Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we catch Dr. Steve Brule getting involved in something dark from the man who gave us A Prophet, rethink animated history with Hitler, love the gun, revisit a video game classic, and hunt for gold down undah. 

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Did X-Men: Apocalypse beat the Thursday box office total Days of Future Past had in 2014? Who are the 100 greatest X-Men of all time? Did you know Deadpool reused some footage from X-Men: The Last Stand? What’s so great about Samsung’s Galaxy S7 special Batman edition phone? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

X-Men Apocalypse Review

As the third film in the most recent trilogy in the X-Men franchise, it’s pretty bold to have a joke in X-Men: Apocalypse that mentions the third film in a trilogy is usually the worst. The line is meant to take a shot at the almost universally hated X-Men: The Last Stand, and while X-Men: Apocalypse is nowhere near as bad as Brett Ratner’s film from 2006, it’s not without some shortcomings of its own.

X-Men: Apocalypse has a simple, hollow story, spinning a wheel that also treads water. However, it also does a great job of bringing the young versions of familiar X-Men into this modified timeline and delivers some thoroughly entertaining action. In short, X-Men: Apocalypse feels like an extended episode of X-Men: The Animated Series, for better and worse.

Read our full X-Men Apocalypse review after the jump. Read More »

Steven Spielberg

Director Steven Spielberg recently made the trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to speak to the Harvard graduates of 2016. Although the director dropped out of college his sophomore year after landing a dream job at Universal Studios, he ultimately returned to Cal State University and earned his bachelor’s degree, long after he had established himself as one of the most successful filmmakers in the industry. “I went [back] for my kids,” he said. “I’m the father of seven, and I kept insisting on the importance of going to college, but I hadn’t walked the walk.” At the age of 55, he made that walk.

Below, watch the Steven Spielberg Harvard commencement speech.

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/Filmcast Ep. 368 – X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men Apocalypse

David and Jeff discuss how the newest X-Men film measures up to the rest of the franchise.

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Popstar Nude Scene

We’re just one week away from the release of Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. The R-rated comedy from the comedic rap trio known as The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer and Jorma Taccone) features an endless array of cameos, some playing themselves, some playing ridiculous characters. However, there’s one cameo in the movie where instead of seeing a well-known face, you only see a certain part of their anatomy that is sparsely seen on film.

In Popstar, there’s a really funny sequence involving a fully exposed penis, and while you never see the face of the person the male member belongs to, the identity of this person is more than surprising. Find about the Popstar nude scene below. Read More »

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1998 The Avengers oral history

In June 1987, in an interview for The New York Times, Stanley Kubrick spoke glowingly about a series of Michelob beer commercials.

“They’re just boy-girl, night-fun,” Kubrick praised, “leading up to pouring the beer, all in 30 seconds, beautifully edited and photographed. Economy of statement is not something that films are noted for.”

That piece published on a Sunday. The following day—after interested parties tracked down who was responsible for these spots—the phone of fashion photographer turned commercial director Jeremiah Chechik started rining off the hook.

Living up to that hype, Jeremiah Chechik’s first feature, Christmas Vacation, dazzled at the box office. Over the next decade, Chechik continued to rise up the ranks, establishing himself as a profitable director and, perhaps as importantly, a director known to work well with actors and the studios. Which is why, in the mid-‘90s, he was tapped by Warner Bros. to direct a $60 million summer action film based on a popular ‘60’s British TV show called The Avengers. With a stellar cast (Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman and Sean Connery) a legendary producer (Jerry Weintraub) and a top-tier British screenwriter (Don Macpherson), The Avengers seemed like a can’t miss film.

Unfortunately though, it missed the mark by a wide margin and drastically changed the trajectory of Jeremiah Chechik’s career. But what, at first, may have looked like a fall from grace wound up leading Chechik to terrific success in another medium. To find out what went wrong and then, ultimately, what went right, we spoke with the talented filmmaker and took a stroll down memory lane…

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Matt Ferguson Predator

Next month, June 12 will mark the 29th anniversary of the release of the action classic Predator. There probably won’t be any celebration along the lines of Alien Day back in April, but there is one way that fans of the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie from Die Hard director John McTiernan. A new print from Matt Ferguson has been unveiled by Bottleneck Gallery, and you’ll be able to buy it today. Check out the regular Predator print and the variant after the jump, plus find out when you can buy them. Read More »

Silicon Valley Alternate Takes

One of the staples of comedy releases on home video is a special feature that contains a reel of alternate jokes and lines from various scenes. They’re called “line-o-ramas” on home video releases for movies from the likes of Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, and Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, but we usually don’t get to see this same practice from television shows. That changes today though.

On HBO’s comedy Silicon Valley, series regular T.J. Miller is known for delivering some pretty brutal insults by way of his character Erlich Bachman. The arrogant partial owner of Pied Piper recently dished out a perfect string of age-based insults when meeting his new boss, “Action” Jack Barker, played by friend of the site Stephen Tobolowsky. But what we saw in the final cut was only a small fraction of what Miller threw out there while they were shooting. Thankfully, a slew of alternate takes has been made available online for you to watch right now. Read More »