Wednesday, October 31, 2012

In Anticipation: “Skyfall”

It’s been an uninspiring couple of months at the box office lately. Although low numbers are customary for the fall months, it still makes the holiday/award season that were getting into now much more welcome. For this edition of In Anticipation, we take a look at the next film in the James Bond saga, “Skyfall”. The film is the 23rd entry of the EON produced films.

For those who are unaware, the Bond films are based on the character and novels created by author Ian Flemming. The series is the longest running and second highest grossing series (behind Harry Potter) of all time. Daniel Craig will again be playing the British secret agent, making this his third go around. Craig is the sixth actor to play the character so far. Craig leads what is easily the most star studded cast in the history of the series. Judi Dench will be reprising her role as M, which she has played over the course of seven films now since Pierce Brosnan took over as James Bond in 1995’s “GoldenEye”. Javier Bardem will be playing the villain Silva, and anyone who has seen “No Country For Old Men” knows that Bardem can be downright terrifying in a villain role. Also joining the cast are Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, and Ben Wishaw, who will be playing a much younger version of technology specialist, Q, than we are used to.

The film is being directed by Sam Mendes, who is directing his first Bond film. Other directorial efforts already to his name include titles such as "American Beauty" and "Road to Perdition". “Skyfall” was written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Russell Crowe

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we turn our attentions to actor Russell Crowe, one of the stars of the upcoming "The Man With the Iron Fists". Crowe, who was born in New Zealand but was raised in Australia, caught the acting bug at a young age. Both of his parents were film and television set caterers, who exposed him to the art early on. He started out with roles in Australian television shows, but - after briefly trying his hand as a rockabilly singer and musician after dropping out of high school - transitioned into film as a young adult. He appeared in a variety of notable Australian films after committing to the craft, but it wasn't until Sharon Stone suggested him for Sam Raimi's "The Quick and the Dead" that he got his first taste of American cinema.

A few years later, his role in 1997's "L.A. Confidential" brought him widespread critical and financial recognition. The film started an impressive run for Crowe, where, over the next six years, he would appear in five different films all nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. "L.A. Confidential" was the first, and it was capped off with 2003's "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World". The other three films included "The Insider", "Gladiator", and "A Beautiful Mind", the latter two of which won the award.

Nominated for three Best Actor awards himself over the past 12 years (he won for "Gladiator"), you can make a case for Crowe being one of the most successful actors over the past two decades - even amid him turning down roles as Logan/Wolverine in Bryan Singer's X-Men series and Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Both of those aside (and you can even argue that given his career arc, it wasn't the worst thing in the word for him to turn either of those down), he's put together a pretty strong filmography with plenty of great titles throughout.

So hit the jump for all of our picks of some of the best he's had to offer!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 36

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

This week, with the big release of "Cloud Atlas" - at least in our minds, maybe not so much with the general public - we spent a good majority of the time breaking down that film and providing our thoughts on it. While some of us enjoyed it more than others, it was still a success with each of us and a film we all recommend checking out for yourself.

Next week's lineup includes Robert Zemeckis' return to live-action with "Flight", which looks to be a favorite amongst the group. Also releasing is "Wreck-It Ralph" and "The Man With the Iron Fists".

Only a few notable films were seen this week outside of theaters, but we do briefly discuss some thoughts on "Butter" and "The Raven".

Plenty of great stuff this week; be sure to give it a listen!

The Trailer Park: Empires Of The Deep, The Evil Dead, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D, Iron Man 3, John Dies At The End

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.

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: October, 30 2012

Welcome back to the latest edition of my weekly Blu-ray and DVD picks. As always, I choose the titles that stand out, for better or worse. This week is rather lackluster, with only a few titles that struck my fancy. Three of the main contenders are The Campaign, Safety Not Guaranteed and the the Criterion release of Rosemary's Baby on Blu-ray. For more information on special features and the rest of my picks, hit the jump below!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Box Office Report: "Argo" On Top as "Cloud Atlas" Falters

I know I'm getting to this a little late in the afternoon, and due to that, we're going to make this short and sweet. I'll try to cover most notable percentages and notable recordings, but we'll pass on some of the detail this time around.

At the box office this weekend, "Argo" surprisingly took the top spot. This was the third weekend for the film, yet the first weekend in managed to grab the umber one spot. With new titles hitting theaters like "Cloud Atlas", "Silent Hill: Revelation", and "Chasing Mavericks", it seemed likely that one of them would step up and claim the victory. That wasn't the case though as each film fell well low of any expectations. Both "Cloud Atlas" and "Silent Hill: Revelation" managed the top five, but barely. Both the studios and fans of the respected franchises surely had more in mind for their gains this weekend.

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Slackers' Top 10 Horror Films of All-Time

In honor of one of the best months of the year, that of Halloween, we decided to take a crack at another group Top 10 list. You might recall a few months back when we compiled our own list of the Greatest Movies of All-Time, adding our own spin the the then-timely debate as to what the term "greatest" defines as. We created the list by simply adding up the points from each of our own Top 10 lists and generating one composite list that represented the combined efforts of the entire site. We had so much fun with that - and the results so interesting - that we have many more planned.

Our first venture back to the format leads us here, to our Favorite Horror Films of All-Time. Many of us at this site have a strong passion for the Horror genre, so it was fun to pull all of our favorites together and see what we came up with. Interestingly, this list was far different than that of our previous compilation list. With the previous list being about the "greatest", there was a certain built-in standard that everyone made note of, and it kept the number of different picks fairly refined. When we ventured into this list and compiled our "favorite" titles, all hell broke loose - when discussing simple favorites, there are no constraints; any title could make the list, regardless of quality, pedigree, or any other criteria. So overall there was much more parity than the last time around, leading to a few lesser point totals for the films on the list. But regardless, the results were quite interesting and led to some really great (and even some unexpected) selections.

Hit the jump for the full Top 10 list of the "official" favorite Horror Films as presented by the Slackers Selection Movie Blog!

Photo Bomb!

Thanks for checking out the latest edition of Photo Bomb!, your weekly roundup of all movie-related photos and posters floating around the internet.

Not the most content we've ever seen before, but plenty of good stuff from some pretty solid looking films. Films with new photos include "Noah", "Flight", "Ten", "Lay the Favorite", "A Good Day to Die Hard", and "Iron Man 3".

And we have some new posters for the films "Iron Man 3", "Django Unchained", "Wreck-It Ralph", "Save the Date", "Skyfall", "Life of Pi", "Warm Bodies", and "Killing Them Softly".

A pretty efficient week, so let's get to it. Hit the jump for this week's newest content!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

In Theaters This Weekend: October 26, 2012

Already in the last weekend of October (and just a few days before Halloween), we finish off the month in grand fashion. There's a significant drop-off after the top-billed film this week, but odds are we'll still be okay. "Cloud Atlas" headlines the group, in what might be the most intriguing film of the year. While I expect there to be "better" films we'll see this year, this looks like it has all the right stuff to really impress. And if nothing else, expect something unlike anything else we've seen so far. "Chasing Mavericks" also gets its release, looking to fill that summer and surfing the onset of winter... Anytime we can get Gerard Butler outside of a romantic comedy though it's a good thing. And rounding out the group is "Silent Hill: Revelation", providing us that one last scary movie before the end of the month.

Hit the jump for my expanded thoughts on each film, as well as some predictions for the box office numbers, where "Cloud Atlas" gave me some huge fits.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Halle Berry

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we turn our attentions to one of the stars of this weekend's "Cloud Atlas", Halle Berry. While Berry might not be quite the superstar we expected she'd be 10 years ago, she's still incredibly well known, and the key aspects to her career remain highly notable. Berry got her start as a pageant girl, first winning Miss Teen All-American at the age of 17 (1985), and then was runner-up the following year in the Miss U.S.A. Pageant. She became a model afterwards, and eventually got her motion picture break in 1991, appearing in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever". Berry appeared in a variety of films throughout the rest of the decade, but it wasn't until her performance in 1999's TV movie, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" that she gained critical acclaim - she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

The next year marked Berry's first taste of box office success when she appeared as "Storm" in the first X-Men movie. She would go on to reprise her role in two more films. It was a year later and her performance in "Monster's Ball" (2001) that made her a star though. That year she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first ever African American to do so. Her acceptance speech is still probably one of the more notable ones today. The other role in her career which earned her just about as much attention was "Catwoman" (2004), though on the opposite end of the spectrum. The film was both a critical and financial disaster, and "earned" Berry a Worst Actress Razzie Award. The film has since become a joke, but it was Berry's sense of humor and surprise appearance at the event to accept her "award" that is most remembered today.

Overall, Berry has had a strong career, but with few titles in which she's truly pushed herself. Even if all aren't Oscar-worthy roles though, she still has plenty of enjoyable titles in her filmography. Our hope is that over the coming years we finally start to see a bit more consistent quality in her role selection; roles in which we know she's more than capable of handling.

For now though, hit the jump for all of our favorite picks!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: October 23, 2012

Welcome back! You're probably clamoring for those new releases, so I'll make this quick. We  have five standout titles this week, which includes Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Magic Mike, and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. There isn't really anything noteworthy in the classic reissue section, so this week will be rather short. Still, there should be a little something for everybody.  Hit the jump for this weeks releases!

