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Tied for 1. I Am Love and I’M Still Here
My two favorite movie posters of 2010: one for one of my favorite films of the year, the other for a film that I didn’t even see (not from lack of desire, though Casey Affleck’s opening weekend fess-up dampened my enthusiasm somewhat), and a perfect pair.
I have a lot of affection for the simple movie poster that places perfectly chosen type on a beautiful film still, but these are something else. For one thing, their images are portraits rather than film stills (Tilda Swinton at her most elegant, Joaquin Phoenix at his most studiously disheveled), and for another, the title treatments are given equal billing to the image, seemingly fighting with it, potentially overwhelming it, ultimately embracing it. It’s nice to see serif and script fonts being used so stylishly in the age of sans-serif minimalism »
By far, the question we get most to our IFC News Podcast e-mail account and to our Twitter accounts is "How can I listen to older episodes of the podcasts?" Well good news podcasts fans; Christmas came a couple days late this year. While we're still working to make all our podcasts available on iTunes, we're pleased to present this complete archive page containing links to every single IFC News Podcast. That's right: every single one. Even the early ones that are embarrassingly terrible that you should never listen to. (Seriously. Don't do it.)
Still, if you've got 200+ hours at your disposal and you want to listen to the evolution of our podcast, now you can. And it has evolved. On our very first episode (a review of "Borat" from October 2006), we were barely capable of introducing ourselves (we also were pretty blatantly ripping off Filmspotting's review format). By episode »
- Matt Singer
It's hard to tell whether the title of Casey Affleck's now infamous spoof refers to the mental awareness of its protagonist or his place as one of the leading actors of his generation. In any case, Joaquin Phoenix provides a stunning performance in I'm Still Here, playing himself as a tired and bellicose actor who gives up the gilded life of an A-list star to pursue his ambition to enter the world of rap.
Finding any takers for his career change hard to come by, Phoenix begins to slide into a haze of drugs and alcohol, growing a sizeable paunch and equally noticeable beard. However, despite the constant speculation in the press of a hoax, the Gladiator star uses his cachet to approach successful hip-hop producer Sean Combs whilst being pressured into publicity for his 'last ever film', the mediocre Two Lovers.
Not only is I'm Still Here an immensely funny film, »
No one can imbue narration with a shroud of absurd bleakness quite like legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog. His chilling voiceovers on documentaries like “Grizzly Man” or “Caves of Forgotten Dreams” instantly turn your spine into glass and drown you in a pit of despair.
Now what if he read the most famous Christmas poem of all time? You can bet your ass those stockings will Not be hung by the chimney with care, that’s for darn sure.
Ryan Iverson has created a 2-minute YouTube video that answers this question in spades, here’s just a taste…
“‘Twas the night before Christmas, a season ruled by all-consuming desire… ”
Iverson’s impression of Herzog is dead-on, and has also done videos of “Herzog” reading “Madeline” and “Curious George.” We kinda wish the man who covered Klaus Kinski with insanity monkeys, pulled a steamship through the Peruvian jungle, and saved Joaquin Phoenix »
- Max Evry
Bright young thing Anne Hathaway (who has more than adequately made the leap from child actor to fully fledged movie star) has been taking to BBC Radio 4 programme Front Row about her plans for the Judy Garland biopic she’s involved with.
Her name has been mentioned as far back as early 2009 in regards to the adaptation of Gerald Clarke‘s Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland, which has a home with The Weinstein Company. Hathaway is still very much involved, and appears to be intent on ensuring that the actress and singer’s life story is told properly – a decision which is creating a prolonged development process.
“We’ve taking our time with it. I know it seems like it’s sort of an endless process but it’s very, very slow incremental steps. I had a meeting about it a couple of weeks ago and we’re all very motivated. »
- Adam Lowes
An alien invasion movie, a stately adaptation of a Christopher Isherwood story about a man in mourning, a vibrant piece of UK hip-hop and the debut from Burt Bacharach's latest protege are among the contenders for this year's Guardian First Film and First Album awards, the shortlists for which are announced today.
The awards – won last year by Gideon Koppel for Sleep Furiously, his documentary about a dying Welsh hill village, and the xx for their eponymous album – reward the best film made by a first-time director from anywhere in the world, and the best debut album from a British artist. Koppel and the xx will be among the judges for the 2010 awards.
