18 items from 2011
Having spent the last year sat in screening rooms and cinemas watching over 200 of 2011′s cinematic offerings, it stands to reason that I’m going to have to sit through a fair share of duds. As I had seen the vast majority of the key Oscar plays before November, I spent the latter part of the year dedicating myself to seeking out the worst, most lowest common denominator fare ripe for a skewering, and with these twenty dreadful pictures, we have what are, in my opinion, the 20 biggest train wrecks of 2011. Note that Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is still awaiting worldwide DVD release and didn’t get distribution in the U.K., so that’s one that I was forced to avoid, but I’m assured that it’s irredeemably horrible nevertheless. Anyway, on with the list…
20. Shark Night 3D
(David R. Ellis / Tomatometer: 16%)
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- Shaun Munro
Presenting our weekly round-up of the big news stories from the world of movie superheroes…
After a month of dominating the superhero headlines, The Dark Knight Rises takes a bit of a back seat this week, allowing Marvel Studios to take the spotlight with the release of two new character banners depicting all the main players from Joss Whedon’s epic superhero team-up, The Avengers. As you can see to your right, Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner), Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) are all present and accounted for. You can check out high resolution versions of the two banners over at YahooMovies, who also caught up with Whedon for a detailed interview that covers pretty much every aspect of the film (well, except the villains).
In other Marvel-themed news, »
Brilliantly slotted for a Christmas 2012 release, Django Unchained is quickly becoming one of my most anticipated movies. With a cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Samuel L. Jackson just to name a few, how could it not be? Now, the ever-busy RZA has reportedly joined the Quentin Tarantino spaghetti Western picture as Thaddeus, a slave on a Mississippi plantation with a propensity towards violence. In more light-hearted news, Brian Cox (Super Troopers) may return to comedic form, as the Scottish thespian is in final negotiations to join Warner Bros’ Dog Fight for director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents). The comedy stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as rival politicians vying to represent a small North Carolina district. Cox will star as Galifianakis’s distant father who is also a former senator. Hit the jump for more on both projects. In addition to RZA’s casting, Variety »
- Dave Trumbore
The cloud of Kevin Costner leaving Django Unchained has a silver lining: As TheWrap reports, Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof star, Kurt Russell, might be taking up the role of Ace Woody in the film. Said role is Ace Woody, a trainer at Candyland, the slave plantation owned by Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Calvin Candie.
Some raised eyebrows at Costner‘s excuse for leaving — “scheduling differences” — as the character’s actions, which include training male slaves to fight to the death and female slaves to be prostitutes, scared off a guy whose work is characterized by being an everyman. This makes Russell a perfect choice; being the lead in Tarantino‘s misunderstood masterpiece, Death Proof, he played a despicable character with Stuntman Mike. Considering what he did in that film, mistreating slaves is just another order of business.
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Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to reunite with director Quentin Tarantino in the auteur’s Mississippi-set, ultra-violent spaghetti Western Django Unchained, reports Reuters. Jackson will play house slave Stephen. Jamie Foxx is expected to ink a deal to play the title character, a freed slave who partners with a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) to rescue his wife from villainous plantation owner Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Jackson will begin filming his role in January after he finishes his run as Martin Luther King, Jr., in Broadway’s The Mountaintop.
- Lanford Beard
The casting so far for Quentin Tarantino’s seventh feature film, Django Unchained, has been pretty excellent so far, with Jamie Foxx taking the titular role and Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Costner, and Christoph Waltz also cast.
Until now, Samuel L. Jackson (the L. stands for Awesome) has only been rumoured to be a part of the film too, but Collider report he has officially signed on to the project, which is brilliant news.
