This week we're trying to figure out if Rush is a film by Ron Howard or maybe by Anthony Dod Mantle, talking about auteurs who might not be the directors of their given films. We also dig into the new documentary After Tiller and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut Don Jon, figure out how to cure the constant awards season ill of In Memoriam segments, and pick our favorite scenes of food porn in the movies
This week we're not taking "I'm innocent" for an answer, as we take the movie Prisoners, lock it in our torture shower, and demand that it give us answers about how dreamy Roger Deakins is in person. Dave, Katey and Patches all saw the movie and are joined by Cinema Blend's own Sean O'Connell, who pulls out the "I'm actually a parent" card exactly as early in this review as you'd guess. We also pick your answers to your lightning round question about director/actor pairs
This week we're finally cracking down on the symbolism of Skyler White's hairdos, as we dig into modern TV criticism and the theorizing that can surround it. David fills us in on the rest of his Toronto Film Festival experience, Patches marvels at the miracle that is live looping in music, we borrow from our pal Joe Reid to play the IMDB game,
This week we're tearing down the idea of "white people problems"-- or at the very least embracing them-- as we're joined by Film School Rejects' Kate Erbland to review Enough Said, the new film from director Nicole Holofcener. It's the first lead film role Julia Louis-Dreyfus has played since the 90s, and sadly one of the last from James Gandolfini, who died in June. Does it live up to other Holofcener films like Walking & Talking and Please Give?
This week we've reached across international borders to check in with our own David, who is in the thick of the Toronto Film Festival but has somehow avoided eating poutine (so far). We also talk about the future of the Terminator franchise, the new Nine Inch Nails album Hesitation Marks, movie titles that have nothing to do with the movie itself (thanks to listener Mark from Pittsburgh for the voicemail!), and pick our favorite movies about organized crime
This week we've got a crazy theory about Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster that we'd like to float by you, after David watched the original cut, hated it, then watched the American cut (now opening in theaters) and really hated it, then decided the original cut was a masterpiece. How did this happen? Is the new movie from the director of In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express worth your time?
This week we're wrapping up summer movie season at last, talking about some of the lessons we may or may not have learned from the last few months and sharing some advice for the people who made the films, too. We've also got a discussion of the documentary Our Nixon, a single shot in a certain upcoming film, a listener voice-mail inspired discussion of our worst celebrity interviews, and a lightning round question that's less about movies and more like a book report about how we spent our summer vacations.
This week we've… well, there aren't really any great jokes to make about what we're doing this week, because we're reviewing Short Term 12, the new indie film starring Brie Larson that's set at a short-term care facility for kids in the foster system. But the movie is actually funny at times! And really worth watching! So skip the snark, listen to our review, then look for the film in limited theaters this weekend and in the weeks ahead
This week we're thinking about recent films like Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Lee Daniels' The Butler and wondering how much a director's biography is important when considering their work. On top of that, Patches' has checked in with the kids these days and brought us word on Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Da7e digs into Seattle's prostitution industry with the new iTunes rentable doc Rape For Profit, we ponder which director we would assign a Peter Jackson-style mini-empire
This week we've gathered together our best friends from high school and affixed our beer goggles firmly to our heads, as we attempt the 12-stop Golden Mile pub crawl and reveal the new Wright/Pegg/Frost joint The World's End. Does it live up to the legacy of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz? Is that even a fair question to ask?
This week we can't figure out why so many Hollywood movies-- including Lee Daniels' The Butler-- tell history so poorly, and wonder if documentaries should be made more often by major studios. Plus more detailed discussion about The Butler, David's adventures in the game Persona 4: Golden, a pop quiz about whether we think Walter White will die at the end of Breaking Bad, and a lightning round about our favorite historical figures on film
This week we've shed the shackles of Earth and made our way to the skies to reach Elysium, the new film from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp. Can it live up to the expectations from his first film? Is Matt Damon's health care plan really that bad? Patches, Dave and David reveal all in their review, in addition to picking your answers to our lightning around about forgotten Disney classics
This week we're interested in the prospect of a Pacific Rim 2, but a whole lot more interested in what seems like China's obvious growing influence on our biggest Hollywood blockbusters. Its it a good thing or a bad thing? Is it something the average moviegoer needs to know about? That plus Patches' highly anticipated review of The Smurfs 2, Da7e grappling with TV's adaptation of Hannibal, the return of Film Centipede, and a lightning round about forgotten Disney favorites
This week we're tapping back into all those heavy high school emotions to review The Spectacular Now, the new teenage romance directed by James Ponsoldt and starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. To help us out, we bring in Slashfilm's own Angie Han. Was she as charmed by the movie as Katey and Patches were back at Sundance? Find out!
This week is our 125th episode, which marks our fourth Quarter Quell. As we've done in the past, we're changing up the format this week, with each of us bringing up a film that affected the way we think about relationships and love. Patches talks about Harold and Maude and how it taught him how to open up to a girl in high school, Da7e talks about Can't Hardly Wait and the false messages it sent him, Katey talks about coping with a breakup through Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and David talks about how Certified Copy reflects the many performative aspects of relationships