David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss their top 10 films of 2015. Thanks for a great year! Be sure to read up on Julie Bush’s Twitter rant about Steve Jobs, and about how your dish water will become valuable in the future.
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David, Peter, and Jeff have a spoiler-filled discussion about the engrossing Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer. Be sure to read Peter’s write-up, Buzzfeed’s interview with the filmmakers, Pajiba’s write-up, and the ongoing Subreddit about the series.
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the disappointments of Point Break, the beauty of Carol, and the pleasures of the music biopic Love and Mercy. Be sure to read up on Quentin Tarantino’s use of the N-word and Matt Zoller Seitz’s review of The Hateful Eight.
Posted on Thursday, December 24th, 2015 by David Chen
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss all the discussion around Star Wars: The Force Awakens that’s happened over the past week, praise a great Shakespeare adaptation (not Macbeth), and discuss the cultural damage of Love Actually. Be sure to read up on why Force Awakens is the least interesting Star Wars, why Force Awakens is a deeply broken film, and some crazy Star Wars: Episode VIII theories.
Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015 by David Chen
“If you’re the only one who does something, you’re the world’s greatest.”
This is the epigraph that opens Spearhunter, a new short film by director Adam Roffman. And in amusing fashion, the film explores the personality and life of Gene Morris, whose Spear Hunting Museum has a mural on its side proclaiming him “The Greatest Spear Hunter in Recorded History.” What would drive a person to create such a museum? And how does one spearhunt, anyway?
These were the questions that drove Roffman to make this film. When I saw Spearhunter at the Independent Film Festival of Boston this year, I was taken with its beautiful cinematography and its great use of b-roll and editing, all of which served to give viewers a vivid sense of Morris’s egotism and eccentricity. I was also curious about how Roffman, who has previously been a film festival program director and a set dresser on many critically acclaimed films, had made the jump into documentary filmmaking, so I asked him about the making of the film via email.
Spearhunter is now online. You can watch the short film and read my interview with Adam below.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Peter Sciretta to discuss the new Star Wars film (with lots of spoilers), the spoilerphobia taking over the internet, and how Peter Sciretta totally pulled a Homer Simpson at the world premiere of the film. Be sure to read up on what a legacyquel is and Walter Chaw’s review of The Force Awakens.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Is an Exciting Return to Form for the Franchise [David’s Video Review]
Posted on Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 by David Chen
When I first heard JJ Abrams was taking on the Star Wars franchise, I got excited. With his first Star Trek film, Abrams showed he could take an iconic and beloved franchise and transform it into something new and exciting, while still respecting its roots.
I think with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, he’s done the exact same thing again, except that the Star Wars franchise fits in even better with Abrams’ sensibilities. The Force Awakens is an exciting return to form for Star Wars. It extends the Skywalker saga while introducing some great new characters whose stories I think audiences will get really invested in. Hit the jump to see/read my spoiler-free video review of the film.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the impossibility of frontier life and this year’s Golden Globe nominations. Be sure to read up on James Cameron’s thoughts on Avatar’s sequels and Peter Jackson’s thoughts on the Hobbit films.
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