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(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)

Welcome back to another Blu-ray round-up. There’s something for everyone here! The comic-book bombast of Justice League; the romanticism of Call Me By Your Name; a Martin Scorsese masterpiece in the form of The Age of Innocence; indie comedy courtesy of The Disaster Artist and I, Tonya; the ’80s charm of Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs; and, uh, Downsizing!

Here are the new Blu-ray releases and their special features you should check out this week, and beyond.

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The Disaster Artist Scene Breakdown

Yesterday Tommy Wiseau scared the hell out of us with a video of him auditioning as The Joker for no good reason at all. Now today he’s providing some insight into the accuracy of The Disaster Artist when it comes to depicting the making of his infamous independent film turned cult classic, The Room.

For Vanity Fair’s “Notes on a Scene” video series, Tommy Wiseau breaks down the rooftop scene featuring James Franco (as the eccentric Wiseau) struggling to correctly remember his lines, resulting in an embarrassing amount of takes. Wiseau’s insight on the original scene is interesting, but you also have to wonder if what he says is true. Read More »

tommy wiseau joker audition

Oh hi, Batman. It’s your worst nightmare.

The Room star/director/writer/producer is a multi-hyphenate of his own making, but Tommy Wiseau wants to add one more title to that list: Joker. The Hollywood curiosity has been repeatedly campaigning for the role in Warner Bros.’ DC movies for months. And now, he finally gets to live his dream — sort of.

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Disaster Artist clip

The Disaster Artist, James Franco‘s humorous look at the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room, hits Blu-ray this week. In anticipation of the impending Blu release, we have an exclusive Disaster Artist clip featuring Franco and Wiseau seemingly trying to one-up each other with impenetrable accents. Watch the exclusive Disaster Artist clip below.

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the disaster artist lawsuit

A former student of James Franco is suing the director over The Disaster Artist, claiming that he was duped into selling his screenplay for the movie for just $5,500. The Disaster Artist lawsuit accuses Franco and his production company of failing to live up to their agreement with him as an uncredited writer.

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the room on broadway

The Room refuses to die. One of the best worst movies ever made continues to flourish, thanks to a cult following and the hit comedy The Disaster Artist. Now, Tommy Wiseau, the madman/genius behind the inept flick wants to stage The Room on Broadway. Watch out, Hamilton – you’re about to have some serious competition.

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2018 Critics Choice Awards Winners

Even though there appears to be a growing rift between critics and audiences, ridiculously and confusingly perpetuated by Rotten Tomatoes of all places, there are plenty who are still interested in what the critics have to say and understand the value they bring to the entertainment world.

Last night, the critics named what they thought were the crowning achievements in film and television with the 2018 Critics Choice Awards. On the film side, The Shape of Water and Guillermo del Toro came out on top, winning both Best Director and Best Motion Picture Drama. In television, The Handmaid’s Tale was named the Best Drama Series while Amazon made waves again with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Best Comedy Series.

Get the full list of 2018 Critics Choice Awards winners below. Read More »

Ethan Anderton’s Top 10 Movies of 2017

Top 10 Movies of 2017

We’re finished with 2017, which means it’s time to take a look back and determine which movies stuck with us the most. For me, this meant holding onto some movies that I first saw back in January at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. But it also meant letting go of a few movies that I fell in love with this summer as my entire list of the Top 10 Movies of 2017 took shape. Some were very difficult to push out of the final list while others were clearly never going to fall away. It just goes to show you that this was a phenomenal year for movies.

Without further ado, here’s my Top 10 Movies of 2017, but beware of some spoilers if you haven’t seen them.

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2018 WGA nominees

At this point in awards season, we’re starting to see the same few movies pop up over and over again. Films like Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, and Lady Bird have been mainstays on the awards circuit so far, but one of the movies we haven’t seen make much of a splash for voting bodies is Logan, 2017’s superhero swan song for Wolverine. But the Writers Guild of America has taken note and nominated Logan (along with the other films mentioned above, and a handful of others) for the chance to win the best screenplay of 2017. Read the full list of nominees below.
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Ben Pearson’s Top 10 Movies of 2017

Top 10 movies of 2017

As 2017 slowly disappears in our rear-view windows (good riddance!), the /Film staff is looking back on our favorite movies of last year. The year itself was awful in an almost incalculable number of ways, but at least we had a ton of fantastic movies to distract us from the constant barrage against truth and decency. Thankfully, many of last year’s movies were overflowing with those qualities, and I was able to get a steady diet of them amid heart-stopping set pieces, complex characters, and emotionally cathartic cinematic experiences. These were my top 10 movies of 2017.
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