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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Review: New York, I Love You

Directors: Natalie Portman, Jiang Wen, Mira Nair, Shunji Iwai, Yvan Attal, Brett Ratner, Allen Hughes, Sheekhar KapurFatih Akin, Joshua Marston, Randy Balsmeyer
Writers: Emmanuel Benbihy, Tristan Carné, Hall Powell, Israel Horovitz, James C. Strouse, Shunji Iwai, Israel Horovitz, Hu Hong, Yao Meng, Israel Horovitz, Scarlett Johansson, Joshua Marston, Alexandra Cassavetes, Stephen Winter, Jeff Nathanson,
Anthony Minghella, Natalie Portman
Producers: Marina Grasic, Emmanuel Benbihy
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson, Bradley Cooper, Maggie Q, Hayden Christensen, Christina Ricci, Andy Garcia, Ethan Hawke, Blake Lively, Anton Yelchin, Shu Qi, Carlos Acosta, James Cann, Justin Bartha, Eli Wallach, Cloris Leachm
MPAA Rating: R
Running time: 103 min.

Three years ago one of my favorite films of the year, Paris Je’ Taime was released to theaters and I was actually taken aback at how much I liked the piece. It was a series of vignettes, each directed by a famous director (from Gus Van Sant to the Coen Brothers to Wes Craven) with a whole slew of great, character actors and A-list stars. Each vignette was a cute little story examining a relationship somewhere within the great culture of Paris. Not necessarily lovers either. There were fathers and daughters, sisters, elderly couples and even a vampire tale amongst many others. Within months it was announced that a follow-up to the film would be coming soon that would take place in New York. So I’ve been waiting the better part of three years to see the sequel of sorts to one of my favorite films of 2007 with another set of great stories told by world class film makers and actors. And finally it is here in America showing to a fairly wide audience.

There had been some grumbling that New York, I Love You wasn’t quite the film its predecessor had been. Quite honestly I can’t fathom that notion as this film is at least the former’s equal; if not superior to the “original.” If you liked Paris Je’ Taime (or loved it as much as I did), there’s no reason to steer clear of this reimagining. It’s got the same amount of heart and inspiration and should capture your heart just as quickly and steadfast as the stories did threeyears ago.
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So Called “Oscar Season” at The End of a Decade

Well, it’s here: not just the final two months of 2009, but the end of another decade. Not that these films are necessarily Oscar contenders, but November and December are notorious for launching all the high profile, “good” movies of the year. While we’ve seen some great stuff over the past 10 months, here is a smattering of pictures being released wide in the final two months of the decade that we’re really looking forward to and anticipate much critical love for; including making several top ten lists. Sure there are more than just these titles that are anticipated, and we’d love you to mention them in the comment section, but there are enough here to keep you busy and these are probably the “must sees” for these final 60 days of the year…



Lars Von Trier
RowThree review
The more I think about this film and the more times I see the trailer the more and more I absolutely love it and little by little it keeps climbing notches on my ten best of the year list. If Charlotte Gainsbourg isn’t nominated for a best actress statue then there is positively no justice in the world. Obviously not for everyone as the film is fantastically brutal and psychologically traumatic. But it is also gorgeous in every way a film can be gorgeous before punching you in the face with tennis racket made of lead.

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New York, I Love You Trailer

New York, I Love YouI knew that at some point we’d posted a trailer for the anthology film New York, I Love You what I didn’t realize was that that trailer was posted a year ago.

The film premiered at TIFF last year and Kurt foresaw the film would open early in 2009 but for some reason, reviews perhaps?, it was shelved and forgotten until today when a sexy discombobulated new trailer appeared. With acting and directing contributions from a long list of talented folk (Park Chan-Wook, The Hughes Brothers, Faith Akin, Mira Nair, Yvan Attal, Shunji Iwai, Wen Jiang, Joshua Marston, Andrei Zvyanginstev, Brett Ratner, Shia LeBeouf, Blake Lively, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Anton Yelchin, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Chris Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Robin Wright Penn, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, John Hurt, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Olivia Thirlby) this is bound to have a little something for everyone.

The trailer is not exactly eye popping but it certainly looks nice and I have love for much of the talent involved so I’m game. I still haven’t seen Paris, je t’aime but I may have to check it out before being sucked into this one.

New York, I Love You is scheduled for limited release on October 16th.

Now, who’s working on a Vancouver, I Love You?

Trailer is tucked under the seat!

