Straight Outta Compton

Devindra chats with Wilson Morales, editor of Blackfilm, and Guardian contributor Ben Westhoff about Straight Outta Compton. Spoiler: It’s one biopic you won’t want to miss. Check out Ben’s pieces on the inaccuracies of the film (with a little help from Ice Cube), as well his book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop.

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American Ultra trailer

David is joined by Matt Singer to discuss American Ultra (and why you shouldn’t see Hitman: Agent 47). Check out Matt’s pieces in praise of Jesse Eisenberg, reviewing Hitman, reviewing American Ultra, and ranking the worst movie parents of the summer and the 50 best movie taglines.

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Getting a Career Writing About Film/TV

Almost Famous

More and more frequently these days, my colleagues and I receive these questions from listeners/readers: How do I get a job writing about film or television? How do I build up an online presence and get myself noticed?

I don’t really know how to answer these questions — but fortunately, I know some very smart people who do. I invited Alison Willmore from Buzzfeed and Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair to join me for a bonus /Filmcast episode, in which we discussed our diverse career paths. We discussed we do for a living, how we got the jobs we have, what advice we’d have for those starting out, and what we’d do differently if we had the chance.

In my opinion, Alison and Joanna are two of the smartest, most observant people in the industry right now. I hope you’ll benefit from their knowledge and experience, as I have. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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Rogue Nation IMAX Preview

David talks with composer Joe Kraemer about writing the score for Mission: ImpossibleRogue Nation, incorporating Puccini into his work, figuring out how to open a film, and figuring out the theme for the Solomon Lane. You can buy the Rogue Nation soundtrack on iTunes, Amazon, or Lalaland records.

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2015 Summer Movie Wager

Its that time of year again. Jeff Cannata (formerly of the Totally Rad Show, now host of DLC, We Have Concerns and co-host of the /Filmcast) has thrown down the gauntlet, and once again challenged /Film to compete with him in what has become an annual tradition: the Summer Movie Wager. Every year in the past I would make a guest appearance on the Totally Rad Show for this segment, but with that show now disbanded we have taken on the job of hosting this contest on /Film. This is the ninth annual edition of this contest.

This year the contest includes David Chen (his first time) Germain Lussier (with a write-in ballot), Jeff Cannata and myself in a game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. It’s a free-for-all; the person with the best score wins. But it isn’t just that easy — not only do the participants need to predict what 10 films will be the highest grossing films domestically, but we need to place them in order. After the jump you can listen to the full episode of the show with our predictions.

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Ron Rains

In this bonus episode of the /Filmcast, David chats with one of his idols, Peter K. Rosenthal, head film critic for The Onion – otherwise known as actor Ron Rains. You can see Ron in an upcoming production of Billy Elliot as well as in the film We Grew Up Here. Also, check out all of his Onion Film Reviews.

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The /Filmcast: Bonus Ep. – Oscars 2015 Post-Mortem

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David, Jeff, and Germain break down their thoughts on this year’s Academy Awards. Be sure to read Germain’s commentary on the Oscars, the brutally honest Oscar ballet, and why Sound of Music runs this town.

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matthewmargeson

Kingsman: The Secret Service is the first great action film of 2015, a  delightful riff on British spy movies that manages to bring a modern sensibility to its incredibly choreographed action set pieces. Thus, it was with great pleasure that I interviewed Matthew Margeson, who wrote the score for Kingsman along with co-composer Henry Jackman. The score is a delight, with an enjoyable theme that has hints of “British elegance and charm,” as Margeson puts it.

Hit the jump to hear my /Filmcast interview with Margeson. You can buy the soundtrack for Kingsman on Amazon, iTunes, or at Lalaland Records.

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Watch: The Beautiful Short Films of Ben Aston

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I first learned about director (and /Filmcast listener) Ben Aston when he wrote me an email a year ago asking me to check out one of his short films. Since then he’s put out two more short films, both of which have gone on to play at prestigious film festivals all around the world. His latest short film, He Took His Skin Off For Me, blew me away and represents an exponential step in his growth as a filmmaker. 

Hit the jump to see Aston’s films, and to listen to a podcast interview I did with him about finding success as a maker of film shorts. We discuss the sacrifices Aston has had to make for his art, as well as practical tips to get a short film seen.

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