HER

In Her, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) takes his OS girlfriend (Scarlett Johansson) out on all kinds of dates. They lounge on the beach, run through a carnival, and even enjoy a snowy romantic getaway in the woods. But in real life, in the present, there are certain dates where your phone should be strictly off-limits. Even Siri thinks so.

For their latest no-cell-phones PSA, the Alamo Drafthouse has enlisted Susan Bennet, the actual human voice of Siri, to admonish theater patrons looking to send texts or place calls during the show. Turns out, you do not want to mess with Siri. Check it out after the jump.

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SNL alum Bill Hader has been a top-billed voice performer in the past, as for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and he’s physically shown up in cameo roles here and there, too. In one current film, however, Hader has a super-brief vocal appearance. Hit the jump for more about his tiny appearance in the film in question, plus details on Anthony Weiner’s impending cameo in Alpha House and some of the surprises 22 Jump Street has in store for us.

Potential spoilers for all three films follow.

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LOL: Siri Does Not Care for Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’

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Spike Jonze‘s Her has been drawing praise from all corners over the past several weeks. It’s picked up nominations from the HFPA, the PGA, and the WGA; it’s earned high ratings on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic; and it’s landed on a bunch of critics’ top-10 lists, including several of ours. But there is at least one person who’s decidedly not a fan. Or more accurately, a non-person who isn’t.

Though the romance has been described, in very simple terms, as “Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with Siri,” it seems the real Siri isn’t too keen on the comparison. In fact, if you ask Siri about Her, she’ll sniff that Samantha “she gives artificial intelligence a bad name.” Ouch. Hit the jump to see more of Siri’s Her-related burns.

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American Hustle

Following SAG and the PGA, the Writers Guild of America has just unveiled its list of nominees for the 2014 nominees. For anyone who’s been watching the awards race, the list won’t contain many surprises. The WGA likes American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club just as much as everyone else does. Additionally, several of the most notable absences can be chalked up to disqualifications. 12 Years a Slave, considered a favorite for the Best Picture Oscar, was deemed ineligible, as was Golden Globe nominee Philomena.

One that did qualify but failed to secure a nomination nonetheless was the Coens’ Inside Llewyn Davis, which similarly struck out with both SAG and the PGA. And one unexpected outcome was a nomination for Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor, which hasn’t come up in too many awards seasons conversations as of yet.

Hit the jump to read the full list.

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World's End taps

As the new year begins, it’s nice to have films to look forward to. Which is why we write lists of our own, personal, most anticipated films. Even more so than a top 10 list, anticipated lists showcase a writer’s personality. In an ideal world, these 10 movies would be 10 of our favorites when the year is over. More often than not though, the films we’re excited about are not the best we see. Most of the time, there are some really bad calls. Occasionally there are some really good calls. Which is why I like to own up to my list from the previous year and critique myself.

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Watch This: David’s Top 10 Films of 2013

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It’s been an amazing year for films, possibly the best one since I started writing/talking about film seriously back in 2007. Devindra and I had a spirited discussion of our top 10 films of the year, but for those who prefer a shorter, 9-minute long version of that podcast episode, you can find a video version of my top 10 films of 2013 after the jump.

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Angie’s Top Ten Films of 2013

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Thanksgiving was over a month ago, but now seems as good a time as any to thank the cinema gods for the fantastic films we got in 2013. With the usual caveats that this is more of a personal “favorites” list than an objective “best of” list, and that there are plenty of great films that weren’t included for the simple and shameful reason that I never got around to seeing them, here are the movies that made me laugh, howl, jump, and/or weep over the last twelve months.

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The /Filmcast’s Top 10 Films of 2013

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In this episode (#255) of the /Filmcast, Dave and Devindra run down their top 10 films of 2013, discuss the movies they’re looking forward to in 2014, and argue about how terrible The Lone Ranger was, relatively speaking. Be sure to check out this piece by Scott Mendelson on his worst films of 2013. 

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook! Download or listen to the episode after the jump.
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