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Hacking Netflix pointed out a extremely useful list on the website 100ThingsILearned.com. It's compilation of all of the the movies from the IMDb's Top 250 that are available for steaming on Netflix Watch Instantly. You can find the full list on 100Things..., but here are the ten highest ranking titles from IMDb (the number denotes their rank), plus links to their Netflix pages.
13. "Seven Samurai"
19. "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings"
33. "Forrest Gump"
50. "The Shining"
54. "The Pianist"
Don't have New Year's Eve plans this year? You could do worse than watching a couple of these. »
- Matt Singer
Adam Whyte joined Obsessed With Film in April of this year and has contributed regular feature articles and reviews from Scotland. This year he attended the Edinburgh Film Festival, reporting daily reports of all that he saw and writing several excellent full length reviews. It’s my hope he will once again attend the festival for us this year and continue his superb writings on movies past, present and future for us.
I particularly love the Top Ten of the year he has turned in here with great detailed reasons why the following are the best he saw in 2010. And having seen and very much enjoyed all the films on the list, I certainly concur…
10. Shutter Island
- Adam Whyte
David O. Russell is pissing a lot of people off these days, including some Tmp writers that I won't mention here (for safety's sake, of course). I for one find the changes that he's making with Uncharted to be in good taste, and will overall benefit...okay, I can't do this: What a jerk. But read on to find out why he might be a cool guy after all!
To be fair, no one is entirely sure that this is Russell's agenda. For all we know, this could be a case of studio interferance. But since he's directing And writing the film, he's as good a scapegoat as any. However, if a recent interview is correct, we may finally put down our pitchforks and recork our Molotov cocktails. As it turns out, everything we may have heard about this film might just be a lie.
“First of all, all that »
The Coen Brothers are, to put it lightly, cinematic geniuses. They have a terrific track record, and never cease to entertain (other then Ladykillers, of course. We don’t talk about The Ladykillers, though). When I first heard that they were tackling True Grit, I was skeptical, yet excited. They proved they could handle a Western feel with No Country for Old Men, among other films. Seeing them create a genuine Western was exciting, at the very least. However, I would of much rather preferred an original film, rather then a remake of a John Wayne classic. However, being a remake doesn’t hinder this film in the slightest. In fact, True Grit is one of the best films of 2010. And with the Coens...I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Set Up
In my world, Roger Deakins is a movie star. Some of the most indelible images of the last quarter-century of film were composed by the eye of this amazing Englishman. The heroin-sick rot of "Sid and Nancy" and the muted Mamet's haunting "Homicide" and the Art Deco-flavored candy of "The Hudsucker Proxy", the '30s postcard perfection of "The Shawshank Redemption" and the frozen Minnesota Hell of "Fargo" and the lush shifting mandala of "Kundun"… these are just a few of the remarkable tapestries that Deakins has laid out over the course of his career. For my money, there are very few »
The Academy Awards are defined as “recognizing the excellence of professionals in the film industry, including actors, directors and writers”. Now this may be true, and while most of the films awarded with the prestigious little golden man are indeed excellent, the adjective “best” that goes in front of each award sort of makes you think 'excellent' isn’t always enough.
Here is a list of 10 films, actors, directors and writers that won, they were (mostly) good films, but to deem the “best” that year in their respective categories is a little far-fetched...
10: No Country For Old Men (2008) – Best Adapted Screenplay
The 2008 Academy Awards saw two non-traditional Westerns go head to head: the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2008). Daniel Day Lewis rightly took home the Best Actor in a Leading Role award for his role of Daniel Plainview, »
Fighting movies like Beatdown and Locked Down aspire to many not-so lofty things. Their target audience wants blood, bruises, and breasts with a soundtrack by bands who want to be the next Linkin Park. While Locked Down aspires to these goals, it is rare to see a fighting film that wants to be The Shawshank Redemption with kung fu. Locked Down is not likely to win awards anytime soon and I cannot really recommend it. However, I did not hate this movie which is much more than I expected.
