/FilmCast

poster_last_house_on_the_left2009

In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise the work of Ron Silver, get excited about Sam Raimi’s return, debate the caliber of American action films in recent years, and wonder exactly why the executives in charge of the SciFi Channel hate their loyal fans. Special guest Brad Brevet joins us from Rope of Silicon.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Monday night at Slashfilm’s live page at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST as we review Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity.

Download or Play Now:

Subscribe to the /Filmcast:


Read More »

.

Please Recommend /Film on Facebook

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

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

Rent It

W.
I want to love W. a lot more than I actually do. The concept is great, attempting to satirize the most hated president the US has ever had by painting a sympathetic portrait of the man and allowing his own actions to speak for themselves. It’s not very successful though, never seeming to know exactly what it wants to be. Sometimes it feels like a straightforward biography; at others it feels like an unfunny SNL sketch (e.g., every scene with Thandie Newton). The finished product is less a movie and more a flimsy amalgamation of random moments from Bush’s life. Since the film (having been made before Bush was even out of office) already lacks any sort of historical perspective, I really think it would’ve played better had it focused more on its narrative structure, telling its story chronologically as some sort of absurdist fantasy where this drunk college kid with a rich dad ends up controlling an entire country (and then subsequently subjecting the whole world to complete chaos). You could kind of already get a sense of that basic concept in the film, but like so many of W.’s ideas, it eventually gets lost in the shuffle. Josh Brolin is great in it though.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary with director Oliver Stone, a “Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Presidency” featurette, a “No Stranger to Controversy: Oliver Stone’s George W. Bush” featurette, and deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$19.99 $16.99
Amazon – $17.99

Read More »

Miramax has released the first five minutes of Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness on Yahoo. I have yet to see the film, but I’ve heard mixed things. The cinematography and sound design is said to by the film’s strength, and you will see and hear that in this clip. The opening certainly seems compelling in every way that M Night Shyamalan’s The Happening wasn’t.

Words are not sufficient to describe how epic this /Filmcast is. In this episode, Dave, Devindra and Adam are joined by Dan Trachtenberg from The Totally Rad Show to geek out about some recently watched TV and films, tear apart the 2008 Emmy awards with Myles McNutt, wage in on Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow’s Green Hornet news, and praise Neil Labute’s Lakeview Terrace.

Have any questions, comments, concerns, feedback, or praise? E-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993 . Join us next Monday as we review D.J. Caruso’s Eagle Eye.

Download or Play Now:

Subscribe:

Read More »

Blindness International Movie Trailer

Alliance Films has released the international trailer for Fernando Meirelles’ Cannes hit Blindness.

Adapted from Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago’s masterwork, BLINDNESS is a harrowing tale about the fragility of mankind. Directed by the Academy Award® nominated (City Of God) Fernando Meirelles, from a screenplay by the Tony Award® winning (The Drowsy Chaperone) Don McKellar, BLINDNESS stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Evocative of the recent SARS epidemic, or occurrences in the New Orleans Super Dome during Hurricane Katrina, BLINDNESS takes place in a city which is ravaged by an epidemic of instant “white blindness”. Those first afflicted are quarantined by the authorities in an abandoned mental hospital where the newly created “society of the blind” quickly breaks down. Criminals and the physically powerful prey upon the weak, hording the meager food rations and committing horrific acts.

There is, however, one eyewitness to the nightmare; a woman whose sight is unaffected by the plague follows her afflicted husband to quarantine. There, keeping her sight a secret, she guides seven strangers who have become, in essence, a family. She leads them out of quarantine and onto the ravaged streets of the city, which has seen all vestiges of civilization crumble. Their voyage is fraught with danger, yet their survival and ultimate redemption reflect the tenacity and depth of the human spirit.

BLINDNESS reminds us of the shocking fragility of our social institutions, the thin veneer of our “civilized” world, and the responsibility for every individual to protect their dignity at all costs.

Cool Posts From Around the Web: