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In 2009, I watched 320 films. Only four featured oldish leading characters ... and that included Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button
In a perfect world, we would all hit our 60s like Meryl Streep in It's Complicated – having affairs, baking croissants and adding extensions to our lovely Santa Barbara homes. Sadly, our dotage is more likely to resemble that of the couple in Tokyo Story, repeatedly given the brush-off by adult children who see them as a nuisance, or of poor old Umberto D, unable to pay his rent.
Statisticians are predicting that, soon, a quarter of the UK population will be more than 60 years old, but we're unlikely ever to see a similar proportion of senior citizens in significant movie roles. In 2009 I watched roughly 320 films. Other than the aforementioned Streep, only three could be said to feature oldish leading characters: Hirokazu Koreeda's Still Walking, 71-year-old Dustin Hoffman getting it on »
- Anne Billson
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
Toronto based designer/art director Ibraheem Youssef created these wonderful minimalistic pieces of poster art for the films of Quentin Tarantino., including Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Check out all of the posters in full, after the jump. [gallery columns="2"] via: tdw 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 email@example.com. »
- Peter Sciretta
The auteur recently told New York magazine’s Vulture section that he has a "smaller, less epic" project he wants to do next, in a "different genre entirely" from his macaroni war flick. Could he be headed back to low-budget crime movies like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction? Tarantino doesn’t give many hints, but he did say the screenplay could be finished with about six months of focused writing.
Could he be returning to the story of the Bride? Tarantino has expressed interest in a third Kill Bill film, which would take place 10 years after Kill Bill, Vols. 1 and 2, but I can’t see that fitting his "smaller, less epic" description. It should be noted that his final decision probably won’t be made until after awards season. »
Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This month we bent the rules a little, our profiled filmmaker Habib Azar explains why below, and keep in mind in less than a month, he'll be presenting his debut film, Armless at Sundance. He gave us his top seven (*) as of December 2009. - Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This month we bent the rules a little, our profiled filmmaker Habib Azar explains why below, and keep in mind in less than a month, »
When we spoke to Quentin Tarantino a few weeks ago, he didn't really get specific about what he's doing next. He's still not being specific about what he's doing next, but a few new details have emerged concerning his future plans.
The "Inglourious Basterds" director sat down for a chat recently with Vulture, and they got to talking about what's next. Tarantino admitted that he actually has 40 pages of an "Inglourious" prequel already written, but it's backburnered for now. He has every intention of pursuing it at some point, with decisions likely to be made after the awards season dust settles, but there's something different on the horizon right now for the man who gave the world "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs."
The word is that Tarantino is planning a "smaller, less epic" project, something that could conceivably come together (he hopes) over about a half a year of focused writing. »
- Adam Rosenberg
Where on earth do you go after relaying the epic story of Shosanna Dreyfus and the Inglourious Basterds? According to Quentin Tarantino, you dial things back a bit. The verbose director recently talked with New York Magazine about the reception of Inglourious Basterds, and (yay!) where he's planning to go from here.
While he has 40 pages written for a prequel to Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino isn't looking to stay on that track right now. A big tease, he won't say what the next film is about, but he did reveal that it will be a "smaller, less epic" film in a "different genre entirely." The magazine writes: "He says he thinks he can finish it in a five- to six-month period of intensive writing." Smaller? Less epic? Does that mean we might get back to something more like Reservoir Dogs? While I loved Basterds, I have been yearning for a small »
- Monika Bartyzel
Sometimes Hollywood’s Cinderella stories come from behind the camera instead of what we actually see up on the big screen. Take a look at Tarantino’s rise from working at a video store to directing such classics as Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs. Now, a virtual unknown named Fede Alvarez looks to make a similar impact because of a video he put on YouTube.
