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Happy New Year, everyone.
Before the ball drops, I wanted to say a few words about 2008. This year was huge for NewsinFilm with a lot of new features and exciting partnerships. I wanted to thank everyone for their continued support. I truly appreciate it. Now if only all of you would leave comments…
I watched more movies than I ever have in a year (it’s well over a hundred), and I hope you enjoyed reading about them as much as I had fun writing about them. I decided not to do a “Worst of 2008″ list because I think I avoided many of the unwatchable movies (I’m looking at you, Love Guru), but I’ll just crown The Happening as the worst I unfortunately saw.
Just missing the “Best of” list are Frost/Nixon, Rachel Getting Married, and Encounters at the End of the World, while the most fun »
- Jeff Leins
"The Insider" has your sneak peek at scenes from 'Watchmen'! The huge popularity of Batman, Iron Man, Superman and Spider-Man on the page and on the big screen has demonstrated the enduring appeal of masked heroes and superheroes. But only one story dares to delve beneath the surface and ask the question: If the heroes watch over society, who watches over them? Now, "The Insider" has your first look at the highly anticipated big-screen adaptation of the critically acclaimed graphic novel, 'Watchmen'! "The thing that people would always say about 'Watchmen' is it's the 'unfilmable' graphic novel," says director Zack Snyder ('300,' 'Dawn of the Dead'). "It was instantly viewed as a classic or a work of literature that was beyond its own genre, and it also ended up on the Time magazine list of the 100 greatest novels of the 20th century." In »
Overall, I found 2008 to be a somewhat underwhelming year at the multiplexes. Don.t get me wrong, there were lots of great, fun, blockbusters, like Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hellboy 2, & Tropic Thunder. Still, I found there was a definite lack of sleepers, or good, adult dramas. The fall season was particularly weak, with some highly anticipated films (particularly Body Of Lies) falling flat. Another problem was that the studios held all their best films until the last two weeks of »
- Chris Bumbray
It’s Wednesday so it’s time for our weekly open discussion, but as it happens this one is hitting on the last day of 2008! Can you believe this year is over already?
And what an incredible year it’s been for movies… 2008 was a banner year for superhero movie fans with the likes of The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Hellboy 2, and yes - even Hancock and Punisher: War Zone.
Of course we’ve had our share of not so hot movies this year like The Happening, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Meet Dave, Meet the Spartans, X-Files, etc. Then there those we were looking forward to that left some of us disappointed like Indy 4 and Quantum of Solace.
- Vic Holtreman
There, I said it. I’m calling you out.
Why are fanboys so passionate about Watchmen? Well first, they’ve read the graphic novel, named by Time Magazine as one of the hundred greatest novels of the 20th century. Second, they recognize awesome movie footage when they see it.
And here is some new footage of the movie for you right now.
MySpace.com was given a new featurette to share with the world and we’ve embedded it for you below. It’s four minutes of director Zack Snyder describing the film and it includes a Ton of never before seen footage (even at Comic-Con this past July).
If I end up being wrong about Watchmen, I’ll admit it - but Everything I’ve seen regarding this film tells me that it will be a home run as far as being an awesome spectacle of a film not only visually, »
- Vic Holtreman
Twilight is featured on the Yahoo! homepage...again! Yahoo! Movies has a new article about the winners losers and inbetweeners of the movie world for 2008. One of the winners? Twilight of course! They also talk about how even though Dark Knight was huge Twilight still beat it out in terms of best rate of return.nbspHeres a bit of what they had to sayIf only Wall Street had bet on Twilight. Or Hannah Montana. Or Kirk Cameron.With a 167.3 million overall domestic take as Sunday per Box Office Mojo Twilight made more than four times its reported 37 million production budgetthe best rate of return on any film in the 2008 Top 10 including The Dark Knight.Heres a look of the topgrossing films of 2008 through Sunday based on numbers compiled by Box Office Mojo The Dark Knight 530.8 million Iron Man 318.3 million Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 317 million Hancock »
Hollywood hasn't had to resort to any post-Christmas half-off sales.
Holiday releases -- ranging from warm puppy "Marley & Me" to kid-friendly "Bedtime Stories" to the luxe backward-running romance "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" -- attracted a stampede to the multiplex last weekend.
So the studios will ring out 2008 on the strength of their current year-end lineup as the industry heads toward another record-setting domestic gross.
