Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New "The Avengers" Trailer!

I think "The Avengers" just took the top spot for best trailer of the year! We are finally getting a less cheesy look at the movie. And one that looks to actually show some heart! I'm sure once we actually watch the movie a lot of stupid jokes will still take place, but even if that ends up being the case, at least we still have this trailer showing us the serious side of things.

I'm really digging all the Bruce Banner moments. I think going with Ruffalo was a good move.

Looks like we've got great Super Team on our hands! Can't wait!

Top 5 Movie Guide: Danny DeVito

In honor of Danny DeVito's return to the big screen in this week's "The Lorax" (though it really is upsetting that he doesn't get mentioned in the trailers - only Zac Efron and Taylor Swift show up), we thought this would be a great time to compose our Top 5 lists for one of the more under-appreciated actors around.

If you go to IMDb and check out DeVito's filmography, you may be surprised at just how many gems you find. While you'll see a pretty common theme in all of our number one selections this week, overall this was definitely one of the more interesting and enjoyable lists to compile.

Hopefully there will be some hidden treasures in here for you, but otherwise, a nice refresher course on a few of the staples!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 4 (The Academy Awards Recap Special)

Thanks for checking out this week's episode of the Slackers Selection CinemaCast! On this episode we focus our attentions on the recently concluded 84th Academy Awards. Such topics from them include Meryl Streep upsetting Viola Davis for the Best Actress award, and "Hugo" nudging out "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" in the Visual Effects department. We also go over some of our favorite and not-so-favorite segments of the show.

Also, what's up with the Razzie Awards? And as always, all of the interesting movies we've been watching this week, including "The Way", "Coriolanus" and "Puss in Boots". So check it out and subscribe below!

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The Trailer Park: 4:44 Last Day On Earth, Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, Struck By Lightning, The Trouble With Bliss

Welcome to The Trailer Park! - A weekly column rounding up new and newish trailers lurking around the internet.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

32nd Annual Razzie Award Nominations

On Oscar night, as is now tradition, the yearly Razzie nominations are revealed to the public. Generally, this is a light-hearted, fun little jab at the movie industry, and one that over the years has picked up quite a bit of steam. Television and magazines cover them, and even such actors as Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock have made personal appearances to accept their awards.

It has the potential to grow into a very real thing.

But that being said, I don't think it will ever outgrow where it's at right now unless some big changes are made. The very first thing they need to do is get someone else in charge who knows more about the industry and who will really use some professionalism in the process. I know the awards are supposed to be fun, but just briefly looking back on some past nominees and winners, I'm already bored with the lineups. They get obsessed with films that they hear pop culture thinks are bad, and they overload their awards with them. This year, for example, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" was nominated for five awards. Five. I get that people loved to hate on this one, and Michael Bay gets a really bad rap, but is it really one of the five worst films of the year in five different categories? It was nominated for an Academy Award for crying out loud! Not that that's the end-all to the argument, but clearly there's a little something there. Another thing: let's stop nominating actors in the Worst Actress category every time they dress up like a woman. For one, it's usually in a dumb comedy that isn't even worth the attention it's getting anyway, but two, how about some real female actors that we thought did a bad job. This is a cop-out, and it's done every time they get a chance.

Box Office Report: "Act of Valor" Kills It

With the Oscars being held earlier tonight, I have to admit that I completely forgot other movies existed this weekend and never even came close to getting out to the movie theater. Yes, the Oscars only took place on one night, but for all of us who write for this blog, they're such an event that even just preparing for them takes up your full weekend (plus there was NBA All-Star stuff going on too, and I had to catch some of that).

Anyway, as I'm looking over this weekend's takes, not much stands out. As you can see from the heading, "Act of Valor" topped them all, and really pulled away from the rest of the pack. Tyler Perry's newest feature, "Good Deeds" (which admittedly, I missed talking about in last week's 'New in Theaters' post) came in second, and yet again, the big surprise of the weekend was "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island", which came in third and had by far the lowest drop-off of any other film that's been out for at least three weeks.

