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HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »
- Chris Eggertsen
You don’t have to be a barber to love Sweeney Todd, or a nun to enjoy The Sound of Music. But it probably helps to be a — pardon the term — redneck to endure the 90 months, er minutes, of Duck Commander Musical, a love letter to simple folk with a penchant for guns, God and facial hair. What might have been a campy and hilarious look at some good ole boys who hit it big turns out to be a paean to religion and family. With fart jokes. As the curtain goes up on “Faith, Food and Family,
- Jordan Riefe
For centuries, theatrical antiheroes have vied for attention by going to extremes, but Tyrone, in Robert Askins’s Hand to God, may be the first, onstage at least, to bite off an ear. He’s as violent and vengeful as Sweeney Todd, and, despite his evangelical upbringing, as comically foul-mouthed as any Mamet mook. (His voice combines the appetitive rumble of Cookie Monster with the sexual bravado of James Brown.) You can’t just write him off as psychotic, though, because that would suggest a framework of sanity from which he has departed. He is, rather, pure, untrammelled id, eternally evil and born that way, and thus psychologically unique in dramatic literature. Unique physically too. He has big, vacant eyes, limbs like linguini, a shock of maraschino hair — and, oh, some guy’s arm up his back.Yes, he’s a sock puppet, and also, in what may be the apotheosis of color-blind casting, »
- Jesse Green
In the dark and unsettling thriller The Barber, a young man shows up in a small town, having tracked down a local barber, named Eugene van Wingerdt (Scott Glenn), who he believes is hiding a dark secret. Throughout the film’s twists and turns, you’ll keep trying to put the pieces together, always wondering if you’ve truly unlocked any of the mystery. At the film’s press day, held in barber’s chairs at Sweeney Todd’s Barber Shop in Los Angeles, actor Scott Glenn spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being attracted to the unpredictability of this story, wanting to get the thumbs up from his wife before signing on, why he likes being surrounded by the energy of young people on set, and bringing the vision of first-time feature director Basel Owies to life. He also talked about signing on for Marvel’s Daredevil »
- Christina Radish
Cinderella, Disney's latest live-action version of one of its own classic animated movies, arrives in theaters this weekend, and already reviews for it have been glowing, leading many to believe the Magic Kingdom has another big hit on their hands. And since one big hit begets another, Disney is planning to make a live-action Dumbo. And who do you hire to direct a whimsical, family-friendly story about a big-eared elephant who just wants to fly? The man who made Sweeney Todd: The Demon...
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Bill Condon’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast is sticking to the structure of the Disney animated movie, right down to the same characters and same songs. Emma Watson was the first to be cast, taking the role of Belle. It’s actually the second time somebody gave her this role – Guillermo Del Toro was working on a non-musical, non-Disney version and Emma was his pick too.
There’s been a rumour circulating around Hollywood’s tracking boards and private forums that Ryan Gosling has been asked to play The Beast. I know that this started because an agency source referred to Gosling as being a preferred choice for the role, but I don’t know that it ever went any further. I’m certainly not holding my breath – some Hemsworth or another seems much more likely.
As for Mrs. Potts, the housemaid turned teapot, Condon seems »
- Brendon Connelly
Although it comes as no great shock, Fifty Shades of Grey has officially been granted an 18 certificate for "strong sex and nudity".
It's something of a rarity these days to even see a film get an 18, with studios keen to get their films in front of the widest possible audiences. The highest classification is usually reserved for movies containing extreme sex or violence, but it doesn't necessarily have to mean it's box office poison.
Given the right story circumstances, an 18 can hit the target and find financial success. You only need to glance back to late last year to see the column inches/pixels generated by David Fincher's explosive Gone Girl.
Digital Spy takes a look at the 20 highest-grossing 18 certificate movies in the UK below (note: figures are not adjusted for inflation):
Release date: January 17, 2014
Total UK box office takings: £22,699,724
2. Gone Girl
7 items from 2015
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