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 35

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

This week, after taking last week off, we talk about a handful of new films recently seen in theaters, including "Paranormal Activity 4", "Argo, "Sinister", and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Next week's lineup includes the much-anticipated "Cloud Atlas", along with "Chasing Mavericks" and "Silent Hill: Revelation". We go over which we'll be seeing.

A few other notable films were seen this week, including "Safety Not Guaranteed" and "Cosmopolis". Plus, Derek details some fascinating details that involved his dreams and the movie "Ghostbusters".

Plenty of great stuff this week; be sure to give it a listen!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Trailer Park: Alter Egos, Backyard Blockbuster, The Canyons, Carrie, Gangster Squad, Hitchcock, Save The Date, Zero Dark Thirty

 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.

Box Office Report: "Paranormal Activity 4" In Front; "Argo" Holds Strong

It seemed safe to assume that following in the footsteps of the previous three installments, "Paranormal Activity 4" would have a relatively easy road to the number one spot this weekend. Nothing from last week (or any of the weeks before, for that matter) had high enough totals to keep up, and nothing else releasing this week had even close to as much firepower as PA4 could provide.

This all was the case, and even though the total numbers for the film were quite a bit lower than expected (makes you think PA5 might be old news if/when it ever gets a release), it was still able to hold on with little other true competition. "Alex Cross" provided less than expected, but "Argo" and "Hotel Transylvania" both outdid their projections. "Sinister", on the other hand, felt the pain of having another paranormal film release just one week after it, and saw the biggest drop amongst all of last week's films.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Quick Cuts: "Safety Not Guaranteed" Movie Review by Alex Schopp

Release: 2012
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Written By: Derek Connolly
Actors: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni
Rated: R
Run Time: 86 min

As a brisk and quirky 86-minute sci-fi/romantic comedy of sorts, "Safety Not Guaranteed" follows the lives of two unorthodox and unconventional souls as they inspire each other and finally let their guards down enough to let the other in. The film moves to its own beat, but the writing is fresh enough and the performances by both Plaza and Duplass are focused enough that the film is able to eloquently balance the fantastical elements with the personal ones. I imagine this film works much better for some of the younger audience (I'm thinking 16-24 age range), but at less than an hour and a half in length, there's enough here for everyone to get some value.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Mental and Physical Disabilities

For this week's edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we look to the release of "The Sessions" for inspiration and try to compile some other notable films which have featured characters with various types of mental and physical disabilities. Based on a true story, "The Sessions" stars John Hawkes as a character confined to an iron lung for the majority of his life. At age 38, with the help of his priest and therapist, he decides that he no longer wants to be a virgin and contacts a professional sex surrogate (Helen Hunt). A fascinating and heartfelt relationship develops between the two as they embark on this spiritual journey.

Outside of the sex surrogate stuff, the premise for this week's list is a very touchy subject to tackle, and one we don't touch upon lightly. We understand that in many cases, the disabilities presented in these films are real issues that many of us have witnessed or dealt with in our own lives, in some fashion or another. We mean no disrespect, and we hope that no one finds the following insensitive or tasteless, as that is not the intention. As it is though, there are hundreds of films based around various diseases and disabilities, and as a new one is releasing this week, we simply want to shed light on some of the stronger examples that this category has had to offer over the years.

That all being said, we don't want this to be a sad and depressing Top 5 Move Guide, either, so let's perk up our spirits and have some fun! We all know no disrespect is meant here, so let's not be afraid to talk about these films or the characters in them. There are dozens of high-quality, powerful films based on characters with debilitating illnesses that overcome great lengths to become stronger people. Most films below recognize that courage and determination.

Hit the jump for all of our picks!

Movie Review: "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" by Alex Schopp

Release: 2012
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Written By: Lorene Scafaria
Actors: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley
Rated: R
Run Time: 101 min

"Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is a solid exercise in the end-of-the-world storyline. While the scenario seems fairly popular these days - I'm reminded of two of my favorites from last year, "Melancholia" and "Another Earth" - this film tackled another facet of our impending doom. While all three movies focus on the smaller pictures (i.e. personal relationships), this one takes a romantic comedy route that pulls off most of its stylings. First-time director Lorene Scafaria at times struggles to find tonal balance with the picture, but the intriguing connection between the film's stars make this seemingly formulaic template greater than it should be.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Photo Bomb!

Thanks for checking out the latest edition of Photo Bomb!, your weekly roundup of all movie-related photos and posters floating around the internet.

Another slow week in the photos department, but we still have new images floating around the internet for "Noah", "Machete Kills", "Cloud Atlas", "Paranoia", "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", "RoboCop", and a currently 'Untitled Terrence Malick Project'.

