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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley try to get excited about Darren Aronofsky’s Wolverine, discuss the place of Battle Royale in a “post-Saw” world, and wonder whether or not Tony Scott is stoppable. Special guest Tasha Robinson joins us from AV Club.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us on Sunday (11/21) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I.

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The Hollywood Reporter has posted their one hour long discussion between 2010 Oscar contenders Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Wait a second, is Due Date really an Awards contender? I guess maybe for the Golden Globes Best Comedy/Musical category, but Phillips does seem like the odd man out in this list of screenwriters (and this is not a slam against Todd, I enjoy his movies). Seems like The Coen Brothers (True Grit), David Seidler (The King’s Speach) or Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go) might have been better choices considering the award-focus.

I’m always excited to watch THR’s series of discussions each year, but they usually only post the more interesting clips and not the entire chat. But this year they decided to post the entire thing. Hit the jump to watch the entire hour and seven minute-long discussion.
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This week, Dave Chen speaks with director Danny Boyle about his newest film, 127 Hours. Dave asks Boyle about the unique style he employed for 127 Hours, what tricks he used to make the film (set in one place and primarily starring one character) dynamic, what other guy-stuck-in-one-place films inspired him, and why, of all movies, he chose to tackle this one after the stunning success of Slumdog Millionaire. 127 Hours is out in limited release on Friday, November 5th. Be sure to also check out Peter’s great video interview with Boyle.

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Fox Searchlight has begun airing a new television spot for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours which features a quote from my Telluride review. Here is what I said:

127 Hours is a brilliant, gut-wrenching and moving cinematic experience. The film will have you in tears one moment, laughing the next, and will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping the armrests and holding your breath. This is an uplifting story of perseverance with a stronger character arc than the best fictional films released this year. This is not just a story of man vs. nature or survival. Ralston has said that he “did not lose his hand” but instead “gained his life back.” Most importantly, this is THAT story.

Over the years /Film has been quoted on a lot of movie posters, advertisements and dvd boxes, sometimes for films which I liked bu didn’t love (it’s easy to take a sentence out of context or take a positive sentence from a not so glowing review). But I’m really proud that we’ve now been quoted in the marketing for two of my favorite films of the year so far, The Social Network (a tv spot we never posted on the site before) and 127 Hours.  Watch the new tv spot after the jump.

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letmein_poster2This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss whether they’re going to see Star Wars in 3D, try and figure out if Zack Snyder would make a good Superman director, praise the claustrophobic pleasures of Buried, and ponder a Bourne franchise with no Jason Bourne. Special guest director Vincenzo Natali joins us for this episode. Vincenzo’s newest film, Splice, is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us on Sunday (10/17) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Never Let Me Go.

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Movie Trailer #2: Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours

Fox Searchlight has released the first full movie trailer for Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours (an initial teaser trailer was released in August). The film tells the story of Aron Ralston (played in the film by James Franco), the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself after being trapped by a boulder for nearly five days. Danny Boyle is the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Dater, Sunshine, Millions, The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary, and Trainspotting.  The screenplay is written by frequent Boyle collaborator and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy. I screened the film at this year’s Telluride Film Festival, and it has become one of my favorite films of the year. You can read my review here, here is what I said:

127 Hours is a brilliant, gut-wrenching and moving cinematic experience. The film will have you in tears one moment, laughing the next, and will leave you on the edge of your seat, gripping the armrests and holding your breath. This is an uplifting story of perseverance with a stronger character arc than the best fictional films released this year. This is not just a story of man vs. nature or survival. Ralston has said that he “did not lose his hand” but instead “gained his life back.” Most importantly, this is THAT story.

Also, check out my video interviews with director Danny Boyle and the real life Aron Ralston. The first trailer ended with him getting caught underneath a boulder, something that happens very early on in the story. This trailer shows you what this film is truly about. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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catfishThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the relevance of the short list of directors to take on Superman, share thoughts on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Legend of the Guardians, and try to unravel the truth behind Catfish. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinemablend.

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Danny Boyle directing 127 Hours

Danny Boyle‘s new film 127 Hours premiered at the Telluride Film Festival to rave reviews (including my own). Last week we published an interview with Aron Ralston, the man who survived 127 hours after a boulder trapped him in an isolated canyon and inspired the film. Today we bring you an interview with filmmaker Danny Boyle, who brought Ralston’s story to the big screen.

127 HOURS is the new film from Danny Boyle, the Academy Award winning director of last year’s Best Picture, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. 127 HOURS is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he is finally rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers (Clémence Poésy), family, and the two hikers (Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara) he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? A visceral thrilling story that will take an audience on a never before experienced journey and prove what we can do when we choose life.

Earlier this week, Alex from FirstShowing and I got the opportunity to sit down with Boyle and discuss the film. Watch the video interview after the jump.

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I’m again breaking the general (if rather loose) /Film mandate against posting clips to present to you the first clip from Danny Boyle‘s new film 127 Hours, which in the past two weeks has been taking the festival circuit by storm. And by ambulance: at screenings during both the Telluride and TIFF festivals, audience members reportedly required medical attention due to the intensity of the film’s amputation sequence. We knew that Danny Boyle wanted to create a visceral, intense and uncomfortable experience. Has he truly succeeded, or is reaction to the film being blown out of proportion? Read More »

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