No, it’s not a video of Afro Ninja or the Star Wars kid. Instead, Fede produced a four minute short film of Montevideo, Uruguay’s capital being destroyed by a robotic invasion. The amazing part of this short is that it only cost him about $300. Fede told the BBC, “I uploaded ‘Ataque de Panico!’ on a Thursday and on Monday my inbox was totally full of emails from Hollywood studios.” After a bidding war, Fede settled on signing with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures for a reported $30,000,000 deal. »
- John Carle
Sundance has announced the 12 projects they have chosen for the 2010 January Screenwriters lab. Why should you care? Well because the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program has hand picked some of the most original filmmakers of the last 28 years. Here are some of the films that have come out of the program: Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight, Kimberly Peirce's Boy's Don't Cry, Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Peter Sollett's Raising Victor Vargas, Miranda July's Me and You and Everyone We Know, Ryan Fleck's Half Nelson, and most recently Cary Fukunaga's Sin Nombre and Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer. So, what 12 projects have been chosen for this year's Summer labs? Find out after the jump. The projects and participants selected for the Screenwriting Lab: Lance Edmands (writer/director) / Bluebird (U. »
- Peter Sciretta
Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds is the director's self-proclaimed "masterpiece," a project he has been referencing for years but felt necessary to tackle others beforehand. It is every bit as much steeped in cinema history as his past works, though more cleverly disguised by its era and setting. One viewing is not enough to take it all in which has made the wait for the high definition Blu-ray Disc release hard to endure.
Set "Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France, 1941," Inglourious Basterds tells two stories: Story one revolves around Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent), a young Jewish woman who witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of sadistic Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Narrowly escaping her own execution, Shosanna flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as an owner of a movie theater.
Story two deals with a group of Jewish- American soldiers, organized by »
I think there are only three film festivals on the circuit where filmmakers and producers are really conscious on how a production start date my ultimately affect their film festival status. There are the heavyweights of Cannes and Venice, and then there is Sundance. For the better part of the last 15 years, we are talking about the Reservoir Dogs era, the festival has jumped started thousands of careers and perhaps the best sign of adulation is the creation of competing festivals in SXSW and Tribeca. Here are five more prediction picks, you can find the complete list of predictions by clicking here. - I think there are only three film festivals on the circuit where filmmakers and producers are really conscious on how a production start date my ultimately affect their film festival status. There are the heavyweights of Cannes and Venice, and then there is Sundance. For the better part of the last 15 years, »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
Fifty-one minutes. That's all the time they have to steal forty-two million dollars. A fool proof plan -- except that fool proof plans rarely are. In the film "Armored," six armored truck drivers attempt to fake their own hijacking, until things go wrong. Very wrong. And six lives are changed forever. As past heist-gone-wrong movies have played out, Armored (2009) involves five veteran drivers who try to convince rookie Ty Hackett, played by Columbus Short, to join them in a plot to rob their own company. Hackett, a young Gulf War veteran who's shell-shocked and short on money, faces the usual good vs. evil dilemma and engages in a game of mental ping-pong to see which side will win. He ultimately decides to go along with the bad guys, after they promise that no one gets hurt. When the plan goes awry and takes a violent turn, Ty must make another decision -- stay, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jennifer Maurer)
Directed by: Nimrod Antal
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Release Date: December 4, 2009
Plot: A tightly knit group of armored truck drivers (Dillon, Fishburne, etc.) plot to steal the $42 million dollars that they are in charge of transporting. An Iraqi War veteran (Short) new to the security guard brotherhood attempts to shut them down.
Who’S It For?: The cast is mostly older men, so that cuts a lot of demographics out easily. Of the remaining possible candidates, they have to be really forgiving of boring action movies to not regret this one.
Expectations: This humdinger from the future director of the new Predator movie had been bumped around a few times. A revealing trailer began playing what seemed likely every film possible almost a year ago, with hope continually dwindling that this would be worth it.
- Nick Allen
Actor Tim Roth might be best known for playing quirky characters like Mr. Orange in "Reservoir Dogs" or Ted the Bellhop in "Four Rooms," but these days he's playing a different sort of character in the Fox television series "Lie To Me."
Now in its second season and the recent recipient of a full season pickup by Fox, "Lie To Me" features Roth as Dr. Cal Lightman, a psychologist and human lie detector of sorts who -- along with his team -- assists various clients in getting to the truth of investigations, business negotiations and, well... anything a knack for the truth can fix. With reviews trending positively for the series and a new batch of episodes on the way, I spoke to Roth about making the jump to television and what truths "Lie To Me" fans can expect to uncover as the season progresses.
