17 items from 2010
Getting to interview Cary Elwes was another chance to meet another of my long standing cinematic heroes, who, for my money, was never embraced by Hollywood as eagerly as he deserved.
Known to most of us for his part in the fantastic The Princess Bride ("As you wish"), he's appeared in films such as Days Of Thunder, Hot Shots, Dracula, Robin Hood: Men In Tights (shame on you, film industry, for never casting him as a 'proper' Robin Hood), Kiss The Girls, Shadow Of The Vampire and, of course, the original Saw.
However, just last year I picked up a copy of Glory on DVD for a few pounds, which I'd wanted to see or ages, »
The Vampires of the Twilight movies don't seem to be faring too well in lists of the best bloodsuckers.
And now a newly published top 10 has declared Peter Facinelli (right) the worst vampire of all time.
The actor, who plays Dr Carlisle Cullen in The Twilight Saga, topped the Worst Vampires On Film And TV list in Rolling Stone magazine, while Bela Lugosi's portrayal of Count Dracula was named Best Vampire.
Fortunately, Facinelli took it with a sense of humour, tweeting: "Yes! I finally came in number one in something!"
Critic Peter Travers, who compiled the list, wrote: "Facinelli is a solid actor, but playing Carlisle Cullen, the white-haired head of the fang-challenged Cullen vampire family, he looks about as terrifying as Project Runway winner Austin Scarlett (below right), whom Carlisle closely resembles. »
- David Bentley
Mark Kermode picks film and TV's most enduring bloodsuckers
An unacknowledged adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula (which was banned in Britain after copyright complaints from the author's litigious widow), Fw Murnau's silent gem still startles and amazes; the sight of the vampire's shadowy hand grasping at the heart of his victim ranks among cinema's most enduring images. So convincing was Max Schreck's unearthly performance that the modern movie Shadow of the Vampire would playfully suggest that he was the real deal; a genuine vampire hiding his identity in plain sight beneath the cover of movie magic.
Debunking that most enduring vampire cliche, Guillermo del Toro's chilling masterpiece manages utterly to desexualise its antihero's bloodlust with extraordinary results. Having availed himself of the weirdly mechanical "Cronos" device, Federico Luppi's Jesus Gris staves off death with the occasional snifter of spilled claret. A »
- Mark Kermode
By Sean O’Connell
Ryan Piers Williams’ “The Dry Land,” a Sundance Film Festival favorite, took home the top prize at the Dallas International Film Festival Friday evening, earning a $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature. In addition, Lucy Walker’s “Waste Land” received a $25,000 cash prize for the Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary Feature.
The Documentary competition jury also gave a Special Jury Prize to Michael Pertnoy’s and Michael Kleiman’s “The Last Survivor” and a Special Mention for Editing (for Claire Didier’s work on the film) to Mark Landsman’s “Thunder Soul.”
- Sean O'Connell
The Spierig Brothers' tasty beginning of the year vampire treat Daybreakers is making its way home to Blu-ray and DVD on May 11th. Details surrounding special features are unavailable at press time, but we'll keep our fangs to the grind for ya!
From the Press Release
The blood wars begin in Daybreakers! Making its Blu-ray Disc and DVD debut this spring, the film stars two-time Academy Award® nominees Ethan Hawke (Actor in a Supporting Role, Training Day, 2001 and Adapted Screenplay, Before Sunset, 2004) and Willem Dafoe (Actor in a Supporting Role, Platoon, 1986 and Actor in a Supporting Role, Shadow of the Vampire, 2000).
Edward Dalton is a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world's population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group »
- Uncle Creepy
Now that he’s an Academy Award-nominated actor with a potential Best Picture (The Hurt Locker) under his belt, Jeremy Renner has quickly upgraded from hard-at-work character actor to in-demand leading man. The NY Times, in a bigger piece profiling this year’s Oscar nominees, has broke the first word on Renner’s next project: he’s set to star in director James McTeigue’s Raven, a fictionalized account of the last five days of infamous writer Edgar Allen Poe’s mysterious life in Baltimore, 1849. Ewan McGregor is in talks to co-star.
