Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman

Last week I had the opportunity to interview screenwriter Diablo Cody and producer Jason Reitman about the new teen horror comedy Jennifer’s Body.

During the interview we talked about the 1980′s horror influences of the film, the magic of old horror movie cover art, Diablo’s cameo and the full burn that never happened, the prospects of a Cody/Reitman comedy tour, the warm thoughts from /Film commenters, Cody’s writing process, the troubles of keeping pop culture jokes relevant through the lengthy development process, Jason’s thoughts on directing horror films,  the first time Jason watched Nightmare on Elm Street, Diablo on writing strong female protagonists, and finally… Reitman and Cody address the Juno backlash.

And since Diablo and JasOn are both very active on Twitter, I also decided to ask some quick questions from Twitter users: Will Reitman direct Tara? Does Diablo feel pressure to change her writing style? Will Diablo direct? Will Jason and Diablo work together again? What does Diablo think of the “unfair criticism”? Does Jason feel pressure to be more like his father? How are the characters in Juno and Jennifer’s Body connected? Which John Hughes teen movie would be better with Demons?

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TIFF Movie Review: CleanFlix

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When I first found out that a documentary about Cleanflix was playing at the Toronto International Film Festival, I immediately added it to my must-see list. I’ve always been interested and outraged at the concept of Cleanflix.

For those of you who don’t know, Mormons are advised not to watch R-rated movies because the language, sex and violence will contaminate and pervert your brain. The modern day prophets say the best solution is to avoid these things at all costs. A video rental store was opened in Utah to cater to to the sanitized beliefs. Cleanflix would take Hollywood movies and professionally edit them in final cut, removing most of the “bad parts.”

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Steve (from Collider) and I usually record our video blogs in separate locations through the magic of the internet, but since we’re both attending this year’s Toronto Film Festival, we’ve decided to record some video blogs talking about some of the movies we’ve seen at the festival. We’ve tried to keep the video blogs short and to the point, but as always, it sometimes goes longer than planned. But if you know us, that’s to be expected.

After the jump you can watch Steve and I talk about my two favorite films of this year’s Toronto Film Festival: the new Coen Brothers movie A Serious Man and the new Jason Reitman movie Up in the Air. We both loved these films and the buzz you’re hearing is totally accurate. I know we’ve talked more than enough about Up in the Air on this site already, but Steve really wanted to talk about it, so we included the film in this double feature. Listen to what we thought after the jump.

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TIFF Video Reactions: Youth in Revolt and Daybreakers

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Steve (from Collider) and I usually record our video blog’s in separate locations through the magic of the internet, but since we’re both attending this year’s Toronto Film Festival, we’ve decided to record some video blogs talking about some of the movies we’ve seen at the festival. We’ve tried to keep the video blogs short and to the point, but, as always, it sometimes goes longer than planned. But if you know us, that’s to be expected.

Anyway, after the jump you can watch Peter and I talk about the new Michael Cera movie Youth in Revolt and The Spierig Brothers vampire film Daybreakers. We liked both of the films, and you can find out why in the video blogs below. Also, while some movies at the festival won’t hit theaters for another year, Youth in Revolt arrives in late October and Daybreakers hits theaters this January.

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TIFF Movie Review: Defendor

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Peter Stebbings feature directing debut Defendor is not your typical superhero movie. Actually, it features no super powers, and the vigilantism is more Home Alone than Death Wish. It’s a character piece with both dramatic and comic elements. Defendor successfully attempts to both subvert and inhabit the superhero genre in a much MUCH different way than Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming adaptation of Kick-Ass.

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Jason Reitman

While at the Telluride Film Festival, I had the chance to talk to Academy Award-nominated director Jason Reitman about his new, and much buzzed about film, Up in the Air. I conducted the interview in conjunction with my friend Alex from FirstShowing, filmed “up in the air,” (get it?) in a gondola traveling up and down the mountains of Telluride Colorado. This is probably the most unique interview I’ve ever been apart of, and it turned out pretty well. It’s a definite must watch, even if you haven’t seen the film (no spoilers are discussed). Watch the interview now embedded after the jump.
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TIFF Video Review: Drew Barrymore’s Whip It

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I’m sure I’ll get mocked for admitting this but… one of the films I was most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, was Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It. Yeah, a rather unusual choice, but I’m a sucker for coming of age films, Ellen Page, and for that matter, most of the cast involved. The soundtrack listing was kinda awesome, and the concept of a teenager entering the world of roller derby screamed of potential.

So to say I was disappointed by the film, you must understand I went in with higher expectations than anyone realistically should. The film is what you might expect from Barrymore, and definitely feels like it was written and directed by first timers. The characters, for the most part, seem one-dimensional. We’ve seen this family before, in 100 movies and television shows. The roller derby team consists of cliches – the rocker girl, the stoner hippy chick…etc. And rarely do any of these characters transcend these pre-built molds. But this film does have heart.

Barrymore is a great producer, and put together an incredible ensemble cast, visually and musically stunning moments she’s been saving in her back pocket for over a decade. But most of it, for me, rang unauthentic. That said, it has a bunch of laughs, hits the right emotional notes, and is worth seeing.

I recorded a video blog with Liam from EmpireMovies, discussing the movie. You can watch that video blog after the jump.

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TIFF Review: Jennifer’s Body

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Two years ago, screenwriter Diablo Cody made a huge splash with her big screen debut Juno, which was praised by critics, and was ultimately met with backlash by those who arrived on the backend of the hype. An Academy Award and two years later, Diablo is back in Toronto with something to prove. If you hate Cody, I doubt Jennifer’s Body will do much to change your mind. There are sure to be a lot of naysayers with a vocal agenda who will likely never give this film a real chance.

For me, Jennifer’s Body was a lot of fun. The movie feels more like the teen horror films that I grew up with in the 1980′s than the contemporary slashers produced by Platinum Dunes or Dimension Films. Actually, it plays more like a teen comedy than a horror film, and that’s not a bad thing. The laugh to jump ratio is probably 50:1.

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