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2009 was another big year for movies thanks to, in varying degrees, the recession, 3D ticket prices and Taylor Lautner’s abs. For funsies we have compiled a fairly trivial movie calendar for the year that was. Here you will find all the big events that, for whatever reason, may not have gotten a lot of media coverage. Hit the jump to begin reminiscing about the past 12 months:
16- Mall cops lose what little public respect they had. (Paul Blart: Mall Cop)
13- The rules of scary movies are upheld. (Friday the 13th)
20- Madea goes to jail. »
- David Corbin
Top 25 Movies of 2009 Introduction, Honorable Mentions and Movies #21 - 25
What's your overall opinion of the movies of 2009? I ask because moving into December I would have called it a downer year, and if you base your opinion of a year's worth of movies on the blockbusters of the year you may be a bit mixed. While films such as Star Trek, District 9 and Avatar found fans all around the world, films such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Terminator Salvation, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Angels and Demons and Watchmen were met with mixed-to-highly-negative reviews from critics and filmgoers alike. A lot of money was made, but I think we all know money doesn't always translate to quality.
- Brad Brevet
Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry
List # 1
By Alex Simon
When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.
1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Editor’S Note: Every day for the next month, indieWIRE will be republishing profiles and interviews from the past ten years (in their original, retro format) with some of the people that have defined independent cinema in the first decade of this century. Today, we’ll step back to 2008 with an interview indieWIRE’s Anthony Kaufman had with Steven Soderbergh upon the release of his two-part “Che.” iW Interview | Viva La Revolution: … »
The annual Animal Rescue Foundation Celebrity Pet Calendar is out now, featuring some of your favorite stars and their best friends.
Arf was created in 1991 by Tony and Elaine La Russa to address the needs of companion animals. Arf saves dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters and brings people and animals together to enrich each others lives. Arf strives to create a world where every loving dog and cat has a home, where every lonely person has a companion animal, and where children learn to care.
This year’s calendar features famous faces such as Jenna Fischer, Celebrity Dog Trainer Victoria Stilwell, Iron Chef Cat Cora, Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, Holly Madison, Warren Buffett, Chairman of Starbucks Coffee Howard Schultz and Fox News Anchor Greta Van Susteren, country singer Dierks Bentley, comedian Paul Rodriguez and many more.
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Just as the Tiger Woods scandal snuck up on sports writers in this tail end of '09, New York Times critic Manohla Dargis' f-bomb filled interview on the state of women in Hollywood has become the gift that has just kept giving this holiday season for those who still enjoy a good old fashioned critical beatdown.
It's a worthy capper for a year that began with Variety critic John Anderson literally punching producer's rep Jeff Dowd at Sundance over his negative opinion of "Dirt! The Movie." (He never wrote the review after the incident or the parody videos that followed.)
Overall, it's been an interesting year for criticism and film writing in general, as massive media layoffs have led to established names making their mark online. With fewer positions, more writers are having to become a jack-of-all-trades and then compete with those who understood this as a fact of life long ago. »
- Stephen Saito
Chicago – The film and TV journey of “M*A*S*H” was recently present at the Hollywood Celebrities Show in Rosemont, Illinois. From the film, Elliott Gould and Sally Kellerman were there, as well as Gregory Harrison of “Trapper John, M.D.”
HollywoodChicago.com put the three stars through their interview paces at the event and also asked them to pose for Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto.
The saga of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, based in Korea during that war, spawned a virtual entertainment industry. The book called “M*A*S*H,” by Richard Hooker (a pseudonym for Dr. Richard Hornberger) was released in 1968 and was a publishing sensation.
The legendary director Robert Altman made his mark with the film version in 1970. And then, of course, the M*A*S*H fate was sealed in the guise of the extremely popular TV sitcom from 1972-1983. So popular was the series, »
Ten films that didn't live up to expectations Ten Most Disappointing Films of 2009
This year I've decided I'm not going to write a "Worst of 2009" list. What's the point? If you must you can visit the review archives for 2009, sort by grade and find my reviews of Fanboys, The Last House on the Left, All About Steve and I Love You Beth Cooper and then fill in six of your choosing from the "D" section and be done with it. Instead, I'm going back to what I've done only one other time and going to take a look back at the films that ended up disappointing me on one lever or another.
This way I don't have to talk about The Marc Pease Experience or Bride Wars. Year One and Whiteout don't need further dicussion and neither does G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra of Fighting. Instead I can »
- Brad Brevet
2010 is quickly approaching, and the timing seems right to begin a new endeavor: The Criterion Column. At least once a month, this column will provide information about upcoming releases from The Criterion Collection and highlight titles that may be of interest to Twitch readers. This column will also be complimented by timely reviews of upcoming Criterion and Eclipse releases as well as discussions of gems in the company's back catalog.
This first volume of this column is dedicated to a list of all announced releases for January, February and March of 2010. The data fields are in the following order: Director, Title, Format(s), Street Date, and Regional Availability. Each title is linked to the relevant entry at The Criterion Collection website. This list will be updated as new titles are announced.
Wim Wenders, Paris, Texas, DVD & Bd, »
As part of Warner's 2010 new theatrical combo pack initiative, The Informant! on Blu-ray will come packaged with a DVD version of the film as well as a digital copy.
On the tech side, look for The Informant! in high-def to be presented in 1.85:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features include one Blu-ray exclusive and not much else.
Warner has priced The Informant! on Blu-ray at $35.99. Have a look at the cover art below and check back regularly for the addition of an Amazon.com pre-order link.
