Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017 by David Chen
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss Macon Blair’s impressive directorial debut, get pleasantly tickled by The Tickle King, and try to figure out WTF happened during the craziest Oscars moment ever. Be sure to read Harris’s take on the Oscars, and her review of Get Out.
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss proper theater etiquette during movie credits, praise the portrayal of adolescence in Edge of Seventeen, and get awed by the performative brilliance of Sneaky Pete. Be sure to read up on fake news websites launched by A Cure for Wellness.
Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017 by David Chen
After nearly two decades, the X-Men franchise under 20th Century Fox’s stewardship has begun to feel too constrained by storytelling mechanics and full of characters that are warmed over. After the third or fourth time that you’ve seen the X-Men crew go up against a powerful supervillain and face off against a city- or world-destroying force (often accompanied by a blue beam shooting towards the sky), you begin to wonder whether this franchise still has new stories to tell.
These days, films that deviate heavily from the formula have felt refreshing (e.g., Deadpool, Days of Future Past), while those that hew closely to it are tiresome (e.g., X-Men: Apocalypse). This is why James Mangold’s Logan is a goddamn miracle. It unapologetically blazes its own trail in the X-Men universe. Logan throws the whole X-Men chessboard into the air, settles on the few pieces it wants to use, and then plays them off each other in ways we’ve never seen. The results are thrilling, and give me hope that the genre as a whole can still be fresh and inventive. It’s a near-perfect film, and one that I’ll be thinking about for a very long time.
Spoiler-free thoughts on Logan follow.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by David Chen
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss the inspiring short film The White Helmets, the surprisingly good Riverdale, the disappointing Santa Clarita Diet, and the visually spectacular Legion. Be sure to see Louis CK on dancing as a profession, and David’s thoughts on Six Feet Under’s ending.
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss the joy of Lego Batman and the surreal experience of watching the Super Bowl this year. Also, Peter Sciretta joins us to discuss the title for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Be sure to check out the Nerd Crew’s analysis of the new Star Wars title.
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss their reactions to the Oscar nominations, praise Jeff Nichols’ new film Loving, and recommend the absurd and zany Baskets. Also, check out Kyle Hillinger’s new film project here, see Jon Stewart’s takedown CNN’s tendency to leave it there, and watch John McTiernan’s latest video.
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s latest. In the After Dark, we talk about top 10 lists, the fate of Twitter, and the psychological toll of Twitter. Also, we’re launching a Slack experiment! If you want to join our Slack, go to slackfilmcast.com and sign up.
Posted on Friday, January 20th, 2017 by David Chen
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss how much David doesn’t get Jim Jarmusch and get disappointed by The Girl on the Train. Then in the After Dark, Devindra gives a preview of the Nintendo Switch and Jeff and David discuss your (lengthy) feedback to our Silence episode.