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For reasons that escape me as of this writing, I have consumed an abnormally large number of animated films this year. Oddly enough, the vast majority of these pictures are among some of the best movies I’ve encountered over the course of 2009. A warning, of sorts: My taste in film differs greatly from the so-called masses, so be fully prepared to unleash your nerd rage upon this list if I have omitted a feature that you hold dearly to your misshapen heart. Sadly, there just isn’t enough room at the top of pile for everyone, especially limp-wristed sequels to movies that never needed a follow-up in the first place. “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” I’m looking squarely at you. Don’t act like you didn’t know. #5. The Haunted World of El Superbeasto After experiencing the cinematic abominations known as “Halloween” and “Halloween 2,” I lost »
Mad Man Dan And His Dinner With 2009
Editor’s Note: To be honest, I’m not a list guy. I think they’re trite, unimaginative, and when I look at the other horror sites, their lists are all generally the same. Sure, there may be some movement between what’s #3 on one site’s list and #4 on another, but must I see the same 10 or 20 flicks from the last year or decade, best or worst, ad nauseam? So when Mike and I sat down a few weeks back, we agreed not to do the same, humdrum lists.
And then Mad Man Dan came into the picture.
Bringing his uniquely psychotic perspective to the whole idea of lists, then blowing up that idea and subverting it brought a fresh angle to lists. And so I proudly present Mad Man Dan Price’s Dinner with 2009. We don’t censor the Mad Man »
We've arrived at the very end of 2009, which means it's finally time to unveil our hotly-anticipated 25 Hottest and Lamest lists of 2009. Tonight we conclude the festivities with our 25 Lamest of 2009 list, which includes a number of movie-related events (films, actors, actresses, trends, scenes) that we all thought were the hands-down lamest things to happen in Hollywood over the past 12 months. Joining us from the Cinematical staff for this year's lists are Eric D. Snider, William Goss, Monika Bartyzel, Dawn Taylor, Elisabeth Rappe, Jen Yamato, Erik Davis and Peter Hall. For those who missed last night's 25 Hottest of 2009 list, head over here to check that out. Enjoy!
25. Year One
Take the director of National Lampoon's Vacation and Caddyshack, the writer of Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, two writers from The Office, a cast that includes Jack Black, Michael Cera, Hank Azaria, David Cross, and Oliver Platt, and what do you get? One »
- Erik Davis
We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams. If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie. It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was. On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow. Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others. It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.
Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:
2009 – 11
2008 – 11
2007 – 7
2006 – 14
2005 – 12
2004 – 8
2003 – 7
2002 – 12
2001 – 10
2000 – 8
93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus
90. Tasogare Seibei »
- Movie Geeks
The first decade of the new millennium has come to an end, and that means it is now time for film sites all over the web to begin posting their various retrospectives and lists recalling the decade that was. I generally as a rule dislike such lists because they are always so subjective. Then I said screw it and took it upon myself to do one of my own naming the ten worst horror movies of the past decade. Besides, people love bitching on the Internet about lists like this, and who am I to deny readers yet another excuse to get into pointless flame wars over personal opinions.
Of course, this list is just my personal opinion which is not legally binding ... unless Proposition 304 passes. And we all pray that it will.
I set two rules when putting this list together: Only horror movies that received fairly wide theatrical »
Jeff Bridges' performance in "Crazy Heart" was good enough for the Golden Globes, and it was good enough for Rob Zombie as well, judging by his tweets. Kevin Smith, meanwhile, had a positively-used expletive to describe his own experience watching Edgar Wright's unreleased "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World."
Less giddy was producer Jeff Katz, who used a sports metaphor to express his reaction to news that Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins have split. I'll let you parse and interpret that one, as his references to Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno went a little over my head. You can do so after the jump where you will also learn about Ice-t's recent "Modern Warfare 2" accomplishments, when Emmy Rossum will begin taking trapeze lessons and who found a stray peacock in their back yard. It's all retweeted in Twitter-Wood report for December 23, 2009.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@Finallevel http://twitpic. »
- Brian Warmoth
When I'm offered a dinner with director Mike Judge, there's very little convincing needed.
Not only is Judge responsible for the underrated comedy "Extract" (available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, Dec. 22) but he's also the sly genius behind Fox's Emmy-winning "King of the Hill," the 1990s iconic cartoon "Beavis and Butt-head" and one of the best workplace comedies of all time, "Office Space."
