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Sitting opposite Ed Norton in an empty conference room in a skyrise, one can’t avoid thinking about the hyper-charged situations he’s glared down on film. Clad in a black shirt and noticeably relaxed, he takes a moment before responding to a question, pressing a small washer-like object into the table and letting it spring back. It allows a brief window to search for the chiseled Nazi skinhead who forced a thug to tooth a curb in American History X. And for the office drone who scaled barbwire fences late at night to steal the excess fat of women and absorbed grueling punches in Fight Club. And for the smack dealer in 25th Hour who walked man’s best friend by a World Trade Center-less horizon, as unprepared for a future in the clink as the U.S. was for its uncertain present.

Norton is obsessively drawn to characters whose scariest adversary is in the mirror. It doesn’t matter if the playing field is a study in madness or a testy, possibly concluded, stint in the Marvel Universe as Bruce Banner. His latest film, a thoughtful thriller entitled Leaves of Grass, puts a literal spin on his interest in duality. He plays formerly estranged, highly intelligent twins—one a respected and reserved philosophy professor, the other a shaggy distributor of hydroponic marijuana.

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Gallery 1988 have made a few more Crazy4Cult prints available for purchase. In addition to Dan May’s Edward Scissorhands-Inspired Art Print “Portrait of a Gentle Man” that we posted about last week, the Los Angeles based gallery have made a few more prints available. Details and photos after the jump.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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preciousThis week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley celebrate Fight Club’s 10th anniversary by diving into the film’s newly released Blu-Ray, praise Park Chan-Wook’s Thirst, express ambivalence about the upcoming Uncharted film, and dissect the Twilight phenomenon as best they can. Special guest Jen Yamato joins us these evening.

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 at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review The Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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This week, the Fight Club starts again with the release on Blu-ray of a tenth anniversary edition of David Fincher‘s fan favourite. Every frame of the film was scrutinised by the director, or so it says here, in order to ensure the transfer was reflective, finally, of the ideal realisation of the film. That sentence alone has probably shifted a skip full of copies. What’s likely to shift a heap more are the innovative interactive special features.

After the break you can view my interview with Ren Klyce, the film’s sound designer. As well as collaborating with Fincher since Se7en, he most recently earned the credits of supervising sound editor and sound re-recording mixer on Spike Jonze’ Where the Wild Things Are. He’s just the man to be out there plugging this new Fight Club disc too, as the best of the new special features revolves around his work in the sound department.

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To celebrate the Ten Year Anniversary of the movie Fight Club, ChuckPalahniuk.net has teamed up with Kevin Tong to create an awesome poster and t-shirt for Fight Club. The poster is hand screen printed, four colors, on 18 x 24 inch Cornflower Blue100 lb Cover Paper in a limited edition of 200. It costs $30 and can be purchased at TragicSunshine.com. The t-shirt is available in a bunch of colors, guy and girl sizes, on ChuckPalahniuk.net. Check out the full poster and tshirt photos after the jump.
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Dutch Southern has a new t-shirt called “Product Placement”, a design created by Josh Eacret.

It’s a tribute to the fake products and companies found in movies, and to the filmmakers who didn’t want to sell out or get sued by real corporations. Each logo is accurately recreated in painstakingly detail by Josh Eacret’s hand.

After the jump you can find a complete listing of the fictional companies listed, and which movies they appeared in.

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Quentin Tarantino has recorded a list of his top 20 favorite films which have been released over the last 17 years. What’s so special about the last 17 years, or the year 1992? That was the year Tarantino became a filmmaker.

Films on Tarantino’s list include Battle Royale, Anything Else, Audition, Blade, Boogie Nights, Dazed & Confused, Dogville, Fight Club, Fridays, The Host, The Insider, Joint Security Area, Lost In Translation, The Matrix, Memories of Murder, Police Story 3, Shaun of the Dead, Speed, Team America, and Unbreakable. It think it’s interesting that Tarantino mentions that The Matrix sequels ruined the mythology, enough to push the first film off the top of his list. Watch the full list after the jump, complete with commentary from Tarantino himself .

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