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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Himalaya A remote Nepalese village suffers a loss when their leader dies on a trek, but as the time approaches for another salt delivery two men struggle for the top position. Tinle is old but has led before, while Karma is younger, brasher, and insistent that the gods play no role in their lives. They both head out on competing treks, but only one can take control of the community. This French film from the late ’90s is a gorgeously-photographed look at a people and a region seldom scene in today’s world. “Today” is a tricky word though in regard to this film in that the movie could take place in 1999 or 1919 or anytime in between. Far from old-fashioned, it shows rivals battling for respect alongside the clash between new and old beliefs, and it reaches some wise conclusions. And again, it’s beautiful to look at too. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Commentary, making of, trailer]

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Buster Keaton appeared in some very weird movies following the advent of sound pictures. There’s that Mexican sci-fi comedy Boom in the Moon I mentioned on FSR a while back. There’s the Eastman Kodak industrial film The Triumph of Lester Snapwell, in which he plays a clumsy photographer who travels through time so he can experience an easy-use Instamatic camera. And of course all those crazy ’60s beach movies, where he performed silly slapstick involving bikinis, boobs and a politically incorrect portrayal of a Native American. But his oddest has to be Film, the 1965 short he reluctantly starred in, which was scripted by absurdist playwright Samuel Beckett (his only original written directly for the screen), helmed by theatre director Alan Schneider, produced by controversial publisher Barney Rosset, edited by Oscar-nominated documentarian Sidney Meyers (The Quiet One; The Savage Eye) and shot by legendary cinematographer Boris Kaufman (L’Atalante; On the Waterfront). Almost 50 years since its debut at the Venice Film Festival, Film is being restored by Milestone Films, the wonderful people who in recent years have resurfaced Killer of Sheep, Portrait of Jason, Word is Out and other classics in need. And its 2014 re-release will be in conjunction with a documentary feature/essay film (or “kino essay”) titled Notfilm, directed by archivist Ross Lipman. Tons of bonus footage, including deleted, alternate and “lost” scenes, has been found from the production, and we’ll get to see all that alongside interviews with Leonard Maltin, Kevin Brownlow and Haskell Wexler, among others (plus […]

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Transformative technology. Fips. The Marvel Model disrupting superhero movies (and how it can survive alongside perpetual reboots). The literal death of film. Megan Ellison saving movies. The sleeper hits of 2012 and a great movie year for every kind of fan. Emerging independent funding. Fans saving shows with their own money. The digital horizon. Here at the end of the year (and the end of this podcast) I’ve asked FSR associate editor Rob Hunter, Cinema Blend editor-in-chief Katey Rich, Movies.com managing editor Erik Davis and screenwriter Geoff Latulippe (Going the Distance) to talk about the things that will never be the same again in the movie world after 2012. They’ve come through with some incredibly interesting answers. Plus, your view on what’s changing and a look ahead to the future. Download Episode #156

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Submarine: Cinema 2011

Kees van Dijkhuizen has done it again. I’ve written up a few of his videos on the site in the past, mainly his tributes to directors with their own unique style. But not until now have I been able to share one of his wonderful end of the year film tributes, which he’s done for the past three years. Videos such as this gives me goosebumps. They serve as reminders of how good or bad a year in the film has been. This has been one of the great years, and this tribute confirms it for me. There’s been a lot of these sorts of compilation videos floating around the web recently, but I think Dijkhuizen has delivered the best one, check it out after the break.

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At The Movies is dead. Kevin Smith wants film criticism to be done via Twitter. Where do you stand?

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Bust out your lucky crack pipe and check out what Werner Herzog has to say about his latest work, The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.

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The man who Ebert has called the “next great American filmmaker” took some time out of a busy schedule to talk about his latest movie, Goodbye Solo, the importance of showing the bad parts of life, and a giant pile of trash floating around in the Pacific.

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Last weekend saw the opening of the first mainstream film to be based off a blog. So we got to thinking. Then we took a nap. Then we got up, ate some cereal, and did as little thinking as possible to come up with pitches for 10 new films that could come from blogs.

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The famous graffiti tag of “Who Watches the Watchmen?” is popping up on actual city walls. Can that possibly translate to actual box office buys?

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The final part of our interview with the creative minds behind Zombie Girl: The Movie, a film that follows a 12-year old girl making a zombie flick.

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