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We’ve spent the last few days carrying on about the worst films of 2010 and the biggest disappointments in the hopes of healing our and your collective psyches from the damage sustained after watching inane movies like Jonah Hex or Furry Vengeance (*shudder*).
Now we turn our attention to the high points of 2010 – namely, the movies that met or exceeded our expectations and entertained us enough so as to earn a permanent spot on our personal favorites films list.
While a favorite movies list does not strictly correspond with a best movies list (case in point – flicks like Citizen Kane or The Seventh Seal aren’t traditionally considered proper choices for a fun Saturday night viewing), there’s certainly a good deal of crossover between the two. A number of this year’s ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies  list. Actually though, it was over 10 years ago when we first got our look at that "definitive" list of the 100 best American movies. They then did a ten year anniversary of it in 2007 with only minor adjustments and both years Citizen Kane held the number one place as the best American movie. Of course, the problem with those lists is that they only list American films. While Hollywood might be considered the epicenter of film, the art form itself spans the globe, way beyond American borders. That's why the Toronto International Film Festival came up with their Essential 100 movies. Created by merging lists made by Toronto Film Festival supporters along with another made by their programmers, these are supposed to be the 100 essential movies every cinephile must see. And it starts off with a bang as Citizen Kane has been toppled. »
- Germain Lussier
The doldrums of January can often be tricky to handle. So what better way to pass the time than running down to your local theater and watching the latest inadvertently goofy action pic to star Nicolas Cage wearing a floppy wig -- a.k.a., Season of the Witch?
Relativity Media has released several clips from the supernatural thriller/14th century swords & shields adventure pic, which marks the (ahem) long-anticipated reunion between Cage and his Gone in Sixty Seconds director, Dominic Sena.
Season of the Witch stars Cage as Behmen, a Crusader who has grown weary of bloodshed and is no longer a loyal servant of the Church. Unlike Max von Sydow’s Antonius Block in The Seventh Seal, Behmen has little opportunity to reflect on his broken faith as he and his pal Felson (Ron Pearlman) are recruited by ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Christmas is now but 15 days away!!! Yikes. This weekend is probably your last chance to put those Blu-ray and DVD orders in to safely guarantee their delivery before the big day and it’s unsurprising that retailers are aggressively pushing their year-best Blu-ray/DVD deals.
So trust Obsessed With Film to help you out with the best deals on the web right now. If your girlfriend is struggling to get you anything or you wanna buy something for yourself, and we presume you have already bought Inception Blu-ray at £14.93 (or the limited briefcase at £24.99) and Toy Story 3 at £14.97 (or 1-3 box set at £27.99) – then you can’t go far wrong with these…
U.K. deals first…
Leon: Director’s Cut [Blu-ray] £5.99 at Play.com‘s Deal of the Day!!!
Battlestar Galactica: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] – £69.97 at Amazon!!!!
Alien Anthology – 9 Disc Blu-ray -£29.99 (under £30 for the first time at Blockbuster) – We gushed over this set here. »
- Matt Holmes
You will not like something about this list. In your mind, undeserving inclusions and unthinkable omissions probably abound. That is as it should be. Film, for all the scholarship, expertise and pretense that surrounds it, remains, like all art, firmly subjective. Feel free to tell us what we missed, what we misplaced, or congratulate us on a job well done, if you feel so inclined. Just remember to keep it clean, civil and respectful. With that said, these are The Moving Arts Film Journal’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time:
#1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Kubrick)
#2. Citizen Kane (1941, Welles)
#3. The Godfather (1972, Coppola)
#4. Andrei Rublev (1966, Tarkovsky)
#6. Casablanca (1942, Curtiz)
#7. Vertigo (1958, Hitchcock)
#9. Seven Samurai (1954, Kurosawa)
#10. The Godfather Pt. II (1974, Coppola)
#11. The Third Man (1949, Reed)
#12. The Wizard of Oz (1939, Fleming)
#13. Dr. Strangelove (1964, Kubrick)
#14. Goodfellas (1990, Scorsese)
#15. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972, Herzog)
#16. 8½ (1963, Fellini)
#17. Singin’ In The Rain (1952, Donen, »
- Eric M. Armstrong
Ingmar Bergman’s 1958 drama The Magician has never had the vaunted reputation of his ’50s classics Smiles Of A Summer Night, Wild Strawberries, or The Seventh Seal, but it’s of a piece with those early films, in that it comes from an era when Bergman’s wit and whimsy were as central to his style as his preoccupation with pain, death, and the piteousness of religious faith. Set in 1846, The Magician stars Max von Sydow as a grim-looking performing hypnotist who rides into Stockholm with his usual entourage: a palm-reading/potion-selling tout, an old lady, and a »
The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films as ranked by the users of the biggest Internet movie site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of the Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.
It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case we is myself and Gary) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list. We’ve frozen the list as of January 1st of this year. It’s not as simple as it sounds, we are watching them all in one year, 125 each.
