’s Gravity! And Dolby ATMOS. It ain’t all hugs and rainbows like on other podcasts; Andrew takes real issue with a few things and it might require a rewatch and possibly a three-watch to clear everything up. But we do offer up some unofficial, warm-up homework to kick of the 2013-14 school year (disaster movies and tears in space). The Watch List includes mumblecore, Italian horror, state of modern animation, Jim Jarmusch, found footage and Def Leppard. Settle in, it’s a pretty fun thrill ride with very little chance of debris.

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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