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Ricky D’s 50 Favourite Films of 2012 (Part One)

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
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European Film Academy Opens Vote for People's Choice Award - Win a Trip to Malta!

Every year, the Efa People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favorite film. When the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for: the audience. This year’s vote has started – vote now and win the chance to join winners and nominees for the awards ceremony in Malta!

Winners in the past have included films like Pedro Almodóvar’s Volver, Roberto Benigni’s La Vita E Bella, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s AmÉLie, Fatih Akin’s Head-on, and Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire.

From 1 September on, film fans can cast their vote on the official website: www.europeanfilmawards.euand win a trip to the 25th European Film Awards on Saturday, 1 December 2012, in Malta!

Nominated Are: The Artist directed by Michel Hazanavicius with Jean Dujardin,

Barbara directed by Christian Petzold with Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Christina Hecke

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel directed by John Madden, written by Ol Parker with Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith

Caesar Must Die (Cesare deve morire) directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, written by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, in collaboration with Fabio Cavalli with Giovanni Arcuri, Salvatore Striano, Cosimo Rega, Antonio Frasca, Fabio Cavalli

Come As You Are (Hasta la Vista) directed by da Geoffrey Enthoven, written by Pierre de Clercq, with Robrecht van den Thoren, Gilles de Schryver, Tom Audenaert, Isabelle de Hertogh

Headhunters (Hodejegerne) directed by Morten Tyldum, written by Lars Gudmestad & Ulf Ryberg with Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coter-Waldau, Synnøve Macody Lund, Eivind Sander I

N Darkness directed by Agnieszka Holland, written by David F. Shamoon with Robert Więckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Schrader, Herbert Knaup

The Iron Lady directed by Phyllida Lloy, written by Abi Morgan with Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen directed by Lasse Hallstrom, written by Simon Beaufoy, based on the novel by Paul Torday with Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas, Amr Waked

Shame directed by Steve McQueen, written by Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan with Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy directed by Thomas Alfredson, written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan with Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Mark Strong, Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham, David Dencik, Ciaran Hinds, Simon McBurney, Kathy Burke, Svetlana Khodenchkova

Untouchable directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano with François Cluzet, Omar Sy, Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clothilde Mollet

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The European Film Awards 2012 are presented by the European Film Academy e.V. and Efa Productions gGmbH with the support of the Maltese Ministry of Finance, Economy and Investment, the Malta Film Commission, Ffa German Federal Film Board, the German State Lottery Berlin, the German State Minister for Culture and the Media, the Media Programme of the EU, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Gls. Pascal Edelmann European Film Academy e.V. Head of Press & PR Kurfürstendamm 225 10719 Berlin Germany Tel. +49 30 887 16 70 Fax +49 30 887 16 777 visit us at www.europeanfilmawards.eu European Film Academy e.V. / Director: Marion Döring / registered at Amtsgericht Charlottenburg 14236 Nz
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2012: The Best Movies of May

2012 promises to be a fantastic year in cinema. Not too long ago, we posted a list of thirty of our most anticipated films of 2012, and so I decided I would keep track of my favourite films released each month. Here are my three favorite films released in May.

1- Laurence Anyways

Directed by Xavier Dolan

Screenplay by Xavier Dolan

Xavier Dolan reveals a romantic, albeit tragic side, in Laurence Anyways, a highly unconventional romance that shows the young filmmaker has matured since his sophomore effort, Les Amours Imaginaire. Putting aside the last hour of the pic, a gargantuan mess that stretches what seems like a lifetime – the first 90 minutes is by far his best work yet, proving that confidence and ambition are not something Dolan lacks.

Dolan’s imagery and dialogue is strong, with a soundtrack of handpicked 80′s and 90′s hits that service many of the film’s best
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‘Headhunters’ not only merits a remake, it’s all but inevitable.

Headhunters

Directed by Morten Tyldum

Written by Lars Gudmestad, Jo Nesbø, and Ulf Ryberg

Norway, 2011

While American politicians abjectly deride the Scandinavians for being ‘pinko commies’, Hollywood has been taking notice of their considerable cinematic talent, finding every opportunity to import some of their best films for American remakes. David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Matt ReevesLet Me In are excellent examples, but no Scandinavian film will appeal to North American sensibilities more than Norway’s Headhunters.