The other two new releases this weekend, "Wanderlust" and "Gone" did much worse, and barely made the top 10.

Check out all of the numbers after the break.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

That's a Wrap!

Well the 84th Academy Awards have come to an end. If you read my previous post then you know all of the insecurities I had with some of these categories. As it turns out, I was probably over-thinking most of them. Definitely some surprises that no one (that I heard of) saw coming, but all just part of what made this a great night.

The show, in general, was a pretty good one. I enjoyed Billy Crystal as the host again - though it did feel like he missed on a few of his jokes; the timing or maybe even just content wasn't quite right on some of them. But he is an enjoyable guy, and really a face that just feels like the Academy Awards. One of my favorite parts of the evening was the Cirque du Soleil performance. Going into it I thought it was going to be overkill and that they didn't need to waste time putting on pointless performances. But I have to say, with the help of Danny Elfman's music as the driving force and theme behind the entire performance - which by the way really showed through - it actually made for an enjoyable segment.

The rest of the show went pretty much as expected though. They only went a couple of minutes over their scheduled time, which is good. It was a tidy three hours. And all of the actors and presenters were great too. Everyone really looked to be having a good time.

Anyway. While we'll be discussing the awards in full on this week's episode of the Slackers Selection CinemaCast, check after the break for a full listing of all of the winners, as well as some of my quick thoughts on a lot of those categories I was so unsure about going into the night.

84th Academy Awards Tonight! Are We Good to Go?

If you're anything like us here at the SSMB, come 6PM CST tonight, you'll be glued to your television harder than most any other day of the year. That is of course because tonight is that special night when all of Hollywood gathers to put on the most elegant and esteemed award show of the year - The Oscars.

There isn't much else to say at this point. Our predictions have been made, favorites are preparing their speeches for their award receptions, and we even have printable ballots for your own Oscar parties are available here. Now it's just time to sit back and watch the show!

Or is it?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Post-Vietnam War Films

In this weekend's edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide we dive into our favorite Post-Vietnam War Films. With "Act of Valor" releasing this weekend (which by the way, we aren't overly excited about over here) we thought we'd compose a list that featured the more recent wars/conflicts. At first we didn't plan on narrowing it down this much, but since there's so much content on this subject (and since "Act of Valor" is current) we decided to tighten up our criteria a little.

And for the record, we were fairly loose with our interpretation of war - many of the films featured on our lists probably aren't representations of official "wars", more of "conflicts" or "military involvements". But, you get the idea.

Check all the films out for yourselves below!

Throw-Back Movie Review: Oscar Edition by Nathan Hinds

With the Oscars coming up this weekend we decided a couple of weeks ago that leading up to the big night, we would each do a review for our favorite Best Picture winner. That was an easy choice for me, since my favorite film of all-time is The Lord of the Rings. Now I know that technically Return of the King won Best Picture, but everyone knows that all of the awards were given because of the achievement of the entire series. Also I consider them all one giant film, and I'm not changing that just for this review. Tolkien himself said the story is not a trilogy, but one story.

One more thing before I dive into this: I know as a writer on a blog that I am supposed to be subjective, but you will find none of that for this review. So with that in mind, click the jump to read my thoughts on The Lord of the Rings!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Our Oscar Predictions and Favorites

If you listened to our podcast this week, you know that we talked a little about the upcoming Academy Awards that are being held this Sunday. We're all pretty unanimous on a lot of the categories, but for fun we also decided to play 'what if we held to sole vote for the category'. So, just in case you missed it, all of our thoughts and opinions on the topic are listed below. I know this means very little, but it seemed like something fun to do before the show.

After the break, see each of our choices for all of the main categories (we stuck to only those because, while we love the Oscars, we're not trying to overwhelm you with 20+ different awards by four different people. Just the fun ones for now!).

