Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Guardians Of The Galaxy looks really weird. It does, after all, feature a talking tree and a gun-loving anthropomorphic raccoon. Weird yes, but undoubtedly Awesome. The film, which is likely going to be Marvel’s least conventional superhero movie yet, tells the story of a team of alien outcasts that defend, not the earth, but the entire galaxy from potentially apocalyptic threats.
In the past months we have been finding out more about Guardians, which had been largely mysterious since its announcement. We even got an intentionally confusing teaser for it during the credits of Thor: The Dark World, which revealed that an odd-looking Benicio Del Toro is gathering together a collection of alien artefacts for some unknown and ominous purpose. Now, Chris Pratt, who portrays the Guardians’ human leader Star-Lord, has discussed with Fandango why the film and the character appealed to him:
“Just the fact that he was »
- Tom Durbin
During a recent interview with Fandango, actor Chris Pratt talks more about his role as Star-Lord in director James Gunn's upcoming film The Guardians of the Galaxy. This is going to be a very different Marvel film than what the movie fans are used to. It is a very different part of the universe, but it's going to be awesome!
Pratt talks about landing the role, how much he knew before he got it, and why he took they part.
“Just the fact that he was part of the Marvel brand was really exciting. I was signed up to do the movie before I was even allowed to read a script, so it wasn't like something about this particular character that got me to do it. The fact that it was a Marvel movie is what got me to do it. Granted, once I did read it there were »
- Joey Paur
I made my Slim Pickings joke last week and this week, I got nothing. Things are a bit better this week anyway with a nice mixture of the new, the old and the quirky independent that has gone straight to VOD.
I imagine things will pick up massively into December as Now TV adds Iron Man 3 and Oz: The Great and Powerful and then the other service providers try and compete.
For now though below are the films to look out for this week, Enjoy!
The latest horror film to borrow Guillermo Del Toro’s name in order to present itself, is this ghost story from director Andres Muschietti. Jessica Chastain plays a woman who reluctantly becomes foster-mother to her partners’ two nieces after they are recovered from living feral in the wilderness. The problem is the girls were looked after by something nasty in the woods and »
- Chris Holt
"Just the fact that he was part of the Marvel brand was really exciting," Pratt told Fandango.
"I was signed up to do the movie before I was even allowed to read a script, so it wasn't like something about this particular character that got me to do it. The fact that it was a Marvel movie is what got me to do it.
"Granted, once I did read it there were so many things about the character that I love, and one thing is that he's very much a kid at heart. He's like a man-child.
"And I like the idea that he's got a false sense of bravado. »
Josh Hutcherson, who plays “Hunger Games” victor Peeta in the blockbuster franchise, will next be seen in “Paradise Lost,” a 2014 drama in which he stars as a surfer who meets the girl of his dreams in Colombia — then meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar (Benicio Del Toro). See video: ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s’ Josh Hutcherson Is Just So Punchable in ‘SNL’ Promo Last May, Hutcherson’s production company, JetLag Productions, announced he will star in and produce “Ape.” Directed by Miguel Sapochnik (“Repo Men”), the dark psychological thriller focuses on a young man’s struggle with mental illness, love and a deep-rooted family. »
- Wrap Staff
With roles in Avatar, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, Zoe Saldana is quickly becoming a fan favourite in the sci-fi genre, and next year we'll see her heading back into space as she links up with Marvel Studios for the cosmic superhero ensemble Guardians of the Galaxy, where she's set to play Gamora, the adopted daughter of Thanos. During an interview with MTV (via ComicBookMovie) to promote the release of her latest film Out of the Furnace, Saldana offered some insight into what drew her to the role in the James Gunn-directed Phase Two offering...
"[It's] a new way to view superheroes. I love sometimes the consistency of what the classics have left behind, but I need innovation. You can only have so much of, ‘I’ll save you!’ After a while, it’s ‘Oh God, does he go to the bathroom? Is he hungry?’ It’s like, »
- Gary Collinson
Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana have both been making promotional rounds for their upcoming films, Delivery Man and Out of the Furnace, and while doing so, the Guardians of the Galaxy stars have offered a little more about their roles in the Marvel adaptation. As Pratt implied to Movie Fanatic that Star-Lord will give a Braveheart-esque speech at some point in the movie, the actor chatted with IGN about possible reshoots, Benicio Del Toro and Bradley Cooper voicing Rocket Raccoon. “Marvel does a really good job of putting reshoots into their budgets,” said Pratt when asked about potential additional photography on Guardians of the Galaxy. “So, it's built into the budget already for us to go back and reshoot things. I'd be surprised if we didn't got back and reshoot some things. That's just because, by the time they polish the movie and have the final assembly done, there're gonna »
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Next year Marvel Studios is going to release Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a property not many people are familiar with, but I have a feeling it's going to blow audiences away. It's going to be the most different film that Marvel has done, but the characters and setting are awesome. We all kind of got our first look at the film at the end of Thor: The Dark World.
