/Filmcast Ep. 82 – Sherlock Holmes & Up in the Air

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This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the pleasures of A Perfect Getaway, praise the beauty of A Single Man, and do a double review of Sherlock Holmes and Up in the Air.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us in two weeks on Monday January 11th at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Daybreakers.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Top 8 Movies of 2009

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The Hollywood Reporter had a chance to ask Quentin Tarantino about his favorite films of 2009, and the filmmaker responded with the following eight movies…

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AFI’s Top 10 Movies and TV Series of 2009

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The American Film Institute have announced the official selections for the 2009 AFI Awards, nominations which include the “10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures and TV Programs of the Year”. You can find out the top tv in both tv and movies after the jump, included in the official press release.

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Jason Reitman

Last night, Jason Reitman, director of Juno and Up in the Air, joined us for a special live Q&A with /Film readers. Those who tuned in live know that it was an epic night of director-fan interaction. In this special episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley chatted with Jason about a wide range of topics. For the first 1 hour and 48 minutes of this discussion, it’s all about /Film reader questions and the /Filmcast chat room. Jason talks about how/why he chose to get into filmmaking, why he turned down directing Dude Where’s My Car, how he chooses music for his films, why he wasn’t really an asshole in front of Tom Ford, his favorite directors of all time, and his affection for NPR’s Terry Gross. After that, David has a spoiler-filled chat with Jason about the ending of Up in the Air, and some of the film’s broader themes.

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Up in the Air

In Jason Reitman‘s new dramedy Up in the Air, George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a man who travels around the country trying to get to ten million frequent flyer miles, a number only reached by six other people, which would grant him uber elite black card ConciergeKey frequent flier status on American Airlines.

But thats a movie… a real-life Ryan Bingham-type found a way to cheat his way to American Airlines lifetime platinum-elite status, which grants him, among other things, early availability of upgrades for the rest of his life. Much in the way that Adam Sandler’s character in Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Punch Drunk Love cheated the system by buying millions of packages of pudding, a man Mr. Pickles (his anonymous online nickname) was able to achieve this by legally purchasing $800,000 in coins from the U.S. Mint, which offers free shipping on presidential and Native American $1 coins, sold at face value.

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The first big award every year that is often interpreted as a bellwether of Oscar gold is the National Board of Review‘s award for Best Film. The board named its entire award slate today, and Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air took Best Film. That’s not a lock for the film as a guaranteed Best Picture contender, but it’s a pretty good indication that we’ll see Reitman’s film in the final list of ten next year. Granted, that was already more or less a lock, so read what you will into this award. The full list of NBR awards is after the jump. Read More »

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A couple of unusual interviews have hit the web today.

The is first from our friends at FilmSchoolRejects, who talked to director Jason Reitman, not about his new movie Up in the Air, but instead quizzed the filmmaker on the pie chart he keeps of all the questions asked while on his press tour. Rejects Managing Editor Dr. Cole  Abaius wrote the following: “Instead of asking the usual, boring questions that have clearly been retread as much as 83 times, I decided to take the one word or two word codes for each entry and base my questions off of those. Even though he’s a talented director, and I’m a complete moron, Reitman was magnanimous enough to play along.”

The second of which was conducted by MoviesOnline.ca, with Fantastic Mr. Fox star Jason Schwartzman pretending to be director Wes Anderson, in a movie website first — an interview which was conducted entirely in stop-motion animation. The great thing about this interview is they don’t even talk about Fantastic Mr. Fox… at all.

I love both of these interviews because they are both funny in their own way, the participants seem to be willing (even if they didn’t know entirely what they were getting themselves into), and both go uncomfortably awry near the end. Check out both interviews, embedded after the jump.

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Paramount Pictures has released a new featurette for Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air focusing on the filmmaker’s vision. In the video, Jason explains that he aims for authenticity, not comedy, in the performances and stories of his films… and if he achieves that, the comedy will follow:

“Everywhere I look, I see comedy… often where it is inappropriate. For me that’s the best way to talk about things. If we can open up and laugh about things, then we can have a honest conversation.”

You can watch the video now on Apple.com. Also, Anne Thompson has a wonderful 20 question interview with Reitman on indiewire. I’ve excerpted one of the answers after the jump, because it is the only time I’ve ever seen Jason talk in detail about the ending of the film, and what his intentions were. If you haven’t seen the movie, do not read that question and answer below. Again, don’t — experience it first, check back later. But if you have seen the movie, I recommend you hit after the jump.

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Up in The Air

Paramount Pictures has released a new clip from Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air. The clip features the lovely Anna Kendrick as Natalie, a young college graduate questioning George Clooney‘s character Ryan Bingham, who she is stuck on the road with, about why he chooses to have more casual relationships than relationships of substance. There is also a lot more going on in the clip, such as Clooney snapping a photo of a cardboard cutout of a couple in love (and yes, that is Danny McBride…), but you don’t really need to understand whats he’s doing to enjoy the clip. As I’ve stated before on the site, this is one of my favorite films of the year. This clip alone probably won’t be enough to convince you to buy a ticket, but please, take my word for it. The clip is embedded after the jump.
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Up in The Air’s Mad Men TV Trailer

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I have a hard time calling this sort of thing a television spot, even though that’s technically what it is. But when you go over a minute and and half in length, I call it a trailer. Maybe we should term this new kind of commercial a “TV Trailer”. Anyway, this new TV Trailer for Jason Reitman‘s Up in the Air premiered during the season finale of Mad Men, a show I desperately need to catch up on. Entitled “Everyone Needs A Co-Pilot”, this ad focuses more on Ryan Bingham’s relationships.

If you’re already sold on seeing this film, I would recommend staying away from this, or any other trailers for the film. I feel they are getting progressively worse in terms of showing you story points which occur in the second half of the film. Having the main character speak the lesson that you hope he might learn during the two hour cinematic journey is a bit too revealing for me, regardless of the fact that he could just be saying it to someone else, regardless of the fact that you don’t know how this film ends (and trust me, you don’t).

For those of you, like me, who didn’t see Mad Men this week…. or those of you with DVRs or itunes/torrent downloads, both of which bypass commercials, you can watch the new tv trailer embedded after the jump.
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