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Week in geek's best films of 2011

30 December 2011 5:25 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Drive, Source Code and Thor were among the highlights of a year notable for the increasing quality of fanboy-friendly films

Quite a few critics' best-of lists have implied 2011 was a pretty average year for popcorn movies. Throw in the fact that 2012 is set to deliver The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus and the first part of The Hobbit, and it doesn't augur well for an annual round-up of the past 12 months' top fanboy-friendly films. But while there has been nothing this year to compare with the head-spinning brio of 2010's Inception or the epic, flawed genius of 2009's Watchmen, the overall quality of fantasy, sci-fi and comic book fare has definitely been on the way up.

That's not to say we haven't had our fair share of distinctly non-festive turkeys. Green Lantern was an almighty mess dogged by a ropey script, dodgy CGI, and wooden chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and just about everyone else on screen. »

- Ben Child

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Overlooked at the Oscars: 109 movies not nominated for best picture | Charles Saatchi

29 December 2011 10:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The films that weren't even given a shot at winning best picture

• Charles Saatchi: my love affair with Orson Welles

Here, in no particular order, is Charles Saatchi's list of the post-1950 films that should have been nominated for a best film Oscar. Tell us your picks below.

North by Northwest

The African Queen

Paths of Glory



What's Up Doc?

The Manchurian Candidate

The Big Country



Kill Bill


Reversal of Fortune

Harold and Maude

Being There

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Lost in America

Minority Report

Jurassic Park

Close Encounters of the Third Kind


Once Upon a Time in America


The Searchers


Rear Window

The Producers

Toy Story

Some Like It Hot

2001: A Space Odyssey


The Shining

Touch of Evil

Gran Torino


Edward Scissorhands

Raising Arizona

Advise and Consent

Mean Streets

King of Comedy

Reservoir Dogs


Crimes and Misdemeanors »

- Charles Saatchi

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Celebrity Big Brother's Mr Blonde ambition | Media Monkey

28 December 2011 7:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Daily Star claims Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen is to appear in Channel 5 reality show

Barely a week to go until the new series of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5. Yes, it does only feel like last week, doesn't it? Speculation has already been building about the identity of the new contestants, not least in the Daily Star which tells us that Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen will be entering the house. Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite? Alas he will not be joined by Boy George, who took to Twitter to quash speculation about his imminent reality show participation. "I'm Not doing CBB," said Bg. "Who knows, I might do my own reality show!" Now there's a thought. Also touted for starring roles on the show, which returns next Thursday, are Ruby Wax, Playboy twins – it says here – Kristina and Karissa Shannon »

- Monkey

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Michael Madsen to enter Celebrity Big Brother house

28 December 2011 3:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Reservoir Dogs' star Michael Madsen has signed up to appear on 'Celebrity Big Brother'. The big screen tough guy - who famously sliced off a hostage's ear in Quentin Tarantino's violent heist movie - has agreed to enter the house and is set to shock viewers with his antics. The Hollywood actor - who has appeared in several hit movies, including 'Kill Bill' and 'Donnie Brasco' - is a notorious ladies man and is renowned for his love of partying, and he is also friends with former housemates Vinnie Jones and Stephen Baldwin. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Michael is going »

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Ruby Wax, 'Reservoir Dogs' Michael Madsen for Celebrity Big Brother?

28 December 2011 12:44 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Madsen and Ruby Wax are the latest names to be rumoured for a Celebrity Big Brother appearance. The Reservoir Dogs actor and the comedienne have reportedly signed a deal to star in the Channel 5 reality series, which starts next month. Pineapple Dance Studios star Andrew Stone is another new name linked to the show, according to The Sun. Stone appeared as a guest housemate during Channel 4's final full series in 2010 as part of a special dance task. A studio insider revealed: "Ruby is very feisty and speaks her mind so she won't take fools lightly in the house. Michael is a great (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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Madsen To Join Celebrity Big Brother

27 December 2011 11:56 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen has signed up to join the cast of British reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother.

