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The Drive-In? Whoop-doo!Boos! & Whoop-doos!: A Decade of Glossy Schlock! The Aughts ushered in a new era of glossy schlock that rose quietly from the ashes of the once burgeoning Drive-In scene. The Drive-In Theater has always stood as a temple for exploitive, low-grade cinema. But by 1999, even the most popular of these late night playgrounds had crumbled to dust. They rose to prominence in the late forties and early fifties, and then experienced a quaint resurgence in the late 70s and early 80s. By the time this decade kicked off to shouts of "Y2K", they had all been wiped clean off the face of the Cineplex landscape. But their aura and mystic still lingered around many a DVD shelf like a ploom of stink bomb smoke. If there's one lasting remnant the Drive-In era gave us, it's the Z-grade flick. The second run feature whose only purpose »
Sheesh, another list! At the end of every year, the need to do an annual best-of movie round-up seems to sneak up on me. The fact that it's now the end of the decade snuck on me all the more. In compiling this admittedly quick list, I looked over all my qualifying year-end lists, and re-evaluated where necessary. I tried to consider the films I saw in the greater sociological context of the decade itself - their effects on it, and what they have to say about it. At the same time, I also tried to include some personal selections that probably wouldn't make other such lists, but were important to me. Please keep in mind that i could not see everything, and that my beat around here is the mainstream theatrical films. I managed to narrow it down to twenty films, ranking the first ten. So here it, my best of the decade, »
Finally. The top ten list. And not in order. (Well, except for the top three.) After that, it's a free for all and stop counting and... where is Mike Tyson? He graces the almost there. So, once again, here's my top ten of 2009 -- an interesting year for movies. And no, I haven't seen Avatar yet. I've seen Antichrist... Inglourious Basterds Though critics either praise or denigrate Quentin Tarantino's obsessive, swirling-with-references motion picture amour as the core to his pictures -- their very pulsating, battered and bloody heart -- it's not that simple. Truly. Even as he amped up the references fifty fold by Kill Bill, a stunning mélange of spaghetti western, giallo, Kung Fu and more, something had shifted by the naughts for the controversial auteur, something deeper, something more personal. Death Proof aside, nearly gone were the Royale With Cheese speeches, or the Buddy Holly »
- Kim Morgan
Notice I didn't say best movies -- that territory has been well covered by far more passionate list makers than I am. (By the way, do you agree with me that a devotion to ranking is primarily a male urge? Tell me three good reasons why I'm right or wrong. At any rate, I don't have the gene for it.) As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, though, here's fodder for your New Year's Eve party: A list, in no particular order, of 10 movie developments from the past 10 years that have impressed, depressed, excited, upset, »
- Lisa Schwarzbaum
Toronto based designer/art director Ibraheem Youssef created these wonderful minimalistic pieces of poster art for the films of Quentin Tarantino., including Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Check out all of the posters in full, after the jump. [gallery columns="2"] via: tdw Cool Stuff is a daily feature of slashfilm.com. Know of any geekarific creations or cool products which should be featured on Cool Stuff? E-Mail us at email@example.com. »
- Peter Sciretta
There seems to be a trend lately in minimalist art for entertainment purposes. I’ve seen movie posters, TV shows and video games, all reduced down to a few select shapes or images, but this new batch of Tarantino-themed movie images from artist Ibraheem Youssef (via Slashfilm) are some of the best I’ve seen yet. He has designs for Kill Bill 1&2, Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Unfortunately no love for Inglourious yet. What would that one be? Just a blank face with a red swastika on it? Check out the excellent posters below: »
- Paul Tassi
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
Tanya Gold roadtests four fitness DVDs but finds every one of them repellent
Celebrity exercise DVDs are, on the whole, poison to my soul. And Trudi Styler's new Warrior Yoga is no exception. It is for the sort of people who would rip their faces off and eat them if Trudie suggested it: "Trudie Styler says I should eat my own face So I Will!" She is neat and blonde and the wife of Sting. The special features include an interview with them, looking as smug as if they had swallowed Peter Jones.
