2014 Is The Year We Make a Movie with Stephen Tobolowsky

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Four and a half years ago, I recorded my first podcast episode of “The Tobolowsky Files” with Stephen Tobolowsky, featuring true stories about life, love, and Hollywood. Stephen is an incredible storyteller and in the time since that first podcast was published here at slashfilm.com, even more people have gotten the chance to enjoy his stories through a book from Simon & Schuster, a radio show by Public Radio International, and several sold-out live shows.

Now we’d like to take Stephen’s stories to the big screen. And we need your help to do it.

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Dave and Devindra discuss whether House of Cards is television or not, and share their reactions to the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer. Plus, Dave launches a Kickstarter to make a movie with Stephen Tobolowsky this yearJoanna Robinson joins us from Vanity Fair. Be sure to read why House of Cards doesn’t care what you think.

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Dave and Devindra try to figure out what the heck Shia LaBeouf is doing, wonder if The Raid 2 has too much action, and get disappointed by Escape PlanChris Klimek from Washington City Paper joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Chris’s Die Hard’s Guide to Die Hard.

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In a video essay published last week, Amy Nicholson (from LA Weekly) and I dove into some of the intricacies of Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York. This week in Part 2, we examine the role of Sammy Barnathan, ponder why Caden wears a wig later on in the film, reflect on the role of Madeline Gravis, and try to figure out why everyone is everyone, as the world outside of the play collapses.

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/Filmcast Ep. 259 – The Lego Movie

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Dave and Devindra get excited about the forthcoming Preacher adaptation, praise the gut-wrenching Broken Circle Breakdown, and remember the amazing Philip Seymour Hoffman. Angie Han joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Dave’s close-ups video essay and his essay about interpreting Synecdoche, New York.

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The Lego Movie is probably the most fun I’ve had at the movies since seeing Pacific Rim last summer. Writer/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have taken a film that could have been a shameless, lifeless tie-in and infused it with so much life that it’s bursting at the seams with jokes, movie references, colorful set pieces, hilarious dialogue, and even characters from other universes.

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The recent, tragic passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman prompted me to look back at some of his most memorable work. One of his films that I’ve always wanted to delve more deeply into is Synecdoche, New York, Charlie Kaufman‘s meditation on mortality and creativity. While I admired much about what the film is trying to do and say – and Hoffman is tremendous in it – I found that even after repeated viewings, many of the film’s meanings and themes eluded me (despite already having recorded a lengthy podcast episode on the topic 4 years ago). I was fortunate to team up with someone way more knowledgeable than me to create a video essay about Synecdoche: Amy Nicholson from LA Weekly and the Village Voice podcast.

In the below video essay, Amy and I discuss the meaning of certain elements in the film, such as the burning house, Caden’s ailing health, Violet’s poisonous tattoos, and the fluidity of time. We chatted for so long that I had to break our conversation up into two separate parts, making this part 1 of a 2-part video essay (part 2 will come next week). Check it out after the jump.
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Dave and Devindra aren’t fans of Quentin Tarantino’s legal actions, discuss what e-mail filters to set up in the event of an internet mob attack, picture what Speed would look like inside a concert hall, and try to get excited about the next M. Night Shyamalan movie. Amy Nicholson joins us from LA Weekly and the Voice Film Club. Be sure to read why Philip Seymour Hoffman is us and read the sad story of Lindsey Stone.

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