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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. »
This has been a big year for blockbuster films - a year that we've been waiting for a long time. Joss Whedon delivered his version of The Avengers; Christopher Nolan completed his Dark Knight Trilogy with The Dark Knight Rises; Gary Ross kicked off the start of The Hunger Games franchise; Bill Condon ended Twilight; Peter Jackson went back to Middle-earth for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; Ridley Scott returned to the universe of Alien with Prometheus; and Sam Mendes made one of the best James Bond movies ever with Skyfall. Movie-goers were excited to go to the movies in 2012 and they showed their approval with their wallets. And now that the results are in it appears it paid off. USA Today is reporting with five days left in the year that 2012 is the highest grossing year on record in Hollywood history and is the first time since 2009 that ticket »
2012 wasn’t a bad year for movies. It was actually a great year. The problem is, the movies we were most anticipating, specifically the Hollywood blockbusters like Prometheus and The Hobbit, didn’t live up to our expectations. With that said I still managed to make a list of 50 films I loved. Maybe I just have bad taste or maybe I just love movies but the most time consuming factor when making this list was sitting down and deciding what makes the cut and what doesn’t. Even with 50 films listed below, I found it hard to not include movies like Frankenweenie, The Loneliest Planet, Footnote, Compliance, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, and Searching For Sugar Man. Come to think of it, every film featured on our list of best documentaries could have easily snuck into this list. I haven’t seen everything of course. Below is »
People tend to dismiss the word “overrated” as convenient shorthand for writers to tell other people that their opinions are wrong and that they should feel bad for having them. And... yeah, that about sums it up. So without further ado, here are my annual picks for the 10 most “overrated” movies of the year! #10.) The Hunger Games Why People Liked It: Because you always thought that Battle Royale could have used Miley Cyrus’ fiancé and some mutant CG dogs, or maybe your name is Bumblethatch Hoggledeuce, and you’ve finally found a movie to vindicate decades of merciless mockery. More likely, a tripod killed your parents and Gary Ross’ incomprehensible direction is the closest thing you’ll ever get to revenge. Why...
- David Ehrlich
30: Moonrise Kingdom – Beach Scene
Director Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom has had mixed reviews here at Sound On Sight. But just about every one of us agrees that the goofy dance sequence to Francoise Hardy’s “Le Temps De L’amour” – which leads to an uncomfortable first kiss/first arousal, is by far the highlight of the pic. Moonrise Kingdom is tender, sweet, smart, low-key and yes sometimes awkward. And hey, the scene works just as well in French. See the clip below.
29: Looper – Torture
One of the major plot points in Looper is the matter of the “Loopers” having to assassinate themselves 30 years into the future – but in the present day – or past? The highlight of the film shows what happens to a “looper” if they break their contract and let their future selves escape. The torture sequence in Rian Johnson’s sci-fi/fantasy is one of »
Like every year, 2012 seems to have gone by far too quickly. But, unlike almost every year, 2012 was filled to the brim with great movies. From moving dramas and unforgettable indies to shockingly worthy comedies and actually super superhero blockbusters, Team NextMovie really had a difficult time narrowing down our 25 favorite flicks of the year.
In fact, the only thing we all agreed on unanimously was what film should sit at the very top. What was it?
As if we'd tell you this early! Read on to see what made our shortlists and let us know in the comments what made yours.
25. 'The Hunger Games'
With "Twilight" coming to a close, many pundits kicked off 2012 wondering which franchise would fill its major money-making shoes. "The Hunger Games" may have been lucky to be the first out the gate – 2013 will see many others jockeying for a place in Twi-hards' hearts »
- NextMovie Staff
Which of this year's directors deserve the industry’s highest honor?
No one was too surprised when French director Michel Hazanavicius and his (mostly) silent film The Artist practically swept the Academy Awards last year or when British director Tom Hooper's The King's Speech did the same the year before. This year, however, there are no "sure thing" movies, with several being heralded as "brilliant," "masterful," and "the best movie of the year" by critics...until the next great movie comes along.