This is our 39th update, my next five films watched for the project. You can find last week’s update here. »
- Barry Steele
This is a red rag to a number of different bulls. Lovers of what's called arthouse cinema resent the label for being derisive and philistine. And those who detest it bristle at the implication that there is no artistry or intelligence in mainstream entertainment.
For many, the stereotypical arthouse film is Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin was a classic art film from the 1920s and Luis Buñuel investigated cinema's potential for surreality like no one before or since. The Italian neorealists applied the severity of art to a representation of society and the French New Wave iconoclastically brought a self-deconstructing critical awareness to film-making. Yasujiro Ozu conveyed a transcendental simplicity in his work. Andrei Tarkovsky and Michelangelo Antonioni achieved a meditative beauty, while David Lynch and John Cassavetes demonstrated an American reflex to the genre.
Arthouse is dismissed as the connoisseur's elite fetish; others find it, »
- Peter Bradshaw
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Once again The Criterion Collection digs into master director Ingmar Bergman’s vault and brings us his exquisite, enigmatic film from 1958, The Magician (originally titled The Face in the UK; in fact, the Swedish title, Ansiktet, means “Face”).
Set sometime in the 1800s, the story concerns a traveling magic and medicine show called “Vogler’s Magnetic Health Theater.” The troupe consists of Vogler (Max von Sydow), the mute magician of the picture’s title, his “ward,” Mr. Aman (Ingrid Thulin in disguise, although it’s no surprise that the character is a woman), Tubal (Ake Fridell), who acts as manager/spokesman, and the inscrutable Granny (Naima Wifstrand), an old witch who dabbles in love potions. Picked up along the road is an alcoholic actor, Spegel (Bengt Ekerot, who was memorable as Death in The Seventh Seal).
Before the company »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
The first time I saw Seven Samurai was just over three years ago. In the three years since I have watched it a couple more times and was eager to return to it once again as it's one of a handful of films I instantly thought of as soon as Criterion revealed it would begin releasing films on Blu-ray. For me, it was up there with The Seventh Seal and 8 1/2 and go figure, now all three all available in high definition, and each the better for it. I guess it's time to start a new list...
For those that already own the three-disc DVD edition you aren't going to find anything new with this release. From the 60-page booklet to a second disc loaded with special features this is the exact same release with one major difference, there is absolutely no comparison when it comes to picture quality.
Retaining an excellent amount of grain, »
- Brad Brevet
When I was younger, I used to go to my local library to borrow VHS tapes. I would always look for two kinds of movies. The classics (so I could educate myself) and funny, quirky, odd films. Marwencol falls right into the latter category.
Marwencol is a documentary about a village in the USA during World War II inhabited by soldiers. It seems quite normal. The only unusual thing might be that these inhabitants are dolls and their lives are determined by the imagination of Mark Hogancamp. After a brutal attack that left his brain shattered, Hogancamp is trying to resume his life and rebuild his hand-eye coordination by taking pictures of his own creation. These get discovered and a New York gallery wants to show off his collection. »
My introduction to classic foreign cinema began with three films you would suspect most anyone would begin with: Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 and Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. It probably comes as no surprise I instantly fell in love with all three films as well as all three directors. So, when it was revealed a Bergman film I wasn't at all familiar with was coming to Criterion Blu-ray it certainly was exciting. Not to mention it's a Bergman film with Max von Sydow, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Bengt Ekerot and Bibi Andersson. All of which are Bergman regulars, which only added to my anticipation.
The film centers on a traveling magic show referred to as 'Vogler's Magnetic Health Theater'. Max von Sydow plays the magician Vogler who's brought under question by a small town police chief and medical examiner, disbelieving they are true magicians.
- Brad Brevet
Cologne, Germany -- The Berlin International Film Festival will honor the late, great, Ingmar Bergman with a retrospective of the Swedish director's works at the 2011 festival.
Bergman, who died in 2007, is universally acknowledged as one of greatest directors of all time. His films, including "Fanny & Alexander" (which won four Oscars), Golden Globe-winner "Scenes from a Marriage," "Wild Strawberries" (winner of Berlin's Golden Bear) and "The Seventh Seal" with its iconic scene of Death playing chess are cinematic classics.
Parallel to the retrospective, the Berlin film museum the Deutsche Kinemathek will present, together with the Ingmar Bergman foundation, an exhibition on Bergman's live and work.
The 61st Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb. 10-20. »
- By Scott Roxborough
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure was a dream come true for the kindergarten version of me. It was silly, occasionally vulgar, hilarious, and it had time travel… inside of phone booths. Additionally, it’s the rare sort of early 90s movie that has worn shockingly well with age, due in large part to the charming performances from everyone involved, Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, and George Carlin especially, as well as fantastic music all throughout.
