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Year in Review Part 2: Burn the Negatives!

30 December 2009 9:23 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The title of this post is indefensible, exclamatory (!) and puerile. But these movies piss me off and if they can be super obnoxious, so can I. Now, in truth, I probably never see the absolute "worst" of the movies that play in theaters since I can pick and choose my own film menu. My New Year's Resolution is to be more constructive when I criticize (I'm not giving up criticism. That's mother's milk). I'd also like to be more positive in 2010.

Thus, I retract the titular command: No negatives of the following movies and performances should be incinerated ... instead let them live on as cautionary tales to actors and filmmakers. People are watching. Try harder.

Worst Supporting Actor

I've already expressed my concerned about the "too much!" of Stanley Tucci's continually nominated performance in The Lovely Bones. I don't know what the hell Richard Gere was doing in Amelia, »


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Top 25 Movies of 2009: Movies #11 - 20

29 December 2009 9:56 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Top 25 Movies of 2009 #11 - 20

And we arrive at day two of my listed look back at 2009 with the movies ranked #11-20. If you missed yesterday's installment featuring my Honorable Mention choices and spots 21-25 you can click here and start there and continue to this list afterward. Once again, before we get started, here is the schedule for the next few days:

2009 "Best Of" Schedule

Monday, Dec. 28: Honorable Mentions and #21 - 25

Monday, Dec. 28: Nominations for RopeofSilicon Users Top Ten andlaquo; Updated

Tuesday, Dec. 29: Movies #11 - 20

Wednesday, Dec. 30: Movies #1 - 10

Thursday, Dec. 31: Round 2: You Vote for the Best Films of 2009

Monday, Jan. 4: The 2nd Annual RopeofSilicon Awards

Today's ten films include a couple I had a hard time keeping out of spots nine and ten on my ultimate top ten list of 2009, and are major reasons this list grew from the usual ten selections to twenty-five. »

- Brad Brevet

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Review: A Single Man

29 December 2009 12:41 AM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A single day in the life of a middle-aged, British academic (Colin Firth) living in Los Angeles during the 1960.s. Distraught over the death of his lover (Matthew Goode), he plans to take his own life, but first must contend with his alcoholic, party girl best friend (Julianne Moore), and the advances of an adoring student (Nicholas Hoult). Review: A Single Man was another film that played to great acclaim at this year.s edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Based »

- Chris Bumbray

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Colin Firth Plays a Wistful Game of Solitaire in ‘A Single Man’

26 December 2009 6:24 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – There is a certain madness in the shock of grieving over a loved one who has passed that manifests itself in particular ways. Colin Firth interprets those emotions intuitively in the captivating “A Single Man.”

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Firth portrays George, a tenured literature professor at a mid-level California university in 1962. As an expatriate from Britain, he has barely adapted to the different ways of his new homeland. As the film opens, he is shown in a strange situation where he is approaching an automobile that has skidded in snowstorm. A man has been thrown from the vehicle. George kisses him.

It is learned later that Jim (Matthew Goode), his lover of 16 years, had been killed in an automobile accident. Given that gay men were mostly closeted in this era, George is not welcome at the funeral. Cut off and stranded in a life without his partner, George must wake up »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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A Single Man

25 December 2009 5:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

A Single Man

Directed by: Tom Ford

Cast: Colin Firth, Nicholas Hoult, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode

Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: December 25, 2009

Plot: Set in Los Angeles in 1962, a 50-something professor (Firth) is mourning the loss of his lover, and trying to come with grips with a life he doesn’t want to live.

Who’S It For? It’s a period piece. It’s not a focus on gay lifestyles from the 60s as much as it is looking at love and loss. If you like Firth, you’ll definitely want to see this.

Expectations: I knew nothing. I’m always a fan of that. I didn’t even know if it was a comedy or drama (it’s a drama). I did have a hunch it might have to do with just one man, instead of a whole pile of them.

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- Jeff Bayer

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A Single Man Trailer, Posters, and Photos

22 December 2009 10:14 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Check out trailer, poster and photos from upcoming drama “A Single Man“.

A Single Man” Synopsis: Set in Los Angeles in 1962, A Single Man is the story of George Falconer, a British college professor (Colin Firth) who is struggling to find meaning in his life after the death of his long-time partner, Jim (Matthew Goode). We follow George through a single day, where a series of encounters, ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend, Charley (Julianne Moore), a 48-year-old beauty, and is stalked by one of his students, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult).

Colin Firth as George and Julianne Moore as Charlotte stars in A Single Man

Ryan Simpkins as Jennifer Strunk and Nicholas Hoult as Kenny

Colin Firth as George in A Single Man

The story is an adaptation based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood and is directed by Forget Gucci! »

- Allan Ford

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Interview: Julianne Moore on Bachelors, Big Boobs and 'Boogie Nights'

21 December 2009 9:30 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Julianne Moore’s eye fills the screen. She peers intently into the looking glass, her features sharply lit by naked bulbs, the kind surrounding a backstage dressing room mirror. Half her face is devoid of make-up, a blank, untouched canvas.  She leans forward and continues carefully drawing a coal-black line around the rim of her eyelid, leaning back to admire the results. Her character, Charley, is getting dressed up to meet her friend George (Colin Firth) for an intimate dinner at her Los Angeles home.

