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Here’s my top 10 favorite films of 2009. Take a look and post your top 10 below.
10. Away We Go – Sam Mendes’ tender-hearted comedy follows a comfortable couple deciding where they should start a family together. John Krasinski (”The Office”) and a sweet Maya Rudolph (”Saturday Night Live”) are surprisingly, exceptionally good, delivering punchlines with ease but settling into a natural rhythm in their complementing roles. Their trip around the continent takes them in quirky or depressing directions that serve as lessons for the kinds of parents they want to be together. I identified with a rootless mindset in a telecommunication world and the desire to shirk traditional marital agreements for an arrangement that feels right for them alone. (my Away We Go review)
- Jeff Leins
Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz in Inglourious Basterds (François Duhamel / The Weinstein Co.) (top); Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker (Jonathan Olley / Summit Entertainment) (bottom) The Online Film Critics Society has announced its list of nominees for 2009. Avatar may be a huge blockbuster-in-the-making, but Ofcs members apparently weren’t that impressed. James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure epic earned three nominations: best director, best cinematography (Mauro Fiore), and best editing (Steve R. Moore, John Refoua and Stephen Rivkin). Actually, that’s not bad at all, but … The Hurt Locker, with about $12 million in grosses at the domestic box office, received seven nominations, including best picture, best director (Kathryn Bigelow, Cameron’s former wife), best actor (Jeremy Renner), best supporting actor (Anthony Mackie), [...] »
- Anna Robinson
2009 was a great year for films in general, particularly if you’re a fan of the sci-fi genre. The year also saw the return of a beloved franchise to the big screen as well as the latest film by one of our best modern directors. And even with the current condition of the country and the economy, audiences still managed to fill theaters and the movies enjoyed record breaking successes that hopefully will continue on into the new year.
Even with all the great movies in 2009, there were also some not so great ones. Sadly, there will always be some real bombs, but that’s to be expected. Fortunately, there were also quite a few standouts that helped keep us entertained, enthralled and excited about going to the movies in 2009.
As usual with lists of this type, I need to disclaim and say this is my list of what I »
- Chris Ullrich
The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will honor Academy Award winners Marion Cotillard and Quentin Tarantino. Cotillard will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award while Tarantino will get the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.
The Awards Gala will kick off the 2010 awards season on Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
For more info, visit the Palm Springs Film Festival site right here.
Helen Mirren to Receive Career Achievement at Palm Springs International Film Festival
While we reportted last month on the possibility of one of 2009's hottest actors appearing in an upcoming superhero film, it appears that has not come to pass. Movieline recently spoke with The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner, who revealed that he in fact will not be appearing as Hawkeye in Thor. Here's an excerpt from the site's interview with the actor.That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I'm a big fan of them. They're so smart about how they want to do these things - they have Captain America, and Thor coming around, Iron Man 2, and then I happen to know Zak Penn, who's writing The Avengers. So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort »
#1. The Hurt Locker There was no better action film this year than Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker. By far the best Iraq war movie to date, it follows an elite team of soldiers whose sole job is to diffuse Ied's on the streets of Baghdad. There's no easing in to this movie. Your nerves are shot after the opening sequence and you're watching the rest of the movie shell-shocked. Hand-held camera and eye-level p.o.v's make the audience an embedded member of the squad, feeling the stress and tension alongside their fellow soldiers. Each mission is more horrific than the last and it's no wonder some of these soldiers are starting to crack. Every character is disposable, so don't get too attached to anyone - yet that's exactly what Staff Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) does when he befriends a young »
- Zorianna Kit
It's out with the old and in with the new as 2009 transitions into 2010 in just a few short hours. There's no question that it's been a fantastic, crazy and occasionally tumultuous year for comic book fans thanks to film releases like "Watchmen" and compelling news stories regarding "Iron Man 2," "Green Lantern" and others.
But all of that is in the past now. It's time to look forward at what we can expect in the new year. There are still many announced comic book movies and television shows that lack official casting, but with some of these projects heading into production in 2010, it's only a matter of time before the secrets are revealed.
While we all have our own favorite franchises and characters, these are the five heroes and villains I'm dying to see cast in 2010.
