Circuit 3: Comic Book Movies

It’s been a while since we ran a Circuit 3, so let’s start by refreshing everyone on how this works. We pick a category, you rank your three best and/or favorite films in that respective category. Easy enough! With Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice hitting theaters Friday, we thought this would be a good […]

Circuit 3: What New Shows Are You Watching?

I’ve grown a little bored with the TV shows I’m watching. While I’ve tried just about everything outside of network TV – because, no – I haven’t been able to fall head over heels for anything new since last year’s cornucopia of new shows (True Detective, Fargo, The Leftovers) with one exception. To no surprise, AMC’s Better Call Saul was […]

Circuit 3 A-Z: Films That Begin With the Letter ‘K’

If movies were a sport, then post-Oscars – March and April – would be the off-season. It’s a brutally boring time of year filled with films that fall short of expectations (if they ever had any to begin with). So we’ll just continue onward in the film alphabet soup game, moving on to movies that […]

Circuit 3: The Characters of Mad Men

This weekend, the big release is Furious 7. But if you thought for one second I would dedicate a Circuit 3 to that franchise, you’re probably as likely see a week dedicated to Michael Bay. Instead, let’s dedicate this edition to one of the greatest TV dramas of all time, Mad Men, which premieres its final season this […]

Circuit 3: College Films

Today kicks off the annual tradition of March Madness, one of the biggest events in collegiate sports. While I – like so many others – have undefeated Kentucky predicted to win it all in my pool, there always comes a bit of unpredictability with the famed college basketball tournament, so I’m hoping for a few […]

Circuit 3: Greatest Costume Designs

This week, Disney will release its live-action take on Cinderella, starring Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. I’m not sure how good of a film it will be, but I can tell you to pencil it in for a Costume Design nomination. One look at the trailer should key you in on it being a probable contender […]

Circuit 3: Most Anticipated Films of 2015

With the 87th Academy Awards fully in our rear view mirror, we’ve begun setting our gaze to the upcoming film year, and the subsequent Oscar race that will eventually bring 2015 to a close. Hopefully you’ve been following along with our Awards Profile posts, where we look way too far into the future to tell […]


Circuit 3: If You Had The Academy’s Ear

The Oscars are a mere ten days away, but ballots just went out to AMPAS members last week, so many probably haven’t cast their final votes to decide best in show for 2014. So let’s take the opportunity to try to influence Oscar voters to select something we’d love to see win that might not […]

Circuit 3: Best of the Decade… So Far

It’s hard to believe, but we are already halfway through the decade. It seems like just yesterday I was naming The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), No Country for Old Men (2007), and There Will Be Blood (2007) my three best films of the aughts. Obviously, there is a lot to choose from. Looking […]

Circuit 3: Marion Cotillard

The first time I remember seeing Marion Cotillard was in Big Fish (2003), and she had been making films for almost a decade by that time. How an actress so naturally talented and beautiful as she could have slipped past our radar for so long, I have no idea. But she took that small side role […]

Circuit 3: Happiest Nominations, Biggest Snubs

Last week, the Oscar nominations were announced, bringing with them the usual clatter of snubs and omissions. Now that a week has passed and the dust has begun to settle, let’s take a more relaxed look at what hit and what missed through our favorite weekly activity, Circuit 3 (humor me). There were some pretty […]

Circuit 3: 72nd Annual Golden Globes Wishes and Long Shot Predictions

This Sunday, January 11, at 8pm EST, the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards will be handed out on NBC. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gives out awards to the best in film and television in 25 different categories, and is one of the most entertaining precursors leading up to Oscar. So this week’s Circuit 3 asks what three winners […]

Circuit 3: Ian McKellen

As the site advocate for all that is Middle-earth (I make no secret that The Lord of the Rings trilogy was my #1 film of the first decade in the 21st century), I have to say that my enthusiasm for the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five […]

Circuit 3: Ralph Fiennes

Ah, the great and beloved Ralph Fiennes finally gets a Circuit 3. One of the best actors of the past twenty-some odd years, Ralph Fiennes has been a central character in Best Picture winners like Schindler’s List and The English Patient, a memorable villain from book adaptations like Harry Potter and Red Dragon, and has […]

Circuit 3: Young Adult Film Adaptations

Adapting young adult novels into film is not a new concept. They’ve been doing this for years now. However, with multi-million film franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games dominating the box office, it’s no surprise to see more and more variations rolling along like tumbleweeds in what is slowly becoming a cinematic desert […]

Circuit 3: The Films of Christopher Nolan

If this sounds familiar, then you probably remember us doing a Circuit 3 on Christopher Nolan in August, 2012. With his new film, Interstellar, currently dividing the internet in terms of love and hate, it felt like a good time to come back to one of the most esteemed directors working today. While some will […]

Circuit 3 A-Z: Films That Begin With the Letter ‘G’

A few weeks ago, we continued ranking our favorite films by letter. We left off with the letter F, so we now move on to calling out the three best films to start with the letter G. The letter G brings us an unbelievable amount of classics, including The Godfather, The Godfather Part Two (obvs), Gone with the […]

Circuit 3: Films Starring Brad Pitt

I have just one question for you: Who the hell doesn’t love Brad Pitt? Not only is the guy one of the coolest people in the world (I mean, he landed Angelina, amiright?), but he is also one of our finest, most under appreciated actors working today. Even when he stars in a sub-par film (The […]

Circuit 3: 80s Classics

Perhaps unlike any other decade, the 80s gifted us with films that stand alone from any other era. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like the 80s has a genre of film all its own, unlike any other decade before or since. Most of you probably get what I’m talking about: films like Back to […]

Circuit 3: Films You Are Most Excited About for the Rest of 2014

With the Venice Film Festival underway – and Telluride right around the corner – the Oscar season has officially begun! Earlier this week, Clayton and the rest of the staff brought you a list of 50 films we think you need to see this fall (and winter). Some may be award contenders, other may not, but […]

Circuit 3 A-Z: Films That Begin With the Letter ‘C’

We continue our Circuit 3 theme of listing our favorite/best films for each letter of the alphabet. Having already ranked films that start with the letters A and B, we move on to list our choices for best movies that begin with the letter C. Just as it was with the letters A and B, there are many, many great films to choose […]

Circuit 3: Special Effects in Movies

The big release this week is the highly anticipated sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (call Guinness, I just broke the record for using the word “the” in a sentence [9]). While the original film was outdone in the Academy’s Visual Effects category by Hugo (rightfully […]

Circuit 3: Movie Musicals

If you listened to last week’s Power Hour podcast, you might have heard Clayton tease about a Movie Musical segment. We didn’t get around to it that time, but look for some discussion on the genre the next go around. With this looming topic – and with Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys in theaters – I thought it […]

Circuit 3: Worst Movie Titles

Tom Cruise’s highly entertaining sci-fi/action flick, Edge of Tomorrow, is doing pretty well at the box office, and is one of my favorite films of 2014 thus far. However, that ridiculously cheesy title doesn’t do the film justice, nor does its original, less repulsive (yet equally flat) title, All You Need Is Kill. This got me thinking […]

Circuit 3: Bill Paxton

This weekend, Doug Liman’s science fiction/action flick, Edge of Tomorrow, hits theaters. We already ranked Tom Cruise films/performances last July, as well as Sci-Fi films this past February, and while I am a huge fan of Emily Blunt – Cruise’s co-star in this weekend’s big release – her resume is not yet full enough to dedicate a […]