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[Editor's note: If anyone says 2010 was a sh!% year for movies, please refer them to this post.]
Instead of the usual "best" or "worst" films of the year lists, I thought a good way to take a look at the highs and lows of the 2010 film year would be to compile almost every single review we published in 2010 and let readers meander through the wasteland as it were.
I'm really amazed at the range of films we managed to cover from around the globe this year. Quiet Earth has certainly come a long way over the years and it's really due to the talents and passion of our team of writers who literally travel a world of fests to bring news and reviews of new films.
I hope you're all taking notes. Many of these films were from fests and will probably be hitting VOD and Blu-ray sometime in the new year, so this is a good chance to get a start on your must-watch lists.
ChaCha put together a list of actors who have died the most in their movies. Topping the list is Robert De Niro with fifteen deaths, including ones in "Cape Fear," "Frankenstein" and "Jackie Brown." Bruce Willis also made the list and was actually killed twice by his ex-wife Demi Moore in "Mortal Thoughts" and "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle." Brad Pitt is in top ten as well, but his deaths are a bit odd. He died in "Cool World," but returned as an animated character. He died in "Fight Club," but never actually existed. And he died in "Meet Joe Black," but came back as Death. The list is far from perfect, since it doesn't include Leonardo DiCaprio (The Departed, Titanic, Blood Diamond), Kevin Spacey (Se7en, American Beauty, La Confidential), Samuel L. Jackson (Deep Blue Sea, True Romance, Jurassic Park), or John Travolta (Pulp Fiction, Face/Off, The Punisher). Plus, there »
By now you've probably heard the exciting news that Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millipeid, the Black Swan pair who've been our "crush of the moment" for too many moments now (see sidebar), are pregnant and engaged.
a photoshopped imagining of their wedding cake
top from The Film Experience.
There's no exact word on when either of the blessed events (baby & wedding) are to occur though hundreds of thousands of years of human history tell us that the genetically lucky baby, certain to possess both dark haired beauty and physical grace, is coming in 2011.
We immediately tweeted advocating for a swan-themed wedding. Which is an obvious joke but come on. Swan has to be a common theme for weddings anyway and the possibilities are endless. Here are some other great suggestions from friends @jigsawlounge, @joereid and @moviedork18 on twitter.
- NATHANIEL R
Directed by: Joe Wright
Release Date: April 8, 2011
Trailer Score: 10/10
My Thoughts: Hanna is one of those rare movies that is so chock full of potential that I can honestly say I don’t know where to begin. And for those that know me, personally or professionally, most will agree that it’s a rare occasion when I’m left speechless.
It’s difficult to say what drew me in first with this trailer. On a strictly visual level, Joe Wright, the same man who brought us that staggering long take of the beach in Atonement has never been one to disappoint visually. Hell, it could be be a film about a cat peeing in a litter box and I have no doubt that Joe Wright would find a way to make it look beautiful.
But thankfully, it’s not. It »
- Calhoun Kersten
What happens when the Coen Brothers make a western? Ron finds out, as he checks out True Grit...
Leave it to the Coen Brothers to surprise the world with what they don't do, rather than what they do. When you think of the Coens, you have a sense of what to expect. True Grit contains none of that: no real snappy dialogue exchanges, no exceptionally quirky side characters, no elements of film noir, and no peculiar set pieces with strange camera angles and general weirdness. Instead, True Grit is a western, nothing else.
Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), a 14-year-old girl, is sent to town to collect the dead body of her father, Frank Ross. Frank was a good man who was double-crossed by a hired hand by the name of Tom Chaney. Chaney, deep in the drink, lost his money at cards and robbed and killed Frank Ross in the middle of town. »
[Editor's note: I've asked our team of world film correspondents to dish out their top 5 films of the year from their respective countries. Here's Tony Kitchen's take on the Best in South Korean Cinema in 2010.] In 2010, the Korean film industry continued in its strong stride having several domestic hits such as spy flick Secret Reunion and Kim Jee-woon's controversial Venice and Tiff Film Festival selected I Saw the Devil, while the world film festival circuit, Korean film faired well with Lee Chang-dong grabbing center spot with Poetry in Cannes. Hong Sang-soo produced a pair of offerings including the Un Certain Regard winner Ha Ha Ha, Cheol So Jang's debut film Bedeviled made a splash on the far side of the Croisette, Im Sang-soo's remake of The Housemaid with Jeon Do-yeon left no one indifferent while the remake of the '66 classic Late Autumn via helmer Kim Tae-yong and thesp Tang Wei was shown at Tiff. Here are the top 5 Korean films of 2010.#5. Ha Ha Ha (Sang-soo Hong) The unconventionality of this film, and its direction style, made this movie one of Korea's best in 2010. Sang-soo uses still shots, »
Ok, so when a trailer like this drops at the tail end of 2010 – it’s hard not to describe it as Salt meets Kick-Ass!