The actor will follow in the footsteps of previous contestants including Tara Reid, Stephen Baldwin and Vinnie Jones when he becomes one of 12 famous faces locked in a house filled with cameras for the upcoming series.

Producers are hoping the Hollywood bad boy, who became a wanted man in March after police issued a warrant for his arrest over alleged child support debts, will cause plenty of controversy on the programme.

A source tells Britain's Daily Star, "Michael is going to be the Hollywood big gun of the house. He's quite a formidable character."

Playboy twins Karissa and Kristina Shannon have also been tipped to join the show, which is due to kick off in the U.K. on 5 January. »

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Jessica Wright's childish Christmas

23 December 2011 1:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Reservoir Dogs' star Michael Madsen has signed up to appear on 'Celebrity Big Brother'. The big screen tough guy - who famously sliced off a hostage's ear in Quentin Tarantino's violent heist movie - has agreed to enter the house and is set to shock viewers with his antics. The Hollywood actor - who has appeared in several hit movies, including 'Kill Bill' and 'Donnie Brasco' - is a notorious ladies man and is renowned for his love of partying, and he is also friends with former housemates Vinnie Jones and Stephen Baldwin. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "Michael is going »

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7 Random Cameos By Directors In Films That They Didn’t Direct

9 December 2011 6:48 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It’s one thing when we’re talking about Alfred Hitchcock having a walk-through in every single one of his films, including one that exclusively takes place on a lifeboat (he appears in a newspaper ad for that one). Sure it’s eccentric but it’s not surprising because, well, they’re his films and he can appear in them as he pleases. What does strike me as weird is when a director shows up totally unexpected in someone else’s film. Usually there is a good reason – either they are producing the film or friends with the cast. However despite the later explanation, it’s still a bit jarring to see, say… the director of Kill Bill in an Adam Sandler comedy… 7. Quentin Tarantino in Little Nicky This is one of those cameos that you actually have to stare directly at a few times before you realize what you are seeing. Pulp Fiction »

- David Christopher Bell

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Hollywood’s Top Directorial Debuts

8 December 2011 3:32 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Another Earth is Mike Cahill’s visually stunning feature length debut as a solo director. The film, written by Cahill himself and co-star Brit Marling, unfolds the story of a parallel world, a new planet identical to our own Earth. The story follows the relationship between Rhoda (played by Marling), a brilliant young woman who was accepted at MIT but was unable to go after tragedy struck, and depressed university professor John Burroughs (William Mapother). Cahill’s feature length work debuted in the UK at the Raindance Film Festival earlier this year. Acclaimed for its original script, honest characters, and spectacular imagery, Cahill’s debut was certainly a bold success. It is not every day that a director’s first film turns into an artistic beauty. To celebrate the release of Another Earth in cinemas on 9th December, we explore other film directors who had similar success with their directorial »

- Paul Heath

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What Classic Movie Have You Never Seen? Edgar Wright Wants to Know

8 December 2011 5:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Movie News

Back in April, the UK film site LoveFilm polled 1500 people and found that nearly four out of every five lie about having seen a classic film in an effort to "impress people." The most notoriously fibbed-about films? 'Casablanca,' '2001: A Space Odyssey,' 'Taxi Driver,' 'Reservoir Dogs' and -- topping the list with nearly 30 percent of respondents saying they have never seen it -- 'The Godfather.' (Who are you people? See 'The Godfather' already!) What Edgar Wright is currently planning in conjunction with the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles has nothing to do with LoveFilm's poll of philistines, but it's part of the same cloth. Wright is screening a series of classic films he's never seen, and he wants fans to let him know some of their more surprising cinematic black holes.

