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Just what were Den Of Geek’s favourite films of 2010? Our writers put forward their personal choices, in our mammoth round-up...
The year’s nearly over and the season of turkey beckons. As 2010 draws to a close, what better time to pick over the films of the last 12 months? Here, then, are the writers of Den Of Geek’s five favourite films of the year, along with their most despised misfire of 2010.
And at the bottom, we’ve got the round-up of the overall top ten (it'll take a bit of scrolling if you want to go directly there!). So, what’s our absolute favourite movie of the year? Read on to find out…
3. Toy Story 3
4. Robin Hood
Stinker of the year: The Other Guys
I love a good historical epic, and in a summer dominated by sequels, remakes and reboots, »
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Buckle up for an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride starring Liam Neeson (Taken), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (Ufc Star),and Sharlto Copley (District 9). Convicted by a military court for a crime they didn't commit, a daring team of former Special Forces soldiers must utilize their unique talents to break out of prison and tackle their toughest mission yet. It's going to take guts, split-second timing and an arsenal of explosive weapons...this is a job for The A-Team!
"French cinema," points out the electrifying Kristin Scott Thomas wryly, "represents a lot of women of my age who are still living – not just sighing and thinking about how beautiful they once were." It's an astute observation, for proof of which one need look no further than Leaving, a tragic romance that begins and ends with a bang and centres upon a woman in the throes of the kind of midlife crisis more usually reserved for male leads.
Scott Thomas plays Suzanne, a quietly frustrated, fortysomething mother with unfulfilled personal and professional aspirations, shaken out of her (un)comfortably complacent marriage by an overwhelming infatuation with Sergi López's burly handyman, Ivan. Having devoted herself to building a bourgeois home with husband, Samuel (Yvan Attal), Suzanne promptly abandons all to pursue a "passionate teen-like relationship" with predictably explosive consequences. "It's a conventional story about adultery, »
- Mark Kermode
Last year there was a thriller called "Umbra" that was rather close to being made. Unfortunately the farthest this project went was pre-production due solely to the budget. Then swoops in "Smokin' Aces" and "The A-Team" director Joe Carnahan a year later to save the production. He'll be re-writing the script and directing the thriller with Endgame Entertainment behind the whole thing. The thriller centers on a man who finds an old cassette tape which reveals a horrifying secret. Locked in to produce is James Stern under Endgame.Carnahan is in the middle of casting for the action drama "The Grey". Liam Neeson is attached to star in the story about an Alaskan oil drilling team who struggles to survive after a plane crash strands them in the wild.Source: Deadline »
Joe Carnahan has been hired to write and direct the thriller "Umbra."According to Variety, Hal Lieberman and Endgame's James D. Stern and Doug Hanson are producing. Steven Karczynski wrote the original screenplay.Roger Donaldson had been previously attached to direct.The film, which Endgame is hoping to be the first in a franchise, centers on a businessman who finds a mysterious package in his mail and is thrust into a government agency conspiracy. He is forced to go on the run and, as he pieces the clues together, learns the truth about himself and his unknowing connection to the agency that.s hunting him.Carnahan's credits include "The A-Team," "Smokin' Aces" and "Narc." He's in pre-production on the thriller "The Grey." »
- Adnan Tezer
I can't help but feel a certain sympathy for Joe Carnahan. After coming out of the gate early with the very good Narc, he struggled to make appropriate follow-ups like Killing Pablo in between stumbling with Smokin' Aces and The A-Team. Mr. Carnahan is working now on The Grey, with Liam Neeson, but he's also just signed to rewrite and direct a thriller called Umbra. Deadline says that Joe Carnahan will rewrite Steven Karczynski's original draft. The logline sounds miserable: "a man finds an old cassette tape which reveals a horrifying secret." There's got to be more to it than that, right? Perhaps. I'm going to condense a ScriptShadow review of Umbra from last year: Umbra is one frustrating-ass script. David happens upon a strange package jammed halfway into a mailbox in front of his house. He can't resist opening it (would any of us be able to?) and »
- Russ Fischer
Steven Karczynski's script follows a businessman finding a mysterious package in his mailbox, an old audio cassette, and becomes the target of a secret government agency conspiracy.
