Saturday, March 31, 2012

Movie Review: “Mirror Mirror” By Nathan Hinds

What do you do on nights when you are bored out of your mind? You sometimes do things you know you will regret. Surprisingly though, what sometimes seems like a terrible idea at the time, can turn out to be a rather enjoyable experience. Thus was the case with my choice to view “Mirror Mirror”.

“Mirror Mirror” is the first of two Snow White adaptions coming out this year. The latter of the two, “Snow White and the Huntsman”, still looks superior in every way, but now it looks like it won’t be such a one sided race.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Sword and Sandal Movies

Traditionally, the Sword and Sandal genre, also known as Pepla, is Italian in origin, and was developed back in the late 1950's. The goal for the genre was to compete with the bigger-budget Hollywood films at the time. While American critics coined the term Sword and Sandal in a condescending and demeaning manner, Vittorio Cottafavi, one of the pioneers of the genre, embraced it and would further go on to describe it as "Neo-Mythology". While Americans were focused on making their epics of the time, Pepla directors treated the genre much as Superhero films are looked at today. They were light-hearted, easy to digest tales, that were fun for everyone. Eventually, the genre and its name faded away, making way for the next big thing. By the end of the 1960's, the Spaghetti Western was the new "cool" style, and the Sword and Sandal was gone just as quickly as it came.

Nowadays, the title for the genre is not meant at all in a condescending way. Nor does it necessarily only include that small subset of films meant to compete with Hollywood at the time. While some still feel the title should only define such late-50's films it once embodied, many consider the genre to be broader than ever, encompassing just about everything of the mythical, biblical, roman and ancient variety. And that's how we see it here. You disagree? Well too bad. This is our blog. We kind of get to do whatever we want...

So that being said, with this weekend's release of "Wrath of the Titans", we now can add one more title to this ever-expanding collection of films to the genre known simply as Sword and Sandal.

Without further ado, our top five favorite, albeit sporadic, films of the genre...

Friday, March 30, 2012

"The Dark Knight Rises" Trailer....With Legos

For all accounts, this doesn't really qualify as movie news. But it's a slow Friday night, and I have nothing better to do than write-up some fun little posts as I sit on the couch and watch "Speed". This movie is odd, by the way. In some scenes, I'm convinced the movie has aged fairly well and am still impressed by aspects; but in others I'm not sure what they were thinking even back in 1994... Regardless, it's still a serviceable action film that I'll gladly fill my night with tonight.

Anyway, have you seen the trailer made by Paranickfilmz for the film "The Dark Knight Rises"? It mimics the real trailer but is done entirely with Legos. Yes, Legos. Most of you will surely exclaim that these people have way too much time on their hands - and while I don't think anyone would dispute it, it's actually a pretty sweet trailer. I'm amazed by how well it still holds the drama and tension of the original version.

Check it out after the break - and by the way, if you haven't seen the real trailer I have linked above, I do recommend checking it out before the video embedded below. Going into it with a point of reference definitely makes it more palatable.

"Child's Play" Getting Sequel AND Reboot

For those of you that just haven't gotten enough of this sadistic little doll, you're in luck. Today Moviehole confirmed that not only is a sequel in the works for the franchise, but the studio is also planning a complete revamp as well. That's right, TWO new Child's Play movies.

Both projects were revealed at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte, North Carolina, by Brad Dourif, the original voice of the Chucky himself (some of you may be more familiar with his works in the latter two Lord of the Rings films as Wormtongue).

Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Twins" Sequel 'Triplets' In The Works

That's right, folks. News broke earlier tonight that the biggest sequel that we didn't even realize we wanted is now in the works. "Twins", the 1988 comedy classic that brought Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito together as long lost twins, is now working towards putting a follow-up film together. The biggest change for this chapter? Looks like brother number three enters this mix this time around!

Check out who that brother is, and more details on the film's production after the break.