"I've never seen a television »
- Rick Marshall
Editors are the quiet heroes of movies and I like it that way. We have a very private relationship with our directors, most often conducted in very dark rooms. I've been with Quentin Tarantino since his very first movie and have edited every single thing he's done since then.
We don't work at the studios. Quentin insists on renting little private houses in La and converting them into edit suites for the duration. It's very civilised and enabled me to work through both my pregnancies – yes, my babies had Tarantino movies played to them in the womb, but they seem to have come out Ok.
I met Quentin when he was interviewing for an editor – a cheap one. »
Mol has a recurring role as a showgirl alongside actor Steve "Reservoir Dogs" Buscemi.
Set in Atlantic City, New Jersey during the gangster Prohibition era, "Boardwalk Empire" was adapted by Emmy-winning writer/producer Terence "The Sopranos" Winter from author Nelson Johnson's novel "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City."
The pilot episode, directed by Scorsese, was picked up by HBO, who ordered an additional 11 episodes, for a 12 episode season run.
"Boardwalk Empire" debuts Fall 2010...
- Michael Stevens
Armored is hardly a film about a heist, because the very connotation of the word suggests careful planning and execution. When all the angles are covered, the con artists pull the perfect job. Of course, in most of these movies, typically the operation is interrupted by unforeseen wrinkles, which set up twists that keep the plot from grinding to a halt.
The Nimród Antal-directed movie borrows from the conventions of the genre, right up to the point where it might have become interesting. A diverse group of security guards conspire to rob their own armored trucks loaded with millions. That’s about as far as the formula takes the team (and the screenwriter).
The ill-conceived plot establishes a desperate newbie named Ty (Columbus Short) struggling to pay the bills and support his sibling, Jimmy (Andre Jamal Kinney), a street-tough truant with a talent for spray-paint art. As if a »
- Jeff Leins
The Hollywood star refused to come out of his trailer, the leading lady's hair melted and the actor hired to play the joy- rider couldn't drive
Brixton-born City trader Robert Fucilla had succeeded in everything he had put his hand to, from selling oil to backing British hip-hop acts, and believed his Italian ancestry gave him a shot at being a British Al Pacino. Of course, millions dream of breaking into the movies, but what underpinned Fucilla's ambition, friends and workmates agree, what made him stand out from every other fantasist and wannabe, was self-belief and a monumental ego.
Too impatient to train as an actor, and having briefly tried the traditional route of castings and pumping connections, Fucilla decided to buy his way in. At first, this approach proved remarkably successful. Somehow, the novice film-maker secured more than £1m from investors, assembled a solid, homegrown cast that included Phil Davis, »
- Cathy Scott-Clark, Adrian Levy
The delicate planning scenario (The Great Train Robbery, Rififi), the humorous spin (Small Time Crooks, Quick Change), the hidden master plan (Inside Man, The Lookout), the crew of hardened professionals (Ronin, Heat), the sexy, over-the-top robbery (Oceans 12, The Italian Job), and the aftermath (Reservoir Dogs); these are the six core orbits almost all heist films fall into. If one were to draw a Venn diagram depicting the overlap between the six circles, Nimrod Antal's Armored would land almost exclusively in the aftermath category. There's no planning involved, no comic relief, no last minute twist, no grandiose kidnapping, no inkling of men with enough skill to count how many exits there are from any room they're in.
No, Armored is a simple story of a group of blue collar workers who ferry millions in cash to and fro for an armored transport escort service and decide one day that they're going »
- Peter Hall
Here is what Quentin Tarantino recently revealed to MTV News:"I was offered the 'Green Lantern,' " Tarantino told MTV News. "Not since it's been a script, but just like, 'Hey we own the 'Green Lantern.' Would you like it?'"That's interesting enough. But this is even better:Now that he's in his 40s and has been making features since 1992's "Reservoir Dogs," the director says he's no longer open to adapting any previously established franchise. What does get his creative juices flowing is the idea of exploring completely new superheroes and storylines."It wouldn't be an existing comic book character," he said. "I'm a writer. I'd want to use my imagination and not have to fight with geeks' memories of how this character should be and, 'Oh, I cast an actor as opposed to a bodybuilder' or it's not as good as the way [DC Comics artist] Neal Adams drew him. »
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