Sounding like it’ll be very much in the same vein as the underrated 2000 film Shadow of the Vampire (which told a faux version of how the vampire classic Nosferatu was made), Raven, in McTeigue’s words, will be “like the poem, ‘The Raven,’ itself, crossed with Se7en.” Word has it that the script, writter by Hannah Shakespeare (Shakespeare writing about Poe, »
- Matt Barone
Two vampire movies are lingering on the box office charts this week. One of them is The Twilight Saga: New Moon (292 screens), which sports some odd numbers. It has somehow grossed about $100 million more than its predecessor (for a total of nearly $300 million), which means (I guess) that lots of people saw Twilight on DVD and then went to the theater to see the sequel. It's also officially the highest-grossing vampire movie of all time. But it's also one of the worst, if you can believe the voters on IMDb. It currently has a user rating of 4.6, which puts it slightly below Queen of the Damned (2002), but above Eddie Murphy and Wes Craven's Vampire in Brooklyn (1995). Likewise, Rotten Tomatoes critics have rated the movie 28%, as opposed to the original's 50%.
Lurking near it on the box office list is Daybreakers (338 screens), which has earned a modest $29 million. Its IMDb rating is »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
As awards season presses on, some of the smaller ceremonies are showing a predilection for edgy British comedy. Following Ricky Gervais' stint at the Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Awards has announced that Eddie Izzard will be its master of ceremonies on March 5, according to The New York Times.
The 47-year-old Izzard — who has enjoyed international success since the mid-90s — is famous for his absurdist, interactive style of standup, which often sees him change his performances based on audience reactions. His commentary runs the gamut from Roman history to squirrels in makeup, from the Catholic church to vacuum noises, from the Heimlich maneuver to French instructional tapes. He even regularly works foreign languages into his English-speaking shows; he once recited a two-minute version of Speed in French.
Until recently, he performed in drag as a self-proclained "executive transvestite," but he has since transitioned into a more "traditional" appearance. »
- Rich Z Zwelling
Good news for those looking forward to the movie, John Carter of Mars which is due for release 2012. Disney have issued a press release stating that principle photography has begun for the movie in London. John Carter of Mars is a character that was created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, and featured in the Martian series of novels who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants.
The cast includes Taylor Kitsch (Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine) Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Polly Walker, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Dominic West, James Purefoy and Bryan Cranston. It’s directed by Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-e) making this his first live action movie but the man has a winning formula with everything he touches so we’re looking forward to this one.
I’ve embedded the press release below and we’ll »
- David Sztypuljak
Daybreakers hit theaters last weekend, and Dread Central was there to take in the newest vampire tale and sit down with the film's creators. Among the pointy-toothed set was Willem Dafoe, who chatted with us a bit about life, undeath, and the pursuit of a world we'd actually survive in.
Daybreakers (review here) is the tale of an earth overrun with vampires whose supply of blood is quickly running out. Dafoe explains, "It's science fiction, but it also plays with the vampire myths. It's got so many elements … comedy, splatter. Talking about this range, it doesn't sound very good; it sounds confused. But the idea is to find out where they all come together. Where the world is. Find the tone. I've got some goofy taglines that are full of, well, junk, but you've got to know how to field those things."
Who wants to live for ever? Well, in cinema, many apparently do. So slap on the anti-ageing cream and enjoy Phil Hoad's roundup of enduring death-defying acts
Unmanageable taboos are usually checked in to the collective unconscious, where they look after themselves. It's for our own good. Take immortality, the arch-tantaliser with the greatest price – for gods and madmen, only.
But immortality got closer, courtesy of the vampires. Hit the 1890s, and living for ever seemed no more morally burdensome than a 300-page lifestyle glossy: apply eyeshadow and ennui, fast-forward any boring epochs. In the 2010s it just means RPattz won't shag you, and his yearbook photo never changes. Admit it, time now whispers, the immortals aren't them, but us: anti-ageing pledges, nip-and-tuck, mad DNA science, the embers of religion.
