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Deciding on the "best" films of any particular year is never an easy task, especially depending on how seriously you take that task. On the final page of this list of my top ten films of 2012 I've included links to my previous top ten lists from the years 2003-2011 and while the majority of the films on those lists remain favorites of mine, it's quite evident how much more seriously I take this process from one year to the next, not to mention how many more films I actually see each year. Going through the list of films I saw in 2012, I was pleased to see how much easier I found it to come up with movies I considered candidates for my top ten. Two thousand and eleven offered several good films, but I had a hard time making a list of ten I considered "great". This year, from numbers »
- Brad Brevet
After the horrid experience of Battleship, director Peter Berg, who has proven to be a formidable filmmaker in the past (see: The Rundown, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) is ready to bounce back with Lone Survivor, based on the real-life event of Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, who was the sole survivor of a recon mission gone bad. Mark Wahlberg is playing Luttrell, with a solid supporting cast to back him up, including Eric Bana, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Alexander Ludwig, and, judging from »
- Paul Shirey
Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back in theaters with the gang from The Expendables this Friday, but unlike the last time he cameoed in a movie he's sticking around in Hollywood. His newest film, The Last Stand, will be heading to theaters this January and today we have the first poster: You can head over to IGN to see it in high-res. The film will be the first time that Schwarzenegger has played a lead role since Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, which came out nine years ago. Since then he has been taking small roles in movies like The Expendables, Around the World in 80 Days and The Rundown, but now he's back to being a leading man. Directed by Kim Jee-woon, who is best known for making the movie I Saw The Devil, The Last Stand stars Schwarzenegger as Ray Owens, the sheriff of a small town on »
If you think about it, the Robocop remake actually has a lot going for it. Other than the baggage of being a remake. Director Jose Padilha has a successful action franchise in Elite Squad under his belt; co-writer James Vanderbilt wrote The Rundown, Zodiac and The Losers. co-writer Nick Schenk wrote Gran Torino; star Joel Kinnaman was fantastic in Snabba Cash/Easy Money and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It’s got some great names involved. Rising talent. But, you know, who needs a remake of Robocop? According to The Hollywood Reporter, an actor just made it even more interesting. Gary Oldman is joining the movie as the scientist who wrestles with his own sense of ethics when he finds himself in the middle of a big corporation’s needs and a former human’s humanity. There’s no denying the gravitas and intensity that Oldman brings to the project. It »
- Cole Abaius
“Battleship” is terrible by almost every standard used to measure the quality of a movie, but is it also ridiculously fucking entertaining. You can tell that this is director Peter Berg’s (“The Rundown”) chance to play with big boy toys—real life ships and giant robots from space—and you feel how giddy he is as he takes each and every opportunity to live out a child’s dream on a grand scale. That glee runs throughout “Battleship”, and even as you groan about every questionable action and every line they give Liam Neeson in the film, it is infectious. The most endearing thing about “Battleship” is that while it is one of the dumbest movies you’ll ever see outside of Saturday night on SyFy, it fully embraces that fact. Seriously, the catalyst for the entire plot is a microwave chicken burrito. No joke, that’s what jumpstarts the entire movie. »
- Brent McKnight
Screenwriters Erich and Jon Hoeber actually made paying Hasbro a boatload of cash for their seemingly-unnecessary board game property a relevant story point in their big budget, science fiction actioner Battleship. The fact they had to conjure up a humanoid alien race with reptilian characteristics and cloaking technology to keep gigantic flying nautical vessels off radar is besides the point. The American public loves extra-terrestrial invasions, thinks Andy Roddick‘s wife Brooklyn Decker is hot and cannot help getting revved up when their armed forces are depicted kicking foreign ass. Even bringing a handful of grizzled veterans – actors or not, I can’t quite find a definitive answer – had the guy next to me saying he’d ‘fight alongside those OGs nine times out of ten.’ Yes, we love patriotism and director Peter Berg knows it.
A blink-and-you’ll-miss-him gunner halfway through, Berg knows how to have fun. The guy who helmed both the brilliant, »
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As important as it is to accept a movie on its own terms, those terms have to make sense. Battleship is the kind of movie you feel dumber after watching, if only because you expended energy trying to figure out its terms, only to discover there are none present at all. Peter Berg, who earned lifetime benefit of the doubt for The Rundown, has crafted a well-meaning but half-witted wannabe blockbuster that somehow over-explains everything without saying anything at all, much less making a damn lick of sense. About as thoughtful and complex as one might expect of a movie based on a board game, Battleship is the sort of summer movie that’s so dumb and unengaging that it scuttles audience expectations for the entire movie season. Taylor Kitsch (John Carter) plays Alex Hopper, a...
