Friday, November 30, 2012

"Thunderstruck" Blu-Ray Giveaway!

Are you guys ready for some more free stuff?! Thanks to Warner Bros. Pictures, the just-released "Thunderstruck" is available to you on Blu-Ray Combo Pack (Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital Download)!

NBA superstar Kevin Durant plays himself in this action- packed family film about a basketball star who switches talent with a klutzy 16-year-old fan. When Brian (Taylor Gray) magically switches basketball skills with his hero, Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team... while Kevin Durant suddenly can't make a shot to save his life. But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner means working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero's season.

Basically, we're looking at "Space Jam" but without Looney Toons and MonStars. The film seems a bit silly, but should be a great option for the kiddos, and enjoyable enough for the right NBA fan (plus, it's free - what more do you people want?!). And regardless, there are actually some pretty neat basketball-themed apps below thanks to Warner Bros., including a Free Throw Challenge Game!

Hit the jump to check out the new Thunderstruck App, along with how you can enter to win this brand new Blu-Ray combo pack!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

In Theaters This Weekend: November 30, 2012

Just as quickly as it got here, it's hard to believe that tomorrow is already the last day of November (or, more dramatically, Saturday is already the first day of December). We've seen a handful of films with awards potential hit screens this month, including "Flight", "Wreck-It Ralph", "Skyfall", "Lincoln", "Anna Karenina", "Silver Linings Playbook", "Life of Pi", "Rise of the Guardians", and more. All of the titles above (sans maybe "Skyfall") seem like most of the biggest players for the top awards in this year's race (I'm already looking forward to a post come January 1 breaking down my thoughts on this awards season).

This week, two films will hit in wide release, though only one seems to have any kind of a shot at any major awards. "Killing Them Softly" will hit 2,000 theaters this weekend, and depending on its reception, we might see a push for an acting award for Brad Pitt (though that field is already incredibly competitive this year). Also opening nation-wide is "The Collection", a Saw-like horror film that feels very much out of place releasing in (basically) December.

Hit the jump for a rundown on each of the titles above, as well as some box office predictions for the weekend!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Ray Liotta

We're back in full-swing here at the Slackers Selection Movie Blog! We hope that all of you had a great Thanksgiving holiday and were able to share it with your friends and families, just as we were. Now that the fun is over though (okay, we still consider all of this plenty of fun), it's time for another edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide! With "Killing Them Softly" being the only real notable wide release this upcoming weekend, we decided to profile one of the actors from the film, Ray Liotta. Liotta studied acting at the University of Miami, but was already doing work in television shows by then. He continued with mostly made-for-TV movies after school, but eventually landed a part in his first feature film, "Something Wild" (1986), a film which garnered him rave reviews.

After his success with "Something Wild", a film in which Liotta first played a character "off his hinges", he decided to take a step back from the "psycho" roles to avoid being typecast. He instead worked on smaller films in the coming years, with titles such as "Dominick and Eugene" (1988) and "Field of Dreams" (1989). After "Field of Dreams", Liotta heard that director Martin Scorsese was casting for his upcoming gangster film, "Goodfellas". He'd always been interested in working on a film like this, and after reading the script, he lobbied hard for the part of Henry Hill, a role in which he eventually landed. With the film's incredible success, Liotta earned a new-found popularity which enabled him to land prominent roles in future films.

Liotta never quite achieved the success that many expected after his performance in "Goodfellas", but it's no question that he's put together a strong filmography, encompassing various types of roles over a multitude of genres.

Hit the jump to see which titles made our lists!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Due To Pure Friendship

For anyone who regularly reads our site, you know that we generally like to get a new CinemaCast up every Tuesday. Unfortunately  that will not be the case this week. Besides the fact that Thanksgiving was around us and we like to celebrate a good holiday as much as the next chum, all five of us actually found ourselves in the same city over the weekend, and we had to take advantage of a situation that had not occurred at any point over the previous two years.

