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I saw Birdman Wednesday night at an advanced screening in downtown Seattle. I don’t think my audience knew what to make of it. It definitely suffers from many of the issues that Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s films typically fall prey to: overwrought dialogue; characters who serve as symbols or ideas nothing more; and a bit too much fixation on misery and regret.

Still, I loved Birdman and can’t stop thinking about it. Hit the jump for my video review, and share your thoughts on the film in the comments below.
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/Filmcast Ep. 291 – Fury

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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss how critics are wrong about The Judge, praise the hilarity of Alan Partridge, try to get excited about DC Comics’ ambitious new plans, and share how much they’d be willing to pay for a standalone HBO service. Also, David produced a film! You can get it for $6 using promo code filmcast. Be sure to check out Scott Tobias’s review of Birdman when you have a chance, as well.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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David Ayer’s Fury is a solid film. If features great performances all around, the tank battles are legitimately thrilling, and there is some really unsettling imagery that lands the message of how war is hell. But the film, like many of Ayer’s other movies, glorifies the idea of being part of an unflinching brotherhood in the face of unspeakable odds. And that’s simply not the message I took away from watching it.

Hit the jump to see my full video review of Fury.
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/Filmcast Ep. 290 – Stretch

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David, Devindra, and Jeff encourage you to see movie music live, praise ABC’s multicultural Fall TV lineup, and try to figure out what a Perfume TV show would look like. Also, we discuss the virtues of selfie sticks and David goes on a rant about the lost art of blooper reels. Be sure to see Key and Peele’s sketch on Family Matters, read why marriage is an abductioncheck out Germain’s interview with Joe Carnahan, and learn about the case against cinematic universes. Also, listen to Tango (Por Una Cabeza) arranged by John Williams. Also, see why the Always Sunny bloopers are so awesome.
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How to Shoot a Nightclub Scene Using Almost No Money

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This year at the Seattle International Film Festival, I saw a movie called Layover, which tells the story of how a young Parisian named Simone gets stuck in LA on an extended layover and ends up learning more about her hopes and dreams than she had anticipated. Not only was I impressed with the film, I also loved the story of how filmmaker Joshua Caldwell put it together for about $6,000. Layover is a testament to what can be accomplished with a solid script, a strong directorial eye, a single Canon 5D Mark II camera, and sheer willpower.

In fact, I enjoyed the film so much that (full disclosure) I signed on to become a producer for it. And starting today, /Film readers and /Filmcast listeners can download the film, DRM-free, for $5.95.

One thing that I found particularly impressive about the film was an intense scene that takes place at a nightclub with Simone and her friend. How did Caldwell shoot this scene on such a limited budget? After the jump, see Caldwell’s exclusive video explanation of how he filmed the nightclub scene, and read an interview I did with Caldwell and his collaborators.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff chat about the brilliance of Tim’s Vermeer, reflect on the promise of The Affair, sympathize with poor theater exhibitors, and speculate on the possible plotline for the new Tetris movie. Special guest Joanna Robinson joins us from Vanity Fair. Be sure to read up on FilmDrunk’s spoiler-y post on Gone Girl and learn why you’re not the man I hoped you’d become.
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David and Devindra are joined by Matt Patches to discuss The Guest and what it’s like when your quote is in really, really large font on a film’s poster. Be sure to check out Matt’s interview with the filmmakers of The Guest

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 67 – Tomorrow Comes

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You try many things on a first camping trip: peyote, skinny dipping, death. We were lucky. We got two out of three.

The Tobolowsky Files is a podcast from the people who brought you the /Filmcast, featuring a series of stories about life, love, and the entertainment industry, as told by legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky. You can e-mail Stephen at stephentobolowsky(AT)gmail(DOT)com. You can also follow him on Facebook.

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