- Todd Gilchrist
It’s a wild career Peter Berg has created for himself. The kid from Shocker and Aspen Extreme grew up to have an eclectic mix of directorial offerings. Everything from wicked, black comedies like Very Bad Things and damn solid action flicks like The Rundown. He’s even dabbled in the Summer blockbuster like Hancock and this Friday’s Battleship. I think that movie made Cole angry. Berg’s most important work of art came in the form of Friday Night Lights, arguably the best show in the past decade. You be the judge which side of that fence I fall on. Clear eyes. Full heart. Can’t Lose. But we can’t exactly run a Commentary Commentary on the full series run of that show. That would take too long, and there’s not enough Monster in the world to keep the writing juices flowing. So we’ll do one on The Kingdom, Berg »
- Jeremy Kirk
"Battleship" is, in a word, ridiculous. Even sitting down to write about the film, I feel ridiculous. It's a movie in name only, a simulation of a movie, and it is by far the strangest thing that Peter Berg has ever put his name on. I do not see the director of "The Rundown" or "Friday Night Lights" in this film at all. That's not to say it is without any personal touches, but they feel more like him distracting himself from the absurdity of the material than a real connection to what he's making, and the result is a wannabe-blockbuster »
- Drew McWeeny
It’s commonplace nowadays for studios to get a jump on the sequel to big budget properties before the first film hits theaters, and Sony got a very good head start on the follow-up to The Amazing Spider-Man by setting James Vanderbilt to pen the sequel back in March of last year. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is already dated for May of 2014, and now it appears that the studio would like another pass on the script. So who do you get to pen a high priority, big-budget summer movie? Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, of course. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, the screenwriting team of Kurtzman and Orci have been hired to rewrite Vanderbilt’s script for the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. Vanderbilt, whose past credits include Zodiac and The Rundown, was an inspired choice to pen the Marc Webb-helmed reboot, but I can’t really »
- Adam Chitwood
Does your movie franchise require a fresh face and additional biceps poundage? Then the man to call is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The wrestler-turned-actor got his big-screen breakthrough in the 2001 sequel The Mummy Returns and more recently has spruced up both the Fast and Furious and Journey to the Center of the Earth series.
Now Johnson has joined the Joes in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the follow-up to Paramount’s 2009 G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, which earned $300 million worldwide and received — to put matters kindly — mixed reviews. The actor’s addition to the cast isn’t the only change to »
- Clark Collis
The latest name to follow in the footsteps of professional wrestling icons such as Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Dwayne Johnson and 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin by making the leap from the squared circle to the cinema screen is current WWE star Hornswoggle (a.k.a. Dylan Postl), with the mischievous grappler set to step into the shoes of Warwick Davis (Life's Too Short) for the lead in a reboot of the Leprechaun comedy-horror franchise, entitled Leprechaun: Origins.
Originally released in 1993, Leprechaun saw a pre-Friends Jennifer Aniston being stalked by Davis' malevolent mini-monster during his search for a stolen pot of gold. Despite being panned by critics, the low-budget film was a commercial success and went on to spawn five sequels of diminishing quality, including the likes of Leprechaun 4: In Space, Leprechaun: In the Hood and Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood. Last month, it was revealed »
Roland Emmerich is largely known as the director of the epic movie, but recently he has started to change his tone. While he'll likely always be known as the director of films like Independence Day, 2012, Godzilla, and The Day After Tomorrow, his latest title, Anonymous, was a smaller story about the William Shakespeare conspiracy. I'm sure it won't be long until he's back doing the big disaster movies, but for now it looks like he's going to be keeping things small. Deadline is reporting that Emmerich is now in talks to direct White House Down, a new action movie being developed over at Sony. The script was written by James Vanderbilt, whose previous titles include Zodiac, The Rundown, The Losers, and the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man. The story, compared to Die Hard when first pitched, is about a paramilitary group that swoops down to take over the White House. Given »
Chicago – Seann William Scott gives a surprisingly engaging, even sweet performance as the title character in the brutal, raunchy hockey comedy “Goon,” written by “Superbad” scribe Evan Goldberg and comedy actor Jay Baruchel. This “Slap Shot meets Fight Club” is a definite must-see for hockey fans but feels a little too slight for everyone else. Still, there’s a lot to like here, especially for those who want an interesting alternative On Demand (it’s already available there and opening in Chicago theaters today, March 30th, 2012).