You might think that having all of us in the same room together might actually lead to a better CinemaCast than we're used to; while the science might be right there, we decided to take a break from our work and get in some good old fashioned friendship. This is why posts such as the Weekend Box Office Report, The Trailer Park, and even the Blu-Ray & DVD Releases were missed over the past few days. We should be back on track by tomorrow with our latest Top 5 Movie Guide, so from here on out, expect things to be back to normal.

We apologize to all of our loyal readers who saw a noticeable dip in attention to the site over the last week, but we hope that everyone can appreciate the need to take a step back for a few days, get in some quality hangout, and recharge our batteries!

Expect an extended CinemaCast next week, detailing all we missed over the previous two weeks. Thanks for continuing to read our site and listen to our opinions!

Proof that we were together. This was taken Saturday, November 24 at one of our favorite Champaign, IL bars!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Stranded

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we look to Ang Lee's newest, "Life of Pi", and try to narrow down some of our favorite films in which the character(s) are stranded in some way, just as the main character in this newest film is. "Life of Pi" is an adaptation of a best-selling fantasy adventure novel of the same title. It centers around a young boy, Pi, who is shipwrecked and stranded at sea. With a small boat and few supplies, he survives over 200 days alongside a Bengal tiger. The film explores the spirituality, practicality, strength and determination of what something like that entails.

While the film centers around being stranded at sea, we didn't restrict our lists to such (there jut wouldn't have been enough variety). So while there are a handful of films that do revolve around being lost at sea and/or on a beach, multiple other films exist that explore various terrains and environments. From the deserts to the antarctic to the forest and even the planet Earth itself, there are plenty of quality films that dive into many of the same physical, emotional and philosophical tropes that "Life of Pi" will also explore.

So without further ado, hit the jump to see which films we saw as the best that this category (as weakly-named as it is) has to offer!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

In Theaters This Weekend: November 23, 2012

Three brand new films open in wide release this weekend, as we continue along the awards-caliber train that is November. Over the past few weeks we've seen award hopeful films like "Lincoln", "Silver Linings Playbook" (which gets its wide expansion this weekend), "Flight", and others hit theaters. This weekend, "Life of Pi" enters the mix, as Ang Lee's visually ambition tale of spirituality and self-discovery opens. Alongside it, "Rise of the Guardians", DreamWorks' addition to the already-crowded field vying for the five Best Animated Feature spots, opens wide as well. And to round out the group, though I don't expect it to receive any awards buzz, if you're looking for a slightly nostalgic throwback to the 80's, and have interest in seeing some big explosions made by some of this generation's biggest up-and-coming stars, "Red Dawn" might be the escapist film for you.

Hit the jump for a full rundown on each of these titles as well as my thoughts for the weekend box office numbers.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Patrick Swayze

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we decided to use the remake of "Red Dawn" as a chance to look back on some of our favorite films from the late Patrick Swayze. Swayze grew up in Houston, Texas, where his mother was a choreographer and owner of a dance school. He took lessons as a child, and eventually, after high school, trained formally at Harkness Ballet School and Joffrey Ballet School, both in New York City. He first danced professionally as "Prince Charming" in Disney on Parade, and soon after as "Danny Zuko" in the Broadway adaptation of Grease.

By the early 1980's, Swayze had made his transition to film and television. He started with many side roles until he landed a lead role in the film "Dirty Dancing" (1987) as a dance instructor. His performance in that film eventually led him to the biggest success of his career, 1990's "Ghost". The film was the highest-grossing of that year, and even earned Swayze a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Unfortunately, his success from that film did not catapult his career as many expected, and most of his films to release after were neither critical or large financial successes. In 2003, Swayze returned to Broadway, where he played "Billy Flynn" in the revival of Chicago. It and his performance were both considered hits.

In 2008, Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He fought the illness for well over a year, and even continued to work some while so, but on September 14, 2009, the disease became too much and he passed away.