"You see who this woman is by what she cares about," Moore tells us of her new film, A Single Man, "which is make-up. And then you (recognize) how beautifully she has achieved it, and you realize here is this woman who has got all of this artistry. But it’s artificial. It’s artifice. So you see these two sides to Charley right away in this one little shot. »

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20 December 2009 10:46 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

What?! It’s not enough that we spent the whole year providing you with insightful news and analysis on gay and bisexual entertainment – now we have to pick which 2009 projects we think best represented gay and bisexual men?!

Sorry, we’re getting a little Grinch-y around here come year-end.

But the fact is, gay and bisexual entertainment-related news is inexorably linked with the issue of visibility. If you know anything at all about the history of such entertainment, you know that it’s almost always been “controversial.” As passionate as the creators of these projects have always been, there’s been a similarly strong counter-pressure to keep these themes hidden or under wraps.

As a result, for a website like ours, covering the “news” of these projects inevitably becomes a question of championing the ones of quality (and giving the hook to those who don’t measure up, or that »

- Brent Hartinger

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Full trailer for Louis Leterrier's 'Clash of the Titans'

18 December 2009 9:08 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

We have added the new second trailer for Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures fantasy epic, 'Clash of the Titans'. The remake is directed by Louis Leterrier and stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Alexa Davalos, Mads Mikkelsen, Izabella Miko, Danny Huston and Nicholas Hoult.Watch the trailer on M&C below;Remake of the popular 1981 feature film, 'The Clash of the Titans' starring Laurence Olivier.The mortal son (Sam Worthington) of the god Zeus (Liam Neeson) embarks on a perilous journey to stop the underworld and its minions from spreading their evil to Earth as well as the heavens.'Clash of the Titans' is released worldwide from March 26th, 2010. »

- Anthony Pearson

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Christmas and new year TV films

18 December 2009 5:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Not sure what to watch? We can help with our comprehensive guide to the best films on TV this Christmas and new year

Choose a date

Saturday 19 December | Sunday 20 December | Monday 21 December | Tuesday 22 December | Wednesday 23 December |Christmas Eve | Christmas Day | Boxing Day | Sunday 27 December | Monday 28 December | Tuesday 29 December | Wednesday 30 December | New Year's Eve | New Year's Day

Saturday 19 December

Yes Man (Peyton Reed, 2008)

10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere

Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.

The Golden Compass (Chris Weitz, 2007)

11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family

What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all, »

- Paul Howlett

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Warner Bros Debuts New Full Theatrical ‘Clash Of The Titans’ Movie Trailer

17 December 2009 11:18 AM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Warner Bros debuts new full theatrical 'Clash Of The Titans' movie trailer. Warner Bros. Pictures released the first full theatrical movie trailer for its action, fantasy flick, "The Clash of the Titans" yesterday. It is really action packed with tons of special effects. It stars: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, Alexa Davalos, Izabella Miko, Nicholas Hoult,and Pete Postlethwaite »

- Andre@ontheflix

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The Verge: Nicholas Hoult

14 December 2009 6:45 AM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

When the 12-year-old Nicholas Hoult first made an impression in 2002's About a Boy, Hugh Grant was playing opposite him as an overgrown adolescent living off his family's residuals -- basically, the nightmare of any child actor. Hoult's own coming-of-age has been the furthest thing from lazy, and after recapturing attention two years ago in the rude UK teen soap Skins, he landed the role of Kenny, who admires and longs for Colin Firth in Tom Ford's A Single Man.

Newly twenty and on the cusp of more adult roles (he'll next be seen in Louis Leterrier's remake of Clash of the Titans), Hoult talked to Movieline about navigating that transition, learning how to swing a sword, and that angora sweater from A Single Man. »

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New “Clash of the Titans” Trailer

13 December 2009 5:18 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

The second trailer for Warner Bros. remake of “Clash of the Titans” has been revealed.

Clash of the Titans

The remake directed by Louis Letettier from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan stars Sam Worthington as Perseus, Gemma Arterton as Perseus’ love interest Io, Ralph Fiennes as Hades, Liam Neeson as  Zeus – Hades’ brother and father of Perseus, Danny Huston as Poseidon, Mads Mikkelsen as Draco, Alexa Davalos as Andromeda, Jason Flemyng, Izabella Miko, Nicholas Hoult and Pete Postlethwaite.

“Clash of the Titans” is a modern version of the 1981 Greek mythology film directed by Desmond Davis.Ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades, vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers »

- Fiona

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"Clash Of The Titans" - Poster New Trailer !

