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To celebrate the release of the follow-up to the blockbuster that launched the career of the world’s most outrageous bear action-packed, Ted 2 is released on Blu-ray™ and DVD from 23rd November 2015, we’re giving 3 lucky winners a copy of the Blu-ray!
In the years since we last saw John and Ted, they’re both still living the beer-swilling, pot-infused dream in Boston. Although John is now a bachelor, Ted has settled down with trashy Tami-Lynn. As marital problems begin to affect the newlyweds, they decide to have a baby in order to save their marriage but their hopes are crushed when Ted is declared to not be a person, but property, and therefore ineligible to adopt. He is fired from his job at the grocery store and his marriage is annulled.
Angry and dejected, Ted and his best pal enlist a young, medical-marijuana aficionada (Seyfried) as their lawyer and head to court. »
- Laura Holmes
Last year, Alexandre Desplat finally won an Oscar on his 8th nomination in just 9 years (for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," though he was competing against himself for "The Imitation Game"). He could easily find himself nominated again for either "Suffragette" or "The Danish Girl" (or both), though it seems likely his primary competition will be a man who has an even bigger losing streak than Desplat had going into last year: Thomas Newman. Since receiving two nominations his first time out in 1995 (for "Little Women" and "The Shawshank Redemption), Newman has totaled 12 overall -- losing every time. Is this his year? Perhaps if Steven Spielberg or James Bond have anything to say about it. Newman has scored both "Bridge of Spies" and "Spectre." Is this finally his time? Not if the legends that are John Williams and Ennio Morricone have anything to say about it... Best Original Score predictions below. »
- Peter Knegt
When The Walking Dead first premiered, it’s fair to say that the zombie genre had grown stale. Not even the likes of 28 Days Later, Shaun Of The Dead, and Zombieland could overshadow the almost endless stream of terrible movies focusing on the undead, and that meant The Walking Dead was facing an uphill struggle from the very start (despite being based on a critically acclaimed comic book series).
However, with a terrific cast and Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) at the helm of season one, the series got off to a stronger start than anyone expected and has since continued to shatter ratings records and draw overwhelmingly positive reviews each and every season. Now in its sixth year, The Walking Dead is showing no signs of slowing down, but it will ultimately have to come to an end.
When the time does come to call it a day on The Walking Dead, »
- Josh Wilding
The story of The Shawshank Redemption, adapted from the Stephen King short story Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption from his Different Seasons book of novellas, has fast become a modern classic. The 1994 film on which it is based is regarded as being one of the best films ever made, and currently resides at the number one spot on famed website the IMDb as the greatest film ever made, beating The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and 12 Angry Men. It was also voted the biggest ever Oscar snub back in 1995.
The story revolves around the incarceration of Andy Dufresne, »
- Paul Heath
Directed by Martin Campbell
United Kingdom, USA, Czech Republic, and Germany, 2006
For reasons that escape me consciously, I’ve never been caught up in the James Bond phenomenon. I understand why the series holds such an allure to so many people—fast cars, beautiful women, cliffhanging action sequences, a dashing leading man, etc. And it’s not as if I’ve managed to live my life, to be on this planet for nearly 30 years, and not see a James Bond movie. However, until very recently, I’d only seen the movies where either Pierce Brosnan or Daniel Craig played 007. A year ago, out of sheer curiosity, I revisited a few of the Sean Connery-era Bond films, movies like Goldfinger and From Russia with Love, and found them more cheerfully antiquated than propulsive or purely entertaining.
Casino Royale, on the other hand, »
- Josh Spiegel
Although relatively scarce, horror movies directed by women are out there. You may have to turn over a few rocks to know who they are and their material might be a little more difficult to get your hands on, but these directors deserve just as much attention and scrutiny as their male counterparts, who have long dominated the genre. The following discusses selections of female directors’ forays into the business of terror. (This post contains spoilers)
The late director Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a bizarre amalgamation of humor and horror that explores cannibalism with warped nuance. The strangely cacophonous score builds up tension as craven outcasts face a glutinous and depraved attacker whose strength seems fortified by his consumption of human flesh. Set during America’s westward expansion, the metaphor of humanity’s insatiable appetite for power is plain to see, but its execution indulges in such »
- Lane Scarberry
Prison dramas have a long and rich history in cinema ranging from classic mainstream escape films (The Shawshank Redemption, Escape From Alcatraz) to more gritty indie dramaslike recent critical faves Bronson and Starred Up. And it would appear that Kamil Szymanski's upcoming Polish effort Git falls very much into the latter camp.While information is tough to come by in English the theatrical trailer for this one is freshly on the scene and it looks to find the balance between slick and nasty with its story of an elderly criminal running things behind bars. The guy with the crown of thorns tattoo is a nice touch. Check it out below....