You can bring home Matt Damon as one of history's biggest whistleblowers on DVD and Blu-ray this coming February 23. The Informant will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on February 23. The standard DVD will be priced at $28.98 Srp and the Bd will go for $35.99 Srp. The film stars Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Joel Mchale and Melanie Lynskey. What was Mark Whitacre thinking? A rising star at agri-industry giant Archer Daniels Midland (Adm), Whitacre suddenly turns whistleblower. Even as he exposes his company's multi-national price-fixing conspiracy to the FBI, Whitacre envisions himself being hailed as a hero of the common man and handed a promotion. But before all that can happen, the FBI needs evidence, so Whitacre eagerly agrees to wear a wire and carry a hidden tape recorder in his briefcase, imagining himself as a kind of de facto secret agent. Unfortunately for the FBI, their lead witness hasn't been »
Just recently New York Times critic Manohla Dargis made some waves with an interview she gave using some salty language and calling out a few people here and there. Today she delivers a list of her favorite films of 2009.
While beating the dead horse that is the hatred for such films as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen she also has a few kind words for some films that didn't make her ultimate list such as Star Trek, Julie and#038; Julia (agree keep the Julie), Duplicity, A Perfect Getaway, Up and A Single Man.
I have listed her top 13 directly below as she listed them, "in order of their domestic release" with links to my reviews where available. Following that is a list of her "other favorites." Like I said when I linked to her interview, "I have mixed feelings when it comes to »
- Brad Brevet
Congratulations to our 3 winners! Jeffrie Vega, Pat Reid and David Cliffe.
To celebrate the UK release of Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience, we have 3 impossibly cool posters to give away signed by the film's elusive leading lady, 21 year old porn star Sasha Grey.
Grey takes the lead as a highly sought after call girl, running her own business on her own terms, all with the full backing of her boyfriend. Soderbergh's film unpicks the convoluted world of high-end escorts who provide men with the ultimate 'Girlfriend Experience'.
To be in with a chance of getting your grubby mitts on one of the posters, simply email me here with your favourite cinematic call girl. Winners will be drawn at random on 13th December and you must be a UK resident to qualify.
The Girlfriend Experience is at UK cinemas from 4th December, and you can find out more here.
Rohan Sippy has said that he wants to make realistic films like Steven Soderbergh. The director, whose latest movie is about drug-peddling in Goa, claimed that he was inspired by the American filmmaker's drama Traffic. "I want to get into the cinema verite with this film," Rohan told Ians. "I'm deeply inspired by the realistic style used in Steven Soderbergh's (more) »
- By Will Astbury
Slamdance unveiled additions to its 16th run, with three more features and its shorts competition line up today. Sixty-four films of all genres from around the world will compete in the festival’s shorts competition. This compares to 86 which screened last year. The announcement follows last week’s announcement for the narrative and documentary competition roster, including Steven Soderbergh’s world premiere, “And Everything Is Going Fine.” Special screenings include the world debut … »
Golden Globe nominations: the 2010 list in full
The movie about a corporate downsizing expert received six nods: best film, best director, best actor for the film's star, George Clooney, best screenplay and two supporting actress nominations, for Anna Kendrick and Vera Farmiga.
The film has generally been considered a comedy, but its inclusion in the drama category could give it more weight as a potential favourite for the Oscars, which traditionally favours more serious fare.
- Catherine Shoard
by Erik Childress
For the first time since 2005 with Brokeback Mountain, the New York Film Critics have agreed with Los Angeles in their selections for Best Film and Director. Today the East Coast Circle announced The Hurt Locker and director Kathryn Bigelow have taken their top prizes, just one day after Boston and L.A. did the same. This is the fifth straight critic's group to honor Bigelow as director of the year after the National Board of Review led off awards season by choosing Clint Eastwood for Invictus. Apparently they felt Eastwood was a better "get" for their annual celebrity party than Bigelow, but there's currently no bigger shining star than her. The only times that NY & La agreed on their choice for director since 1999 - 2000's Steven Soderbergh and 2005's Ang Lee - they went on to victory at the Oscars.
This is also the fifth straight victory »
- Cinematical staff
When I predicted that Steven Soderbergh would come to Park City with his Spaulding Gray documentary, I was pegging it as a Sundance premiere, when in fact, the filmmaker who presented The Girlfriend Experience as a surprise screening last year, is renewing his rapport with the festival just down the street -- he once showed Schizopolis there. - When I predicted that Steven Soderbergh would come to Park City with his Spaulding Gray documentary, I was pegging it as a Sundance premiere, when in fact, the filmmaker who presented The Girlfriend Experience as a surprise screening last year, is renewing his rapport with the festival just down the street -- he once showed Schizopolis there. I had forgotten about Soderbergh mentioning a Slamdance visit beforehand. Formerly going by the title of his incomplete monologue (Life Interrupted), with the amount of invested time that Soderbergh put into this, »
I remember during my visit at the Cannes' 60th edition thinking to myself how Cannes is a "boys club" in relation to the count them on one hand number of female filmmakers that were invited to participate on the unique short film collection celebrating the festival. Males tend to outnumber female filmmakers in general, but at Sundance you sometimes get the sense that its an even playing field. - I remember during my visit at the Cannes' 60th edition thinking to myself how Cannes is a "boys club" in relation to the count them on one hand number of female filmmakers that were invited to participate on the unique short film collection celebrating the festival. Males tend to outnumber female filmmakers in general, but at Sundance you sometimes get the sense that its an even playing field. Here's another five predictions for the upcoming edition of Sundance. Jack Goes Boating »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
We'll find out the exact line-up soon enough and I'll see just how my predictions pan out for the upcoming edition of Sundance. - We'll find out the exact line-up soon enough and I'll see just how my predictions pan out for the upcoming edition of Sundance. For practicality reasons, here is a quick listing, I've included the titles below and if you want to familiarize yourself with the projects, you can go back and check out last week's brief summaries: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI, Part VII, Part VIII, Part IX. Would be surprised if these weren't at the festival: »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
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