James Cameron on MTV
MTV recently sat down with director James Cameron, and the result is a bunch of interesting, but not necessarily newsworthy, bits. I’ve embedded some of the more interesting video clips after the jump.

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Neckface Movie Trailer

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Rising to prominence in the street art scene throughout the early aughts and now bustling inside the mainstream with shoe deals and bewildered news reports, the California artist known as Neckface is a fascinating subject. For one, much of his art was and remains illegal via the defacing of billboards and buildings with “Neckface” spray-painted in a signature, Satan-evoking scrawl.

And, as with the Batman Begins billboard below, which he famously altered to become “Neckface Begins!,” his tags tend to punctuate graffiti featuring decrepit, bat-like demons and bloodied, diseased derelicts. A new, all-access documentary on Neckface—who remains largely anonymous—is currently rolling from director Ty Evans, the co-director along with Spike Jonze of the skate vid Yeah Right! We’ve got the doc’s first trailer after the jump, plus NF’s new, gallery-approved take on Predator. His fresh take on Freddy Krueger hovers above.

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In this special episode of the /Filmcast, Dan Trachtenberg from The Totally Rad Show joins David Chen to geek out about their favorite soundtracks. To listen to all of the songs that Dan mentioned during this episode in their entirety, click here to go to Grooveshark. To listen to all of the songs that Dave Chen mentioned during this episode, click here.

Like what you hear? Want to hear similar episodes in the future? Send feedback to slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. One correction to note: the last track that is played, “Fantasia on a Theme By Thomas Tallis” was composed by Ralph Vaughn Williams. Eugene Ormany, who we mention, conducts the orchestral performance.

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Batmobile For Sale

The Batmobile from Batman Returns is being auctioned off at the 38th annual Kruse International Auction, which will be held on Labor Day weekend in Auburn, Indiana. The car is #3 of 5 Batmobiles actually used on screen during the film.

“Other less valuable non-movie promotional Batmobiles have sold for as much as $550,000.00! This authentic movie masterpiece is expected to bring a record price. The Warner Bros. & DC Comics sales approval agreement clearly authenticates that this is the number “3” “Movie” Batmobile. All interested Batmobile bidders should notify Kruse International 1- 800 968-4444 ASAP. This is your chance of a lifetime to become the owner of this awesome piece of movie history. BILL OF SALE ONLY FROM WARNER BROTHERS.”

More than $550,000? Yeah, that’s out of my price range. But you, millionaire /Film readers (I know you must be out there somewhere, right?), can learn more on Kruse.com.

Cool Stuff: Fan Built Tumbler Working Replica

Bob Dullam built a full size working replica of The Tumbler from Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. The whole thing was built from scratch without blueprints, using only photo references found online. The total cost is an estimated $50,000-$70,000. He did the project for fun, and does not plan to sell. “You wouldn’t want to sell this if you had one, believe me,” Bob writes

“It’s a once in a lifetime project. I did this alone, no help. I have found with other things in the past that if you have help, the help often does not get it right, and you have to do it over 95% of the time, plus I like to work alone. All parts are scratch built, cept’ tires, rims, brakes, engine, etc.. meaning all bodyparts, brackets, just about everything external on the car.”


There is still more work to do. The interior is not finished, but Bob promises that it will look as close to the interior shots from Batman Begins as possible.

“It feels like climbing Mt. Everest half way up, you start to wounder if this wasn’t a big mistake. Then you realize that you are too far to quit. In fact, quitting is now not an option. Because if you do quit, you will have set a precedence about yourself, and all up to this point will become a huge disaster. You get a little farther, now you look down and view is breathtaking. So on an emotional level this car is giving back to you, what you gave to it. It makes you start to think that, If you can do this, then you can make anything happen if you really want to. It revitalizes faith in yourself. This is not supposed to be possible. Not at this social/economic level.”


