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Back in June, I had only seen just over 20 movies that had been released in 2012. After deciding that was unacceptable, and thanks to Netflix Instant, Redbox, Amazon Instant Video, and of course, advanced screenings and my local Hollywood theaters, I devoted the last half of the year to seeing as many movies as I could, bringing my tally to around 150 for the year (check out the full list of all the 2012 movies I watched this year here). Since the Mayan apocalypse never came a few days ago, I figured it is a good time to break down my favorite movies of the year. Like last year, I have compiled three separate lists: the Most Overrated Moves of the Year, Most Underrated Movies of the Year, and my Top 10.
Now, there are a lot of great movies that you will not find on these lists, such as blockbusters Marvel's The Avengers, »
Putting together this year's best of 2012 list is akin to the buffet at my favorite barbeque restaurant. There's so many good choices, it's pretty difficult to know what to pick. 2012 was an excellent year in cinema. From Sundance in January to the slew of awards contenders in December, there was a tremendous variety of great films across every genre. Whittling down to the ten best movies was as tough a process as I've ever had writing this article. I chose my top 10 with the ideal of repeated viewing in mind. What films would stand the test of time? What films would I watch a second time if it were 3Am and I came across them on late night TV? Much like the buffet analogy, what would make me fill up my plate again and again. As we review the choices, let's start off with the films that didn't make the cut. »
Winner of the Palme D’or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, the second for auteur Michael Haneke, much mention has been made about this being Haneke’s warmest, most human film. I agree that the film is quite moving, giving us two cinematic legends at their late career best, Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant (who came out of retirement to do the film), and a moving supporting performance from Haneke favorite, Isabelle Huppert. However, I don’t really agree with classifying this as a warm or even human picture. Haneke’s glacially cold gaze doesn’t warm up at all here, simply showing us a final act of kindness born just as much out of pragmatic selfishness as it could be out of love. This is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life and nature, and those desperately looking for evidence of Haneke losing »
- Nicholas Bell
Director Quentin Tarantino has always had an eclectic taste in the music he chooses for his films, which is often praised as much as the movies themselves. Today, Qt fans can get some insight into his musical selections with the entire soundtrack for his latest hit Django Unchained, featuring commentary from the filmmaker himself. Check out the full 86-minute soundtrack, which is also available for download on iTunes.
Django Unchained was released December 25th, 2012 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, Christoph Waltz, Amber Tamblyn, Zoe Bell. The film is directed by Quentin Tarantino. »
Guest Article By Vance Brawley
2012 was full of memorable movie moments. Moments that moved us, made us think, inspired laughter & tears and moments that surprised. When was the last time Christopher Walken really moved you? When has a Bond film looked so amazing? Were you also concerned when you heard about the casting of Anne Hathaway in both the new Batman movie and Les MISÉRABLES, one of the most beloved musicals of all time? And when was the last time you knew the outcome of a fact-based film but were on the edge of your seat during the climactic scene nonetheless? And what movie moments charmed you the most from 2012 and which ones will you remember for years to come?
In a countdown to 2013, here are some of my memorable moments and I believe at least a couple of yours:
- Movie Geeks
The Bullitts band founder Jeymes Samuel has confirmed his involvement in scoring The Great Gatsby adaptation. He is working alongside Jay-z in creating new music for Baz Luhrmann's latest film. Take a look at the message Samuel sent out to his Twitter followers.
Jay-z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #Classic The Great Gatsby! It is too Dope for words!
— The Bullitts (@TheBullitts) December 30, 2012
It isn't known how extensive their involvement in crafting this score will be, since Craig Armstrong (The Incredible Hulk, Ray) is currently credited as the composer. Perhaps Jay-z and Jeymes Samuel are working on new original songs for the soundtrack, although that has not been confirmed. Jay-z and Kanye West's song "Church in the Wild" was featured in the first trailer that debuted back in May.
Jay Gatsby, meet Jay-z.
Hov is reportedly the latest star to attach his name to the upcoming film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby." According to Jeymes Samuel of The Bullitts, he and Jay-z will be writing the score for "Gatsby."
