Everything we’ve heard about The Wolverine has sold it as a very unique superhero movie. Star Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold have repeatedly explained how, though this is an X-Men movie, it’s much more character-based and emotional than most films derived from comic books. The foreign setting and international cast also lends a feel that is different from the average tentpole. Whether or not their ambitions have come to fruition probably won’t be revealed until The Wolverine is released on July 26. (Or maybe sooner when we finally get a trailer.)

Mangold bolstered these statements over the weekend when he took to Twitter to post ten images from films that influenced his style and storytelling on The Wolverine. Can you pick out what they are? Read More »

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You all know me as a bit of a poster freak so when I say this, know I’m not being hyperbolic. Mondo‘s poster for 13 Assassins, designed by Vania Zouravliov, is an early contender for poster of the year. Based on the awesome, bad-ass, insert positive adjective here samurai film by Takashi Miike, Zouravliov’s piece not only evokes a whole other time period, it pops with energy and emotion. It’s stunning. And it even comes in three colors.

Check out the variants after the jump, along with new Mondo posters for Rocky 3, Dragonslayer, The Hills Have Eyes and The Mole People. Yes, Mondo is on a bit of a cult kick after The Avengers and we like it. Read More »

The Alamo Drafthouse’s Top 10 Films of 2011

It’s no secret that the Alamo Drafthouse is the best theater chain in the country. Sure, it’s small, but the passion they have to create the perfect environment to watch a movie is unparalleled. Case in point, their hugely popular No Texting public service announcements, incredible in-theater food selection, stunning repertory screenings and so much more.

As the new year begins, the entire staff of the Drafthouse voted on their favorite films of 2011 and selected /Film as the outlet to exclusively premiere their list. It’s extremely eclectic (The Muppets, Beginners and 13 Assassin all made the cut) but you’d be hard pressed to find a better cross section of the best 2011 had to offer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 154 – Horrible Bosses

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue the discussion over Terence Malick’s Tree of Life, praise indie films like Another Earth, Insidious, and Rubber, and ponder the state of television as art.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We’ll be back on Sunday at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST to discuss Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

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Any day Takashi Miike releases a new film, it’s like a holiday. When it’s a film that has buzz like 13 Assassins, it’s heaven. Miike’s latest release is scheduled to hit theaters on April 29 and after gangbuster screenings at South by Southwest, Fantastic Fest and AFI Fest, among others, we’ve heard nothing but incredibly positive things. The reviews are the kind of raves that makes it seem like 13 Assassins ranks among Miike’s best: Ichi The Killer, Audition, Gozu and others. Check out the full trailer and new poster after the break. Read More »

SXSW Film Festival Announces 2011 Features Lineup

The South by Southwest Film Festival has announced their features lineup for the 2011’s Festival, which will take place March 11th to the 19th in Austin Texas. Read the full press release after the jump.

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As the year comes to an end, anybody and everybody are posting their best of the year lists. Most of these lists contain variations of the same 15 or 20 films. To break the mold, some are even posting lists of the best films of the year that you probably haven’t seen. I find that even these lists are filled with the same movies. And if you’re a film geek reading a site like /Film, chances are you know about most of the movies on these lists.

I wanted to do something different and compile a list of the best films of the year that you’ve never heard of. The selections should be movies that (for the most part) none of your family or friends have heard of, and you might even have to do some extra legwork to get your hands on.

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Who wants to see Michelle Rodriguez beat up Tim League? Well, it’s probably going to happen at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas this week (which Tuesday announced that 13 Assassins would be its closing night film). Rodriguez vs. League is the main event of the annual Fantastic Debates party, where film journalists and filmmakers debate over an issue, and then get into a boxing ring to really settle the score. In previous years, well known journos such as Devin Faraci, formerly of CHUD, and Scott Weinberg of Cinematical duke it out over such topics as “Does Michael Bay Deserve an Oscar or the Death Penalty?” and “Are Vampires Gay?” In last year’s main event, League famously fought Uwe Boll over the state of independent films.

The topic League and Rodriguez will be debating this year? “Should Avatar have won the Oscar for Best Picture?”

Hit the jump to check out some videos from previous Fantastic Debates and, of course, to debate amongst yourselves. Read More »

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