New "Man of Steel" Logo and Facebook Page

For those of you looking forward to the latest revival of the Superman franchise, "Man of Steel", a few new tidbits just popped up! We've all seen a few photos from the film already, and know what the basic plot will be. Now, the official Facebook Page has launched, where we'll surely find numerous updates over the coming months and year. The other, is the new logo which you can see to the right, which also first rolled out on the Facebook page.

"Man of Steel" will star Henry Cavill as Superman himself, with an amazing supporting cast including Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, and Laurence Fishburne. The film is being directed by Zack Snyder, the same who brought "300" and "Watchmen" to the big screen. It's set to release in theaters in June, 2013.

What do you guys think of the new logo? Are you excited for this installment?

In Theaters This Weekend: March 30, 2012

Continuing right along with this summer's crop of blockbuster movies - oh wait, it's still only March? I guess some of the films this month never got that memo... Last week, it was the record-breaking premier for "The Hunger Games"; this week, "Wrath of the Titans" will try to muster up some warm-weather numbers of its own.

Unlike last week though, this weekend offers an alternative to the special-effects spectacle - "Mirror Mirror" is also set to release. And while this may be the lesser Snow White film releasing this year, it still looks to be good fun for the whole family.

Gerard Butler To Take On “Motor City”

Warner Bros. and Dark Castle have targeted the star of “300”, Gerard Butler, to headline their next action film “Motor City”.

Source: Variety

Directed by Albert Hughes, the film has already gone through several leading men, such as Dominic Cooper and Jake Gyllenhaal, who were both forced to drop out due to schedule conflicts.

Read all the details after the break.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

“Anchorman” Getting a Sequel

San Diego’s Number 1 news team is coming back! Despite an initial lack of interest over the past couple of years, Paramount has finally given the go ahead for “Anchorman 2”. And the announcement came from none other than Ron Burgundy himself. San Diego’s favorite news anchor made a surprise visit on an episode of “Conan”, and after a passionate flute solo and taking time to voice his disgust with Conan’s looks, he made the announcement.

Check out the video of the announcement after the break.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Julia Roberts

With this weekend's upcoming release of the Snow White adaptation "Mirror Mirror", we thought this the perfect chance to dive into some of our favorite Julia Roberts movies of all-time!

Roberts has been gracing the screens since her breakout role in 1988's "Mystic Pizza". Since then, she's been nominated for three Academy Awards, and won one. She's starred in over 40 feature films, and has become one of the most recognizable and lovable actresses of our generation.

So without further ado, our favorite Julia Roberts films after the break!

"Rise Of The Guardians" Trailer; A Possible Slackers Selection Production?

DreamWorks Animation bands together a team of mythical characters in this magical epic.
I'm really digging the music for this trailer. It serves the tone of the film well.

The only complaint I have is the lack of other famous mythical characters that I would have liked to have seen on the team, such as a Leprechaun, Cupid, New Year Baby, etc. Perhaps they will join in an epic team up near the end of the film.

A little surprise can be found after the jump featuring members of Slackers Selection Productions which raises the question, Is this a biopic about The Slackers?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Michael Bay Confirms Movie's Title; Will Be Simply "Ninja Turtles"

At this point, we're all-in on this subject, and we just have to see it through. I really do have hope that things will die-down eventually, but for now, here's the latest news...

If you're not up to date on the drama, follow along here, here, and here. That should get you started. Today, Bay went back to his site to confirm yet another little tidbit for the film - 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' will not only be dropping the Mutant from the storyline as we've already heard, you can now consider it gone from the title as well. The newest installment for the franchise will simple be: "Ninja Turtles".

Check out Bay's most recent comments on the subject below.

First "Total Recall" Teaser Trailer Released

In yet other remake news today, the first "trailer" for the upcoming "Total Recall" just hit the web today. I put trailer in quotes because this is barely even a teaser. But, it's the first live footage from the film, so I'm happy to see it.