Though I didn’t have the same adoration for the sequel, Bogus Journey, I still liked it a lot. Hell was at once bizarre and terrifying, and the board game contest with Death was a surprisingly clever riff on the film classic The Seventh Seal. As a result, it greatly pleases me to hear that a…
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- Ben Moore
With Criterion staple, and all around film legend (and my personal favorite filmmaker of all time) Jean Luc-Godard (Breathless, A Woman Is A Woman, Made In The U.S.A, just to name a few) set to receive an honorary Oscar from the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences, it looks like the Academy is set to honor yet another legend in the world of film.
According to the Criterion blog, the Academy is set to play host to the La premiere of a new exhibition, entitled Ingmar Bergman: Truth And Lies, all organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek, along with the Bergman Foundation.
Exhibition Information When September 16 through December 12, 2010 Where The Academy’s Fourth Floor Gallery Public viewing hours Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.*
*Sunday, October 10: 1 to 6 p.m. Admission Free
The show will feature movie clips »
- Joshua Brunsting
Late last month, fans of 1980s British cult cinema saw a few long-time favorites make the leap into 21st century media as four movies from the semi-legendary Handmade Films production company got a well-deserved re-release in the Blu-ray format: The Long Good Friday (reviewed by James here), Time Bandits, Mona Lisa and Withnail and I. That these films also hold down spots in the Criterion Collection, and are indeed among the company’s earliest spine numbers, only adds to their illustrious history. But the news of an upgrade to higher resolution for home viewing, which ought to be a cause for unqualified celebration, comes, alas, with a bit of a downside. Really, it’s a mixed bag. Ryan has made his observations on Time Bandits publicly known here. If you haven’t heard it yet, I’ll cut to the chase: he wasn’t impressed. A subpar transfer (1080i? what’s the point of that? »
- David Blakeslee
HollywoodNews.com: “Ingmar Bergman: Truth and Lies,” an exhibition that delves into the career and personal life of the legendary Swedish director, will have its world premiere at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday, September 16. Organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, in association with the Academy, the exhibition, which is open to the public, will run through December 12. Admission is free.
In preparation for the first major exhibition since the director’s death in 2007, the Bergman Foundation in Stockholm has granted unprecedented access to Bergman’s personal papers, allowing for an in-depth examination of his life and vast creative output.
“Truth and Lies” will provide unique insights into Bergman’s film, theater work and personal life, with sections devoted to his early creative efforts, his ascent as an artist and his struggles with faith. The exhibition’s film projections and »
- Linny Lum
Higher education is all about introducing young minds to classic works of art, right? How many of us wouldn't have read or seen Plato's "Republic," Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" or "The Seventh Seal" by Ingmar Bergman, if not for some awesome professor who managed to keep us awake all throughout class?
Add Michael Abbott to that class of awesome professors. Abbott writes the acclaimed Brainy Gamer video game blog and is also a professor at Wabash College. Thanks to his efforts, incoming students at Wabash College will have to play "Portal," Valve's beloved first-person shooter/puzzle hybrid. "Portal" runs a player-controlled character named Chell through a series of test chambers designed to put a new teleportation gun through its paces, not caring if she lives through the process. As you make your way through Portal's beguiling physics-based puzzles, the self-aware AI-in-charge named GLaDOS lies, taunts and tempts you (with cake! »
- Evan Narcisse
[Update 8/27/10 - I went back to InstantWatcher.com to check on the status of upcoming expiring Criterion films, and it appears that this entire list has disappeared from their listings. I checked on a few of the titles, and it looks like their streaming end dates have been extended! I will be updating this post later, with the correct dates, but it looks like something happened between this post going up, and now.]
Some sad news to report, on the streaming side of things today. I just learned, via the excellent website InstantWatcher.com, that more than a few Criterion Collection films will be expiring from Netflix’s Watch Instantly service on September 22nd.
In total, 66 films from the Criterion Collection will be removed from the line-up, but don’t go canceling your account just yet. Over the past year, on several monthly occasions, a number of Criterion films were added, allowing viewers to stream some of the best titles that Criterion had at their disposal. Netflix has never claimed that everything on Watch Instantly would last forever, and there may be a number of reasons why these titles are going away. Some theories I’m kicking around:
Criterion and Netflix set up a deal, and that deal is coming to an end. Pretty simple. Criterion may be looking at moving more of these titles to Hulu, »
- Ryan Gallagher
With vampires all the rage and a cinema smitten with mind-bending narratives built around the generic staple of the “unreliable narrator,” what better time is there to have a look at Czech director Jaromil Jires’ provocative 1970 cult film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders?
First coming to the world’s attention with his 1963 debut feature The Cry (exhibited at Cannes), a film of documentary realism and social criticism that displeased his native government, Jires found his talents put on hold as Czechoslovakia’s state-supported film industry turned down script after script he subsequently submitted for production. It wasn’t until 1968 that Jires reappeared on the scene with The Joke, adapted from the novel by Milan Kundera as an ambitious drama attacking totalitarianism.
I’ve yet to see either of those films, but based on what I discovered with Valerie, I’d be eager to explore more of his works. While »
- Movies Unlimited
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