Several Oscar-winning directors — including two-time Best Director winner Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan) and Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win Best Director — are among this year's contenders, but they are up against stiff competition from upstart indie directors who helped to make this one of the best years for independent movies in recent memory and the genre movie directors who gave us superheroes, wizards »
- BrentJS Sprecher
1.) What we've got here is our first look at Harrison Ford and Hugo's Asa Butterfield in Ender's Game. Summit has slated the film for a November 2013 release. The film is based on the first book in a series of sci-fi novels by Orson Scott Card, which was actually released in 1985. Directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the futuristic tale centers on an unusually gifted child (Butterfield) who is trained to lead an army against an alien invasion. EW 2.) Kristen Wiig is being targeted for a role in Anchorman: The Legend Continues as a love interest for Steve Carell's Brick Tamland. The script is still being written, but Ron Burgundy and company look to continue their adventures next fall with the film slated for an October 2013 release. The Wrap 3.) Insurance commercial icon Dennis Haysbert will replace the late Michael Clarke Duncan as Manute in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Though it was assumed a third film in the Tron franchise would arrive after the moderate success of Tron: Legacy, a sequel that arrived 28 years after the first innovative sci-fi film, development has been stagnant. But now word is coming from Heat Vision that Disney has a "renewed urgency" to get what is currently only called Tron 3 off the ground thanks to new studio head Alan Horn. Though reviews have been mixed on Tron: Legacy, the film grossed over $400 million worldwide so that's enough for Disney to get the franchise back on track. And to get the sequel moving, writer Jesse Tigutow has been hired to write a new draft. Wigutow has been around for a little while (he wrote the adaptation of Eragon), but more recently he's been pretty busy with an adaptation of Peter and the Starcatchers also at Disney (with Gary Ross directing) and he »
- Ethan Anderton
Though the Twilight franchise recently came to a close with the release of Breaking Dawn - Part 2, another wildly popular Ya franchise is only just getting started. Production is currently underway in Atlanta on the second installment in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, and fans are eager to see what director Francis Lawrence will bring to the adaptation after taking over the director’s chair from Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross. Star Josh Hutcherson recently spoke a bit about how the shoot is going, teasing some impressive set designs and revealing which scenes from the pic will be filmed with IMAX cameras. Hit the jump to see what he had to say, but beware of spoilers for those that haven’t read the book. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22, 2013. We’ve known for quite a while that production would be moving from Atlanta to Hawaii to »
- Adam Chitwood
Warner Brothers had a catalog dump, and so now we’ve got Dave, The American President, Queen of the Damned and The Devil’s Advocate on Blu-ray. These come from directors Ivan Reitman, Rob Reiner, Michael Rymer, and Taylor Hackford, and star Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Stuart Townsend, Alliyah, Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino respectively. And our reviews of the lot follow after the jump. Dave was directed by Ivan Reitman, but it has the fingerprints of The Hunger Games writer/director Gary Ross on it as it was his original script. Kline stars as the president of the United States and Dave, a man who looks just like him. When the Prez needs a double, Dave gets called in. And when the Potus has a stroke while having sex with one of his interns (Laura Linney), his Machiavellian advisor (Frank Langella) puts Dave in to »
- Andre Dellamorte
Whilst we here at Thn have written many times regarding the lack of genuine savagery in Gary Ross’ take on the Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games, I found enough to make me want to see more. Sequel Catching Fire may have lost Ross at the helm, but the recruited new talent along with the returning cast from the first film holds enough promise not to be compared to Twilight shenanigans – in summary, there are no dreadful CGI wolves, shirtless hunks who have as much presence on screen as a dripping tap, and a plot as eventful as a wet fart.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has now wrapped shooting and we have the first motion poster, which was apparently attached the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, from the sequel now with Francis Lawrence directing.