I'm sure you're all familiar with the original version, which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger as Quaid, the main character who signed up for a relaxing virtual vacation on the planet Mars, but is suddenly actually transported to the planet (or is he?), where he's a secret agent, fighting to uncover the truth, which will return him back to the home he knows and loves. This version has grown into something of a cult hit over the years, and with the stunning special effects and great direction from a proven leader of the genre, Paul Verhoeven, it's not a surprise. And it's been such a hit for Columbia Pictures over the past 20 years, that they decided it was high time to remake the film.

This version will star Colin Ferrell in the same role once held by Schwarzenegger. Columbia has been pretty tight-lipped about the remake thus far, so it was good to finally get a peak at what's going on.

Check out the 33-second video for the trailer after the break.

Chloe Moretz Picked for "Carrie" Remake

In what will surely be great news to our fellow writer, Nathan Hinds, news broke today that Chloë Moretz, one of the stars of "Kick-Ass" and the upcoming "Dark Shadows", will be starring in the leading role for the remake of Stephen King's "Carrie".

"Carrie" first hit theaters in 1976, with the lead role originally held by Sissy Spacek. If you're unfamiliar with the film (which, if so, shame on you), the movie centers around an awkward high school girl who's struggling with the same things every high school kid deals with: self-esteem, popularity, sexuality, etc. But then, all of the sudden, this girl that everyone's picked on and tormented develops telekinetic powers, and uses them to get back at the very same people that caused her so much pain. The film is climaxed with Carrie ultimately turning the Prom into a human bloodbath.

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 8

Thanks for checking out this week's episode of the Slackers Selection CinemaCast! This week, we discuss the recently released, massive hit, "The Hunger Games". It was a lot of fun this week because all five of us actually managed to see the movie, so there's a lot of great discussion on the various aspects of the film.

We also talk about our thoughts on week's releases, "Wrath of the Titans" and the unfortunate looking "Mirror Mirror".

Plus, films we're watching, such as "The Skin I Live In", "The Sitter", "Safe House", and "Beneath the Darkness".

Thanks for listening!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

"The Avengers" Want Some of the Spotlight Too!

Not that any pf the below-referenced material in any way competes with the hype of this weekend's "The Hunger Games" release, but even so, "The Avengers" just couldn't let a weekend go by without at least trying to grab some of the attention. Over the last 24 hours or so, Marvel has released 10 new official character photos for the film as well as a video featurette withe some cool behind-the-scenes stuff.

The photos aren't really anything too exciting at this point. I mean, of course I'm interested in checking them out, but we've seen so much imagery for this film already, that a couple of character stills aren't going to be anything groundbreaking. Still though, cool to look at.

The video is the more fun part for me. I love anything that gives me more info on the film or the actors and directors producing it. Again, there isn't a lot of radical new information, but it does a good job of tying all of the films together, and we get a little soundbite from most of the main actors on their thoughts of the characters they're playing.

So if you're like most of us and can't get enough of "The Avengers", check out the recently released photos and video featurette after the break.

The Trailer Park: The Corridor, Death Of A Superhero, Hit So Hard, The Host, Jesus Henry Christ

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

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Box Office Report: Fans Show Up In Record Numbers For "The Hunger Games"

Last week we thought "21 Jump Street" had an incredible weekend with the record it set (highest-grossing opening weekend for an R-rated comedy released outside of the summer months). And while I still see that as a huge accomplishment for the film, "The Hunger Games" did it one better this weekend. Not only did this film set the opening weekend record for March, it pulled in the third highest opening weekend gross for any movie, all-time!

Outside of "The Hunger Games'" massive opening weekend, it was still nice enough to leave a few bucks for some of the other films. "21 Jump Street" had a strong second week, of course appealing to a completely opposite demographic as the Hunger Games crowd, and "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" continued to chug along. Between those three films though, that pretty much ate up all of the box office dollars.

Check out all of the full numbers and breakdowns after the break.