If you're interested in playing along, leave your predictions and choices at the bottom as well. Or, I've created a printable ballot for your own home use. Print a few out and share them with your friends. Let's see who comes out on top come Oscar night!

New Trailer for "Wrath of the Titans"

Man this looks cool! I'm so afraid for how much I'm getting pumped for this movie. We've talked about it a couple of times here on the Slackers Selection Movie Blog, but before "Clash of the Titans" hit, we were all so stoked. From all of the imagery and everything, it looked like it was going to be one of the best films of the year. But then we watched it. And it came up flat. Ultimately just a very forgettable film. There were some cool effects, but it wasn't ever anything close to what we initially expected. Maybe that's our fault, who knows. Either way, a valuable lesson was learned that day: when the trailers and photos hit for the next installment, don't get too excited. Keep it all in check.

I promised myself that I'd remember that, and use this experience for the future. These films offer great visuals, but nothing more that I should be getting my hopes up for. And, well, up until now, I've been able to keep my emotions at bay. But after watching this trailer, I give up. I'm all in again! This newest trailer looks awesome! I can't wait for this movie!

Check it out after the break. Looks like non-stop epicness to me!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

In Theaters This Weekend: February 24, 2012

Every week when writing this post I think 'okay, this is the worst of it, we'll start getting back to some good work after this'. And every week, I'm wrong. We've had a few good surprises so far (it's still safe to assume that "The Grey" is leading in that regard), but overall, a fairly typical winter with mostly thoughtless action and genre pieces. But, March is just around the corner, and with that month brings a variety of films that should at least provide something interesting to talk about each week.

For now though, hit the jump to get a closer look into everything we get this weekend.

Movie Trailer: "American Reunion"

Another day at the Slackers Selection Movie Blog, another movie trailer. This is one I've really been anticipating for a while though. "American Reunion" is the fourth installment of the American Pie franchise and returns all of the main cast from the original 1999 film.

I know this film probably isn't on many people's must-see lists for 2012, but for me, it's been in the top 10 all along. I know many of you probably were bored with the franchise by the third movie, but with the entire original cast finally back together, how can this not be fun? I've always enjoyed watching these characters grow up over the films, and I think this will be a great cap to the series (assuming it's the last one..). And while the movies are always pretty raunchy and explicit, there's still a lot of genuine heart. The movie looks to be well-made, and if nothing else, I'll have fun watching all of the these characters share the screen together one last time.

Check out the official trailer and synopsis for the film after the break.

Oscar News (Sorta): Sacha Baron Cohen Banned From the Oscars? Maybe.

Sacha Baron Cohen may be getting the boot from being able to attend the Oscars this coming Sunday. Organizers heard that Cohen, who is attending because of his role in the Best Picture nominee "Hugo", planned to show up dressed as the character for his upcoming film "The Dictator". For now organizers are saying no decision has been made since they don't know his intentions for sure. Read the full article here, and my thoughts on this after the jump.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Jennifer Aniston

As is common at the Slackers Selection Movie Blog for our Actor/Director top 5 lists, we like to look for actors or directors relevant to movies releasing shortly. Before "The Grey" hit, we did Liam Neeson, before "Safe House", Denzel Washington. That seems to be a nice way to tie everything together.

Well this weekend didn't leave us with much quality. There are plenty of actors in upcoming releases that we like, don't get us wrong, but the ones we do like generally don't have very broad filmographies. So with what we had to work with, we decided to compose this week's lists on Jennifer Aniston films.

The thing with Aniston is that she has plenty of movies to work with, but not a lot of high quality stuff. At first that seemed like the exact reason to avoid this altogether, but eventually, we decided that it might be interesting to compose our lists with an actor that none of us really have passions for (okay, we have passions for Jennifer Aniston, just none movie-related).

So after the break, check out our top 5 Jennifer Aniston Movies. Feel free to leave your comments at the bottom. We love hearing your thoughts as well!

