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He Said – He Said … The Top 7 Films of the Decade
Our lists are done. We’ve checked them twice (and then some). Now there is only one thing left to do, complain, rant and argue. It’s time for the He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade.
It’s He (Jeff Bayer) and his list …
6. Moulin Rouge!
2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
He (Nick Allen) and his list …
7. The Band’s Visit
2. Talk to Her
Complete Coverage of Top 7 Films of the Decade
Top 7 Films of the Decade by Jeff Bayer
Top 7 Movies of the Decade by Nick Allen
He Said – He Said … Top 7 Films of the Decade
Amazing. Not one movie in common. I’ve decided to let »
- Jeff Bayer
While director James Cameron’s latest big-budget film, Avatar, astonishes audiences with a torrid of stunning visual effects, the movie has also grown a surprisingly large and rabid fan-base. Just ask Anthony Hansen, a Salt Lake City-based customer service representative who works for Stencil Tech, or at least he used to until he was fired from the company for expressing his “anti-Avatar” views of the movie.
One of the most highly anticipated films of the second half of the decade, Avatar has been touted as the special effects event that would change cinema forever. The movie centers on Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), a paraplegic Marine who takes a job on the alien world of Pandora in order to operate his dead brother’s avatar, a lab-grown “native” fused with his brother’s DNA to that of a Na’vi, the indigenous humanoid population on Pandora. Hired by a non-governmental mining operation on the planet, »
- Reel Loop Satire Squad
Best Films Of The Decade (aka The Naughties) From Alex & Terry
List # 1
By Alex Simon
When Terry and I initially discussed writing these lists, I had a tough time thinking back on 20 films over the past decade which I was really taken with, thinking that movies have sunk so low over the past ten years, that even choosing a dozen would be a short-order job. Thirty minutes into it, my list had nearly 60 titles! After much cutting, pasting, and re-cutting and pasting, here are my top 20 films (in no particular order) of the first decade of the 21st century, dubbed by many as “the naughties.” --A.S.
1.No Country for Old Men (Coen Brothers, 2007) An elegiac blend of stark beauty and full-throttle despair from two of our finest filmmakers, set in the contemporary American West. Every frame is damn near flawless, and would have been an even more perfect vehicle for the late Sam Peckinpah. »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
This week Pinkos wants your help to assemble a sequence of clips featuring Eisenstein's much-copied creation
Sergei Eisenstein presented his theory of montage to an august group of cineastes in the 1920s. It was, he said, "the nerve of cinema", and that "to determine the nature of montage is to solve the specific problem of cinema". Eighty odd years later, his theory finally came to the attention of the wider world, as the subject of a song in Team America: World Police.
The word can be taken in several different ways. Deriving from the French word for "assembly", in Gallic film practice it simply refers to the editing process. For Eisenstein's Soviet colleagues, it was a means to derive an abstract meaning from a combination of shots in sequence. Nowadays, thanks to Rocky et al, a montage is a cliched sequence where a song (usually a pounding rock anthem) or »
There’s no escape from the constant mockery of Avatar before its release date (December 18th) as CollegeHumor has a put forward a trailer which uses the audio from the Avatar trailer and combines it with Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Team America: World Police. There are moments where it works far too well. Not perfectly of course as they have two different plots but better than you would expect. Check it out after the jump and wonder if Avatar will be subjected to more mockery before its release or after. I want to place my money on “after” simply because there has to be at least some comedic fodder in its 160-minute runtime.
See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.
- Matt Goldberg
Are you excited about "Avatar," hitting AMC Theatres on December 18th? Just wait until you see it with puppets.
Yes, we said puppets. Matt Shapiro has created what might just be the best trailer mashup we've ever seen. Taking the audio from the "Avatar" trailer and combining it with clips from Matt Stone and Trey Parker's "Team America: World Police," Shapiro wound up with something extremely cool.
Check it out:
MovieWatchers, what film would you rather see -- "Avatar" as "Avatar" or "Avatar" with marionette puppets?
