13 items from 2009
As the decade comes to a close and the new year is upon us, it's the perfect time to sit back and reflect on the many cinematic achievements of theatrical movie releases, TV shows and home video formats of the last 10 years. We saw many things come and go in the last 10 years. From the advancement of IMAX films in 3D to the rise of Blu-ray and the fall of Hddvd. From the huge success of independent cable corporations showcasing HBO quality shows to the fan driven phenomenon of overcrowded superhero and vampire genres...if you've been alive in the last 10 years and have been tuned into popular culture, it might be safe to say you've seen it all. As the rest of the world rolls out their this-and-that-best-of lists as the end of the decade draws near, we wanna know what's on the top of Your lists! 1. Find what »
Feeling down? Greatpoochini invites you to fluff yourself up and let your imagination take wing to find the best film clips featuring plumes of all kinds
"I'm as light as a feather! I'm as happy as an angel!" Whether inspired by these immortal words, especially when uttered by Alastair Sim's Ebeneezer Scrooge, or perhaps the fine white quills wielded by Scrooge's clerks in A Muppet Christmas Carol, this week we focus on feathers.
But before letting your imaginations take flight, some ground rules. There'll be extra marks for clips that do not feature live birds – especially as depicted in those sub-Attenborough wildlife documentaries, soundtracked by condescending narration, that seem to have been handed down from Hollywood generation to generation. However, in the spirit of Clip joint, some creative exceptions, and the occasional turkey, will of course be accepted.
1) Dumbo's grips his magic feather, spreads his ears, and we all see an elephant fly. »
Richard Kelly’s The Box opens today in the UK, you can read my review here, and to celebrate the 70s paranoia vibe we’re posting this look back at some of the greatest conspiracy/paranoia thrillers of that decade. There are some great films here, and The Box does its best to emulate this, so you might want to look into some of these when you’re done with Kelly’s latest.
Strongly following the crime / investigation genre, this film tells the story of a conspiracy theory that may be a little more personal, a little more close to home. Realistic and gritty (it centres on a prostitute); it promises the keep fans of 70’s films on their edge of their seat. ‘Don’t be afraid…’
See the first part of this article here.
Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley is just hanging out on the intergalactic transport ship Nostromo, leading the often-dull life of a Space Teamster, when all of a sudden, out of nowhere, her idiot captain decides to land on the remote planet Lv-426 to investigate some stupid distress signal emanating from a crashed spaceship. Now, as we all know, responding to distress signals is one of the top five most insanely boneheaded tactical decisions any science-fiction/horror space traveler can possibly make, but this doesn’t stop Captain Numbnuts from ordering his crew to get their asses down there and dope out the spooky alien wreckage.
Of course, once they go down to investigate, some dumbass crewmember decides it would be totally hilarious to stick his face in one of the strange egglike things he finds in the smoldering wreckage of the derelict ship. »
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AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)
The Godfather (1972)
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.
On the Waterfront (1954)
“You don’t understand! »
I have been a vegetarian for over twenty years and yet eighty minutes into a screening at Sony last week I was hit with an overwhelming urge to see a roast duck dismembered. What fresh madness was this? The power of film my friends. Essential to the climax of Julie & Julia (reviewed here) is the ability of blogger Julie Powell to bone, wrap, cook, carve and serve a duck. And yet you never see her carve the duck – maddening! For this reason, and to coincide with the Friday release of the film, I give you my Top 5 satisfying foodie movies.
(Before you ask The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover never made the cut because, though brilliant, like Soylent Green it’s people, people. Not appetising.) »
'Between takes, he's working out,' Milo Ventimiglia says of pumped-up star.
By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Ryan Downey
Photo: Saeed Adyani/Lionsgate
In 2006's graphic-novel adaptation "300," Gerard Butler was a loincloth-wearing, six-pack-baring Spartan king of blood-spilling domination. In the years since, the Scottish actor has largely opted for far less gory fare, like the rom-coms "P.S. I Love You" and "The Ugly Truth."
The futuristic sci-fi flick "Gamer" (out Friday) places Butler squarely back in the high-adrenaline, kill-or-be-violently-killed territory of popcorn action flicks. And once again, Butler is looking seriously pumped up.
"On set, he had a little Radio Flyer wagon with weights on it," co-star Milo Ventimiglia told MTV News. "So in between takes, he's working out, and I'm like, 'Uh, all right.' He'd go around the corner, and I'd sneak in, do a couple dumbbells."
