20 items from 2009
We are leaving Kubrick behind and fast approaching Hyams. If you get that reference, go grab yourself a cookie. It is time for us to reflect back on the decade that was. On January 1st, 2000, Disney released Fantasia 2000. On Wednesday, December 30th, 2009, The White Ribbon is set to bow. Between the release of these two films, thousands of films came and went, and some of them were far more memorable than others. It was a long trek getting this list together, but here are our collective top 100 films of the past decade.
Quick Year-to-Year by the Numbers:
2009 – 11
2008 – 11
2007 – 7
2006 – 14
2005 – 12
2004 – 8
2003 – 7
2002 – 12
2001 – 10
2000 – 8
93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus
90. Tasogare Seibei »
- Movie Geeks
Many trailers these days follow a specific formula: send the audience in one direction, give them the twist, and show everybody in the film looking really, really cool. This formula is written on trailer editors bulletin boards. Sadly, that means that when it’s used incorrectly, the trailer, and in man cases the film, become a subject for ridicule.
This happens to be the case with the trailer for Jude Law and Forest Whitaker’s Repo Men. The film follows quite close to the premise of 2007’s Repo! A Genetic Rock Opera, without any of the singing, or Anthony Stewart Head. In this film, a conglomerate puts artificial organs on an open market for people to purchase on a payment plan. When those people can’t pay, the Repo Men step in to essentially “repossess the merchandise.”
The trailer does a pretty good job for the first 90 seconds or so, »
- Matt Raub
Ever since I saw Sherlock Holmes I've been excited all over again about Jude Law, an actor who was so amazing 10 years ago-- The Talented Mr. Ripley! A.I.!-- but has lately been stuck in a long series of unimaginative roles. And while Sherlock may mean a creative resurgence for Law on the screen, first we're stuck with another role he seems to have taken for the money-- Repo Men. The film's trailer debuted today at MySpace, and you can watch it embedded below behind an age gate. It's set in a future in which you can buy expensive replacement organs, but if you can't pay the bills, repo men like Law's characters will come cut it right out of your body. Of course at one point he's forced to consider the consequences of his job and go on the run from the authority, and this is the kind »
Without having seen Avatar, I’ve posted my ten best of the year and the decade. Here’s 2009: 1) Red Cliff 2) Bright Star 3) A Serious Man 4) A Prophet 5) Up 6) Summer Hours 7) Coraline 8) The Hurt Locker 9) Up in the Air 10) An Education The best of the decade is on the jump. 1) The Best of Youth 2) No Country for Old Men 3) Wall-e 4) 25th Hour 5) A Christmas Tale 6) Talk to Her 7) A.I.: Artificial Intelligence 8) A History Of Violence 9) Spirited Away 10) Red Cliff Here are best of decade lists from EW, Paste, … »
I love slow movies. Really slow. For the longest time I thought everyone else considered that word to signify the worst in movies. Slow meant bad enough to put you to sleep. I love movies that put me to sleep. I’ve a whole collection of movies that I can pop in the DVD player whenever I can’t sleep and they’ll do the trick. If we can agree that music peaceful enough to put you to sleep can still be great, why not movies?
So this year I’m thankful for slow movies. But I’m also thankful for others who love them, because together we inspire filmmakers to keep making them. Great modern films like Goodbye, Solo and The Assassination of Jesse James..., and The Band’s Visit and Silent Light.
I’m thankful that cinema hasn’t been completely overrun by the desire to make anything »
The Movie Club Podcast  is a monthly roundtable podcast where we select two movies to dissect, analyze and discuss with a group of fellow movie bloggers and film fans. After four long months of scheduling difficulties, Jay and I finally managed to sit down with Kurt and Andrew from Row Three  to record the latest episode of The Movie Club Podcast. This time around, we engage in a pretty lengthy discussion about Steven Spielberg's A.I.: Artificial Intelligence and John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness, two movies that aren't really related in any way, aside from the fact that they're both a lot of fun to talk about! In order to listen, head over to The Movie Club Podcast website (linked below) to grab the MP3, or simply update your feed in iTunes. Don't forget to join in the conversation by leaving your thoughts in the comments over there, and also »
What follows is my original top ten list of 2001. We'll discuss each year of the decade over the next month or two (we already did 2000). I do this because I am curious about which films "stick" and which fade and why and maybe you are too? Best year of the decade I think. The top five films would all be valid #1 film choices in some years. New comments are in red.
Note: This list references films released in NYC in 2001, not year of production or year in which they first the hit festival circuit or whatnot.
Runners Up (in descending order): Sexy Beast, Ali, Series 7: The Contenders, The Others, Last Resort and Waking Life. I don't remember loving Ali that much... and more than The Others? I don't remember that at all. I mean Nicole Kidman was the shit Twice Over in 2001.
