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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue their discussion about Tree of Life, find something redeemable about the Pirates sequels, and get excited about Darren Aronofsky’s next project. Special guest director Rian Johnson returns. Check out Rian’s films on Netflix and Amazon. His newest film, Looper, will be in theaters September 2012.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us for our next live broadcast on Sunday, June 19th, at Slashfilm’s live page where we’ll be discussing The Green Lantern.

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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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THE HURT LOCKER
There’s a compelling character moment toward the end of The Hurt Locker that takes place in a supermarket, which is startlingly effective in its contrast to prior events. Much of that, I suppose, is due to it being one of the few scenes in the film where somebody’s limbs aren’t as risk of being blown off their torso. This film isn’t attempting to offer any political insights into the Iraq War, or even realistically examine what it is that soldiers stationed out in Iraq go through every day (if that’s what you’re after, I recommend checking out The Wire-creator David Simon’s most recent televised opus, Generation Kill). This film, like District 9, is an action film. It’s less an intricately structured narrative than it is a series of loosely-fitted action set pieces, directed with such precise pacing and weight that the intensity of them literally left me with a migraine upon my initial viewing. Given the predictability of movies nowadays, I found this forgoing of traditional plotting to be a refreshing change of pace. People don’t see war-based action movies to be lectured; they see them because the subject matter lends itself to terrifyingly believable life-or-death scenarios. The Hurt Locker knows that this is the case, and embraces it. It is easily one of the most thrilling movie-going experiences I’ve ever had, and a definite highlight of ’09.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – An audio commentary by director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal, and a “Hurt Locker: Behind the Scenes” featurette.

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pelhamposterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley, discuss the mainstream appeal of Shutter Island, try and fail to get excited about Marcus Nispel (the newly minted director of Conan), and wonder about the possibilities of lost subplots in Pixar’s Up. Special guest Alex Albrecht joins us this evening from Diggnation and The Totally Rad Show.

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Nathan Johnson first got into composing movie music when he was asked by his cousin Rian to create the score for Rian’s 2005 film Brick. The film was not a high-budget picture, but Nathan was still able to record the entire score using one microphone attached to his Powerbook inside his bedroom. Nathan also used creative instrumentation, once remarking that he did most of his shopping for instruments at the grocery store, rather than the music store. What resulted was a score that was extremely effective, surprisingly chilling, and (very much like the film) unquestionably unique. Here’s a clip:

[You can buy the entire score for Brick on Amazon and iTunes.]

For Rian’s new film, The Brothers Bloom, Nathan was given many more resources, but he has shown a continued desire to be inventive. He has created a score that is loaded with playfulness and pathos, with joy and melancholy. The best scores are those that not only have the capability to strongly evoke the film they were a part of, but also to stand on their own as independent works; Nathan’s Bloom score certainly falls into this category. Fans of the /Film movie podcast know that I buy a lot of movie scores. I was proud to add this one to my collection.

I had the chance to chat with Nathan yesterday, and we discussed the sound behind the sound of the film, identified the different themes for each of the major characters, and listened to some of the score’s most memorable clips. The Brothers Bloom soundtrack is available now at iTunes (with a sweet digital booklet) and at Amazon. The Brothers Bloom opens in many cities today (May 22nd).

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Rian Johnson has recorded an online exclusive audio commentary for his new film The Brothers Bloom, which hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles last week, and expands further nationwide tomorrow.

You can download the track now on Apple.com. The idea is to load the mp3 file onto your ipod, iphone or zune (wait, does anyone really have a Zune?) and listen to the track while watching the film at your local multiplex. There are instructions at the beginning of the recording for when to pause / unpause, and if all goes well you will have a live commentary track playing along with the movie.

Of course, you don’t want to do this on your first viewing (I wouldn’t reccomend listing to any audio commentary as a first viewing). The brilliant thing about this idea from a marketing  is that it encourages multiple theatrical viewings.

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angels and demons poster smallIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley dive into the season finale of Lost, evaluate the acting prowess of Chris Hemsworth, and lament the destruction of the IMAX brand. Special guest Laremy Legel joins us from Film.com and Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show. Make sure you stay tuned after the episode to hear details on how to win a copy of The Art of Terminator Salvation from Titan Books!

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In this jam-packed episode of the /Filmcast: After Dark, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley are joined by Brick and The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson as they discuss their favorite opening sequences, bizarre moviegoing experiences, how to preserve one’s first viewing of a film, more movie conventions that bother them, the facial features of Jackie Chan, and the rigid constraints of the romantic comedy genre. Dan Trachtenberg also joins us from the Totally Rad Show. The Brothers Bloom is in theaters now in NY/LA and will expand to more theaters in the weeks to come (You can read my review here).

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Every now and then, a director comes along whose debut film is so inventive and skillful that it heralds the arrival of a bold new creative voice. For director Rian Johnson, that film was Brick, a Dashiell Hammett mystery set in a California high school. With his stylish filmmaking (on a shoestring budget, no less) and his unique, enthralling dialogue, Johnson evinced a formidable degree of promise. It’s been four years since Brick won a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision, and I’ve been extremely eager to see what Johnson would come up with for his follow-up. Does his new film, The Brothers Bloom, show that he’s more than just a one-hit wonder?
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