Up next, Bob wants to build a Batpod. From what I understand, the bike from the movie was actually impracticably engineered, and only one guy in the world was able to ride it. Hopefully Bob decides to modify the original designs a bit for usability. And yes, he’s already begun work on a Batsuit. So if you see a vigilante dressed as Batman riding the tumbler on the nightly news, we know it’s just Bob.

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Assessing the Themes of The Dark Knight

I hauled my ass out of bed at 7:30 AM ton Saturday morning and saw The Dark Knight at 9 AM in a packed IMAX theater, and boy was it was worth it. From the opening establishing shot, which was incredibly vivid and breathtaking, I knew that this film would be something different. It’s been said dozens of times already, but Nolan truly uses the entire screen (six-stories tall as it is) as a canvas to paint a rich and dramatic tale. My podcast review will have to wait for Monday night, but I felt the overwhelming desire to write something about the subject.

Please note: The following is not a review. I will not be discussing Heath Ledger’s tremendous performance, nor Nolan’s directorial choices, nor my problems with the film (yes, I did have some). It’s an attempt at coming to grips with some of the themes in the movie, a cathartic but not exhaustive brain dump. So here we go…

[From here on out, SPOILERS ABOUND. DO NOT READ THIS ARTICLE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE DARK KNIGHT YET]
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The /Filmcast: After Dark – Episode 8

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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David, Devindra, and Adam, and Dave3 reflect on Batman Begins in preparation for The Dark Knight’s release. The lovely Neha Tiwari also joins us for tonight’s discussion.

Have any questions, comments, suggestions? Want to advertise your movie, product, or service with the /Filmcast? E-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com or reach the /Filmcast voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us for our next broadcast, live on Monday night at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST as we review The Dark Knight with Kevin Smith.

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This Week in DVD is a new column on /Film compiling all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHT
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Editions)
What The Animatrix did for The Matrix, Gotham Knight does for Nolan’s Batman series. This straight-to-DVD anthology collects six animated segments, each with their own unique Japanese anime style, and acts as a segway of sorts from Batman Begins to The Dark Knight. The quality of the shorts are varied, with specific ones noticeably excelling in animation, story, and the amount they add to the Batman mythology, while others are a little more dull and feel essentially like filler. Overall though, there’s still enough here to appeal to die-hard and even casual fans. (That is, as long as you know what you’re in for.)
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-disc set includes a sneak peek at Wonder Woman, an audio commentary, a documentary about Batman’s villains, a documentary about Bob Kane and the creation of Batman, and four episodes from Batman: The Animated Series.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$12.99

*Does NOT include 2-Disc Special Edition, which costs $19.99 at Target, $22.99 at Best Buy and Circuit City, and $24.99 at Fry’s.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Steelbook box art, plus a free character guide (with purchase of the 2-Disc Special Edition).
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Bonus episodes of Batman Beyond.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free Batman patch.
Where? Circuit City.

THE RUINS
(Available as regular and Unrated Editions)
While not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, The Ruins deserves special notice for being one of the few horror films in recent years to tackle such a clichéd set-up—a group of good-looking American teenagers venture to a foreign country and get into all sorts of crazy shenanigans (in this case involving evil plants)—and manage to not completely suck at executing it. (Take that, M. Night Shyamalan!) In fact, just about everything that most horror films fail at, this movie exceeds at to some degree. So if you’ve become bored with all the J-horror remakes and want to see some good old-fashioned, suspense-filled, gore-laden, psychologically-twisted fun, then The Ruins is pretty much your only option (as far as new releases go).
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, a making-of featurette, a look at the development of the plants, a featurette about the set design, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and the original theatrical ending.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy any two of the following: The Ruins, Stop-Loss, and Superhero Movie.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 gift card with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Circuit City.

STOP-LOSS
Director Kimberly Peirce’s follow-up to Boys Don’t Cry isn’t a flawless movie, as has been noted by audiences and critics in regards to its sloppy political message, but its heart is in the right place, and the sincere performances keep the picture engaging all the way through. The story focuses on the act of stop-lossing, which involves a solider being forced to return to duty after already serving his full term. As far as movies portraying the Iraq war go, this is one of the more successful efforts.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: A commentary, a making-of featurette, a boot camp featurette, and deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $16.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy any two of the following: The Ruins, Stop-Loss, and Superhero Movie.
Where? Best Buy.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 gift card with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Target.

