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25 Must-See Movies For the Fall

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Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most.
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Louis CK’s First Film, ‘Tomorrow Night,’ Is an Odd, Messy Curio

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Half the battle when selling an independent film is the backstory, and Louis CK’s Tomorrow Night has a good one. Louie wrote, produced, and directed the low-budget comedy back in the late ‘90s, when he was working as a writer on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. It premiered at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, where (for the sake of proper time placement) it played alongside The Opposite of Sex, Pi, Smoke Signals, Buffalo ‘66, Next Stop Wonderland, and Slums of Beverly Hills. And that was the last anyone saw of it. It didn’t find distribution, and Louie went on to direct Pootie Tang, become a stand-up superstar, and create one of television’s best comedies. The movie ended up, he later said, stored under his bed — where it stayed for a decade and a half, until he decided to dust it off, get it a digital transfer, and sell it on his website for the customary five bucks.
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Flavorwire’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2014

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Well, 2013 is over, and thank goodness for that. Sure, it was one of the best years in recent memory for movies, but the year-end box office returns indicate it was a year where people mostly wanted to sequels and remakes. And there are plenty of those on tap for 2014 — and a few of them even look promising! (A very few.) So in the spirit of looking forward, let’s have a glance at some of the films we’re most looking forward to in the new …Read More

‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’ is Smarter and Ballsier Than You Think

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By most reasonable standards, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is a stupid, stupid movie — gleefully so, even. It concerns the further adventures of super-dim television news anchor Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), for starters. It includes a relationship between his even-stupider weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) and his comparably-witted new lady love (Kristen Wiig) that basically amounts to two people blurting non-sequiturs at each other. Sports correspondent Champ Kind (David Koechner) owns a chicken restaurant, but confesses to serving deep-fried bats. Ron has a brief relationship with his African-American boss (Meagan Good), and their interracial sex scene is intercut with a clip from Diff’rent Strokes. And so on; you get the idea. But co-writer/star Ferrell and his frequent collaborator, co-writer/director Adam McKay, are up to something else here, slyly sneaking in several pointed jabs at television news in general and cable news in particular.
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Flavorwire Interview: Jim Rash and Nat Faxon on Oscars, ‘Community,’ and ‘The Way, Way Back’

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When The Descendants won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay last year, more than a few viewers sat up in their seats and squinted at the screen: was that Dean Pelton from Community? (And was he making fun of Angelina Jolie?) Indeed it was; Community’s Jim Rash and his writing partner Nat Faxon shared that award with director Alexander Payne, the duo old friends and collaborators from their time in Los Angeles’ famed improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings. Subsequently, the long-gestating script for their coming-of-age comedy/drama The Way Way Back was put into production, with the pair sharing directorial duties; that film is out today in limited release, and it’s wonderful.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in July

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Ah, July. The days are longer, the nights are hotter, and the movies are louder, but fear not: Flavorwire has once again rounded up the best and most promising of this month’s narrative and documentary efforts from some of the smaller, less blockbuster-minded distributors and filmmakers.
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‘The Office’ Comes to a Poignant, Lovable Conclusion

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Last night on NBC, with the appropriate pomp and fanfare, The Office did what it should have done at the close of season seven: it came to an end. The American version of the British classic had an appropriate cause for conclusion when star Steve Carrel made his exit, but the Peacock wasn’t ready to let one of its few successes go quite that easily. So things got bumpy in Scranton, during an eighth year filled with miscalculations and peculiarities. But when original showrunner Greg Daniels was brought back in to steer the show snugly into port during its last season, a funny thing happened: The Office started to work again. And last night’s series finale was a fine, poignant wrap-up of an erratic but lovable show.
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10 Louis C.K. Movies You (Probably) Haven’t Seen

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The new season of Mad Men is underway, the Breaking Bad premiere date is set, so as soon as the new season of Louie gets going, our summer viewing needs will be all taken care — oh hell, that’s right, Louie won’t be back until next spring. His new special has already aired, his promo tour for it is over; how the hell do you get your Louis C.K. fix these days? From YouTube, of course. Strangely, not many people are aware that Louie worked his way up to writing, directing, editing, and starring in Louie with two decades of short and indie film work; a quick tour of his early films offers a tantalizing glimpse at the development of his considerable …Read More