One Last Push for "John Carter"

If you've listened to our podcasts, and read the review we put up for the film "John Carter", then you've seen that overall we all feel bad for this film. While it wasn't as epic as maybe some of us wanted it to be, it was a solid film with great visuals and an interesting story.

Disney is expected to report a $200MM loss this quarter due to the gigantic box office flop for the film, and it's a shame that this movie will go down with this reputation. If you ask any of us here, we believe that a lot could have been saved with a better marketing strategy. Disney has access to unlimited amounts of money; they can throw as much of it at whatever they want. Normally, you'd say that's a great position to be in. The problem with this film was, however, that that's exactly what Disney did for their marketing - they just threw money at it hoping that quantity would outweigh quality; if we all saw the title of the film 1,000 times before it released, we'd just go see it because we knew it existed.

The trailers never impacted me as much as I wanted them to, and without knowing any of the backstory for the film, it just never captured me like I wish it would have.

Below, I've attached a fan-made trailer for the film, which first showed up on AICN. It's not perfect, but honestly, it at least hits on all of the aspects of the film that the real trailers missed. It gives backstory, it shows the scale, the action, and the characters. If I would have seen this trailer before the film's release, I bet I would have been a little more inclined to see it. I did see it anyway, but obviously there were many of you that did not. So I encourage you to check out the trailer below, and hopefully it will give you a bit more excitement for the film. Let's give "John Carter" one more shot in theaters before it's quietly brushed away and deemed a failure.

"Borat" Fake Kazakhstan National Anthem Accidentally Played During Medal Ceremony

Every now and then, you read a story that just puts a big goofy smile on your face. During a sporting event in Kuwait, the wrong national anthem was played for Kazakhstan. Organizers for the event accidentally downloaded the spoof version from the 2006 film “Borat”.

At first I didn’t believe this was real…and then I saw the video to prove it. Read all about this wonderful train wreck, and check out the video after the break.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Movie Review: "The Skin I Live In" by Ben Foutch

The Skin I Live In (2011)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya 

Running Time: 117 min 

I've never seen any previous work from Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar, so I didn’t know what to expect going into “The Skin I Live In”. After seeing this film, I was pleasantly surprised to have experienced an expertly crafted horror thriller that doesn’t rely on scares, but gracefully leads you through the dark side of science and the human psyche.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Government-Themed Dystopian Future Movies

That's quite the mouthful, I know. There are quite a few parameters for this week's list, but with the just-released "The Hunger Games", we wanted to really dig into the genre, and present our favorites from the same origins. At first, just going with the dystopian theme seemed acceptable enough; but when we started really thinking about it, there are a lot of sub-genres in this category that, if all compiled in one broad list, would make for very messy and random assortments. By focusing more specifically on the aspect that really makes a movie like "The Hunger Games" terrifying, it gives you, the reader, a much more clean and focused selection.

Since we stated above that these lists will focus precisely on the government/social aspect of the genre, here are the dystopian types of films that will not be included:

-No alien films. If you were hoping for "Battlefield Earth" to show up, you're out of luck. 
-No post-apocalyptic films unless the governmental aspect in the aftermath is the main focus.
-And no robot films either (again, unless the robots are government mandated or controlled).
So without further ado, our top five Government-Based Dystopian Future movies....

Movie Review: "The Hunger Games" by Alex Schopp

Last night I went and checked out "The Hunger Games". As I've mentioned a couple of different times on this blog now, I was completely unfamiliar with the source material. I saw all of the hype happening for this film, and the reviews and insider chatter seemed positive. The trailers showed a basic idea of what we'd be getting into, but even just through them, I never really understood what it was we were getting ready for.

Last night, all my questions were answered though. And while I will gladly say that this was a solid film, I'm still not entirely sure where all the hype was coming from. Maybe I went into this expecting too much (it is just supposed to be the next tweener franchise, after all), but ultimately, I was interested with the film, just not blown away.

