David, Devindra and Jeff discuss the joy of Lego Batman and the surreal experience of watching the Super Bowl this year. Also, Peter Sciretta joins us to discuss the title for Star Wars: Episode VIII. Be sure to check out the Nerd Crew’s analysis of the new Star Wars title.
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss their reactions to the Oscar nominations, praise Jeff Nichols’ new film Loving, and recommend the absurd and zany Baskets. Also, check out Kyle Hillinger’s new film project here, see Jon Stewart’s takedown CNN’s tendency to leave it there, and watch John McTiernan’s latest video.
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s latest. In the After Dark, we talk about top 10 lists, the fate of Twitter, and the psychological toll of Twitter. Also, we’re launching a Slack experiment! If you want to join our Slack, go to slackfilmcast.com and sign up.
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss how much David doesn’t get Jim Jarmusch and get disappointed by The Girl on the Train. Then in the After Dark, Devindra gives a preview of the Nintendo Switch and Jeff and David discuss your (lengthy) feedback to our Silence episode.
David, Devindra and Jeff reflect on 400 episodes of the /Filmcast, discuss the Golden Globes, and also reflect on how the television format is changing. Be sure to read about the relevance of Children of Men as well as Jen Yamato’s review of Silence.
David, Devindra and Jeff discuss a good insane double feature in theaters right now, give a shout out to the new Sense8 Christmas Special, praise Natalie Portman’s performance in Jackie, aren’t too excited about Ben Affleck’s latest, and wonder how David could’ve not loved Hell or High Water.
David, Devindra and Jeff are joined by Peter Sciretta to spoil Rogue One extensively. They discuss the film’s ending, speculate on the film’s reshoots, and get taken aback by some of the film’s horrible (and wonderful) visual effects.
Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016 by David Chen
When I saw the trailer for Collateral Beauty, I thought to myself, “Huh, that looks incredibly treacly and saccharine, but maybe I could be a sucker for that type of thing?” Then the extremely negative reviews started rolling in and I felt I oddly compelled check this film out to see how it could possibly be as terrible as critics were saying it was.
Suffice it to say, I was not let down. Collateral Beauty is morally reprehensible and a stunning miscalculation on almost every level. It has the dialogue and tone of a Christmas special or a sitcom, but its plot feels straight out of horror film or dark comedy. Add to that a trailer that feels genetically engineered to deceive people about not only the nature but the basic story of the film, and you have a film that is bound to shock and surprise people.
David, Devindra and Jeff do a double review of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (without spoilers) and La La Land (with spoilers), discuss the new Fast and Furious title, the awful Criterion art for the Before series, and what to do on an airplane when you’re watching explicit material on your video screen. Be sure to read up on why watching things at 2x speed is evil, and why Miss Sloane is totally naive.