More Than A Game
More Than A Game is a 2011 documentary by Thomas Hewett and Jack Abbot following competitive Street Fighter video gamers who are training and traveling to Las Vegas to compete in the United States Championships.

Every year, thousands of players from all over the world will descend upon Las Vegas to find out who is the globes greatest competitor in Street Fighter, Marvel Vs Capcom, Tekken and other fighting games.The documentary covers more than the events of the EVO tournament, discovering the lifestyles of pro-gamers, their aspirations and accomplishments and their love of their past-time turned profession. Following the progress of US Street Fighter champion Justin Wong and UK champion Ryan Hart as they spend their final month of preperation for the games, traveling to and participating in the tournament. We have unique access to the lifestyle of the pro-gamer, along with a glimpse at a growing cultural phenomenon that has grown almost ten-fold year on year.

I’ve always been interested in documentaries about competitive geeks in a niche world — King of Kong is one of my favorites. More Than A Game seems to take the world and gamers a bit more seriously. The whole movie is available online for free on Vimeo for a limited time only, so if it sounds interesting check it out while you have a chance.

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This past Sunday marked the start of Breaking Bad‘s fifth season, so it probably won’t come as a surprise that two of today’s Bits have to do with trivia surrounding the AMC drug drama. But there’s plenty of other goodies in here for non-BB watchers as well. After the jump:

  • BSG‘s Ronald D. Moore will adapt the fantasy series Outlander for television
  • Roberto Orci offers a minor update on a possible Star Trek series… or two
  • Street Fighter heads to the small screen with Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist
  • Bryan Fuller‘s brilliant-but-cancelled Pushing Daisies eyes a Broadway run
  • Dexter hires a Heroes alum to swing by Miami and snoop around for a few eps
  • AMC’s Hell on Wheels and HBO’s Treme drop trailers for their upcoming seasons

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Disney Animation’s computer animated feature film Wreck-It Ralph follows Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), a bad guy from a Donkey Kong meets Rampage inspired 1980′s arcade game Fix It Felix Jr. The story is set inside the world of video games. Fix It Felix Jr. is one of the remaining classic arcade machines in the back corner of an arcade. When the arcade closes, the characters in the games connect and interact between the worlds of the different machines. Ralph realizes that he no longer wants to be a bad guy, and adventures into other games in effort to become the hero.

This connected world allows the movie to feature interactions between some of your favorite classic video game characters, Roger Rabbit-style. Footage screened at CinemaCon has confirmed appearances from classic video game characters from Nintendo, Midway Games, Sega and more. Details after the jump.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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EASTBOUND & DOWN (SEASON 1)
Eastbound & Down creator/writer Jody Hill‘s style of comedy definitely isn’t for everyone, but those capable of embracing his raw, cynical attitude may just find themselves rewarded with one of the funniest shows television has to offer. So far, everything Hill has done revolves around a specific formula: bad things happening to bad, dumb people. Between this and Observe & Report, I doubt there’s any mystery about Hill’s feelings toward a large majority of the American public; regardless of the crazy situations his characters get into, there’s always this sense of depressing truth to them, always making sure we know that people like this aren’t too far off from the type of people you might find in any small middle-to-lower class town. This aspect of the show helps elevate it beyond a simple dark comedy to somewhat of an unsettling character study, presenting one man’s desperate struggle to cling to this distorted reality that his fame helped create for him, only to find actual reality settling in and crashing down on him.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary with creator/writer Jody Hill, actor Danny McBride, director David Gordon Green, and writer/actor Ben Best, “Making Eastbound & Down”, “Kenny Powers: Greatest Hits”, “Schaeffer Motor Commercials”, “Stevie’s Dark Secret”, and deleted scenes.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Fry’s
$22.99 $24.99 $19.77
Amazon – $19.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Free $5 GiftCard when you buy both Eastbound & Down (Season 1) and Entourage (Season 5) on DVD.
Where? Best Buy.

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/FilmCast

frozen_river_posterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss their interpretations of the ending of Contact, lament the length of the Funny People trailer, ponder the greatness of Chris Klein’s career, and discuss their Oscar reflections. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com, and Myles McNutt drops by from Cultural Learnings to share his thoughts on the Oscars.

Join us next Tuesday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST on Slashfilm’s live page as we review Rachel Getting Married.

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The /Filmcast: After Dark – Episode 1

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The /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 our first episode, Dave, Devindra, Adam, Dave3, and Peter discuss the difficulty of following comic books, the possibility of The Runaways on film and the ethics of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Neil from Filmschoolrejects also joins us to assert that not all bloggers live in their parents’ basements.

Join us on Monday night when we review RAMBO (NOT The Strangers), which was just released on DVD May 27, 2008. We’ll also give our detailed impressions on the Lost season finale. If you have any feedback/questions/comments/complaints, feel free to contact us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com.

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Yep, another day, another brown drip of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li casting news. Actor Neal McDonough (Minority Report, Ravenous, The Hitcher) will fill the shiny boots of the late Raul Julia in the role of the video game adaptation’s muscled militant villain M. Bison (below, nice likeness). McDonough joins a short bus that includes Michael Clark Duncan as Balrog, Chris Klein as Nash, and Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk as the lightning fast gal with the, uh, pinwheel kick. This movie is going to rock so hard.

 

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Discuss: Van Damme’s Street Fighter vs. Chun Li’s, who wins?

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