It's always a tragedy when someone passes away, but in this instance, we're at least lucky to have some great works left behind from the star to help carry on his memory. Many of Patrick Swayze's films hold a strong nostalgic place on our lists below, and we're happy to show some of them off and pass along his legacy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: November 20, 2012

It's slim pickings this week in home video land. The only big title is The Expendables 2, and there isn't too much else in terms of older fare. While this is sort of disappointing, it could definitely be worse. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Trailer Park: The ABCs of Death (RED BAND), Admission, Beautiful Creatures, The Heat, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, This Is Forty (RED BAND)

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, November 18, 2012

Box Office Report: 'Twilight' Expectedly Strong; "Lincoln" Surpasses Expectations

If you read my Weekend Releases post on Thursday, you knew I was wary about all of the films with the potential to make some big money this weekend. We all knew "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" was going to be huge, but outside of that, was there still room for three or four other films to flourish? Last weekend already saw the highest overall box office totals since July, and with projections, we were looking at something even stronger this week. I was hesitant to predict all of "Skyfall", "Lincoln", and "Wreck-It Ralph" to do as well as was possible, but in all actuality, all three actually outdid my already lofty expectations. And whether you're interested or not, with the $245MM at the box office this weekend, this now becomes the second-highest grossing weekend of the entire 2012 year! It's up more than $70MM from last weekend's already impressive totals, and its total dollars rank second only to, you guessed it, the first weekend of May when "The Avengers" opened with more than $200MM itself.

Hit the jump for a break down on all of the top-grossing films this weekend and see which got us to this number.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Movie Presidents

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we take a look at some of the Best Movie Presidents ever to grace the big screen. You might be thinking that this list would have been much more ideal a week ago, right after the latest Presidential election took place. But, you'd be forgetting that we're Slackers in nature, and we're typically a week or two behind with most brilliant ideas. That being said, we still feel this idea came to us soon enough, and is worthy of post now. Plus, Steven Spielberg's latest, "Lincoln", got its wide release yesterday, so the time still feels right with this.

Abraham Lincoln, the focus of Spielberg's newest film, is referred to by many as the greatest American President of all-time. Sure, he helped abolish slavery and end the Civil War, but how does that compare with other various on-screen Commander-In-Chiefs? We've seen presidents help stave off alien attacks, single-handedly (and physically) help thwart terrorist attacks, and even travel in time for History projects. How do you compete with that?

Taking all of that into account, we weigh our thoughts on the extravagant, fictional presidential depictions over the years with dozens of other realistic re-tellings of true American heroes, and filter it down to our five favorite selections.

Hit the jump and see which titles - as well as the actor and President that was depicted in the film - made our lists!

Friday, November 16, 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.

In photos this week we have new content from "All You Need Is Kill", "Transformers 4", "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", "Promised Land", "Les Miserables", "Movie 43", "Thor: The Dark World", "The Hangover Part III", "Hitchcock", and "Oz: The Great and Powerful"

In the movie posters department, we're looking at new ones for films "Oz: The Great and Powerful", "Django Unchained", "The Last Stand", "Warm Bodies", "Red Dawn", and "Gambit".

Before we dive into all of this great, new material, I want to note that this will be the last Photo Bomb! post scheduled for the foreseeable future. We still plan to bring you plenty of new photos and movie posters as they hit, but having everything grouped into one weekly post will be no more. We may revisit it again someday - and maybe even another writer will pick it up - but for now, consider this the last installment of this series. I hope you've enjoyed it.

Hit the jump for all of this week's imagery!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Friends" TV Show Prize-Pack Giveaway!

Thanks to our friends at Warner Bros. and PartnersHub, you can be a part of the "Friends" Complete Series Blu-Ray release by getting your hands on a Limited Edition prize-pack that includes two over-sized cappuccino mugs and a picture frame just like the one that hung on Monica’s door!

