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Top 100 Tuesday: 100 Best Movies of the Decade

29 December 2009 4:43 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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

100. Million Dollar Baby (2004) – Clint Eastwood

99. Juno (2007) – Jason Reitman

98. An Education (2009) – Lone Scherfig

97. Spider-man 2 (2004) – Sam Raimi

96. Munich (2005) – Steven Spielberg

95. The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou (2004) – Wes Anderson

94. The King Of Kong (2007) – Seth Gordon

93. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’S Stone (2001) – Chris Columbus

92. Clerks 2 (2006) – Kevin Smith

91. Femme Fatale (2002) – Brian De Palma

90. Tasogare Seibei »

- Movie Geeks

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Wes Anderson Interview Fantastic Mr. Fox

27 November 2009 2:41 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I absolutely loved director Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.  The film is his first foray into stop-motion animation and it’s like he brought the genre to him rather than attempting to adapt to the genre.  Trust me; if you’re a fan of his previous work like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, you’re going to love this movie.

As most of you know, Fantastic Mr. Fox is based on the best-selling children’s book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach) and it features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson.  But unlike some animated movies that cast famous actors to help sell tickets, everyone who provides a voice is perfect in this film.  Again, this is a great movie »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Fantastic Mr. Fox review

25 November 2009 5:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

With a cast of talking stop-motion animated wild animals that are imbued with the herky-jerky charm of old Rankin-Bass Christmas specials ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"), it may seem like modern-day iconoclast filmmaker Wes Anderson has turned a corner into gentler, family-friendly waters.  And in a sense, he has - but make no mistake, "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" is a Wes Anderson film through and through, complete with the pre-requisite father-issues, family angst, and nihilism that we've come to expect from his decade of quirky R-rated fare such as "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (albeit, in smaller doses).  It even has such Anderson signature settings as mundane schoolrooms and science labs, as well as occasional detailed charts and graphics, not to mention a penchant for tan corduroy clothing, and any number of other accoutrements and flourishes held over from bygone eras of the not-so-distant past.  Toss »

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Review: Fantastic Mr Fox

25 November 2009 4:05 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fantastic Mr Fox is very mildly fantastic. That’s not a knock. The film is great, but it’s great in a subtle kind of way. It’s an understated comedy that can satisfy audiences both young and old. Adapted for the screen from Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book. He’s also the writer who concocted such great classic tales as Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and James And The Giant Peach, both of which have had their moments on screen as well.

The film also takes on the uniquely awkward and quirky dimensions that form within the mind of writer-director Wes Anderson. In case you have no idea who that is, Wes Anderson is the marvelous filmmaker who began with Bottle Rockets (some of you may still have puzzled looks on your faces) but went on to make Rushmore. There we go! That’s the big “Aha! »

- Travis

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Fantastic Mr. Fox Review

24 November 2009 8:13 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Wes Anderson's funny, fabulous Fantastic Mr. Fox feels like a book that's been missing from his library, an all-ages comedy with tender life lessons gently imparted by lovable characters. For all I know, Roald Dahl is spinning in his grave, but the British author's book has provided Anderson with a badly-needed spark that reignites his creative juices. 

Not that Anderson's post-Owen Wilson collaborations with Noah Baumbach have been complete disasters. Somewhere alone the line, though, perhaps midway through The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou and all the way through The Darjeeling Limited, it felt like Anderson's playfully twee tone wore thin. His characters, who have always teetered on the brink between self-absorbed and self-pitying, fell hard toward the irredeemably murky end of a perpetual personality crisis. 

It made you downright concerned that somebody might really kill themselves. 

All such thoughts are happily banished in Fantastic Mr. Fox. Reformed »

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Ben Stiller Is A Lazy Bum. And This Trailer For Greenberg Proves It

23 November 2009 8:06 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Ben Stiller is my love / hate actor. I love it when he plays wacky characters like in Dodgeball and Tropic Thunder, but hate him when he plays himself in, oh...every single one of his romantic comedies.So I'm curious as to how he'll be in his new film "Greenberg" directed by Noah Baumbach, who directed The Squid and the Whale and also wrote The Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. He's a great writer and I really liked Squid and the Whale so I'm actually looking forward to this one.Ben Stiller playes Roger Greenberg, a New Yorker who moves to Los Angeles in order to figure out his life while he housesits for his brother, and he soon sparks with his brother's assistant.The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh who wrote it as well.Check out the trailer below. Ben Stiller loves toSource: »

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'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Lives Up to its Name

21 November 2009 9:05 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Like Coraline, Spirited Away, and Where the Wild Things Are before it, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a children's film that doesn't treat its pint-sized audience with kid gloves. Though Wes Anderson's previous directorial outings have had their fair share of man-children, this is the first film that the hipster favorite  has created with kids in mind. However, this smart adaptation of a Roald Dahl classic never talks down to its viewers, and its fun, feisty adventure proves to be Anderson's best work since The Royal Tenenbaums.

Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) has ambition. He gave up the life of a bird thief 12 fox years ago (that's two years, to you and me), and he now spends his days as a corduroy-suit-clad newspaperman. He, Mrs. Fox (Meryl Streep), and their rebellious son, Ash (Jason Schwartzman), have finally moved up in the world: instead of calling a hole their home, »

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Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

19 November 2009 11:47 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: An upwardly mobile fox (George Clooney), tiring of his quiet, uneventful life, hatches a plan to steal chickens, ducks, turkey and cider from three greedy farmers: Boggis, Bunce and Bean. His scheme backfires when the trio declares war on Mr. Fox putting his family and friends in danger. Review: After experimenting with stop motion animation in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, director Wes Anderson has finally taken the plunge, and made an entire film in this form. Considering »

- Chris Bumbray

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Interview: F is for 'Fantastic Mr. Fox'

12 November 2009 9:40 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

With their matted pelts and porcelain eyes, director Wes Anderson’s stop motion puppets breathe new life into the Roald Dahl classic "Fantastic Mr. Fox" in his analog animated adaptation of the beloved British children’s book. For all you wanted to know about Fantastic Mr. Fox and the unique vision of Wes Anderson, here is CinemaSpy’s A-z guide to the film and the inspiration and processes of its filmmaker, as he described it to us recently in New York.

Fantastic Mr. Fox opened in limited release this weekend.

A is for Anderson

"Each time I've worked with Wes it's been so completely different than the last time, the movie and the situation that we find ourselves in," said Jason Schwartzman, who has collaborated with the filmmaker on Rushmore, Darjeeling Limited and who is the voice of Mr. Fox’s son, Ash, in Fantastic Mr. Fox. "It's a real »

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Listen, Don't Watch: 10 Soundtracks Better Than Their Movies

12 November 2009 4:31 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Seven months ago, the movie formerly known as The Boat That Rocked had its UK theatrical release, followed up two months later with the DVD. Reviews at the time were so-so. Now the pic gets shipped state-side, renamed Pirate Radio and apparently with all the good parts taken out.

That said, the soundtrack contains 32 '60s classics from The Kinks to The Who to David Bowie — sending it straight to the "Listen, Don't Watch" category, and leaving us wondering if it belongs on our list of 10 Soundtracks Better Than Their Movies.

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Pirate Radio - Trailer

Philip Hoffman and Bill Nighy star - in theaters Friday

Link | Posted 11/12/2009 by reelz

Movies and Music | Pirate Radio | Purple Rain | Twilight | Marie Antoinette | Lost Highway | Garden State | Pretty in Pink | The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou | O Brother, Where Art Thou? | Staying Alive | Xanadu »

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Jason Schwartzman Exclusive Interview Fantastic Mr. Fox

10 November 2009 12:10 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I absolutely loved director Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox.  The film is his first foray into stop-motion animation and it’s like he brought the genre to him rather than attempting to adapt to the genre.  Trust me; if you’re a fan of his previous work like Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, you’re going to love this movie.

As most of you know, Fantastic Mr. Fox is based on the best-selling children’s book by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach) and it features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, and Owen Wilson.  But unlike some animated movies that cast famous actors to help sell tickets, everyone who provides a voice is perfect in this film.  Again, this is a great movie »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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U.K. box office: ‘Up’ still up

30 October 2009 10:16 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Up had edged close to a cumulative U.K. take of £20 million by the end of last weekend, and will have certainly already have passed that as we head into this weekend. Oh, those crazy Pixar kids, making movies with mass appeal and genuine emotion! Who knew making successful movies could be so simple? Fantastic Mr. Fox won’t open in North America for a couple weeks still, and it’ll get only a limited release in New York and Los Angeles -- hard to believe, but Wes Anderson’s biggest opener so far, number-of-screens-wise, was his first film, Bottle Rocket, which debuted on 28 screens; next is The Royal Tenenbaums, on five; his other films all opened on just two screens. Anyway: the point is, Fox cannot possible open to $15 million, which would be what we might expect for North America based on the U.K. performance, were it to open wide here. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Trailer #2: Fantastic Mr. Fox

30 September 2009 4:35 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wes Anderson's stop-motion-animated adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox has leaked it's second trailer. Anderson collaborated with Henry Selick who previously worked witht eh director on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. The film stars the voice work of Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray and is set for release November 13, 2009. Fox is one of the most anticipated films of 2009 and most certainly one of the more original pics. Bring on the deadpan whimsy! »

- Ricky

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A Second Fantastic Trailer for a Fantastic Fox

