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Sheesh, another list! At the end of every year, the need to do an annual best-of movie round-up seems to sneak up on me. The fact that it's now the end of the decade snuck on me all the more. In compiling this admittedly quick list, I looked over all my qualifying year-end lists, and re-evaluated where necessary. I tried to consider the films I saw in the greater sociological context of the decade itself - their effects on it, and what they have to say about it. At the same time, I also tried to include some personal selections that probably wouldn't make other such lists, but were important to me. Please keep in mind that i could not see everything, and that my beat around here is the mainstream theatrical films. I managed to narrow it down to twenty films, ranking the first ten. So here it, my best of the decade, »
Amazon has a couple good deals today: The Star Wars Prequel Trilogy on DVD for only $21.49, 57% off the $50 suggested retail price. If you spend more than $25 on the site, shipping is free. Pixar's Up and Monsters, Inc DVD/Blu-Ray Combo for $27.98 with Free Shipping, an extra $10 off the already low sale price. The suggested retail price for the two releases is around $87. To take advantage of the combo deal, click over to Amazon, and scroll down to the Best Value section. via: slickdeals/ropesofsilicon »
- Peter Sciretta
These were the top five science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies this year that set my pulse racing. Which were yours?
In this season of lists, I thought I'd run down my top 10 science-fiction, fantasy and comicbook movies of the year. Easy peasy, or so I imagined, until I got to flick No 6 and realised there have actually not been that many films this year which I could put hand on heart and say I've absolutely loved. So here without further ado, are Week in Geek's top five movies of the year, followed by the five I've least enjoyed.
Zack Snyder's epic adaptation of the classic graphic novel attracted as many brickbats as it did plaudits from the critics. Those who hated the film pointed out that you couldn't really "get it" without having read the original Alan Moore comic about masked vigilantes living in an alternate 1984. Yet the »
- Ben Child
It's the last column of 2009, and one that follows on a maelstrom of commentary. I don't think I received a single comment or e-mail that didn't care intensely about Avatar one way or another. It's been fascinating and frightening to experience.
I feel as though movie fandom has taken a very extreme turn. Drew McWeeny noted back in May that it took a turn for the worse in 1999 after Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. "Fandom has changed profoundly in the last ten years, and it would be hard to argue that it's been for the better. Although I detest that sub-moronic oft-repeated metaphor about George Lucas 'raping my childhood,' I could be willing to agree that 1999 was the end of fandom's innocent optimism and the beginning of something rancid and self-entitled and angry, something that's more about tearing down and insulting than about celebrating or enjoying."
My professional »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Oh, please god, don’t let George see this. This is a wickedly executed A-Team and Star Wars video mashup that is perfectly done and also, perfectly cheesy. If George sees it, I’m certain he’ll feel compelled to be ah, influenced by it. Which reminds me. Have you seen the breathtakingly perfect video review of “Episode 1: The Phantom Menace” bouncing around getting millions of views on the YouTube? I posted the links last week. I’ll post it again. I’m wondering if George may feel compelled to watch it, or at least the first bit (it’s 70 minutes). On behalf of the Sci-Fi community at large let me beseech you Mr. Lucas. Watch the review. Take the criticism and learn. Come back to us and to sanity. We miss you. Thanks to Topless Robot for the A-Team bit. »
And the most embarrassing example has been the rise of 'fake science', which values naivety over facts – a bit like Sarah Palin
Much criticism – positive and negative – has already been ladled on Ego "James" Cameron's latest film, Dancing with Smurfs, aka Avatar. But one point that has not been discussed is how much Sarah Palin would enjoy it.
On the one hand, considering that this movie features the most simplistic racial stereotypes since Star Wars' Jar Jar Binks did his best Butterfly McQueen impression for George Lucas, Avatar is an obvious winner for Palin. After all, she is the woman who, according to her father, left Hawaii University because there were too many Asians there for her liking: "They were a minority-type thing and it wasn't glamorous, so she came home," said Chuck Heath.
