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TRICK ‘R TREAT
Shunned by Warner Bros. after two years of sitting on the shelf, Trick ‘r Treat is finally being made available for viewer consumption now that it’s been slapped with the direct-to-video treatment. As much as the film may have deserved a theatrical release, where it very realistically could’ve become a sleeper hit, I feel as though I should harbor more resentment than I actually do. Reason being, I have now been given a reason to care about Halloween. Writer/director Michael Dougherty has given movie buffs everywhere a gift, not just in terms of crafting an excellent film (one that’s assuredly destined for cult classic status), but in granting us the opportunity to surprise the hell out of all of our friends on Halloween night with a trippy little horror flick that they know nothing about. Dougherty strikes a tone here unlike any horror film I’ve seen before, playing on our nostalgia (intentionally or not) by mixing elements of childhood horror favorites like Are You Afraid of the Dark? and Goosebumps alongside more gory, gooey old-school horror, and then injecting it all with a sadistic, darkly comedic edge that constantly plays on your expectations and reminds you why you should never trust little kids with balloon-shaped heads. I’ve heard reviews describe Trick ‘r Treat as an anthology of different horror tales, a la Creepshow–a fitting comparison given the comic book inspirations in both–but that description may also be misleading. Instead of merely telling each story separately, Dougherty sees fit to find clever and creative ways to interweave each of the stories as they unfold over the course of one Halloween night, making the chronology of the film more akin to, say, Pulp Fiction and Go. It’s this type of ingenuity that puts Trick ‘r Treat in a league all its own, bringing back to the horror genre the one thing that it’s been so sorely lacking outside of Sam Raimi’s efforts: a sense of fun.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A “Trick ’R Treat: Season’s Greetings” feature (with optional commentary by writer/director Michael Dougherty). Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as an audio commentary with the director, additional scenes, a special effects comparison, and another featurette on the legends of Halloween.

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This past week saw the release of Harold Ramis’ Year One, with an all-star cast featuring Michael Cera, Jack Black, David Cross, Paul Rudd, etc. While the film had a few laughs, overall, we thought it was poorly put together and not really worthy of Ramis’ glory days. The script is half-baked, most of the humor is juvenile, and many scenes from the film seem truncated, with probably a lot of material left  on the cutting room floor.

One thing that the film constantly mines for laughs is the fact that Jack Black and Michael Cera act very much like fish-out-of-water in the Biblical setting. The interplay between them and the other characters, who behave very much like they are part of the correct time period, helps to generate a lot of the awkward situations (and hopefully, hilarity!). On this week’s episode of The Totally Rad Show, /Film friend Dan Trachtenberg made a comparison to Shanghai Noon, in which Owen Wilson’s cowboy character acts like he’s…Owen Wilson from America, circa the 1990s.

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yearone1In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss how terrible the Antichrist videogame will be, explain why Christopher Nolan directing the third Batman film would be a no-win situation, and wonder if there’s anything to get excited about in an 5th Indiana Jones film. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from IFC News and the IFC News podcast.

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In the wickedly underrated David Wain comedy Wet Hot American Summer, there is a sequence where Michael Showalter, in character as a stand-up comic geezer, entertains a bunch of kids at camp with awful jokes about the Stone Age. The joke isn’t his routine, but that the kids are laughing at these terrible, stale caveman gags. Thinking along those lines, I’d be happier (though unconvinced) if Harold Ramis argued that his new movie Year One was a full-length meta comedy about terrible jokes, though I know it’s just a bad, ramshackle movie that assumes its audience is comprised primarily of children. Read More »

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observeIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the ideal business situation for 3-D glasses at theaters, get excited about Duncan Jones’ Moon, deconstruct the awfulness of Marley & Me, and reflect on the brilliance of Jody Hill. Special guests Katey Rich from Cinemablend and Whitney Matheson from USA Today’s Popcandy blog join us.

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Year One Re-Cut, Earns PG-13 Rating

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Yesterday we reported that the producer Judd Apatow and director/co-writer Harold Ramis had lost their appeal hearing for the biblical comedy Year One, which had been slapped with an R-Rating by the MPAA. I doubted at the time that Columbia Pictures would release the $75+ million comedy with an R-Rating, especially considering the fairly weak online buzz the film has garnered since the debut of the movie’s superbowl commercial.

The filmmakers re-cut the film, resubmitted to the MPAA, and the new cut was given a PG-13 rating “for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence.” I’m sure the R-Rated cut, or an expanded unrated cut, will eventually end up on DVD/Blu-ray.

I have no inside information about the screenings, but many times with the MPAA, it all comes down to a specific shot/line, or even a few frames of film (as it did with Kevin Smith’s Zack and Miri). So I doubt the R-Rated cut and the PG-13 cut are THAT much different. It’s likely the difference of a few seconds of film.

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Year One Loses MPAA Appeal; Still Rated R

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The Judd Apatow-produced biblical comedy Year One has been slapped with an R-Rating by the MPAA Classification and Rating Appeals Board for “some sexual content and language.”According to THR , Apatow and director/co-writer Harold Ramis appeared before the appeals board to argue for a PG-13 rating, but were ultimately unsuccessful in their attempts. At this point, Sony is forced to accept the rating, but still has the option of re-editing the film for resubmission.

The movie has an estimated budget of $75 million (those big sets and location shoots don’t come cheap) The online buzz for the film has been fairly weak (the superbowl television spot ranked one of the lowest in polls), and an R-Rating could be detrimental to the film’s box office prospects.

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