They are wandering through lavender fields near their mansion in Tuscany, holding hands and talking about the plight of the poor and boasting about how they grow their own food. Trudie: "Man's dominion over the world has gone really wrong and it is time to go back to basics and really love the planet." Sting: "Ecuador, »
- Tanya Gold
I can’t remember why, I’ve slept since then, but, in January of 2000, I found myself sitting in front of a blank Word document. I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do, and, now, 10 years later, I’m still working strong at it. I began keeping a sort of diary, listing the days and months and putting down the films I saw in the theater into it. I don’t remember why I only included movies I saw in the theater. I could have started just as an idea-giver on how many movies I actually saw each year (I also kept a running count each year). It began on January 7th, 2000, when I entered Bicentennial Man as my first film in this long and ever-growing endeavor.
In 2000, I saw 166 films in the theater. There were many a high (seeing Gladiator on May 5th and »
Coming of age is hard enough without introducing swords into the mix. Adapted from a popular anime of the same name, Bushido 16 is an upcoming live action film revolving around a pair of high school girls training in kendou. Riko Narumi and Kie Kitano star with Tomoyuki Furuyama directing and while none of that trio have much in the way of international recognition - though that may be changing for Kitano thanks to her role in Bandage - the trailer's clever goof on Kill Bill will certainly turn a head or two. Check it below.
Acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino recently said in an interview that he has already finished 40-pages worth of a prequel to one of 2009’s best films, Inglourious Basterds. Sadly, fans of the historical rewrite may have to wait until Tarantino completes a “smaller, less epic” project first. Will it be the rumored Kill Bill Part 3? Probably not, yet the writer and director failed to reveal much about the movie other than that it will be from a “different genre entirely” from Basterds.
The Pulp Fiction director states that he will complete the script in a five- to six-month spurt of “intensive writing.”
The 46-year-old also finished his foreign press tour for Basterds and experienced some thrills over the film’s reception in Germany and Israel during the screenings.
When Germans are watching World War II movies, they’re used to cringing. Why they make themselves endure it, I don’t know. »
- Reel Loop News Staff
Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry
List # 1
By Alex Simon
When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.
1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Speaking to New York Magazine’s pop culture webpage Vulture, Tarantino said that he has written 40 pages of a film that would be a prequel to this past August’s Inglourious Basterds, but it’s not his next project. He said that he is not giving up on the idea of a prequel, especially if Basterds does well with the awards (it’s up for Best Picture at the Golden Globes, and it’s certain that Oscar will take note of the great film also).
Before a second Basterds movie, if we ever see one, he is working on a project that is “smaller, and less epic” than that film, and is also in “a different genre entirely.” He then said that he thinks he can finish this specific script in »
- Nick Allen
I’ll be up front with you: the list you’re about to read wasn’t what I had in store for you. As I sat at my desk and prepared to crank out what would be another top ten list of 2009, I realized that I was utterly ill-equipped to do so. As many great films as I witnessed this year, I missed just as many that I’m sure I’d enjoy: A Serious Man. The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Hurt Locker. The Brothers Bloom.
I know. Just thinking about it makes me sick. But I saw enough to be confident in saying that 2009 was an extremely good year for movies — from blockbusters to indie pictures, we’ve witnessed some great films and surprising debuts from unique filmmakers.
What follows isn’t a list of the “best” films of 2009, but instead is a list of the most surprising, excellent »
- John Cooper
The auteur recently told New York magazine’s Vulture section that he has a "smaller, less epic" project he wants to do next, in a "different genre entirely" from his macaroni war flick. Could he be headed back to low-budget crime movies like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction? Tarantino doesn’t give many hints, but he did say the screenplay could be finished with about six months of focused writing.