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London — Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” will open the 23rd edition of Camerimage, the international film festival devoted to the art of cinematography, which runs Nov. 14-21 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
The film, which was lensed by cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, centers on an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. It stars Tom Hanks, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, Eve Hewson, Mark Rylance and Sebastian Koch.
Kaminski has worked with Spielberg on multiple films. He won Oscars for Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” and “Saving Private Ryan,” and was Oscar nominated for the director’s “Lincoln,” “War Horse” and “Amistad.” Kaminski’s other Spielberg movies include “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and “Munich.”
- Leo Barraclough
Hello again, dear readers. This past week saw the release of Guillermo del Toro’s new horror film Crimson Peak, which I’m very excited about. In the meantime, I’ve got another trailer for a 2016 movie to show you. Now let’s take a look at the first trailer for Hail, Caesar!, the next film from the Coen Brothers.
Premise: Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) is a Hollywood “fixer” helping the production of the upcoming epic film Hail, Caesar! starring Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). But when Whitlock is kidnapped by a group calling themselves “The Future,” Mannix is the one in charge of collecting the $100,000 ransom and rescuing him.
My take: There’s something I just love about the golden age of Hollywood, that period from the late 1920s through the late 1950s. And I love movies about that era of filmmaking. And that’s just what we’re getting with Hail, »
- Timothy Monforton
65 years ago today, readers were transported to Narnia with the Pevensie children for the first time as C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” hit the shelves of bookstores in England. The classic children’s fantasy novel was published on October 16, 1950. It was the first of Lewis’ seven Narnia books to be released and to be written, though it became volume 2 in recent editions of the series, sequenced chronologically according to Narnia history, putting “The Magician’s Nephew” first. Lewis wrote “Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe” over the course of 10 years, at the same time his dear friend J.R.R. Tolkien was working on “The Lord of the Rings.” The two Brits frequently met on Monday mornings to talk about writing. Ultimately, though, Tolkien was critical of the Narnia books. There’s much speculation as to why the “Hobbit” scribe had a negative reaction to his friend’s fantasy series. »
- Emily Rome
Though frequently aligned, a film's quality and its rewatchability are hardly synonymous. There are plenty of great films that one only catches a few times in one's life, and others that get slipped onto the disc or media streaming player quite regularly. The same goes for bad films - some you'd never touch again, yet others you keep coming back to because there's something compelling about them.
Earlier this week, FiveThirtyEight decided to explore this question in an effort to figure out the most rewatchable movies of all-time. Using a SurveyMonkey Audience poll, they asked people to list the five films they consider the most rewatchable. With over 1,100 respondents voting in the results they got back were not unexpected:
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Godfather Films
- Garth Franklin
IMDb is a dangerous place, full of knowledgeable people packing hella big opinions. Now, the Internet Movie Database - to use its full title - has unveiled something extraordinary: what its users think are the best films from the past 25 years.
To be clear, these are the top 25 films from the last 25 years, as voted for by millions of IMDb-ers on an individual basis. So these, in effect, are the highest-voted films on IMDb, each year, for the past 25 years.