Another Movie Trailer: "The Devil's Carnival"

We've been bombarded with new trailers this week over here at the Slackers Selection Movie Blog! A lot of this is most likely due to the fact that this year's film festivals are starting to take off (SXSW in just a few weeks here), and producers are pushing to get their films publicized.

This movie however, probably won't be hitting many big-time festivals... Not to take anything away from it - by the looks of this teaser, I think this movie will be twisted as hell, and I personally can't wait to watch it. Carnivals are one of the creepiest places in my opinion, and if these guys can duplicate any of the success from their first venture, I'm sure there will be a lot of fun in store for us with this one.

It's made by the same guys who did "Repo! The Genetic Opera", Terrance Zdunich and Darren Lynn Bousman, and returns many of the same cast as well (full line-up listed in the trailer).

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Movie Trailer: "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines"

Pretty neat trailer hitting the internet today for a documentary by Kristy Guevara-Flanagan that dives into the impact that female superheroes have had not only on women in modern movies, but just on women in general.

The film obviously puts its main focus on Wonder Woman herself, as the original heroine, but also explores the future generations that grew up having her as a role model.

It looks like a really fascinating watch actually, with some great information on the subject. I know there have been struggles recently trying to get a modern Wonder Woman movie up and going, but even if the specific character struggles to find an audience, I know everyone can appreciate the likes of Linda Hamilton in  the Terminator series and Sigourney Weaver in Aliens - surely two women/characters who were at one point inspired by these comic book heroines themselves.

Check out the trailer and official synopsis for the documentary after the break. This film is schedule to premier later next month at the SXSW Film Festival.

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 3 (Academy Awards Preview Edition)

Thanks for checking out this week's installment of the Slackers Selection CinemaCast! This week we touch on such new releases as "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" and "The Secret World of Arrietty". Also, what's the big deal is with Amanda Seyfried? And as always, going through the other notable films that we've been watching, including "In Time" and "A Better Life".

As a bonus, the bulk of our time this week went to our picks and projections for this Sunday's Academy Awards ceremonies (and we do go a little longer than usual this week due to all of the extra awards coverage). We go through each of our picks, outlining who we think will win, as well as who we'd give the award to if we had the sole vote. Pretty fun stuff actually (and by the way, I'll be doing a write-up before the awards outlining each of our predictions for every category).

Enjoy the conversations below!

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Box Office Report: "Safe House" and "The Vow" Hold Strong

Going into this weekend, I wasn't sure what was going to take the top spot. Of the new releases, "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" and "This Means War" seemed to be the two films that would duke it out. I wasn't overly enthusiastic about either choice, but one of them was going to win, right? Wrong. Not only did neither of these take the top spot, neither of them grabbed second either! Two releases from last weekend, "Safe House" and "The Vow" beat both of them out.

See what all the projected takes were as well as where everyone else landed in the top 10 after the break.

NOTE: These are the Friday though Sunday projections, not taking into account what will happen today on Presidents Day, ultimately adding to the long weekend totals.

The Trailer Park: Damsels In Distress, The Ghastly Love Of Johnny X, Intruders, Sound Of My Voice, Sound Of Noise

Welcome to The Trailer Park! - A weekly column rounding up new and newish trailers lurking around the internet.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Throw-Back Movie Review: Oscar Edition by Andy Schopp

My favorite Best Picture winner of all-time is a tie between two of my favorite movies ever! I couldn't choose just one, so I'm just going to touch on BOTH for you! It's like ordering one cheeseburger off of the dollar menu and then realizing they made a mistake and threw an extra one in the bag! Although, I hope you don't relate my reviews to a dollar menu food product...oh well.

First off, I will obviously talk about "STAR WARS"! The movie that began it all! And after that, we'll delve into "AVATAR" a little.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Anti-Hero Films

Starting today, the Slackers Selection Movie Blog will now officially be doing two Top 5 Movie Guide posts a week! Wednesdays will continue to feature a particular actor or director, while the Saturday post will now contain a genre or category of sorts. We figured, we're here to enhance your collective movie experiences, so the more lists and movies we can talk about, the better. In our inaugural Genre post, we'll start with Anti-Hero films, in the spirit of this weekend's "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance".

