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With 2010 on the horizon, we say goodbye to the decade. At the movies, crime and fantasy dominated the last 10 years. It was also the decade of Heath Ledger with his phenomenal turns in .The Dark Knight. and .Brokeback Mountain..
We also saw our favorite auteurs putting their creative stamps on filmmaking. From the Coen brothers to Quentin Tarantino, the cinema was alive and well thanks to their auteurship.
Even though it was hard to whittle it down to just 10 movies, here are my picks of the Top 10 Best Films of the Decade from No. 10 to the best of the best!
10. .Memento. (2000) . Memory is at the center of .Memento. from writer-director Christopher Nolan. Guy Pearce plays a man suffering from short-term memory loss who.s trying desperately to hunt for the man who killed his wife. Told in reverse, Nolan did not merely use the backwards narrative as a gimmick but »
Well, that was some year - but were you paying attention?
We've trawled through the happenings and the hits, the flops and the fuss to bring you the last 12 months in quiz form.
So, as we ring in 2010, here's your chance to test the old grey matter with 30 posers about the closing year.
Best of luck...
1. Name Kate Hudson's former baseball beau.
a. Alex Rodriguez
b. Derek Jeter
c. Manny Ramirez
2. Who won the 2009 Oscar for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role?
a. Sean Penn
b. Brad Pitt
3. And who won Oscar gold in the Actress in a Supporting Role category?
a. Amy Adams
c. Viola Davis
4. Name the actress who won damages from U.K. tabloid the Daily Mail after the publication called her "the most irritating actress".
a. Kate Winslet
c. Kate Hudson
5. Name the Russian who gave birth to Mel Gibson's baby in October.
b. Oksana Grigorieva
6. How many kids does Mel Gibson now have?
7. Which actress fasted for 12 days to highlight the plight of refugees in Darfur?
c. Mia Farrow
8. Which great Brit recovered from a late 2008 coma to start work on his 74th film role this past summer?
9. Which top TV actress said, "I was named after my great-grandmother. If you look it up it's Greek, but my grandmother was apparently named after an Irish Catholic saint, who had an indiscretion with the Greek god Zeus and was kicked out."
10. Which movie star quit acting to become a batty rapper?
a. Hugh Grant
11. Which Irish actor became a dad for the second time this year?
b. Colin Firth
c. Meryl Streep
13. The castmembers of which famous TV sitcom reunited for an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm?
14. Which sexy star inhabited Jennifer's Body?
a. Megan Fox
b. Eva Mendes
a. Cheryl Ladd
b. Jaclyn Smith
16. Which 2009 movie did George Clooney not appear in?
17. Which funnyman had heart surgery in 2009 to replace a heart valve?
c. Alec Baldwin
18. Which box office smash hit featured balloons, an old man and a boy scout?
c. Monsters Vs. Aliens
a. They got married this year
b. They had a baby this year
c. They spent time in rehab
20. Which actress was unceremoniously ditched from the Twilight franchise?
21. And which filmmaker's daughter will replace her in Eclipse next year?
c. Eva Amurri
b. Ringo Starr
c. John Lennon
23. Which British actress was left "mortified" when Esquire magazine named her the year's Sexiest Woman?
a. Kate Winslet
b. Katie Price
24. Name the director of Inglourious Basterds.
b. Ron Howard
a. Hugh Laurie
b. Simon Pegg
c. Colin Firth
26. And which original Star Trek castmember was 'beamed up' for the summer sci-fi epic?
c. George Takei
27. Name the apt title of tragic movie star Patrick Swayze's memoirs.
a. The Time of My Life
b. No More Dirty Dancing
c. Next of Kin
28. Who will co-host the Oscars in March?
29. Which former heavyweight boxing champion played himself in hit comedy The Hangover?
a. Muhammad Ali
b. Mike Tyson
c. Lennox Lewis
a. Kim Cattrall
c. Michelle Ross
30. c. »
It's out with the old and in with the new as 2009 transitions into 2010 in just a few short hours. There's no question that it's been a fantastic, crazy and occasionally tumultuous year for comic book fans thanks to film releases like "Watchmen" and compelling news stories regarding "Iron Man 2," "Green Lantern" and others.
