The Soloist

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Synesthesia (syn-es-the-sia, Brit. syn-aes-the-sia): “The production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.” Synesthesia is a neurological disorder in which the experience of one sense motivates an involuntary association with another sense. Those who experience synesthesia, known as synesthetes, are able to either perceive letters or numbers as inherently colored, hear movement, or – in probably the best-known cases of the disorder – see music in the form of colors and/or associative shapes. Now, cognitive sciences seem, on the surface, to have little to do with the study of cinema, but the topic of synesthesia can be particularly helpful in understanding the way in which we interpret the interaction of the two senses most available in watching movies: the aural and the visual.

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It is catch-up time once again on This Week in Blu-ray. Watch Neil scramble to catch you up on all the Blu-ray releases of the last few weeks. We’re told that next week, TWiBD will be ready for Tuesday morning. That remains to be seen.

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working as Jack Burton’s favorite mechanic helping to keep the Pork Chop Express tuned to a 6.9 on the Richter scale. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs.

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FSR’s sex columnist, Bethany Perryman and resident devil’s advocate Josh Radde discuss whether or not Jamie Foxx actually possesses raw ability or if his talent is simply a well-marketed illusion.

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: The Soloist, Earth and Obsessed.

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Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) is a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times, writing up life experiences. When he meets Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a schizophrenic, homeless, former Julliard musician, he finds a story that actually changes his life.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil leads a protest against the studios by refusing to see any of the movies out this week. Kevin suffers through The Soloist while he takes his kids to work (i.e., gets them out of school to see a movie) on Take Your Child to Work Day.

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Summer movie season is about to begin — but that isn’t until next week. For now we’re left to deal with some releases that should draw moderate box office numbers.

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This year’s crowded Oscar race just got substantially lighter. Two high profile films, both expected to be strong contenders for the Academy Awards, have been moved to early 2009 release dates.

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Even though they and their studio brethren are doing everything possible to not make any news today, Paramount Pictures did send over a brand new featurette for Atonement director Joe Wright’s new film The Soloist.

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Kevin and Neil struggle to make it through the movie doldrums with some sub-par September releases and a challenge to offend those who claim they can’t be offended.

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Robert Downey Jr and Jamie Foxx in The Soloist

The folks over at Yahoo Movies debuted the first trailer for director Joe Wright’s (Atonement) upcoming film The Soloist, which stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx.

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Set Photos from The Soloist

The Soloist will be released on November 21 and has already garnered some Oscar buzz. Keep your eyes on FSR as we will keep close coverage on the film.

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