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Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
I like Liam Neson. I like that he decided to flip the switch on his career and sort of reinvent himself. I actually like the A-Team damn it! With that being said, I am very frustrated by some of the roles Liam Neeson takes (minus the A-Team). I feel like his path with the Taken films, Unknown and now Non-Stop, he’s basically playing the same character. It’s his John McClane if you will, for which he’s quite good and which makes what I’m about to say that more frustrating…these action films that he has chosen to reinvent himself in have all been awful…Awful. Maybe I’m being too harsh and not enjoying them for the escapist 2 hour fun they all intend to be and given the money that each film has made, »
- Craig Dietz
Poor Leonardo DiCaprio is fast becoming known as much for his lack of Oscars, as he is his movies. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1994 – losing out to Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive) – and Best Actor in 2005 and 2007 – losing out to Jamie Foxx (Ray) and Forest Whitaker (Last King of Scotland) on those occasions – it’s an injustice to many that he’s never won one; Titanic sweeped eleven and he still didn’t collect one of his own.
The joke perhaps reached a peak last week, with “I want you more than an Oscar” memes featuring Leo circling in time for Valentine’s Day. DiCaprio’s not alone though; the history books are littered with the fantastic and the famous who have smashed box office records and captivated critics, but never picked up an Academy Award. It certainly hasn’t always been a reliable measurement for subtle »
- Mark White
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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Today's magic number is... 20! I couldn't find a statistic from this year's race involving the number 20 so what were Oscar fanatics like me (and you if you're weren't an infant) obsessing about 20 years ago in the Oscar race? 1993 was a fairly astonishing film year but there wasn't much drama in the Oscar race. Everyone knew that Tom Hanks and Holly Hunter would win the lead Oscars and the night would be all about Steven Spielberg with multiple wins for both Jurassic Park (recently revisted right here) and Schindler's List. Even Supporting Actor, in what one could argue was its best shortlist ever, didn't contain much drama. Though Ralph Fiennes (Schindler's List) and Leonardo DiCaprio (What's Eating Gilbert Grape?) were giving major star-is-born performances, it was pretty clear that the industry wanted to honor Tommy Lee Jones for his whole career and for co-starring in a huge hit (The Fugitive).
- NATHANIEL R
Monster Mash! continues over at Trailers from Hell, with director Mick Garris introducing his own "Critters 2."Garris’ slapstick sci-fi opus is the second in a quartet of Critters movies that popped up in the wake of the success of Gremlins. In this installment the citizens of the unassuming town of Grover’s Bend, Kansas suffer yet another infestation of the preposterously toothy aliens and band together to snuff them out. Screenwriter David Twohy went on to pen 1993′s The Fugitive. »
- Trailers From Hell
Much like The Burning, The Final Terror is one of those early Eighties slasher-in-the-woods flicks that may actually be more noteworthy because of how many members of its young cast would go on to greater stardom.
Scream Factory is dusting off this nearly forgotten screamer for Blu-ray release as part of its “Summer of Fear”.
Forest rangers go camping in the woods and trespass into wilderness territory they shouldn’t have. Pot is smoked. Sex is had. Canoes are paddled. Throats are cut.
A fairly standard 1982 slasher that’s better than some, worse than others, The Final Terror has primarily toiled in obscurity since the VHS days, a little surprising considering it boasted a cast that would go on to bigger and better things.
It had been an outstanding year for motion pictures, but the 1993 Academy Awards race seemed pretty clear by that December. The black and white holocaust drama “Schindler’s List” and its overdue director Steven Spielberg had virtually swept the critics’ awards and seemed unstoppable. Tom Hanks was coming off of the summer smash “Sleepless in Seattle” with the highly anticipated “Philadelphia,” in which he played a lawyer with AIDS fighting back against the firm which had fired him. Holly Hunter was racking up prizes for her role as a mute bride in 19th century New Zealand in “The Piano.” And Tommy Lee Jones was being touted his supporting role as Us marshal trailing Harrison Ford in “The Fugitive.” All of them cemented their frontrunner statuses when they won Golden Globes, and the Oscar presentation would almost seem like a mere formality. The one race which did appear to be a bit. »
Wolf marks DiCaprio's fifth collaboration with legendary director Martin Scorsese, and together the duo have produced such modern classics as Gangs of New York, The Departed and Shutter Island. DiCaprio's incredible screen work stretches beyond his Scorsese partnership, though. He's tackled Shakespeare, faced down an iceberg aboard James Cameron's Titanic and dived deep into the human mind for Inception.
With Wolf of Wall Street on the horizon, Digital Spy staff reminisce about their favourite DiCaprio movies below...
Arguably Christopher Nolan's finest movie, this mind-bending sci-fi thriller saw DiCaprio marry intense introspection with action hero dynamism. Grieving over the loss of his wife Mal (a haunting Marion Cotillard), DiCaprio's Cobb leads a team of »
8 items from 2014
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