Watch This: Edgar Wright Explores the Art of Close-Ups

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The first time I saw Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead, I was blown away by the close-ups. They seemed to bombard me at every turn in the film, their rapid-fire nature grabbing me by the metaphorical collar and pulling me face first into the next scene. Wright went on to make several more films which make ingenious use of the close-up, and I became so intrigued by these shots. What was Wright’s purpose for them in each film? Why did he seem to employ them so copiously? How did he fit them into his shooting schedule?

Edgar Wright generously agreed to chat with me at length on this topic. I edited our conversation into a video essay exploring the art of close-ups. Check it out after the jump and be sure to pick up Edgar’s The World’s End on Blu-Ray when you get the chance.
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/Filmcast Ep. 257 – Fruitvale Station

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Dave and Devindra get a rundown on the best of Sundance from Germain Lussier, discuss the documentary Mitt on Netflix, and grapple with how Fruitvale Station blurs the line between fact and fiction. Be sure to check out Jessica Testa’s piece on Jodon Romero and Slate’s breakdown of the facts behind Fruitvale.

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Dave and Devindra do a cost-benefit analysis of Netflix disc plans, discuss their favorite Oscar pics, and comment on Armond White’s expulsion from the NYFCC. Laremy Legel joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Laremy’s newest book, See Change: How Studios Abandoned Women to Focus on Sequels and Superheroes – And Why It’s Ruining Cinema.

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I was really looking forward to seeing Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, out in theaters this weekend. I’ve been a fan of the Jack Ryan character in his film incarnations over the years, and I was curious to see what actor/director Kenneth Branagh would do with a spy thriller in the wake of his relatively successful Thor directing job. I’m sad to say that Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is an aggressively average film. Everything about it is generic and bland: the script, the acting, the plot, and the action.

Check out my full video review after the jump.

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12 Years a Slave was my favorite film of the year, so I was pretty disappointed when I read in outlets such as The Guardian and Variety  that former /Filmcast guest Armond White had heckled Steve McQueen during the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Sure, White was no fan of 12 Years a Slave, as demonstrated in our /Filmcast review of the film with him. But shouting down a man during an evening meant to praise him? It struck me as wildly inappropriate. The Chair of the NYFCC, Joshua Rothkopf, agreed and issued a public apology. 

You can listen to some low-quality audio of the incident at Filmlinc.

I asked Armond White to respond to the allegations. I have recorded our conversation and I am releasing it in its entirety as a bonus /Filmcast episode. After the jump, you can download the episode and find some transcribed excerpts from our conversation. Note that this audio file is a combination of two separate recorded files, but none of Armond’s remarks were abridged. You can read Armond’s latest “Better Than” list at CityArts. See also Luke O’Neill’s essay on “The Year We Broke The Internet.”
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Dave, Devindra and Jeff from Newest Latest Best discuss Martin Scorsese’s latest masterpiece, The Wolf of Wall St.. Be sure to check out more info on Jeff’s newest play. Also, see A.O. Scott’s great review of Wolf of Wall St. 

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Watch This: David’s Top 10 Films of 2013

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It’s been an amazing year for films, possibly the best one since I started writing/talking about film seriously back in 2007. Devindra and I had a spirited discussion of our top 10 films of the year, but for those who prefer a shorter, 9-minute long version of that podcast episode, you can find a video version of my top 10 films of 2013 after the jump.

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The /Filmcast’s Top 10 Films of 2013

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In this episode (#255) of the /Filmcast, Dave and Devindra run down their top 10 films of 2013, discuss the movies they’re looking forward to in 2014, and argue about how terrible The Lone Ranger was, relatively speaking. Be sure to check out this piece by Scott Mendelson on his worst films of 2013. 

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