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After a random Google search for any and all things related to The Goonies back in 2008, I found myself stumbling upon HeyUGuys. I was absolutely chuffed by the fact that one of my all-time favourite movie quotes was somehow connected to one of the best movie blogging sites I’d ever come across online! Talk about finding rich stuff… and for real too! My inner movie geek was in seventh heaven! I befriended co-founders Dave and Jon and loved keeping track of Hug’s journey… it was so great to see the site blossom and grow and get to know the lads a bit too.
Upon my return from Japan in December 2009, I decided that I really wanted to get on board Team Hug. My passion for film drew me here and I wanted to see if I could offer any of my own movie musings, so I officially came »
- Andy Petrou
Full disclosure: I didn’t see every movie that came out this year — or even every movie that sent critics grabbing for their Blackberries during closing credits to tweet the words “Oscar contender,” “performance of the year,” and/or “Zomg ur gonna freak.”
I was sick the day of the “127 Hours” advance screening, and if I’m being totally honest, a little sick every time I thought of seeing it — and James Franco’s arm… and James Franco’s No Arm — when it finally landed in theaters.
What can I say? I love critically acclaimed films, but I’m also a giant baby.
I’ve come to terms with the gaps in my knowledge. Whittling down this list was already too painful; I had to take a couple aspirin after cutting “Easy A,” “I Am Love,” and “Let Me In.” So here it is, my personal top 10 of 2010, the »
- Brooke Tarnoff
DVD Playhouse December 2010
America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. Exit Through The Gift Shop Describing the engrossing, frequently hilarious Banksy-directed Exit Through the Gift Shop as one of the best story-driven documentaries I've ever seen would almost certainly be misleading, as its veracity has been a point of contention since its Sundance premiere. To delve into the topic further would require detailing plot details that I'd be remiss to give away, so I'll just say this: The strength of the film is that whether or not it's authentic doesn't matter. The ultimate take-away from the picture comes from a place of complete truth, and that truth only resonates in the way that it does because the story was told in this form. Not only does »
- Adam Quigley
Chicago – Can a movie be too creative? Jean-Pierre Jeunet tests this theory with his ridiculously over-the-top “Micmacs,” a clever film that is almost too polished and refined to be effective. Of course, it looks great on Blu-ray but this giant Jeunet fan can’t help but think his style has finally trumped his substance.
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.0/5.0
As much fun as it can be, there are elements of “Micmacs” that simply don’t work. But would we feel the same way if it were a debut? Is it disappointing only in light of “Amelie,” “Delicatessen,” and “The City of Lost Children”? Film doesn’t exist in a vacuum and it’s impossible to ignore the fact that while this film is masterfully-designed, it’s lesser compared to its auteur’s previous works. Still, lesser Jeunet is still pretty quality in entertainment, especially in HD.
Micmacs will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on December 14th, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Josh Fox
Released by New Video Group
Released by Mpi Home Video
"Exit Through the Gift Shop" (2010)
Directed by Banksy
Released by Oscilloscope Laboratories
If you haven't caught up on the year's best documentaries in time to fill out your top 10 list, three of them will be hitting DVD shelves this week, beginning with Josh Fox's Sundance award-winning "Gasland," an exploration of the "hydraulic fracturing" going on in own backyard, a type of drilling that has spread to 34 states in the U.S. and has left a host of reservoirs of toxic waste and frequent gas explosions along the way. For something less serious, but equally compelling, there is also Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," which follows the »
- Stephen Saito
Indomina Releasing has acquired the film, but as of yet no release plans have been announced. Stay tuned for the wheres and the whens.
The film starring Philippe Nahon (High Tension) and Yolande Moreau (Amelie) centers upon what happens "in the middle of a snowy no man's land when Charlotte picks up Max, a hitchhiker; they stop in a truck-stop restaurant, and when Max doesn’t come back from the bathroom, Charlotte starts looking for him in vain. She decides to return during the night but gets kidnapped by the bartender, La Spack, who turns out to be Max’s mother and needs to feed her kids, the pack, a bunch of blood-lusting ghouls. Charlotte now faces a terrifying reality: »
- Uncle Creepy
A kind of parental voodoo invocation is responsible for the rise of Leo, Keira and even Amelie on the list of popular baby names
Back in the early 90s, when I got my first job on a magazine, I sat opposite a very nice, well-spoken woman who I felt a bit sorry for, despite her apparent wealth and privilege. When she was born, presumably in the early 60s or late 50s, her name was no doubt the last word in counterculture chic or beat generation wackiness, like Starfire or Sunshine. But being called Kylie after 1987 was no joke.
