Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In many cases, the 2016 Academy Awards played out as many pundits predicted. Leonardo DiCaprio finally took home an Oscar. Alejandro González Iñárritu won his second Best Director statuette in as many years. The Big Short and Spotlight snatched up the screenplay awards. Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander walked away with acting trophies. If you went to Vegas and put your money where the awards season pros told you to put it, you had a fairly solid night.
But the craziest and most contentious Oscars in years still had its fair share of snubs and surprises. Surefire winners stayed in their seats while dark horses took the stage. Small films came out of nowhere to win awards over gigantic competition. A genuinely bad song managed to win its category over a bunch of other mostly bad songs. The winner of Best Picture only won one other award. And through it all, Mad Max: Fury Road rode shiny and chrome, picking up more honors than any other film.
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Though James Bond fans were excited to see what director Sam Mendes did with Spectre after knocking Skyfall out of the park back in 2012, plenty were disappointed when the film finally hit theaters last fall. While this writer didn’t find the film to be downright terrible, mostly enjoying the throwback elements of the story and villain being utilized, the film certainly lacked the kind of punch you hope to get from a 007 adventure.
Now, the Spectre Honest Trailer really sticks it to the movie, calling it “Bond-by-the-numbers,” which is pretty hard to argue with. Plus there’s a great reference to the Nintendo 64 video game Goldeneye. Read More »
A large majority of movie posters are forgettable. Most simply use Photoshop to slap some characters together, combine them with some action setpieces, slap on a title and credits, and print them to be displayed at the movie theater. But every now and then some movie posters actually catch our attention, and some of them are actually worthy of being called art. And we’d like to call attention to some of our favorite movie posters of the year by counting down the 20 Best Movie Posters of 2015. Check them out below! Read More »
When the theme song for this year’s James Bond adventure Spectre, recorded by Grammy winner Sam Smith, was released, the reaction was mixed. The song mostly sounded like a signature 007 ballad, but it felt like it was missing something. There was plenty of crescendo but it never seemed to go anywhere. But did you know there was another Spectre theme song that was left behind?
Radiohead actually recorded an opening theme for Spectre, but it just didn’t end up getting used. But as a bit of a Christmas present this weekend, the band as made the track available for you to listen to right now. Read More »
Before you freak out, the names in the headline is NOT A SPOILER. There is absolutely no way you would spot any of these fellows in the movie unless you had some idea of where to look. They are not surprise appearances, they are fun easter eggs that you wouldn’t know unless someone told you about them. Knowing where to find them can only enhance you’re viewing, not detract. That said, while the names are not spoilers, pointing out where they appear requires me to spoil plot points, so don’t read this post unless you’ve seen the movie.
Composer Michael Giacchino, James Bond series star Daniel Craig, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich all appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens in cameo roles. Did you see them in the film? Find out about the Force Awakens cameos now after the jump.
Again Warning: Spoilers from the movie are after the jump.
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Thanks to the magic of Thanksgiving, this week is a little shorter than all the rest, leaving us free to stuff our faces full of turkey and enjoy plenty of good movies. And since it’s a holiday weekend, you’ll probably be looking to escape the house for a few hours just so you don’t have to hear your family argue about politics. Or maybe you want to get everyone out of the house so you can enjoy a movie as a family.
Well, we’ve got you covered for a variety of cinematic occasions with a list of 28 movies to watch this Thanksgiving, and some of them you can even enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Read More »
Last weekend, Spectre took the top spot at the box office despite the film being considerably less acclaimed than its predecessor Skyfall. There are a myriad of complaints ranging from the length of the film to the unevenness of the story, but one of the more divisive elements is the use of some of the more old-school James Bond tropes. Whether it’s Monica Bellucci as a grieving widow suddenly turned on by 007, the cheeky one-liners, or the contrived climax, there’s plenty about Spectre that feels like it’s straight out of the 1960s and 1970s.
But beyond the old-school style of the film, there are also plenty of simple Spectre Easter eggs that merely reference earlier James Bond films without getting in your face about it. See if you caught all the Easter eggs after the jump, but beware of spoilers. Read More »
Director Sam Mendes had plenty of experience in theater before directing his first film. The skills he acquired from the stage, like his eye for performances, was evident even in his debut feature American Beauty, which won him his first Oscar. Even when a film from the director doesn’t fully come together, the performances are still worth talking about.
After the jump, read our ranking of Sam Mendes’ films.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 by David Chen
David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Tasha Robinson from Next Picture Show to discuss the brilliance of Amy, the resilience of The Wolfpack, and WTF is Shia Labeouf doing these days? Be sure to check out Tasha’s interview with Crystal Moselle, why modern movies mistreat twists, and Bob Chipman’s review of Spectre.
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! And if you like us on Facebook and leave a comment with which movie you’d remake (and why), you will be entered into a drawing to receive The Wolfpack on Blu-Ray.
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