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- Christopher Rosen

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'Strictly Come Dancing' Robbie Savage offered musical world tour

7 December 2011 3:08 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Strictly Come Dancing's Robbie Savage has been offered the chance to star in a new touring musical. Talent spotter Dave King has attempted to hire the former footballer for new musical Hooray for Hollywood after being impressed by his dance moves on Strictly, reports the Daily Star. Savage and his pro partner Ola Jordan were eliminated from the BBC One dance show at the weekend, after finishing at the bottom of the judges' scoreboard following a Reservoir Dogs-themed quickstep. "He might not be everyone's cup of tea but he has real stage presence and oozes confidence - just (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Get aboard the Hell Train for ultimate Hammer Horror they never made

5 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

The spirit of Hammer Film Productions is all set to rise screaming from the grave in new book Hell Train.

Author Christopher Fowler has crafted a creepy new tale set in the glory (or should that be gory?) days of the legendary studio that staked its claim to British horror cinema.

Fowler, whose company designed the iconic Trainspotting and Reservoir Dogs film posters, is also known for creating some of the most memorable taglines in movie history - including Alien's "In space, no-one can hear you scream."

In his first book for Solaris, the multi-award winning author of the Bryant & May mysteries conjures up bizarre creatures, satanic rites, terrified passengers and the romance of train travel, all in a classically-styled horror novel that aims to evoke the dark demons of Hammer Horror at its height.

The story sees American screenwriter Shane Carter asked to revive the classic studio's fortunes. Inspired by an old board game, »

- David Bentley

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Chris R. Notarile's Stand Off and Four Femme Fatales: A Movie Review

30 November 2011 4:00 AM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*an online screener of this film was provided by Chris R. Notarile.

Director/writer: Chris R. Notarile.

Cast: Mandy Evans, Kim Santiago, Ella Jane New and Kerri Miller.

Almost every great director had a low budget start. When comparing Quentin Tarantino’s first feature film, Reservoir Dogs to Chris Notarile’s second major project, Stand Off, there is no denying a few similarities—and Notarile shows plenty of potential as an indie producer/director. He has had plenty of practice with his short genre films on his website, Blinky Productions, and in his foray into feature length movies, he is keeping the movies he likes to make simple.

With Stand Off, there’s a deeper meaning that can be found, or it can simply be enjoyed at face value. And just like this director’s other short film projects, Notarile has no problems in borrowing from other works. He releases »

- (Ed Sum)

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Confused Views: is Back In Action the greatest movie ever made?

30 November 2011 3:29 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It stars international movie icons Billy Blanks and Rowdy Roddy Piper, so how bad can Back In Action be? Matt finds out...

“An action film starring Rowdy Roddy Piper as a cop, teaming up with a martial arts expert vigilante to take on the mob is obviously going to be the best film ever.”

That was the thought process that led to me ordering the DVD of Back In Action. If we consider my take on logic to be Tokyo, Back In Action is Godzilla, because it destroyed it, leaving behind only fiery chaos.

I realised that I had flubbed immediately after turning the DVD on. The disc menu offers three choices: Play Film, Scene Selection and Play Trailer. Play Trailer is a bluff. Having now seen the film I would say that’s understandable – how do you distil the essence of Back In Action into 90 seconds without showing explicit »

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50 Reasons Why The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Might Just Be The Greatest Film of all Time

27 November 2011 5:36 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Following in the tradition of great What Culture arguments for films such as Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Jaws, it’s now time for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly to step forward and shoot all contenders down for the prestigious title of greatest film of all time. No other film is as iconic, as epic or as purely cinematic as Sergio Leone’s 1966 spaghetti western, which combines everything that’s remarkable about about the work of the late Italian director into one astonishing piece of filmmaking.

Here’s 50 reasons why The Good, the Bad and the Ugly might just be the greatest film of all time.