I’ve never been quite sure what to think of Scott as an actor. What he pulled off in that first “American Pie” movie made him an overnight sensation but we’ve all seen that most of the actors from those comedies never topped its pop cultural peak. But Scott didn’t go away, making some smart choices by appearing in some memorable »
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Action movies set in the White House are taking off. Just under two weeks after Gerard Butler was locked to star in Olympus Has Fallen, Variety reports that Sony’s bought White House Down, a potentially similar spec script from James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man).
This has only been described as “Die Hard meets Air Force One,” which is rather funny when you remember that Olympus went by the logline of “Die Hard in the White House.” That could be something of a problem; it doesn’t help that I’ve been mixed on much of Vanderbilt‘s screenwriting career, either. Zodiac being the obvious exception — and with The Rundown basically in a positive light, too — we’re talking about the guy behind Darkness Falls, Basic, and The Losers. You can’t let that go overlooked.
In other Sony news, Deadline tells us they’ve become the favorite to purchase The Mortal Instruments, »
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The first films of screenwriter James Vanderbilt's career were not exactly indicators of great work to come. Killer tooth fairy horror "Darkness Calls?" Botched "Rashomon" riff "Basic"? Dwayne Johnson actioner "The Rundown"? (Which is actually good fun, but not exactly high art). Certainly none suggested that one of the great screenplays of the century so far would come from Vanderbilt, but that's exactly what his script for David Fincher's "Zodiac" is, and it's helped to make him one of the most in-demand writers around.
Off the back of that, and the comic book adaptation "The Losers," Sony picked Vanderbilt to be the man to reinvent their biggest franchise with "The Amazing Spider-Man." And it seems like they're happy with what he's done: not only has the writer already been commissioned to write a sequel, but he's also written scripts for their remakes of "Total Recall" and the "Red Riding" trilogy. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Goon 92 minutes Rated R On the surface, Goon is an assembly-line underdog sports movie. And yes the film hits a handful of familiar story beats along the way. But there is a subtle intelligence to the picture, with characters that are far less broad than you'd expect and a screenplay that feels authentic. I don't know hockey well enough to judge its accuracy, but I can say that the film feels like it intimately understands the sport as well as the people who play it. Hockey is not a sport that has inspired very many movies, so when I say that Goon is one of the best films about the sport I've ever seen that may seem like a backhanded compliment. But it is easily the best hockey movie since Miracle, for whatever that's worth. The narrative concerns Doug Glatt (Sean William Scott) as a bar bouncer who lucks into »
- Scott Mendelson
The box office is up in 2012, but of the ten biggest grossers of the year so far, only one, "Safe House" was sold on the back of an established A-list star, namely Denzel Washington. The rest, for the most part, featured total unknowns, or in the case of "Act of Valor," active Navy SEALs, rather than actors. This is not, it should be said, a new trend. From "Avatar" to "Star Trek," big movies have been shunning established names in the favor of new faces for quite a while. But it is indicative of a problem that Hollywood has been facing lately: a distinct lack of new leading men.
As a New York Times piece pointed out recently, the true A-list movie stars are roughly the same now as they were nine or ten years ago: Washington, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio. Since then, Robert Downey Jr. has joined them, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
by Joel Hanek
With the Oscars coming up just around the corner, it’s time that we pay tribute to some of the most versatile and overlooked actors: professional wrestlers. They are masters of the live performance, can pull out surprisingly funny and heart-felt performances on screen, and have convinced me to eat more processed meat than any other acting demographic on the planet. (Rest in peace, Macho Man!)
While these giant men in tights make cameos as the unidentified goon in every other action movie (I’m looking at you, Kevin Nash), here are my picks for the top five starring roles for pro-wrestlers in film.
5. "Walking Tall" (2004)
Way before Dwayne Johnson starred in PG-rated family friendly flicks and even way before he became the franchise savior, the man formerly known as The Rock was destined to be the new Arnold of the action world. In this remake of »
- MTV Movies Team
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