The entire gang is here for the release of "Friends" on Blu-ray for the first time ever! The ultimate collector set features over 110 hours of content (90 hours of features and 20 hours of bonus content), all 236 original broadcast episodes, a highly Collectible Premium Packaging Lenticular Box Cover Hard-cover book that holds 21 discs and a 32-page episode guide with content from the Warner Bros. archives.

Friends: The Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set released just a few days ago, November 13th 2012. Hit the jump to play Warner Bros. new 30 Days of Friends: Trivia Challenge, check out the "Friends" Video Player App, and find out how you can enter to win this amazing prize!

In Theaters This Weekend: November 16, 2012

A bit different week than the last, where we only saw one new film hit in wide release (though, at the same time, it's also kind of the same). "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" is officially the only new film opening in wide release this weekend, though Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" expands to a wide release from last weekend's 11 theater count. So for all intents and purposes, I consider that a new wide release this weekend as well, at least for the purposes of this post. One other film, "Silver Linings Playbook", starts its limited release this weekend as well, and even though it too will get a wide push a week from now, there are already plenty of films lined up for a wide release then, so this seems as good a time as any to discuss it.

Hit the jump for a full rundown on each of the titles mentioned above, as well as what we might expect from this weekend's box office numbers.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Steven Spielberg

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we take on the films of one of the greatest directors of all-time, Steven Spielberg. With "Lincoln" getting a wide release this weekend, we figured this would be as good a time as any to try our hands at picking out some of our favorites from Spielberg's extensive filmography.

After high school, Steven Spielberg chose to attend Cal State University in Long Beach after being rejected twice by USC's film program. He soon dropped out though to pursue an entertainment career, not feeling like he was getting the hands-on training he yearned for. After dropping out, he worked doing various jobs on film sets, and eventually transitioned into writing and directing, mostly with short and made-for-TV films. But in 1975, Spielberg hit the spotlight in a big way. With his out-of-nowhere efforts for "Jaws", he was quickly catapulted to the top of Hollywood's to-watch list. The film, not only a critical and financial success, is also noted as being the film that kick-started the summer blockbuster.

After "Jaws", Spielberg never looked back. He followed it up with films like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", and "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial". At its time, E.T. became the highest-grossing film of all-time. It is what the director calls one of his most personal and memorable films to date (fun fact: in the iconic E.T./Reese's Pieces scene, Spielberg only used that candy because M&Ms did not want to be a part of anything that associated their candy with aliens. As of today, that scene is noted as the most iconic product placement scene in film history).

As Spielberg transitioned into the 1990's, his stock only continued to grow. 1993 saw two hit films in "Jurassic Park" and "Schindler's List". "Jurassic Park" again was briefly the highest-grossing film of all-time, though it did not have the international legs that E.T. did and was quickly dethroned. "Schindler's List" brought Spielberg his first Academy Awards, both for Best Director and Best Film (he and his films have been nominated a total of 12 times).

How else can we try to sum up such a storied filmmaker's career? He's ranked near the top of just about any all-time best-of filmmaker list you'll find, and is even the most represented director on AFI's 100 Most Important Films list, with five total titles depicted and three in the top 10 ("Saving Private Ryan", "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial", and "Schindler's List").

He's hands-down the director of our generation, and has inspired thousands of filmmakers who are working today. And our site speaks as one when we say that, even though we're not necessarily making films, he's definitely one of the biggest reasons why we have the interests and fascinations with film that we do. His movies always have a magical quality about them and we're continually amazed by what he's able to accomplish.

So without further ado, we do our best to narrow our favorites down to only five selections. Hit the jump to see which titles made the cut!

Could DDL Have Done "Turner & Hooch"?

