/Filmcast Ep. 446 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Luke Skywalker blindThis week, David returns to the /Filmcast, along with Devindra, Jeff, and Peter, to discuss the new Rian Johnson film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Be sure to check out Slashfilm Daily at daily.slashfilm.com.

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Avoiding Star Wars Trailers

(This article does not mention any details of Star Wars: The Last Jedi that haven’t already been revealed in trailers and marketing materials.)

During a recent visit to see Blade Runner 2049 at the Seattle Cinerama, I was seated comfortably and waiting for the show to start. Moments later, the Lucasfilm logo appeared on screen, a trailer started to play, and I saw Rey’s face against the backdrop of Luke Skywalker’s mysterious planet, Ach-To. Within seconds, I’d gotten up and left to go putter around near the concessions. I did this because I have been avoiding pretty much every single piece of marketing material for Star Wars: The Last Jedi for the past year.

As I exited the theater, I was surprised to find a few other men that had also stepped out at about the same time as me. I overheard one of them saying, “Yeah, I thought I was safe, but then that music came on and it’s soooo Star Wars…” His voice trailed off and he stared off wistfully into the middle distance. I realized that these were my brethren. We were all going to save ourselves for the “pure” Star Wars experience together.

I’ve now seen Star Wars: The Last Jedi and today, many months after the first trailer debuted, and many months of scrupulously avoiding any trailers, I want to try and answer the question: Was it worth it?
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happy death day influences

This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra welcome Stephen Tobolowsky to discuss Happy Death Day and the brilliance of Jessica Rothe. Check out Stephen’s new book, My Adventures with God. Also, David goes on hiatus.

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Harrison Ford Punched Ryan Gosling - Blade Runner 2049

This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra welcome C. Robert Cargill to discuss Blade Runner 2049Buy Cargill’s Sea of Rust on Amazon or wherever books are sold.

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American Made Bill Clinton

This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra discuss the tennis drama Battle of the Sexes, get amazed by Gerald’s Game, and praise the second season of Better Things. Special guest Lindsey Romain joins us for our review of American MadeWatch the “Papyrus” sketch on SNL.

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Kingsman The Golden Circle reviews

This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra discuss Netflix’s new Seinfeld special, debate whether Star Trek Discovery and CBS: All Access are a good deal, and praise Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Vietnam. Special guest Joanna Robinson joins us from Vanity Fair. 

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mother!

This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra discuss this year’s Emmy wins, ponder the commitment of American Vandal to the bit, and offer their interpretations of Darren Aronofsky’s mother!. Special guest Andy Signore joins us from Screen Junkies.
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mother spoilers

[This post contains SPOILERS about the new Darren Aronofsky movie mother! For a look at the film without major spoilers, please read Chris Evangelista’s review from the Toronto International Film Festival. mother! is in theaters today.]

A poet and his wife live in a peaceful, idyllic home, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. While the woman is happy, the man begins welcoming strangers into their home and sharing his belongings, until the cost to his wife becomes unspeakably high.

This is the plot of Darren Aronofsky’s mother! which can be interpreted in many ways, but seems most obviously to be an allegory about the creation of the world, as told in the Christian Bible. I found the movie to be provocative, bold, and original, even as its basic conceit began to wear on me during the course of its two-hour runtime. This is a movie that will polarize people and cause some to walk out of theaters.

It’s also unlike most things we’ll see in at the mulitplex this year and for that, I’m grateful (it is absolutely insane that Paramount, a major studio, is releasing this). Here are five things I found to be the most interesting about the film.
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Ep. 433 – It

Stephen King's It Reviews

This week, DavidJeff, and Devindra discuss the challenges of seeing Hamilton, the sadness of The Orville, and wish they could see T2 in theaters without the 3D. Be sure to read Peter’s essay on getting into the Magic Castle and Devindra’s review of T2. To enter our Big Sick contest, email slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com with subject line “Big Sick Contest” and let us know your worst moviegoing experience with a date or significant other.

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A Cast of Kings – Season 7 Review

game of thrones night king
Joanna and David discuss details they missed from the season 7 finale and review listener feedback about the whole season.

Thanks to Buffering The Vampire Slayer for producing this week’s song. Learn more about them at Bufferingthevampireslayer.com/gotDonate to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund. Follow Joanna on Twitter and find her at Vanity Fair. Follow David on Twitter and at his blog Davechen.net.  Read More »