‘Act of Valor’ Video Movie Review

Act of Valor is two movies. The first is your basic, exciting, yet simple war movie. It features some minor character development and emotion wrapped around a lot of shoot ‘em up action, explosions and death. High-octane kind of stuff. Acting not required.

Then there’s the second movie. And that movie is created by the fact that Act of Valor mostly stars real life, active Navy SEALS. That means everything you see was hypothetically put through a no bullshit filter. The missions are based on true events, the on-screen techniques drip with realism, and if the acting or dialogue isn’t quite up to par, it’s okay because these guys are true American heroes. Including these men gives the film a gravitas that all but negates any issues the movie itself has.

Act of Valor is a deeply flawed, but interesting and entertaining film. Instead of reading the rest of my thoughts, you can watch a video of me talking about it on the Totally Rad Show. Read More »

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Voltron: The End is the realization of a childhood dream – a live action Voltron movie. It’s also an evil, downbeat tease in the best possible way. Fans of the property – which centers on a massive robot composed of five individual mechanical lions – have been given the run around for years. Scripts have been leaked, concept art revealed and bidding wars reportedly waged but even with the success of robot fighting movies like Transformers and Real Steel, we’re still not close to a live-action Voltron movie. It seems like a no-brainer.

Maybe this will be the push Hollywood needs. Voltron: The End was directed by Alex Albrecht, best known for his work with Diggnation and the popular Totally Rad Show video podcast. He now joins his co-host of that show – Dan Trachtenberg – in making an awesome short film from a geek property begging for a blockbuster adaptation.

Watching Voltron: The End leaves so many unanswered questions, maybe the people who hold the movie rights will make the film just to get them answered.  Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Must Watch: ‘Portal: No Escape’

Portal: No Escape is a must see for everyone, but especially video game fans. The film is directed by Dan Trachtenberg, who has been directing commercials for the last few years, slowly working towards his feature film directorial debut. In May, he directed a horror short film “More Than You Can Chew” for Black Box TV, which got a bunch of people in Hollywood talking. Dan surprise premiered a new short film at Comic-Con, which was met with a standing ovation by the almost packed crowd. The film brings a grounded realism to this sci-fi concept, which is rarely seen in video game movie adaptations. Watch Portal: No Escape now embedded after the jump.

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You may remember a competition that commenced a few months back, pitting /Film against The Totally Rad Show in their annual Summer Movie Game. The purpose of the game was to predict the top ten highest grossing domestic films of the summer—and in order, no less.

The teams?

/Film’s Peter Sciretta, David Chen and Russ Fischer vs. TRS’s Dan Trachtenberg, Alex Albrecht, and Jeff Cannata.

Well gentlemen, the summer is over. The bets were placed—some wise, some considerably less wise—and now, I’ve taken on the mantle of judge, jury and executioner.

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Our friends at the Totally Rad Show have thrown down the gauntlet, and challenged /Film to compete against them in their annual Summer Movie Game. David Chen, Russ Fischer and I (Peter Sciretta) will compete against TRS’s Dan Trachtenberg, Alex Albrecht, and Jeff Cannata.

The game is to decide what will be the highest grossing films of the Summer. 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. I actually appeared on this week’s TRS to announce my choices along with the TRS gang (embedded after the jump).

You can WIN too! We thought it would be a fun idea to invite you guys to play along with us. After the jump you can find a full listing of the Summer movies, a complete set of rules, and all of the predictions made my TRS and /Film. Leave your top ten list and three dark horses with your explanations of why and how in the comments below, and I will send the U.S.-based /Film reader with the highest score a $100 Amazon Gift Card.

If there is a tie, we will choose one of winning entries based on their reasonings for the film placings and award that person with the prize. Each person is allowed one (and only one entry). You can enter by leaving your entry in the comments below along with your full name and city/town, state of residence. Entries will only be accepted until Friday, May 14th 2010 at midnight. The full rules must be followed in order to win.

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The /Filmcast hit the #3 spot of Apple iTunes’ TV & Film Audio Podcasts today. Dane Cook, watch out -we’re gonna take you down! And by we, I mean the guys who sit and talk about movies for 5 hours every Monday night – David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley. Congrads to the whole /Film podcast crew. If you haven’t already:

Please subscribe to the /Filmcast on iTunes!

I also want to send thanks to Dan Trachtenberg and the other guys at the Totally Rad Show for saying such great things about /Film and the podcast on their latest episode (which might have something to do with our #3 placement). Dan appeared on the last episode of /Filmcast (you can listen to that show here). Alex Albrecht (also of Diggnation fame) called us “/awesome” and Jeff Cannata admitted that he was also a big /film fan.


I met the trio at E3 last month (and by met, I mean totally assaulted them like a fanboy). /Film puts me in the unique position to meet and talk to a lot of directors, actors, and writers. But the excitement of interviewing The Rock has long worn off, and I’ve found the people I am excited to meet is probably very strange to most people. That said, when I talked to the TRS guys at E3, you would have thought I was speaking with Scorsese himself. I’ve been watching their show since the first episode, and before that I was an avid listener of Dan’s previous podcast Greekdrome (which preceded TRS).

Anyways, if you haven’t seen The Totally Rad Show, I highly recommend that you check it out. It’s the best video podcast on the interwebs.

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