Friday, March 23, 2012

“Ninja Turtles” Director Addresses Fan Backlash

Like my fellow writer Alex said, it's a slow news day. So what better way to fill it, than with more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles news!

When executive producer Michael Bay announced that the turtles would be from an alien race in the new film, all hell broke loose on the internet - if you missed what was said, read Alex's post for the details. Fans immediately were in an uproar over the news, and everyone knows, there are few things more dangerous than angry fanboys.

Now we have the director of the film, Jonathan Liebesman, stepping up to the mic to try and put the fans nerves at ease. Good luck pal.

"Movie: The Movie"

Embedded below is the 9-minute skit that Jimmy Kimmel aired on his late night talk show sometime last month. Obviously, it's been floating around for a while now, but just in case you never got around to it, or if you just wanted to check it out again, here it is. Plus the only version that ever aired on TV was a shortened 3-minute clip. So there might be some material in this full-length version that's new to you.

As you can tell, it's a slow movie day over here. But as I was rifling through news and noteworthy items, I somehow or another ended up stumbling across Kimmel's YouTube page. I was immediately reminded of this little gem that I hadn't watched for a while now, and since it never showed up on this site, I figured this was as good a time as any.

So anyway, check out the video below. Some parts are kind of stupid, but there really are
some good cameos. And ultimately, I'm a fan of any actor that's willing to have a good time with this kind of stuff. My favorite parts were probably those featuring Christoph Waltz, Colin Farrel, and Helen Mirren.

What parts are your favorite?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In Theaters This Weekend: March 23, 2012

There isn't a huge variety of films being released for the average fan this weekend, but that shouldn't stop attendance numbers any. While "The Hunger Games" in the only wide-release opening this weekend, ticket sales are already at record numbers, and this looks to be the first real fanboy (or girl) movie of the year.

"Cosmopolis" Teaser Trailer Released

In what is becoming more and more of a common thing, studios are breaking new information via facebook. Today, that trend continued as the first teaser trailer and movie poster were released for the upcoming "Cosmopolis". The poster, as you can see to the right, is a pretty good one. I really like the font and the coloring of the whole thing. And while the poster is nice, you all came here for the sex-filled teaser trailer featuring Twilight's own Robert Pattinson.

I'll definitely have to attach this one after the break because it's NSFW, but I encourage checking it out - lots of great little scenes in there that are very Cronenberg. While many fans weren't big supporters of his last film, "A Dangerous Method", it looks as if he's back to more of his roots with this project.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” Is On

It took more than a year, but it's finally going to happen: Deadline reported today that Darren Aronofsky has finally secured the funding to make his epic retelling of the biblical story “Noah”. And sailing the ship for Aronofsky’s film will be one of the biggest name in Hollywood today, Russell Crowe.

The Regency/Paramount co-production is set to begin filming in July, but an official announcement is expected to happen sometime next week.

Read more about the epic project after the break.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Stanley Tucci

In this week's edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we jump into the lists of one of our favorite complimentary actors of all-time. While Stanley Tucci hasn't had many chances to star in his own films, for years he's been doing an extraordinary job taking supporting roles and really makes them shine through. Some might not even know his name, but when you see his face, you know the quality expected. 

And, with his most recent presence in the upcoming "The Hunger Games", it provided the perfect time to showcase our lists for our favorite roles and movies of Tucci's career. He's been killing it on screen for years and we're happy to get the chance to recognize him and bring some attention to his name.

So without further ado...

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ninja Turtle Drama!

I really wasn't planning on having three posts up here on a movie remake that's still more than a year and a half away, but since the web is abuzz with all of this action, I figured we're doing a disservice by not including it.

