The Week That WasA lot can happen in a week. Since we last met for this very column, a Superman has been cast, the calendar has flipped over to a new month and a mostly non-famous podcast celebrated a big episode. We also closed down our coverage of Sundance 2011, reviewed the week’s releases, talked Oscars and beat the living puss out of the aforementioned Superman casting. What can a hard-working movie blogging team do? Superman casting rumors are the new Batman casting rumors. It’s all part of our week-ending spot, affectionately known as The Week That Was.

The Lead

Behold The Movie Watcher’s Guide to February 2011. Once again, that writing staff of ours has broken things down wonderfully, mapping out your month at the movies.

Just as we wrap up our coverage of Sundance 2011, it’s time to move on to South by Southwest (SXSW), or South By as its known to those of us who hail from the 512 (Austin, Texas for those without an area code directory handy). We will be putting together a great deal of coverage leading up to the fest, which takes place March 11-21, but for now young Jack Giroux checks in with a few movies that make us excited for SXSW 2011. If these are the obvious picks, I can’t wait to see what lies beneath the surface.

If you aren’t checking in once every 24 hours to watch the Vintage Trailer of the Day, you are missing out. That’s a fact, my friends.

Fat Guys at the Movies, a podcast you may have heard of before, celebrated its 200th episode on Friday. I even got a little misty-eyed about it.

The Reviews

Robert Levin doesn’t seem to have a problem with Natalie Portman’s turn as The Other Woman.

It may be pretty in 3D, but Rob Hunter says Sanctum is nothing more than a highlight reel for James Cameron’s tech.

The Editorials

6 Pitches for the Inevitable Wham-O Toy Movies is exactly what you need to break up the monotony of your day-to-day.

Our Sundance coverage wrapped with not one, but two “best of” lists. One came from Benji Carver, who seemed to lean toward the violent fair. The other came from Robert Levin, whose taste run decidedly more dramatic and arty. Both lists are must-reads, as they exemplify the diverse range of tastes and quality writing that we stand for here at FSR.

Cole explains why indie movies aren’t an endangered species. He also explains why it doesn’t matter who plays Superman.

Reject Radio captures incredible Oscar-night insight from awards blogger extraordinaire Kris Tapley.

The Headlines

Henry Cavill can be your Superman.

Cobie Smulders is about to join the boys in The Avengers.

Werner Herzog is making a movie. All is right in the world.

The British love Captain America enough to put him on the cover of Empire.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt may join The Dark Knight Rises. No one is surprised by this.

Side note: Go Packers!


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