The film will see Jackson returning to collaborate with Tarantino for the fifth time, after first working with him on Pulp Fiction, which earned Jackson an Oscar nomination, and working with him since on Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and Inglourious Basterds (as the narrator). Django Unchained focuses on Django (Foxx),
“a slave who’s liberated by a German dentist-turned-bounty hunter and taught the tricks of the trade by his mentor. Django’s major goal in »
- Kenji Lloyd
Variety reports that veteran actor Samuel L. Jackson has officially joined Quentin Tarantino's next outing as a director, 'Django Unchained.' The film is expected to star Jamie Foxx as Django, a freed slave who teams up with a German bounty hunter to free his love interest from the grasp of a vile plantation owner, Calvin Candie. (Leonardo DiCaprio)Jackson is said to play "Stephen, a house slave and the right-hand man of a sadistic slavemaster." The role marks the fifth time that the actor has teamed up with Tarantino. The previous times are large and minor roles in 'Pulp Fiction,' 'Jackie Brown,' 'Kill Bill: Vol. 2,' and 'Inglourious Basterds.' Actor Kevin Costner -- who is currently wrapped up with Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' -- is said to be a part of the cast as well. He's said to play Ace Woody, »
At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, we weren’t left with a cliff hanger, so much as half a movie. After 146 minutes of wizarding action the story finished at what’s often termed ‘the mid-point low’, the moment where all seems lost, and the audience, as well as the hero are emotionally deflated.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 picks up moments after that, with a quick reminder that You Know Who got hold of That Wand, and a shot of a very small gravestone, then we’re back with Harry, Hermione and Ron, in a house, on a beach. Even when compared to other ‘part twos’ like Kill Bill Part 2 and the second Matrix sequel this is a bold move, as it essentially renders the film unwatchable as a movie in its own right – although it would be utterly baffling »
- Ben Mortimer
Cameron Diaz may play the title role in "Bad Teacher," but many, many terrible teachers have come before her to the big screen. The film, which opens this week, joins a proud tradition of movies featuring educators with questionable intentions.
In fact, Diaz looks like a candidate for a Golden Apple award for teaching excellence when compared with some of the classroom authority figures envisioned by John Hughes and Ingmar Bergman. Any child would be lucky to have her in charge if their alternative involved a psycho from Park Chan-wook's "Lady Vengeance" or Arnold Schwarzenegger as an undercover cop.
While Diaz may be worthy of the label "Bad Teacher," these ten characters deserve to be recognized as "The Worst Teachers in Movie History."
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Male action stars fought bad guys in all kinds of unlikely places and with shockingly mismatched partners during the 1990s. Hulk Hogan had "Mr. »
Saturday brings Doctor Who fans both great anticipation and a bit of reluctance for its arrival, as it means possible resolutions of some of our most fierce speculations about the show, at the same time as it leaves us for the entirety of the summer, returning in the autumn.
The mid-series finale, A Good Man Goes To War, airs at 6:40pm, Saturday, June 4th on BBC1. We've had video and images hinting at its contents, but nothing concrete has been revealed, leaving possibilities of Tardis interior proportions.
We'll have our review up as fast as fingers can make it happen, and we'll be anxious to read the comments of those, like us, who've followed this sixth series closely and are still mystified at what will happen Saturday. »
Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday, a column that celebrates sausage wraps, Olde English Law, and flip flops. Each week we'll be listing off the Top 5 persons, places, things, or ideas of our own choosing. This week, in celebration of the release of Bridesmaids, Tmp brings you: “The Top 5 Movie Characters You Don’t Want at Your Wedding.”
5. The Priest, The Little Mermaid
Now, let’s be fair – we shouldn’t be too hard-on him. The Priest from The Little Mermaid has an enthusiasm for weddings that’s hard as a rock. He just can’t help himself. It’s in his bone(s). When he gets up there to recite those vows, he’s stiff and erect, just tingling with anticipation. You can see his excitement practically throbbing through his robes. Ask around, and you’ll get an idea of what he’s like. Never cocky. A little chubby. But, sometimes »
Chicago – At age 50, Michael Winterbottom is still one of the freshest talents on the block. His ability to reinvent himself is almost unparalleled at a time when many of the world’s most respected filmmakers go to the same well once too often. Granted, some of Winterbottom’s experiments pay off more than others, but when they succeed, they do so on a grand scale.
“A Summer in Genoa” is one of the best films Winterbottom has ever made. Americans audiences already seem to have forgotten the picture, which debuted to little fanfare in 2008 (a year after the director’s Angelina Jolie vehicle, “A Mighty Heart”). Since Winterbottom’s prolific work ethic parallels that of filmmakers half his age, he approached “Genoa” as yet another shoestring experiment, baring several stylistic similarities to the documentary realism in his 2004 effort, “9 Songs.”