And things are a bit stronger on the posters end of things, where this week we have new stuff for films "The World's End", "Carrie", "The Details", "Jack Reacher", "This Must be the Place", "The Impossible", "Flight", "Pacific Rim", "Silent Hill: Revelation", "Django Unchained", "Gangster Squad", and "Les Miserables".

Hit the jump for all of this week's newest content!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

“Iron Man 3” Synopsis Revealed

Walt Disney Pictures has released its official synopsis for Marvel Studios next film “Iron Man 3”. The film will kickoff phase 2 of The Avengers storyline, and will hit theaters May 3rd of next year. We will also be getting the first trailer for “Iron Man 3” sometime next week.

Hit the jump to read the synopsis.

In Theaters This Weekend: October 19, 2012

It's not the most inspiring lineup of films this week - especially coming off one of which that included three solid titles - but there are a few options available. Unlike last week, which saw four new films in wide release, we're only met with two this week. Both "Paranormal Activity 4" and "Alex Cross" open up across the country, while one notable film, "The Sessions", starts its limited theatrical run. The latter seams like an awards-caliber film, while the first two might not amount to anything but some good ol' October fun.

Hit the jump for a further rundown on each film, as well as what we might be able to expect with the box office numbers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Marco Beltrami

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we turn our attentions to musical composer Marco Beltrami, who's work will next be seen in this weekend's "The Sessions" (opening in limited release). This will be the third film released this year featuring Beltrami's music, accompanying "Trouble With the Curve" and "The Woman in Black". His full slate next year includes films such as "The Wolverine", "World War Z", "Mad Max: Fury Road", "Carrie", and "A Good Day to Die Hard". Odds are if you like movies, you'll probably be checking most of those out.

Beltrami, who attended Brown University for his undergraduate degree and then Yale School of Music for his graduate degree, studied with famed composer Jerry Goldsmith early on (Goldsmith has been nominated for 18 Academy Awards and won in 1977 for "The Omen; he's worked on such films as "L.A. Confidential" (97), "Poltergeist" (82), "Patton (70), and "Planet of the Apes" (68)), who was an early inspiration for Beltrami to eventually transition into film composition. After only a few years working in the business, he landed a job on Wes Craven's slasher hit, "Scream", which gave him notoriety in the film & music world, especially in horror/thriller faction. He's worked on more than 75 feature films since 1994, and continues to rack up notable titles still today, maybe currently at the strongest he's ever been in his career.

He has been nominated for two Academy Awards - "3:10 to Yuma" in 2007 and "The Hurt Locker" in 2008 - and was nominated by the Film Music Critics Association (FMCA) for Composer of the Year in 2004 (works that year included "Hellboy", "Flight of the Phoenix", and "I, Robot").

Hit the jump for some of our favorite titles, all of which contain the musical scores from Marco Beltrami.

In Anticipation: "Cloud Atlas"

Here we are in the middle of October, and I get the special honor writing the In Anticipation for, what we here at SSMB have collectively ranked as our most anticipated movie of this month, Cloud Atlas. Adapted from David Mitchell's novel of the same name, the film is directed by The Wachowski Siblings Andy and Lana, and Tom Tykwer and stars a wide array of cast members who play multiple characters within the film.

The film works as a collection of six stories existing in the past, present, and future vaguely connected by emotional times and how different decisions and actions made by the characters affect the passage of time. This unique story and the way in which it is told allows for many genres to exist in this one film; period, romance, drama, comedy, science fiction. Now this is me speculating, but from the synopsis, different readings I've done, and various trailers I've seen, it could be said that this movie has something for everyone, no matter what kind of movies you're into.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: Oct 16, 2112

Welcome back for this week's edition of the newest Blu-ray and DVD releases. I pick the titles that stand out as a whole, so you don't have to do the research. This week, my most anticipated title is Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. But that isn't the only one that might peak your interest.  Hit the jump for more releases!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Box Office: "Argo" and "Sinister" Open Strong, But "Taken 2" Remains at the Top

What a busy weekend it was at the box office. The overall dollars were down just a touch from last week, but it was very top-heavy. Overall the layout was pretty close to what we expected, though there were a few over- & under-achievers. "Sinister" did quite a bit better than I expected and found itself firmly in the top five, while "Seven Psychopaths" struggled to find an audience and barely hung in the top ten.

It was nice to see a film like "Argo" hit its mark though - one that deserved to be near the top - but it was still "Taken 2" in week-two that claimed the top spot yet again. Drops were a bit larger than expected, so this one will probably start falling pretty fast from here, but for at least two weeks, the film will hold the box office crown.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Educational Comedies

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we decided to round out the Educational segment, and offer the other end this week, Educational Comedies. You'll recall that just a few weeks back, with the release of "Won't Back Down", we comprised our top Educational Dramas list. Now, with the release of "Here Comes the Boom", we figured there no better time to unveil an Educational Comedies list. The two make a great pair, and are perfect for any holiday or birthday gift.