It was a cool December evening when my fellow reporters and I descended upon Joe's Restaurant in Venice, Calif., where a custom-designed four-course tasting menu with wine pairings awaited us. With the help of champagne, the conversation kicked off with talk of Comic-Con, which Judge said was filled with "very likable nerds."
Speaking of nerds ...
Our humble director probably caught on »
A lot of bands have done the "Coffin-Shaped Box Set" in the past (Misfits, anyone?) and now Rob Zombie has his very own. Set for release on February 2nd through Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 will be available in several configurations, including the $60 "Limited-Edition Deluxe Box Set". For the diehard Zombie fan, the Coffin Box features full-color artwork, the Hellbilly Deluxe 2 album, an exclusive T-shirt, exclusive belt-buckle and exclusive bandanna all packaged together. Check out the pics below.
Pre-Orders for the box set are being taken through RobZombie.com right now, while the album itself is available for pre-order from most music retailers including Amazon.com on both CD and Vinyl.
Track Listing for Hellbilly Deluxe 2:
01. Jesus Frankenstein
02. Sick Bubblegum
04. Mars Needs Women
05. Werewolf, Baby!
06. Virgin Witch
07. Death And Destiny Inside the Dream Factory
09. Cease To Exist
10. Werewolf Women Of The SS
11. The Man Who Laughs »
- email@example.com (James Zahn)
With all the recent talk about Scream 4, Wes Craven's actual current project, the just completed My Soul to Take (which started life as 25/8) has been a bit forgotten. But thanks to stuntman Manny Siverio's MySpace page, we now know what to expect from the next killer in the Craven pantheon.Frankly, he looks a bit like Rob Zombie's Hellbilly persona, which means he also looks kinda like the hobo Michael Myers from Halloween 2. Maybe it's postmodern. This is Craven after all, directing his first self-written original screenplay since 1994's New Nightmare.Hellbilly (he's not yet been officially named, to the extent that we're not sure who the actor is - is it stuntman Christopher Place, cast as "Ripper"?) is a serial killer, who may or may not still be alive after his reign of terror ended. Sixteen years on, he's back to terminate the seven »
AOL just premiered Slipknot’s short film “Snuff” directed by M. Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan and photographed and co-directed by P.R. Brown. The short film stars Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, A Clockwork Orange), Ashley Laurence (Hellraiser) and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. The song featured in the film is from Slipknot’s album “All Hope is Gone”. Band Biography: Slipknot is an American metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The current line-up includes Sid Wilson, Joey Jordison, Paul Gray, Chris Fehn, Jim Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson, and Corey Taylor. They are recognized as one of the pioneering bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. The band formed in late 1995 [...] »
- Brian Corder
[Warning: This Article Contains Halloween II Spoilers]
Fans of the Halloween franchise have been decisively split over Rob Zombie’s reboot of John Carpenter’s classic slasher flick – especially in regards to this summer’s sequel, Halloween II. If you didn’t see the uproar in opinion, check our our review of the film Here.
Since Halloween II was in theaters, we’ve learned that Zombie’s early promise of an exclusive director’s cut on DVD/Blu-ray was going to be made good. As promised, the director’s cut will be Very different from the theatrical version of the film – specifically in terms of how “dark” the tone is (it gets darker than the theatrical version???).
As a preview of the forthcoming Halloween II DVD/Blu-ray, today we have at clip from the “dark version,” courtesy of Shock Til Ya Drop; in this case, a (slightly) alternate ending to the film.
The ending to the theatrical »
- Kofi Outlaw
As an avid van of the entire Halloween franchise (yes, I even find a shred of enjoyment watching Michael getting Kung Fu’ed by Busta Rhymes), and, as one of only about three people who gave Rob Zombie’s Halloween II a positive review, I was curious to see the alternate ending to his film. Today, thanks to Shock Till You Drop, we have the alternate ending for your viewing pleasure.
Check it out:
Needless to say, thank God for reshoots.
According to Shock Till You Drop, this was the scene being shot when they were doing their set visit. I’m curious if this scene was put together just to mislead movie sites such as them or if Zombie ever intended on this being the true ending to the film.