With all the reverent talk surrounding Daniel Day-Lewis playing the titular character in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln", one has to suspect that DLL will, come January, land his third Oscar for Best Actor. Out of the four nominations he has received, he's won two. One for My Left Foot (1990) and the other for There Will Be Blood (2007). I think everyone would agree that both are magnificent performances and highly regarded. And from the look of it, his performance in Lincoln, which opens this weekend, looks just as wonderful. On Oscar Night, February 24, 2013, will DDL become the only man to have won three, count 'em, three Oscars for Best Actor? He may very well become that man.

If this happens, will it solidify him as the worlds greatest movie actor? This is when you have to do a little soul searching. This is when you realize you may be forgetting to ask yourself one very important question... Could DDL have done Turner & Hooch?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 38

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

This past week, only one new film hit theaters, but it was a big one in "Skyfall". We all ventured to the theater for this, so we do go into plenty of detail in our thoughts and reactions to the film. As usual, there are plenty of spoilers to follow, to tread lightly.

We also go over the new films hitting theaters next weekend, including "The Twilight Saga - Breaking Dawn Part II" and "Silver Linings Playbook", plus the expansion of "Lincoln", which tops all of our lists for the coming week.

Nothing too notable outside of theaters this week, but there's still plenty of great content to be had, so be sure to give it a listen!

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: November 13, 2012

It's that time of the week again. While this week's crop isn't necessarily anything to be too excited about, there is still an interesting assortment that should lend some escapism on a stressful day. Oliver Stone's Savages and Pixar's Brave are the most notable. As always, there will be some older picks getting the high-def treatment, so be sure to read on for my complete list.

The Trailer Park: 21 And Over, Back to 1942, The Europa Report, Jurassic Park 3D, Les Misérables, Maniac, World War Z

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, November 11, 2012

Box Office Report: "Skyfall" Soars With $87MM Opening

Well it's nice to see a highly-anticipated film exceed expectations for once. As the 23rd installment in the James Bond franchise, "Skyfall" did just that. The film had remarkable, record-setting openings overseas in the previous two weeks, so it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise that the film continued with the trend and broke more records here in the States. It wasn't the strongest opening ever in the month of November (you can thank the Harry Potter and Twilight franchises for that), but it does look mighty impressive lined up next to the other opening totals from the Bond series.

Thanks to "Skyfall", we saw a huge uptick in overall box office numbers, a total that hasn't been approached since mid-July. "Wreck-It Ralph" and "Flight" provided strong totals as well, helping to contribute to the cause - though they were both pretty much in-line with what we expected from their week-two totals.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Original Songs

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we decided to task ourselves with one of the more difficult premises we've ever taken on. As probably all of you know, "Skyfall" released in American cinemas this weekend, and one feature of the film that got us most excited for its release was Adele's theme, Skyfall. The song is everything you want from a James Bond theme, and it already seems like one of the better songs ever featured in the storied franchise's 50-year history. It's yet to be seen how well the song with work with the film itself, but as an original song for a film, this already seems like a strong one. And that got us thinking, what are some of the other great original songs ever composed purely for a film?

We made a few restrictions to help narrow the field, but not nearly as many as we could have. First off, it should be mentioned that even though Skyfall has already been released, as it's the inspiration for this list, it was excluded, regardless of if it would have made any of our lists or not. That should probably go without saying, but now it's not a question. As for real restrictions, our biggest was omitting animated films from contention. We're all familiar with the dozens of nostalgic Disney selections from years past, and trying to figure out the separation between those types of films/songs and live-action films/songs was a bit too taxing. Plus, by omitting them we're able to save another category for another day! So all of the songs below will be from live-action films. Also, it seems to go without saying, but pure film scores were nixed as well. There are types of songs that are a break-off from the composition, but in those scenarios, the song just had to have original lyrics. Other than that though, we left it all open. No date or genre restrictions, simply our five favorite original songs from live-action films ever.

The titles that everyone came up with were quite fascinating, and it was definitely interesting to see the direction some writers went knowing that they only had five selections available - it's lists like these that really help show off individual personalities.

