20 items from 2009
If Warner Bros was a movie character, it would be Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal -- sexy, successful, and with piles upon piles of money to roll around in. That's because as of today, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, Warner Bros has become the most profitable studio of the year. With over $2 billion in domestic grosses, they now hold the movie industry record for most profitable studio. But even the record breaking is a little yawn-worthy for old Warner Bros. They broke the record last year too with $1.789 billion, so if there's a trophy that gets passed around Tinseltown, they get to just polish it up and straighten it on their mantelpiece.
Of course, if you pay attention to box office numbers at all, this really comes as no surprise. They've had three incredible years when it comes to blockbusters. In 2007, they had three of the top ten highest grossing »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Nick's Flick Picks remembers moviegoing experiences this decade. A great angle on a 'decade in review', and as beautifully written as you'd expect
The Film Doctor reasons why Fantastic Mr Fox is the coolest film
The Wrap on Invictus and The Lovely Bones
GreenCine Daily Overheard at the Gotham Awards
Cinema Styles has a wonderfully heartfelt piece on Boris Karloff and changing taste in actors as you age
Filmbo Judy Garland time. Wish I'd written this: "Is there no one running a marathon of her show today? What a waste of a TV schedule."
- NATHANIEL R
This week: Stuart Heritage's top five moral dilemmas on film
The moral conundrum at the heart of new Cameron Diaz film The Box isn't whether or not you should see it – because reviewers seem pretty adamant that you absolutely shouldn't – it's this: would you push a button that gave you a million dollars, even if you knew it meant that a stranger would die? Fiendish. You would, obviously, but it's still quite fiendish. Here are five other cinematic moral dilemmas, along with their solutions …
Two boats filled with explosives – should passengers save themselves by blowing up the other vessel? Yes! They live in Gotham City, so it's not like they have anything to live for. Best-case scenario is that they survive and then a fat bloke dressed as a penguin comes along and kills them after a fortnight. They'd be doing the other boat a favour, »
- Stuart Heritage
Demi Moore has revealed that her husband Ashton Kutcher makes her a better person. The Indecent Proposal star, who is 15 years older than Kutcher, said that they share a "deep and old" connection. Moore told W magazine: "The most overwhelming part of meeting someone that you already felt you had such a deep and old connection with is that your feelings are greater than the time you've had to actually be with one another." The 46-year-old actress continued: (more) »
- By Rebecca Davies
It seems that the hype, marketing and a really funny movie has sent Zomebieland flying to the top of the the Us box office. This is Harrelson’s most successful opening weekend taking in $25m. His previous best was Indecent Proposal back in 1993 which took $18m.
Zombieland is out in the UK 7th October. We saw it last week and our review is here. »
- David Sztypuljak
Tuesday, we picked up where the pilot left off. Auggie takes a shower and sports a nasty stab wound in his back. Both Lauren and David return home from their jobs of the night, Lauren getting the cash and David getting the loot. Riley awakes Jonah to breakfast in bed, which she uses to say sorry for making Jonah wait an entire day before saying yes to his wedding proposal. A bowl of could cereal would so not do it for me. Sausage, bacon, eggs, and biscuits had better been on my plate if I was in Jonah’s shoes. Anyway, Jonah and Riley plan a day off to celebrate, but before they can start off the day right with a morning sex Ella arrives wanting cameras installed in the courtyard due to Sydney’s murder. This ticks off Riley, who feels as if this could wait, but Ella wins »
'Donnie Darko' director could expand on his cult following with November mindbender.
By Larry Carroll, with additional reporting by Josh Horowitz
Cameron Diaz in "The Box"
Photo: Warner Bros.
San Diego — "Indecent Proposal" had moviegoers worldwide debating the 1993 movie's central question: Would you loan a loved one to someone else for a $1 million night of passion? "The Last Supper" in 1995 had and others exploring the age-old philosophical question of whether a normal person could take the life of someone destined to do evil.
Now, a provocative new movie from a visionary filmmaker aims to get us debating once again by taking both questions to the next level of murder, money and morality.