The recently published list of popular baby names is testament to the effect media figures have on naming fads. TV stars are – on the whole – valued for their ordinariness, so their names aren't especially weird. Musicians are often at the opposite extreme – names such as Madonna, Dre and Siouxsie are just a »
- Andrew Pulver
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw’s brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen (Flanery), a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.
The Buzz: As Saw 3D is the only wide release of the week, it bags the ’movie of the week’ accolade by default. That kind of sums up the Saw franchise, doesn’t it? We’ve been dealt 7 Saw films in 7 years — insert “seven deadly sins” joke here, followed by the standard “quantity vs. quality” rant. I did enjoy the first film, but that »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
With the Blu-ray release of the Alien Anthology on the 25th of October HeyUGuys are taking a look at the entire Alien and Predator series. From Facehuggers to trophy hunting Predators, from the iconic and classic to the dubious crossovers – this is your ultimate retrospective.
So remember, even if you ain’t got time to bleed, in the Video Vault no-one can hear you scream…
Andy Petrou sends in the clones.
Last, but by no means least, there was Alien: Resurrection. After the disappointment that was Alien 3, 20th Century Fox still couldn’t resist the urge to revive this beloved franchise and inject some life into it five years later. Ellen Ripley was coming back and she was coming back with a vengeance!
Bringing Ripley back from the dead was no mean feat though, so the studios turned their attention to Jean-Pierre Jeunet, one of France’s most esteemed directors, »
- Andy Petrou
From the tiny isle of Ouessant off the coast of West Britanny comes "Dust Lane," the 6th studio album from the wildly multi-talented Yann Tiersen. You won't find too much sonic similarity between his accordion driven soundtrack for "Amelie" and this dark rock record -- his first in English -- though it is no less gorgeous or indeed, cinematic. Here, the classically trained musician explores loss (of both a friend and his mother during recording) with vintage analog synthesizers, electric guitars, mellotron, and piano.
"My plan was also to play with contrast between electric and quite dense parts and more sober and minimal quiet parts including piano and strings," Tiersen explains. So, voices join together in chorus, arcing violins and crashing drums build towards mighty fanfares -- but then, clouds part, squall recedes to silence, and mournful piano and strings guide you home."
The result of Tierson's island recordings (party »
- Brandon Kim
With critics lining up to praise Natalie Portman's performance in the upcoming psychological thriller Black Swan – going so far as to say she's a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination – the actress is now busy lining up her future gigs, one of which may involve a Disney character we're all very familiar with. Word has it (via Pajiba) that Portman "interested" in playing Snow White in an edgy re-imagining of the character – one that, from what we understand, will be just a tad different from the goodie-gumdrops version we're all familiar with now. Furthermore, they also report that Jean-Pierre Jeunet – known for his whimsical comedic films like Amelie and the recent Micmacs – is considering the directing job. No word on what the story will be...
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Natalie Portman is "interested" in playing an edgy Snow White. The 'Black Swan' actress is reportedly eyeing up the lead role in 'Brothers Grimm: Snow White', producer Brett Ratner's reimagining of the classic fairytale, Pajiba reports.No contract has yet been signed by Portman but Melisa Wallack has already started working on the script for the 3-D movie on behalf of Relativity Media. 'Amelie' director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is being lined up to direct the 29-year-old Oscar-nominated actress in the flick. However Brett has revealed that this film will be completely different to the Disney version with reports suggesting Natalie's Snow White will be a "s**t". He said: "This is not your grandfather's Snow White. Melisa went back to the 500 year old folk tale and put in some of the things that were missing from Walt Disney's film. His dwarves were miners, »
Noah EmmerichRisky Business reports Ron Eldard, Noah Emmerich, Gabriel Basso, Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee and Zach Mills have joined the mysterious J.J. Abrams feature Super 8, rounding out a cast that will be led the previously announced Kyle Chandler (TV's Friday Night Lights) and Elle Fanning (Somewhere). Shooting began in West Virginia on Monday.