On the other hand, as Avatar comes weighed down with anti-war sentiments, topped with some »
- Hadley Freeman
Amazon is offering a killer deal for Family Guy fans: You can purchase the combo of the Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back parody Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side and Family Guy: Volume 7 for only $17.48. The two items have a suggested retail price of almost $65. To get the deal, click on over to Amazon and scroll down to the Best Value combo deal section, which gives you an extra $10 off the already low Amazon sale price. Family Guy Presents: Something Something Something Dark Side Product Description The story of The Empire Strikes Back is retold. Darth Vader (Stewie) is hunting the rebel Luke Skywalker (Chris) and his troops relentlessly across the galaxy. On the ice planet Hoth, Luke has a vision of his late mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert), telling him to go to the Dagobah system to learn the ways of the Force under Jedi Master »
- Peter Sciretta
Warning: If you haven’t seen it (and if that’s the case, get thee to the DVD immediately), the following contains major spoilers for Return Of The Living Dead.
I’ve noticed that Dan O’Bannon’s recent passing has inspired a lot of scolding obituaries, with paragraphs devoted to lecturing a reader ignorant of O’Bannon’s contributions to film. I’ve already been told this week in open letters by complete strangers how I don’t even know that he wrote the original draft of Alien and therefore created the chest-burster and he worked with John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper and on Star Wars and if wasn’t for him there would be no... was Dan O’Bannon doomed to an obscurity I was unaware of? While he is less famous than some of his collaborators, possibly unfairly, he will never need to be explained to me »
- email@example.com (Jack Bennett)
The legendary theme of Star Wars has been remixed many times, and being a product of the 70s the disco mix is a lot of fun. Taking inspiration from George Lucas’s iconic designs Paul Collett has rendered these great posters below.
See more of his work at www.PaulCollett.co.uk, and check out the full images in the gallery below.
- Jon Lyus
If you are old enough to remember seeing The Empire Strikes Back in a theater during its first release, you will be at the very best age to really enjoy Family Guy.s take on the movie. That is not to say that older and younger audiences won.t enjoy it, but those who made the original Star Wars trilogy a hit are likely to be the biggest fans of Something, Something, Something Dark Side. As the episode opens, the Griffin family is watching Aaron Sorkin.s latest television show .The Kitchen. when the power goes off. They talk about what to do, and then reminisce with great fondness Peter.s telling of Star Wars (as .Blue Harvest..) The question is asked »
- June L.
WWE star says fans can expect relationship 'chemistry' in addition to the movie's action sequences.
By Shaheem Reid
It's no wonder that WWE superstar Ted Dibiase Jr. is a natural in the wrestling ring. His grandparents (yeah, his grandmother fought as well) were feared squared-circle competitors, and his father, "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase, is a WWE Hall of Famer. The elder Ted's résumé is legendary. So when Ted Jr. came to prominence as a member of the Legacy faction last year (the trio is led by Randy Orton, son of Hall of Famer "Cowboy" Bob Orton, and Cody Rhodes, son of Hall of Famer "American Dream" Dusty Rhodes), it was really no surprise. Ted Jr. won the tag-team titles in his first match for the WWE.
Lego bricks are seemingly becoming more well-known as Lego digital bricks nowadays with the brand’s jump into the video game industry a few years back. We’ve already seen Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman, Lego Indiana Jones and there’s even a Lego Rock Band – not even based on a movie but on another game as simply a Lego-styled skin.
As we know, Ubisoft makes the Prince of Persia video games and Disney’s film adaptation of The Sands of Time is coming out in summer, 2011 and that of course means, Lego toys will accompany it. But does it mean we can expect a Lego Prince of Persia game too?
Lego has become heavily dependent on other non-original licences in recent years and if you walk into the nearest toy store, a hefty portion of what you will see will be based on other properties and not original Lego designs. »
- Rob Keyes
Everyone knows The Phantom Menace is a terrible movie. You know it. Little kids with Anakin backpacks know it. George Lucas knows it, as he lies awake on his pile of Star Wars licensed gold. Even prequel apologists like me know it. So, does anyone really need a 70-minute video review to tell us why we hate such a mind-numbing piece of woefully disappointing cinema? Yes, at least when it's produced by mad genius Mike Stoklasa of Red Letter Media. Stoklasa's review doesn't simply trash The Phantom Menace, it explores the reasons the two Star Wars trilogies are so different, and examines the broader question of why some movies make people's eyes glaze over in awe and other movies make them want to slit their wrists. The Phantom Menace Review is conducted in the same style as other Red Letter Media reviews. It's exhaustively illustrated with wall-to-wall footage from the film, »
- Ana Hurka-Robles
BioWare's Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic Mmo has a pretty cool behind the scenes look at the development process for the Sith class in the wide-spanning adventure game. Set thousands of years before the films (and even before the popular Kotor video games), this Mmo allows you to play as Jedi, Troopers, Bounty Hunters or the evil Sith.