Similarly to the last round in the education department, we refined our picks to those films pre-college. There will be time down the road for a pure college list, and since this newest title is based out of high school, we decided to save all of those films for a later date. But again, kindergarten through high school was allowable.

The big problem with the comedy end of things was figuring out which teen and coming-of-age titles really qualified as "educational", and which were simply teen or coming-of-age movies. So just as with the Dramas list, you'll see various parameters set by individual writers for their own lists, but overall, whether it the student-teacher relationship, the focus simply on the educators, or the focus on the school/educational process/system, all of these titles met the criteria one way or another.

There were very few repeats this week, so plenty of titles were features. Hit the jump for all of them!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Movie Review: "Sinister" by Ben Foutch

Director: Scott Derrickson
Writers: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance and James Ransone

Rated: R
Run Time: 110

Sinister is one of the more foreboding horror films I've seen in quite some time. Though it plays the "found footage" card and annoyingly follows standard genre tropes, the richly layered performance by Ethan Hawke and the more than competent directing skills of Scott Derrickson make this an above average psychological horror thriller. That is, if you can forgive its creative lapses in judgment.

Photo Bomb!

Thanks for checking out the latest edition of Photo Bomb!, your weekly roundup of all movie-related photos and posters floating around the internet.

This might be the lightest week we've ever had since the birth of this post, but there's still plenty of quality content for your enjoyment. On the photo end of things, we have new stuff for "RoboCop", "The Wolverine", "Red 2", "Filth", "Beautiful Creatures", and "Hitchcock".

And for movie posters, we have new ones for films "Hitchcock", "The American Scream", "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2", "Anna Karenina", "The Last Stand", "Gangster Squad", "Texas Chainsaw 3D", "The Man With the Iron Fists", and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey".

Hit the jump for all of this week's newest content!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

In Theaters This Weekend: October 12, 2012

In theaters this weekend, we're met with a pretty healthy variety; a nice step up from last week's films. Four films hit in wide release this week, including "Argo", "Seven Psychopaths", "Sinister", and "Here Comes the Boom". The first is directed by Ben Affleck and figures to be a prominent player come awards season. Psychopaths is the follow-up film by writer/director Martin McDonagh ("In Bruges"), again teaming-up with Colin Farrell. "Sinister" stars Ethan Hawke, and has an intriguing storyline that should play well through Halloween season. And rounding out the crop is Kevin James' "Here Comes the Boom". If you saw last year's "Warrior" (one of my favorite of the year), this is just the comedy version of that.

Hit the jump for my thoughts on which of these titles deserve to be seen this weekend and which should be avoided. I'll also gloss over my box office projections for the weekend, where I expect things will be rather messy near the top.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: John Goodman

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we focus on one of the stars up of the upcoming "Argo"John Goodman. Goodman's had a nice run recently appearing in critically acclaimed films, from last years' "The Artist" and "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" to two potential favorites this year in "Argo" and "Flight". But before all of that, John Goodman attended college at Southwest Missouri State University, where he obtained a degree in Drama (fun fact: he was schoolmates Kathleen Turner). After school, he moved out to New York City and was a bouncer while looking for acting work. He appeared in many minor yet notable film and television roles in the early 1980's, but his big break came in 1988 when he snagged a lead role on the television show "Roseanne".

After that, Goodman became a New York city icon. He's hosted the variety show Saturday Night Live 12 different times, third only to Steve Martin (15) and Alec Baldwin (16). He's also worked with perennial awards favorite-directors the Coen Brothers on five different films, second most of any actor other than Steve Buscemi (6) - a record that will be tied when their latest feature, "Inside Llewyn Davis", releases in January of next year.

Another notable aspect of Goodman's career is that he's lent his voice to thirteen different animated feature films, most notably as Sulley in Disney's "Monsters, Inc.". The one thing that's managed to avoid him for all these years, however, has been a nomination for an Academy Award. He's received eleven Emmy Award nominations, five Golden Globe nominations (won in 1993), and three Screen Actors Guild nominations, yet its never culminated in an Oscar.

I say, let's bring an end to that streak! Let's hope Goodman can find that elusive Best Supporting Actor nomination in one of the three notable films he's appearing in this year.

Until then though, take a look at some of our favorite films from his career, detailed after the break!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: October 9, 2012

Welcome back to our weekly segment of Blu-ray and DVD releases, where we hand-pick the newest titles as well as some classic re-releases that are getting the hi-def treatment. Get ready to forgo other purchases this week, as the controversial Prometheus headlines a set of titles that includes Rock of Ages and The Raven. There are also a couple of oldies, one of which, I've already pre-ordered.