The film stars Aksel Hennie as the titular headhunter, an enigma of a man who recruits corporate talent by day and steals valuable art pieces by night. When his wife (Synnøve Macody Lund), herself an art dealer, introduces him to an ex-intelligence mercenary turned electronics tycoon (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) at an art exhibit, his interest is piqued when he learns of the man’s possession of an invaluable painting.
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Headhunters Movie Review

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Title: Headhunters Magnolia Pictures Director: Morten Tyldum Screenwriter: Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg, from Jo Nesbø’s 2008 novel Cast: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julie R. Olgaard Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 4/18/12 Opens: April 27, 2012 Bearing a resemblance to Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium Trilogy” at least so far as language family is concerned, “Headhunters” is the best Norwegian thriller to come to our shores in years and among the most exciting psychological dramas an American audience will be treated to in quite a while. The acting is outrageously good, the plot twists come to us at a furious pace, the music on the soundtrack is spot-on and perhaps [ Read More ]
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Headhunters – review

Jo Nesbø's novel has been expertly transformed into a cool, brutal, deeply Scandinavian thriller

The cinema, as Karl Marx might have said, repeats itself, first as a Scandinavian thriller, then as a Hollywood remake. An American company acquired the rights to remake Morten Tyldum's Headhunters while it was still in production. They'll have trouble in making a movie half as good or half as authentic.

Although inevitably indebted to American models, Headhunters is firmly rooted in the Scandinavian experience, and it moves with the speed of a demented lemming heading for the cliff-edge of a fjord. The film is adapted from a novel by Jo Nesbø, the Norwegian crime writer who is now up there beside the Swedes Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, and the screenplay is the work of Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryberg, old hands at this kind of thing, the latter having adapted novels by both Mankell and Larsson.
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Review: Headhunters

Headhunters

Stars: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Eivind Sander, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau | Written by Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg | Directed by Morten Tyldum

My only prior knowledge of Jo Nesbø was that posters for his books seemed to crop up on the underground with alarming rapidity a couple of years ago when The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series’ popularity peaked. Clearly, I thought with cynicism, some wily publisher is cashing in on the current interest in Scandinavian literature. Of course, that meant it was only a matter of time before Nesbø’s work started appearing on screen too. I hadn’t learnt any more about Nesbø between noticing those posters and prior to the screening of Headhunters (until writing this review, I had assumed Nesbø was a woman), other than that there is, apparently Nesbø-themed pornography urbanely entitled ‘Jo Lesbo’.

So I had little to no expectations going into Headhunters. The
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Headhunters review

Looking for a fast-paced, funny, exciting thriller? You could do a lot worse than Headhunters, a sterling adaptation of a novel by Jo Nesbø

Think back to some of the most interesting protagonists in movie history. Are they necessarily the broad-chested, square-jawed ones gifted by the god of genetics? Mostly, they’re not. Generally, it’s the more morally ambiguous heroes that stick more readily in the mind.

So alongside memorable characters such as Tony Montana, Martin Riggs and, er, Han Solo, we can now add Roger, the central character of Norwegian thriller, Headhunters. Diminutive in stature and terrified that his leggy, attractive beau Diana will leave him for a superior male, Roger leads a double life: ostensibly earning a decent wage working as a corporate headhunter for a recruitment firm, he earns extra pocket money (and most importantly, the sort of money that keeps his other half in the
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St. Louis International Film Festival 2011: Gripping thriller ‘Headhunters’ is the surprise of the fest

Headhunters (Hodejegerne)

Directed by Morten Tyldum

Written by Lars Gudmestad, Jo Nesbø, and Ulf Ryberg

Norway, 2011

Adapted from a novel by the acclaimed Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø, Headhunters is an original thriller filled with surprises. Initially disguised as a heist film, the story quickly transforms into a brutal test of wills that pushes the lead beyond his breaking point. Director Morten Tyldum (Fallen Angels) introduces a fairly despicable lead character but makes him identifiable because his actions are understandable. Once the chaos begins, his will to live is stronger than anyone expects and makes even the most talented killer underestimate his resolve.

Aksel Hennie (Max Manus) stars as Roger Brown, a diminutive headhunter for large corporations who has built a reputable business. He’s earned decent money but can’t keep up with the financial expectations of his gorgeous wife Diana (SynnøveMacody Lund). To supplement his income, he learns about
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Lesbian Romance, Teen Pregnancy, Hallucinogenic Sci-Fier, Killer Dad: AFI Fest 2011

