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My 2009 Top 10 comes in shy a few films that I've personally missed (The Box, Up In The Air, Nine, The Road) due to holiday travels and kid wonderment fulfillment. Regardless of the ones I missed, I really loved some of 2009 and have put together my top 10 films that provided me the most enjoyment and pleasurable viewing experiences that stuck with me for days weeks and hours. So check out my list below and feel free to leave a comment in agreement or in rebuttal discussing your own favorites of 2009. Happy New Year kids! 10. The Informant! Soderbergh’s The Informant! is probably his most cohesive film since Traffic, balancing all of his greatest directorial strengths: spot-on cinematography; soundtracks with purpose and meaning; quirky, yet sometimes uncomfortably dark, humor; incredibly strong and unrestrained acting performances; highly imaginative costume and set design; and bitterly relevant political and social commentary (sometimes via metaphor, other »
- Dave Campbell
Clash of the Titans
Directed by: Louis Leterrier
Release Date: March 26, 2010
Trailer Score: 5/10
My Thoughts: The original Harry Hamlin stinker is one of my most favoritist movies of all time ever dating back from my childhood (along with The Dark Crystal, Krull and The Last Unicorn). So I feel especially well prepared to critique the modernized, CGI stinker version of that god-awful, fantastic pile of crap from 1981. Now, here’s what the new, spiffy trailer does Right: A. The Giant Scorpions. Sure, they’re a wee large and it looks like the screenwriters took some liberties with how they actually fit into the plot, but the original movie is just one big liberty taken after another, so now I guess we’re taking liberties with liberties…which, I suppose is like taking a grain of salt with another grain of salt. »
- Morrow McLaughlin
Where the Wild Things Are has been thrilling parents and getting their offspring quivering. Which family films still give you the shakes?
Is Where the Wild Things Are, Spike Jonze's retelling of the Maurice Sendak tale about a little boy who finds kindred spirit with a horde of lumbering beasts, too scary for children? It almost certainly depends on the child. What's certain is that kids enjoy being ripped from their existences and challenged on a sensory level just as much as adults do. And they may find the strangest of things terrifying - as a child I was incapable of viewing Sam the blue eagle from the Muppets for more than a few seconds without experiencing epic nightmares that froze me to my very core.
Here are some other films which may just have parents reaching for the remote, though any shivers they engender will surely manifest themselves »
- Ben Child
One of my favorite comedies of the past five years was Frank Oz’s Death At A Funeral. It’s a tremendously funny film with an amazing cast and a lot of scenes that stuck with me long after I saw it and passed it on to friends. Yes that’s right, I have purchased this movie more than once for myself and ended up giving it to a friend because I know they’ll love it, and they always do.
Frank Oz is a very good director. Sure he’s a master puppeteer and is of course the legendary voice of Yoda, but he’s also a very good director and has made some really good films over the years like The Score, What About Bob, The Indian In The Cupboard, and The Stepford Wives. There are only a few missteps in his directing career and some of his »
Director: Spike Jonze Writer(s): Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers (screenplay) Maurice Sendak (book) Starring: Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Forest Whitaker Our story follows Max (Max Records), an interesting and tender young boy full of imagination and wonderment. Max has become disconnected from his sister who has left childhood for the teenage years, and his mother (Catherine Keener) is dating someone that Max sees as competition for his time and attention. With the absence of Max's father due to divorce, we see him acting out emotionally the only way a young boy can - loudly and inappropriately. After putting on his wolf costume and displaying a "rebel yell" outburst in front of his mom and boyfriend Mark Ruffalo, Max's mom attempts to scold Max and send him to his room...but Max has other plans. He bolts from the house »
- Dave Campbell
Welcome to Gore Girls! MTV contributor Terri Schwartz doesn't know crap about the horror genre, and she's volunteered to be our Movies Blog guinea pig. She has a good guide too. Fellow contributor Jenni Miller is a bonafide horror enthusiast, and she's willing to walk Terri through her formative experiences with blood, guts, monsters and maniacs. Together, this dynamic duo are horror's own odd couple, The Gore Girls!!! Good luck Terri... you're definitely going to need it.
