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In the realm of movie criticism, people love absolutes. This movie is better than that movie. This movie is 2 stars and that one is 5 stars, etc. However, if you actually critique movies for a living, you quickly realize not all movies are created equal. There are times and circumstances where films that may not be equal are given similar grades for different reasons. Speaking personally, did I love Man of Steel for what it was and give it a positive review? Yes. Was the grade the same or higher than films on my top 10 of the year? Yes. But Man of Steel didn’t make the list because it served a different purpose than those films.

One person who would have totally understood that is Roger Ebert. Ebert was a big proponent of context in criticism (hence giving a thumbs up to Benji the Hunted but not Full Metal Jacket, as seen in Life Itself) and recommending The Longest Yard and The Honeymooners over War of the Worlds. Below, watch those two clips to hear Ebert explain his reasons for movie review ratings. Read More »

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Movies aren’t the only properties getting the limited edition poster treatment at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Literature is getting its due as well. Mondo is releasing a special three print “mini-series” of George R.R. Martin‘s Game of Thrones, though the focus is really on the HBO show. Then, talented artist Kevin Tong will be releasing stunning new prints based on the H.G. Wells works The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. Check them all out and find out how and where to get them after the jump. Read More »

In 1988, the National Film Preservation Act create the National Film Registry, which selects a couple dozen films each year for preservation in the Library of Congress. Up to 25 films are selected annually as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films.” These have to be at least ten years old, can be feature, short experimental or ‘other’ — anything that is film, really — and are chosen from a list of films nominated by the public.

This year, 2228 films were nominated by the public and twenty-five were selected for preservation. Among those are the big Oscar winner The Silence of the Lambs, everyone’s favorite autistic history hero Forrest Gump, Charlie Chaplin‘s The Kid and one of the greatest (and earliest) train movies ever made, John Ford‘s The Iron Horse.

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Gallery 1988 Los Angeles will be holding their fifth annual Crazy 4 Cult art show on July 8th 2011, and we have an exclusive first look at art created by Robert Brandenburg for the show. Brandenburg has a very interesting style, taking pieces of existing art or advertising, and giving is a unique pop culture twist. You’ll see what I mean after the jump with his two Crazy 4 Cult pieces based on the films Donnie Darko and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. We also have a few pieces from Brandenburg’s solo show which will be happening in 2012, which includes takes on War of the Worlds, Toy Story and Winnie The Pooh.

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‘E.T. 2′ Trailer: “ET-X: Extinction”

Those of you following along will recall that we posted a fan created trailer for E.T. 2 in Friday’s edition of Page 2. That trailer was a mash-up of scenes from Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds and E.T.

Christopher Campbell has discovered another fan created E.T. sequel trailer – this one is longer, more-fleshed out and better edited. Created by Robert Blankenheim and Derek Johnson Productions, the faux movie titled “ET-X: Extinction” and uses clips of grown up Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas, as well as clips from other alien invasion and disaster movies — featuring an all star ensemble cast which includes Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis and President Obama. Trust me, you want to check this one out. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. I’ve also included the War of the Worlds/ET mash-up for those who missed it.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 30 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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The /Filmcast Ep. 106 – Knight and Day

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This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the brilliance of Wayne Kramer, forecast a potentially bleak future for both Futurama and Party Down, shower some appreciation on the under-appreciated War of the Worlds, and get excited about Michel Gondry’s Green Hornet. Russ Fischer joins us for this episode.

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 The Last Airbender.

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