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Dave, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the pleasures of Boyhood and pick their favorite Emmy nominees. Be sure to read Annalee Newitz’s Apes timeline, and learn more about Dave’s favorite moment in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dave’s review of Orange is the New Black,  as well as the special effects shot that took over 1030 iterations. Also, what’s the truth about Andy’s dad?

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Dave and Jeff chat about the suboptimal viewing experience of watching Transformers: Age of Extinction in IMAX 3D, how to suck at using Facebook, and why parents should force their kids to play musical instruments. Be sure to read about The Fermi Paradox and 7 Ways to be Insufferable on Facebook.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is out in theaters this weekend (click here to see our site’s coverage of it thus far), and you should go see it. It’s a tense, action-packed meditation on the intractability of tribalism, a summer blockbuster that actually has characters you care about and a story that will make you think. Beyond this, there were countless epic, transcendent moments throughout. Dawn may have been my favorite film of 2014 thus far.

But one moment in the film struck me as particularly powerful. Find out what it was after the jump. Very minor spoilers follow. Read More »

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I recently had a chance to visit the Fremont Sunday Market, which is always brimming with interesting curios and personalities. This past weekend, the work of Dave Ryan from Manticore Stencil really caught my eye. Ryan makes a living off his eye-catching pop culture stencils, which are on display at the Market and at various other locations throughout Seattle. Often he will take old, second-hand paintings and stencil recognizable pop culture artifacts onto them. I found the results to be goofy, charming, and amusing.

I had a chance to chat with Dave on camera about his working style, but the story of how he really got into art truly blew me away. See the video after the jump. Read More »

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This post contains some very minor spoilers for Season 2 of Orange is the New Black

I just finished the second season of Jenji Kohan’s Orange is the New Black on Netflix and I was blown away by it. What an extraordinary piece of work Kohan has created: a show that is brimming with rich, complex characters, and that looks and sounds like nothing else on TV (or Netflix) right now.

Here are a few reasons why this show is so incredibly impressive.
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/Filmcast Ep. 278 – Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Dave, Devindra, Peter and Jeff discuss some of your “Dealbreaker” choices via our Facebook page, Peter explains to us what happened during his 4dX experience, Dave gets disappointed by The Rover, Devindra is reminded of the magic of The Abyss, and Jeff loves the Fargo TV series. Also, check out Peter’s post on the Forbidden Journey and iO9′s Transformers FAQ.

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transformers age extinction film as commerce

Transformers: Age of Extinction is a relentless assault on the senses that somehow still managed to bore me to tears. It’s a 2 hour and 40 minute film that features giant robots riding enormous robot dinosaurs killing bad giant robots, yet is devoid of any meaningful thrills or excitement. Filled with explosions, flying glass, a laughably incoherent plot, and paper-thin characters who behave completely nonsensically, this movie dares you to try and look away from its mess, then punches you in the throat with its runtime as your body urges you to head for the exit.

But maybe that’s okay. Because Transformers: Age of Extinction is still going to make a billion dollars worldwide. It’s the most Michael Bay film that Michael Bay ever Bay’ed. This film is the logical culmination of film as commerce. Let’s explore why.
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Bong Snowpiercer

After some protracted disagreements with the Weinstein Company, Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer will finally hit theaters this weekend in the form that Bong intended. I’ve been a huge fan of Bong Joon-Ho since I saw Memories of Murder on DVD years ago. I find that he’s able to deftly balance wildly divergent tones in his films, from the zany to the serious, from the fantastical to the relatable.

While I had a few issues with Snowpiercer’s script (particularly some of its third-act exposition), it’s a singular film that’s like nothing else out in theaters right now. If you are lucky enough to have this film playing in a theater near you, definitely check it out.

I had the chance to chat with Bong Joon-Ho when he was here in Seattle hosting a Q&A for the film. We spoke through a translator and discussed the use of violence in Snowpiercer, his script-writing process with Kelly Masterson, and his struggles to get final cut. This interview has been edited for length and clarity, and to eliminate spoilers.
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