Sean Bean @ 58

Sean Bean is alive and well and turns 58 today. We have watched him die on the big screen (and the small screen) for several decades now. While he was grinding away in the UK doing TV along the lines of the Sharpe’s series of telemovies, and small parts in arthouse features from Stormy Monday to How To Get Ahead in Advertising, before he slowly rose in popularity in the USA after a string of high profile movies such as Patriot Games, alongside 007 in GoldenEye, and his supporting but memorable role in the star-studded Ronin before landing Boromir in Lord of the Rings and headlining the iconic first season of HBO’s Game of Thrones.

It is a running meme that he dies in every movie or TV show he makes an appearance, and while (obviously) that is not entirely accurate, well, there is some truth to the internets collective sense of humour. He is not the most-dyingist actor out there, and has some way to go to catch Horror icons Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price for being killed on screen. (And surprising to me, the top of the killed-on-screen list was actually the often high-brow, Sir John Hurt.) But considering Bean is in fewer roles and still has presumably 25 years of his career left if he choose to work to the age of those other fine thespians, he could catch them.

Also, if are so inclined to do the math, Sean Bean dies across 32% across all of his TV and film credits, which, according to The Nerdist’s 2014 analysis, is actually the highest percentage, even though the older, more prolific guys have him beat with the raw numbers in the chart below.

Not At Odds #5 – Jupiter Ascending, Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb!

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Guys! Jandy and I just got back from JUPITER ASCENDING and really enjoyed it. So much so, in fact, that we devoted 40-some minutes to talking about it in this week’s episode of NOT AT ODDS. Here’s the deal: we won’t go to mat for the flick, but we will tell you what worked for us and why we found this mess more enjoyable than some of the more polished fare we’ve seen lately. I also issue a dare that’s somewhat related to last week’s episode.

Let’s get to it!

 

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Cinecast Episode 380 – More Hovering

 
Party crasher on the set of the RowThree Cinecast arrives in studio in the form of one Sean Dwyer from Film Junk. More well-equipped to take the punches from Matt Gamble than anyone, it turns out to be a much more agreeable show than we anticipated – even with the latest Wachowski output being compared to Citizen Kane. That’s right, from the Ascension of the Jovian Gas Giant to the depths of Jude Law’s Russian sea we are a literal high and low podcast. Later in the Watch List, Sean and Andrew look deep into the “Black Mirror” while Matt and Kurt praise another successful editing venture of the great Louis C.K. – of course it doesn’t stop there. We have Steve McQueen, Spike Lee and “that one about the Nazis” on Amazon TV; among many other tid-bits of discussion. We’re happy and honored that Sean could finally make an appearance and happy to hear of the many upcoming moments of greatness still to come from the Film Junk crew.

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Trailer: Jupiter Ascending

Glossy, pulpy, expensive, and looking very much like the sci-fi portion of Cloud Atlas, here is the first look at the Wachowski Siblings’ follow up film, Jupiter Ascending. While it seems far more conventional in its aim (it is essentially Snow White again?) than their previous film, the cast, including Channing Tatum, Sean Bean, Doona Bae and Eddie Redmayne seems very much at home in the John Carter-esque surroundings. And it’s nice to see ‘the chosen one’ be female for once, even if it is Mila Kunis. Cheap editorial jabs aside, have a look at the trailer below.

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) is an unlucky Russian immigrant who cleans toilets for a living. She encounters Caine (Tatum), an interplanetary warrior whom the Queen of the Universe sent to kill Jupiter. Caine tells Jupiter that the stars were pointing to an extraordinary event on the night she was born, and that her DNA could mark her as the universe’s next leader.

Cinecast Episode 217 – Capraesque!

 
 
With no Matt Gamble to be heard this week, we decided we needed someone to take the feminine point of view on the Cinecast this week. Row Three contributor Jandy Stone stops by to give some schooling to the boys on the MGM musicals of the 1940s, Yasujirō Ozu and Agnès Varda. We dig into Super 8, that accomplished and elusive Spielbergian zone of nostalgia known as the ‘Amblin Film,’ and whether or not the Rubik’s Cube was popular in small town America in 1979. Do we think it is a Goonies or merely a *batteries not included? Basically, Kurt continually bags on the JJ Abrams whilst confessing to really like Super 8. We also have a look at the state of 3D as the summer gets underway in earnest, and we might not see eye-to-eye on Braveheart. Lots of DVD picks and a few tears are shed as more Criterion titles gently slip through the tight grip of Netflix.

