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When compiling your list of the ten best films of the year, inevitably a great film or two just won't fit on your final roster. That's where the honorable mention comes in handy. Perhaps the film was a little dumb, a little odd or something was just off, but for whatever reason it didn't make the cut, you love it nonetheless.
We asked the MTV Movies staff to share their honorable mention for the film year that was 2011.
Duncan Jones' second feature delivered nearly everything I could ask for in a popcorn sci-fi flick: time travel, parallel universes and nifty plot twists that leave you asking friends afterwards, "Wait, what did it mean when...?" Fans of Jake Gyllenhaal's cult fav "Donnie Darko"—which really truly is an awful movie—would be well served to throw some love toward Jg's "Code," because it spins a vastly superior sci-fi yarn. »
- MTV Movies Team
The Christmas number one: a supposedly hallowed achievement, and yet both Mr Blobby and Bob The Builder have both walked away with it in the past. In recent years, the market immediately before Christmas has been over-populated by the deluge of “talented” winners from Simon Cowell’s pop processing plant on the moon (probably) and vocal dissenters seem to have turned the Christmas Number One into some sort of insipid personification of everything that is wrong with the music business.
But, there have been some shining lights in the history of the Christmas Number One, despite the infamous ear-bleeders and the outrageous stories of classic songs being overtaken for the accolade by awful one-hit-wonders. And this article is hereby devoted to listing said highlights.
Somewhat unthinkably, there is no place for “Fairytale of New York”, for which we can thank the Pet Shop Boys, whose cover of “Always On My Mind” took the 1987 spot, »
- Simon Gallagher
Bring on the sexy: Jake Gyllenhaal turns 31 today! Gyllenhaal landed his first lead role in the 1999 film “October Sky,” won several awards two years later with “Donnie Darko,” and picked up an Oscar nomination for his role in “Brokeback Mountain.” There is no doubt that the younger brother of Maggie Gyllenhaal is a heartthrob ... and also a heartbreaker. The birthday boy has dated celebs such as Kirsten Dunst, Taylor Swift and Reese Witherspoon. In honor of the sexy star we’ve pulled 31 of our favorite Gyllenhaal looks -- check 'em out above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Jacques Doillon’s most recent film—known in English, if it is known at all, as either The Three-Way Wedding or In the Four Winds—has never, to my knowledge, been shown in the States since its release in France in the spring of 2010. According to Jordan Montzer in Variety, Doillon’s “oeuvre reaches new heights of faux-kinky gobbledygook in [this] low-budget chamber piece.... With a pitch that could have provoked untold laughter in the hands of a Larry David, pic somberly reveals the ego-tripping, backstabbing and, well, butt-slapping that occurs when two thesps spend a day at the country home of a misanthropic playwright. What ensues is far from enjoyable, and adequate perfs won’t carry Doillon’s pretentious banter further than French ears.”
That last part may have proved to be right, but I’ve always loved the highly unusual and borderline grotesque poster for the film. I had »
Lionsgate released this kick-ass new movie trailer and poster for the upcoming horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” written by Joss Whedon and written/director by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and starring Richard Jenkins (The Rum Diary, Hall Pass), Bradley Whitford (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers, Red Dawn), Fran Kranz (Donnie Darko), Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Anna Hutchison (Legend of the Seeker), Brian J. White and Jodelle Ferland (Eclipse, The Haunting Hour: The Series). Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. »
- Brian Corder
Lionsgate just sent us the first official movie poster for the upcoming horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” written by Joss Whedon and written/director by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and starring Richard Jenkins (The Rum Diary, Hall Pass), Bradley Whitford (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers, Red Dawn), Fran Kranz (Donnie Darko), Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Anna Hutchison (Legend of the Seeker), Brian J. White and Jodelle Ferland (Eclipse, The Haunting Hour: The Series). Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. »
- Brian Corder
Sometime late this month (or at the beginning of the month of December) the Sundance Film Festival will start unveiling the line-up for their 2012 edition. In an effort to give our readers a heads up on what we'll most likely be seeing at the fest, I've put together yet another predictions list. Caution: I cast a wide circle with a total of 80 predix so I'm bound to get some wrong, but as I've proven in prior years, I'm spot on with at least half the titles you'll find here. One of the most common questions I receive is: how do I know what'll be at the fest and where do I get my information? The answer: I've been going there seven years straight, been privileged to share professional relationships with those in the indie and foreign film sphere, but unless you're one of the programmers led by John Cooper, then »
We all know the importance of the director, they are the heart and soul of a film (in layman terms… we don’t want to go into the auteur theory here) and few have careers that flourish decade after decade, yet the Spielberg’s and the Scorsese’s are still going strong.