But all of that is in the past now. It's time to look forward at what we can expect in the new year. There are still many announced comic book movies and television shows that lack official casting, but with some of these projects heading into production in 2010, it's only a matter of time before the secrets are revealed.
While we all have our own favorite franchises and characters, these are the five heroes and villains I'm dying to see cast in 2010.
- Josh Wigler
A rough year, you say? Maybe for your 401(k). Hollywood raked it in, enjoying record box office numbers, while the indie and foreign lineup (though spread between fewer companies perhaps) yielded an unprecedented number of treasures. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had such a hard time cutting my best-of list off at 10. Surveying my choices, I’m hard-pressed to find a common theme. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I might even wonder what kind of critic can love a G-rated Japanese-animated cartoon and Lars von Trier’s genital-mutilation opus in the same breath, or reconcile the esoteric with the popcorn populism of James Cameron’s Avatar. But there you have it. Of the 274 first-run and festival films I saw last year (that’s as many movies as qualified for Oscar consideration in 2009 - though not the same ones), the 10 best are »
- Peter Debruge
Nine begins with hips swaying in silhouette as the overture introduces the lovely women who both distract and drive master director Guido Contini (master actor Daniel Day-Lewis). From his sultry sexpot mistress Carla (Penelope Cruz) to his prim, Audrey-Hepburn-esque wife Luisa (Marion Cotillard), the bevy of beauties enter a scaffolding-filled set in Guido's mind. The director is struggling with his next project, but his lack of inspiration is suffered by the movie itself as well. Nine may be a frothy, flashy film filled with Hollywood's top talent, but it never quite achieves the heights its pedigree promises.
The film's biggest asset is clearly its cast. Day-Lewis, Cruz, and Cotillard would be enough for any normal film, but Nine greedily adds Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Stacy Ferguson, and the grand donna of Italian cinema, Sophia Loren. It's an embarrassment of riches that would make a more modest film blush, »
Harvey Weinstein is throwing in the towel on the lavishly produced movie “Nine,” making it one of the biggest bombs of 2009 after the musical finished in eighth place during its second week out in the face of mediocre reviews. The movie has an all-star cast of Oscar winners that includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman. It opened in limited U.S. release on Dec. 18 and expanded to 1,400 screens for Christmas. In the wake of its poor performance, the Weinstein Company says it will pull the movie out all but 800 to 900 screens in mostly big cities. »
- email@example.com (Keith Girard)
Update: Now The Weintein Company says they won't be cutting theatres from Nine's release. A rep insists that it will remain on 1400 screens this week. Let's see what happens next week... Original article follows. When it comes to year-end releases, Harvey Weinstein likes to bet on awards contenders. This year his horse was Nine, the Rob Marshall-directed adaptation of the stage musical. There was a lot of pedigree to back his pick: Marshall's previous musical, Chicago, did well with critics, audiences and award balloting. The stage version of Nine won awards. And there's the cast: Daniel Day-Lewis and a bevy of notable women: Kate Hudson, Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Sophia Loren, Marion Cotillard and Penélope Cruz. (And Fergie who, ironically, turned out to be the selling point.) But Nine's reviews have been dismal and the business worse. When it went wide last week it was only the eighth-highest earner, »
- Russ Fischer
30 December 2009 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The studio behind the star-studded musical "Nine" said it has no plans at this time to pull the movie out of any theaters after disappointing box office and lackluster reviews.
The Weinstein Company said that "Nine" would play in 1,412 screens in the United States this coming weekend, the same number as last weekend.
"At this moment in time there has been no plan between us nor the theater chains that we deal with to cut any theaters," David Glasser, an operations executive for the independent Weinstein Company told Reuters on Wednesday.
"We are going to hold our theaters as planned. The movie is working."
Glasser told Reuters on Tuesday that the movie was performing very well on about 890 key screens but not as strongly in some smaller cities. He said the studio expected "Nine" to perform well in the weeks ahead.
"Nine" was one of the most anticipated movies of »
- By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters
The all-star cast of Rob Marshall’s high-kicking musical extravaganza Nine, adapted from the 1982 Broadway show of the same name based on Fellini’s 8 ½, get their moment in the spotlight, one by one. Some are worth waiting for — Marion Cotillard’s two wronged-wife numbers are the movie’s hidden heart and soul. But without her luminous contribution, we would be stuck with the hollow dimensions and thrusting cleavage of an expensively dressed revue night.