Ventimiglia and Butler had »
Do you like lists? Well, how about these options? Wired's Favorite Sci-Fi Flicks of All Time - Pre-Star Wars A Trip to the Moon (1902) The Thing From Another World (1951) The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953) Them! (1954) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958) The Creation of the Humanoids (1962) Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Fahrenheit 451 (1966) Fantastic Voyage (1966) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Planet of the Apes (1968) Solaris (1972) Silent Running (1972) Soylent Green (1973) Day of the Dolphin (1973) Zardoz (1974) A Boy and His Dog (1975) Logan's Run (1976) Lassie Come Home (1943) Richard Roeper's Top Five of Summer 2009 (500) Days of Summer Inglourious Basterds Up The Hurt Locker District 9 ...and his worst... Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen G.I. Joe: the Rise of Cobra Land of the Lost Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian The Ugly Truth He has more, click here for the rest. »
- Brad Brevet
We've been following this incredible looking Mexican scifi film since September of 2008, and while we posted footage shortly after finding it, it was then yanked and disappeared for awhile, along with any communication we had with director Francisco Laresgoiti. You can watch footage and English subbed trailer here.
Why? Well, apparently Francisco was having political problems with his film due to the fact that it's based on the Cristero War which is apparently banned from being taught in Mexican schools. But more about this after the break in our exclusive interview with the director!
Can you tell us about 2033 and what it's based on?
2033 was originally going to be called Vcr 2026, and before that Grado 33, and the reason it changed to 2033 lays heavily on the following thought:
My main objective on which to base the story was to recreate a war in Mexico that our government has banned from history »
Movies Gladiator [Blu-ray] ~ Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, and Oliver Reed (Blu-ray – 2009) Braveheart [Blu-ray] ~ Mel Gibson (Blu-ray – 2009) State of Play ~ Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, Ben Affleck, and Rachel McAdams (DVD – 2009) Sin Nombre ~ Paulina Gaitan, Marco Antonio Aguirre, and Leonardo Alonso (DVD – 2009) M*A*S*H [Blu-ray] ~ Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Sally Kellerman, and Kim Atwood (Blu-ray – 2009) Bring it On: Fight to the Finish ~ Christina Milian, David Starzyk, Nicki SooHoo, and Gabrielle Dennis (DVD – 2009) The Girl Next Door (Unrated Edition) [Blu-ray] ~ Timothy Bottoms, James Remar, Christopher Marquette, and Donna Bullock (Blu-ray – 2009) Monster (2003) [Blu-ray] ~ Charlize Theron, et al. (Blu-ray – 2009) Fire and Ice [Blu-ray] ~ Leo Gordon, Hans Howes, Alan Koss, and Cynthia Leake (Blu-ray – 2009) TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Science Fiction (2001 A Space Odyssey / Soylent Green / Forbidden Planet / The Time Machine 1960) ~ Keir Dullea, Charlton Heston, Walter Pidgeon, and Rod Taylor (DVD – 2009) High Crimes [Blu-ray] ~ Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, James Caviezel, and Amanda Peet (Blu-ray – 2009) TV Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season ~ Jared Padalecki, »
- Joe Gillis
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed No major new reviews this week, but if you have some time I too a rather extensive look at the Warner Bros. Archive title Don't Be Afraid of the Dark yesterday. It's a film being remade with Guillermo del Toro producing and may be of interest as well as it will introduce you to Warner's attempt to creatively distribute some of their never-before-released titles on DVD. You can check that piece out right here if you are interested. Paramount Blu-ray Sapphire Series
Braveheart / Gladiator I am expecting to have review copies of these two in my hands any day now, and I will hustle through them as fast as I can. However, considering the two titles in question I would expect many of you are already eying one or both of them. I know I would definitely be looking »
- Brad Brevet
Curious to know what frightful films and devilish discs will be available to view in the privacy of your own digital dungeon this week? Fango's got you covered.
Below the jump you'll find the full list of titles arriving in-stores this Tuesday, September 1, 2009 in our weekly version of the famous Fangoria Chopping List - updated with all the last-minute additions and deletions. Want a glimpse into the future? Click here for the master list, which just received a major update on titles through September!
Note: Clickable links lead to Amazon.com Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas - Lionsgate
Considered to be one of America's most notorious serial killers, Henry Lee Lucas admitted to committing over 350 murders with partner and fellow serial killer Ottis Toole while drifting through multiple states in the American South from 1975 until his arrest in 1983.
Earth Day - R Squared Films
Earth Day tells the tale of a »
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The Final Chapter (read Part 2 here)! We have Howard the Duck, Freejack and Shyamalan flicks on the list; these are never good signs. Nonetheless we are bringing it all to you in full-color and in 3-D. (Ed. Note: Due to the economy, 3-D has been dropped and will be replaced by Smell-o-vision — check for your scratch and sniff cards in about 4-6 weeks.) Best Sound went to rage-zombie veterans Ian Tapp and Richard Pryke, leaving Mark Weingarten who worked on Rejuvenatrix in the dust. The Sound Editing section contains one too many references to Ron Silver, and at least two references to a Roger Corman film.
- Heather Buckley
13 items from 2009
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