Hit the jump for this week's releases!

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 34

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

This week, two new films hit theaters, but none any of us were too overly interested in: "Taken 2" and "Frankenweenie". We go over some reviews and the box office gains for each in their opening weekends though.

Next week's lineup includes a pretty solid grouping of films, including "Argo", "Seven Psychopaths", "Sinister", and "Here Comes the Boom". We go over which we'll be seeing.

We didn't get around to much outside of theaters, but do briefly get into "The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1" and "Red Lights".

With this being the first week of October though, we finish up this edition with something a bit different than normal and detail some of our favorite horror films and greatest horror movie experiences - most of which make for pretty great childhood tales!

Monday, October 8, 2012

28 Hotel Rooms, A Good Day To Die Hard, Broken City, The Croods, The First Time, The Guilt Trip, The Lone Ranger, The Lords Of Salem, Movie 43, Not Fade Away, Parker, Tarzan 3D

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, October 7, 2012

Box Office Report: "Taken 2" Overpowers Competition to Claim Top Spot

As far off as my predictions seemed this weekend with initial review, they were actually much closer than it appeared outside of what I expected from "Taken 2", which skewed the entire line. The sequel seemed doomed for failure with the terrible reviews it'd received so far, but that was not the case; despite those, the film still managed the third-highest October opening of all time, and strongest ever by a PG-13 rated film. The other new release this weekend, "Frankenweenie", barely clung to the top five, and didn't have quite as strong of a weekend as expected - though it still stayed in the same ballpark.

The overall box office numbers resulted in a nearly $30MM jump from last weekend, getting us back over the $130MM mark for the first time since August 10th, when "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Campaign" both opened.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Warner Bros. One-Ups Universal With New Blu-Ray & DVD Collections

These movie collections just keep getting better and better! Recently, in honor of the 100th Anniversary, Universal Studios unveiled a 25-movie collection, featuring some of the most notable films from the studio's filmography. This seemed like a great way to cap off their centennial year, and a gesture that would surely bode well with fans (I know I loved it!).

Flash forward to this week, where in celebration of their 90th Anniversary (2013), Warner Bros. Studios has debuted a little collection of their own. There are actually two sets that will be rolled-out for pre-order on December 25, 2012 and available for purchase January 29, 2013. One is a 100-film DVD set, the other a 50-film Blu-Ray set, both featuring all 22 Academy Award winning Best Picture films from over the years. The Blu-Ray collection will feature a handful of films being offered in the format for the first time, while the DVD set aims to simply stock your collection with more notable titles than you know what do with with. Both feature plenty of old and new releases, with notable titles like "The Wizard of Oz", "Casablanca", "Ben-Hur", "The Exorcist", "The Shining", "Unforgiven", "The Matrix", "The Departed", and "The Dark Knight".

Both sets will also feature two Warner Bros. documentaries, detailing the various histories of the studio, the films it's produced, and the filmmakers who have worked them.

Hit the jump for Warner Bros.' official press release, detailing the complete listing of films available in both the 100-movie set and the 50-movie set, as well as pricing for each.

Top 5 Movie Guide: Kidnapping/Hostage Films

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we turn our attentions to this weekend's "Taken 2", and offer up some of our own favorite kidnapping and hostage films. In this sequel to the hit 2008 film, Liam Neeson is back, this time in Istanbul, where he and his wife are taken hostage by the father of one of the men he killed while rescuing his daughter. Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen look to figure into larger roles this time around, but it looks like more of the same from Neeson's character - using his particular set of skills to seek revenge on those who continue to harm his family.

As is with this weekend's installment, many films of the kidnapping and hostage variety are basic thrillers. You take someone, someone either wants to escape or someone else wants to fight to get them back. It's a basic formula that works pretty well. We love our revenge and the idea of being taken by someone unknown and possibly hurt or killed is a scary thing for all of us. But that being said, kidnapping and hostage films come in all different varieties, spanning many different genres. Sometimes, it's the best ones that don't always abide by these genre standards and provide unique takes on the otherwise formulaic process. While we generally expect the thrills, chills and action, sometimes these films are hilarious and ridiculous; sometimes they're even animated. But no matter the genre, there are plenty of great selections available to a category like this; a category that featured some of the best variety below we've seen for a while.

So if you're in the mood for a good kidnapping movie, whatever its genre, then look no further! There are plenty of great options detailed for you below!

Kate Sackhoff Joins Female 'Expendables' Film

We have our second name that has been added to the cast of the female Expendables film. Katee Sackhoff will join Gina Carano in the upcoming film. Sackhoff’s most prominent role is on “Battlestar Galactica”, where she plays Kara “Starbuck” Thrace. I have never watched a single episode of that show, but she did appear on “24” (the greatest show of all time) as Dan Walsh, and I hated her. It had nothing to do with her acting ability, I just didn't like her character.