This week, the Gore Girls decided to go easy on themselves. Wusses. "Gremlins," directed by Joe Dante, isn't strictly a horror movie. More of a comedy/horror. I'm sure a young child would be suitably terrified, and plenty of the right horror movie beats are hit, but this isn't a traditional scare flick. The story follows a young man who receives a furry little creature as a Christmas gift. The season's greetings fall »
- MTV Movies Team
For most people, just coming up with a cast of characters as wonderfully lovable as the Muppets - to say nothing of helping spearhead a pair of television classics as durable as The Muppet Show and Sesame Street - would be enough to justify an early and lucrative retirement. For Jim Henson, however, those feats only scratched the surface of his ambition, and by the early ’80s, the man who helped turn puppets from a sideshow trick into an art form was ready to try his hand at slightly more grown-up fare. The results were 1982’s The Dark Crystal and 1986’s Labyrinth, a pair of PG-rated fantasy films that connected the dots between The Muppet Movie and The Lord of the Rings. Neither film made much of an impression at the box office, but they’ve both acquired cult status over the years - and now they’ve both been »
- Jeff Giles
Labyrinth may be the most heinous crime committed against the human mind at the hand of muppeteers. It’s not awful, it’s not even bad – it’s just a total mind screw from the first Bowie appearance on out. Who’s the movie really for? I still say it should be shown to children. The images in Labyrinth were and remain some of the most bizarre things a muppet has ever done. Bird-things dancing on their heads, a fox riding saddleback on a dog or a tunnel full of faces made out of hands – suspend your disbelief indefinitely, otherwise there’s no hope for you enjoying this one.
Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) wishes her parents would spend more time paying attention to her and not her infant brother Toby. Her fraternal resentment peaks when she’s left to babysit the runt as her parents go out for a night on »
- Lex Walker
Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.
Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows like The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Monsters vs. Aliens, The Guild Seasons 1 & 2, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and Life on Mars: The Complete Series. There’s also a new DVD box set that made us laugh out loud in its awesomeness: Cagney & Lacey: The Menopause Years. Yes, that’s real.
Check them out.
The Lost and Found Family ~ Lucas Till, »
- Joe Gillis
Rare is the occasion where the week biggest release isn't a new blockbuster but rather a septuagenarian, but that's the case this time as a young girl from Kanas eclipses anything New Hollywood has to throw at us. This is your DVD Report for Tuesday, September 29, 2009.
Since the advent of Blu-ray, studios have casually mined their catalogues for suitable re-releases, and while the results have often been notable, they're usually nothing to stop the presses over. But every once in a while, that little extra effort is made that blows something out of the water and we get something like MGM's timeless "The Wizard of Oz," which breezes into its 70th birthday with one of the best Blu-ray collections of all time.
Presented in a large hardbound rectangular case, the 70th Anniversary Edition of "Oz" comes as a three-disc Blu-ray set featuring a whopping 20+ hours of bonus content, and is »
- Brian Jacks
Happy DVD release day, people. Hitting stores this week is one of the year's biggest films, the animated film Monsters vs Aliens, plus a number of indie flicks you might have missed including Sam Mendes' Away We Go, Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience starring Sasha Grey, and Shrink starring Kevin Spacey. Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom is also available for rental exclusively at Blockbuster today, but in a strange deal, it will not be available to buy in the U.S. until January (it will be available in Canada next week, however). In terms of TV releases, there are a ton of Fan Favorites collections for classic shows, plus season 4 of How I Met Your Mother, and then there's the massive 70th Anniversary Edition of The Wizard of Oz plus Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal on Blu-ray. Do you plan on picking anything up this week? Monsters vs Aliens  (DVD, »
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Edition) Warner Home Video's remastering of the 70-year-old classic The Wizard of Oz is certainly this week's big release, but how many of you are going to be willing to shell out the dollars for the Blu-ray collector's set or perhaps double-dip on a DVD edition considering it was only four years ago when they released a three-disc collector's edition. Warner sent me the two-disc DVD edition for review, but what sense does it make for me to review the DVD edition when the Blu-ray version is the obvious highlight here? Especially considering I already reviewed the 3-disc version? I will say this, and Blu-ray buyers should be paying attention, Blu-ray.com is reporting Target stores will have a cheaper version of the Blu-ray available without all the bells and whistles you »
- Brad Brevet
This week on home video, we've got a bunch of '09 films hitting DVD shelves (Monsters vs. Aliens, Away We Go, The Brothers Bloom, and more), as well as a couple of fantasy classics for those who grew up in the 80s (Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal) that are getting the high definition treatment for the first time. Then we've got one iconic film receiving a brand new anniversary edition (The Wizard of Oz) and a first-time complete collection of a movie-based cartoon series (The Real Ghostbusters). As usual, we've tried to bring a good variety to the list while still »
In the spirit of bringing you the latest in home horror entertainment through the Fangoria Chopping list, we're now bringing you the news on the best in Family-Friendly Frights!
The Monster Times Family Fright list presents all the monster goodness to share with your own demon spawn!
Here's what's hitting retail on September 29!
The Dark Crystal - Sony
Msrp: $27.99 - Amazon.com Pre-order (Click here), $19.99 as of this writing.