For the record, if you're unfamiliar with what an "anti-hero" is, Wikipedia defines it as:
A protagonist whose character is at least in some regards conspicuously contrary to that of the archetypal hero, and is in some instances its antithesis in which the character is generally useless at being a hero or heroine when they're supposed to be one.
Basically, he usually ends up saving the day, but it's for his own selfish reasons, or maybe even out of dumb luck. Generally, he's not trying to do anything for "the greater good", it just so happens that him saving the day accomplishes what he wants as well.

So without further ado, hit the jump for all of our picks!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Movie Review: "A Better Life" by Nathan Hinds

"A Better Life", directed by Chris Weitz ("American Pie", "About a Boy") is a 2011 film starring Demian Bichir with a running time of 110 minutes. 

This film has been out for awhile, though Bichir’s Academy Award nomination for Best Actor came as one of the surprise nominations of this year, so I figured not many people have seen this film yet. The story is pretty straight forward. Carlos (Bichir) is an illegal alien working in the United States just trying to support him and his son. When Carlos’ boss decides to buy a farm, he offers to sell Carlos the company truck, along with the tools and clients of his landscaping business, virtually turning over the business to Carlos. This provides the financial stability Carlos has been working towards for him and his son.  He also hopes that it will allow him to save up enough money to allow him to hire a lawyer that can secure his papers he needs to become a legal citizen. And more important than anything, it will give Carlos the means to hopefully give his son the opportunities that he never had.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

New International Trailer for Ridley Scott's "Prometheus"

A new trailer was was release today for Ridley Scott's upcoming "Prometheus". For those of you who saw the first official trailer back in December, this isn't much new for you (actually, there's literally nothing new). But since our little blog wasn't up and running back then, and this is new now, I decided we should post it. And in my opinion, just as enticing as the first go-around. This trailer only helps reaffirm this as my most anticipated movie of 2012.

In Theaters This Weekend: February 17, 2012

We've made it to another weekend here at the Slackers Selection Movie Blog. Hopefully very few of you had to deal with being drug by your girlfriend to "The Vow" this past weekend. If you did, I sympathize. Maybe you can talk her into something you actually want to see this weekend - though the crop here isn't much better than the last.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Nicolas Cage

This week, with the impending release of "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance", we take a look at some of our favorite Nicolas Cage movies. Cage is an actor that's always confused most of us. There are a good number of movies that he's done that many would consider good, if not great. But there are also a good number of movies that he's done that many would consider awful. And I know every actor has his share of bad movies, but for some of the great work he's done, this guy has a bigger number of duds than anyone else that comes to mind.


But, today we celebrate his bests. There are plenty to choose from, so hopefully our insight leads you to a few new Nick Cage gems!

And as always, feel free to post your favorite Nicolas Cage movies at the bottom. We'd love to see where you think we missed!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"Cost of Living" - Short Film Featuring Brandon Routh and Bret Harrison

I just came across this short film on the web, and it seemed worthy of a post. And mostly, just nice to see that one-time Superman himself, Brandon Routh, can still get a job after a movie like Dylan Dog... We're all rooting for you over here at the Slackers Selection Movie Blog, Brandon!

Throw-Back Movie Review - Oscar Edition: "A Beautiful Mind" by Alex Schopp

Release: 2001
Director: Ron Howard
Written By: Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar
Actors: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Paul Bettany
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 135 min

Over the next couple of weeks, each of us here at the Slackers Selection Movie Blog has decided to do a special segment reviewing some of our favorite Academy Awards Best Picture winners. Since the Oscars are now less than two weeks away, we figured, what was more fitting than recapping some of our favorite winners? Each of us picked one film that has won the prestigious award, and over the weeks leading up to this year's winner, we'll all unveil our reviews. And as you can see in the title of this post, I've decided to go with "A Beautiful Mind". I'm not sure if critically it's looked at as one of the top Best Picture winners of all time, but it's definitely one of my favorites.

