David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the problematic ramifications of Quicksilver, and report on the state of the summer movie wager. Also, Devindra finally has his say about X-Men Apocalypse. Be sure to check out Matt Singer’s rundown of the X-Men timeline and Scott Mendelson’s piece on summer sequels.
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss what a Tetris movie’s plot would be, celebrate the world of competitive endurance tickling, praise the comedy of Maria Bamford, and aren’t super impressed by Neighbors 2.
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the principle of finders keepers, losers weepers; talk about the difficulty of choosing a baby name; and delve into the scourge of eating during movies. In the After Dark, we discuss the Assassin’s Creed trailer and Dave unburdens himself about Kimmy Schmidt. Check out Paul Baker’s Summer Movie Wager board and read up on other racial issues in Kimmy Schmidt.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss whether the latest Marvel film lives up to its pedigree, and how well it handles the same themes from Batman v. Superman. In the After Dark, we discuss whether eating in theaters is bothersome and how yondr can improve the concert-going experience.
Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
Update: During this podcast, we put the call out to listeners/readers to create a system that would act as a running scoreboard, dynamically updating with the box office numbers to show who is in the lead throughout the Summer. A /Filmcast listener named Paul answered the call, and you can now check the running tally on the Summer Movie Wager Virtual Scoreboard. We didn’t actually expect anyone to create anything as intricate as this, so a big thanks goes out to Paul. Please also check out his cocktail blog here.
Its that time of year again — the Summer movie season is upon us. And the /Filmcast team have once again gathered to compete 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 tenth annual edition of this contest.
Last year was David Chen’s first time participating and he won the wager. This year the contest includes Devindra Hardawar (his first time), David Chen, Germain Lussier, 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.
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the passing of Prince, the visual brilliance of Lemonade, and the relatability of Catastrophe. Be sure to listen to the /Filmcast interview with Jeremy Saulnier and read Sonia Saraiya’s piece on Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt.
Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2016 by David Chen
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss AMC’s crazy new (now rescinded) plan to allow texting in theaters, and their reaction to the first image out of ScarJo’s Ghost in the Shell. Also, special guest Dana Schwartz joins us to discuss the place of Avatar in our culture. Be sure to read Dana’s original tweet about this topic, Ebert’s review of Mr. Payback, and Angie’s take on whitewashing in Ghost in the Shell.
Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2016 by David Chen
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the amazing debut season of American Crime Story, get turned off by the bro-ish antics of Everybody Wants Some, praise the uncomfortableness of The Invitation, and discuss their further thoughts on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as the Rogue One teaser. Be sure to read Monica Castillo’s review of Everybody Wants Some, how Karyn Kusama made a comeback, and see behind-the-scenes footage from Hardcore Henry.
Posted on Monday, April 4th, 2016 by David Chen
In this special Cloverfield-only episode, David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by friend-of-the-show Dan Trachtenberg to discuss getting a career in Hollywood, grinding your way to the top of the commercial business, and the challenges involved with making 10 Cloverfield Lane. Be sure to check out Dan’s other shorts, “Portal: No Escape” and “More Than You Can Chew.”