The Dark Crystal is a masterful live-action fantasy starring some of Jim Henson's most imaginative creatures ever! Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back), The Dark Crystal brilliantly weaves a timeless myth of Good and Evil! In another time, The Dark Crystal- a source of Balance and Truth in the Universe- was shattered, dividing the world into two factions: the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now, as »
- email@example.com (James Zahn)
Jim Henson's son Brian has been talking to MTV about two pretty exciting upcoming projects, which are both very very close to entering pre-production. The films are a big-screen version of the 1980's TV show Fraggle Rock and a sequel to The Dark Crystal. Henson had this to say about Fraggle Rock:
"It'll have a strong musical component. It'll be expanded to an older audience. 'Fraggle Rock' [the TV show] was presented... for a pretty exclusively children's audience. The feature film does expand it to be more accessible to a wider audience."
As for The Dark Crystal sequel?
"We have a 'Dark Crystal' sequel, called 'The Power of the Dark Crystal.' It has a very strong script. Both of those projects... are very close to going into pre-production," Henson said. "They're both really ready to go. [The studio is] just [in the process of] putting together the final finance pieces and the final distribution pieces. »
“We have a Dark Crystal sequel, called The Power of the Dark Crystal. It has a very strong script.”
You’re right, that’s not much. However, if you live in a world where all you live for is muppet news, this nugget is a bombshell. Henson went on to say The Power of the Dark Crystal, along with his other project, a little thing called Fraggle Rock, are in “very active development.” Henson also told MTV that the script for Fraggle also has a “very strong script.”
That’s two, count ‘em, two strong scripts.
“Both of those projects… are very close to going into pre-production,” Henson said. “They’re both really ready to go. [The studio is] just [in the process of] putting together the final »
- Erik Buckman
As a child of the '80s, I love myself some Muppets and Muppet-like puppets. "Sesame Street," "Fraggle Rock," "The Dark Crystal," "Labyrinth," "The Muppet Show"... these are the things my television raised me on. And so I'm insanely jealous that MTV's Brian Jacks got to sit down and chat with Brian Henson, son of "The Muppets" creator Jim Henson and co-ceo (with his sister Lisa) of the still-thriving Jim Henson Company.
Jacks didn't get to just talk with Henson. He got to pick his brain, to mine him for information. And wouldn't you know it, Henson was all too happy to share. He even volunteered some stuff. What do I mean, you ask? Jacks asked about the "Fraggle Rock" movie, Henson replied with comments about that And the "Dark Crystal" sequel. Whoa. Hit the jump for the deets.
Henson told us that "Fraggle Rock" is "still in very active development. »
- Adam Rosenberg
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released the complete details for a pair of upcoming fantasy classics Jim Henson worked on set to debut on Blu-ray Disc September 29. Labyrinth with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly, and The Dark Crystal starring Henson's cute and diabolical puppets will be presented in their original 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 1080p resolution video and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. The press release is not entirely clear in relaying which bonus features are new and exclusive to Blu-ray but I think I got them close if not correct below. The Dark Crystal definitely received preferential treatment when it came to supplements. Labyrinth
The Storytellers: Picture-in-Picture (Bd exclusive) Making of Documentary: Inside The Labyrinth Commentary with Brian Froud Journey through the Labyrinth: Kingdom of Characters Journey through the Labyrinth: The Quest for Goblin City The Dark Crystal
Commentary with Brian Froud (Bd exclusive) Picture-in-Picture Storyboard Track (Bd exclusive »
The Master of Muppets' 1982 feature The Dark Crystal, which he co-directed with Frank Oz (Yoda!) and an uncredited Gary Kurtz (Empire Strikes Back) will hit the hi-def market, along with the 1986 David Bowie-starrer Labyrinth.
Full specs below the jump!
Msrp: $27.99 - Amazon.com Pre-order (Click here), $19.99 as of this writing.
The Dark Crystal is a masterful live-action fantasy starring some of Jim Henson's most imaginative creatures ever! Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz and produced by Gary Kurtz (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back), The Dark Crystal brilliantly weaves a timeless myth of Good and Evil! In another time, The Dark Crystal- a source of Balance and Truth in the Universe- was shattered, dividing the world into two factions: the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (James Zahn)
Editor’s note: This is far, far outside of Movies Blog’s coverage zone, I know. But “Fraggle Rock” is the greatest and this news is hella cool. So enjoy.
From Splash Page: This week, Archaia Comics and the Jim Henson Company confirmed rumors of a potential partnership between the two creative companies, and offered official word that the pair would be publishing new comic book series and graphic novels based on popular properties like “The Dark Crystal,” “Labyrinth” and “Mirrormask.” And while this news on its own should be enough to excite fans of Henson’s varied and much beloved library, the pair also offered Splash Page readers the exclusive announcement regarding which property will be the first to hit shelves.
- Rick Marshall
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