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 2

Thanks for checking out our second episode of the Slackers Selection CinemaCast! We're in the middle of some pretty slow times, movie-wise, but we still managed to find plenty of topics to spend our time on. We briefly touch on the BAFTA nominations and awards, go over this past weekend's newest releases, talk about next week's crop, and touch on some of the films we've been watching.

So listen in on our movie opinions and ramblings for the week, and please subscribe to our podcast feed via the RSS link below. And as always, feel free to leave any questions or comments for next week's episode at the bottom or email us at

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Monday, February 13, 2012

The Trailer Park: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Brake, Just Like Being There, Osombie, Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

Welcome to The Trailer Park! - A weekly column rounding up new and newish trailers lurking around the internet.

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Box Office Report: "The Vow" and "Safe House" Lead the Way

Welcome to this week's edition of The Weekend Box Office. Things heated up a little bit this week as theater totals showed signs of life. Over the past couple weeks there have been some decent releases actually, but no real great box office numbers to match. This week saw the wide-release of four new films and all managed to put up pretty good opening numbers, with the "The Vow" and "Safe House" really finding a way to pack them in. They easily led the field but the other new films this weekend, "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" and "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace" in 3D, also made respectable debuts (does Star Wars still count as a debut?). Check out all the numbers after the break.

BAFTA Awards Announced; Nothing Too Unexpected

The British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA) held their annual awards tonight, and, as many probably expected, there wasn't too much that was UN-expected.

We touched on the awards briefly in our latest edition of the Slackers Selection CinemaCast, so I don't want to repeat ourselves too much here. Mostly, it's just worth noting that the front-runners continued their push. There were a few minor differences than what we'll probably see on Oscar night, but nothing too earth-shattering. Check out all of the winners after the break.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Movie Trailer: "Beyond the Black Rainbow"

I know Derek is going to be putting up the latest edition of The Trailer Park tomorrow, but I just had to get this one out there; I thought it deserved its own post. For those who you who haven't heard of Panos Cosmatos' "Beyond the Black Rainbow", you're not alone. While this film has technically been around for a couple of years, it's just now starting to make its way to the States. This movie looks all kinds of creepy and twisted. The trailer doesn't give much away, but the imagery looks intense, and the tone looks very unsettling.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Jean Dujardin Auditions for EVERYHING

As most of you may (or may not) know, Jean Dujardin is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor this year, and in most circles is even the favorite. Dujardin starred in "The Artist", and like the rest of the cast and crew, is a European actor (though silent, the film is technically a foreign film). Now the running joke with this video is that after some of these more recent overseas actors have made their big breakthrough, they end up being relegated to very standard villainous roles (Christoph Waltz comes to mind most notably). And in this Funny or Die video, Dujardin just continues the trend. Watch below as he auditions for every possible villain role out there - everything from 'Die Hard 5' to 'Jack and Jill 2'.

I will say that even though I'd prefer George Clooney to win Best Actor this year, this guy has done everything right to get there. From his other awards speeches, to talk show appearances, and now even this, showing a lighter, more comical side, he's nailing it. And even though I wasn't the biggest fan of "The Artist", I respect Dujardin and I hope he goes on to do good things.

Movie Review: "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" By Nathan Hinds

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is a 2011 release directed by Stephen Daldry, starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, and Max von Sydow with a running time of 129 minutes.

The film centers around Oskar(Horn) who's father died in the attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. It follows his journey to find the lock to which a key, he believes his father left him, will fit. What starts out as a simple treasure hunt for Oskar, turns into a journey where he will learn lessons about grieving, love, forgiveness, and acceptance. It is a movie with a powerful message and a subject that might still be too painful for some to deal with, but a story that is worth telling. Although the film has its flaws, overall it is a journey that I enjoyed taking.

