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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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We're less than a month away from the Oscars, and yet "Gravity" is still the topic of much discussion. Granted, much of that chatter has been positive with the movie picking up continued buzz and awards in the race to Oscar night. Then there are folks like Louis C.K. who nitpick the physics of the movie and other minor details without seeing the big picture. And then there's "Irreversible" and "Enter The Void" director Gaspar Noé. The filmmaker recently interviewed artist Matthew Barney for Bomb about his upcoming movie "River Of Fundament," and the conversation briefly touched upon 3D, which of course, led to "Gravity." And Noé didn't waste a moment in urging Barney to check it out with some rather effusive praise: The first two takes are twenty minutes each, but you’ve never seen such a visual roller coaster inside a movie theater. Those two opening takes are incredible, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If there's one thing we've come to expect from Christoper Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Silent Hill), it's visually rich films that are a real treat to look at. Up next for the French filmmaker is a stylish new take on the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, titled La Belle et La Bete.
Check out the brand new second trailer for the flick, which is nearing release in France!
Starring Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Irreversible) as The Beast and Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) as Beauty, this film promises to be a unique retelling that also keeps its roots in the classic tale.
According to Gans, this will be a darker look at the classic story. "Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, »
- John Squires
3 items from 2014
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