- Christina Warren
From the moment James Cameron unveiled the first tantalizing glimpses of his game changing™ cinematic effort, Avatar, you could say Movieline had developed a perplexing case of déjà vu, seeing in Pandora's lush, computer-generated landscapes and lemur-like wildlife everything from the biggest animated flop of all time, to one of Cameron's earlier, deadlier, fishier efforts. But we didn't see the parallels to that enduring, all-marionette homage to dick-swinging U.S. foreign policy, Team America: World Police. Luckily, YouTube user oyguvaltshappy did, and proceeded to craft what can only be described as a flawlessly edited mash-up, using Team footage set entirely to the soundtrack of the second, better-received Avatar trailer. Let's hope the actual Avatar is half as good as this is, though I doubt there will be any Na'vi sex scenes to match the exquisiteness of Team's acrobatic puppet filthiness. »
Around this time last year, I was reading up on Judd Apatow's new directorial effort, Funny People, since I was going to be visiting the set of the film. Among the huge names in the film was a newcomer named Aubrey Plaza, and, if the newcomers in Apatow's previous two films were any indication (See: Jonah Hill and Charlene Yi), I figured this young comedienne was surely on a pretty damn good path. Of course, that was before we knew her as the hilariously deadpan April Ludgate on the wonderful NBC comedy Parks and Recreation and the actress also has the highly-anticipated Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World coming up as well. I recently had the chance to speak with Aubrey Plaza for the new Funny People DVD and Blu-ray release »
Tim Burton invades New York, New Italian Cinema hits Los Angeles, Harold and Kumar spread holiday cheer in Austin and everywhere you look, they're celebrating All Tomorrow's Parties -- just some of the holiday film fun you can have this winter at your local repertory theater.
More Holiday Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]
[Repertory Calendar] [Anywhere But a Movie Theater]
In November, the 92YTribeca Screening Room will have some special guests in the house when it hosts the already sold out "A Conversation with Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman" on November 10th, with the two longtime collaborators discussing their latest film "Fantastic Mr. Fox." But tickets are still available for the night before (Nov. 9th), when actor Ben Foster and director Oren Moverman will screen their acclaimed new post-war drama "The Messenger". Much of the rest of the month is devoted to Cinema Tropical's Ten Years of New Argentine Cinema series with screenings of Adrián Caetano's immigration »
- Stephen Saito
Taking a cue from Team America: World Police, the Weinstein Co. has debuted a new rehearsal montage from Rob Marshall's upcoming musical Nine, which is due in New York and L.A. on December 18 and expanding nationwide on Christmas Day.
I am extraordinarily excited to see this film and while I did watch the trailer, I am done watching footage and saving it all for the theater so I didn't watch the footage below, but be my guest, it runs just over two minutes and just below it I have included a special bonus feature.
You can watch it in high definition at Yahoo.
- Brad Brevet
I watched a lot this week, but most of it was in theaters and not all at home. On Monday I saw The Road and Where the Wild Things Are (review); Tuesday was Astro Boy; Wednesday was Law Abiding Citizen (review); and Thursday was Good Hair (review) and my second time seeing An Education (review). On top of that I already mentioned how I watched the unrated version of Drag Me to Hell a second time on Blu-ray, which actually is quite bloodier than the PG-13 version that was in theaters, but I would say it detracts from the film's quality compared to the original. Beyond those flicks there are a few more, and as always a few quick words on each follows.
As always, remember you can keep tabs on my personal Netflix queue right here. I now have 50 friends on the movie rental site and would love to »
- Brad Brevet
Concerned civilians the world over watched in horror yesterday as a runaway helium balloon with six year-old Falcon Heene allegedly trapped inside sailed over the Colorado countryside, only to arrive on the ground safely without child. Falcon, now widely known as Balloon Boy, was napping in the attic the entire time.
Naturally, the Heene family is making the press rounds following the kinda-sorta disaster, and there's already compelling evidence that the whole incident could be a hoax. What's not a hoax, of course, is poor Falcon's on-air vomiting during a recording of the Today Show. Ill timing, really. While I could sit here and think of a variety of different lists — best balloon chases caught on film, the greatest cinema hoaxes of all time — I just can't get my head around the Today Show throw-up. The result of that mental block is this list of the five greatest vomit scenes in movie history. »
- Josh Wigler
Michael Bay's influence on films is undeniable, but in most cases his influence has inspired others toward comedy. "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone delivered Team America: World Police, which was just as much a visual slam on Jerry Bruckheimer films as it was Bay, and they did it again in an episode of "South Park" (watch here). "Robot Chicken" took their own spin on Bay with "Baysplosions" seen to the right and Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg used the director's flashy editing and often used action choreography to bring us Hot Fuzz. Everyone gets the joke, and it's funny, but what has it done for his public image and people's opinions/expectations of his films? I ask this based on a comment left on my posting of the teaser trailer for the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake where someone wrote, "Michael Bay will be the death of cinema. »
- Brad Brevet
Better late than never, here is our man Adam Mast's review of GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra marks the second film based on a Hasbro toy line this summer, and I'm happy to report that this one is better than the other one. Why? Well, for two reasons. Firstly, G.I. Joe is forty minutes shorter and secondly, its more family friendly. Still, saying G.I. Joe is better than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is faint praise at best.
Directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing), this take on G.I. Joe is a cartoon come to life-literally. It features Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayons as a couple of soldiers who join an elite military super force in an effort to put a stop to an evil organization hell bent on destroying entire cities with new weapon technology.
I think that's about the gist of it. »
This past weekend, in order to help promote his new film Inglourious Basterds, famed director Quentin Tarantino recorder a short video for online film-news website Sky Movies (movies.sky.com ). The video shows Tarantino naming out his favorite top 20 films of the past 17 years. 17 marks a lucky number for Tarantino, as it was 17 years ago when he directed his first feature length film Reservoir Dogs (‘92). Starting out with a budget of only $30,000, Reservoir Dogs went on to become a cult phenomenon for younger generation filmmakers, grabbing the Grand Jury Prize nomination at Sundance and initially paving the road for Tarantino’s future projects. Why not celebrate with commemorating the best of favorites? Named Tarantino’s favorite, from all films released in the last 17 years, is Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale (2000). “If there has been any movie that has been made since I’ve been making movies that I wish I had made, »
Regardless of whether or not you think Quentin Tarantino is an egomaniac and regardless of whether or not you're a fan of his films, one of the things you have to love about him is the fact that he's kind of a fanboy in his own right. Let's face it: the guy simply loves film, and he's probably watched more movies (both obscure and mainstream) than just about anyone else on the planet. It's always interesting to hear him talk passionately about the movies that he loves, as witnessed in the recent Oz-ploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood, for example. Recently, as part of the promotion for his upcoming film Inglourious Basterds (which hits theatres this weekend), he recorded a short video for Sky Movies  talking about his Top 20 films of the past 17 years -- that is, his favourite movies that have been released since he first started directing his own flicks. »
The only hot thing about 'GI Joe'
In a last-second ditching of critics by Paramount Studios, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, was instead screened on U.S. military bases and areas with a high-concentration of military families. You know, “regular folk” who live between the liberal spheres of the East and Left coast. A brilliant tactic by the studio, it aimed to bypass the haughty blowhards to let “real Americans” ultimately judge the film along with offering screenings to a select group of “fanboy journalists.” The outcome was a temporarily elevated score on Rotten Tomatoes which quickly deflated during the film’s opening weekend.
It’s easy to see why.
The latest entry in the burgeoning toy trash genre, G.I. Joe is a classic case of futility. From tragic performances to an equally dreadful script, the movie is not a movie at all: it’s a giant bloated »
- Erik Buckman
G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra is a lad’s fantasy, the high-tech, big budget cinematic equivalent of blowing up G.I. Joe dolls with M-80s in the backyard. And perhaps that’s as it should be. Since Paramount declined to screen the movie for the press ahead of time, like most critics I paid for a ticket and saw G.I. Joe with its intended audience — a bunch of guys between 20 and 35, with nothing better to do on a Friday afternoon than watch stuff go kaboom. From their enthusiastic response, I’d say that they got exactly what they paid for, and more.
“The new action movie isn’t as bad as you think. It’s much, much worse… ‘G.I. Joe’ is like watching fireworks with a blindfold on: it’s deafening and you feel under attack. »
- Allan Ford
We know how it is: You’d like to go to the movies this weekend, but you’re too busy cooking your way through Julia Child’s magnum opus and blogging about it to get out of the house. But you can have a multiplex-like experience at home with a collection of the right DVDs. And when someone asks you on Monday, “Hey, did you see that movie about Amy Adams stuffing her husband’s face with all her gourmet cooking?” you can reply, “No, I was busy stuffing my face with other foodie flicks.” Instead Of: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Stephen Sommers’ new action flick about a team of heroes who fight villains with advanced technology, withering one-liners, and supermodel good looks... Watch: Oh dear, can you do better than Team America: World Police, the South Park guys’ 2004 puppet sendup of the United States as the global supercop, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Janeane Garofalo has described Trey Parker and Matt Stone as "cowardly" for their attack on her in Team America: World Police. The comedienne and actress was mocked for her political stance in the 2004 marionette movie, with her character being killed by a gunshot to the head in one scene. Garofalo told The Guardian: "I didn't like that at all. I didn't see it, but I know about it. The only upside to it was I was given far more credit for being famous that I've ever been given in my life. "What am I getting my head blown off for? For (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
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