The first clue of Jay-z's involvement with "The Great Gatsby" was shown in the film's trailer. The opulent lifestyle of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) was set to the pumping beat of Jay-z and Kanye West's "No Church In The Wild" -- take a look in the video above.
Cast members also leaked in April that director Baz Luhrmann played Jay-z music on the set of "The Great Gatsby." "On my first day he had Jay-z pumped up full, and we did the entire scene with, you know, Jay-z in our ear on full blast while acting, and it was just so liberating," Isla Fischer told MTV.
Samuel announced the news on his Twitter account. »
- The Huffington Post
Long before a film hits the big screen, movie trailers have already come along to whet our appetite and make us yearn for the release date to hurry up and get here… at least if they’re done right. These 10 are done right.
#10 The Grey
I’ll be honest and admit this trailer lands at the tail-end of the list, not because of the trailer, but because of the movie. Is that unfair? No more unfair than being lured in by an incredible trailer to watch a sucky movie. Liam Neeson using broken bottles as an improvised pair of brass knuckles? Who could resist that? Too bad the actual film didn’t even come close to measuring up. From the lame CGI wolves to the unfulfilling ending, this trailer more than any other reveals the downside to awesome movie previews.
Have I read The Great Gatsby? No, »
- Marty Shaw
Quentin Tarantino's latest film Django Unchained is currently in theaters, and is on track to be the filmmaker's biggest hit at the box office. The director recently appeared on The Charlie Rose Show, where he revealed that he would one day love to work with actors such as Johnny Depp, Michael Caine, and Meryl Streep. Here's what he had to say about the possibility of working with Johnny Depp.
"We would love to work together. We've talked about it for years. Not that we get together and talk about it for years, but from time to time. We're obviously fans of each other. It just needs to be the right character. I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we'll do it. And then it'll be magical. I haven't written the »
The 1920’s glam Gatsby and pals glitter with greatness in six new character posters released for The Great Gatsby. The jazz-loving, Roaring Twenties crowd comes to life on the big screen in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the great Jay Gatsby. Tobey Maguire is filled with wide-eyed wonderment as newcomer Nick Carraway, the film's central character, with Carey Mulligan as the effervescent flapper Daisy Buchanan. Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher round out the crowd of Gatsby admirers.
One look at the newly released second trailer shows us this isn’t going to be your run-of-the-mill adaptation of the book you read in high school.
Hit the jump to view the jazzy character posters in our photo gallery! »
- Rachel West
Does 2013 look like a promising one for Lgbt entertainment sensations? My answer: Who knows, honestly? That's why we need to prepare a wish list, and fast. How can we know we're disappointed if we don't know what we want?
Here are 10 wishes for entertainment in 2013. Please add your own at the bottom, whether or not they pertain specifically to gay entertainers. Let's make this year count, starting with a triumph at the Grammys.
1. Frank Ocean runs off with Album of the Year.
There've been some meaningless Grammy moments, particularly for Album of the Year. Steely Dan's 2001 triumph comes to mind, as does Herbie Hancock's peculiar tribute to Joni Mitchell that earned top honors for 2008. But an Album of the Year win for Frank Ocean's Channel Orange would give the Grammys back a modicum of much-needed credibility: He's mainstream, but not an utter juggernaut. His music is fresh and meaningful. »
Quentin Tarantino has already work with A-list stars like Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, but he's not stopping there. In an interview with Charlie Rose, the "Django Unchained" director said he would like to work with Johnny Depp in the future.
"We would love to work together. We've talked about it for years," Tarantino told Rose about Depp. "Not that we get together and talk about it for years, but from time to time. We're obviously fans of each other. It just needs to be the right character. I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we'll do it. And then it'll be magical. I haven't written the perfect character for Johnny Depp as of yet. Maybe someday I will, maybe someday I won't. We'll see."
Tarantino went on to explain that »
- Christopher Rosen
We saw a brilliant new trailer for the film just before its release in the States, and Yahoo Movies have given us a great new featurette focusing on DiCaprio and his fine performance, which has already earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and it’s looking good for a repeat performance when the Oscar nominations are announced on 10th January.
