VOTD: Law Abiding Engineer

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It’s videos like this that make me love the internetz.

Somebody has re-created the trailer for Law Abiding Citizen, and superimposed characters from the Valve video game Team Fortress 2. The animation is pretty good, and the choices for characters are actually pretty clever (Gerard Butler’s character is played by an Engineer for obvious reasons, while Jamie Foxx’s role is played by the suit-attired Spy character). Hit the jump to see Law Abiding Engineer, and compare it with the original trailer for Law Abiding Citizen..
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LAW ABIDING CITIZEN
Logic and subtlety are the last things viewers should expect from Law Abiding Citizen, an absurdly enjoyable B-movie thriller that critics made the mistake of trying to take seriously. The film is disposable low-brow entertainment, no question. The unfolding of the plot doesn’t yield a single unanticipated turn, nor does it fail to act on a convenient cliché when one is available—and there are many available. Rarely, though, does a thriller embrace its R-rating as fully as this one. It’s amusing how quickly Gerard Butler’s introduction as the sympathetic anti-hero is tossed aside in favor of full-on deranged villainy—even more so when you realize how much more fun it makes the movie. The gleeful maliciousness that the film displays as it continually cranks up the violence is a little disturbing, but it’s in that gratuitous carnage that Law Abiding Citizen earns its place amongst the rest of the compulsively watchable trash that cinema has to offer.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – An audio commentary, and behind the scenes featurettes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as an exclusive unrated director’s cut.

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Stephen King’s Top 10 Films of 2009

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Author Stephen King has published his annual listing of the top 10 films of the year. This year King agreed with the mainstream critics in naming The Hurt Locker as the best film of the year, but the rest of his list is the opposite of conventional. His list for 2009 is bound to spawn as much debate and outrage as previous years (last year’s list included Death Race, Lakeview Terrace and The Ruins). For example, #2 is The Last House on the Left, which he claims is “on par with The Silence of the Lambs” and that it’s “easily the most brilliant remake of the decade.” Other films include District 9, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and 2012. Check out the full list after the jump.

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lawabidingcitizen1The /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 Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley talk about genres that have a special place in their hearts, reflect on the economy’s effect on Hollywood’s working class, and assess the pleasures of Law Abiding Citizen. Special guests Katey Rich from Cinemablend and Stephen Tobolowsky from Glee join us for this episode. Glee currently airs on FOX at 9 PM on Wednesday nights.

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Chart: Movie Trailer Views Vs. Box Office Receipts

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Do popular movie trailers always result in huge box office? Not necessarily. Silicon Alley Insider has an interesting chart comparing online movie trailer views up against opening weekend box office receipts, and the results are pretty interesting. A film like Jennifer’s Body had over 7 million trailer views online, but made less than $10 million on opening weekend, while a film like Law Abiding Citizen had only a few hundred thousand trailer views, and made over $20 million during the first weekend.

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where the wild things are posterIn this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise The Inside Man, wonder why America can’t handle miniseries, celebrate the joys of Glee, and explain the similarities between Where the Wild Things Are and Children of Men. Special guest Stephen Tobolowsky joins us for this episode. You can currently see Stephen on Glee, which airs on FOX, Wednesdays at 9 PM EST.

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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of corporate sponsorship, speculate on some plot possibilities for Kill Bill 3, and Devindra and Jeff try and fail to Curb Their Enthusiasm for Friday Night Lights. Jeff Cannata is our special guest this evening, joining us from the Totally Rad Show.

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Three new posters have cropped up in the last twenty-four hours. One is only a design proposal, though it is probably the best of the bunch. The other two range from unimpressive photoshoppery to fairly well-done photoshoppery. Figure out which is which after the break. Read More »

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