The /Filmcast: After Dark – Episode 3

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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 of the /Filmcast: After Dark, Dave, Devindra, Adam, and Mike continue their meandering discussion about whether Fight Club makes sense, and spend 8 minutes mining the depths of the Marley & Me trailer. Also Dave gets unnecessarily uptight about the Tucker Max movie. Special guests Andy Sorcini joins us from The Drill Down and Sean Dwyer joins us from Filmjunk.

Have any questions/comments/suggestions? Want to advertise your movie/product/service with the /Filmcast? E-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com. Join us for our next broadcast, live on Monday night at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST, as we discuss Frank Darabont’s recently leaked Indiana Jones Script, review The Incredible Hulk, and after that, The Happening (Fair warning: We may go a little bit longer than usual).

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/Filmcast Episode 2 – Rambo

In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra, Adam, and Peter, debate the merits of Sex and the City, lament the Universal fire, pore over the Lost finale, and discuss the nihilistic themes of Rambo. Special guest Myles McNutt joins us from Cultural Learnings and Alex Billington joins us from Firstshowing. Have any questions/comments/suggestions? Feel free to e-mail us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com.

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The offical poster from landmark horror director George Romero‘s latest contribution to undead cinema, Diary of the Dead, has stumbled onto the Web. Diary is set for a theatrical release on February 15th, which makes me curious to see how it will perform in light of the similarly themed and wildly successful Cloverfield. Romero’s fifth zombie film will flip the script and focus on the moment zombies started to rise up and create chaos amongst the human populace. It’s similar to Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project in that the film is presented from the POV of a camera belonging to a pack of college kids who are making their own horror film before the hell on Earth stuff happens.

Got that? This method allows Romero to comment on how media-obsessed and out-of-touch the young adults of today are, and how they all deserved to get eaten by decaying Baby Boomers! There’s also an anti-war message.

As for the poster, it could be cleverer. And I’m not sure exactly where the camera is focusing, because it’s adding zombies that aren’t there. Make the jump to see what I’m typing about.

Perplexing, innit?

Source Link: Bloody Disgusting

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George Romero Plans for Sixth Zombie Film?

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We hated George Romero’s Diary of the Dead, and by the look of the emails and comments we have gotten, we’re not the only ones. As we reported earlier this week, The Weinstein Co bought the film, because, well, it’s marketable – even though it may be god awful. And don’t get me wrong, I love Romero’s earlier zombie flicks. May-be I was looking for something more in tune with those films, and less gimmicky.

Romero told Bloody Disgusting that if Diary does well for The Weinsteins, there is plans in place for him to write a sixth zombie film. Unfortunately, the film would pretty much be a sequel to Diary of the Dead, and the story would begin directly following the conclusion of that film. Romero says that he doesn’t have plans to continue the franchise at this time (unless of course Diary warrants a sequel). As much as I would like another Romero zombie flick, I hope that Diary doesn’t snowball into a sequel.

Toronto Film Festival 2007: Deals, Sales, Acquisitions

Toronto Film Festival LogoA few films have sold at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. Here is a round-up of the deals so far.

If I’m missing anything, please post it in the comments.

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George A Romero’s Diary of the Dead is a concept with out substance, an idea without a clue. Romero, who is largely responsible for the zombie film genre, has decided to return to a low budget no star concept. Diary follows a group of film school students (and their professor) as they go on the run after the great zombie outbreak interrupts a late night shoot on a mummy short film. The director, who aspires to be a documentary filmmaker, chooses to remain behind the camera and shoot the story as it happens.

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Toronto Film Festival LogoToday I finally found some time to sit down and sift through the 352 official selections of the 2007 Toronto Film Festival. Many hours later, I present to you 65 must see movies at the Toronto International Film Festival. I did the work so that you don’t have to. So why should you care about these films if you’re not making the trip up to Canada in September?

In 1998, Variety acknowledged that the Toronto International Film Festival “is second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars and market activity.” Roger Ebert has also said that “although Cannes is still larger, Toronto is more useful and more important….”

Toronto is essentially a preview of which Independent to mid-sized film releases might be big in the next five months. The festival is considered a launch pad for many studios to begin “Oscar-buzz” for their films.

How do I know that you should see these movies? Well, in most cases I don’t. I have seen some press screenings of a couple of the films listed below (Valley of Elah, My Kid Could Paint That…) and can personally recommend them. But for the most part, I have no idea. I have cobbled this list from an exhaustive day of research. Some of the films I chose because of the director, writer, or cast. Others because of the plot synopsis.

When a review was available, I read it. If a trailer was available, I watched it. I’ve included films that were recommended to me by trusted friends. Some films that I missed but were highly reviewed at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival (Son of Rambow, The Savages).

I must offer this disclaimer: I tend to be attracted to American, British and Japanese cinema to a fault. I do have a handful of picks outside my comfort realm, but if you’re looking for more “Worldly” selections, you might have to look elsewhere.

It should also be noted that some of the films (especially in the Gala and special presentation sections) will hit theaters within the next two months. Some films even hit theaters days within the festival’s conclusion. I put these movies on the list because they are movies of interest. But you, like me, might want to hold off on some of these flicks until they hit your city next month. For me, there are some films that I won’t be able to resist like Across The Universe and No Country for Old Men. I know they come out sooner rather than later, but I need to see them sooner. I’ve noted the release dates of films that are opening in the next two months, just so you have that information.

I’ll be at the festival for nine and a half days, so chances are, I won’t be able to see all of these films. The reality is, I won’t see even half of these films. I’ll be doing some interviews, so I’ve lowered my goal to around 30 movies, which most people would still consider extreme (that’s at least three movies each day of the festival).

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