Could he be returning to the story of the Bride? Tarantino has expressed interest in a third Kill Bill film, which would take place 10 years after Kill Bill, Vols. 1 and 2, but I can’t see that fitting his "smaller, less epic" description. It should be noted that his final decision probably won’t be made until after awards season. »
A best of the decade list is an incredible thing to consider. The Aughts were ripe with imagination and originality. The past ten years also came jam packed with many new visionary directors that changed the cinematic landscape forever. Yet, at the same time, it was also a decade wrought with remakes, rip-offs, ten-year late sequels, and films based on preexisting toy properties, comic books, and amusement park rides. George Lucas offended almost everyone by dusting off his Star Wars mythos and adding copious amounts of CGI to it. And Batman, a caped figure in tights who last flourished in the trippy sixties, managed to crawl head and shoulders above the rest at the box office to be crowned king. Thus proving that the so-called "geek" or "fanboy" truly ruled the silver screen over the course of this tumultuous past decade. Today, we look at the ten films that ruled »
When Tarantino first burst on to the scene, he quickly became renowned as a director who could reinvigorate a career. It began with John Travolta in Pulp Fiction, then there was Robert Forester in Jackie Brown, and, briefly, David Carradine in Kill Bill. Now following the release and incredible success of Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino isn't exactly reinventing careers, but he's giving them a hell of a boost. By way of their Facebook account (kind of an esoteric place to post an announcement like this), Hopscotch Films has announced that they will be distributing David Cronenberg's next film, The Talking Cure, and that it has lined up its three stars: Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. Based on the play of the same name by Christopher Hampton, the story centers on the birth of psychoanalysis and the relationship between Carl Jung, Sigmund Freud and Jung's young Russian patient whom »
We’ve already known for quite a while that Quentin Tarantino is planning a prequel for his brilliant WWII flick, Inglourious Basterds. He already revealed back in May that he had half of the prequel already written, and a few months later, Inglourious Basterds producer Harvey Weinstein talked about the possibility of another film.
Now we’ve got an update on the Inglourious Basterds prequel, as well as on a new project that may be Tarantino’s next, thanks to NYMag (and The Playlist). Firstly, regarding the Basterds prequel, Tarantino said that he’s got 40 pages of it written – so not quite halfway as he said before, unless the runtime comes in at under an hour and a half, which for Qt, I doubt.
Tarantino’s not giving out any details about what the prequel may be about (or letting anyone see the script), although if you’ve been paying attention to the prequel rumors, »
- Ross Miller
The ReelzChannel 100 began when we asked Leonard Maltin for his favorite Hidden Gems of the decade. His list led the web team into a general discussion about the best movies of the decade and — after no small amount of debate, arguing, and (we're not proud to say) some petty name-calling — we decided we'd better bring it to an end with a company-wide vote. Then it was just a matter of tallying up the votes and hoping for the best. Lucky for us, ReelzChannel is filled with a staff ranging from movie lovers to movie fanatics. What turned out isn't what you'll find on a critic's best of list — instead it's what movie fans really enjoyed.
In day three of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight the Top 10 Action/Adventure Movies of the Decade.
Link | Posted 12/23/2009 by reelz
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I'm not nearly as in love with the social movie ranking site Flickchart as other movie fans, but I can admit that they've sort of struck gold with their concept. Not only is that movie comparison data fun to share with your friends, but it also gives the site a lot of data to explore site-wide trends as well, such as this chart showing the most-liked films of the 2000s from the site's 40,000 users. Today on their blog, Flickchart narrowed down that list, and provided some stats on what exactly makes those films the top twenty of the decade to their users. Here's Flickchart's top ten from that list (check out the rest here): 10) Wall-e 9) Memento 8) No Country for Old Men 7) The Departed 6) Kill Bill, Vol. 1 5) The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 4) The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 3) Batman Begins 2) The Lord of »
- Devindra Hardawar
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