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There have been a lot of lists about the best films of the 21st century. IndieWire has been digging through the last two decades one genre at a time; meanwhile, the New York Times’ top movie critics provided their own takes. J. Hoberman, the longtime Village Voice film critic who now works as a freelancer, decided to join the fray. Here’s his take, also available at his site, and republished here with permission.
People have been asking me, so I thought I might as well join (or crash) the party initiated by the New York Times and put in my two cents regarding the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century (so far). I don’t see “everything” anymore and I haven’t been to Cannes since 2011.
There is some overlap but this is not the same as the proposed 21-film syllabus of 21st Century cinema included in my book “Film After Film.” Those were all in their way pedagogical choices. Begging the question of what “best” means, these are all movies that I really like, that I’m happy to see multiple times, that are strongly of their moment and that I think will stand the test of time.
My single “best” film-object is followed by a list of 11 filmmakers and one academic production company (in order of “best-ness”) responsible for two or more “best films,” these followed by another eight individual movies (again in order) and finally four more tentatively advanced films (these alphabetical). I’m sure I’m forgetting some but that’s the nature of the beast.
Jean-Luc Godard: “In Praise of Love” & “Goodbye to Language”
Sensory Ethnology Lab: “Leviathan,” “Manakamana,” & “People’s Park”
“The Strange Case of Angelica” — Manoel de Oliviera
“Corpus Callosum” — Michael Snow
“West of the Tracks” — Wang Bing
“Carlos” — Olivier Assayas
“Che” — Steven Soderbergh
“Ten” — Abbas Kariostami
“Russian Ark” — Aleksandr Sokurov
“The World” — Jia Zhangke
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” — Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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- J. Hoberman
Kirsten Howard Jun 14, 2017
Spider-Man will be back for two more standalone McU films after Homecoming, young Mr Holland has confirmed...
When Marvel and Sony finally made a deal to share their friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, many fans celebrated tentatively. How much of the character would we see in future collaborative efforts between the two studios before Sony snatched him back?
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Well, in terms of his standalone adventures within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that question has now been answered by the man currently in the suit, Tom Holland. The actor recently spoke to AlloCíne, where he confirmed that there's a trilogy of movies planned for this incarnation of Spider-Man under Marvel and Sony.
“There is still a lot of room for Peter Parker and Spider-Man especially to grow in the next two movies. »
The video game movie industry is in a renaissance at the moment. The Angry Birds Movie was a box office hit last year, and Warcraft made an incredible amount of money from the Chinese market alone. Since then we’ve seen adaptations of Tomb Raider and Rampage go into production, as well as more and more video game movies being be announced.
With Paul W.S. Anderson bowing out of the movie series he created with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Constantin Films announced over the weekend they were rebooting the franchise with James Wan producing a six-film series. While there were a few shocked reactions from fans, producer Samuel Hadida had hinted in 2012 that he wanted to reboot the franchise at some point, because that is the nature of Hollywood.
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- Gary Collinson
Caroline Preece Mar 10, 2017
Raj's financial woes form the backbone of the latest The Big Bang Theory episode. Here's our review...
This review contains spoilers.
10.18 The Escape Hatch Identification
In this week’s episode of The Big Bang Theory Raj is homeless, but somehow he’s still in better shape than most of his friends.
We start with a little montage across apartments, when Leonard and Howard see a post from Raj announcing his worsening financial struggles. He can’t afford his apartment now that he’s been cut off from his father’s funding, and the two couples debate whether they have room to take their friend in or not. Meanwhile, Sheldon and Amy are having a similar conversation about whether they have room for a life-size Spider-Man statue in their apartment. »
Mike Cecchini Feb 28, 2017
Against all odds, it sounds like 20th Century Fox is still planning on making Fantastic Four 2. At one point, the movie was set for a June 9th 2017 release date, but as you can guess, that isn't happening. The troubled 2015 reboot only took in $56 million at the Us box office, and wasn't exactly a critical success, either. Nevertheless, those hoping that this means Marvel Studios will get their crack at the franchise should probably temper their expectations.
"We’re very interested in doing another Fantastic Four movie, and we love that cast, and it’s really about getting the tone right," producer Simon Kinberg told Lrm. But he also confessed that the darker »
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Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #3 Preview Pages Revealed: "The ocean holds many secrets... and in the post-apocalypse, they're coming into the open! First gill men, then the demented creatures known as "Tok-tok"... and now, David, Avery, and Keeney — survivors of the attack on Vampire City — have come bearing tales of mysterious "Depth Dwellers" who speak of an ancient god.
A sudden explosion has sent Korbin and To'klace's group »
- Tamika Jones
Kirsten Howard Jan 11, 2017
When the Russo brothers joked that they had 68 characters ready for Avengers: Infinity War, we had to wonder how close to the truth that joke might actually be, considering how many of Marvel's characters had appeared in the directors' previous outing Captain America: Civil War.
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One character who will almost definitely be coming back for a final showdown with the dastardly Thanos, however, is your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Yep, Tom Holland is likely to be in Infinity War, if this confirmation by the man himself in an interview »
We're back this week with another Reader Submission. As he eluded to in last week's column, UnBoxing Jon had more to say about Robert Downey Jr. and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So here it is!
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Is Robert Downey Jr. The Villain Of The McU?
by UnBoxing Jon
By this time next year, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be almost a decade old. That will mean 17 films, nine TV/Netflix series, and one bizarrely arranged »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
BAFTA has announced this morning that Laia Costa, Lucas Hedges, Tom Holland, Ruth Negga and Anya Taylor-Joy have been nominated for the Ee Rising Star Award at this year’s British Academy Film Awards.
The Rising Star Award is designed to honour actors and actresses who have shown truly outstanding talent on the big screen in the past year and captured the attention of both the public and the film industry and is the only award to be decided by a public vote.
Laia Costa starred in Sebastian Schipper’s critically-acclaimed Victoria, a film which was almost entirely improvised by the actors and shot in one single take – in turn landing her a series of awards wins. Prior to this, she played the lead role of Lucià in the Russian film Fort Ross, directed by Russian director Yuriy Moroz, and also starred in Palm Trees in the Snow. Costa has »
- Gary Collinson
Author: David Sztypuljak
Every year, Ee sponsor the BAFTA Rising Star Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards here in London town. The award is always a fascinating one since it’s voted for by the public.
The nominations have just been announced from BAFTA HQ are in the running for the 2017 spot are all listed below. It’s going to be very interesting to see who takes the win this year with the likes of Tom Holland as Spider-Man being so mainstream and Anya Taylor-Joy appearing in the likes of The Witch.
Previous winners of the award include James McAvoy, Eva Green, Shia Labeouf, Noel Clarke, Tom Hardy, Juno Temple, Will Poulter, Jack O’Connell and last year the award was taken by Star Wars star John Boyega.
This year the nominations are as strong as every with Laia Costa, »
- David Sztypuljak
Before I go into this week’s column, I wanted to acknowledge the passing of Carrie Fisher. Mere hours after my column went up last week it was reported that she had passed. It was truly tragic for her family, friends and legions of fans whom include myself. Rest in peace, Carrie Fisher.
Last week I picked Love Is Love, the joint DC Comics and Idw publication to raise money for Equality Florida benefiting the victims of the Pulse Nightclub mass shooting. I had written about this book’s announcement back in September and how it filled me with pride that this was happening, but that comics still has more to do towards creating stronger queer inclusion. Now that the trade is out and I got the chance to read it, I have more to say.
- Joe Corallo
11 items from 2017
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