In Locked Down, Danny (Tony Schiena) is an undercover cop who is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Soon after he arrives in prison, he is recruited to the underground fight club where criminals fight to the death, run by boss Anton (Vinnie Jones) and Flores (Bai Ling). Danny’s cellmate Irving (Dave Fennoy) helps Danny train for the »
- Rachel Kolb
When her brother was convicted of murder, Betty Anne Waters swapped waitressing for law school to prove his innocence. Eighteen years later, she secured his release from jail, but at what personal cost?
The plot of a new film out next year appears, at first glance, to belong in the long tradition of Hollywood prison movie tear-jerkers. A young man – charismatic but volatile, a local troublemaker – is charged with the brutal murder of his female neighbour. To his family's disbelief, he is convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Protestations of innocence fall on deaf ears, all appeals fail, and he is condemned to live out his life in jail. In desperation, his sister – a pub waitress and high-school dropout – puts herself through law school, hoping to fight for his innocence herself. Against all odds, she unearths DNA evidence to clear his name and, after 18 years behind bars, »
- Decca Aitkenhead
Comic series creator and executive producer for The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, commented on the news of the writer layoffs for AMC's new show, calling the reports "unfortunate and premature." The report came earlier this week that producer Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) had chosen to fire the writing staff for The Walking Dead. The news was strange to say the least, as the show has been extremely successful during it's short time on the air so far. "It's kind of unfortunate that it's being reported that our writing staff has been fired because that's not the case. It makes Frank look bad. I don't think Frank wants it out there that he's just firing people off of a successful show seemingly for no reason," said Kirkman. He went on to clear up the layoff of Darabont's number »
- Keven Skinner
Check out the first trailer from Jon Favreau's upcoming sci-fi Western...
Ever since the disastrous reception of 1980's big-budget flop Heaven's Gate, Hollywood has been struggling with the Western. Sure, there have been critical successes such as the Oscar-winning Unforgiven (1991) and, more recently, well-received offerings such as 2007's 3:10 to Yuma and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but in terms of bonafide blockbusters it's been a barren couple of decades. Attempts to bring the Western back to the mainstream has resulted in turkeys like Wild Wild West (1999) and Jonah Hex (2010), but now Iron Man director Jon Favreau is hoping to buck the trend with his next feature Cowboys & Aliens, set for release in Summer 2011.
A good boss is a genuine treasure not only for his or her staff, but for the whole company. A leader, an innovator, a constant source of encouragement; demanding much, but leading always by example; not making promises they can't keep, and encouraging good work from his or her subordinates by being a true and genuine inspiration; giving credit and advancement to those members of the team that have made the boss look good. I hope you have had such a boss at some point in your working life. I did, once, and I shall never forget him.
And then there are the bosses that most of us get, most of the time.
The stealers of ideas; the ferocious saboteurs of those underlings who threaten to be better at their job than they are; the early-departers who haven't seen the rush-hour in years; the credit-sequesterers; the ones who view the »
DC Comics and Warner Bros will be hoping to launch another superhero franchise when Green Lantern joins his Justice League buddies Batman and Superman in getting the big screen treatment next summer courtesy of director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and star Ryan Reynolds (Buried).
The $150m flick will serve as an origin story (a sequel is already in development), with Hal becoming the first human to be granted the honour of serving in the Green Lantern Corps., a mystical brotherhood of warriors and protectors of peace and justice in the universe. Also joining the cast are Mark Strong (Kick-Ass), Blake Lively (The Town), Peter Sarsgaard (An Education), Angela Bassett (Notorious), Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption) and Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones).
Check out the new trailer:
On last night's episode of "The Walking Dead," viewers spent their first meaningful stretch of time with Dale, the survivor's camp's elder statesman played by Jeffrey DeMunn. Already a favorite amongst the Frank Darabont faithful due to his roles in "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Green Mile" and other films, DeMunn's talents haven't gone unnoticed by his fellow actors on the hit AMC series.
"DeMunn is the man," enthused series star Andrew Lincoln during a recent interview with MTV News. "He's a terrific actor. He's a gentleman, one of the nicest guys, but he's got this kind of steel in him, this fierceness as well. There's also this lightness and deftness of touch, and so funny — he just is the guy."
As Dale, DeMunn is just one of the many ingredients that's made "The Walking Dead" such a success with only four episodes under its belt. As such, Lincoln's praise didn't »
- Josh Wigler
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“One of my all-time favorites is ‘The Shawshank Redemption.’