The future of cinema is folly to guess, but below are a list of ten of the best visionaries in the industry from the past eleven years, filmmakers I hope go on to define the 21st century. I’ve decided to look back on the last decade, and moving forward into the current, to see what filmmakers have made the greatest impressions and gone on to take the world by storm, with the future of cinema in the back of my mind.
Here’s a look at what new talent I think has grown and will flourish from »
- Adam Lock
Blue Velvet: 25th Anniversary – Blu-ray
Directed by: David Lynch
Running Time: 2 hrs
Due Out: November 8, 2011
Plot: After finding a human ear in a field, a young man (MacLachlan) discovers a dark world he had no idea existed. His life drastically changes.
Who’S It For? While it might not be fun for everyone, if you’re a cinephile, it’s required viewing.
As a film critic, you don’t like to admit certain movies you may have missed. Blue Velvet was one of my dirty little secrets. When I worked at a video store in high school, I gave it a chance. I was about to hit play on the Vcr when a friend wanted to go out. That’s it. I never got around to watching it. Thankfully, the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray showed up on my doorstep and changed that. »
- Jeff Bayer
 What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 46 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might've missed that you think should go in /Film's Page 2 - email us ! Header Photo : T-Rex lightsaber battle. Filmophilia  lists the Top Ten Best Sequels  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtrack will be released on Mute Records internationally, and on Null in North America. More information  will be released on December 2nd. PopMatters  lists The 10 Best Behind the Scenes Film Books of All Time  Today's t-shirt of the day on TeeFury  is a Donnie Darko -inspired design "That's Frank, Folks". ScreenJunkies  lists 7 Hollywood junkies who were targeted by J Edgar Hoover. »
- Peter Sciretta
Sometimes, it takes a little star power to get your film back on track.
This original script focuses on a teenager and one transformative summer that helps him learn how to deal with his effed-up family, which includes a bully of a stepdad.
Obviously, Gyllenhaal is way past his "Donnie Darko" days, so it seems likely that he'll play the crappy stepfather. It'll definitely be interesting to see Gyllenhaal shift his normal tormented vibe to that of a tormentor.
Actors and writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash will also direct the film, despite the many names that have been attached in the past. Of course, the critical success of "The Descendents" is also a nice blast of wind beneath their wings. »
- Jenni Miller
Immortals has a few moments likely to draw cheers, gasps, or a mixture of both from an audience. (If you haven’t seen the movie, be warned: Big spoilers lie ahead.)
There’s the scene when Aries goes on a hammer-wielding rampage and pops about seven heads like blood-filled piñatas — my audience burst into applause about halfway through. Then there’s the memorably gross shot of the Oracle’s three sisters poached alive in embryonic goo inside that metal bull (which, horrifyingly, was a real Greek torture device). But one shot got the biggest reaction of all: The ball cruncher. »
- Adam Markovitz
Zhang Yimou.S The Flowers Of War - China.S Oscar Entry – Goes To Wrekin Hill In Association With Row 1 Productions
Epic Starring Christian Bale Will Open In Late December 2011
Following Its Wide Release on Dec. 16 in China
Chris Ball, President and CEO of La-based film production and distribution company Wrekin Hill Entertainment, announced today that his company, in association with Row 1 Productions, have acquired the North American distribution rights to award-winning Chinese director Zhang Yimou.s (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero) and producer Zhang Weiping.s The Flowers Of War starring Academy Award® winning actor Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight). The film has been selected as this year.s official foreign language entry for China at the Academy Awards. Wrekin Hill, in association with Row 1, will open the film in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in late December 2011 and the film will then expand through »
- Melissa Howland
After months of speculation that went hand-in-hand with talk of Oscars, the U.S. distribution contest for Zhang Yimou‘s The Flowers of War has ended a tad anticlimacticly. A press release announces that Wrekin Hill — the company recently behind Hesher, The People vs. George Lucas, and The Way Back — have picked up the Christian Bale starrer for an opening later this year. With Row 1, they’ll release it in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco “in late December 2011,” rolling it out to other markets at the start of next year.
Awards hope isn’t completely dissipated by this news — but it could very well be hurt. Wrekin Hill is a very small distributor who couldn’t find the proper method to support Peter Weir‘s The Way Back, a film that could have easily earned a nomination for something more technical — cinematography, perhaps — so long as it had the proper backing. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The great Ben Kingsley is set to star in a feature film version of A Doll’S House. The film will begin shooting in January and is based on Henrik Ibsen’s play that follows a family’s struggle during a debt crisis and how it impacts on each of there lives.