With the coming New Year's holiday weekend serving as an opportunity for moviegoers to catch up with the film glut, including the awards-hopefuls still in limited release, no new wide openers will flood the already overcrowded theaters.
Instead, Paramount Vantage will launch exclusive runs of its World War II drama "Defiance" while ThinkFilm follows suit with its Nazi-era drama "Good."
- By Gregg Kilday
While they've been around for a few years now -- emerging from the suburban shadows shortly after 9/11 -- the current superhero craze, propelled mainly by popular movies like The Dark Knight, Spider-Man, Iron Man and Watchmen, has created more than just big-screen sequels -- oh yes, try an assortment of real-life superheroes (or so they like to think). For example, the Green Scorpion (pictured right) works out of the New Mexico/Arizona region, is a member of The Justice Society of Justice organization and states the following on his website: "Eventually, everyone has the opportunity to awaken and become who they always wanted to be. Some people just hit the snooze button and go back to sleep."
Or what about Doktor DiscorD, who's also a member of The Justice Society of Justice, and states: "We dont care about victimless crime like drug use or people buying prostitutes. the kind of »
- Erik Davis
By R. Emmet Sweeney
A pratfall can be a work of art, a study in disruptive motion, a klutz's ballet. This choreography of humiliation is perhaps the least garlanded act in contemporary film, as no Oscars will ever be won for kicks to the groin or tumbles down the stairs, regardless of their originality. Only in retrospect have the golden slapstick silents gained credibility and the brilliant purveyors of today's guffaws are suffering the same critical fate (although the hurt, it must be said, is not felt in their checkbooks). So here is my list of the top five pratfalls of 2008, some of the strongest and strangest feats from an otherwise lackluster year. Some are from masters of the form (Will Ferrell, Anna Faris), while others seamlessly blend the side-splitting spill into their respective and respectable narratives (Robert Downey Jr., Mathieu Amalric, Pixar). All show a clumsy physical grace (as »
- R. Emmet Sweeney
Superheroes top this year's box office money-making list, with Batman and Iron Man sitting steadily at first and second place respectively.
"The Dark Knight," Heath Ledger's last finished film, and "Iron Man," Robert Downey Jr.'s comeback to stardom, not only generated enough noise and buzz this year, but they also managed to make hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office.
The Batman film grossed 0.8 million in the U.S. alone, while "Iron Man" took home 8.3 million.
Coming in at close third is the Harrison Ford-starrer "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" with 7 million.
Justin Theroux While working on the script for the sequel to Iron Man, screenwriter Justin Theroux told MTV that the main theme of Iron Man 2 will be the issue of identity, considering Iron Man's identity is public knowledge.
"It's something that we've made a real decision to run towards rather than away from," said Theroux, who maintains that identity, and the nature of it, will be a big part of the sequel.
Link | Posted 12/30/2008 by reelz
- reelz reelz
2008 was a tumultuous year for the internet. We were pulled all over the place by The Dark Knight’s viral campaign, we were tortured by the promise of Cloverfield monster images and we had half of Iron Man revealed to us in picture form. We’ve gone through the whole year and, over the next four days, we'll be revisting the stories that mattered to us in 2008. Click on the highlighted sentences to go to all the original stories from a year that opened with a tragedy and closed with a bang. January – 2008 began in... .
Okay, so here we are. This article will basically amount to my capstone piece for the end of 2008 as I will now hand out what amounts to the first ever RopeofSilicon Awards. My hope for future RopeofSilicon Awards is that I can figure out some kind of nominating and voting system so you, the users, can award each of these categories by nominating films throughout the year, running mini For Your Consideration campaigns in the comment section and so forth. Unfortunately, such an endeavor is outside of my capacity at the moment so you will have to deal with my opinion on each category for now, but as always I want to hear your opinion on who you would award in the comments below. After all, my opinion is just the start of things in order to get you thinking and talking, it certainly isn't the end-all/be-all of opinions. »
- Brad Brevet
Moviefone has ranked the 50 best movies of 2009, and it's a fairly together list, I guess. We've refrained from fully analyzing any of this year-end stuff when it comes from another source, but you can't let two of their ranked films pass by without a raised eyebrow.
You see, Moviefone has Jcvd at number 17 of 2008. That means only 16 films were better than the Jean-Claude Van Damme flick in which he plays a version of himself as a struggling former movie star returning home to Belgium. Don't get me wrong here. I've heard good things about it. But is it even the best movie that takes place in Belgium this year? It's really better than In Bruges? That might be a stretch.