13 December 2009 11:24 AM, PST | | See recent OhMyGore news »

Here's new poster trailer for "Clash Of The Titans". Directed by Louis Leterrier, the March 26 release stars Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Danny Huston, Gemma Arterton, Mads Mikkelsen, Jason Flemyng, Alexa Davalos, Izabella Miko, Nicholas Hoult and Pete Postlethwaite. "In .Clash of the Titans,. the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring »

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A Single Man: The Backstory (Tom Ford Press Interview)

12 December 2009 11:54 PM, PST | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

A Single Man (2009) starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, and Nicholas Hoult debuts in New York City and Los Angeles on December 11th and opens nationwide on December 18th. The film is already getting Oscar buzz and has been declared as a critics' darling of the year. On the exterior the film is about George (Colin Firth), an English professor who suddenly loses the love of his life. Grieving and defeated after losing his greatest love, George seeks companionship in Kenny (Nicolas Hoult) and Charley (Julianne Moore). Looking past the brilliant acting and the heartfelt story of loss, there is an even more interesting and intriguing backstory that has allowed this film to catapult into the headlines. In 1964, Christopher Isherwood penned the book A Single Man about a love that was so strong and powerful that when it ended, life seemed unlivable. This particular book especially touched a young Hollywood actor »

- (Colleen Joyce)

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In Theaters: A Single Man

11 December 2009 4:00 PM, PST | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

They say that life is what happens when you're busy making other plans, and for A Single Man's George Falconer (Colin Firth), you could take that even further: Life is what happens to George when he's making plans to die. He's been inhabiting a literally gray world since the passing of his longtime partner Jim (Matthew Goode), and as he begins to plot his own suicide, he's suddenly struck by reasons to go on. Some of the things that trigger his lust for life are major, like an emotional reconnection with his best friend Charley (Julianne Moore) or a potential new romance with his student, Kenny (Nicholas Hoult). Some others are small, like the scent of a secretary's perfume or an infectious smile. To the detail-oriented George -- and to fashion icon Tom Ford, making his writer/director debut here -- they all make an impression, and lucky for us, »

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Review: ‘A Single Man’

11 December 2009 10:00 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

A Single Man is the single biggest surprise I have had at the movies all year. It is brilliant, beautiful, superbly acted, and emotionally devastating. It is one of those movies that will haunt you for days and weeks to come after viewing it.

*Minor spoilers in this review* The opening credits are set to an underwater scene depicting a man gently lolling about in the waves in slow motion.  A voice-over by George (Colin Firth) states that it has been 8 months since he lost his male partner in a car crash, and yet everyday “Waking up hurts.”

George is starting to believe that life will never really return to normal, and the day we witness in the film  is actually the day that George has decided to kill himself.  Fastidious to a fault, he meticulously lays out the outfit he wishes to be buried in, going so far as »

- Shannon Hood

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A Single Man: Beautiful and Flawed

11 December 2009 9:00 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Tom Ford's directorial debut, A Single Man, is reminiscent of one of the designer's Gucci suits: beautiful, expensive-looking, sumptuous - but lacking the impeccable tailoring that he's known for. However, it's a solid effort from Ford, who has gathered all the right elements, including a talented cast led by Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. The film is set in 1960s La, where college professor George (Firth) is grieving after losing his boyfriend of 16 years, Jim, to a car accident. Eight months after Jim's death, the movie depicts a day in George's life as he struggles to keep it together without his partner. Ford is ambitious as a filmmaker, and I wouldn't expect anything less from him. It's clear that he wants A Single Man to succeed on all levels of cinema - performance, aesthetics, story. It's over-the-top though; too arty, too pretentious, too desperate to be rewarded (the dialogue-free trailer »

- BuzzSugar

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'A Single Man' movie review

11 December 2009 5:37 AM, PST | Tampa Film Examiner | See recent Tampa Film Examiner news »

Courtesy of the Weinstein Company.

A Single Man is a movie that will test society once again.  Being four years removed from the "gay cowboy" flick, Brokeback Mountain, Single Man takes on a similar subject.  Based on the 1964 novel, the subject matter depicted on the screen clearly will be more accepted than the written word back then.  Interestingly enough, is how first time writer/director/producer, Tom Ford (from the Gucci empire), takes a stab at this delicate piece.  First time "anything" meets racy material.  Definitely worth a look.

If one does decide to take a peak at this, be prepared to get a solid eye-ful of the male-form throughout the 99 minutes.

So the movie opens up with a naked man in the water.  Not struggling, but pondering.  This is an English professor named George (Colin Firth).  George teaches at a small university in Los Angeles and is somewhere in his forties. »

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A Single Man Review

11 December 2009 1:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

A Single Man is unmistakably an art house film but in the best sense of the term.  It’s intimate, outside the mainstream, relies more on cinematography, music, and editing rather than dialogue to tell the story, and highlights actors, or in this case, an actor, who can completely embody a character and keep you mesmerized with a small, subtle performance.  It may be an art house film but A Single Man is an experience that will completely entrance you no matter the venue.

Set in 1962 Los Angeles, director Tom Ford’s A Single Man centers on a day in the life of George Falconer (Colin Firth), a gay man working as an English professor whose world is cold and empty ever since boyfriend Joe (Matthew Goode) died in a car accident eight months ago.  George isn’t sleepwalking through life as much as life has become lifeless without love. »

- Matt Goldberg

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