Liv Mjönes, Ruth Vega Fernandez, With Every Heartbeat Breakthrough Selections Expecting: In Chile, a young girl and her boyfriend wait for a black-market drug to take effect in this tense and insightful examination of teen pregnancy. Dir/Scr Francisca Fuenzalida. Chile. U.S. Premiere. Light Of Mine: Rapidly going blind, photographer Owen and his wife Laura take a life-changing trip to Yellowstone National Park where they experience a beauty that rivals their tragedy. Dir Brett Eichenberger. Scr Jill Remensnyder. USA. Three And A Half: Three women risk everything and travel to the northwest Iranian border in hopes of escaping prison and reuniting with their comrades. Dir/Scr Naghi Nemati. Cast Samaneh Vafaiezadeh, Shooka Karimi, Negar Hassanzadeh, Mehdi Poormoosa. Iran. U.S. Premiere. With Every Heartbeat: In this Swedish romantic drama, uptight Mia attends her father’s engagement party and not only gains a stepmother, but also a new lover,
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25 Best Horror Films / Thrillers of 2011 (so far)

Filmmakers have continued to push boundaries and find new innovative ways to elicit the emotions of fear, disgust and horror from viewers. Since Alfred Hitchcock directors strived to provoke viewer’s nightmares, hidden fears, revulsions and terror of the unknown. Although a good deal of it is about the supernatural, others have focused more on a plot about morbidity, serial killers, a disease/virus outbreak, surrealism and more. This year we see vampires, outbreaks, poltergeists, aliens, zombies, and psychological horror/character studies featured on our list.

What is considered to be a horror film has varied from decade to decade. These days, the term “horror” is applied to films which display more explicit gore, jump scenes/scares or supernatural content whereas early horror movies were largely based on classic literature of the gothic/horror genre, such as Dracula, Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
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Fantastic Fest 2011: ‘Hodejegerne (Headhunters)’ an astonishingly mature, exhilarating thriller

Headhunters

Directed by Morten Tyldum

Screenplay by Lars Gudmestad by Ulf Ryberg

2011, Norway

Summit Entertainment recently picked up the production rights to Jo Nesbo’s novel “Headhunters”. Clearly, somebody just saw Morten Tyldum’s awesome film adaptation.

Headhunters begins dubiously. The opening voice-over and montage suggest a smarmy, stylishly self-satisfied heist film, but this reveals itself (as so much in this film does) to be slight misdirection. There is much more depth here than initially indicated, with the opening not so much introducing the film at large, as introducing Roger Brown: Corporate Headhunter and art burgling hobbyist.

Roger (Aksel Hennie) is a man with an understanding of image–that is, arrogant posturing–and he works furiously to assure his own well-constructed, and also expensive, persona. So he interviews prospective CEOs, thrilling them with his self-possession and theories on “reputation”, all the while probing them for information about important pieces
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Headhunters (Hodejegerne) | Review - Fantastic Fest 2011

Director: Morten Tyldum Writers: Lars Gudmestad, Ulf Ryberg, Jo Nesbø (novel) Starring: Aksel Hennie, Synnøve Macody Lund, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Julie Ølgaard, Eivind Sander, Kyrre Haugen Sydness, Torgrim Mellum Stene Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) is a corporate headhunter who is currently looking for a new CEO of a Norwegian Gps technology conglomerate, Pathfinder. During his interviews Roger likes to compare personal art collections -- specifically if the candidate has any expensive artwork hanging in their home -- and whether or not the candidate owns any dogs. We soon discover why Roger cares about such details... To supplement his salary, Roger is an art thief. But even the two revenue streams are not significant enough for Roger to afford the mortgage on his lavish modernist home, especially since he feels the need to excessively shower his gorgeous and intelligent wife, Diane (Synnøve Macody Lund), with gifts. Roger's spending habits are to compensate
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This Week In Trailers: Among Us, Dark Girls, Carré blanc, The Hedgehog, Headhunters, Eye Of The Storm

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This Week In Trailers: Among Us, Dark Girls, Carré blanc, The Hedgehog, Headhunters, Eye Of The Storm
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Eye Of The Storm Trailer I like this kind of story, I do. It's familiar territory, to be sure, but if there's someone who I
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Locarno Review | Despite Fix to Formula, Comic Misadventure "Headhunters" Recalls "The Fugitive"

Locarno Review | Despite Fix to Formula, Comic Misadventure
The heroes of great crime stories generally come equipped with extreme inferiority complexes. If there's a list ranking those wily characters, then Roger Brown, the daring art thief anti-hero of Morten Tyldum's widely enjoyable Norwegian action-comedy "Headhunters," belongs somewhere in the pantheon. Adapted from Jo Nesbo's novel by screenwriters Lars Gudmestad and Ulf Ryberg from the novel, "Headhunters" announces itself as a routine heist movie by letting Roger's perspective dominate. ...
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Fritt Vilt III/Cold Prey 3 and Stepping Out for a Sandwich: A Movie Review

Director: Mikkel Braenne Sandemose.