Like Cotillard, Daniel Day-Lewis sings and moves immaculately as the harassed Fellini figure, Guido Contini, who just can’t seem to get going on his hypothetical ninth movie. He feels thwarted by the public pressure on an artist of his iconic stature, and also by his self-defeating instincts as a serial philanderer, imagining torrid flings with anything in lingerie…read more [Telegraph.co.uk]
- Allan Ford
Nathaniel: Once again we apologize for the long delays between episodes. This Best Picture From the Outside In series… it’s a helluva thing.
We continue to pull one movie from either end of Oscar’s chronology, working towards the center of their eighty-plus year history. This match up brings us two of Oscar’s most respected prize-winners: Casablanca (1943) and Unforgiven (1992). Both films essentially begin with a sudden eruption of violence (a shooting and a slashing, respectively) followed by the intervention of local law enforcement (embodied by Claude Rains and Gene Hackman, respectively). World War II era Morocco and Wild West era Wyoming are dangerous and morally ambiguous places. They're also fine places to escape from one's past and start anew. At least that's how Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) and William Munny (Clint Eastwood) see it.
- NATHANIEL R
My memory bank of movie reviews doesn't stretch as far back as it should, but am I wrong in feeling that Nine is the first time people have been ragging on the critical behemoth known as Daniel Day-Lewis? It's almost as though some critics have been longing to tear him apart for ages. As per The Guardian: "Listen: can you hear a sort of whooshing and gurgling? That is the sound of Daniel Day-Lewis flushing his mystique down the toilet. He has mystifyingly taken the non-singing lead in a musical that is hideously naff, shallow, creepingly misogynist, badly acted and as phoney as a three-lire bill." Yikes. Surely you ought to rack up at least one or two more bombs before they write you off that way!
Day-Lewis gets so much press for being so deeply method that I constantly like to tell people to watch movies like The Boxer, »
- Elisabeth Rappe
AOL's Moviefone has released its 2009 year-end movies poll and one thing is clear -- moviegoers, at least the ones voting on Moviefone, loved "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The vampire romance saga was chosen as the Best Movie of the Year.
But my favorite question? "How would you rate 2009 overall," to which the answer was a resounding "Eh!"
Check out the full results of the Moviefone poll below:
1. What was the best movie of the year?
'New Moon' - 41%
'Avatar' - 14%
'The Hangover' - 13%
'Star Trek' - 11%
'Up' - 9%
'Inglourious Basterds' - 9%
'Up in the Air' - 2%
2. What was the worst movie of the year?
We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams. If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie. It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was. On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow. Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others. It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.
Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:
2009 – 11
2008 – 11
2007 – 7
2006 – 14
2005 – 12
2004 – 8
2003 – 7
2002 – 12
2001 – 10
2000 – 8
93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus
90. Tasogare Seibei »
- Movie Geeks
During this week's At the Movies, film critic Michael Phillips not only chose There Will be Blood as his favorite film of the decade, but he also called Daniel Day-Lewis' Daniel Plainview the performance of the new century. This, then, led me to think about the single best performances of the decade -- a list I haven't really seen too many people drawing up in these last moments of the year (partly because it's such a huge undertaking and partly because such a list should and could include well over a hundred different performances).
So I began combing over the films and performances that stood out for me over the past decade, and I, like Phillips, kept coming back to Daniel Plainview. Not only is Day-Lewis' performance stunning, scary and scandalous in every conceivable way, but Plainview -- and his greedy, conniving plans to strike it rich at the »
- Erik Davis
He Said – He Said … The Top 7 Films of the Decade
Our lists are done. We’ve checked them twice (and then some). Now there is only one thing left to do, complain, rant and argue. It’s time for the He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade.
