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Chicago – The staff at HollywoodChicago.com met with some living legends and some rising stars in 2009. As we prepare to bring you even more in 2010, we thought we’d look back at a few of our favorite quotes from the year. Enjoy.
Highlights of the year in chronological order:
Writer/Director Kyle Newman on the troubled production of “Fanboys” - ““It was very disheartening to watch everything that you’ve done positive be undermined in a week by a bunch of idiots, this team that was brought in to do this. Mainly just the director who they brought in to re-shape it who was opening his mouth online and really offending our core audience. So, I was shocked. I was like, “Oh my God.” It was just getting out of control and here we are on the sidelines and I’m watching the movie fall apart. I’m watching our fanbase dissipate. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The joy of list-making continues today as I’m running down who I thought gave the best performances of the year plus what I thought were the best quotes and kills of 2009. Please keep in mind that regarding the performances, I haven’t seen a few key films that could have very well changed the winners and runners-up: Crazy Heart (Best Actor), The Last Station and Bright Star (Best Actress), and a few others. If you think there was someone who clearly should’ve won or been nominated, shout out in the comments section and I’ll let you know whether I saw the film or not.
With this disclaimer out of the way, I present to you my picks for the best performers, directors, quotes, and kills of 2009. Hit the jump to check them all out.
- Matt Goldberg
Top 25 Movies of 2009 Introduction, Honorable Mentions and Movies #21 - 25
What's your overall opinion of the movies of 2009? I ask because moving into December I would have called it a downer year, and if you base your opinion of a year's worth of movies on the blockbusters of the year you may be a bit mixed. While films such as Star Trek, District 9 and Avatar found fans all around the world, films such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Terminator Salvation, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Angels and Demons and Watchmen were met with mixed-to-highly-negative reviews from critics and filmgoers alike. A lot of money was made, but I think we all know money doesn't always translate to quality.
- Brad Brevet
I’m so happy that 2009 was a front-loaded year. Friends and family asked me on more than one occasion, “It’s the end of the year, so where are all the good movies?” I responded that this year, for whatever reason, was different and some of the year’s best films had premiered as early as Sundance (The Hurt Locker technically debuted in 2008 with its premiere at the Venice Film Festival). The scarcity of must-see year-end flicks worked out beautifully for me because I had the time to give more thought to films and have the opportunity to watch them more than once. I feel confident in my Top 10 in a way that I’ve been uneasy about in years prior. There was a wealth of great films to choose from this year and almost all of my favorites are now available to own or rent on DVD or Blu-ray. »
- Matt Goldberg
I’ll be up front with you: the list you’re about to read wasn’t what I had in store for you. As I sat at my desk and prepared to crank out what would be another top ten list of 2009, I realized that I was utterly ill-equipped to do so. As many great films as I witnessed this year, I missed just as many that I’m sure I’d enjoy: A Serious Man. The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The Hurt Locker. The Brothers Bloom.
I know. Just thinking about it makes me sick. But I saw enough to be confident in saying that 2009 was an extremely good year for movies — from blockbusters to indie pictures, we’ve witnessed some great films and surprising debuts from unique filmmakers.
What follows isn’t a list of the “best” films of 2009, but instead is a list of the most surprising, excellent »
- John Cooper
A pretty good year.
George Clooney in .Up in the Air.
Photo: Dale Robinette/ Paramount
It seems to be a critical tradition to bewail the awfulness of each year's movies. But how often is this really true? With the annual caveat that it's impossible (and meaningless) to designate one movie or filmmaker as the "best," here are a number of 2009 pictures I liked a lot in various aspects, with one entrant in each category selected, fairly arbitrarily, as the "best," and equally worthy contenders noted below them.
"Up in the Air" A mainstream film with a complex heart and a brain, too. Not exactly a comedy, not precisely a drama, but as close to a perfect movie as any other this year.
Photo: New Line Cinema Beware of anyone who associates with Ricky Jay. He shows up in the films of David Mamet, who always loves a good con. He's the narrator of one of my favorite movies of 2009, The Brothers Bloom, also a movie about con artists. When there is trickery and sleight of hand afoot, look around and you might notice a large bearded man peering around the corners.
I know a magician. He's a pretty damn good one. His name is Jerry. To tell you more is to reveal his secrets. I asked him a few weeks ago which magician he is most impressed by. I mentioned some popular names like David Blaine (you know, to help him out). He shook his head at every name I mentioned and said, "That's easy. The greatest magician I've ever seen is Ricky Jay."
