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 remember the lowly cassette tape, get funky with an old school space station, delve into short story, try and make an effort with the family, and look at western music through the eyes of Japan.

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Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Every since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.

Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.

Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »

Marvel Hot Wheels

You’ve seen the Batman v Superman Batmobile, but what does it sound like? Which star posted a photo from the set of Ant-Man? Want to watch the first few minutes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2? How does Brandon Routh feel about Superman Returns? What superhero memorabilia does Jerry “The King” Lawler have? Is there a way to make any candle into a Batsignal? Did someone remake the Ant-Man Comic-Con scene in storyboards? the Read all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Barco Escape

At some point, movie theaters found themselves in the unfortunate position of playing catch up. Where theaters were once the epicenter for entertainment, rising ticket prices and the exponential improvement of home theater technology have all but pushed them to the endangered species list.

Innovation was needed. IMAX was a good start. A screen so big no home can duplicate it. 3D is a mixed bag. It’s more expensive and, frankly, better in the home setting. Sound systems such as Dolby Atmos are great, but most of what makes it special is very nuisanced.

So what’s next? Well, it might be Barco Escape, a technology influenced by the super Cinerama craze of the 1960s, where an additional screen is placed on either side of your normal screen, giving a massive panoramic experience. The first film to be presented in Barco Escape is this week’s release, The Maze Runner. Five theaters across the country are offering the film in Barco Escape and myself and Peter Sciretta just had to try it out for ourselves.

Below, read more about Barco Escape and watch a video blog of our thoughts, criticisms and praise for what the company is calling “a little taste of the future.” Read More »

Pogo's The Trouble

Video remix artist Pogo has been remixing films into music for a four years now. He has done a number of live action film remixes, including: A.I.Lord of the RingsTerminator 2,  Groundhog Day, Pulp Fiction, and even Back to the Future. But he has mainly focused on animated films, including Disneya nd Pixar: the Up-inspired Upular, the Toy Story-inspired Toyz Noize and Buzzwings, the Monsters Inc-inspired “Boo Bass” and others. Pogo’s latest remix (with video made by Joshua Kershaw) combines a bunch of Disney movies, cutting the live action Mary Poppins with animated films like Peter Pan, , Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. Enjoy Pogo’s The Trouble video remix now embedded after the jump.

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Martin Scorsese Commencement Speech 2014

Martin Scorsese gave the commencement address to the 1,275 members of the 2014 graduating class of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts during a ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on May 23rd, 2014. Tisch School of the Arts recently put the whole Martin Scorsese commencement speech online for everyone to watch. Martin Scorsese tells the story of how he ended up at NYU, his misadventures in learning about movies. He also tell stories of the frustrating days on film shoots from his nightmares, his first meeting with Elia Kazan in the late 1960′s, a horrifyingly cruel response to his student film, and how awards and success will come and won’t, in varied degrees at various different moments. Watch the 30 minute Martin Scorsese commencement speech now embedded after the jump.

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VOTD: The Films of David Fincher

The Films of David Fincher

Daniel Silva has edited a 17-minute tribute to filmmaker David Fincher, artfully splicing together the director’s nine feature films including Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This video tribute does not include Fincher’s Alien 3 (because, you know why), his 1985 documentary The Beat of the Live Drum (probably because it isnt a narrative feature film) or his upcoming film Gone Girl. The edit is not just a music video like most of the tribute videos you see these days, including lengthy bits of scenes. That said, the short does include “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails and “Oraculum” by Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Watch Daniel Silva’s The Films of David Fincher now embedded after the jump.

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/Filmcast Ep. 287 – Tusk (GUEST: Matt Patches)

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David and Matt Patches from In Contention and Fighting in the War Room discuss Kevin Smith’s newest film, Tusk. Be sure to check out Scott Tobias’s five rules for making biopics about geniuses.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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