"It's this simple idea that if someone were to offer you wealth, would you — at the expense of taking somebody's life — press this button and receive a million dollars?" "X-Men" star James Marsden explained recently about "The Box, »
Richard Kelly Makes Straight Thriller Shock! The Box, adapted from a short story by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, Duel) stars James Marsden and Cameron Diaz. Check out the super-tense new trailer here. Isn't that the theme from Saw?The writer-director of the awesome-as-it's-supposed-to-be Donnie Darko, and the what-the-hell-is-it-supposed-to-be Southland Tales (he also wrote the screenplay for Domino) has clearly had a career re-think following Southland's production problems and box office disappearance. If this trailer is anything to go by, the self-indulgence has been truly reigned in, leaving something leaner and more focused in its place.Which is not to say it doesn't look as if there are some nicely bizarro touches in there. We like the Father Christmas / train wreck snippet particularly, although we're less convinced by the CGI splodge on Frank Langella's face.The story was adapted once before, in 1986, as a Twilight Zone episode. The movie's »
On This Week's Show: After a couple good weeks with at least one good movie to enjoy, Kevin and Neil hit the dog days of the cinematic summer. But at least Neil had a good weekend, and Kevin has some fun taking jabs at Neil's manly prowess. The Fat Guys debate the ability of John Travolta to be a badass and wonder why Eddie Murphy is still making films. In that regard, they knock out a Fat Guy Five about the movies they wish Eddie Murphy hadn't made, and Neil threatens to stab Kevin in the eyeballs. Films Reviewed this Week: The Taking of Pelham 123 and Imagine That. [audio:http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3?http://media.filmschoolrejects.com/audio/episode119.mp3] Download this Episode Episode Schedule: Segment 1 [8:50] - Review of The Taking of Pelham 123 Segment 2 [10:40] - Review of Imagine That Segment 3 [12:45] - Box office recap and predictions, and the Fat Guy Five: Five Movies We Wish Eddie Murphy Hadn't Made Segment 4 [6:35] - DVD Round-Up: Neil's picks are Gran Torino and »
- Kevin Carr
Between this film and Basic Instinct, you’d be tempted to assume Michael Douglas was making his bread playing alternatively put-upon or predatory every-men involved in high-stakes lust games with gorgeous women. In the case of Fatal Attraction however, the woman in question is Glenn Close, who few people would expect when considering a bombastically unhinged romantic interest. Where Paul Verhoeven infused his work with cautionary sexual energy, here director Adrian Lyne deals with the ennui of an ordinary married life and the tense body-wrecking pull of an affair. Lyne’s work has always dealt with questions of the mind and the body (he made the steamy Nine 1/2 Weeks and the generally underrated Jacob’s Ladder before and after this film, respectively, following up with Indecent Proposal), and he approaches thriller elements from a subdued standpoint, leading up to a shocking climax on a scene-by-scene basis. Fatal Attraction is likely his most famous film, »
- Mark Zhuravsky
Much in the way that Basic Instinct the previous year had Sharon Stone uncrossing her legs and the whole world hitting the pause button to the exclusion of everything else in the movie, Indecent Proposal was a film that rode to success on a single, solitary aspect of itself – the premise. Indecent Proposal ran with the oh-so nineties idea of a down-on-their-luck couple, David and Diana (Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore), facing financial ruin only to be offered a lifeline by billionaire industrialist John Gage (Robert Redford). Gage offers to pay them $1 million for one night with her, thus putting the question to couples all over the world – what would you do? In a time before the internet and our tabloid culture had erased the word taboo from our vocabulary, this became dinner-party catnip for the sexually repressed masses.
While this simple tale of true love and sanitized prostitution marketed »
- Neil Pedley
Just in time for Father's Day... it's Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino on DVD and Blu-ray! Coincidence? I think not. Other new releases this week include Tom Tykwer's The International starring Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, low budget sex comedy Fired Up!, and the Harrison Ford immigration drama Crossing Over. The final season of The Shield is also out, along with a 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition of Woodstock on DVD and Blu-ray. See anything worth picking up? Gran Torino  (DVD, Blu-ray ) The International  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Fired Up!  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Baby on Board  (DVD, Blu-ray ) Strike  Nobel Son  Crossing Over  Nicotina  Woodstock: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition  (DVD, Blu-ray ) The Shield: Season 7  Get Smart: Season 3  The Cleaner: The First Season  Survivorman: Season 3  Reaper: Season 2  The Best of Whose Line Is It Anyway?  Time Warp: Season 1  (DVD, Blu-ray ) WWE: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection  Fatal Attraction  (Blu-ray) Indecent Proposal  (Blu-ray »
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed A few tidbits before we get started with this week's releases begin with news Howard's End is the film that won the Amazon.com online voting to become one of Criterion's next Blu-ray releases. A release date has not yet been announced, but a preorder has been made available at Amazon. Next, I previously listed The Soloist for DVD and Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment, but have since been asked to remove the August 4 release date as it was apparently mistakenly added to the official release schedule. I will have an update once Paramount revises their schedule. Finally, Deadline Hollywood is reporting The Weinstein Company's recent financial troubles have caused the studio to relinquish the DVD and Blu-ray rights to Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds with co-distributor Universal Pictures now set to step in. And now, on with this week's releases. »
