In this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley praise the directorial talents of the Duplass Brothers, decry the way the Hollywood system objectifies women, appreciate the low-budget directing talents of Vincenzo Natali, and fail to get excited for a Les Grossman film. Special guest Katey Rich joins us from Cinema Blend.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week on Monday night at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Toy Story 3.

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LOL: Jackie Chan Hates Karate Kids


In the /Film discussion post on The Karate Kid, I wrote the following about Jackie Chan’s performance in the film: “Chan is perfect as the grizzled landlord, perhaps because on some level, he’s playing a version of himself, a once-great fighter who is relegated to inflicting his martial arts prowess on teenagers.” Turns out somebody at IGN had a similar line of thinking, and edited together a brief video showing exactly how effective Chan is at destroying  children. See it after the jump.
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The Karate Kid – What Did You Think?


Harold Zwart’s The Karate Kid hits theaters today and based on the lively reaction of my screening audience, I’m guessing it’s going to be a huge crowd-pleaser this weekend. But is the film any good? Hit the jump for some of my brief thoughts and feel free to leave your own in the comments below.
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Despicable Me Minions at the Grove

After the jump you can find a few videos I was hoping to run today on the site, including:

  • A featurette taking us into composer James Horner‘s recording of the score for The Karate Kid.
  • Four minutes of The A-Team
  • The Minions from Despicable Me invade LA’s The Grove, an interested marketing experiment with a studio-sponsored flash mob

Watch all three clips, after the jump.
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LOL: Wax On, F*ck Off with Ralph Macchio


What ever happened to the original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio? Todd Holland‘s latest video for Funny or Die titled “Wax On, F*ck Off” attempts to answer this question and more.

In his new movie, Ralph Macchio faces his toughest challenge yet; to become a Hollywood bad boy. With Karate Kid returning to the big screen, his career fading his friends and family are forced to stage an intervention. In order to re-establish himself in the entertainment industry he hits the streets of Los Angeles to show everyone how tough he can be. Coming soon, “Wax On, Fuck Off”

Watch the video now, embedded after the jump.

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We’ve seen two trailers so far for the remake of The Karate Kid, both of which focused pretty heavily on the film’s story. In the runup to the release of the film this week there’s a third trailer, and this one is almost exclusively action, including a street chase scene that is vaguely reminiscent of Ong Bak, though the full thing probably doesn’t have that movie’s over-the-top stunts. Read More »


A bunch of new movie posters have been released over the weekend, include two new one-sheets for M Night Shyamalan‘s big screen live-action adaptation of The Last Airbender, a higher resolution version of last week’s poster for Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, a UK one-sheet for Shrek Forever After, a French poster for The Karate Kid, Sex and the City 2, and I Spit On Your Grave. Check them out now, after the jump.

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When it was announced that Sony would be remaking The Karate Kid with Will Smith‘s son Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan as the Mr. Miyagi character, I was livid. Every once in a while on /Film we’ll preclude our headline with “Worst Idea EVER:”, which is kind of a running joke because we run 20-30 of these stories a year. The joke is that Hollywood loves bad ideas. But my mind began to change after I watched the trailers for the new film. Not just change, but totally reverse. It looked like a completely different movie just playing off the basic concepts of the 1980s film. Sure, I wish that they would release the film under the title “The Kung Fu Kid” but I was actually excited to see the film.

And see the film I did. Today at ShoWest I got a chance to see the film a few months early. Was it good? Was it terrible? I’m not quite sure. Even if I was able to write a review (which I’m not, though Sony is allowing reaction blogs) I’m not sure what I would say. If I had seen this movie today without ever having seen the original Karate Kid movie, I probably would have liked it quite a bit. It definitely isn’t a bad movie.  But…

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The Karate Kid

At ShoWest, there are a lot of standees fr upcoming movies on display, some of which have not ever been seen before, and others that were made specifically for the show. I’ve included a small collection of photos of some of the standees I found more interesting, or had not yet been featured online. Films include Toy Story 3, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Karate Kid, and Kick-Ass. Please note that Karate Kid photos were snapped while still in construction, as the film premieres at ShoWest tomorrow.

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The Karate Kid Movie Trailer #2

The Karate Kid

Even with our well documented disdain for the project, we found the teaser trailer for The Karate Kid remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan to be surprisingly watchable (but it might have just been the very low expectations we had set). Word leaked in January that the film earned the second highest test screening score in Sony history.

Sony has now released a second movie trailer for the film on Yahoo. I like how they borrowed from the first film, yet play against some of the expectations.  I also love the inclusion of Joe “Bean” Esposito’s song “You’re the Best, which of course, was featured prominently in the All-Valley Karate Championships montage in the original 1984 movie. The fighting sequences also look a few levels above that in the original. I’m still not convinced that the film will be great (there is no chance that Chan’s performance will match Pat Morita’s Academy Award-nominated performance from the original film), but I’m a lot more confortable with it than I was originally (Although I still don’t understand why they can’t just call it The Kung Fu Kid).

Watch the trailer after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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