As Sylvester Stallone reigns supreme at the box office yet again, the sting of Scott Pilgrim‘s failure to resonate with the public only deepens. Strange how both films attempt to appeal to similar filmic influences, yet the divide amongst audiences has been so wide.

It’s possible that this is a result, however subconscious, of a contrasting appreciation for the way the films choose to define its men, with the reverence for the long-lost form of the burly ’80s action hero speaking more to people than the modern promotion of the geek hero. In this way, The Expendables and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World are on opposite sides of a cultural rift. Scott is a character whose manhood is not impugned by his scrawniness, awkwardness or geekiness, making him the sort of “badass” hero that could only exist in a post-Internet world. The characters in The Expendables, meanwhile, can essentially be seen as a plea to return to the male image as it was once celebrated, when masculinity was defined by muscles, scars, motorcycles, booze, tattoos and mindless acts of violence.

If this is indeed the case, and the box office can be deemed accurately representative of what constitutes a real man, the message audiences are trying to tell us here is simple: The men of today are gay; long live the six packs and mullets of yesterday. Read More »

LOL: An 8 Year Old Explains the Expendables

College Humor hired an 8-year-old to explain what happens in the movie trailer for The Expendables. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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scott-pilgrim-international-posterThis week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley wonder about the other ways that Return of the Jedi might have ended and compare The Expendables unfavorably to Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Special guest Jeff Cannata joins us from The Totally Rad Show.

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 9 PM EST on Slashfilm’s live page as we review Piranha 3D or The Good The Bad and The Weird (one of those, probably).

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The Expendables

We’ve heard about possible sequels to Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables for over a year. Last July, producer Avi Lerner said, “We already have got some ideas about Expendables No. 2, No. 3. Definitely, it’s a franchise movie.”

The film is opening this week, and if the rather expensive picture ($80m without factoring in prints and advertising) does well — not a given thanks to the R rating and competition from films like Scott Pilgrim — then Stallone is already developing an idea that would power a sequel. Providing financing comes through, that is. Read More »

Comic Con: The Expendables Panel

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Having spent formative years watching films starring Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis and more, there’s something a bit awe-inspiring about looking up at a table packed with all those guys. I’m not talking about anything like hero worship. But when you can stare straight at a bunch of performers who have managed to carve out and maintain a very specific type of career, it’s an impressive thing.

Stallone assembled this crew for The Expendables, and they hit the San Diego Comic Con en masse to promote the film. No shocking news came out of their panel, and the footage was very much in line with what we’ve seen from the film. But the conversation was fun for action movie lovers. And hell, watching an entire audience grow chest hair simply by virtue of proximity to this collection of men is quite a thing to behold. Read More »

The Expendables

When you put a bunch of musclebound dudes, including most of the biggest action stars in the world, into one movie, how do you go about selling it? Not with the first full trailer for The Expendables — you do it like this. The Monocular Group has cut the first Expendables trailer that is truly for men, and if you’re not grinning by the end, this movie wasn’t for you in the first place. Read More »

The Expendables

It’s been a while since our last movie poster round-up, so after the jump you’ll be able to find a bunch of new one sheets, including: Disney’s horse-racing drama Secretariat, an international poster for the big screen adaptation of the fighting video game Tekken, two character posters for Love Ranch, a low-res look at the thermal vision Predators poster and a new one sheet for Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables. Check out all of the new posters, after the jump.

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The Expendables Movie Trailer #2

The Expendables

Lionsgate has just released a second movie trailer for Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables, which tplays more like a teaser trailer compared to the first trailer (which featured actual footage from the movie). The second trailer instead attempts to sells the film on the extensive list of action stars in the film. Watch . Watch the new trailer after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Gulliver's Travels

It’s been a little while since our last movie poster round-up, so now is the time to check out all the new one-sheets that have hit your local multiplex and the interwebs. Posters include: the Jack Black fantasy comedy Gulliver’s Travels, the 3D video game sequel Resident Evil: Afterlife, a banner for The Expendables, the documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, the UK quad poster for Todd SolondzLife During Wartime, the Seventh Season of HBO’s Entourage, a Russian poster for Splice and an Italian poster for Joe Dante’s The Hole. Check them out now, after the jump.

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Lionsgate has just released what I might call an outrageously confident trailer for Sylvester Stallone‘s new film The Expendables.

Why confident? Because one of the selling points for the film has been that it unites not just all the guys in the primary cast — Stallone, Statham, Li, Rourke, and many more — but that it finally puts the ’80s action movie trifecta of Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger in the same film. And there’s their scene, right in the trailer. Which means the rest of the movie must be much more awesome, right? Because otherwise all the fans could just watch this clip and be done.

Decide for yourself after the break. Read More »