- Michael Hann
Australian actor Damon Herriman (TV’s Justified) has been cast as the Lindbergh-baby kidnapper, Bruno Hauptmann, in director Clint Eastwood’s upcoming biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, according to his manager. IndieWire initially reported the casting; the 40-year-old actor joins Leonardo DiCaprio and The Social Network’s Armie Hammer, who have already been hired to portray the longtime F.B.I. director and his assistant (and supposed gay lover), respectively.
- Jeff Labrecque
Courtesy Very Awesome World
Two years ago, author Dallas Clayton (below) self-published his first tome, An Awesome Book! ($16), to major acclaim. The colorful picture book, which he made available online, was a hit with everyone — and he was in, well, awe.
“I just made it for my son,” Clayton tells People Moms & Babies. “Having it go online and sort of catch fire, and sell out… those are the kinds of things you wish for when you write a book about dreaming big. But you don’t understand the scope of it until someone from a country you’ve never been »
So Jon Favreau has bailed on Iron Man 3 to the surprise of absolutely no-one and he’ll spend the next couple of years re-tracing his childhood routes hanging around with Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and the gang at Disney. Basically, he will be transforming himself into the biggest 44 year old kid by taking on the dream job of helming a Magic Kingdom film, an adventure movie that’s literally set in a Disneyland Theme Park where the rides and characters come to life!
What he leaves behind at Marvel is of course their marquee character, Iron Man. The character that gave Marvel a film franchise, a franchise that gave Marvel a production company and proved that they might just get away with their audacious plans for an unprecedented cinematic comic book continuity that stretches over half a dozen films in a decade, with the promise of further expansion if the »
- Matt Holmes
It’s easy enough to predict who will snag an Oscar—but more interesting are the unconventional performances that are just as good, but will never be so honored. In New York , Bilge Ebiri and Logan Hill list this year’s 25 best, most likely to be overlooked, performances: Chloe Moretz, Kick-Ass : “Any 13-year-old girl unleashing a tornado of foul-mouthed violence would’ve been shocking, but Moretz offered way more.” Joaquin Phoenix, I’m Still Here : “Everybody ridiculed Phoenix for his fake attempt to become a rapper, but we all failed to realize that we were witnessing the role of a lifetime: raw, uneasy, »
- Evann Gastaldo
This modern-day tale of deception, which purports to be a documentary, is one of the year's most intriguing pictures
The most highly regarded American film in a year that has seen the fifth anniversary of YouTube is also the most topical: The Social Network, the story of the creation of Facebook. But just as widely discussed and altogether more controversial is the low-budget movie Catfish, which purports to be a documentary about an encounter involving Facebook between people from very different social backgrounds. It cost something like $30,000 to make, and on a limited release has taken $3m at the box office, which makes it a phenomenon of Blair Witch Project dimensions.
At the centre of Catfish is Yaniv Schulman, known as Nev, a young, New York-based photographer specialising in pictures of dancers. He receives an email from Angela Faccio, a housewife in smalltown Michigan, sending him a naive but rather »
- Philip French
Documentaries in the dock, a rating revision for Blue Valentine, and why this year's Oscar may go to… its presenter
Docs in the dock
A landmark legal case is looming in which a film genre will find itself defined by law. The makers of Catfish are being sued by the record label of an artist whose music appears in the film. The film-makers will argue in court that it is "fair use" because their film is a documentary. "It's frustrating that our film has been lumped into the category of 'is it or isn't it?'" Nev Schulman, the subject of the film, told me last week. "It all happened to me, so I know it's real and we feel it's the very definition of documentary – it's real life, shown as it happened, in chronological order, no scripted voice-over or set-up interviews. It's a collage of document: video, text, graphic, »
- Jason Solomons
Just what were Den Of Geek’s favourite films of 2010? Our writers put forward their personal choices, in our mammoth round-up...
The year’s nearly over and the season of turkey beckons. As 2010 draws to a close, what better time to pick over the films of the last 12 months? Here, then, are the writers of Den Of Geek’s five favourite films of the year, along with their most despised misfire of 2010.
