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Good narrative-driven documentaries are hard to come by, for reasons that should be fairly obvious. It’s one thing to be a talented filmmaker; it’s another entirely to be lucky one. If we’re meant to believe that Catfish is 100% authentic—and we are—then directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are the luckiest talented filmmakers in the world. Because the story featured here is unbelievably perfect. (Keyword being “unbelievably”.) To what extent Catfish is real or staged remains unclear, but thematically, it would be awfully fitting if it were all a ruse. Just as the troubling and deeply compelling Facebook-enabled internet relationship that unfolds over the course of the film proves itself too good to be true, so too it seems is the reality that these filmmakers are presenting to us. And that, in many ways, is what the film is all about: the steadily blurring line between reality and fiction. There’s a whole lot more to it than that, certainly, but delving into other aspects of the film would require spoiling plot details that I dare not give away. So I’ll just say this: Real or fake, it doesn’t matter. This is a story that’s timely, meaningful, and incredibly well told. It deserves to be seen and discussed.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Secrets Revealed: Exclusive Interview with the Filmmakers.

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Made for $30,000 and grossing over $3 million, Catfish is an amazing story both on screen and off. Its “don’t ruin it for me” plot helped turn it into one of the can’t miss indie films of the year but controversy over the film’s validity was questioned almost immediately. Now, The Hollywood Reporter has learned of a brand new lawsuit issued by Threshold Media against the distributors of the 2010 Sundance documentary darling, Relativity Media and Universal, demanding licensing fees for a song that plays a major role in the film. If the case makes it to trial, it could force filmmakers Ariel Schulman, Nev Schulman and Henry Joost to swear the validity of their movie under oath.

The controversy surrounding Catfish hypothetically stopped the film from making the list of documentary films eligible for an Oscar this year and, though they’ve sworn up and down in the press that the film is real, they haven’t had to do so under fear of perjury.

Discussing the lawsuit involves delving into heavy spoiler territory and since the film won’t be released on DVD until next month, we’ll discuss all the specifics after the jump. But don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled. Read More »

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The first rule of Catfish is you do not talk about Catfish. But beware, that rule is being broken this week. The thrilling documentary that first screened at the Sundance Film Festival is at its best when the viewer knows as little about it as possible. Since the movie has been out for a few weeks now, has made over $1.5 million and is still expanding, some of the secrets are certainly out of the bag. However, if you have yet to see the film and are still planning on it, definitely avoid ABC’s 20/20 on Friday. They are reportedly doing a feature on the film that will include the first public interview with a subject firmly at the center of the mystery. If you have seen the film, you know what we are talking about and will be tuning in for sure. Hit the jump to read more but be warned, there will be spoilers. Read More »

Ep. 117 – Catfish (GUEST: Katey Rich from CinemaBlend)

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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.

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 (10/3) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review The Social Network.

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scott-pilgrim-international-posterThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley wonder about the other ways that Return of the Jedi might have ended and compare The Expendables unfavorably to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Special guest Jeff Cannata joins us from The Totally Rad Show.

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 week on Monday night at 9 PM EST on Slashfilm’s live page as we review Piranha 3D or The Good The Bad and The Weird (one of those, probably).

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Your Highness

We have a bunch of new release date announcements/changes to report on, including the Kevin James comedy The Zookeeper, the Matt Damon/Emily Blunt thriller The Adjustment Bureau, the 2010 Sundance sensation Catfish, David Gordon Green‘s medieval comedy Your Highness, the James Cameron-produced Sanctum 3D, Ron Howard‘s comedy Cheaters, and The Night Chronicles: Devil. All the details, after the jump.

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UPDATE: IndieWire reports that The Weinstein Company picked up The Tillman Story today. The company has been the frontrunner to buy the film for the past week. Original article follows.

Purchases at Sundance didn’t come fast and furious this year — do they ever anymore? — but in the wake of the festival a few high-profile films have been fairly swift to land distribution deals. The docs Catfish and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work have both secured distribution in the US. A few other films will probably be picked up soon: The Tillman Story, Animal Kingdom and Welcome to the Rileys are all close to having deals, but for now we’ll focus on the two docs. Read More »

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What a weird set of potential buyers for Catfish, the documentary hit that has already been tagged as the next Paranormal Activity. Not that Catfish is anything like Paranormal Activity at all, except for the fact that it is a low budget documentary-style film (more on that in a second) and is now being courted by Paramount.

The studio is holding a test screening of the film on its lot today to see how it plays in front of a non-festival audience. JJ Abrams reportedly wants Paramount to buy the film. But much in the style of the movie’s narrative, there’s a late twist — Brett Ratner has come up with an offer to buy the film outright, with no audience testing necessary. Read More »

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