Ricky Jay pops »
- Andre Rivas
Rian Johnson ups the ante with this follow-up to the miraculous "Brick" and delivers a light-hearted crime-fiction romantic-adventure blend of a film. While the disc isn't loaded with features, it has enough to justify buying it (when it's released for sale in 2010). - The Brothers Bloom Movie: Disc: Click here to read the dvd review! Rian Johnson ups the ante with this follow-up to the miraculous "Brick" and delivers a light-hearted crime-fiction romantic-adventure blend of a film. While the disc isn't loaded with features, it has enough to justify buying it (when it's released for sale in 2010). »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
Rachel Weisz is appearing in GQ this month for a delicious photo shoot and profile. Their thesis? That Weisz is beguiling, maddening and cool. We couldn't agree more.Weisz's new movie "The Lovely Bones" opens in limited release Friday, Dec. 11 (before going nationwide in January) and already has people buzzing about her performance as grief-stricken mother Abigail Salmon.
Were she to win, it would be Weisz's second Oscar acceptance speech. She won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2005 for her role in "The Constant Gardener." According to GQ, Weisz "had to wage an aggressive letter-writing campaign to director Fernando Meirelles" to get the part, but it obviously paid off for both her and Meirelles.
Funnily enough, though her newest role is that of a mother of a slain girl, Weisz tells GQ, "There's nothing more boring than parents talking about their children. They're cute little things, but it's just not interesting. »
Rachel Weisz admitted that she's looking forward to team up with "Twilight Saga" star Robert Pattinson, for upcoming movie "Unbound Captives". In recent interview with MTV News, Weisz said, 'I'm very excited."
Although she knows little about the vampire saga, Weisz who recently met Pattinson gushed, "Meeting him was vampiric. He sucked my blood." The Angela Dodson/Isabel Dodson in "Constantine" then questioned whether she is right referring the actor as Edward Cullen. "Wait, is he the vampire?" she asked. "He is the vampire, right?"
Weisz, moreover, revealed on what she thought about her co-star, saying "He wasn't star-struck. He's got a whole rebel vibe, right? Yeah, that was his vibe." The 38 year-old actress continued, "He's kind of iconoclastic. He's flaunting authority. Yeah, pretty cool."
Earlier this week, Dr. Cole Abaius and I were having a discussion about a new brand of director -- the super-accessible kind who are now connecting with us, and their audience through the social media site Twitter. Whereas they were previously just the folks behind the camera and in the hot seat during junket weekend prior to their release, directors like Up in the Air's Jason Reitman (@JasonReitman), The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson (@rcjohnso) and even that Clerks guy Kevin Smith (@ThatKevinSmith) are now just a tweet away. It is interesting to see them so connected, so close to the folks who buy tickets that pay their salaries. Then, there are the on-set tweeters. The publicist for The Expendables has been tweeting like crazy about Sly Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and everyone else who's come to that set. And Overture Films has someone on set with Breck Eisner's The Crazies (@TheCraziesFilm), tweeting live from the »
- Neil Miller
0:00 - Intro 2:30 - Sean Talks about Japan 7:25 - Jay Talks about the Flyway Film Festival 16:55 - Greg Talks About his New Gig 19:30 - Headlines: Ricky Gervais to Host Golden Globes, First Official A-Team Image, Chris Farley DirecTV Commercial, New Anti-Paparazzi Law, Mad Max 4 Casting Rumours, Chris Pine is the New Jack Ryan, Jackie Earle Haley Rumoured for Sinestro, Wes Anderson Directed Fantastic Mr. Fox via E-mail 41:05 - Review: Where The Wild Things Are 58:20 - Trailer Trash: Edge of Darkness, Until the Light Takes Us, The Expendables 1:09:00 - Other Stuff We Watched: FlashForward / Community / Eastwick, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Trick r Treat, The Brothers Bloom, Crude Independence, Astro Boy, Outrage, Assassination of a High School President, In The Loop 1:33:00 - Paranormal Activity Audience Rant 1:39:35 - Junk Mail: Val Kilmer, What We Eat While Watching Movies, »
This Saturday the Screamfest Horror FIlm Festival will be hosting the west coast premiere of Lionsgate's Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, which takes place 5pm at the Mann Chinese 6 theaters in Hollywood, CA. In the sequel, the killer virus comes out of the woods and has a date at the high school prom. Stars Noah Segan (The Brothers Bloom, Brick), Alexi Wasser (Factory Girl, Dirt), Giuseppe Andrews (Cabin Fever, 2001 Maniacs), Thomas Blake Jr. (The Passing) and Michael L. Nesbitt. (Mississippi Damned) will all be on hand, come by and see the show! In addition, beyond the break Bloody Disgusting scored your first ever look at some early art for the sequel to Eli Roth's groundbreaking indie film. No official word on a DVD release yet. »