30 September 2009 3:53 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

This is something that needs to happen with more regulatory: serious filmmakers choosing animation as a viable genre option instead of treating it like something of a lesser career choice. Wes Anderson, who has previously directed such films as The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, adapts Roald Dahl’s other great work, Fantastic Mr. Fox, (he is probably best known for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach), at least for a moment proving that Pixar doesn’t have the rights to great animation. Even more curious, it’s all done in stop animation, giving the film a surreal dose of reality. There is a large visual change in the adaptation, as you can see below: the characters tend to be more realistic and lanky, whereas the illustrations in the book are more sketched out and exaggerated. It gives the film a »

- Jacob

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Brand New Fantastic Mr. Fox Featurette

15 September 2009 1:50 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Fox Searchlight just made a brand new featurette for “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” available giving us some clues as to how director Wes Anderson and his crew used old-school stop-motion animation to bring the Roald Dahl classic to life.

Plot summary: Mr and Mrs Fox (Clooney and Streep) live an idyllic home life with their son Ash (Schwartzman) and visiting young nephew Kristopherson (Eric Anderson). But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers – Boggis, Bunce and Bean – who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr Fox at any cost.

Fantastic Mr. Fox” is »

- Allan Ford

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Exclusive: Poster Debut for Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox

4 September 2009 11:25 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Our good friends at Fox Searchlight have sent over the official poster for Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox for us to debut exclusively today. By now I hope everyone knows all about this stop-animation movie based on the beloved Roald Dahl book featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Jason Schwartzman, Michael Gambon, Adrien Brody, Brian Cox, Anjelica Huston, and Wes Anderson himself. I'm digging the offset design and colors on this poster, I really hope it catches everyone's eye at movie theaters around the country, as it's being sent out this weekend. Enjoy! If you haven't seen them yet, check out the official trailer as well as a making of featurette for this movie. Fantastic Mr. Fox is both written and directed by the fantastic Oscar nominated filmmaker Wes Anderson, of Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, »

- Alex Billington

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Character Cage Match: The Battle for Bill

4 September 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

This week’s edition of the Character Cage Match is called “The Battle Over Bill” because these two fine filmmakers seem to be in a competition to see who can cast Bill Murray in more of their films than the other. This battle that will ensue has Wes Anderson pitted against Jim Jarmusch.

Both directors have what you might call the indie spirit, but they both have made waves in the industry as being artists that consistently produce high-quality films. Both are rooted in within the realm of comedy, but neither are what you could call traditional in their approach. In their own ways, both filmmakers tell dramatic stories with a dry sense of humor, however their stories always include an element of originality that we haven’t seen before. While the comedic element appears much more prevalent in Anderson’s films, it’s still there in the films of Jarmusch, »

- Travis

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Video: Making of Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox

2 September 2009 4:30 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Today we have a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming "Fantastic Mr Fox" movie, voiced by George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray. It features a glimpse of what it takes to make a stop-motion film and what the actors had to do to give the project a more authentic feel. Check out the video below. Plot: The stop-motion film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's story, centering on a clever fox who must outwit three mean, dimwitted farmers who try their hardest to hurt Mr. Fox and his family. The new movie is directed by Wes Anderson, the man behind "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" and "The Darjeeling Limited." "Mr. Fox" is scheduled to hit theaters on November 13th. Featurette: If you cannot see the player, click here. Click here to read more about "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." »

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ Trailer

31 July 2009 6:58 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

They’ve finally released the trailer for Fantastic Mr. Fox, director Wes Anderson’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story, and Anderson’s first full foray into stop-motion animation.  Previously, his film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou featured a bit of stop-motion work.

Anyway, I just watched the trailer and I have to say that I’m not blown away by it.  This isn’t that great of a trailer, though I will never hang a movie from the gallows based on a bad trailer.  But it does make me wonder: If a viewer goes into this cold, without knowing much of Anderson’s work, what would they think?  At any rate, you can see some “Anderson trademarks” displayed in this film.  I’ll talk about them after you watch the trailer:

 

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Looks kinda funny, huh?  While I am not the biggest fan of George Clooney, I think »

- Heath McKnight

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George Clooney's Fantastic Mr. Fox Trailer

30 July 2009 7:30 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

The official trailer for the upcoming "Fantastic Mr Fox" movie, voiced by George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray, has appeared online. Check it out below. Plot: The stop-motion film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's story, centering on a clever fox who must outwit three mean, dimwitted farmers who try their hardest to hurt Mr. Fox and his family. The new movie is directed by Wes Anderson, the man behind "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" and "The Darjeeling Limited." "Mr. Fox" is scheduled to hit theaters on November 13th. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, click here. Click here to read more about "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." »

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