/Filmcast Ep. 116 – The Town

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the-town-movie-posterThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, Russ Fischer, and Adam Quigley discuss the merits of the newest movie from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan, praise the surprisingly good Easy A, debate just exactly how brilliantly Animal Kingdom was, and spend some time in The Town.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us on Sunday (9/26) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Catfish and share some thoughts on Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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THE ROAD
The apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic subgenre has been worn out. Between recent outings such as The Book of Eli, 2012, Daybreakers, Doomsday, and The Happening, it’s becoming apparent that there’s really not a whole lot else that can be done with it, and at this point they’re just recycling clichés (e.g. villainous hillbillies, wandering through destroyed landscapes, people turning on each other). The Road though, while not at all exempt from these clichés, is different in one very significant way: It’s not meant to be “fun”. Most movies of this ilk are designed specifically to find the entertainment value in a world reduced to chaos, but very rarely do films ever attempt to find real meaning in that premise. And while The Road may not be as balls-out exciting as some were hoping (you can thank the deliberately deceptive trailer for that), it does put its desolate backdrop to good use, thoughtfully and believably exploring the ways in which our sense of humanity can become lost in times of fear. Those that have read the book will be sure to note how lacking the film is without the artistry and flow of Cormac McCarthy’s prose, but given the limitations of the medium, this is a fine adaptation.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary by director John Hillcoat, deleted and extended scenes, and a Making of The Road featurette.

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Iron Man 2

Okay, so we took a day off from the Poster round-up and it seems like the one-sheets have really stacked up fast. Today we bring you two Iron Man 2 IMAX movie posters, the one-sheet for The Disappearance of Alice Creed, A Nightmare on Elm Street Motion Poster, an Italian one-sheet for Despicable Me, Ken Loach’s Looking for Eric, and posters/promo images for two television shows: True Blood and Lost. Check them out now, after the jump.

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Marvel has released a new character poster for Iron Man 2, and HBO has released another teaser poster for True Blue Season 3. Check out both, after the jump.

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A bunch of new posters and character banners have been released today for films including Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, DreamWorks’ Shrek Forever After, the comic book adaptation The Losers, and a teaser poster for the third season of HBO’s True Blood. Check them out, after the jump.

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True Blood has quickly become my favorite summer show. With the airing of last night’s season two finale, “Beyond Here Lies Nothin“, I can already feel the pain of another year-long wait ahead of me. Just like Dollhouse, the first season of True Blood took a few episodes to truly get in gear—but once the series found its groove it became an intoxicating combination of sex, violence, and camp. (Anna Paquin’s increasing disregard for clothes was yet another plus.)

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Comic-Con: True Blood Q&A

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The True Blood panel at Comic-Con was one of the bigger ones. Many cast members showed up alongside writer/creator Alan Ball and Charleane Harris, author of the books that led to the show. They seemed grateful for all of the fan response and the packed room. Apparently their panel was in a much smaller space last year since nobody knew about the show.

They showed a short teaser for the rest of season 2, but it was just a quick glimpse. We saw the Texas vampire contingent, Sookie getting into trouble (again), and Jason getting closer to the preacher’s wife he’s been eying.

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public enemies posterIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley find out what this whole Mumblecore deal is all about, try to write the plot of the new Asteroids film, assess the career and etymology of Nimrod Antal, discuss the look of Public Enemies, and get excited about the trailers of Jennifer’s Body and The Informant. Special guest Dan Trachtenberg joins us from the Totally Rad Show.

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 Monday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Bruno.

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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.

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 Tuesday at 10PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Year One.

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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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VALKYRIE
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
As hard as I try, I can’t bring myself to garner much interest in this film. I blame history for spoiling the ending. It’s like watching The Passion of the Christ: “So… I wonder what happens to Jesus at the end.” There’s also something inherently off-putting in seeing Tom Cruise in Nazi Germany with an eye patch and no accent. That said, I’m a big supporter of Bryan Singer’s work, and the film has been said to be serviceably entertaining, so I’ll be sure to give it a fair shake just as soon as I learn to stop whining about those aforementioned minor issues. If you’ve seen the film though, it would really help if you could offer some incentive to check it out in the comments.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The single disc contains no extras, while the 2-disc holds a commentary by director Bryan Singer, actor Tom Cruise, and writer Christopher McQuarrie, a second commentary with writer Christopher McQuarrie and writer Nathan Alexander, 2 featurettes (“The Journey to Valkyrie”, “The Valkyrie Legacy”), and a digital copy of the film.

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*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores (including Amazon).

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