So after the break, check out all of the songs that each of us picked. As a bonus, you can click on each of our selections for a link to the song itself. If there are any titles you're unfamiliar with or haven't heard for a while, this will help you get acquainted/reacquainted!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

In Theaters This Weekend: November 9, 2012

What is this, James Bond Day?! This should be quite the easy post to assemble this week though, and honestly, it's barely even worth writing. Outside of the fact that "Skyfall" is the only new film opening in wide release this weekend, it's also one of a handful of films that we've already detailed in our In Anticipation series. "Lincoln" will also get its official release - albeit in only 11 theaters - but since it will get an expansion to a wide release next weekend, I want to save that as my headliner there.

I'll briefly run through some of my thoughts on "Skyfall", and if nothing else, at least we have some box office predictions we can discuss.

Hit the jump for more.

Ranking All 22 James Bond Films

Tomorrow marks the opening of the 23rd Eon produced James Bond Film “Skyfall”. The film stars Daniel Craig, who is the sixth actor to portray the British secret agent, and it is his third film doing so. The series began back in 1962 with the film “Dr. No”, and had Sean Connery starring as 007. Although Connery remains in most peoples eyes, the standard by which the other five actors who have played the role are judged, each actor managed to bring their own style and strengths to the role.

To get ready for the release of “Skyfall” - and since we love making lists on this site - I figured I would rank all 22 of the previous Bond films. Since I’m the only one on this site who has seen all 22 of the films, unfortunately there won’t be a group consensus like there normally is with lists like this. This one is solely based on my opinion, and is not meant to rank the films in order of which are the best, but rather just a fun list ranking them in order of how I like them. The great thing about this series is that it has run for so long and had so many different tones, that I’m sure that everyone can find at least a couple of Bond films that they enjoy. Whether you want the campiness of Sean Connery’s films, the comedy of Roger Moore’s films, or the seriousness of Daniel Craig’s films, all over up something different than the others.

So hit the jump to see all 22 James Bond films ranked.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Top 5 Movie Guide: Judi Dench

For this edition of the Top 5 Movie Guide, we take a look at the oldest filmmaker yet featured in one of these posts, Judi Dench. Currently 77 years-old, she continues provide strong performances. Though more acclaimed with British audiences, she has definitely made her mark on American cinema as well. Born in England, she was classically trained at the theatre. She has been a part of such notable theatre companies as The Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theater, and The Old Vic Theater Group. Probably her most impressive feat in her theatre works is that she's won the Laurence Olivier Award twice, for two different roles - the only actor to ever do so. This is commonly known as the highest award that theatre actors can receive.

She made her transition into British film and television in the early-1960's, quickly gaining recognition for her roles. She's since been nominated for 24 acting awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), winning 11 times. In terms of American awards, she has been nominated for six Academy Awards, all since the age of 60-years-old (the most by anyone past the age of 60). Her one win came for her performance in 1998's "Shakespeare in Love", in which she portrayed Queen Elizabeth. A fun fact about her win: with only eight minutes on screen, it's the second-least screen time ever for a winner of an Academy Award, with only Beatrice Straight's win for her six minutes in "Network" being shorter.

In American cinema (though still very strongly British-based), she might be most popularly known for her portrayal of "M" in the James Bond franchise. She first inherited the role in 1995's "GoldenEye", and is the first woman to ever play the character. And to bring this whole preface full-circle, we will next see Dench on screen in next weekend's "Skyfall", the seventh film from this franchise she'll be appearing in.

With most of her earlier work being in British theatre and television, there aren't as many film titles this week as we've seen in previous weeks, but nonetheless, after the break, we take a look at some of our favorites from her filmography!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Locations With High Frame Rate Format For “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

The first opinions of Peter Jackson’s 48 frames-per-second style of filming for The Hobbit were not very positive. Now I, nor anyone I know, got to see any of the original footage that people were so up-in-arms about, but since then, Jackson has done some fine tuning on the film and the new consensus is that it looks a whole lot better.