1. Clint Eastwood as Blondie (Aka: The Man With No Name/The Good)

Where better to start than Clint Eastwood’s effortlessly cool return as The Man With No Name, or as he is actually named here, Blondie. A man of few words, »

- Stephen Leigh

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Top 10 films that defined the 90s

25 November 2011 2:43 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The 1990s were quite a turning point for society as a whole. After a decade of conservative politics, neon colors, feel-good music, corporate greed and the entire “Me” generation, we as a collective whole hit a brick wall and said “enough”. Suddenly bands who were labeled “college rock” were hitting the popular stations, Grunge put Seattle back on the map. And suddenly no one knew who they were anymore. Clothiers stole from every imaginable source for inspiration, songwriters eschewed the party scene for lyrics that delved deep into the darker recesses of the soul, and the tough guy made way for the sensitive, caring man who wasn’t afraid to show emotion.

As always, film is a wonderful time-capsule, capturing the present and preserving it for us to look back on and take a new look at what was going on in the world. Here, I present ten films that »

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Michael Fassbender Looks Back On 'Surreal' 2011

22 November 2011 4:54 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

From 'X-Men: First Class' to 'Shame,' Fassbender is one of the actors MTV News is most thankful for this year.

By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Michael Fassbender

Photo: MTV News

Every once in a while, an actor with a breakout role will come along and capture the attention of both moviegoers and the people behind the films. Soon, you can find that same actor headlining films at festivals as well as scoring top billing on blockbusters.

For 2011, that actor was undoubtedly Michael Fassbender, who wowed the art-house crowd in 2008 with "Hunger" and found wider audiences a year later with Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" as the British Lieutenant Archie Hicox, who reserves a circle of hell for people who waste good scotch.

This past year, Fassbender became a superstar. He helped lead a brand-new team of mutants to box-office success as a »

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Bellflower’ Tries to Set Heartbreak on Fire

17 November 2011 5:19 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – “Bellflower” is another indie drama about romance gone horribly awry. And yet it’s also not “another” anything. With unique style choices and competing streaks of nihilism, romantic love, and misogyny, star/writer/director Evan Glodell’s debut made waves in certain circles and now comes to Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of one of the most impressive home release studios on the market, Oscilloscope. The film is such a dark slice of work that it will only appeal to a certain audience but at least Oscilloscope treats the fans of this likely cult classic well.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0

Is this the calling card of the next indie maverick? Is it “Reservoir Dogs” for Generation, what are we on now, Z? I’m not sure. There’s an undeniably engaging style here, in no small part due to the homemade cameras Glodell used for production that often have focus and cleanliness issues, »

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13 powerful moments of implied violence in movies

17 November 2011 8:43 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 28, 2016

What do Bambi, The Dark Knight and Seven all have in common? Some powerful moments of off-screen violence...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Seven (1995) and The Witch (2015)

The seminal moment in the history of cinema came at the turn of the 20th century, when the medium began to move away from the storytelling language of the theatre. Filmmakers like Edwin S Porter began to realise that the camera could do so much more than simply record what was in front of it; such techniques as close-ups and edits to different angles or locations could be used to create drama.

It’s these filmmaking techniques that the masters of cinema use to create suspense and feelings of dread. And while there’s nothing wrong with jabs of violence of gore in movies, it remains the case that anticipation or suggestion of a violent act is more effective than seeing the moment itself. »

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10 horrific moments of implied violence in the movies

17 November 2011 8:43 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

What do Bambi, The Dark Knight and Seven all have in common? Spectacular moments of off-screen violence, obviously. Here’s a list of a few other favourites…

Exploding heads are great, obviously. And there are some action and horror films that simply wouldn’t be the same without copious bloodletting, broken limbs and flying eyeballs. So while we’ve nothing against cinematic excess, it’s also the case that truly horrific violence can be implied rather than explicitly shown.

To this end, here’s a list of a few particularly noteworthy moments of implied nastiness in cinema. Needless to say, there are dozens upon dozens that we’ve failed to remember, so feel free to chip in with your own favourite moments of off-screen menace in the comments section.

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“Just you wait, the nasty man in black will come,” is the first line uttered in Fritz Lang’s unforgettably disturbing 1931 thriller, »

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