In a recent interview with MTV, Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora in the film, says the movie will be a different experience. She also talks about the innovation of superheroes and how amazing it will be.
"A new way to view superheroes. I mean I love sometimes the consistency of what the classics have left behind, but I need innovation, and you can only have so much of 'I'll save you!' after a while it's like 'Oh god, »
- Joey Paur
There will digital blood in the streets of ’14. The first to get their portrait of Pablo Escobar out first, might “win” the battle of the biopics. On a regular, annual basis, Sundance has served as a festival where a known actor can unveil his/her debut behind the camera, there might be a couple of those type of debuts year, of which we might want to include Andrea Di Stefano (Life of Pi). To be honest – this might be my Hail Mary pass pick of the 80 predictions as Pathe Int. doesn’t really do Sundance with their bigger budget films, but this Paradise Lost (not to be confused with the West Memphis Three trilogy) which was shot in Panama in March, has got a cast in Brady Corbet, Josh Hutcherson, Ana Girardot, Claudia Traisac and Benicio Del Toro that would make Eccles crowds salivate.
Gist: Paradise Lost: The Untold »
- Eric Lavallee
After the solo sequels Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios is set to take its Cinematic Universe into deep space for the penultimate entry in Phase Two, Guardians of the Galaxy, which sees Parks and Recreation's Chris Pratt leading a team of cosmic superheroes as Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star Lord. During an interview with Pratt ahead of the release of his latest film Delivery Man, The Huffington Post managed to grab a few words from the Guardians' leader about the tone of the James Gunn-directed superhero ensemble.
"It should be really fun. I think it should be really fun. But, that being said, it takes the dramatic beats seriously. I men, it takes itself seriously when it needs to. Just as a whole it doesn't take itself too seriously. But, it definitely takes it's dramatic moments seriously. And »
- Gary Collinson
In Universal Home Entertainment’s 2 Guns, when an attempt to take down a drug cartel blows up in their faces, two undercover operatives are forced to go on the run together, though neither knows that the other is a federal agent. Suddenly, everyone on both sides of the law wants them dead, and their only hope is to trust each other. Featuring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg, we celebrate the Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD release on November 19, by revisiting some of the most memorable buddies in blue.
Axel Foley & Detective Rosewood – Beverly Hills Cop
While Eddy Murphy and Judge Reinhold have made names for themselves in today’s pop culture, it’s easy to argue that Beverly Hills Cop launched their now successful film careers. With Axel as the mouth behind the duo, and Rosewood as the partner getting him out of trouble each time, there match up is as timeless as the film. »
- Robert Greenberger
Soderbergh’s film came out on November 27, 2002 to middling reviews and a commercial drubbing by seasonal box office heavyweights like Die Another Day. To say that his film has acquired a cult fanbase would be an overstatement. It is still largely dismissed in favor of Tarkovsky’s canonical picture and is seen as a curiosity among Soderbergh die-hards.
Much like Steven Spielberg’s science fiction fable, AI: Artificial Intelligence (released only a year before), the dismissal of Soderbergh’s film primarily stems from critics who either have never seen it or do not understand it. In fact, Solaris and AI are kindred science fiction souls of the early 2000s. Both films were produced by auteurs at the height of their prominence (Soderbergh was still coming off »
- Shane Ramirez
The Screen Actors Guild, which numbers more than 100,000, has been bestowing competive awards since 1994. Despite the actors branch making up 20% of the 6,000 Oscar voters, only two-thirds of SAG champs have won over the academy as well. Compare that to the 90% success rate of the Directors Guild of America at presaging which helmer will prevail at the Oscars. Over the 19-year history of the SAG Awards, guild members have handed out 76 trophies. Their choices have forecast the Academy Awards winners just 51 times -- 53 if you count Benicio del Toro, who won in lead at SAG in 2000 for "Traffic" and supporting at the Oscars and Kate Winslet who did the reverse, winning supporting at SAG in 2008 for "The Reader" and lead at the Oscars. Here is the year-by-year breakdown of how many SAG winners repeated at the Oscars. 1994: 3 out of 4 1995: 2 out of 4 1996: 3 out of 4 1997: 4 out of 4 (Kim Basinger and Gloria Stuart t. »
(Cbr) For every hardcore Marvel fan disappointed by "Iron Man 3‘s" complete refusal to look to the stars – especially following "Marvel’s the Avengers‘" mid-credits Thanos reveal – "Thor: The Dark World‘s" mid-credits scene seems designed to give the more cosmically-inclined crowd what they want. Spoiler alert, but "The Dark World‘s" mid-credits scene places Sif and Volstagg in a setting we’ve never seen before: a corner of the Collector’s tricked-out showroom. There, Benicio Del Toro – disguised completely in the Collector’s Space Liberace persona – takes the ancient Aether out of the Asgardians’ hands, thus keeping this Infinity Stone separate from the one »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
Having now gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Harrison Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, Ben Kingsley (twice) and Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game, Hugo) has signed on to play Clive Owen’s adversary in the upcoming comedy King of the Kastle.
