/Filmcast Ep. 86 – From Paris with Love

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from_paris_with_loveIn this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, Adam Quigley and Russ Fischer discuss their thoughts on this year’s Oscar nominations, reflect on the novelty of 3D upconversion, assess Taylor Lautner’s career, show some love for Drew Barrymore’s Whip It, and share theories about the final season of Lost.

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 week on Monday night at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Wolfman.

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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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It’s bad, no question. But bad doesn’t necessarily mean unwatchable. At a scant 88 minutes, Surrogates doesn’t linger on a single idea long enough to be boring. Swap out “boring” with “interesting”, and the same point stands. There was undeniably potential here for a vastly better film, one which more creatively explores this world and more thoughtfully examines the many questions that Surrogates only touches on before rushing to hit the next derivative action movie beat. If you’re willing to accept that the movie isn’t going to do that, it should suffice as cheesily enjoyable formula trash. Hopefully you liked I, Robot, because it’s pretty much the same movie.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary with director Jonathan Mostow. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as 2 featurettes (“A More Perfect You: The Science of Surrogates”, “Breaking the Frame: A Graphic Novel Comes to Life”), and 4 deleted scenes.

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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of corporate sponsorship, speculate on some plot possibilities for Kill Bill 3, and Devindra and Jeff try and fail to Curb Their Enthusiasm for Friday Night Lights. Jeff Cannata is our special guest this evening, joining 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 Mike Doughterty’s Trick ‘R Treat, now available on Blu-Ray and DVD.

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TIFF Video Review: Drew Barrymore’s Whip It

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I’m sure I’ll get mocked for admitting this but… one of the films I was most looking forward to seeing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, was Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It. Yeah, a rather unusual choice, but I’m a sucker for coming of age films, Ellen Page, and for that matter, most of the cast involved. The soundtrack listing was kinda awesome, and the concept of a teenager entering the world of roller derby screamed of potential.

So to say I was disappointed by the film, you must understand I went in with higher expectations than anyone realistically should. The film is what you might expect from Barrymore, and definitely feels like it was written and directed by first timers. The characters, for the most part, seem one-dimensional. We’ve seen this family before, in 100 movies and television shows. The roller derby team consists of cliches – the rocker girl, the stoner hippy chick…etc. And rarely do any of these characters transcend these pre-built molds. But this film does have heart.

Barrymore is a great producer, and put together an incredible ensemble cast, visually and musically stunning moments she’s been saving in her back pocket for over a decade. But most of it, for me, rang unauthentic. That said, it has a bunch of laughs, hits the right emotional notes, and is worth seeing.

I recorded a video blog with Liam from EmpireMovies, discussing the movie. You can watch that video blog after the jump.

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Whip It Featurette

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Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival later this month. In anticipation of the big screen debut, Fox Searchlight has released a new behind the scenes featurette.

I actually want to see this film, for a variety of reasons which I’ve listed previously on the site , but listening to Barrymore discuss the empowerment theme of the movie, “Be Your Own Hero”, almost makes me not want to see it. I’m not sure why I’m so turned off by the discussion of that theme. It might be because it’s so obvious, and the trailer and footage I’ve seen thus far looks far more subtle than Barrymore’s pitch. Watch the video for yourself after the jump.

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Whip It Movie Poster and A Couple New Photos

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It’s a slow news day and Fox Searchlight has sent us the poster for Whip It, the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore. Based on the book Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, the film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, “an indie-rock loving misfit” who finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin Texas. Check out the poster after the jump.

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Last week Paramount surprised quite a few people by moving Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island from early October of this year to mid-February of 2010. In the wake of that change, a few other studios have shuttled release dates as well; everyone loves a slightly more empty weekend in October.

First up, Sony has moved Zombieland to the former Shutter Island date, so you’ll now see Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg battling the undead starting on October 2. (Instead of October 9.) Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It has also moved to October 2, making that quite a packed weekend. You’ll have to choose between Ellen Page’s roller derby, zombies, the limited initial release of A Serious Man by Joel and Ethan Coen, and the Toy Story 1 & 2 in 3D release. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight has seemingly tweaked the release for Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Details on that move are after the jump. Read More »

Whip It Movie Trailer

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Last week we posted the first photos from Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut Whip It. Today Fox Searchlight has released a movie trailer for the dramedy. Based on the book Derby Girl by Shauna Cross, the film stars Ellen Page as Bliss Cavendar, “an indie-rock loving misfit” who finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin Texas.

The trailer feels like a mix of Adventureland, Juno and Bring It On, which to me is an interesting mashup. I’m a sucker for coming of age films, and its always great to see a story with a female lead which isn’t a paint by numbers romantic comedy. And not to mention its good to hear Weezer being used in a trailer. Watch the trailer after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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