For an awards show that purports to honor outstanding achievements in film, the Academy Awards seem oddly drawn to the familiar. The movies with the most nominations at this year’s Oscar race, for example, are The King’s Speech and True Grit — two films with a great deal of critical acclaim backing them, but ones that are decidely lacking in any grand ambition beyond presenting a traditional, accessible story. The Oscars, it would appear, favor the classically good to the unconventionally good, leaving the latter out to be forgotten in a sea of mediocrity and predictability. This isn’t a shocking revelation; the Academy Awards have always favored films that adhere to a certain standard of genre filmmaking. A heart-rending, war-based drama about one man’s uplifting struggle against adversity will always win out over the truly innovative, progressive, subversive films of our times. Read More »

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50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes

Our friends the Fine Brothers have filed the latest episode of their popular “Spoiler” series — 50 Movie Spoilers of 2010 in 3 Minutes, in one take. You might remember that we’ve featured their videos 50 Christmas Movie Spoilers in 3 Minutes100 Movie Spoilers in 4 minutes, Spoiling Every Best Picture Winner in Oscar History, 50 spoilers of 2009 in 4 minutes, 100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes, 50 Disney Spoilers in 3 Minutes and 50 Comedy Spoilers in 3 Minutes.  Hit the jump to watch their latest. And if it isn’t completely obvious already, please be warned that the following video contains spoilers.

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‘Jackass 3D’ For Best Picture

Good for a laugh: just in time to start the ad campaign for the film’s DVD release, Paramount is positioning Jackass 3D as a serious Oscar contender. (Or, the studio is pulling for the slightly truncated title, Jackass 3.) I’d expect nothing less from the Jackass crew than to see them angling for Best Picture. (Though if they were really serious this ad would have shown up before the nominations for the PGA awards were decided.) See the full plea for attention after the break. Read More »

Stephen King’s Top 10 Films of 2010

I don’t always agree with best-selling author Stephen King‘s opinions, but I still love reading his thoughts about the film world. King has published his annual listing of the top 10 films of the year in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

His 2008 list included Death Race, Lakeview Terrace and The Ruins. In 2009, King agreed with the mainstream critics in naming The Hurt Locker as the best film of the year, but the rest of his list was the opposite of conventional – for example, #2 is The Last House on the Left, which he claims is “on par with The Silence of the Lambs” and “easily the most brilliant remake of the decade.” Other films included District 9, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and 2012.

Which films did he choose for his best of 2010 list? King picked Matt ReevesLet Me In as his #1 film of 2010 declaring it “the best horror film of the decade.” Hit the jump to see the full list in brief.

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After Jackass 3D’s record breaking opening weekend, there was talk that Jackass 3.5, a whole separate movie of stunts shot for – but cut out of – Jackass 3D, might make its way to theaters. That idea has reportedly been nixed and Jackass 3.5, featuring about an hour of new footage that couldn’t fit into the theatrical release, will hit DVD and online in January. Much like Jackass 2.5 before it, it will not be an extra on the eventual DVD release of the theatrical film but will, instead, but a totally separate movie. We’ve got more after the break. Read More »

Ep. 120 – Never Let Me Go

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This week, Peter Sciretta, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley praise Frank Darabont’s The Walking Dead, discuss the groundbreaking 3D of Jackass 3D, and lambaste the MPAA’s ridiculous Blue Valentine NC-17 rating.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us on Sunday (10/24) at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Paranormal Activity 2.

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Jackass 3D – What Did You Think

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It’s been eight years since Johnny Knoxville and crew took Jackass from the small screen to our local cineplexes via Jackass: The Movie. That film grossed a staggering $79 million off a budget of only $5 million, and spawned Jackass Number Two, an equally successful 2006 film.

You might think that Knoxville & Co. had exhausted all possible ways to hit Knoxville in the balls, or force Steve-O eat some form of human or animal excretion. With the rise of 3D, however, the boys finally had the excuse to get together for one last, bigger-budget, money-making venture. Was it worth the wait?

Hit the jump for my thoughts and leave your own in the comments. SPOILERS (such as they are) lie after the jump.
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The Making of Jackass 3D

VBS TV has a great 15-minute long behind the scenes documentary on the making of Jackass 3D.

The franchise that most of the tv-watching world knows as “Jackass”—a crew of loveable, Teflon-coated miscreants consisting of Chris Pontius, Bam Margera, Wee Man, Steve-O, and Johnny Knoxville—began years ago when the group decided to document their gleefully destructive antics on camera. Spike Jonze and VBS take a peek behind the cameras on the set of the third Jackass film, Jackass 3D, and see what happens when the time-tested tradition of unhygienic pranksterism and camaraderie meet the technological mind-meld of three-dimensional film.

I kinda love the fact that Spike Jonze thinks that Jackass isn’t just entertainment but is really about science — guys doing insane science experiments which test their fear and pain. And it’s also interesting seeing how much work goes into filming these stunts, especially with the additional 3D technology required for this sequel.
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