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The Last AirbenderThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley celebrate the selection of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, reflect on the brilliance of Louis CK, and delve into the mysteries of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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HOT TUB TIME MACHINE
Hot Tub Time Machine is so aware of how absurd its storyline is that it doesn’t even attempt to justify it. In place of extensive exposition explaining the logistics of time travel and what it means for them, the characters cover all bases through Terminator references and extensive cocaine usage. The downside to making this sort of deliberately silly comedy is that the audience never has a chance to invest in the growth of the characters or care about what’s at stake, but sometimes, being funny is enough. And aside from a cute little romance, that’s the only area in which Hot Tub Time Machine hopes to succeed—and does. While the film adheres to the utmost basics of story structure and formula, it never does so at the expense of a quick gag, and is mostly an excuse to engage its immensely likable cast in a series of outrageous situations highlighting one of two things (and frequently both): time travel, and the ’80s. Oh, and drugs, too.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Deleted scenes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as Theatrical Promotional Spots (“Production: Acting Like Idiots”, “Chevy Chase: The Nicest Guy in Hollywood”, “Totally Radical Outfits: Dayna Pink”, “Crispin Glover: One Armed Bellhop”), and a digital copy of the film.

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green-zoneIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley reflect on the winners and the pageantry of this year’s Oscars, and discuss the future of the Superman, Captain America, and Batman franchises. Special guest Jeff Goldsmith joins us from Creative Screenwriting Magazine.

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Hot Tub Time Machine

UPDATE: We have reached the allotted 90 passes. All those who emailed in time will receive a response in the next couple of days providing confirmation that they and a guest have been guaranteed admission to the screening.

Live near San Francisco, San Jose or Oakland? If so, check your calendars. I’ll be hosting a free advanced screening of Hot Tub Time Machine on Thursday, March 11 at 7:30 PM, and you guys are invited.

The screening will take place at Century Cinema 16 in Mountain View. Here’s an exact address:

1500 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Mountain View, CA 94043

To attend, all you need to do is email me at adamquigs [at] gmail.com, put Hot Tub in the subject, and include your name in the body. The first 90 to do so will be awarded with a pass for themselves and a guest. (And it should go without saying: only email if you actually plan to attend.)

Hope to see you guys there.

Hot Tub Time Machine Movie Trailer #2

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MGM has released a second green band movie trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine, a new sci-fi comedy starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Lizzy Caplan, Crispin Glover and Chevy Chase. The film follows a group of best friends who’ve become bored with their adult lives:

“Adam (John Cusack) has been dumped by his girlfriend; Lou (Rob Corddry) is a party guy who can’t find the party; Nick’s (Craig Robinson) wife controls his every move; and video game-obsessed Jacob (Clark Duke) won’t leave his basement. After a crazy night of drinking in a ski resort hot tub, the men wake up, heads’ pounding, in the year 1986. This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures – one will find a new love life, one will learn to stand up for himself with the ladies, one will find his mojo, and one will make sure he still exists!”

Directed by Steve Pink, the director of Accepted and screenwriter of High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank. I love the concept, I like the cast, and I even digg the screenwriter, but something about these trailers just isn’t doing it for me. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Reader Review: Hot Tub Time Machine

Hot Tub Time Machine
/Film reader Film Savior screened Hot Tub Time Machine, and while the comedy won’t hit theaters until March 19th, he sent us a reader review. Savior calls it “hilarious, retarded, nonsensical, thoughtful, a waste of time, and great entertainment all at the same time.” You can read the entire virtually spoiler-free reader submitted review, after the jump.
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There were a couple of big questions raised by the first trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine. Not “how do these guys get back in time?” (Duh. They use a hot tub time machine.) More important stuff like: “is Clark Duke really meant to be the same age as John Cusack?” And does one of the guys get it on with Gregg’s character’s mom? Serious, deep questions. We need answers.

The new red-band trailer for the film addresses some of those burning issues. It also has naked people, so mark this one NSFW. Then watch it, after the break. Read More »

Hot Tub Time Machine Trailer This Week

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I just found out from MGM, that the brand new trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine (starring John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Chevy Chase) will be online this Thursday, December 17th 2009. This means that the trailer will be in theaters this weekend, and will be attached theatrically to Sherlock Holmes. I’ve heard nothing but good buzz about this comedy.
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