The movie is Hanna, the latest unpredictable effort from Pride & Prejudice and Atonement director Joe Wright who strays away from dramatic material to give us the story of a 14 year old assassin (Saoirse Ronan) who like Hit-Girl is raised by her father (a miscast Eric Bana from the looks of things) into a precise, animalistic, cold-hearted killer for an unspecified mission. When she is caught by agents, she pulls an Evelyn Salt and escapes from confinement, killing a few suits in the process and goes on the run, hoping to settle down with a new family… but CIA spy Cate Blanchett won’t relent on tracking her down. And a bleach blonde Tom Hollander, bizarrely, is also after her.
There’s also undeniably a touch of »
- Matt Holmes
'Red Riding Hood's Amanda Seyfried (below) has popped up once again in a new still from the upcoming Catherine Hardwicke ('Twilight') project. This time our star can be seen cautiously stepping out into the cold in her red hood get up. The fairytale adapted by scribe David Johnson ('Orphan') co-stars Gary Oldman ('Leon'), Lukas Haas ('Inception'), Virginia Madsen ('Candyman'), Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Michael Hogan and Julie Christie. Check out the new still below. »
The film tradition of young women killers is long: from Natalie Portman in The Professional and Anne Parillaud and Bridget Fonda as Femme Nikita to Jennifer Garner in Alias and Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass. Now we have a new entrant in the category: Saorise Ronan in Hanna (April 8), a Focus Features film that reunites the star with her director on Atonement, Joe Wright. The trailer is below. Eric Bana plays her father; Cate Blanchett co-stars. -focus- Hanna - Trailer 1 @ Yahoo! Video »
It's been a while since we last heard anything on Atonement director Joe Wright's latest project about a young assassin played by Saoirse Ronan, but now we've got a full blown trailer for Hanna and it's... well it could be a lot of things.
Honestly, I can't make heads or tails of how the movie could play. It is undoubtedly new territory for Wright and certainly sounds like a cool idea, plus for all those film geeks that pined for a Leon spin-off with Natalie Portman's Matilda, this may be the closest we get. Eric Bana plays Ronan's vengeance seeking father, and Cate Blanchett plays the targeted CIA Agent who he has trained Ronan to kill. The film opens next Apirl in Europe and the states.
So... what say you?
We all remember how awesome Leon: The Professional was and we’ve yet to see a camaraderie between teacher and student that was quite as kick-ass and still poignant as the one between Leon and Mathilda. Plus, kids being turned into killing machines is always kind of awesome.
Now, Leon was different in that the assassin was reluctant to teach the young girl whereas the story in Joe Wright’s Hanna has the teacher, in this case Erik Heller (Eric Bana), as ex-cia operative who raises his daughter Hanna (Saoirse Ronan) to be the perfect assassin. Hanna seems to be on a mission to eliminate a very specific person: Marissa Wiegler, an active CIA agent. The reasons for the target are, as far as the trailer and the film’s official synopsis are concerned, a mystery.
This is a change of pace for Wright who is best known for his »
The Hughes brothers don't make too many films (it's already been 9 years since From Hell), but when they immerse themselves in a project the end result is often worth pursuing. As proven by their latest film. The Book Of Eli turned out to be a superb post-apocalyptic action flick, borrowing royally from various other sources but fine-tuning the mix to make it into something unique. This is Hollywood at its very best.
There aren't too many Hollywood films that dare to please their audience by gamble on atmosphere and styling alone. Luckily rules are made to be broken and the Hughes brothers take this concept a long way beyond any local competition in their latest film. From the initial trailers and promo material it became obvious this was going to be something special, the complete film more than delivers.