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 with purchase of both The Ruins and Stop-Loss.
Where? Circuit City.

BATMAN BEGINS (LIMITED EDITION GIFT SET)
For those of you who don’t yet own Batman Begins (anybody?) or just love splurging on cool box sets, Warner Bros. has seen fit to milk the release of The Dark Knight even further with this gratuitous but welcome limited edition gift set, which also marks the first time the movie’s been made available on Blu-ray. In addition to the Two-Disc Special Edition of the film, it comes with an exclusive sneak peek of The Dark Knight, a ticket to see The Dark Knight in theaters (up to $7.50), a 128MB flash drive including 18 images from The Dark Knight, a Batman Begins lenticular, and five collectible Batman Begins post cards.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Aside from all the box set goodies (listed above), the special features are the same as what was found on the previous two-disc release.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$27.99 $25.99 $29.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Joker lithograph.
Where? Best Buy.

THE X-FILES: REVELATIONS
For those of you who need to take a break from all the Dark Knight hype, don’t forget that there’s another fanboy-favorite sequel coming out soon with The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Big-time fans of the show probably won’t need this new set, since they likely own all the DVD seasons already, but for those of you who are interested, creator Chris Carter and producer Frank Spotnitz have hand-picked 8 of the show’s best episode, each of which connects to the new movie and acts as an introductory guide for unfamiliar viewers. Plus, if you take advantage of the free movie ticket to see the new film, it basically only costs you $5. What do you have to lose?
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: This two-disc set comes with a ticket to see The X-Files: I Want to Believe (up to $8.50), a series introduction, 8 episode introductions (which explain their relation to the upcoming film), and footage from the Q&A panel at WonderCon.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$14.99 $13.99

The Bad

SUPERHERO MOVIE (EXTENDED EDITION)
The spoof movie genre gets yet another savage beating with Superhero Movie, although thankfully it’s not as severe as the self-inflicted eye-gouging you’d receive upon watching Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, or Date Movie. At least here they attempt in places to actually spoof the genre at hand, even if it is rarely successful. It’s essentially a carbon copy rip-off of Spider-Man, minus the action, and come to the think of it, the laughs as well.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, and two featurettes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $19.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Save $5 when you buy any two of the following: The Ruins, Stop-Loss, and Superhero Movie.
Where? Best Buy.

Other noteworthy DVDs available this week…
Stargate Atlantis (Season 4) – Monk (Season 6) – Sleepwalking – Psych (Season 2) – Fearless (Director’s Cut) – The Mummy (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) – The Mummy Returns (2-Disc Deluxe Edition) – The Mummy (Universal Legacy Series) (1932) – The Batman (Season 5) – Van Helsing (2-Disc Collector’s Edition)

Discuss: What are you planning to rent or buy this week?

The Specials


$7.99 – Live Free or Die Hard, 28 Weeks Later, Little Miss Sunshine, Once, The Last King of Scotland, and more…

$5.99 – Borat, Waiting…, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, American Beauty, Idiocracy, American Psycho (Unrated), Reservoir Dogs (15th Anniversary Edition), Syriana, Stripes (Extended Cut), and more…

$19.99 – Veronica Mars (Seasons 1-3) [Ed. Note – If you haven’t yet seen this show, you’re missing out.]


$5.99 – Superman II (The Richard Donner Cut), V for Vendetta, Blade, Blade II, and more…

$6.99 – Equilibrium, The Warriors (Ultimate Director’s Cut), and more…


$8.99 – The Fly (Special Edition), Wall Street (Special Edition), Tora! Tora! Tora!, Predator, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The French Connection, Alien, and more…

$4.99 – Boys Don’t Cry, Sexy Beast, Raising Arizona, TAPS, and more…

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