He's soon on the run for his life and as he tries to learn the truth, he uncovers his unwitting connection to the agency hunting him. The film is the first in a potential franchise and previously had Nicolas Cage attached to star. »
- Garth Franklin
Umbra, the thriller written by Steven Karczynski, to be directed by Roger Donaldson and star Nicolas Cage, fell apart due to budget issues. Now, according to Deadline, the project is coming together at Endgame where Joe Carnahan is in a deal to rework the script as helm the project. Hal Lieberman produces the flick whose story concerns a man who finds an old cassette tape which reveals a horrific secret. Carnahan last directed the strange and lackluster The A-Team for Fox. His current project is The Grey with Liam Neeson in the leading role. Carnahan's other work includes Pride and Glory, Smokin' Aces and Narc. Of those, Aces is in my opinion, his best work to date. »
Weekend Box Office
1The Social Network$23 million2Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$10.8 million3Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$10.1 million4The Town$10 million5Easy a$7 million6You Again$5.5 million7Case 39$5.35 million8Let Me In$5.3 million9Devil$3.6 million10Alpha and Omega$3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
There were some big surprises at the box office last week as Zack Snyder's Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole fell short of its predicted number one debut and was upset by the return of Michael Douglas's Gordon Gekko in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. But with three new movies entering the box office race this week including the Oscar-worthy film The Social Network and the highly anticipated horror flicks Let Me In and Case 39, Mr. Gekko definitely had some trouble trying to stay on top of the charts for a second week in a row.
Debuting at number one this week »
Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) is getting praises for his "Black Swan" movie and has become in high demand in Hollywood. He was recently added to Warner Bros' short list of directors to helm the "Superman" reboot and is now being considered for a big screen version of "Preacher" comic book. "Preacher" is based on the popular 1990s DC/Vertigo series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. It tells the story of a down-and-out Texas preacher, given immense powers, who teams up with a former girlfriend and a hard-drinking Irish vampire and sets out on a journey across America to find God -- who apparently had abandoned his duties in heaven -- and hold him accountable for his negligence. Back in January it was reported that John August (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride) was hired to write the script. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) and Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, »
When word first broke about the latest survival horror flick coming from director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, Smokin' Aces) it looked as if Bradley Cooper (who worked with Carnahan on The A-Team) was set to star, but now it seems that yet another mercenary from the summer action flick may be getting the role.
The story follows a team of pipeline workers who struggle to survive in the Alaskan wild after their plane crashes there. The men come under attack from a pack of vicious wolves who view the humans as intruders who must be killed. If cast Neeson will play the team leader, who aches to reunite with the woman he loves.
Look for more on this one as soon as it comes. In the meantime stay off of the moors! (Sorry, »
- Uncle Creepy
After leading the infamous A-Team in the big screen adaptation of the classic TV series, Heat Vision reports Liam Neeson will be leading a team of a different sort in director Joe Carnahan's (also of Narc, Smokin' Aces) next project The Grey. Described as "existentialist kind of drama" which Carnahan wrote himself, the story follows a group of pipeline workers in Alaska flying back into civilization after working for number of months. The 737 they're on goes down, and they're then hunted by a pack of rogue wolves. Neeson replaces another member of The A-Team, actor Bradley Cooper, who was previously slated to star in the same role. Ridley and Tony Scott are producing via their Scott Free banner and writer Ian Jeffers also helped write the script with Carnahan. The project is yet another in the recent line of films to place the 58 year-old actor in intense, action-packed »
- Ethan Anderton
20th Century Fox is in the middle of putting together their "Fantastic Four" reboot and we're hearing lots of casting rumors. Since The Thing will be completely CG this time, the studio is looking for actors to lend their voices to the character. And according to Cbm and ScreenRant, Bruce Willis and Kiefer Sutherland ("24") are in talks for the part. Regarding directors, David Yates (four "Harry Potter" films), James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) and Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, Smokin' Aces) are being considered to helm. As previously reported, Adrien Brody (Predators) is the top contender to play Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Alice Eve (She's Out of My League) is the top choice for Sue Storm (Invisible Woman) and Kevin Pennington ("90120") is rumored to play Johnny Storm (Human Torch). »
Fox isn't going to begin production on their Fantastic Four reboot until after X-Men: First Class is completed, but that's not stopping them from looking at various actors and directors to come on board. First there were rumors of the studio pursuing Adrien Brody and Amber Heard to star in the film, and now even more rumored possibilities have come to light, revealing the film's directorial candidates, as well as who Fox wants to voice The Thing (who will be an entirely CGI creation this time around). Comic Book Movie is reporting that the three directors Fox is considering for the film are Joe Carnahan (The A-Team, Smokin' Aces), David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix through Deathly Hallows) and James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin, V for Vendetta). One of the trio will be given an offer shortly. Not much common ground amidst this talented but weirdly incongruous filmmaker round-up. »
- Adam Quigley
I don't know about what it sounds like to you, but to me, Hell on Wheels sounds like a Sons of Anarchy spin-off. Maybe it's the east coast incarnation of a motorcycle gang, right?