- Josh Wigler
Recently, Jeremy Renner, sailing along with a smile after the very much deserved attention he is getting for “The Hurt Locker”, quoted that Marvel had asked him if he had any vague clue at all who a dude named Hawkeye was. Jeremy said he didn’t. Marvel sent him some comics. Based on that tender moment, people have been picturing Renner in purple, drawing back the bow, taking aim at evil doers. Now Jeremy says not so fast sparky. He’s words exactly, from a recent interview with Movieline: That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I’m a big fan of them. They’re so smart about how they want to do these things…So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so »
With Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, Thor rumors have been flying around the Internet for a month now, with Renner saying recently that he hasn't "heard anything". Yesterday, Renner explained to Movieline how the rumors started and why he's probably not playing Hawkeye after all.
That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I'm a big fan of them. They're so smart about how they want to do these things — they have Captain America, and Thor coming around, Iron Man 2, and then I happen to know Zak Penn, who's writing The Avengers. So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting role, and asked me if I knew anything about him. I said no, so they gave me their sort of spiel on what he was, and I thought that it was kind of interesting. The »
- Ryan Gowland
Although I have no real problem with the idea of Jeremy Renner playing Hawkeye in another of he endless Marvel Comics adaptations, the Hurt Locker star and possible Best Actor nominee says there's nothing to the rumor that launched about a month ago. At the time, Renner admitted he'd been sent the script to Thor, in which Hawkeye is set to be introduced prior to a larger role in The Avengers.
"Hawkeye could be interesting," Renner said in November. "I think they're pretty awesome, trying to make superhero movies almost plausible and not just some fantasy thing."
Now, however, the actor says it was just an exploratory part of the process and that he's not going to be playing the character at all. Telling Movieline that his friendship with Avengers writer Zak Penn gave him an early look at what would be planned for the character, Renner explains, "The only »
- Colin Boyd
Don’t go fitting Jeremy Renner with purple tights just yet. It appears the Hurt Locker actor is no sure thing to play Hawkeye, the master marksman of Marvel Comics' 'Avengers' universe.
Just a few weeks ago, we reported Renner was a leading candidate to play the character, who would likely make his debut in the upcoming Thor. According to Renner, he had become friends with Zak Penn, one of the writers for the upcoming Avengers movie, and their conversations occasionally turned to Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye.
"We've become friends over time and [Penn] was thinking maybe Hawkeye could be interesting. He sounds like an interesting character," Renner had told Empire.
In a recent interview with Movieline, Renner didn’t necessarily double-back on all the talk connecting him to Hawkeye, but made clear he is not officially on-board. He also said the character is not a lock to appear in 2011’s Thor, »
Last month The Hurt Locker actor Jeremy Renner spoke quite openly about possibly playing Hawkeye in The Avengers, and maybe Thor. The internet seemed pretty welcoming of this casting as many thought he would be perfect for the role, however he was recently interviewed by Movieline and he revealed that it was blown a little [...] »
The Hurt Locker is one of the best movies of 2009 and its star, Jeremy Renner, has a bright future ahead of him. For us comic book movie fans, we hope that future involves Renner taking on the role of Hawkeye in some of the upcoming films by Marvel Studios.
Last month, the rumor of Renner playing Hawkeye made headlines everywhere following the glowingly positive reception of his performance in The Hurt Locker and an interview with Empire where the actor revealed that he went in to talk to Marvel about Captain America but instead ended up talking the character of Hawkeye. Nothing official came of it (that we know of) but if were to happen, he said that the character would likely appear in Thor and that he’d be honored to be looked at for franchise role such as this.