I’m in no way an expert on what this new filming style will entail, but from what I’ve heard it sounds like it could be the biggest development in the way we watch movies since digital 3D showed up. Even though many audience members may be hesitant to give this new style a shot, I’m definitely excited to see what all the commotion is about. But due to the studio anticipating audiences hesitation, the new style will only be available in a very limited number of theaters. Filmstage just released a list of all the locations where you will be able to check out the new style.

Hit the jump to see the list of locations.

Nic Cage Confirmed For “The Expendables 3”

While the female version of The Expendables continues to fill their j.v. team, Stallone has added another icon to the roster for his popular Expendables franchise. Was that an unnecessary shot at the female version, maybe, but hey maybe they should cast a legitimate role. For right now, the entire movie is looking expendable, and the fact that I mentioned it at all is more than it deserves at this point.

Joining the cast for the third Expendables film is none other than Nicolas Cage. Cage has been a name that was tossed around the wish lists back when casting for the first film was being announced. Nothing has been said about what type of role Cage will be playing for the film, but I say the crazier the better. Really, if they could just make him play Big Daddy again, you wouldn’t get any complaints out of this guy.

Hit the jump for what Sylvester Stallone had to say about Cage signing on, and who else he wants to see join the crew.

Slackers Selection CinemaCast: Episode 37

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

This week, a few notable films hit theaters: "Flight" and "Wreck-It Ralph". "The Man With the Iron Fists" was also there, but our attentions were on the previous two this weekend. We spend time going over each in detail.

Next week's lineup is pretty shallow, but it's a good one. "Skyfall", the 23rd installment in the James Bond franchise will hit American theaters.

Nothing really of note that we saw outside of theaters this week, but since the big news in the movie word since our last discussion was the purchasing of Star Wars and LucasFilm by Disney, we give our thoughts on how we expect all of that to play out.

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

Blu-Ray/DVD Releases: November 6, 2012

Welcome back to another edition of my weekly Blu-ray and DVD picks. There isn't really anything exciting this week, with Your Sister's Sister and The Amazing Spider-Man (Nov 9) being the only notable titles. On the classics side you can look forward to They Live: Collector's Edition and Rashomon: Criterion Collection. Those are definitely the gems in this otherwise dreary week.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Trailer Park: G.I. Joe Retaliation, Miss December, Side Effects, West of Memphis

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.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

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

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 similar interests as yourself might be thinking - or in this scenario, what an entire group of individuals comes to agreement on. We got our first taste of these group lists when we composed our own Greatest Movies of All-Time, which turned out really well.

As you've already seen with the first installment of this post (last month), these will be a regular post appearing at (or near) the beginning of every month. It's just a fun way to preview the titles ahead, and give you a brief look into what some of us over here, collectively, are thinking about the selection.

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 list will feature five films that, as a group, are our most anticipated.

Hit the jump for the ranking and a few details on the five films that this site see as the most anticipated for the month of November!

In Theaters This Weekend: November 2, 2012

Only three films hit theaters in wide release this weekend, but all seem to be above-average in quality and will probably offer something positive to movie-goers who have interest in them. "Flight" is the favorite amongst this group, and it will be fun seeing director Robert Zemeckis finally make his way back to live-action. "Wreck-It Ralph" is Disney's (not Pixar's) addition to the animation world this week, with their video-game themed story. With a solid voice cast and plenty of great video game cameos, this could be enjoyable for both children and adults alike. And rounding it out is "The Man With the Iron Fists". It's yet to be determined what first-time director RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) will bring to the table, but with a script from Eli Roth, and Quentin Tarantino producing the film, there's a chance this kung-fu flick could provide quite a bit of entertainment.

Hit the jump for a full rundown on each of this titles, along with some predictions for the weekend box office numbers. Hopefully I can get closer than last week's disaster.