As you know, a week or so ago, Paramount officially announced that they'd be rebooting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Soon after, a producer and director were selected - Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman, respectively. Bay jumped right in with his thoughts for the franchise, including that he's planning on having the turtles be aliens and not mutants as their name suggests. This of course set the web on fire, but honestly it wasn't anything more than Bay's sheer involvement that sent fans furiously running to the message boards. Personally, I'm not one who's incredibly upset with Bay being attached (though I'm not sure how I feel about them being aliens this time around, but I'll wait and see).

So, in what hopes to be the last post on the topic for quite some time, read below on Michael Bay's latest comments, firing back at all of the unruly fans' reactions to his involvement with the project.

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 7

Thanks for checking out this week's edition of the Slackers Selection CinemaCast!

On this week's episode we discuss the new release "21 Jump Street" and our overall impressions on the film. We also talk box office, and the new films releasing next weekend, including "The Hunger Games" and "The Raid: Redemption".

Plus such topics as movie theater etiquette, ALWAYS staying after the credits, our thoughts on how books compare to movies, and what the deal is with Billy Zane's career.

Also: films we're watching, such as "The Grey", "Like Crazy", and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo". And our thoughts on the new trailer releases this week for "Prometheus" and "Dark Shadows".

Lots of great content in this week's episode. Thanks for listening. We hope you enjoy!

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“The Expendables 2” is Rated R!

For everyone who was shocked and appalled at the news that “The Expendables 2” would be PG-13 - and rightfully so - today we can all breath a collective sigh of relief. Stallone Zone got a quote from Sly himself:
After taking in all the odd rumors and hearsay, EXPENDABLES II is an R.
Now that’s more like it. I didn't wait 23 years to see all of my favorite action heroes team-up and have to fight an entire army of bad guys, only to have the restrictions of a PG-13 rating placed upon them.

The whole thing started when Chuck Norris supposedly had a problem with all of the cursing. Well Mr. Norris, you can see what I think about that idea here. Since the cursing was the main issue, and not the violence, maybe they’ll still tone down the language. Let’s hope not - I don’t want any restrictions on this movie AT ALL.

Read more about this whole chain of events after the break.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Michael Bay Talks "Ninja Turtles" Revamp

As many of you saw in Nathan's post a few days back, Paramount Pictures has finalized plans to remake the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise. For any of us nostalgic types, this is excellent news (I mean, which one of us didn't own at least one of those films from the early 90s??).

News today, thanks to Yahoo! Movies, is that not only have they set plans for the remake, they've also brought in Michael Bay to produce and oversee the entire project (Nathan, I know how pumped you are for this). And not a moment later, Bay was in front of a reporter discussing his plans for the upcoming installment. Overall, I'd say his comments have me more curious than anything.

Check out a few of Bay's ideas after the break.

Box Office Report: "21 Jump Street" Sets Record

Well, it's official: "21 Jump Street" is a hit. Not only did this film set an opening-weekend record, but it also garnered rave reviews and now looks to be a solid player for the next few weeks at least, even with the upcoming "The Hunger Games" and "Wrath of the Titans".

Otherwise, "The Lorax" continued its impressive, albeit surprising, box office run; and "John Carter" took a huge nosedive in only its second week.

Check the full numbers and analysis after the break.

The Trailer Park: Battleship, Chernobyl Diaries, Piranha 3DD (Red Band), Snow White And The Huntsman, Sound Of My Voice, The Amazing Spider-Man (Viral)

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.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Movie Review: "21 Jump Street" by Alex Schopp

Let me just start by saying this wasn't anything close to what I was expecting from this film. It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago I started to actually get interested for it. I wouldn't go as far as to say excited, but interested for sure. Before that point though, from the day I heard of plans for its creation, I wanted nothing to do with it.

I was never into the original television series, so there was no nostalgia for me. And really I'm not much of a fan of Channing Tatum or Jonah Hill either, so it seemed there was nothing significant this movie had to offer me.

I'm glad I got interested enough to venture out and see it though. This movie was fantastic.