In my round up of the »
- NATHANIEL R
This week I'm on time and have more than just one movie to discuss as I finally finished watching both Terrence Malick and Paul Weitz's filmography, caught another Christmas film I had not seen and refreshed my memory on a Spielberg sci-fi.
As always, remember you can keep tabs on my personal Netflix queue right here. I now have 51 friends on the movie rental site and would love to have a few more if those of you out there with accounts are interested. Now, here's the recap of my week in movies...
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001) Quick Thoughts: For no real reason whatsoever other than the fact this film had landed on my radar over the past few months, I finally decided to watch A.I. since first watching it back in 2001. I remember not being blown away after seeing it the first time and again I wasn't bowled over, but »
- Brad Brevet
Top Ten Working American Directors
A list like this is tricky to the point of madness. However, I'm going to save you the trouble by saying it right here, right now: Most of the choices on this list are obvious. There's a reason why certain names continually pop up whenever conversation drifts toward great American films. So there. I said it.
Yet, how do you weigh the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, a genius who delivered some of the all-time greatest films, but fizzled out 25 or so years ago, against a filmmaker like Woody Allen who has worked consistently for decades churning out both brilliant gems and disposable time wasters? How do you compare either of these directors against an auteur such as Spike Jonze who has only opened two films so far, but both are masterpieces?
In the end I just went with my gut. I knew there were »
- David Frank
The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, are pleased to announce their craft honorees for this year's Hollywood Awards. The festival and awards will mark their return on October 21 for a weeklong series of screenings, competitions and awards.
Cinematographer Roger Deakins, A.S.C., will receive the "Hollywood Cinematographer Award," Composer Alexandre Desplat, Bmi, will be given the "Hollywood Film Composer Award," editor Dana Glauberman, A.C.E., will be honored with the "Hollywood Editor Award," production designer Rick Carter, A.D.G., will receive the "Hollywood Production Designer Award" and costume designer Colleen Atwood, C.D.G., will be honored with the "Hollywood Costume Designer Award."
The Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 26, 2009.
"We are honored to have these exceptionally talented artists honored for their outstanding work and creative vision at this year's festival, »
Although he lived a relatively long and full life, it often feels as though Stanley Kubrick was taken from us before his time. Kubrick died at the age of 70 on March 7, 1999 having made a total of 13 feature films including 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket. His final film, Eyes Wide Shut, released after his death in July 1999.
Currently on display at an Edinburgh Festival exhibition are the late cinematic master’s research sources for what was to be his next film after Eyes Wide Shut called The Aryan Papers. The Kubrick family now wants for his final film to be realized for the world to see, even if only influenced by Kubrick’s vision and finished screenplay. Kubrick’s brother-in-law and occasional executive producer Jan Harlan says Ang Lee is a possible candidate to helm the project.
This film was to be based on the novel ‘Wartime’ by Louis Begley. »
“Orphan.” Whether or not you plan on seeing this fright fest about a girl who terrorizes her newly adoptive parents, one thing is indisputable: that is one freaky lookin’ little girl. The dark, hooded eyes, the thick red ribbon bound across her neck, the do-you-feel-lucky-punk stare—this orphan named Esther is a shining example of the supreme creepitude that some pop culture children exude without saying a word.
In creepiness, if not narrative, "Orphan"'s little orphan Esther comes from a long line of hair-raising fictional youngsters. Here’s our list of the kiddies who, intentionally or not, get the chills running up and down our spines.
Vicki from “Small Wonder”: The unsettlingly cheery intro masks the horror that awaits in this half-hour ‘80s sitcom. The flesh on Vicki’s back pops open to reveal a tangle of wires, batteries, microchips and blinking lights. She’s a robot devoid »
- Eric Ditzian
Chicago – “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, opening June 24th, is the second film in the series based on the Hasbro toy/cartoon. Scott Farrar, whose long career has roots in the first “Star Wars”, supervised all the complex visual effects.
HollywoodChicago.com spoke to Farrar, who gave a precise overview of the challenges and proven results in upping the ante from the first Transformers film.
Photo credit: ©2009 Paramount Pictures HollywoodChicago.com: First things first for the geeks…What will be the most noticeable difference between the look of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen versus the first Transformers film?