The film is being written and directed by Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka, who wrote the 2011 Jonah Hill vehicle The Sitter. It concerns a middle aged philanderer (Owen) who is caught and blackmailed by a teenager (Butterfield). The only other cast member announced thus far is two time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook) in an as yet unspecified role.
It’s an interesting premise considering that both actors headlining the film aren’t exactly known for their comedic chops, but anyone who’s seen Shoot ‘Em Up knows what Owen can do with overtly comedic material, and Butterfield is probably likewise »
- Steven Attanasie
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ release date postponed to Valentine’s Day 2015 (photo: Shirtless Jamie Dornan) Valentine’s Day 2015 will get a lot kinkier than Valentine’s Days of years past — well … depending on your concept of "kink." Universal Pictures has announced that the movie version of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, likely to get either a tame (for sex) R or an even tamer PG-13 rating from the prudes at the Motion Picture Association of America, has a new release date: Friday, February 13, 2015, the day before Valentine’s Day and the start of President’s Day weekend in the United States. To be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy), Fifty Shades of Grey is set to star Henry Cavill-look-alike Jamie Dornan (Flying Home) as billionaire and S&M aficionado Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson (21 Jump Street) as his ready, willing, and able sex pal. Fifty Shades of Grey »
- Zac Gille
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 14 Nov 2013 - 06:19
The overlooked greats of the year 1998 come under the spotlight in our list of its 25 underappreciated movies...
Dominated as it was by the financial success of two giant killer asteroid movies, gross-out comedy hit There's Something About Mary and Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, 1998 proved to be an extraordinary year for cinema.
Okay, so history doesn't look back too fondly on Roland Emmerich's mishandled Godzilla remake, and Lethal Weapon 4 was hardly the best buddy-cop flick ever made, despite its handsome profit. But search outside the top-10 grossing films of that year, and you'll find all kinds of spectacular modern classics: Peter Weir's wonderful The Truman Show, John Frankenheimer's rock-solid thriller Ronin, and Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line.
Then there was The Big Lebowski, the Coen brothers' sublime comedy that has since become a deserved and oft-quoted cult favourite. »
Universal Pictures just turned Valentine’s Day 2015 into a sure thing for millions of men. The studio is moving its release date for the movie adaptation of the erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey out of next summer and onto Valentine’s Day weekend 2015, turning what was sure to be a Girls Night Out event into an epic Date Night.
The news, reported exclusively in this week’s EW cover story, comes on the heels of the studio’s announcement that it has pushed the start of production in Vancouver back a month to allow for the production to prep with its new leading man, »
- Nicole Sperling
Not only can Leonardo DiCaprio throw one of the coolest birthday parties in NYC, but he can also raise a significant amount of money for charity. The actor hosted a charity 39th birthday party for himself at Tao Downtown in the Big Apple last night. Leo raised $3 million for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation with a special auction that included two bottles of Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 1921, which were featured in The Great Gatsby, and a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted Roségold Mathusalem of Dom Pérignon. Leo also celebrated with a private dinner with Martin Scorsese, Orlando Bloom, Edward Norton, Benicio del Toro, Tobey Maguire, and Yankee stars Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. After his star-studded feast, Leo had a prime spot in front of the stage, where Kanye West and 2 Chainz performed for the birthday boy, who danced with his arms around girlfriend Toni Garrn. At one point, Leo even kissed Toni while Kanye gave him a shout-out. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
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