“I just adore it. I think it’s an absolute smashing film. From the acting, to the directing, to the writing, it just captures that universal story of human redemption in a way that truly touches us all. That’s a film that’s built-to-last.
“I also love ‘L.A. Confidential.’ That film is absolutely fantastic. It just sucks you in.”
David Yates directed “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,” currently in theaters. Part 2, which he also helmed, arrives in theaters on July 15, 2011.
- Elizabeth Durand
Actor Norman Reedus talks about his role in the hit series “The Walking Dead” by director Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Green Mile) starring Jon Bernthal (Date Night, Numb3rs), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Majestic, The Shawshank Redemption) and Laurie Holden (Silent Hill, The Shield). Here’s our exclusive interview. Sy: You have starred in numerous mainstream films since the ’90s, including ‘8Mm,’ ‘Gossip,’ ‘Blade II’ and ‘American Gangster,’ but are most remembered for your lead role as Murphy MacManus in ‘The Boondock Saints’ and its sequel. What is it about this character that resonates with audiences? Nr: I think with Boondock Saints, it sort of became the people’s movie. It was put [...] »
- Brian Corder
Avatar... it's the gift that keeps on giving! (For James Cameron and Fox, anyway.) Head back to Pandora yet again with the Extended Edition double dip re-release, because there sure as heck isn't much else out this week. Other major releases include Disney's A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey, M. Night Shyamalan's heavily despised The Last Airbender, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Some under the radar DVDs that are worthy of your attention include Lisa Cholodenko's critically acclaimed dramedy The Kids Are All Right, the stylized Swedish sci-fi film Metropia, and, of course, Michael Paul Stephenson's Troll 2 documentary Best Worst Movie. There's also a collection of webisodes and digital shorts from The Office, and a whole slew of 3-D Blu-ray releases. Will you be buying or renting anything this week? The Last Airbender  (+ Blu-ray ) Disney's A Christmas Carol  (+ Blu-ray ) Cats & Dogs: The Revenge »
AMC just released the latest sneak preview from Episode 4 “Vatos” from the hit series “The Walking Dead” by director Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Green Mile) stars Jon Bernthal (Date Night, Numb3rs), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Majestic, The Shawshank Redemption) and Laurie Holden (Silent Hill, The Shield). While your at it watch the complete series premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’ online now at amctv.com. Synopsis: The world we knew is gone. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start [...] »
- Brian Corder
Following last week's report that zombie series 'The Walking Dead', is indeed bad-ass and so friggin popular that it only needed to air 2 episodes before AMC decided to confirm a 13-episode second season, it appears now that AMC won't be rushing things just yet. AMC will hold off the follow-up season till next October so they can feature the new series at next Fall's 'Fearfest' event. 'The Walking Dead', created by Frank Darabont ('The Mist', 'The Shawshank Redemption', 'The Green Mile') and starring Andrew Lincoln ('Love Actually'), Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies (below), Laurie Holden ('Silent Hill'), Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun and Chandler Riggs, is set to run just 6 episodes this season. Not overly sure what all the hoo-ha is about though as the first season kicked off this October so wouldn't it make sense that »
AMC released another sneak preview from Episode 3 “Tell It To The Frogs” from the hit series “The Walking Dead” by director Frank Darabont (The Mist, The Green Mile) stars Jon Bernthal (Date Night, Numb3rs), Jeffrey DeMunn (The Majestic, The Shawshank Redemption) and Laurie Holden (Silent Hill, The Shield). While your at it watch the complete series premiere of ‘The Walking Dead’ online now at amctv.com. Synopsis: The world we knew is gone. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to [...] »
- Brian Corder
Season One, Episode One: Days Gone Bye
Directed by Frank Darabont
It’s testament to how well Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) has developed The Walking Dead from comic series to tv that it seems like a personal love letter to each and every single fan of the books.
It’s the sort of dream production that simply never happens and is something that this reviewer has spent years pining for but never for a moment believed there was any real validity in its potential reality. Well thank heavens for small miracles. When the series was announced the geek world went into a frenzy and many doubted the ability of a family-friendly director like Darabont to be capable of handling the delicate balance between sheer unflinching brutality and poignant, mature character development that has made the books so successful. But they needn’t have worried. »
- Al White
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