At the risk of sounding uneducated, I'll admit only within the past couple years did I become aware of the term "whistleblower" as well as the sort of subgenre in drama focusing on the brave characters who dare to take down powerful people and organizations. Variety reports that Monica Belluci (Shoot 'Em Up), David Strathairn (The Bourne Ultimatum) and Vanessa Redgrave (Venus) are joining Rachel Weisz (The Brothers Bloom) in the true story of a policewoman who uncovers an international scandal in a film called, aptly, The Whistleblower. The film is a Canadian-German co-production in partnership with Barry Films. The film, which begins shooting in Romania next week directed by Larysa Kondracki, highlights a scandal involving both American contractors and the United Nations in postwar Bosnia. While Weisz is playing the title character Kathryn Bolkovac, a U.N. peacekeeper whom co-writers Ellis Kirwan and Larysa Kondracki (making her directorial debut »
- Ethan Anderton
Variety reports that Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn, and Vanessa Redgrave will join Rachel Weisz in the indie political drama, “The Whistleblower”. Based on a true story, “The Whistleblower” is the directorial debut of Larysa Kondracki’s and tells the story of policewoman (Weisz) who risks her job and her own safety to uncover and bring to light a scandal involving both American contractors and the United Nations in postwar Bosnia. You wouldn’t think a scandal could erupt at the intersection of “American contractors”, “United Nations”, and “postwar Bosnia” but I guess we’ll just have to suspend our disbelief.
Weisz is having a great 2009 so far. She gave one of the best female performances of the year in “The Brothers Bloom” and she played the lead in Alejandro Amenábar’s “Agora” which became Spain’s top-grossing film of the year after only four days. Weisz will next be seen »
- Matt Goldberg
Recently someone asked in the comments if Paranormal Activity was my #1 film of the year so far and while it is definitely a favorite as evidenced by my A+ review, it won't end up my #1. However, with some time to go in the year I decided to piece together a couple of alphabetical lists of my favorite films and my least favorite films, and open up the conversation to the floor to see where you all stand as we approach the final two months of 2009.
Favorite Films (in alphabetical order) 500 Days of Summer (I enjoyed this film, but I'm worried a second viewing may begin to grate on me a bit) An Education (I've seen it twice and it lost none of its charm) Bronson (loved it, the character created by Hardy alone was enough to keep me enthralled) The Brothers Bloom (I just received the DVD and anxious to »
- Brad Brevet
The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss the virtues of digital projection, the psychological process of dealing with critics, the longevity of Titanic's appeal, and how much cooler Baked Alaska is than Banana Nut Bread. Special guest writer/director Rian Johnson joins us for this episode. Rian’s latest film, The Brothers Bloom, is currently available for rental in iTunes, Blockbuster, Netflix, and plenty of other places right now. After the break, you can see a photo of David's delicious banana nut bread. You can always e-mail us »
- David Chen
Max Records, who briefly appeared in 2008’s “The Brothers Bloom” with Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo, sat cuddled up beside Jonze in our interview. Chock full of pride, Jonze kissed Records on his cheek as the boy spoke surprisingly intelligently about his breakout role.
Image credit: Sonny Geras
In the HollywoodChicago.com interview with Jonze (“Adaptation,” “Being John Malkovich”), Records and star Catherine Keener, we discussed the film’s deft ability as one of the best films for how imagination can be used for more than escape. While fantasy films often have kids bouncing off walls and escaping reality, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Will there be a bigger disappointment for me this year than Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are? Gosh, I hope not: I’m not sure my heart could take it. My heart was, like Things’ miniature hero Max, seeking something rowdy and fierce, and unlike Max, prepared for something even more dangerous, something that would genuinely scare me or move me or startle me. And I didn’t get that. My heart, which may be more wild now than it was when I was a child, remains unstartled and unmoved. Now, I don’t want to undersell Jonze’s adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon U.K.], because it is very faithful to the letter and the spirit and the look of the original story. And that means that even today, when children’s emotions are smothered in summonings of “self-esteem” and any deviation from a perceived norm, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
So, the news came this week that Adrien Brody and Topher Grace would be headlining the upcoming Predator reboot from director Nimród Antal. Say what? Now, sure, Brody is majorly cool -- seriously, did you see The Brothers Bloom? Omg, you must -- and Grace was a hoot in that one bit in Ocean's Eleven -- but... really? Really? Antal made the awesome Kontroll a few years back, so that inspires a bit of hope, and, as Cinematical’s Elisabeth Rappe explains, Brody and Grace are sure to bring a certain je ne sais quoi to the flick: »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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