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Screenshots of Lust, Part I

This is something of a book-end to Captured Beauty, my last thematic screenshot post. Try as I might with that post to focus on the beautiful in the female form as something transcendent and lofty, the root of lust and its baser impulses inevitably aided in the selection process. So here all rhetoric is lifted. This is sex and the longing for it. Excluding porn and trying (at least for this round) to limit to clothed expressions of Lust, several of us at Row Three put together this series of screenshots for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

Oh and I would like a full report of the depictions we missed.

Natalie Portman as Stripper in Closer
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Zooey, McBride, Franco, Portman. Seriously?

Yeah, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the four of them are teaming up to star in a fantasy film co-written by McBride himself entitled Your Highness. According to McBride, It’s about two brothers (James Franco and Danny) whose fiancée gets kidnapped by an evil wizard and we have to go on the road and save her. There’s everything from stop-motion creatures to puppets like in Dark Crystal. Other inspirations floating around include Barry Lyndon and Krull.

According to Collider, McBride plays an arrogant, lazy prince who must complete a quest to save his father’s kingdom. Joining him on the quest is his more heroic brother (Franco). Deschanel would play Belladonna, Franco’s virginal bride. Natalie Portman is McBride’s love-interest, a warrior princess. Sounds like ten tons of fun to me.

They’re going for a mostly British cast and not necessarily comedians for the rest of the parts. Which sounds to me like a bit of The Princess Bride thrown in for good measure. I’ll definitely be watching where this one goes over the next several months. Early reports sound promising.

Brothers One Sheet is Beautiful Simplicity

Last week Andrew posted the WTF? trailer for Jim Sheridan’s upcoming Brothers starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire (let the confusion begin!) and Natalie Portman. A remake of a Danish film, it’s the story of man whom comforts his older brother’s wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan.

The trailer has disappeared (though not completely) and I can relate to Andrew’s response but I can’t help but feel that there’s more to this than the trailer and this new one sheet seems to support that. It’s beautiful; simple but gorgeous and the break in the image is subtle but speaks volumes to what we can expect from the film.

Take a peek below or head over to Cinematical for the super-sized version.

Brothers opens on December 4th.

Brothers One Sheet

Brothers Trailer. …the Hell?

Some are claiming RoboGeisha to be this week’s wtf trailer. I beg to differ. Brothers has got to be one of the most incorrect trailers ever made OR… maybe it’s the perfect marketing for an extremely subversive, schizophrenic and gracefully disjointed narrative. What starts as yet another Iraqi war casualty film about family and drama (and corny music) takes a sharp twist about halfway through and then at about the 3/4 mark, takes quite another sharp twist. This is Jarhead meets Revolutionary Road meets Lakeview Terrace.

I recently wrote a poorly worded op/ed about how trailers are misleading and give away too much and that since the dawn of the internet I basically can’t stand them anymore. But here comes a case where a long trailer is probably necessary. The film appears to make such great leaps in tone that to get me even remotely interested, the marketing department is going to have show me those leaps and inconsistencies. If the entire movie was like the first part of the trailer suggests, I’d rather eat a bowl of dung than watch the film. If the entire movie is like the second half of the trailer exemplifies, I’d probably fall asleep from the cliche fairies throwing dust in my eyes.

So as ridiculously A.D.D. as this trailer is, shitty music and all, I am super intrigued and ready for the movie to open. Now. After all, this is Jim Sheridan directing, so there’s a certain level of trust I have for the man. Plus Natalie Portman; who, outside of the Star Wars prequels never delivers a bad performance.


Casting Futon

Keira KnightleyBecause a couch is a little beyond our budget, I bring you the casting futon! There have been a couple of casting announcements that I wanted to mention but neither of them had me particularly excited for a full length post so instead, you get one post with two tidbits.

The first and oldest of the bunch is news that Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley have both joined the cast of London Boulevard. This is William Monahan’s first foray behind the camera though he’s not exactly new to the business having written Kingdom of Heaven and adapted The Departed and Body of Lies.

This project has Farrell as a London criminal newly released from prison who becomes involved with a reclusive actress played by Knightley. Not exactly groundbreaking stuff but I like both actors so it’s safe to say I’m on board.

For seconds, there’s also news that Darren Aronofsky’s next project is a thriller titled Black Swan. It’s the story of a ballerina in competition with a rival dancer except the rival is actually a ghost (or maybe she’s just delusional?).

The film was originally set up at Universal but it’s now being shopped around to some of the specialty divisions and according to THR, there seems to be a lot of interest. This may have something to do with the fact that it’s Aranofsky (his recent success is sure to help) and the fact that Natalie Portman has signed onto the project.

This one’s a definite thumbs up in my books. I hope production kicks off soon.