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The /Filmcast Interview is a series of conversations with actors, directors, and other key figures from the entertainment industry. In this episode, I spoke with actor Michael Stuhlbarg about his role in the new Coen Brothers’ film, A Serious Man. Peter reviewed the film at TIFF this year, calling it his favorite Coen Brothers film of the past decade. I’ve also seen the film and I believe Stuhlbarg’s performance as Larry Gopnik is masterful for its subtlety and its remarkable capacity to evoke sympathy and empathy from the audience. I chatted with Michael about how he came to star in the film, his approach to the character of Larry, as well as his thoughts on the film’s ending (with verbal SPOILER warning provided during the interview).  A Serious Man is out in limited release and expands wider today.

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Steve (from Collider) and I usually record our video blogs in separate locations through the magic of the internet, but since we’re both attending this year’s Toronto Film Festival, we’ve decided to record some video blogs talking about some of the movies we’ve seen at the festival. We’ve tried to keep the video blogs short and to the point, but as always, it sometimes goes longer than planned. But if you know us, that’s to be expected.

After the jump you can watch Steve and I talk about my two favorite films of this year’s Toronto Film Festival: the new Coen Brothers movie A Serious Man and the new Jason Reitman movie Up in the Air. We both loved these films and the buzz you’re hearing is totally accurate. I know we’ve talked more than enough about Up in the Air on this site already, but Steve really wanted to talk about it, so we included the film in this double feature. Listen to what we thought after the jump.

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TIFF Review: The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man

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The Coen BrothersA Serious Man is very comparable to Alexander Payne’s masterwork Election, which just happens to be one of my favorite films of all time. Both films are brilliant dark comedies about teachers who are trying to do their best, trying to do the right thing, and somewhere along the way, make one small bad decision which spirals out of control into the biggest mess you’ve ever seen.

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funny people posterIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley assess their conflicting feelings on new trailers for A Serious Man and The Fantastic Mr. Fox, get excited for Spielberg’s next film, praise the third season of Dexter, and wonder if there’s any value to the works of Gregg Araki. Special guest C. Robert Cargill from Aint It Cool News joins us for this episode.

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A Serious Man Movie Trailer

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This is one ballsy trailer, but then, A Serious Man might be a ballsy movie. The latest Joel and Ethan Coen film features few big recognizable names and is about a physics professor in a midwestern Jewish community in 1967. And this trailer! Scored to the beat of a man’s head being slammed against a wall, and built around a series of repeated images and statements, you’ll get almost no indication of plot from this clip. Instead you’ll feel only encroaching malaise. Seriously, is this a Radiohead video or an ad for a Coen Brothers film? Read More »

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We’ve been wondering when the hell we’d actually get to see Bad Lieutenant, the non-remake of Abel Ferrara’s film directed by Werner Herzog and starring Nicolas Cage (click here to see the Bad Lieutenant trailer). Now the Toronto International Film Festival has announced that the film will screen as part of the ‘Special Presentations’ slate. No huge surprise, as Herzog is frequently represented at TIFF (he was last there with Encounters at the End of the World in ’07) but since Bad Lieutenant has seemed to languish without distributor interest this is a good sign. Other great filmmakers were also announced for the fest; get details of the Coen Brothers and Michael Moore appearances after the jump. Read More »

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In what will mark their second consecutive film examining the Jewish experience following 2009′s A Serious Man, Joel and Ethan Coen will write, direct and produce an adaptation of feted author Michael Chabon‘s 2007 bestseller The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. Mega-producer Scott Rudin, who was behind the Coens’s No Country for Old Men as well as There Will Be Blood last year, helped bring the deal to fruition at Columbia Pictures (he also owns the rights to Chabon’s classic The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, read it if you still haven’t.) Chabon has alerted a fansite about his elation…

“I am, of course, over the moon about this, Chabon said. “They are among my favorite living moviemakers. Three or four of their films are on my all-time favorite list. They are geniuses. What’s more, I think they are perfectly suited to this material in every way, from its genre(s) to its tone to its content. I can’t wait to see what they eventually do with it. …Now we just need to get this strike settled.”

The novel is set in an alternate universe where Jews were allowed permanent safe haven by the U.S. in the real town of Sitka, Alaska during World War II, thus altering the outcome of that war, various others, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and current world relations. In contemporary times, the U.S. government decides to hand Sitka back to native Alaskans, all the while the novel’s main character, a boozing loner detective, attempts to crack the murder of a chess phenom who may have been literally divine. You know, The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, playing in a screening room across from Tyler Perry’s Picnic with Madea 2 in 2010.

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