UK Full-Length "Prometheus" Trailer Lands

A much more subtle, yet just as eerily beautiful, "Prometheus" trailer lands in the UK providing additional insight on the crew's archeological mission.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Full-Length "Prometheus" Trailer Finally Here

It's finally here!!!

I have to admit, for the first couple seconds I totally disregarded the "Directed By Ridley Scott" card and thought I may have accidentally clicked on a new trailer for "The Hobbit" featuring images of Gollum, with Galadriel providing narration. This is much better and more intense than the sneak peak we got earlier today. I can't wait to see it!

An additional viral video after the jump.

Full-Length "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" Trailer

There was a teaser released for this film a little while back that gave us an idea of the tone and scope this movie would have. I enjoyed the trailer. It wasn't anything that pumped me up, but it looked interesting and cool.

Now, a full-length trailer has landed and it fills us in on a lot more of the peripherals. I like that we get some voice-over narration by Abe Lincoln himself, Benjamin Walker, and there's also a lot more action this time around that shows off a lot of director Timur Bekmambetov's style.

Check out the trailer for yourself after the break, courtesy of IGN, and see how this one compares for you to the first teaser.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Buddy Cop Films

With the release of "21 Jump Street" this weekend, we decided to dedicate our weekend edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide to films that share a common theme with this film.

In this newest release, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum team-up to fight crime and save the day. Right there - two regular looking phrases that when combined create for pure, unquestionable magic: 'team-up' and 'save the day'. In the movie world, what's better than that? Two characters, usually overcoming some early character differences, but ultimately forming a bond and helping each other out for the greater good. It's unstoppable. Then mix that with some comedy - look out, you've just created the perfect storm for a great movie!

Some may seem cheesy, and others more serious, but there's no question that Buddy Cop Movies contain some of the most heart (especially for us nostalgic 80's kids!) and epic team-ups of anything else around.

So with that, our favorites of the genre are...

Prometheus Trailer Early?

Did we get the Prometheus trailer early or is this another sneak peak at the full trailer that is said to be 2.5 minutes long. Either way, enjoy!

I think I may have enjoyed the teaser more so than this. Regardless, This is still my most anticipated movie of the year.

Friday, March 16, 2012

"Leprechaun" Reboot Coming in 2013

For everyone who has been thinking 'gosh, you know what Hollywood has been missing - another “Leprechaun” film'; have no fear, your wait is almost over!

Variety is reporting that Lionsgate plans to team up with WWE Studios and reboot the 90’s horror series starring everyone’s favorite killer leprechaun. And while no director, cast, or writers have been announced yet, I have one person in mind who I would love to see take on the lead role: Peter Dinklage.

At this point, it really shouldn’t surprise me when any film gets a remake or reboot, but I didn’t expect this one. While I can’t picture myself getting too excited for this, at least we’re getting something other than one more “found footage” film.

Lionsgate is aiming for a 2013 release.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

In Theaters This Weekend: March 16, 2012

In theaters this weekend, we'll all see the release of one big studio production, and a few of us will come across the chance at two smaller-marketed films, only releasing in a couple hundred theaters across the country.

But the overall quality seems good for the weekend. And I'm happy with this appetizer slate of films leading into movies such as "The Hunger Games" and "Wrath of the Titans", both releasing over the next couple of weeks.

So if the posters aren't giving it away already...check after the break to see what films we're looking at for the weekend, and how hyped we should be getting for them, if at all.

First "Dark Shadows" Trailer

There's been a lot of hype and interest for Tim Burton's latest venture, "Dark Shadows". His film adapts the gothic soap opera television show of the same title that aired in the late 60's. We've seen countless photos for the film already, and with the film now only a couple of months away, it's about time we get a trailer.

Check it out below and see if this soap opera adaptation offers up anything interesting or worthwhile..

"Jurassic Park" To Get 3D Re-Release!

There's not much too this story other than that an official date has been set and we now know for sure that we'll be getting a 3D release of "Jurassic Park". Variety reported today that Universal has set July 19, 2013 as the official date for the re-release of the film.