- Kenji Lloyd
Co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have started their New Year's celebration early. The Wolf of Wall Street duo were seen travelling through Sydney on Saturday (December 29). According to The New York Daily News, the actors were spotted on a yacht filled with attractive women as they cruised the waterways. Ringing in 2013 early, both DiCaprio and Hill were also said to be traveling with Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx and Gossip Girl's (more) »
- By Sarah Luoma
What most people would call the time of their life, Leonardo DiCaprio calls just another Saturday. The actor invited his The Wolf of Wall Street costar Jonah Hill for a little get together on a yacht and day of fun in the sun, while enjoying the company of numerous gorgeous women—some of whom chose to ditch their bikini tops—yesterday. No big deal. The duo were cruising across Sydney Harbour in Australia, after DiCaprio was asked to go back to the land down under to reshoot some scenes for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. Luckily, he also found time to relax and make some new friends (who may or may not become potential future girlfriends). »
(Director Quentin Tarantino)
Tarantino is back on top form with this delirious revenge western set in 1858, with Jamie Foxx as Django, a freed slave on a mission to release his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from the clutches of evil slavemaster Calvin Candie. Not only is Candie lipsmackingly played by Leonardo DiCaprio, he also has a sinister servant called Stephen – a superb performance by Samuel L Jackson. Outrageously enjoyable. 18 January.
(Director Lenny Abrahamson)
The gifted Irish director who gave us Adam & Paul and Garage returns with a film about Ireland's young and rich. Richard (Jack Reynor) is a schoolboy rugby star who has grown accustomed to being wealthy and successful. He sets his sights on a young woman, wins her away from her boyfriend, »
- Peter Bradshaw
The use of brutal violence and general vulgarity in Quentin Tarantino’s movies can be seen as either a method for creating cheap thrills or a commitment to an artistic vision. Django Unchained doesn’t sway the argument one way or the other, but is perhaps the most polarizing film he’s done so far.
Django Unchained is Tarantino’s take on a Western. That being said, it’s not a particularly good representation of the genre. Historical inaccuracies run rampant, and a majority of the film isn’t spent in the Old West, but in the deep South. Don’t worry though; this unfocused devotion to the genre shouldn’t be of concern. Tarantino didn’t set out to make a Western. He set out to make a Tarantino movie. Tarantino movies have certain qualities that can’t be found in other places or made to fit in specific genres. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
As we get ready to enter the brand new year, it’s never too late to get on the ball for potential Oscar contenders coming down the pike. Chan-wook Park’s Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode has a new poster and early word is already positive for Wasikowska who’s been an up and comer and potential Supporting Actress nominee Kidman. The film is scheduled to be shown at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival and opens in limited release March 1, 2013. Also releasing some beautiful character posters is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire. A few weeks back, we stumbled across the character posters for Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher and with the latest, Mulligan’s Daisy is the most aesthetically pleasing. The film is set to open May 10, 2013. To read more go to www.awardscircuit.com Follow Hollywood »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Clayton Davis)
Admit it: You let out a big "awww" when you heard that Leonardo DiCaprio (aka Jack from Titanic ) walked Kate Winslet (aka Rose from aforementioned Titanic ) down the aisle at her third wedding . The Huffington Post rounds up 11 more celebrity co-stars who participated in each others' weddings: Victor Garber , who played Jennifer Garner 's character's father on Alias , officiated her wedding to Ben Affleck in 2005. He then went on to star with Affleck in Argo . When Donald Faison got married this year, he did so at the home of his Scrubs co-star Zach Braff . Stanley Tucci »
- Evann Gastaldo
The Internet is crammed with ways to remember 2012 in film, with more then a few of them on this site right here (start on the home page and you'll find plenty). One of the most popular but obsessive ways to sum up the year is through video montage, cutting up trailers or DVDs of the year's films into some kind of ultimate mash-up. I have no idea how people have the energy to do something like that, but I'm grateful for them, especially when they're as talented and well-versed in the year's films as Matt Shapiro. He's posted his latest "The CInescape" video, with 2012 represented through films as wide-ranging as The Hunger Games and Compliance, and virtually everything else in-between. Take a look below. I love all the bold choices he makes, from putting a tiger roar from Life of Pi over a shot of Leonardo DiCaprio screaming in Django »
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