- Craig Hunter
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a teaser motion poster for the upcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released online. The motion poster was actually attached to screenings of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 in the form of a teaser trailer, so it served to ensure Twihards that even though their brooding vampire series is over, there’s more teen goodness on the way. The poster also reveals what looks to be the film's tagline, "Every Revolution Begins with a Spark." Francis Lawrence takes over directing duties from Gary Ross this time around (he’ll also be directing the two-part finale, Mockingjay) and core cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are joined by newcomers Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer. Hit the jump to see the Hunger Games logo catch fire. The film also stars Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, »
- Adam Chitwood
Kristen Stewart Bella Swan in Twilight not a ‘feminist’ move heroine: Should that be a problem? When Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games opened last March, some film commentators, usually women, declared it the first real major female movie franchise — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens next year. But what about the Twilight movies, which focus on the Kristen Stewart character, Bella Swan? (Photo: Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan Twilight.) Well, the Twilight movies and Kristen Stewart’s Bella Swan don’t really count because Bella is [...] »
- Andre Soares
We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...
• There's more to it than just knowing how to frame hot cars and hotter women, you know. Heed the guide to filming a 007 movie. [Moviefone]
• The Aston Martin of "Skyfall" and the Best James Bond Cars of All Time. [ScreenCrush]
• Gary Ross is too busy writing children's books to direct any more "Hunger Games" movies, thank you very much. [EW.com]
• It's not glitz and glamour for every 007 love interest. Debrief on the untimely deaths and limited screen time of the Bond Girl B-Squad. [GQ]
• "I'm Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach. »
- Bryan Enk
The Film Doctor thinks Wreck-It Ralph is more corporate brainwashing for profit
Movieline Brad Pitt turns furniture designer. Unfortunately you can't see the show which is in New York next week if you're not in the design industry -- I looked it up after treading this; private appointments only
Awards Daily Soundworks profiles Flight. How many Oscar noms will that film win?
Studio Briefing Daniel Craig's "get me outta this" feelings for Bond since day one -- I'm amused by how seriously people are taking these comments. Please, it's not like he's going to quit just yet.
My New Plaid Pants a double o version of Do Dump or Marry shook and stirred me. So hard to answer!
Coming Soon It seems like Channing Tatum has as many movies coming out next »
- NATHANIEL R
Warner Bros.' upcoming remake of "Tarzan" earned a lot of exciting attention when it was announced back in June. At the time, both "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates and "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross were considering tackling the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs story, and it seems like one of them has finally emerged victorious.
Vulture is reporting that Yates committed to direct "Tarzan" on Monday, and that he's already looking for his leading man. This will be Yates' first non-"Harry Potter" movie since he directed "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" back in 2007.
It seems as though Warner Bros. and Yates have gone through the list of eligible leading men in Hollywood who aren't currently attached to other major projects right now to try to find their Tarzan. Vulture writes that Henry Cavill, Charlie Hunnam, Alexander Skarsgard and Tom Hardy are all being courted for the role. »
- MTV Movies Team
David Yates has eyed quite the eclectic collection of possible directorial vehicles since he helmed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (which was also the fourth film in the series directed by Yates). That includes a Doctor Who movie, an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, the Al Capone biopic Cicero – and Tarzan, the latest in a line of over 90 films based around Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famous ape-man character.
Yates was one of three candidates previously-reported to be in the running for the Tarzan job, along with directors Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) and Susanna White (Boardwalk Empire). We now have confirmation that Yates has committed to the project, which reunites him with Warner Bros. (the studio behind the iconic boy wizard franchise).
Warner Bros. took an unusual, but ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Earlier this year we heard that Harry Potter director David Yates was circling a new Tarzan adaptation at Warner Bros., which also had The Hunger Games director Gary Ross in contention. Well Vulture now reports that Yates has committed to the project and he’ll soon be meeting with actors to cast the title role. Names [...] »
- Liam Goodwin
Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof remembers exactly where he was when he heard that Disney had bought LucasFilm. "I was in a production meeting next to Brad Bird for a movie we're working on together," he says. "A bunch of guys at the table started passing notes to each other. Suddenly I'm like the teacher at the front of the class. I was like, 'Is there something you'd care to share with the rest of the class?' I grabbed a napkin, and someone had written on it, 'Disney bought Lucas Film!'"
The meeting continued, but about three minutes later, even bigger news hit. »
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