/Filmcast Ep. 189 – Moonrise Kingdom

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam highlight some of the best films at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival, praise the prolific nature of Mark Duplass, and respond to your feedback for our Prometheus review. Plus, Adam’s “Shit Movie of the Week” returns with a vengeance.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be reviewing Brave next week.

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Nacho Vigalondo‘s name comes up so often that it’s hard to believe the majority of people have only seen one of his movies. Of course, that movie is Timecrimes, which ranks up with Primer as one of the best time-travel, sci-fi movies in recent memory. He’s currently working on Supercrooks, a big superhero movie with Mark Millar and his sophomore film now finally has a release date.

The film is called Extraterrestrial and it’s wonderful. You can read my positive review here but the film takes the sci-fi setting of an alien invasion and uses it to make a screwball comedy that would make Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn proud. Focus Features’ off shoot Focus World will release the film on June 15 on VOD and select cities across the country. Plus, other cities can request the movie on Tugg.com. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo earned an instant group of followers with his 2007 debut feature Timecrimes. The movie (which also featured Vigalondo as one of the film’s few actors) was a weird, compelling time travel movie with a murderous, guilty heart. We’ve waited years for the director’s next feature, and despite the fact that it is currently without a US distributor, I hope audiences will get a chance to see it this year.

Extraterrestrial is sort of an ‘aliens invade’ movie but is much more a strange tense romance in which Julio (Julián Villagrán) wakes up in the flat of the girl of his dreams (Michelle Jenner) to find that the world outside is cowering in fear under the shadows of alien ships that hang in the air. What happens next?

We saw a teaser trailer last year that featured no subtitles; now there is a full trailer than subs everything, so you can get a much better idea of what’s in store from Extraterrestrial. Check it out below. Read More »

Another Fantastic Fest is in the books and the festival once again lived up to its name. For eight straight days I slept little, met friends, ate, drank and watched an inhuman amount of crazy genre movies. Now that it’s over, it’s time to not only rank the best films I saw at the festival, but point out a few trends that defined Fantastic Fest 2011. Read More »

Buying a ticket to see a film called Extraterrestrial brings with it a lofty set of expectations. You expect sci-fi, you expect action and most of all you expect to see aliens. Nacho Vigalondo‘s second feature film says screw that. His Extraterrestrial has an alien invasion in it but it’s there only to put a new spin on the romantic comedy, a spin only the man behind Timecrimes could create. Incredibly, Extraterrestrial feels almost as layered as that film, but instead of multiple levels of time-travel, this features multiple levels of lies, laughs and love. It’s a wonderful, almost screwball, comedy that does pretty much everything right. Read More »

Though Fantastic Fest still has three days left packed with movies, the best of the best have been revealed. Monday night, the awards for the best films, actors, writers and directors of the festival were announced in several different categories. Some of the winners are films I’ve already reviewed and loved. The Audience Award went to A Boy and His Samurai by Yoshihiro Nakamura, the AMD Dell Next Wave Spotlight Competition winner was Bullhead directed by Michael R. Roskam (review coming soon) and You’re Next by Adam Wingard swept nearly all the horror awards. Read all the winners after the jump. Read More »

There’s almost too much that’s good about Fantastic Fest: experiencing the Alamo Drafthouse for a week straight; the small, friendly, film fan atmosphere; the parties. Oh yeah, then there’s the insane films. Every year Fantastic Fest is filled with a ton of wild genre flicks that either you’ve never heard of yet or already have a lot of buzz surrounding them. As the 2011 festival is set to kick off this week, /Film will be on the ground telling you about the sickest, most disturbing and exciting films playing in Austin, Texas. Before that though, since there’s so much that’s good about Fantastic Fest, we’ve got three lists to get you as excited:

  • The Top 15 Films I’m Curious About – The true gems of Fantastic Fest, these are the wild cards we’re excited for from description alone.
  • The Top 10 Most Anticipated Films – These are films with familiar names or built in buzz from previous festivals.
  • The Top 5 Films of Fantastic Fest 2011 Already – This is a list of five films playing at the Festival we already know to be winners.

Read all of this after the jump and keep checking /Film from September 22-29 for all your coverage of Fantastic Fest 2011. Read More »

Jennifer Westfeldt‘s Friends With Kids (not the be confused with Friends With Benefits) has a set-up that most people in their 30′s can relate with — what happens when all of your friends get married, have children and become unavailable?

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