With this match made in Heaven, many thought it had to be the case. »
- Rob Keyes
Back in November we ran the story .Avenger.s Hawkeye Played By Hurt Locker.s Renner?. Hopefully you took note of the question mark because this news was indeed a rumor. Jeremy Renner told Empire, .I met with the Marvel guys, actually, but we didn.t talk about Captain America. But one of the writers, Zak Penn, we.ve become friends over time and he was thinking maybe Hawkeye could be interesting. He sounds like an interesting character.. This will be Renner.s first lesson in the Internet.s anxiousness to inflate and spread bogus news like wildfire. More recently, Renner told Movieline: That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I.m a big fan of them. They.re so smart about how they want to do these things . So they thought Hawkeye is an interesting »
At the end of November, about a month back, The Hurt Locker star Jeremy Renner revealed that he had been talking with the guys at Marvel about playing the superhero character Hawkeye in their upcoming Thor and Avengers movies. It seemed all a bit sketchy to begin with, even though Renner had been quoted as saying: "Hawkeye could be interesting. They're going to send me some stuff on it." But it turns out it was all just an idea that never turned into a reality and all of the early discussion about it may have even killed it in the end. Renner gave an update to Movieline in a new interview, explaining what happened with Marvel. "That was just one of those things that got blown way out of proportion. It was an idea. Those Marvel guys, I'm a big fan of them. They're so smart about how they want »
- Alex Billington
Marion Cotillard (right) and Quentin Tarantino will be honored at the 2010 Palm Springs Film Festival. Cotillard, one of the stars of Rob Marshall’s Nine, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award while Tarantino will get the Sonny Bono Visionary Award. Presented by Cartier, the Palm Springs Awards Gala will take place on Tuesday, January 5, at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The event will be hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart. Other 2010 honorees are Jeff Bridges, T Bone Burnett, Mariah Carey, Morgan Freeman, Anna Kendrick, Helen Mirren, Jason Reitman and Jeremy Renner. The Festival runs January 5-18, 2010. In Nine, a musical adaptation of Federico Fellini’s [...] »
- Anna Robinson
Since Moses brought the tablets down from the mountain, lists have come in tens, not that we couldn't have done with several more commandments. Who says a year has Ten Best Films, anyway? Nobody but readers, editors, and most other movie critics. There was hell to pay last year when I published my list of Twenty Best. You'd have thought I belched at a funeral. So this year I have devoutly limited myself to exactly ten films.
On each of two lists.
The lists are divided into Mainstream Films and Independent Films. This neatly sidesteps two frequent complaints: (1) "You name all those little films most people have never heard of," and (2) "You pick all blockbusters and ignore the indie pictures." Which is is my official Top Ten? They both are equal, and every film here is entitled to name itself "One of the Year's 10 Best!"
¶ The Top 10 Mainstream Films
Bad Lieutenant. »
- Roger Ebert
Jeremy Renner's potent performance in The Hurt Locker finally got the actor some much-deserved attention, but it doesn't sound like we'll be seeing him share a screen with comic book heavy-hitters like Iron Man. About a month ago, Renner said he'd been approached to play Marvel's archer (or Ultimate Marvel's marksman) Hawkeye in future Marvel flicks: "I met with the Marvel guys, actually, but we didn’t talk about Captain America. But one of the writers, Zak Penn, »
- Dave Davis
With the proliferation of Top Tens and Best Of lists on the internet at this time of year we wanted to try something a little different.
2009 was an important year for the business of cinema; games were changed with the acquiescence of audiences to the notion of 3D, low budgets met with large returns, old franchises spawned reboots and rebakes with varying success, the British film industry remained strong and gave us some bright new stars in our sky.
We asked our writers to come up with an alternative set of awards which would honour those films, directors and actors who made 2009 such an enjoyable year. Strong emotions are rendered in strong language, be warned if words offend.
So, here now, I present to you our awards for 2009 – The Truffles.
- Jon Lyus
A month ago, an offhand quote from The Hurt Locker lead Jeremy Renner seemed to position him as Hawkeye for Marvel's upcoming films like The Avengers, and consequently put the geek vultures into a frenzy. Now the actor says it was all for nothing, and that the role isn't his. We've heard these denials before, so the question is: do you believe him? In November, Renner told Empire that he'd been talking about two in-character appearances with Marvel. He also said, "Hawkeye could be interesting. They’re going to send me some stuff on it, see what it is." At the time the latter quote seemed like too little to really build expectations on, but the notion of the actor adding meat to what is likely to be a small role was too appealing to ignore entirely. Now in an interview with Movieline, Renner says there's no deal. That was »
- Russ Fischer
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