- Brad Brevet
Adrian Lyne is arguably the king of modern day dysfunctional marriage movies. Even though I haven't seen 9 1/2 Weeks or Lolita -- in which a man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter -- I know from Unfaithful, Indecent Proposal and Fatal Attraction he has the genre nailed. Of course Flashdance and Jacob's Ladder are a couple of sidesteps, but you can't expect a guy to always delve into the darkness of matrimony... but it sure seems like he tries. Paramount is releasing both Indecent Proposal and Fatal Attraction on Blu-ray on June 9 bringing two more of Lyne's notable features to high-definition following Fox's release of Unfaithful back in January. Neither of these two releases comes with any supplemental material you haven't seen before. Indecent Proposal coming with a lone commentary track by Lyne and Fatal Attraction includes all the features that were released on the 2007 Collector's »
- Brad Brevet
Once again it has been a bad week for DVD releases. The only movie I can link to a previous podcast is The International. Unfortunately we never had the chance to review Gran Torino. Gran Torino (DVD, Blu-ray) The International (DVD, Blu-ray) Fired Up! (DVD, Blu-ray) Baby on Board (DVD, Blu-ray) Strike Nobel Son Crossing Over Nicotina Woodstock: 40th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition (DVD, Blu-ray) The Shield: Season 7 Get Smart: Season 3 The Cleaner: The First Season Survivorman: Season 3 Reaper: Season 2 The Best of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Time Warp: Season 1 (DVD, Blu-ray) WWE: The Randy Savage Ultimate Collection Fatal Attraction (Blu-ray) Indecent Proposal (Blu-ray) Powder Blue (Blu-ray) Predator 2 (Blu-ray) The Siege (Blu-ray) »
DVD Playhouse—June 2009
The International (Sony) An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) joins forces with a Manhattan D.A. (Naomi Watts) to bring down an arms dealing ring and a corrupt global banking cartel that’s funding them. Superlative thriller was oddly ignored by critics and audiences alike, but expertly blends intelligence (courtesy screenwriter Eric Warren Singer’s masterfully-crafted script) and full-throttle action (director Tom Tykwer stages one of the great film shoot-outs in New York’s iconic Guggenheim Museum), making this dynamite thriller reminiscent of the best work from masters such as John Frankenheimer and Robert Aldrich. Armin Mueller-Stahl is wonderful as a world-weary covert op. Bonuses: Extended scene; Featurettes; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.
The Jack Lemmon Film Collection(Sony) Five films from the two-time Oscar winning actor, focusing on his early career: Phfft! is a zippy comedy from 1954, one of Lemmon’s earliest films, in which »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Okay, so maybe the fairer Zee isn't going to ask our dear, tousled Alpha Gay to marry her ... but we have reason to believe that she's got more than a familial interest in Luciano's little Grimaldi!
Yes, today we reach the climax (cough!) of Zee Evil Twin saga, as Luke and Noah's captors do the unthinkable. Well, maybe not unthinkable, but at least ... unladylike? Anyway, it should be a hot mess. And we also have reason to believe that the Nuke kidnapping story will be pretty much the only storyline featured today, meaning that I likely won't make it to the previews alive. (If you hear two sharp SNAPs at any point, that's the sound of my poor, limp wrists giving out under the strain.)
Find out how all this nutsiness goes down by following along below, refreshing for up-to-the-minute updates!
Here we go again...
1:56Pm Edt: Okay, just »
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed Before we get into the new releases for the week there is a Blu-ray deal some of you may be interested in as Paramount is offering double packs at a discounted price of $24.99 with the following titles up for grabs: Clear and Present Danger and The Hunt for Red October Sweeney Todd and Sleepy Hollow Top Gun and Days of Thunder Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible 2 Sahara and Failure to Launch Hustle and Flow and Black Snake Moan You can browse the options at Amazon by clicking here. And now for this week's releases and latest release date announcements... Twilight (2-Disc Special Edition) Today I was asked at the last minute if I wanted to review this DVD. While reviewing the DVD would certainly account for a few additional page views I just couldn't do it since I didn't »
- Brad Brevet
DVD Links: DVD News | Release Dates | New Dvds | Reviews | RSS Feed The DVD gods decided three weeks in a row of limited releases would be too much as this week we have plenty of new titles to talk about as well as some notable new release dates listed at the bottom of the article. Let's dig in... Pinocchio (2-Disc 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition) What a fantastic release. Disney classic animated films on Blu-ray is a must buy if you ask me and with Pinocchio they have followed up on last year's debut release of Sleeping Beauty with another wonderful transfer. Get in now while there are only two titles to buy and add Snow White to your collection once it hits stores later this year. You can read my full review of the Pinocchio Blu-ray right here. Primal Fear (Special Edition) I reviewed the Blu-ray edition of the new Primal Fear »
- Brad Brevet
Adrian Lyne is one of those directors best known for his soft core approach to many projects. Raised in the British commercial school, he emerged, like Ridley Scott, Hugh Hudson and Alan Parker as one of the proto-mtv voices that created a sub-genre unto itself. Lyne directed some huge hits, many of which were dismissed for their content, films like Flashdance, 9 ½ Weeks and Fatal Attraction. Some saw art in Jacob’s Ladder, but most saw Demi Moore rolling in a pile of money for Indecent Proposal. It’s hard to say if he matured, or that Lolita changed him. His 1997 film attempted to best Kubrick (arguably he didn’t), but he got something of the Nabakov book that didn’t interest Stanley’s vision. Lyne may be at his best when he has sympathy for those who may not deserve it, those with bad and forbidden longings in their heart. »
20 items from 2009
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