New "Wrath of the Titans" Photos Released

Despite pretty harsh words from critics and audiences in general, I was actually a pretty big fan of Clash of the Titans. And the photos that have been released for the upcoming Wrath of the Titans have me really pumped to see this one as well.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Star Wars: Episode 1 in 3D, and Its Various Advertisements

As most everyone knows, "Star Wars: Episode 1 -The Phantom Menace in 3D" is set to release in theaters this weekend. And as we get closer, I'm starting to see a lot of various commercials advertising for the new release. This isn't out of the ordinary for a big release or anything, but with all the different commercials out there, I thought I'd put together a post with all of them for your viewing pleasure. Some are cool, some are standard, but most are actually kind of lame. And it's unfortunate that they're marketing this movie so poorly; they're not playing up any of the dramatic parts at all - it either plays to kids or, in the official 3D release trailer, takes most of its footage from episodes 4-6!

So if you have any interest in the various Star Wars TV spots, you can check them out after the break. Also, here's the link to Star Warsofficial site if you're interested.

In Theaters This Weekend: February 10, 2012

If you can believe it, this weekend for movies is looking even weaker than the previous two. Granted, we had pleasant surprises with the likes of "Chronicle" and "The Grey", but going into them, we weren't 100% what we were going to get. Thankfully, they both ended up impressing though, and we were left with one good option for the weekend. This week, again you'll be left with, in my opinion, one option. Now whether or not you find it a good one is up to you, but if not, my recommendation is to catch up with either of the two above listed films that you haven't seen yet.

But that being said, check after the jump for the new releases this weekend and I'll show you what to look forward to (and what not to).

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth" Set Photos

As some of you may know, director M. Night Shyamalan has recently started filming on his latest project, "After Earth". And ever since the cast and crew has arrived in Costa Rica, where the majority of the film is being shot, pictures have been popping up all over the place.

The movie by the way, stars Will Smith and son Jaden Smith as a father and son who crash land on an alien planet. As it turns out, the planet is Earth, but Earth 1,000 years after it's been completely abandoned.

Attached after the break is a slightly larger version of the photo above, as well as four others from a variety of different places taken over the last couple of days. Some come from Shyamalan's WhoSay page, some from his Twitter account, and others from Smith's Facebook page. So check them all out after the jump and see what you think.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Denzel Washington

Thanks for checking out our second edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide. This week we take a look at our five favorite Denzel Washington movies. With "Safe House" being released this weekend (not that we're necessarily pumped for it or anything), he seemed like a fitting candidate to get dissected by the writers here.


So as usual, check out all of our lists after the break, and see how your lists compare to ours.

And as always, feel free to post your favorite Denzel movies at the bottom. We'd love to see where you think we missed!

New Teaser Trailer for "The Bourne Legacy"

As most of you probably know, the Bourne franchise is set to release another film later this year. The biggest difference in the new one is that previous star, Matt Damon, will no longer be headlining. Jeremy Renner is now that man, but not in a re-casting situation. Renner's story comes after the events of Damon's, and only continues the story arc.

Check out the teaser for the film, first featured on Apple, after the break. This is our first look at Renner in the film, who joins Ed Norton, Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen and Albert Finney.

The film is set to release August 3, 2012.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Movie Review: "Take Shelter" by Alex Schopp

Thanks for checking out my movie review of Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter". I realize that this isn't the newest movie out there, but I'm just now getting to it. I've been looking forward to it for quite some time and after all of the wait, the movie definitely did not disappoint.

The film centers around a normal, everyday family man, Curtis, played brilliantly by Michael Shannon. For all intents and purposes, his life is going pretty well. He'd recently become a manager at his construction job, he has a beautiful and loving wife, played here by Jessica Chastain, and a young daughter who, while she is deaf, treatment is on the horizon and she remains in good spirits.

Things are going well until he starts having these intense dreams - but not just your everyday dreams, more like premonitions or feelings, and of an upcoming apocalyptic-type event.

