Posts by Dan Silver

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    ForceWatch Rumor Patrol: Sorting Through a Bounty of New 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Details

    The ‘Star Wars’ universe has been positively abuzz with a bunch of new intel about ‘Episode VII’ from director/writer J.J. Abrams himself, Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, and a brave little toaster droid.

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    My Terrifyingly Honest Rendition of Something Completely Inane: Michael Shannon Reads a Sorority Letter

    Now more than ever, pop culture is about the small stuff — an obscure TV show, a few notes in a pop song, a tweet. To celebrate a year of micro moments, every day a new Grantland writer will highlight one specific thing — a Big Little Thing — that we won’t soon forget. This […]

  • Trailers of the Week: Nebraska, Grace of Monaco, Snowpiercer, and More

    Nebraska (November 22) Silver: There are really only a handful of filmmakers working today whose films should be fervently anticipated as soon as they are labeled “in production.” Given Alexander Payne’s track record, he should be seen as one of them. Nebraska appears to contain simplistic visual similarities to Payne’s earlier work, like Citizen Ruth […]

  • Trailers of the Week: Homefront, The Double, Grudge Match, and More

    Homefront (November 27) Silver: STATHAM!!! I can’t even believe this is real. My system is so over-Stathamed that I feel like I’m operating in some kind of Trainspotting-esque induced Statham haze. Let me see if I got this straight. Statham is starring in a film written and produced by Sylvester Stallone, where he goes toe-to-toe with a […]

  • Trailers of the Week: RoboCop, Runner Runner, Gravity, and More

    RoboCop (February 7) Silver: To this day Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 RoboCop is the archetype for satire and cinematic subversion. Written by Americans but directed by a Dutchman who depicted this country as he saw it through his foreign eyes, the film’s magnified and distorted view of our nation’s future was the ideal prism through which to view, […]

  • Trailers of the Week: Dallas Buyers Club, We Are What We Are, The Turning, and More

    Divergent (March 21) Silver: What is going on? Is the jelly bean bowl on the inspiration coffee table that picked through that so-called creative executives in Hollywood now just simply licking their fingers for bits of the candy coating that fell off the Hunger Games–flavored bean? And then passing that off to us, assuming we don’t […]

  • Trailers of the Week: Inside Llewyn Davis, Parkland, The Book Thief, and More

    Pompeii (February 21) Silver: This teaser was only 1:39, and I’m finding it a bit overwhelming to have this many non-cohesive negative thoughts spilling out of my head right now. For time and space purposes, let’s just stick to the two most prominent: I’d like to be yet another faceless Internet voice so I can relish […]

  • Trailers of the Week: Don Jon, C.O.G., Fading Gigolo, and More

    A.C.O.D. (TBD) Silver: What’s not to like about this? Really? I honestly can’t find a thing. The cast is amazing. The tone is reminiscent of early Apatow, when his films danced down the razor-thin line between comedy and drama, and then (sorta) knew when to end. A.C.O.D. looks to contain as much heart as it contains laughs. […]

  • Trailers of the Week: The Counselor, Ender's Game, Muppets Most Wanted, and More

    Silver: Emily, given the seemingly endless barrage of trailers this week, I think it’s best if we break the glass and employ the “one-sentence review” policy so as not to miss anything. I, of course, will fail miserably. But not for lack of trying. Yoshida: Firing up my pith generator as we speak. Let’s do […]

  • Trailers of the Week: American Hustle, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, All Is Lost, and More

    Insidious: Chapter 2 (September 13) Silver: There’s been a lot of chatter around the recent financial success of films like The Conjuring, Sinister, and The Purge,, but what’s missing in all the chatter is the fact that these films are actually really good. And in some cases really, really good. The downside is that when […]

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