It’s He (Jeff Bayer) and his list …
6. Moulin Rouge!
2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
He (Nick Allen) and his list …
7. The Band’s Visit
2. Talk to Her
Complete Coverage of Top 7 Films of the Decade
Top 7 Films of the Decade by Jeff Bayer
Top 7 Movies of the Decade by Nick Allen
He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade
Amazing. Not one movie in common. I’ve decided to let »
- Jeff Bayer
Seems that film studios received plenty of holiday cheer this past holiday weekend. Audiences flocked to a myriad of movies, which resulted in the highest grossing domestic box office on record. When the dust had cleared, a massive $278 Million had been earned at the box office, which bested the previous record ($260.8 Million) set by The Dark Knight opening weekend in July 2008. The top three films alone grossed over $190 Million, an astonishing number.
Avatar has many prognosticators eating crow, as it dropped only a few percentage points from its opening total and made about $75 Million, earning a solid first place finish. Its 10 day total now stands at $212 Million, and worldwide, the film has made over $617 Million! At this point, there is little question it will earn its purported $300-$500 Million budget back. After months of speculation, Fox studio heads can finally exhale a sigh of relief.
- Shannon Hood
A Dwarf Echoing a Giant
Rob Marshall’s Nine takes advantage of the enigmatic charm and seductive power of Rome and of film, both of which Fellini helped create. It seems only fitting that somebody (Maury Yeston) should come along to add another element: music. Now Rob Marshall has tackled the enormous task of creating a film adaptation of a musical that was an adaptation of a cinema classic and he has succeed in many areas, while falling short in others.
Let’s start positive: The Cast. The introduction to the women that have shaped Guido Contini (Daniel Day Lewis) was a beautiful parade of talented actresses from new cinema (Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard) and classic cinema (Dame Judi Dench and Sophia Loren). It was a weak overture, but watching film legends introduce the moral conflict of our protagonist was a strong open. »
- Eric Patton
From the Los Angeles Times' Company Town.
20th Century Fox's 3-D event film "Avatar" led the box office with a studio-estimated $75-million take in the U.S. and Canada.
Its minuscule drop of just 3% from last weekend's opening is a sign of extremely strong word of mouth and is continuing to fuel industry buzz that it could end up as one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, alongside "Avatar" director James Cameron's "Titanic." That would easily justify the massive $430 million that Fox and its financing partners invested in production and marketing.
"Avatar" has grossed $212.3 million domestically in just 10 days. As with other pictures, international grosses weren't available yet early this morning.
The new adaptation of "Sherlock Holmes" starring Robert Downey Jr. was also a hit this weekend, opening to a very strong $65.4 million domestically. Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Entertainment spent $90 million to produce the movie after the benefit of British tax credits, »
27 December 2009 8:04 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes” couldn’t crack the case of the crowded Christmas boxoffice, outfoxed by Fox-distributed “Avatar” in its second weekend and the scifi actioner’s remarkable marketplace hold.
James Cameron’s motion capture-and-live action epic used positive word of mouth and premium ticket charges in 3D venues to concoct a nearly imperceptible 2% decline from week-earlier grosses, topping domestic rankings with an estimated $75 million for a 10-day cume of $212.3 million.
“Sherlock” started strongly Friday with an opening-day record of $24.8 million in Christmas green stuff, but the Robert Downey Jr. starrer lost a bit of its boxoffice shine on each of the subsequent two days for a still-impressive $65.4 million bow.
Fox’s animated feature “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel” debuted in third with $50.2 million and a $77.1 cume since unspooling Wednesday. Universal’s romantic comedy “It’s Complicated” – starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin – debuted in fourth with a stronger-than-expected $22.1 million. »
- By Carl DiOrio
'Nine' movie gets "Ok" reviews from top movie critics. The Weinstein Company's new feature film entitled, "Nine" hit theaters today,and it garnered "just ok" reviews from top movie critics,mostly getting Cs,two Bs,and two Ds. It stars : Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Kate Hudson, Stacy Ferguson, and Sophia Loren Owen Gleiberman from Entertainment Weekly gave it a C. He said, "If there's a lesson to be learned from Nine, it's that writer's block is not a great subject for a musical." Chris Barsanti over at Filmcritic.com gave it a C. He stated, he was "wandering, sporadically entertaining." Kirk Honeycutt gave it a C. He said, " The disappointments here are many, from a starry cast the film ill-uses to flat musical numbers that never fully integrate into the dramatic story." »
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