And Moviefone's top movie of the year is rather shocking. They go with Iron Man. "It may have been overshadowed by that other superhero movie this year," proclaims the site, »
- Colin Boyd
One of the things that interests me about super-hero stories is the duality of their identity. Who is the real identity: Spider-Man or Peter Parker? Superman or Clark Kent? Batman or Bruce Wayne? Each time a writer climbs on board for a stint on one of these comics or a director starts a new film, that duality gets a new exploration, with different answers developing over time. But what about Tony Stark, Iron Man, who doesn't have the split identity issues of other super-heroes? That difference about Tony Stark is exactly what Justin Theroux, scriptwriter for Iron Man 2, who told MTV's Splash Page that the lack of a dual nature will be a fundamental part of the second film. After all, Tony Stark is the first mainstream hero to have a movie where the main character isn't hiding his identity. There's no ducking into a closet/telephone booth/ whatever »
As ridiculous as the box office numbers were for The Dark Knight, the 2008 box office will produce fewer $100 million earners than we saw in 2007. Overall, the year will be very near the the total box office for 2007; going into the final few days of the calendar, receipts are just under $100 million lower than they were last year. There were fewer tickets sold and fewer movies released.
But does that make 2008 a failure? No, even though some movies performed spectacularly poorly. After all, the movie industry made $2 billion more this year than it did in 2000. And since 2002, only one year has been under $9 billion in U.S. ticket sales, and that was 2005. So when you look at the $9.6 billion in gross revenue produced this year, you certainly won't feel sorry for Hollywood.
Obviously, The Dark Knight was the story of the year. Only one other film has ever made over $460 million, »
- Colin Boyd
Top 10 Movies of 2008 Trying to figure out my personal list of favorite, top ten, exceptional, "best" movies of 2008 was not an easy task. 2008 was an odd year for film. So many have gone on record saying it was a down year, but I don't entirely agree with that. While 2008 didn't have very many "great" films it had A Lot of good films. Of course, this is where making a top ten list gets difficult. So often you have one clear cut favorite and anywhere from 10-15 movies behind it that you simply need to figure out where they fall in the grand scheme of things. This year, my top five films are almost interchangeable and the bottom five and my Honorable Mentions could all compete for the final five spots, this just so happens to be where they all fell when I typed this list up. This year I saw »
- Brad Brevet
Over the last few weeks the American Film Institute unveiled its list of top 10 films of 2008, which included obvious choices like "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and nice surprises like "Iron Man" and "Wendy and Lucy" too. (See The Envelope's photo gallery Here.) Then came AFI's list of top 10 TV shows with the predictable "Mad Man" and "The Office" plus the quirky "Breaking Bad" and "Life." (See AFI TV top 10 photo gallery Here.) Now AFI announces the top "Eight Moments of Significance in Film, TV and Web," which is full of odd selections and/or backup explanations. For example, AFI hails "Slumdog Millionaire." Huh? The movie isn't on AFI's list of »
When it comes to crafting our annual Top 10 Films lists, The Hollywood Reporter's movie critics have a time-honored tradition of casting a large and wide net, and 2008 is no exception. The picks here display an ample range of films, so much so that no single film appears on all six lists. Every list contains at least one film not found on any other list. And each critic has a different best film.
The "winning" film, appearing on five of six lists, is "Slumdog Millionaire," Danny Boyle's Mumbai medley of magic realism and breathtaking romanticism, which is shaping up as one of the most lionized films of 2008.
After that, it's wonderfully wild, ranging from that head-scratcher (for »
- By Kirk Honeycutt
Which year-end lists are really worth caring about? What films got a boost from the Broadcast Film Critics and Golden Globe nominations, like Happy-Go-Lucky, and which ones got lost in the shuffle? What's Iron Man doing on the AFI Top Ten Films List, anyhow? And what long, epic films are perfect for enjoying with a turkey sandwich on Boxing Day? Joining James this week to talk about all these topics and more is Kris Tapley of the weblog In Contention. You can listen to the podcast here at Cinematical by clicking below:
As ever, you can download the entire podcast right here -- and those of you with RSS Podcast readers can find all of Cinematical's podcast content at this link.Filed under: Awards, Podcasts, Brad Pitt, Interviews, Oscar Watch, The Rocchi Review: Online Film Community Podcast
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- James Rocchi
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