Not exactly. In fact, the new pilot that AMC is developing is titled Hell on Wheels because it centers on a train. Now, this isn't one of those macabre trains that you might see in Stephen King's Dark Tower series or something. No, it's a good old historical train, set in the good old western times during the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad back in the late 19th century. In fact, that's just what the series is about: the railroad's construction.
Now, the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad has always fascinated me. Different ethnic groups built different parts of the railway (which traveled across America horizontally), but there were many difficulties, such as going through »
- Sam McPherson
A strong cast, a hotshot director, technical knowhow, explosions, locations, muscle. So why is The A-Team a bit, well, Z-list?
"If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire ... The A-Team."
Unfortunately for studio 20th Century Fox, Mr T and his pals are all either rather crinkly or, in the case of George Peppard, aka Colonel Hannibal Smith, long since departed from this mortal coil. So they've had to put their money on a bunch of celebrity lookalikes instead. Yet even with the likes of Oscar nominee Liam Neeson (Hannibal), The Hangover's Bradley Cooper (Face) and District 9's Sharlto Copley (Murdock) on board, this latest attempt to siphon off some 80s cool from a fondly remembered TV show feels about as authentic as a Turin shroud beach towel.
Along with Ultimate Fighting champ Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, »
- Ben Child
13 June 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sony's remake of "The Karate Kid" kicked some life into a previously listless domestic boxoffice with a surprisingly powerful opening weekend estimated at $56 million.
Completing a notable one-two combo, Fox's bigscreen adaptation of "The A-Team" debuted in second place with $26 million -- even if "Kid" did seem to pocket some of the rival actioner's coin. And displaying how a hit movie can spread boxoffice wealth to others, three holdovers marked solid sophomore sessions:
Lionsgate's action comedy "Killers" fell a relatively modest 48% to $8.2 million in fifth place, with cume of $30.7 million.
Fox's family laugher "Marmaduke" dropped 48% to $6 million in seventh with a $22.3 million cume.
Only Warner Bros.-distributed "Splice" failed to find second-week traction. The scifi thriller tumbled a big 61% in piecing together just $2.9 million in 10th place for a $13.1 million cume. »
- By Carl DiOrio
It's taken several years, but now we finally know what a mainstream action film from director Joe Carnahan looks like with the release of The A-Team, which hits theaters nationwide today. Carnahan proved himself capable of delivering a hard-boiled indie crime feature in 2002's Narc, directed one of the best BMW Film entries (Ticker), and although I have issues with 2006's Smokin' Aces, I still admire that film for what it gets right. Now with The A-Team, a big-budget remake of the classic 80's TV series, Carnahan has a shot at becoming more than a beloved indie director. The film was one of the few big releases this summer that I was actually excited for, and I'm glad to say that it lived up to my expectations completely. Carnahan, along with screenwriters Brian Bloom (who also plays a major villain role in the film) and Skip Woods, have crafted a »
- Devindra Hardawar
Hollywood has always been green; it's the color of money, and recycling properties is a sure return on investment. So it's no surprise that the 80s cult classic The A-Team was dusted off and re-imagined for a new audience on the big screen. The A-Team (2010) updates the story with an unlikely team of Army Rangers framed, court-martialed and imprisoned, only to break out to track down the real culprits.
In the mid-80s, Stephen J. Cannell ruled TV. The king of action-filled TV hours (along with co-creator Frank Lupo) is responsible for many manly hours of TV drama. Watching the renegade Vietnam vets irreverently dole out justice wasn't just a guilty pleasure; it was refreshing from the onslaught of gravitas pigeonholing Vietnam vets as troubled at best, psychotic killers at worst.
When the news broke about yet another "re-imagining" of a beloved cult classic, skepticism was the polite reaction. With »
- Jenn Brown
The A-Team seems like an odd change of pace for Joe Carnahan. One, it's a summer tent-pole popcorn movie that's an inevitable blockbuster. Two, Carnahan is one known for his grit and his more extreme nature when it comes to the violent side of things. And three, it's got wide appeal -- unlike (the underrated) Smokin' Aces or Narc. We pulled in an interview with Carnahan -- who's an actual Film School Reject himself -- at the last second to discuss all of this. »
- Jack Giroux
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