Post conversion has gotten much better over the last couple of years, and while I'm sure it won't be as amazing as encompassing as such 3D greats like "Avatar" and "John Carter", I'm not complaining about getting the chance to see this film again in theaters.

It's unfortunate we still have a year and a few months to go before we get this, but it's something to look forward to I guess!

When do the ticket pre-sales start???

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Robert Rodriguez SXSW Interview - "Machete Kills" and "Sin City 2" Updates

As many of you know, the SXSW Film Festival is this weekend, and with that brings news snippets and interviews from filmmakers all across the country.

One short video that I recently came across was from Robert Rodriguez, courtesy of Samsung. I remember years ago reading his book, "Rebel Without a Crew", and instantly gaining a huge respect and interest for the director; he did everything I always wished I could do - he went out and actually made his movie. Plus the guy genuinely loves making movies and talking about the creative process. And how can you not get behind a guy with such a passion?

Anyway, in the below video, Rodriguez offers up a few details on a few of his upcoming projects. For the first part of the video he spends a good amount of time talking about a TV network he's developing, but after, he gives a few details on upcoming projects like "Machete Kills" and "Sin City 2".

Top 5 Movie Guide: Johnny Depp

With this weeks edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, and with the upcoming release of "21 Jump Street", we figured what better way to honor the film than with our favorite films by the actor that made the title a hit back in the 80s! 

Johnny Depp is probably one of the most recognizable actors in America these days, but some say that without his memorable role in the TV cop-drama "21 Jump Street", his career would have never gotten to where it is today.

And it is with that that we dive into our favorite Johnny Depp movie performances of all time.

Check out our picks after the jump, and as always, feel free to leave your comments below - we'd love to know what your favorite Johnny Depp roles are!

Paramount Sets Release Dates for “One Shot” & “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”; “World War Z” Pushed Back


Paramount Pictures set release dates for two new films today: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” will be released on December 25, 2013; “One Shot” will be released on December 21st of this year. That spot was previously held by “World War Z”, which has now been pushed back to June 21, 2013. For more on these three films, keep reading after the jump.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 6

Thanks for checking out this week's edition of the Slackers Selection CinemaCast!

On this week's episode we discuss new releases such as "Silent House" and "John Carter". See if we give either of these films the thumbs-up for a theater visit.

We also touch on the new releases coming out next weekend, including the revamped "21 Jump Street", starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

Plus, what we've been watching this week, including "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey".

(by the way, this episode comes in at a tidy 38 minutes, so don't be hesitant to devote yourself to this one)

Thanks for listening!

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Movie Review: “Melancholia” by Nathan Hinds

“Melancholia” is a 2011 release, directed by Lars Von Trier. It stars Kirsten Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Alexander Skarsgard. The film
 was released yesterday on DVD.  

Very beautifully shot, and very surreal, the film takes a look at the effects of severe depression, and the destruction that it causes. On top of all that is going on, a rogue planet named Melancholia, may be on a collision course with the Earth. I’ll say right now, this film IS NOT for the casual movie watcher.

Read more after the jump, and for a second take on this film, you can also check out Andy Schopp’s review here.

Monday, March 12, 2012

New Images Released for Latest James Bond Film "SKYFALL"

We got our first look yesterday at Javier Bardem in his role as the villain in the 23rd installment of the James Bond franchise "Skyfall". We also get a few more shots of Daniel Craig as Agent 007.


Don't let the police get up fool you, there's nothing good about Bardem's character Silva in the film. I love the addition of Bardem to the franchise, and who wouldn't after his masterful villain performance in "No Country for Old Men"? Judi Dench returns for her role as M, and joining the cast is Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, and Naomi Watts. The main cast definitely looks impressive on paper; I really hope they get back to the standard of "Casino Royale", which is still my favorite film in the Bond series. Check out more of the pics released by the Daily Mail after the jump.