The cast of Kevin Smith's Red State is shaping up to be a starting lineup of go-to character actors, with John Goodman being the latest to join a crew that already includes Kevin Pollack, Michael Parks, Kyle Gallner, Melissa Leo, Dermot Mulroney, Michael Angarano and Steven Root. Slashfilm reports shooting has indeed begun for the film that will tell the story of a group of kids who encounter a crazed preacher (Michael Parks in a role based on Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church) who gives a whole new meaning to the term "extreme fundamentalism. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
There have already been hopes getting higher and eyes watching wide open while audiences are waiting for word on the edgy reboot of the classic snow white tale. This news made headlines back in June with Hollywood vet director Brett Ratner set to produce.
Well new details have just come about including some eye catching rumors about new talent both in front and behind the camera that have recently become interested in taking on this movie. FirstShowing reports that Natalie Portman, who you may know from the successful Star Wars prequels or V for Vendetta, who also just received major buzz from critics for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, has expressed interest in portraying the lead, Snow White, in the flick. We also may have a director looking to take charge in this project, and that would be Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie). Again, this information can only be »
- Gabriel West
Natalie Portman is ''interested'' in playing an edgy Snow White. The 'Black Swan' actress is reportedly eyeing up the lead role in 'Brothers Grimm: Snow White', producer Brett Ratner's reimagining of the classic fairytale, Pajiba reports. No contract has yet been signed by Portman but Melisa Wallack has already started working on the script for the 3-D movie on behalf of Relativity Media. 'Amelie' director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is being lined up to direct the 29-year-old Oscar-nominated actress in the flick. However Brett has revealed that this film will be completely different to the Disney version with reports suggesting Natalie's Snow White will be .. »
Natalie Portman and Jean-Pierre Jeunet to join the edgy Snow White? Several months ago, news was circling that Brett Ratner and Relativity Media were developing an edgy 3D reimagining of the Snow White story titled The Brothers Grimm: Snow White.
Now this could just be a rumor, but Pajiba is reporting that Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is considering directing the project and that Natalie Portman has expressed interest in playing the "edgy" Snow White.
The Brothers Grimm: Snow White has not yet been greenlit, so we will keep you posted.
The Brothers Grimm: Snow White comes to theaters in 2012. »
Who better to play an edgy dark and disturbed Snow White than Natalie Portman? She's not officially cast as the character, but according to Pajiba she is most definitely interested in the role.
This is the Snow White film is being set up by Bret Ratner and Relativity Media. They are planning to re-imagine the classic fairy tale as an edgy hard-core film. Ratner previously described the film like this...
This is not your grandfather's Snow White. Melisa went back to the 500 year old folk tale and put in some of the things that were missing from Walt Disney's film. His dwarves were miners, and here they are robbers. There is also a dragon that was in the original folk tale. Walt made one of the great movies of all time, but ours is edgy and there is more comedy. The original, made for its time, was soft compared to what we're going to do. »
Pajiba has the scoop, but is clear to point out that Portman hasn’t signed and the project does not have a greenlight. That’s mostly because there’s no director on board yet, but the site also adds French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Micmacs) is considering the job.
Jeunet’s unique visual and storytelling style changes this concept significantly. What was once merely fodder for Ratner’s numerous critics suddenly becomes an intriguing possibility with either him or Portman on board.
This should also be taken with a healthy helping of salt because Portman is coming off rave reviews for Black Swan with strong potential for an awards run in the coming months. An Oscar nomination could effect her choices, even with just the »
- Jeff Leins
I'm at a loss to explain why the 'dark fantasy' genre has gained as much steam as it has, but adding blood and boobs to classic stores definitely floats a lot of folks' boats. (Yeah, I know, just answered my own question there.) So there's an edgy adult version of Snow White in development, called Brothers Grimm: Snow White. Brett Ratner has been part of the development team, and French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet is reportedly thinking about directing. Additionally, there's vague word that Natalie Portman is interested in the title role. Pajiba reports that the site's agency contact says Jeunet (Delicatessen, Amelie) is considering the film. Which, depending upon the amount of influence he could exert over the script, might be a good thing. Let's say for a moment that Jeunet were to direct the film. His sensibility, despite a certain leaning towards grimy, industrial fables, doesn't seem quite »
- Russ Fischer
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