Okay, if I’m gonna be reporting on this film I might as well get this off my chest right now. I think this film has a very small chance of being successful. If the film has any shot at all, they need to bring a lot more prominent names to the table than Katee Sackhoff. I know it’s still early on with this thing but usually you hear casting for the big name actors/actresses with movies before you get the small ones. If this film peaked with Gina Carano, then this movie is in big trouble.

For now, we’ll keep waiting to see who else will join the cast of the 1984 Private Defense Contractors' film.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Quick Cuts: "Red Lights" Movie Review by Ben Foutch

Director: Rodrigo Cortés
Writer: Rodrigo Cortés (screenplay)
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen

Rated: R
Run Time: 113 min

Whether you love or hate the idea of belief in the paranormal, the fantastical concept of psychic phenomena tends to work well in the Thriller genre, where Red Lights more than comfortably resides. This surprisingly well researched adventure into the minds of both skeptics and believers, delivers an enjoyable yet awkwardly paced ride that is a more than satisfying way to kill some time on an uneventful evening.

John Carpenter's "Halloween" Returns to Theaters Later This Month!

John Carpenter is one of my favorite directors of all-time, and his horror classic, "Halloween" is my favorite film from his filmography (even in my top 10 favorite films of all-time). The film jump-started the slasher phenomenon, and helped bring films of this nature to the big screen in wide variety - many films of this style were previously confined to midnight showings at smaller venues.

Anyway, thanks to ScreenVision, the classic horror masterpiece will make its way back to the big screen once again, just in time for the holidays. Accompanying it will be a short documentary that will play before the film, "You Can't Kill the Boogeyman: 35 Years of Halloween". For fans like myself, this alone is almost worth the price of admission. I'm sure I know most of what will be covered in the brief feature, but regardless, I always love watching and hearing trivia and facts about my favorite films.

The film will be hitting various theaters across the country, but will only play for a few select nights. Hit the jump to find out if it's playing at a theater near you, and to reserve your ticket!

Photo Bomb!

Thanks for checking out the latest edition of Photo Bomb!, your weekly roundup of all movie-related photos and posters floating around the internet.

Fairly light on the photos this week, but we make up for it in the massive amount of posters released. In terms of new images though, we have stuff from "A Good Day to Die Hard", "Horns", "The Butler", "Hitchcock", "Iron Man 3", "Movie 43", and "The Lone Ranger".

As far as movie posters go, this is one of the stronger weeks we've had in quite some time. We feature new material from "The Lone Ranger", "The Sessions", "Zero Dark Thirty", "Smiley", "Parker", "The Guilt Trip", "Broken City", "Flight", "Jack Reacher", "The Paperboy", "Killing Them Softly", and "Frankenweenie".

Hit the jump for all of this week's newest content!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

In Theaters This Weekend: October 5, 2012

As we head into October, two new film await us in wide-release fashion, while two others start their limited runs. Also, one of last week's limited releases gets a big bump in its theater count this weekend, adding another possible title to the mix.

It doesn't appear to be an incredibly strong weekend, and probably more of the calm before the storm in terms of films with awards potential ahead, but nonetheless, "Frankenweenie" and "Taken 2" will hit the screens for all of us, while independent films like "The Paperboy" and "Butter" will start limited runs. And, as mentioned, last week's limited success, "Pitch Perfect", gets a +2,700 theater increase this week, making it a viable option for most this week as well.

Hit the jump for a full rundown on each title, as well as some box office predictions.

"Dark Shadows" DVD + Blu-Ray Combo Pack Giveaway!

Are you guys ready for some free stuff?! Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures, the just-released "Dark Shadows" is available to you on DVD and Blu-Ray!

From the incredible mind of Tim Burton comes the hit film Dark Shadows, based on the classic television series! Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) has been trapped for two centuries by an evil witch (Eva Green) who just happens to be an ex lover. Barnabas now has to struggle with the ever changing 1970s and save his families business! With an all star cast that includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller and more, Dark Shadows will be sure to whet your appetite for fun.

Hit the jump to check out Warner Bros. new Dark Shadows App, along with how you can enter to win this new Blu-Ray combo pack!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Tim Burton

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we turn our attentions to director Tim Burton. With "Frankenweenie" hitting theaters this weekend, we figured this would be a great time jump into some of our favorite films that he's had to offer over the years. Tim Burton spent his youth as you might expect - a recluse, spending most of his time watching old Vincent Price movies and drawing cartoons. He enjoyed drawing though, and after high school attended the California Institute of Arts, eventually graduating and going to work for Disney as an animator. He worked on various films with them (most notably "The Fox and the Hound"), but due to artistic differences, he ended his time as an animator. Disney saw promise though and offered him a chance to make some short films. His first: the live-action short, "Frankenweenie". But Disney deemed it inappropriate for children, and it was never released.