Writers: Lars Gudmestad and Peder Fuglerud.

The Cold Prey series is set in the slasher genre and each of these films has been produced in the cold climes of Norway. The first film was completed in 2006 and the second in 2008. Each film follows the murder spree of a mute Geir Olav Brath to an eventual bloody conclusion. A different director has highlighted each film, with Mats Stenberg showing the best of the series with Cold Prey 2. Unfortunately, this latest film, a prequel, is not up to the task of thrilling audiences. Full of been-here-done-that, Cold Prey 3 offers very little back story on killer Brath and instead, the film serves up repetitive trope after trope.

The plot begins with a young boy tortured, by an isolated couple in a remote mountain resort. The opportunity to delve into Brath's psyche is overlooked in favour of bringing still more
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Skinny Dipping, Cold Ones, and Murder in this Third Trailer for Fritt Vilt 3 (Cold Prey 3)

Fritt Vilt 3 Alt' PosterOkay, this is ridiculous; the excellent Fritt Vilt serial killer series is in to its second sequel and yet this latest film has not been picked up for Us distribution. A bold distributor like Maverick Entertainment, First Look Studios, or Camelot Entertainment Group need to take as much notice of this brutal series, just as fans have. In the meantime, more promotional material is materializing on this original, exceptional and gripping horror series.

The third trailer is available for Fritt Vilt 3 (Cold Prey 3) here, along with the fourth alternate poster. Several additional characters are shown in both pieces and while the clip is in Norwegian, much of the story can be seen in the acting and interacting. Enjoy the latest on Fritt Vilt 3, until picked up and brought to North America where it belongs!

A short synopsis for the film here:

"Five young friends take a snowboarding trip in the mountains,
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Fantasia 2010: Fatso (2008)

This is the ninth film review in the coverage of this year's Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. If you expect to see a dumb comedy, Arild Fröhlich's Fatso will prove you that your expectations were wrong. In fact, the Norwegian film Fatso is one of the few comedies about sex that, on the surface, looks vulgar, but hides many layers of depth.

Rino (Nils Jørgen Kaalstad) is a fat and lonely man living in an appartment. When he's not translating instruction manuals from German to Norwegian, Rino likes to watch pornographic films and jerk off. Besides, in his wildest dreams, Rino also sees himself as a sexually hungry rhinoceros named Captain Cock, a comic book character Rino created. One day, Rino gets a new roommate in the form of Malin (Josefin Ljungman), a beautiful Swede who came to Norway to study. While Malin treats Rino like a friend at most,
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A Second Poster Hints that Cold Prey 3 will be the Last Film

Cold Prey PosterJust this week a teaser trailer for Fritt Vilt 3 aka Cold Prey 3 was released and the distribution of promo' material continues with this second, alternate poster for the film. The captions read: "Slutten et fortalt" and "Begynnelsen naermer seg," which translates to English: The end is told and The beginning is soon here. So, possibly Fritt Vilt 2 shows the death of Geir Olav Brath, while this latest film shows the creation of a killer. Have a closer look at this second movie poster and [re]visit the second trailer for the film inside.

*No synopsis available.

Release Date: October 15th, 2010 (Norway).

Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose.

Writers: Peder Fuglerud, and Lars Gudmestad.

Cast: Ida Marie Bakkerud, Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen, Pål Stokka, Julie Rusti, Arthur Berning, Sturla Rui, Terje Ranes, Nils Johnson, Hallvard Holmen, and Trine Wiggen.

The second teaser for Fritt Vilt 3 is here:

The film's homepage:

The Official Site
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Cold Prey 3 aka Fritt Vilt 3 Unleashes a Killer in this New Footage

Norway is serious about their slasher films as this latest teaser for Cold Prey 3 shows. Known as Fritt Vilt 3 in the film's homeland, the first new footage for the film offers suspense, thrills and an involuntary swim down a glacier river. Have a watch of the footage below and get set for Geir Olav Brath to trim the fat as soon as the film finds distro' in Norte Americano.

*No synopsis available. However, this film is a prequel to the first two and will show Geir Olav Brath's earlier life.

Release Date: October 15th, 2010 (Norway Only).

Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose.

Writers: Peder Fuglerud, and Lars Gudmestad.

Cast: Ida Marie Bakkerud, Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen, Pål Stokka, Julie Rusti, Arthur Berning, Sturla Rui, Terje Ranes, Nils Johnson, Hallvard Holmen, and Trine Wiggen.

The teaser for Fritt Vilt 3 is here:

Sources:

Cold Prey 3 at Bloody Disgusting

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