Jenna Malone (Donnie Darko), Michele Martin (Assisting Venus) and Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) will also feature in the tale that has previously been adapted for the big as well as small screen numerous times, most notably a 1973 effort starring Anthony Hopkins.
Writer/director Charles Huddleston has collaborated with his Assisting Venus writer and star Michele Martin in updating the story to a modern day setting, with Huddleston insisting it is as relevant today as it was 130 years ago.
- Craig Hunter
The star-studded experimental film which stars Josh Harnett stars Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson & Ron Perlman and made it's debut at last year's Toronto Film Festival will be available to take home on November 1st. The Film For an indie film to reach cult status it needs to make a splash, either by being really good (Donnie Darko) or really bad (The Room); landing somewhere in the middle just won’t cut it. That’s the trouble that director Guy Moshe has run into with his second feature film, Bunraku. His visually exciting b-movie doesn’t commit to one tone; It’s too serious to be a farce, but too silly to be a drama. The result is bafflingly uneven, an all-style-no-substance thrill ride, that’s as dull as it is entertaining. Equal parts Yojimbo, and Tim Burton’s Batman, the story takes »
- Giovanni Colantonio
What's your favorite scary movie?
No, we're not trying to reenact the gory opening of "Scream" -- in preparation for Halloween, the Zap2it team is compiling a list of the scariest, funniest, weirdest horror films we hold near and dear. Did all that head-spinning in "The Exorcist" freak you out as a child? What about Jack Nicholson's terrifying turn in "The Shining"? Or perhaps you prefer the kitschy fun of a retro B-movie?
Either way, you'll want to check out Zap2it's list of our favorite scary movies, then leave your own suggestions in the comments. Together, we'll create the perfect Halloweekend movie marathon playlist!
"Halloween"This movie has acquired a bad rap over the years because of the innumerable sequels and the ill-advised 2007 remake (which was itself followed by a sequel). But go back and watch John Carpenter's 1978 original. It gets gory as all hell before things come to a climax, »
Originally, Justin Timberlake's new sci-fi action flick was called "Now." Apparently, though, that title didn't effectively communicate what the movie was all about, which isn't exactly surprising because what the movie, now called "In Time," is all about is kinda high-concept and confusing.
Go with us (and Jt) for a second. In this cinematic future, overpopulation was a biiiiiiig problem, so scientists figured out how to slice and dice the human genome to the point where aging stops when you're 25. Seeing as how people like living and don't want to die young, time has become the new currency, something earned during work and spent like cash. How exactly time can be earned, stolen and kept track of on a fancy neon clock on your arm (as well as why everyone in the future is so damn good looking) is never really explained.
And why should it be? Confounding high-concept plots are a Hollywood staple. »
- Eric Ditzian
The Fifty Greatest Cult Movies of All Time It's midnight somewhere. By Phil Nugent and Andrew Osborne "Cult movie" is a hard thing to pin down. For the purposes of this list — celebrating the tenth anniversary of Donnie Darko — we've put a premium on the intensity and selectiveness of a movie's appeal. We've also limited each director to one film. See you at midnight! 1. Barbarella (1968) The first R-rated comic-book movie stars Jane Fonda as a planet-hopping secret agent who has trouble keeping her clothes on. It was directed by Fonda's then-husband, Roger Vadim, who must have seen it as an opportunity to spend nine million dollars' of producer Dino De Laurentiis' money just to tell every ticket-buying man in the world, "Eat your heart out!" — P.N. 2. The Big Lebowski (1998) Any movie can have fans, and just about any science [...] »
- Phil Nugent and Andrew Osborne
Are you all caught up on the very cool Trick 'r Treat shorts FEARnet has been putting out over the past several months? In honor of the Halloween holiday and the all-day Trick 'r Treat marathon they'll be running on the 31st, the network has released four more new videos entitled Trick 'r Treat: 4 Rules. In addition they've made a huge announcement about FEARnet's slate of Halloween and year-round programing initiatives that are sure to satisfy horror fans' thirst for genre content through 2012.
The four "4 Rules" videos are, unfortunately, not embeddable so you'll need to click here to see them. To help pique your curiosity, here are the rules:
Rule #1 - Wear a Costume. Obey or Beware. You've Been Warned.
Rule #2 - Pass Out Treats. No One Likes Pennies or Floss.
Rule #3 - Don't Ever Blow Out a Jack o'Lantern or He'll Come for You.
Rule #4 - Check Your Candy. »
- The Woman In Black
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