Scott Farrar: The lighting is better, also the texturing on the robots and we’ve made big strides forward with more realism. There are sequences shot on IMAX so the resolution is 8 times higher than the first one, »
Tuesday Top Ten Returns
My friend txt critic sent me this note yesterday: Any interest in coming with me to tues midnight Transformers 2 on IMAX? Only drawbacks:
1. It's $20
2. We'd have to get there early
3. It's Transformers 2 After I recovered from the Lol'ing following #3, I said no. No way am I giving $20 to Michael Bay. I assume Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will beat Up to steal that #2 box office hit of the year position and I weep for the (safely assumed) qualitative drop in that switcheroo. I don't understand the Transformers phenom. A lot of movies are good at blowing shit up and some of them actually have narrative and visual coherency to go with the pretty fireballs and lovely dust clouds. Why not line up for those? And as I bitched when the first Transformers picture rolled around, the only reason I ever enjoyed the robots in »
- NATHANIEL R
We all know how it is. You'd like to get out to see a new movie this weekend, but you fear leaving your underground bunker will draw the attention of the machines. But you can have something close to that multiplex experience at home with the proper application of rental DVDs. In fact, you might even be able to one-up everyone else at the watercooler come Monday, because while they're saying, "Hey, did you see that new Terminator flick?" you can respond, "No, I watched all the movies McG stole from to make it instead." Instead Of: Terminator Salvation, the latest installment in the long-running saga of humanity’s last great battle, against the very machines we created... Rent: Director McG and his screenwriters steal from so many sources for their killer-robot blow-’em-up that the only way to even come close to replicating the experience at home is with a whole bunch of DVDs. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Today marks the 80th birthday (80th!) of cinema legend Max von Sydow. This year, a fan site points out, retrospective celebrations of his work seem highly probable. I bring this birthday up because my interview with him a year and half ago is still one of my favorite events from my Film Experience journey. He was so interesting to talk to. Consider the diversity of his resume: The Exorcist, The Seventh Seal, Awakenings, The Virgin Spring, Flash Gordon, Three Days of the Condor, Judge Dredd, Hannah and Her Sisters. He's worked with everyone from Ingmar Bergman to Steven Spielberg. If I could have tied him up for hours with more questions, I would have, believe me. His next film is Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (previously discussed) and then we might see him in the Ww II resistance fighter drama, Truth & Treason. He's not in the trailer so we assume »
- NATHANIEL R
Though you wouldn't know it from my Knowing and Watchmen reviews (I meant them to be funnier but they're closer to grouchy), recently I've been newly devoted to genre material. Sci-fi and fantasy please. It started with a mad spree of fantasy paperbacks last year (including The Curse of Chalion discussed here) and television's sci-fi block on Friday really ramped it up with that Terminator / Dollhouse / Battlestar cluster-frak. So let's discuss a few nominees for the latest Hugo Awards which were announced yesterday.
Yes Virginia, people are still giving out awards for 2008.
Before we get to the movies here are the Best Novel competitors which one might add to one's kindle, library request or shopping list if one knows how to read.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Little Brother (download free) by Cory Doctorow. It's post-terrorist attack speculative sci-fi about a 17 year old in San Francisco, »
- NATHANIEL R
Last night, someone informed me that my photo is featured on the official website for Nine Inch Nails. Of course, my immediate response was, "Why?" I mean, did I black out and downloaded their album sixty times?
As it turns out, it's not exactly true—I'm just on a webpage linked on the Nin site's front page. Whew. Remember the Alternate Reality Game that was based on their album Year Zero? It was created by the marketing company 42 Entertainment. They are also the geniuses behind The Dark Knight's "Why So Serious?" Arg campaign. These guys are up for the People's Choice at this year's SXSW Web Awards for that campaign, and Trent Reznor wants to make sure people vote for them.
If you remember, back in 2007 Jpp went to Comic-Con and yours truly inadvertently participated in something that would later become ground zero for The Dark Knight's entire marketing ploy. »
- Arya Ponto
Coming this June from St. Martin’s Press is a new horror novel that, thanks to additional media elements, will be much more than a simple read. Personal Effects: Dark Art also encompasses viral/alternate-reality elements such as websites, podcasts and voice mails that will keep readers immersed in its world.
The book, written by J.C. Hutchins and Jordan Weisman, tells the story of Martin Grace, a serial killer being investigated by art therapist, Zach Taylor. The story incorporates Zach’s personal writings as he tries to find the truth behind the slayings Martin is accused of. Martin claims to have foreseen his victims’ deaths, but did not cause them; the actual killings were the work of a “Dark Man.” In order to uncover the real story, Zach seeks help from his girlfriend Rachael, a gaming blogger, and his brother Lukas. His search into Martin’s past, however, »
Ever know one of those guys who's always working? Well, if you were able to list their output the same way you could film directors, they would look something like the resumes of these guys. Once the number of movies gets up in the hundreds, it's hard to count because the IMDb starts to list things like participation in documentaries and talk shows, individual TV episodes, uncredited work, etc.. But even if the numbers aren't 100% accurate, the output of these seven filmmakers is indisputable.
Love him or hate him, he's an uncanny businessman, a pure entertainer, and a genuine artist with a highly recognizable style (though he rarely transcends the middlebrow), and he has remained relevant for four decades. He has launched or at least aided some interesting careers, most notably Joe Dante (Gremlins), sometimes referred to as the anti-Spielberg, and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
20 items from 2009
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