2013: The Wolf of Wall Street
2012: Django Unchained
2009: Inglourious Basterds
2008: The Dark Knight
2007: Into the Wild
2006: The Departed
2005: Batman Begins
I'm not sure how movie fans did it before the internet, but it's hard to imagine being a contemporary cinephile without IMDb at your fingertips. The site celebrates 25 years in 2015 of bringing movie heads reams of film information, trivia, charts, and a ruthless comments section that is still somewhat like the Wild West. But indeed, it is the users who keep the site moving along and the folks at IMDb have unveiled a look at what movies have captured their attention across two and a half decades. Vanity Fair has been provided with a handy list of the top ranked film of each year, since IMDb launched in 1990, and the results aren't hugely surprising. It's blockbusters that rule the roost, with the foreign film sensation "Intouchables" marking an intriguing anomaly. Movie fans really like Christopher Nolan with five of his films appearing, more than Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, and Quentin Tarantino. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Special Mention: Battle Royale
Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku
The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, leaving 15 percent unemployed and 800,000 students boycotting school. The government passes something called the Millennium Educational Reform Act, which apparently provides for a class of ninth-graders to be chosen each year and pitted against one another on a remote island for 3 days. Each student is given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water, and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred fight to the death. With 48 contestants, only one will go home alive. Yes, this has been often cited as the original Hunger Games; whether or not Suzanne Collins borrowed heavily »
- Ricky Fernandes
Those caught up in the romance surrounding Alcatraz might be tempted to watch “Alcatraz: Search For the Truth,” a History documentary devoted to the 1962 escape by Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin. The curious, however, would be well advised to tape this tedious production and fast-forward to the last six minutes, which contain everything they could hope to glean about whether the trio, never found, might have survived the treacherous waters surrounding the prison island. Even allowing for the genre’s carnival-barker qualities, the producers have spread about 25 minutes of content over two hours.
Told entirely from the perspective of the Anglins (that is, the guys who Clint Eastwood didn’t play in the 1979 movie “Escape From Alcatraz”), the special is built around information provided by their nephews, Ken and David Widner, two emotional fellows who are convinced the government has been after the family and that their »
- Brian Lowry
When the words 'prison film' are thrown around we often have certain expectations about what that's going to be like: intense, violent, certainly uncomfortable, perhaps introspective and humanistic. This pendulum often swings hard to the left (The Shawshank Redemption) or hard to the right (Oz). Shows like Orange Is The New Black and Rectify have certainly offered us more humorous and philosophic avenues to explore.Filmmaker Theodore Collatos was featured back in my old Indie Beat column with his short docudrama Berlin Day To Night. And today I'd like to highlight a new short of his, Time.Intercutting between six inmates in three cells in a correctional center, the film focuses on the camaraderie and support that can be cultivated under such devastating circumstances. For dealing with...
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Deakins has a long (Oscar-less) career working with the Coen Brothers on No Country For Old Men, A Serious Man, and many of their other hits. But he also is known for his work on The Shawshank Redemption, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Road to Perdition, and most recently in the best shot James Bond movie of all-time, Skyfall.
For some reason Deakins hasn’t won an Oscar for that career yet, but maybe it will change this year with Sicario. If not, the Academy should reevaluate their life choices.
The video is produced by Plot Points Productions.
The post Votd: See the work of Roger Deakins in ‘Deakins: Shadows in the Valley’ appeared first on PopOptiq. »
- Zach Dennis
The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring picture, in which he plays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, is Zemeckis’ first film since 2012’s Flight which earned two Oscar nominations, but none for Zemeckis himself.
Premiering on opening night in New York has led to Oscar success for films in past years, and with a season that has so far not seen a frontrunner, The Walk is hoping to capitalize.
Here’s a look at films that have premiered on New York Film Festival’s opening night and gone on to receive recognition from the Academy:
Chariots of Fire (1981): The drama about two runners competing in the 1924 Olympic Games opened the 19th Nyff on its way to winning four Academy Awards, »
- Patrick Shanley
18 years ago today, U2 performed a concert in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina while on their PopMart Tour. They were the first major artist to have a concert in the city after the end of the Bosnian War. About 45,000 people attended the show held in Koševo Stadium — which was used as a morgue during the war. Security was tight at the show, and troops surrounded the stadium in case violence broke out. But the soldiers were part of one of the most meaningful moments of the concert, as NME magazine recalled: When the band walked offstage at the end of the show, the audience erupted into applause, and the troops joined in. Larry Mullen, Jr., the band’s drummer, later said in an interview on BBC Radio, “There's no doubt that that is an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life. And if I had to spend »
- Emily Rome
We'd like to wish Stephen King a very happy birthday today by highlighting some of his most memorable movie moments. The now 68-year-old author has inspired many great and some not-so-great adaptations and original works, and we look forward to many more. King's first published novel, Carrie, was also the first of his works to become a movie, which was directed by Brian De Palma. We can probably thank King for giving us one of the most iconic and oft-parodied bits in the history of cinema, seen here: The three best-reviewed movies based on King's works, according to Rotten Tomatoes, are Rob Reiner's Stand By Me, Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. He loves the two...
- Christopher Campbell
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