DVD Rating: 5.0/5.0
Yet “Genoa” proves to be a riveting example of »
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Are you wondering what that mishmash of colors above means? I present to you Movie Barcode. This tumblr takes every frame of a film, stretches it out and presents a single image. I stumbled upon the site today, but the after a quick search realized /Film picked it up a month ago. I still want to share it with Tfs readers, as I think there a few gems here. Above, in one of the most colorful pieces, is The Lion King. Below you can check out The Matrix and then a list with links of all of them. Head over to the site to also buy prints.
Æon Flux (2005)
127 Hours (2010)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
A Single Man (2009)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Amélie / Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001)
American Beauty (1999)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Astro Boy (2009)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Batman Begins (2005)
Black Swan (2010)
Breathless / À bout de souffle »
- Jordan Raup
Throughout her career, Uma Thurman has worked with some great directors, including Terry Gilliam, Stephen Frears, Woody Allen and a few others. But it was her work with Academy Award winner Quentin Tarantino in Pulp Fiction, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. Working again with Tarantino in Kill Bill: Vol. 1, and Kill Bill: Vol. 2, made Thurman one of the top actresses in Hollywood. Ever since Kill Bill: Vol. 2 was released in 2004, fans have been craving another Kill Bill film. When we spoke to Thurman, she gave us an update on a possible third installment. (Click on the audio player to hear Uma Thurman) Uma In the meantime, check out Uma Thurman’s new film, Ceremony, opening in theatres April 8th. Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/Foxallaccess
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Sucker Punch Directed by: Zack Snyder Written by: Zack Snyder & Steve Shibuya Starring: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Jamie Chung, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, Oscar Isaac If the filmography of Robert Rodriguez were projected onto the wall of Plato's cave, the fever dreams of its sorry inhabitants might come out something like this. Sucker Punch is an asylum for every unoriginal impulse that strikes director Zack Snyder's attention deficient mind. It is an unmitigated disaster of storytelling — thematically diarrheic with visuals to match. This hopeless post-Inception melodrama isn't based on a comic book like either of Snyder's previous efforts, but every genre cliché carries over tenfold. Like a pockmarked teen with an anime fetish, Snyder's convoluted revenge flick plays out with a cast of buxom babes who look as though they might bleed mascara when cut. Stuffed into absurdly tight-fitting outfits, gals with names like Rocket, »
I spend far too much time watching TV and movies to have time for multiple hour sports games a few times a week, so I rarely comprehend what's going on in that arena. But when sports and movies collide? I'm there. Kobe Bryant apparently has an alter ego called the Black Mamba which I'm told has nothing to do with Kill Bill. In this new short film by Nike, he's approached by Robert Rodriguez to make a movie about the character, in a concept that doesn't seem so far fetched given the current »
- Paul Tassi
Well, we hope you're a movie fan, because there aren't many TV shows to highlight. In fact, all we can point to is some overflow from last week's abundant new starts and returning series.
We missed telling you that the newest series of the prop explosion Harry Hill's TV Burp returned for an eleventh go at its neighbours on the telly schedules. But, not to worry, as it's often repeated and you can catch the first episode when it shows again tonight, Friday, February 11th at 8:30pm, or Saturday, February 12th at 6:50pm. Our hope is that the Heather-look-a-likey has been retired, but we never tire of the Knitted Character, or any pals it wants to bring along to the new series. »
The Scorecard Review Movie Awards: Best of the Decade (Almost) – Complete Results
The decade is over (and has been for a year). Now, we finally know what The Scorecard Review readers believe were the best of the best in the Tsr Movie Awards. There were 501 total voters who voted. Yes, I know it’s not technically a decade. We’ve been doing The Scorecard Review Movie Awards for eight years and decided it was time for a “Best of,” hence the “(Almost).”
If there is one thing we learned, it was The Decade of the Ledger, Heath Ledger. Ellen Page, Lord of the Rings, Meryl Streep, Avatar and Leonardo DiCaprio all had their moments as well. I will offer complete commentary on each individual category so stay tuned for that.
Look for The 9th Annual Tsr Movie Awards in February 2011.
Complete coverage and commentary of The Scorecard Review Movie Awards: »
- Jeff Bayer
18 items from 2011
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