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Cinecast Episode 214 – I Hate that I Know That

 
 
We start things off simple. No Kurt. Just some Pirates and Priests. With unpleasantness out of the way, Kurt jumps in with both feet for a indie post-apocalyptic film out of Toronto, a re-evaluation of Inglorious Basterds and Tarantino’s career. Trains and Toni Collette keep the conversation chugging along and with Gamble here, “Game of Thrones” is sort of unavoidable. We all revel in the love for Rip Torn and South Korea before rounding everything out with a talk about sequels that are crazier than a rat in a tin shithouse (ala Caddyshack II and Gremilns II). Nobody dies.

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Review: Black Death

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In the year 1348, the Black Plague is sweeping through Europe, killing without mercy or discrimination. No one knew what caused it or how to stop it, only that it spread like wildfire and led to devastating and inevitable death. In a world dominated by religion, it must have seemed the judgment of an angry God or the work of demons. Such is the belief of the monks and fighting men in Black Death, a solid if not particularly remarkable B-movie potboiler.

Young monk Osmund jumps at the opportunity to join a group of mercenaries in search of a nearly mythical village that reports say is totally free from the plague – he’s experiencing a crisis of faith due both to the plague and his romantic attachment to a young woman, and being holed up in the monastery doesn’t seem to be helping him. But the search for the village takes on a religious significance as well, as the question arises whether it’s immune because it has been blessed by God, or because it has denounced God and given itself over to demons. Group leader Ulrich (played by the ever-reliable Sean Bean) ascribes to the second theory, believing that the village harbors a necromancer whose death would end the plague.

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Quick Thoughts: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy JacksonI don’t doubt that Rick Riordan’s series is a fabulous read. Full of Greek mythology and more than a little action, it makes for a fast paced tale of adventure but how that translates onto the big screen isn’t exactly great. I’m sure one of the reasons Fox brought director Chris Columbus on board to direct the first film in the series may have something to do with his success in kicking off the Harry Potter franchise. What they failed to take into account is the fact that Harry Potter already had a rabid fanbase where as Percy Jackson…let’s just say he’s no pre-pubescent magician.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief has a whole lot going for it. The story of demigods living amongst humans in the modern world certainly offers many an opportunity for story telling. In this particular world, Zeus has forbidden the gods from communicating with their mortal children in fear that they will overlook their Godly duties but when Zeus’ lightning bolt is stolen, Zeus gets angry (and a little irrational). He knows his brother Poseidon didn’t steal it but he thinks Poseidon’s son Percy may have and so an ultimatum is set: return the bolt in two weeks or face war. Typical God stuff wouldn’t you say? It also brings this whole Gods not interacting with their half human kids into question.

Here’s where the story really kicks off (as much as it ever does). As everyone searches for the bolt (who wouldn’t want to rule Olympus?) Percy comes to know his true origin, is taken into a camp for special kids (other demigods like himself), gathers a few troops and heads off to rescue his mother who has been kidnapped by Hades, the ruler of the underworld, a dude who also happens to be his uncle. Basically, there’s a whole lot going on including some digging through Greek mythology. To the film’s credit (likely due to screen writer Craig Titley who adapted Riordan’s book) the convoluted associations between characters and the mythology associated with them is peppered throughout the film quite well. The only problem is that with all of the supernatural stuff flying around, the film still manages to be pretty dull.

The action is yawn inducing, the effects good in places and laughably bad in others, the comedy occasionally works and falls flat in other places – it’s a bit of an uneven mess, one that’s heightened by the appearance of some amazingly talented actors. Makes you wonder what they were thinking when they agreed to some of these roles. From Kevin McKidd as Poseidon to Catherine Keener as Percy’s mother, there are a spattering of appearances from some heavyweights including Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Melina Kanakaredes, Joe Pantoliano and Uma Thurman. When one appears, you can’t help but groan – yes, it’s that bad (with the exception of Sean Bean as Zeus who is just…well, awesome). As for the leads, Logan Lerman as Percy has a promising career ahead of him; he may not be great but neither is the material and he does show promise (along with a fair amount of screen presence) while Alexandra Daddario’s pretty face is likely to turn up again, hopefully in another role where girls kick ass.

Percy Jackson is a disappointment considering the amount of money thrown at it and the calibre of talent involved. It’s a bit of a slog at nearly two hours but you know what? It’s worth every penny for the awesomeness of seeing Hades and Persephone duke it out. Steve Coogan and Rosario Dawson are easily the highlight of the film and they steal the show in their short interlude. Someone should really think to cast them in The Life and Times of Hades and Persephone because they’re genius together. And seriously, is it even legal to look this amazing? And I’m not talking about Coogan.

Steve Coogan and Rosario Dawson in Percy Jackson

Yeah, that’s what I thought.