Creating the Sith has been an interesting process for the BioWare developers. They've taken the two types of Sith seen in the movies -- The Emperor's plotting, cunning villainy and Vader's aggressive, assaultive malice -- and used those as the archetypes for the Sith Warrior and Sith Inquisitor classes.
In the video, the Sith Warriors are badass death dealers, while the Inquisitor's are subtle, lightning throwing tormentors, much like the people people I used to work with. The developers note that playing the Sith in the game isn't just about being evil, »
While director James Cameron’s latest big-budget film, Avatar, astonishes audiences with a torrid of stunning visual effects, the movie has also grown a surprisingly large and rabid fan-base. Just ask Anthony Hansen, a Salt Lake City-based customer service representative who works for Stencil Tech, or at least he used to until he was fired from the company for expressing his “anti-Avatar” views of the movie.
One of the most highly anticipated films of the second half of the decade, Avatar has been touted as the special effects event that would change cinema forever. The movie centers on Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paraplegic Marine who takes a job on the alien world of Pandora in order to operate his dead brother’s avatar, a lab-grown “native” fused with his brother’s DNA to that of a Na’vi, the indigenous humanoid population on Pandora. Hired by a non-governmental mining operation on the planet, »
- Reel Loop Satire Squad
Sleep is something that is totally underrated and something that most of the staff at Screen Rant surely don’t get enough of. The body simply needs time to rest, to dream – recharge.
When I was a boy in 1976 in the outskirts of Chicago, Il, I had a stagecoach bunk bed, and we’re not talking about some brown plastic, boneriffic pseudo-cowboy slumber rack. We’re talking real wood, wrought-iron, 4-wheeled ultimate badassery that made other kids Weep when their parents said “not tonite, kiddo” to sleepovers.
Now, my wife and I sleep in a custom bed that my father and I made out of wooden cabinetry that offers some extra storage for my wife and (sometimes) I. It sits almost 4 feet in the air and there’s a custom trundle staircase and below us is an powered play house for our daughter, Jade. Pretty cool, right? Sure, I’ve »
- Mike Wilkerson
The second installment of the hilariously funny Family Guy/Star Wars parody earns its Blu-ray colors. Ok, so if you are a Family Guy and Star Wars fan and were born somewhere between the years 1972 and 1977, this straight to DVD and Blu-ray release will make you spit your coffee or coke or whatever you are drinking out of your nose (hot coffee doesn.t feel so good, but I was watching it at 4:30 in the a.m. trying to wake up). Normal people will enjoy, too. Keep up, there are multiple roles within roles here. The electricity goes out as happened in the first one (Blue Harvest), and Peter starts to tell the family The Empire Strikes »
- Dana Rae
The entire film industry is apparently busy prepping their fabulous New Year's plans rather than producing actual news stories to report on, so here’s a really old Star Wars anti-smoking commercial I’ve never seen before. It features R2-D2 and C-3Po illustrating the dangers of smoking. Not sure if a robot holding a cigarette with a claw is hazardous to said robot’s health, but Threepio makes the point that they should be setting a good example for humans. Though »
- Paul Tassi
TeeFury's t-shirt of the day is a Star Wars design by Thomas G. Sullivan. The t-shirt is a parody of J. Howard Miller's WWII-era call to action piece "We Can Do It!", an iconic feminist image appeared on magazines, newspapers and posters, and helped increase women’s earning power and acceptance into male-dominated trades. The bad news is that Teefury will be selling the t-shirt for one day, and one day only -- Sunday December 27th. The good news is that the t-shirt is on sale for only $9 plus shipping. Check out the full design after the jump. Cool Stuff is a daily feature of slashfilm.com. Know of any geekarific creations or cool products which should be featured on Cool Stuff? E-Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. »
- Peter Sciretta
We live in a sad era, partly created out of our own insatiable lust for sequels. It's the era of the tentpole film, the time when everyone and everything is eyed "as a possible franchise." You spend your money for a ticket just to watch for the promise of a sequel -- and you better hope the film makes millions upon millions of dollars or you may never get it!
Take Star Trek. I really, really enjoyed Star Trek. But on repeat viewing it feels more and more like a pilot episode. It's a very good pilot episode, mind you, but now when the credits roll I just really want to know what it's all for. The entire film will collapse if there's no sequel, no reason for the crew to come together. It doesn't stand as firmly on its own two feet as it should. Now contrast this with »
- Elisabeth Rappe
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