What do you think? How do you like the alternate ending compared to the one released in theaters? Does »
The original ending [spoilers ahead, matey] showed Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) shot by police in an abandoned shed. After Myers is presumably dead, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) picks up Michael’s giant knife and starts to stab him repeatably. She exits the shed wearing Michael’s mask and winds in a mental hospital where she sees the same visions that her brother did throughout the film.In the alternate ending, Myers has his mask taken off and kills Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) outside the shed. Myers is lit-up by surrounding police. Laurie comes out, picks up the knife, screams and is also shot by police. She ends up in the asylum, same as the original. Halloween 2 will be released on »
- Reel Loop News Staff
I'm not sure why I didn't review Halloween II. For some odd reason I never wrote one. I would have given it a C-, same as Ron did, but that's because it's the same movie as the first Halloween, a movie I did review. The alternate ending for Halloween II has posted on YouTube and it's just as lame as the real ending. Michael dies (again) but this ending has him screaming the word "Die!" with his mask off, looking like Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society. And don't even get me started on the stupid horse and "Love Hurts" song in the background.Thankfully, this will be the end of any more Rob Zombie Halloween movies. (Though he is credited as being a writer for Halloween III. Not sure if that's true or not. Like it matters.) Hollywood will be going in a new direction to further continue screwing up the franchise. »
I hoped that after walking out of the theater, I.d never have to hear another word about Rob Zombie.s Halloween II ever again. Damn you DVD release. Shock Till You Drop posted the alternate ending that.ll be included on the DVD and Blu-ray, which hit stores on January 12th. I didn.t think a movie could get much worse than this, but if Zombie had opted to go with this alternate ending, it indeed would have been mind-blowingly terrible. In an effort to keep this article as tame as possible, I.ll leave it at that. To get the full dose of my hatred of this movie, just refer back to my review. »
With the director's cut of the much maligned film on its way, the supposed alternate ending of Rob Zombie's Halloween II has found its way online. Of course we have it for you. Because we love you. We love you long time.
Look for Halloween II's DVD and Blu-ray debut on January 12, 2010. Who knows what other goodies, or baddies for that matter, will make it into this new alternate cut. One thing's for sure: We'll be watching. Expect a full review soon.
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- Uncle Creepy
With the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on the horizon, another film releases its first photos. This time it’s the Runaways, the story of the all-chick rock band starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherrie Currie. The film co-stars Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road). For those just tuning in, here’s the official Sundance synopsis:
Of all the bands to come out of the 1970s Los Angeles music scene, The Runaways are by far the most uniquely fascinating. This is partially due to their music but more so to the fact that they were teenage girls whose wild and reckless lifestyle was the stuff of legend.
- Matt Goldberg
With all the studio arm indie divisions closing shop, I'm crossing my fingers for the folks at Focus Features - they actually give a sh*t about filmmakers. We don't need to mention what happened with the parent company, and today's press release sort of camouflages the mediocre 2009 year that is still unfolding. - With all the studio arm indie divisions closing shop, I'm crossing my fingers for the folks at Focus Features - they actually give a sh*t about filmmakers. We don't need to mention what happened with the parent company, and today's press release sort of camouflages the mediocre 2009 year that is still unfolding. When you add filmmaker Henry Selick and Shane Acker's numbers and subtract Ang Lee's and Sam Mendes' box office grosses and all the P&A costs, I'm sure that Focus' "eighth profitable year in a row since their inception" is »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
Halloween 2 is coming to DVD January 10th and will have the following specs;
Audio Commentary by Rob Zombie* Deleted/Alternate Scenes Audition Footage Uncle Seymour Coffins' Standup Routines
*only on Unrated Edition
Synopsis: It's that time of year again, and Michael Myers has returned home to sleepy Haddonfield, Illinois to take care of some unfinished family business. Unleashing a trail of terror that only horror master Rob Zombie can, Myers will stop at nothing to bring closure to the secrets of his twisted past. But the town’s got an unlikely new hero, if they can only stay alive long enough to stop the unstoppable. »
I’m sorry to have gone delinquent on my posts here, because this has been a crazy year for me and horror. My Solomon Kane series "The Castle of the Devil" was well received, and I pushed that adventure story about as far as I could, with the help of Mario Guevara’s macabre visuals. I made it to Crypticon in Seattle and met Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Atkins, toured the sites where the Green River Killer’s victims were found, and read and watched as much horror as I could get my hands on.
As my previous posts show, I’m a little old-fashioned, though not completely retro. I’m writing this while watching The Ring (in this case I buy American) and dying to see the final episode of "Dexter" season four this weekend, and the last comic I read was the new issue of Hack/Slash from »
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