And at the bottom, we’ve got the round-up of the overall top ten (it'll take a bit of scrolling if you want to go directly there!). So, what’s our absolute favourite movie of the year? Read on to find out…
3. Toy Story 3
4. Robin Hood
Stinker of the year: The Other Guys
I love a good historical epic, and in a summer dominated by sequels, remakes and reboots, »
The possibility that this documentary has been faked – or semi-faked, or restaged, or sneakily improved in the edit – is infuriating. It really is an intriguing modern tale of communication, intimacy, self-knowledge and the web: a great companion to The Social Network. Even if it were presented as fiction, it would still be startling, but had the film-makers Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman pitched it that way to a hard-faced Hollywood executive, he might have sunk it just by wondering about the absence of Skype. Of this, more in a moment.
Cinema audiences have recently experienced Joaquin Phoenix's hip-hop career in I'm Still Here, and the startling pop art works of "Mr Brainwash" in Banksy's tongue-in-cheek film Exit Through the Gift Shop, »
- Peter Bradshaw
- Forget Best Movies of the year. The Daily Beast is handing out honors via another type of list altogether: Most Improved Stars of 2010. The only name included that will also be seen on many Top Film and Top Performances lists? James Franco. Tdb says "[this] Renaissance man did so much serious work this year that some critics wondered if it was all part of a Joaquin Phoenix-style elaborate joke." He is accompanied by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, Toy Story's Woody, and geriatric comedienne Betty White, whose irreverent hilarity should make Tina Fey "feel threatened." - NYMag, meanwhile, lists nine directors who, while under the age of thirty, couldn't have shot their indie films anywhere but New York City. »
I am a fan of Cusack. I fall in love with the man over and over each time he puts out a film. I'm hoping this is the case when The Raven comes out. Sure, he'll be great, it's Cusack. In the beginning it was rumored that Joaquin Phoenix would fill the shoes of the writer with Jeremy Renner as police inspector Fields. Ewan McGregor's name was also once brought up as a possible Poe. Well, all of those actors eventually dropped the film then Cusack won the lead with Luke Evans as Fields. »
- Niki Stephens
I've always been a bit of a purist, maintaining that in a theater is still the best place to see a film. I even opt to support the independently run theaters as much as possible rather than fork my money over to the AMCs of the world, something my girlfriend makes fun of me for.
Yet last night we were feeling lazy and went the Video On Demand route and split a paltry $6.99 on All Good Things. This isn't a review, but I'd highly recommend it -- even at full price.
But then I opened up the winter schedule from the art house theater down the street to find All Good Things will be opening there on Christmas Day (odd placement for a moody murder mystery if you ask me) and thought to myself, "What's the point?" Unless, of course, you're one of those people who don't have cable. Yes, »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Rocker Pete Doherty, more famed for his antics than his music, is moving on to acting. The frontman for British bands Babyshambles and The Libertines has landed his first leading role as 19th century French writer Alfred de Musset.
The yet-untitled biopic is a low-budget French production and is reportedly based on De Musset’s fictional autobiography, Confession of a Child of the Century. It will also star Charlotte Gainsbourg. More details after the jump.
“We start shooting in Paris on December 27,” Doherty told The Sun. “The storyline centers around a love triangle, so it’s pretty intense and romantic.”
He claims he doesn’t know why he got the part. “I don’t know if I’m a good actor but they say I am,” he told The Sun oh-so-modestly. (Who are “they”?)
Allow me to speculate, Pete.
Pete Doherty loves France and often performs in Paris, so much »
- Talia Soghomonian
Armie Hammer is apparently in talks to join Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover movie, according to a report by Entertainment Weekly. Hammer will take on the role of FBI official Clyde Tolson (which was the part that Joaquin Phoenix was linked to not so long ago). There are persistent rumours that suggest Tolson and Hoover were secretly lovers. Following an impressive performance (or should that be performances?) as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network, this would really put Hammer on the map. The actor, who is the great grandson of famous...
- Matt Maytum
I was waiting for news like this to hit! One of my favorite break-out actors of this year is Armie Hammer, a talented, smart and handsome fellow who always stole the show on screen as the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network. Hammer was also cast as Batman in George Miller's Justice League movie and had trained for months for it. Entertainment Weekly now reports that Hammer has booked a role in Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar, the new title, about FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. DiCaprio is still starring, but Hammer will be playing Clyde Tolson, Hoover's alleged lover, a role that Joaquin Phoenix was recently rumored for. As a recap, J. Edgar is Eastwood's Hoover biopic taking a deeper look at the man who founded the FBI in 1935 and is responsible for putting together an elite organization tasked with investigating and preventing the most dangerous, »
- Alex Billington
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