Luckily, Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) did see the film, and thought Burton would be the perfect choice to direct the first Pee-Wee Herman feature film. The film was a surprise success, but Burton did not direct another film for three more years, waiting on the "perfect" script. And sure enough, after three years of waiting, along came "Beetlejuice", which provided enough artistic and quirky aspects to intrigue the director. This was another hit, and even better, Burton developed a great relationship with one of the film's stars, Michael Keaton. Warner Bros. trusted their relationship so much that they offered Burton the chance to direct their 1989 adaptation of Batman. He did, and it was the highest-grossing film of the year.

From there, Burton was a huge commodity and could work on just about any project he wanted. He followed those films up with the likes of "Edward Scissorhands" (the first film he wrote himself, and the first of eight films he's worked with Johnny Depp) and"Batman Returns", making him one of the most notable directors of the 20th century with only five feature films to his name.

His career might have stalled just a bit since his earliest days, but there's still no doubting that Burton has a unique style about his films, and continues to pull in large audiences with each venture.

As a preface before we begin our lists, however, we wanted to make note of the fact that this is the first list in which we had to omit a film that has previously inducted into the Slackers Shrine! "Batman Returns" once took the top spot all-around on our Danny DeVito List, and thus earned its place in immortality; a place though in which it could no longer be included in subsequent lists. So we won't include it in this post, and instead open it up a bit more for a few other selections.

But "Batman Returns" aside, hit the jump for all of our favorite Tim Burton films!

Quick Cuts: "Dark Shadows" Movie Review by Ben Foutch

Director: Tim Burton
Writers: Seth Grahame-Smith, John August
Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Eva Green
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 113 min

I've never seen the TV source to which Tim Burton derives this ham-fisted, gothic love letter from, so I have no comparison in whether this offering is a justifiable adaption. However, what I can say is that this version of Dark Shadows is a dreadful experience. Painfully dull, this poor attempt at a comedic horror romance could very well be the worst film in Burton's downward spiral of a career.

In Anticipation:"Argo"

As we round into the fall months here, we continue our In Anticipation series with another potential awards favorite, "Argo". Keeping in-name with the title of this post, this is one of my most anticipated films of the fall, and one that I hope gets continued buzz as awards season rolls around.

The film is based on true events and takes place in the late-1970's. With six Americans holed up at the Canadian embassy in Iran, a CIA exfiltration specialist is tasked with finding a way to get the civilians out. The plan: fake stage a movie, fly to Iran to shoot on location, and sneak the hostages out pretending they're you assisting film crew. The idea sounds like something only Hollywood could come up with, but no, this was really our plan. Only in America...

But for as silly as that plot sounds, the movie actually looks fantastic so far, and it looks like director Ben Affleck might just have another hit up his sleeve.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 33

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

This week, the only new film that any of us saw was "Looper", but since we all thought it was pretty great, we spend a good deal of time going into detail on that one. Be warned, there are plenty of spoilers ahead, but if you've already seen the film, there's some good insight into some various aspects of it.

Next week's lineup is much weaker than we've seen recently, with the only wide releases being "Frankenweenie" and "Taken 2". None of us have many interests in either of these, but we go over which we'd be seeing given the option of just the two.

No notable titles outside of theaters this week, so it's mainly just the "Looper" discussions. Plenty of great stuff though, so be sure to give it a listen!

The Slackers' Top 5 Films to Look Forward to in October

If you're a regular reader of this site, then you know just how much we love lists. They're by no means a definitive perspective on anything, but they're fun to look at and to get an idea of what someone else with possibly similar interest as yourself might be thinking. And when we pull together collaborative lists (first seen with our Greatest Movies of All-Time list), it adds some depth, and a pretty solid universal mindset on the group here towards a certain subject.

We have plenty more of these types of lists in the works, but today, we're rolling out a collective list that will be featured on the first day of every month moving forward (I know we're a day late with our first post, but come on, we're slackers). Anyway, the focus of this list will be to highlight our most anticipated films of the coming month. We'll try to avoid listing films we will have already seen (in case it ever comes up), and will try to include as many wide releases as possible (though, with it getting down to awards season, you'll probably see more limited releases than usual).

There's no way in knowing what these films might hold, and we're not trying to say this grouping of films will be the best of the month; but the collective list will feature five films that, as a group, are our most anticipated.

We'll provide details on each selection chosen, and discuss why it might be one of the better films to look forward to. So hit the jump and see what the unofficial Top 5 films from this site are for the month of October!