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PARTY DOWN (SEASON 2)
Last time I wrote of the brilliance of this series, I begged people to watch and support it. My pleas were in vain, it would appear, as the show was canceled due to its low ratings failing to pick up over the course of its second season. Truthfully, I’m stunned it even made it past its first season, and for that alone I am grateful. Season 2 continues some time after the first left off, and a lot has changed since then. The new character dynamic takes a few episodes to find its footing, but once it does, it results in some of the funniest scenes the show has to offer. (The final moment of this scene in particular makes me bust up laughing every time I think about it.) While it’s sad to see such a biting, cynical satire vanish from the air, the series provided us with two knockout seasons, a perfect note to close the show on, and one of the few honest (read: depressing) portrayals of the costs of trying to lead an unorthodox lifestyle in modern society. It is, for my money, one of the best comedies to have ever been on television. Before I begged you to watch it; now I’m begging you to buy it.
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Notable Extras: A gag reel.

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I’m still saddened when I think about the loss of the fantastic comedy series Party Down, which Starz understandably canceled when its ratings failed to reach the same heights as its critical acclaim. But now it looks as though the show may find new life, in the form of a similarly-themed show on NBC. Learn more after the break. Read More »

The /Filmcast Ep. 106 – Knight and Day

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the brilliance of Wayne Kramer, forecast a potentially bleak future for both Futurama and Party Down, shower some appreciation on the under-appreciated War of the Worlds, and get excited about Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet. Russ Fischer joins us for this episode.

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 week on Monday night at Slashfilm’s live page as we review The Last Airbender.

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bad-lieutenantIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley assess whether or not Joss Whedon would make a good Avengers director, try to figure out what Summit Entertainment is trying to do with the final Twilight films, and discuss why the Green Lantern’s CG-only suit…actually makes a lot of sense.

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 week on Tuesday night  at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Kick Ass.

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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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BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS
Never before has an actor so quickly ascended the ranks of my heavily deliberated ‘greatest actors’ hierarchy. Somewhere in the middle of experiencing the whacked-out lunacy that is Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, a realization dawned on me: even at his worst, Cage is always a joy to watch. In The Wicker Man, he wears a bear suit while assaulting women. In Knowing, he crawls into the fetal position and weeps on a bed of rocks. In Ghost Rider, he laughs and screams manically while tearing off his own face. No matter what the film, there always seems to be something about a Nicolas Cage performance that warms my heart and brings a smile to my face, even if it’s for entirely unintended reasons. He may not be the most consistently talented actor, but as far as non-comedic actors go, he is definitely the most consistently funny. Port of Call New Orleans continues this trend, except this time, the effect is fully intentional. I think. In any case, it’s a mad trip of a film, and though from a narrative standpoint it’s kind of a mess, that style is perfectly fitting with the content at hand. It’s really Cage’s show all the way, allowing him to run wild as a drugged-out cop who experiences lengthy reptilian hallucinations, yanks out old ladies’ oxygen tubes, and has gun-toting public sex with the women he’s supposed to be arresting. Director Werner Herzog gives the film a wonderfully subversive, darkly comedic edge, but when it comes to Cage, he doesn’t even attempt to harness the guy, instead opting to point him in the direction he needs to go and letting him do his thing. The final result is kind of magical.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – A digital photography book, and interviews with cast/crew.

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It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, excluding The Tooth Fairy starring The Rock, that offer proof. /Film’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini review or…”what do you mean Merlin wasn’t real?! Attention hosers: it’s the return of FUBARAnd much more after the jump in this double-deep installment…

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In recent times, Adam Scott has sparkled in pop-culture for two masterful performances as manicured, modern cornholios in the Will Ferrell-endorsed comedies Step Brothers and Eastbound & Down. In the former, his character coached an obnoxious wife and kids in a caravan acapella of “Sweet Child of Mine,” while faithfully rocking a Bluetooth headset. In the latter, Scott was a delusional assistant to an assistant of a Major League Baseball team who brags to Kenny Powers that his black AmEx can purchase fellatio from the Jonas Brothers. Ironically, Scott’s character proceeds to offer sex—even with “the kids”—to recruit Powers, a karma-deal that snorts the iconic wind from Powers’s mulleted sails.

On Party Down, one of the strongest and most left-field cable series to debut last year, Scott has managed to be just as funny and biting as the lead amongst a stellar ensemble cast. His character, Henry Pollard, is an out-of-work actor riding out his prime and the recession as an L.A. caterer, a role fleshed out with drama, depression and romance. But I was still surprised to see Scott’s performance in the upcoming indie, The Vicious Kind, which recently earned him an Independent Spirit Awards nom for Best Male Lead. He’s in serious company with Jeff Bridges and Colin Firth for playing a construction worked named Caleb Sinclaire. A self-righteous, aimless man with an estranged father (J.K. Simmons) and a misogynistic albeit amusingly bleak worldview, Caleb sinks to new lows in making a hate-play on his innocent brother’s weary girlfriend (Brittany Snow).

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The Vicious Kind Movie Trailer and Clip

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Here’s a little indie starring Adam Scott, J.K. Simmons, and I guess I should continue, Brittany Snow, that a growing number of people are on the lookout for. Entitled The Vicious Kind and executive produced by sometime-gangster Neil LaBute, the film sees the irreverent, dry-witted Scott in a more serious role compared to those in Step Brothers and the addictive Starz series Party Down. (That said, fans of Party Down witnessed a glowing coal rock of dramatic potential during the actor’s debut season.)

The movie recently nabbed two Independent Spirit Awards, one for Best Screenplay, and one for Scott’s performance, placing him—with some surprise—alongside other notable noms/Oscar locks Jeff Bridges and Colin Firth. Find out what Vicious is about and watch Simmons commit attempted murder in the encouraging, amusing, if hipster-hirsute trailer below.

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