But perhaps the great hereafter is no closer at all. Perhaps it's still tantalising: the neverland where death's on hold, »
- Phil Hoad
Willem Dafoe is no stranger to vampire movies -- he was nominated for an Academy Award for Shadow of the Vampire, for his portrayal of Max Schreck as a way-beyond-Method actor during the filming of Nosferatu. In Daybreakers, his vampire Elvis (no, not that one) is a little more subdued if no less colorful. Dafoe explains what attracts him to the vampire myth, and how he picks his many »
The subject of vampires seems to be all the rage these days. Between the overwhelming success of Twilight and even the sweeping of yesterday’s People’s Choice Awards in the favor of all things vampire, they are a pretty sure thing these days. Hoping to continue in that success would be the folks involved in Daybreakers, which hits theaters today.
We recently got a chance to sit down with veteran actor Sam Neill (Jurrasic Park, Merlin) about his role and the film in general. While most people would consider this film a horror, Neill’s take is a bit different.
According to Neill, the film is “best described as a futuristic sci-fi thriller about an upside down vampire world. A lot of the vampire stuff that we’ve seen lately, their always the moody, pale-faced outsiders. In this film, everyone is a vampire, and the humans are a diminishing species, »
- Matt Raub
Opening tomorrow is The Spierig Brothers new film Daybreakers. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a brilliant vampire hematologist (blood expert) and he lives in a world where most humans have been turned into vampires due to a plague. Unfortunately, with a vampire society so large, they’ve killed most of the remaining human population and they’re relying on Hawke to provide a blood substitute. The film also stars Sam Neill, Isabel Lucas, and Willem Dafoe.
While vampire movies and TV shows are everywhere, Daybreakers has a great concept and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the film. It’s definitely no Twilight.
So to help promote the film, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Ethan Hawke. He talked about why he got involved in the project, making the film, and a whole lot more. It’s a great interview worth checking out.
As always, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Daybreakers has all the pieces of a great film. Its sole and constant disappointment is that it does not behave like one. The writer-director team of Peter and Michael Speirig diligently assemble a darkly brilliant vision of a future ruled by vampires, but the narrative that inhabits it is built from bombastic lines and cliché drama fitting a blockbuster action flick. They take a piece of art and use it for a newsstand-caliber comic book.
One of the artists lending a grim shine to the film is Ethan Hawke, who I interviewed at the Sls Hotel. The Sls was an ideal venue for Daybreakers-a stark setting with blank, geometric furnishings that suggest both luxury and sterility-and Hawke conveys this aesthetic of chill immortality well in the film. A dramatic actor, his resumé finds him at the center of artistic visions such as Waking Life and Gattica. In Daybreakers, he »
- M C Funk
They aren't ranked. Deal with it. I must thank these 47 actors again (three performers have two entries) one last time for delivering such indelible characterizations these past ten years. Bid them adieu before moving on to a fresh decade, the Teens. You may notice that this list includes no 2009 performances. It's too early! I don't wanna give away my upcoming nominees and I still need time to let the year settle. My dozen favorites are selected rather impulsively in red. And with "best/favorites" it's always subject to change with the passing of time... or moods.
"make it Suntory times"
Campbell Scott, Rodger Dodger (2002) *
- NATHANIEL R
What a decade. Talk about an insane ten years. In it we've seen sequels top originals, remakes up the ante, and a precious few bits of original content do what all quality cinema does -- become instant classics. Join us now for a look back at the decade that was 2000-2009!
Being that Foy covered the worst of the decade already (and who better to do so?), we collectively voted on the best so this truly is Dread Central's definitive list. Now let's get to it, starting with the title that garnered the fewest votes all the way up to the one that got the most.
10: The Devil's Rejects (2005)
Well before the much abused re-imaginings known as Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II were conceived by the unpredictable writer/director, he was honing his craft on a taut and dark little film called The Devil's Rejects. While Rejects is »
- Uncle Creepy
17 items from 2010
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