Reliable sources link the film to the Fallout games, both in style and setting. »
Every Sunday, Old Ass Movies presents a film that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. You probably noticed it’s not Sunday, but we’re taking the opportunity to shine the light on five vintage films that played at this year’s Butt-Numb-a-Thon. I’ve only slept for 8 of the past 48 hours, but the enthusiasm I feel for these films is difficult to numb even in the face of drastic sleep deprivation. I know the talking cartoon elephant sitting next to me would agree. Butt-Numb-a-Thon, the 24-hour movie festival celebrating the birthday of Aint It Cool founder Harry Knowles has been heralded as a Geek Christmas because of how incredible the experience is. My first was 7 years ago when Old Boy, Return of the King and early John Wayne spooky Western Haunted Gold graced the screen. That year is regarded as one of the best years on record, but »
- Cole Abaius
"To be honest, I had an aversion to selling things," Portman said, "but then I realized there could be a company that I would be proud to represent..."
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- Michael Stevens
Aslan was king of the box office, as the latest Narnia installment was the top movie for the weekend of December 10-12, 2010. While The Voyage of the Dawn Treader had a strong opening, it didn't open as well as previous Narnia films, while box office totals in general continue to be sluggish. For the most part, moviegoers seem to be staying away from cinemas.
10. Megamind $2.51 million
While Megamind had a strong opening, it did not have the staying power Dreamworks may have hoped for. If you take away the boost provided by sales from 3D showings, the movie probably would not have broken even. The film will probably see its best returns on DVD.
9. Due Date $2.54 million
The adult comedy continues to play well, nearing the $100 million mark in ticket sales after six weeks of release.
8. Love and other Drugs $3 million
Bomb alert! The R-rated romantic comedy failed to catch on with audiences, »
Word has been kicking around about the project for the last couple of days and now the trades have confirmed that Luc Besson is currently hard at work shooting "Into The Light," a biopic on Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. It's an interesting an interesting turn to political drama for Besson, the director best known for helming pictures like "The Fifth Element" and "The Professional" and producing work like "Taken" and "From Paris With Love." Suu Kyi has spent fifteen years under house arrest in Burma after leading the National League for Democracy… »
Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
Running Time: 1 hr 47 mins
Release Date: December 10, 2010 (limited)
Plot: A ballet dancer (Portman) finally gets a big break with her company doing a production of “Swan Lake,” but a rival (Kunis) may want her top spot.
Who’S It For? Do you like an uncomfortable lingering vibe that keeps you on edge (I do). Also, there will be nominations with this film, so add it to your list if you want to be in the know.
Expectations: I couldn’t say I was excited. I’m not really a fan of ballet, but director Aronofsky always brings something to the table. You can say the same for Portman.
Natalie Portman as Nina Sayers: Good lord. First, she’s never done something so sheepish. You desperately want her to speak up. »
- Jeff Bayer
Luc Besson just loves announcing that he’s quitting directing for good but every other year or two, he comes back and makes another one. And even though his next movie appears to be shrouded in mystery, it was revealed this week that the French director is making a biopic about pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.
Rumors intensified after Crouching Tiger star and ex-Bond girl Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies) traveled to Rangoon to meet with the pro-democracy leader. “I understand she is planning to play her in a film in the near future,” says Nyan Win, Aung San Suu Kyi’s lawyer, adding that Yeoh spent the day at his client’s home on Monday looking at photos. We shed more light on the movie’s title and more details after the jump.
Some filming of Dans La Lumière, or Into the Light, has already taken place according to Wanasiri Morakul, »
- Talia Soghomonian
The lovely Natalie Portman is getting Oscar's attention with her stunning performance in "Black Swan," but did you know that she turned down the role in "The Horse Whisperer"? Find out more about this compelling actress in these 15 fun facts!
Fun Facts about Natalie PortmanThe Israeli Roots
Natalie Portman was born on June 9, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel, as the only child of a Israeli father, a fertility doctor, and an American artist mother.
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There's a scene in The American where George Clooney's character, named Jack, Edward, Butterfly and Farfalla, depending on the circumstances, spends an evening in a cheap Italian café where Once Upon A Time In The West is playing on TV in the background.
It's a pertinent moment, a glimpse of a stone-cold classic motion picture in what I feel is a stone-cold classic motion picture. I'd rate both movies as being perfect masterpieces, but the convergence of the two feels very appropriate for other reasons.
They're vastly different movies, of course, but there are striking parallels. At the most fundamental level they both focus on haunted individuals who have 'something to do with death'.
With his spaghetti westerns Sergio Leone, a foreign outside eye, »
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