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COMMUNITY (SEASON 1)
It’s been asserted more than once that Community didn’t start becoming good until well into its first season, and while I’d agree that the series became more assured as it went on, I’d disagree that its early episodes are any less worth watching than its later ones. When the series first aired, people (me included) hadn’t yet gotten a grasp on what Community was trying to be. Rewatching the pilot now though, its self-aware, satirical undertones are far more prevalent. This is a show that understands the age we live in, and seeks to playfully mock and celebrate it. It’s a show that’s unafraid to openly admit that the initially introduced budding romance between two characters didn’t have the spark it was supposed to, and then slyly develop it into a more chemistry-infused love triangle—one that’s as parodic as it is compelling. Is Community a sitcom, or a deconstruction of sitcoms? It’s both, among other things, and by the time it finds its groove, the balance it strikes between the two is pitch-perfect. When the series truly soars though, is when it takes on a more specific genre, such as action movies in the fan-favorite episode “Modern Warfare”. If you gave up on Community early on, and need an incentive to start watching again, this is the episode that will convince you to do so.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Cast & Crew Commentary on Every Episode, Outtakes!, Creative Compromises, Community Season One Cast Evaluations, “Advanced Criminal Law” Alternate, Season One Highlight Reel, Mini Episodes, Communication Studies Extended Producer’s Cut, and The Art of Discourse Commentary.

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Robin Hood

How does a good idea become a terrible movie? That’s the perennial question in Hollywood, where the intersection of creative ideas, business sense and big egos can so easily produce something very different from what was originally intended.

That seems to have been the case with Robin Hood, which was originally meant to be based on a hot screenplay by Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris called Nottingham. Then Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott came along and everything changed. Eventually the result was a film that stands at less than %50 Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and was beat by Iron Man 2 in that film’s second weekend. So what happened?

If you haven’t seen Robin Hood, treat everything after the jump as mildly spoilerish.

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robinhood_posterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley ring in their 100th episode by discussing piracy, movie adaptations of plotless games and toys, and the plot/casting of Rian Johnson’s upcoming film, Looper. Rian Johnson joins us for this episode, with his unique banjo stylings and photoshop skills. Rian’s episode of Breaking Bad airs this Sunday on AMC at 10 PM EST.

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Robin Hood – What Did You Think?

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Robin Hood

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is out in theaters everywhere today, but regardless of whether or not the film is any good, it will probably get steamrolled at the box office this weekend by Iron Man 2 and next weekend by the last Shrek film, adding to a string of financial disappointments for Universal (a list which includes Wolfman and Green Zone). Does it actually deserve a better fate? Hit the jump for some of my brief thoughts, and feel free to leave your own in the comments section.

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Cannes

Photographers try to snap photos of stars on the red carpet at the Palais

In this Cannes Blog, I include some photos from my first day in Cannes, give some commentary about my experiences thus far, and provide a mini review of Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.

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Robin Hood

Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood is set to open up this year’s Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night, but early reviews have begun to leak out over the weekend. The reviews range from mixed to not-so-positive. Check a sample of excerpts after the jump:

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Robin Hood

Universal Pictures held their junket for Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood over the weekend, but I was unable to catch a screening of the film. A /Film reader named Ruggerman has sent in an early review. Their opinion of the movie seems to be in line with the views of some of the critics I’ve talked with over the past few days. For anyone interested, you can read the review after the jump.

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Robin Hood

Universal Pictures has released 54 high resolution production photos from Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood. Check them out now, after the jump. And check back tomorrow for an unofficial early review of the film.

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Robin Hood

A couple new clips hit the web today, including a nightmare sequence from Samuel Bayer‘s remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and one-minute of a battle sequence from Ridley Scott‘s Robin Hood. Watch both now, after the jump.

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