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 1

Thanks for tuning in for our first ever Slackers Selection Movie Blog Podcast! This week we discuss the newest Super Bowl movie ads, give our combined thoughts on movies released this past weekend, movies coming out next weekend, and all of our most anticipated movies of 2012.

This is our first ever try at this, so after listening to this, I realize that it's not perfect, but we'll get there. Sound quality will improve, length will decrease a bit, but right now we're still experimenting and working the kinks out. Hopefully, after a couple more cracks at this, it will organically evolve into what we're wanting here.

Thank you for listening though, and we hope you tune in every week!

Also, we'd really love getting some general questions from listeners that we can answer weekly as well. So you can always email us at with any of your questions, or, leave them at the bottom. Next week we'll probably hit on some of the Oscar stuff to come, as well as other general movie news and releases. Any questions related to any of that, we'd love to hear!

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New "The Amazing Spider-Man" Trailer Hits

Thoughts and reactions after the jump.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Box Office Report: "Big Miracle" Doesn't Apply Name to Box Office Take

Welcome to this week's edition of The Weekend Box Office. We're still in the midst of the new year, so not a lot of excitement quite yet. But the two movies we singled out here last week, "Chronicle" and "The Woman in Black" both proved dominant at the box office this weekend.

With the help of Box Office Mojo, check out the numbers after the break!

The Trailer Park: 7500, Game Change, Get the Gringo, God Bless America, The Hunger Games, L, Return

Welcome to The Trailer Park! - A weekly column rounding up new and newish trailers lurking around the internet.

As always, put on your John Nada sunglasses before the jump or...submit to the advertising.

Super Bowl TV Spots

The Super Bowl marks a special day for many people. There are the sports fans who tune in for the game and the action. There are the non-fans who tune in for the funny commercials and smorgasbord of epic foods. And then there are the movie fans who know that the Super Bowl is a prime time to release new footage and TV spots for upcoming movies. Many are some of the most anticipated of the year, and others are just looking to get some interest up.

This year, three notable spots hit the airwaves, and all offered slightly new views into what these movies may have in store for us later in the year.

The first, "The Avengers" offered the most compiled movie action seen thus far from the film. Really we'd only had teasers before, so it was great seeing some actual footage here. The thing that stood out most to me was the scale of this. Obviously it has a huge budget with tons of big names involved, so it was going to go as far as they wanted to take it. But the effects look awesome, and, something I mentioned in our inaugural podcast that's going to hit in a few days, they're blowing up anything they can get their hands on (and I mean that In a good way!). Otherwise, character relationships appear to develop a little more, which is good. And we're finally starting to see everyone on the screen at the same time, which is a treat in itself.

So check out the newest spot for this film after the break as well as the ads and my thoughts for the other two notable films that made an appearance as well, "Battleship" and "John Carter".

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Happy Super Bowl Day, Everyone!

I know that here at the Slackers Selection Movie Blog we put the majority of our focus on film and the industry itself, and rightfully so. But a few of the writers here, myself and Nathan Hinds, also happen to be pretty big sports fans. So while I'll be taking time out of my evening to watch this event, if you're not into sports, maybe a nice football-themed movie can fill your day.

And though I'm a born and raised Chicago Bears fan, today I say, Go Patriots!

Question to the readers: Can anyone think of any movies out there that are actually themed around the Super Bowl? None come to mind for me.

2012 Annie Awards: "Rango" a Big Winner

The 39th annual Annie Awards were held earlier this evening in Los Angeles, and though it did not lead the pack in total nominations, "Rango" pulled down the top prize for Best Animated Feature against little competition. Produced by Paramount Pictures, "Rango" beat out other top films such as "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Puss in Boots" - two movies that actually garnered more total nominations than "Rango". This was also the fourth time in the past nine years that Pixar Studios was unable to nab the top prize. Their entry with "Cars 2" was officially the worst reviewed film from the studio to date and is only the second time in the past decade they didn't even factor into the race (2005 being the other when Pixar did not release a feature film).