The passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman shook the film community and audiences everywhere, and we’re still processing the loss of one of the greatest acting talents our generation is likely to see. Amy Adams, who co-starred with Hoffman in Doubt (above) and The Master, appeared last night on Inside the Actor’s Studio, and the subject of Hoffman’s death was broached. Adams’ response was so deeply-felt as to be difficult to watch, but it speaks to the depth of the connection that Philip Seymour Hoffman created with other actors. Part of her touching tribute is below. Read More »


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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 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.

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Thematically complex and brilliantly acted, the masterfully written (and almost entirely dialogue-based) Doubt ranked as one of my top ten favorite movies of 2008. Even on its own, the amount of intrigue and thought-provoking material provided by the film’s central premise is enough to sustain the film, but what really pushes it over the edge is its clever and thoughtful incorporation of other issues relevant to the time period. Truly a fascinating and powerful effort from writer/director John Patrick Shanley, who adapted the film from his play.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary with John Patrick Shanley, and 4 featurettes (From Stage to Screen, Scoring Doubt, The Sisters of Charity, The Cast of Doubt).

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Amazon – $18.99

What? Free $5 Best Buy Gift Card with purchase of both Doubt and No Country for Old Men (3-Disc Collector’s Edition) ($24.99).
Where? Best Buy.

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The Dark Knight Grabs WGA and PGA Nominations

Both the Writers Guild of America (East and West) and the Producers Guild have nominated The Dark Knight as one of the best films of the year. This further solidifies The Dark Knight as a Best Picture contender, shocking some Hollywood insiders. Full list of nominations after the jump.

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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, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss the massive slate of films they’ve watched recently, listen to some of your voicemails, and spend as much time as they can discussing the endings and themes of Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler and John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt. Special guests Eric D Snider and Andrew Sorcini (from The Drill Down) join us.

Feel free to e-mail us or call us and leave a voicemail at (781) 583-1993. Join us Monday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST as we review Revolutionary Road.

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Topics Discussed

  • (02:02) What We’ve Been Watching
  • (38:45) Your voicemails
  • (44:00) The ending and themes of The Wrestler
  • (1:01:15) The ending and themes of Doubt

In this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave, Devindra and Adam discuss their apprehensiveness about a Crow remake, ponder the cheesiness of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer, and debate the choice of Chris Weitz to take over New Moon. Special guests Neha Tiwari and Laremy Legel (from the podcast) join us. Devin Faraci from CHUD also joins us to report from Butt-Numb-A-Thon and explains the use of the term “Watchmen” in the new film.

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