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Back in June, I had only seen just over 20 movies that had been released in 2012. After deciding that was unacceptable, and thanks to Netflix Instant, Redbox, Amazon Instant Video, and of course, advanced screenings and my local Hollywood theaters, I devoted the last half of the year to seeing as many movies as I could, bringing my tally to around 150 for the year (check out the full list of all the 2012 movies I watched this year here). Since the Mayan apocalypse never came a few days ago, I figured it is a good time to break down my favorite movies of the year. Like last year, I have compiled three separate lists: the Most Overrated Moves of the Year, Most Underrated Movies of the Year, and my Top 10.
Now, there are a lot of great movies that you will not find on these lists, such as blockbusters Marvel's The Avengers, »
Putting together this year's best of 2012 list is akin to the buffet at my favorite barbeque restaurant. There's so many good choices, it's pretty difficult to know what to pick. 2012 was an excellent year in cinema. From Sundance in January to the slew of awards contenders in December, there was a tremendous variety of great films across every genre. Whittling down to the ten best movies was as tough a process as I've ever had writing this article. I chose my top 10 with the ideal of repeated viewing in mind. What films would stand the test of time? What films would I watch a second time if it were 3Am and I came across them on late night TV? Much like the buffet analogy, what would make me fill up my plate again and again. As we review the choices, let's start off with the films that didn't make the cut. »
(*Note. B. Alan, here. Thank you for putting up with me throughout the year. I know you secretly love to hate me, and vice versa. I just wanted to introduce you to Robert Sean Shankstone (aka Rob-Sean or "Broke Bobby", as some call him). He is a good friend of Brian Balchack, and, as a family man struggling to make ends meet, we thought he'd offer a different take on the Top 10 lists being ponied up by our resident critics (all of whom have seen ten times the movies that Robert has). I also didn't want you to hate this Top 10 list because you saw my name at the top of the story. I am just the content publisher in this case. I have nothing to do with this piece. So, without further ado, here is Broke Bobby. We will be offering up plenty of contributing writers as we head »
Welcome to the Billionaire.s Club, Mr. Bond. Skyfall, the latest installment in the long-running cinematic spy franchise, has become the 14th film to cross the $1 billion mark globally. Director Sam Mendes. contributions to the classic series ranks as the highest-grossing Bond thriller of all time, as noted by Deadline. It has earned an estimated $289.6M domestically, and a whopping $710.6M overseas. It is the first movie to earn more than 100 million pounds in Great Britain. And as the site points out, the sequel shows no signs of slowing down, and has yet to open in China . obviously, a massive market filled with ticket purchasers. This is a monumental mark, yet hardly an unprecedented mark. Two other films released in 2012 managed to race past $1 billion before Skyfall: Joss Whedon.s The Avengers ($1.5B) and Christopher Nolan.s final Batman film, The Dark Knight Rises ($1.1B). Still, it is a »
This year, the battle for the “Best Actor” category is fierce. However, one of our favorites is John Hawkes. Is brilliant performance in “The Sessions” may garner him the coveted Oscar. Soon we will find out. John Hawkes has been working non-stop since his critically acclaimed performance as Teardrop in “Winter’s Bone,” the role which earned him an Independent Spirit Award win and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Hawkes can be seen in Ben Lewin’s “The Sessions,” the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined – at age 38 – to lose his virginity. He also recently completed production on “Lincoln,” “Arcadia” and “The Playroom.” Hawkes’ additional film credits include “Higher Ground,” “Contagion,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” “American Gangster,” “Miami Vice,” “Identity,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Hardball,” “Wristcutters: A Love Story,” “The Amateurs, »
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Best Comic Book Adapted or Superhero Feature Film
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The economy may be teetering on the edge of a fiscal cliff, but such dire financial woes were nowhere to be found at the box office in 2012. Over the past 365 days, Americans spent many of their hard-earned dollars at the movies — paying to see everything from Channing Tatum’s abs to a foul-mouthed talking teddy bear, and as a result, the box office had its best* year ever.
Movie theaters sold an estimated $10.84 billion worth of tickets domestically in 2012, beating the previous record of $10.59 billion set in 2009 (when Avatar led a late-December surge), and marking a new record in terms »
- Grady Smith
The final battle sequence in "The Avengers" is one that's hard to forget. Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow and Hawkeye team up together to take down the invading Chitauri army and defeat Loki in what ends up being a massive fight that stretches across New York City. It's impressive to behold, and we have the folks over at Industrial Light & Magic to thank for it.
In a new featurette, some of the supervisors at Ilm explain how they made the epic scene work. After filming at over 1200 different locations around NYC, the Ilm team combined digital and actual footage to show Iron Man flying in one long shot through the battle sequence, and they even had to replace some of the actual actors with digital replacements to make it work.
"One of the challenges was Captain America. They had shot an element of Captain America on set, »
- Terri Schwartz
As 2012 draws to a close, here’s yet another top 10 list for you to have a read through.
One of my goals for 2012 was to try to go outside of the genre’s I’d usually frequent and expand my horizons. As you’ll see from the list, that wasn’t terribly successful. While you’ll see things like Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour, The Master, and Moonrise Kingdom on other lists, you’ll not find them here because I haven’t seen them.
There are also films that I can’t include here because they don’t count as 2012 releases: American Mary, Maniac, and Sleep Tight are three of the best films I’ve seen this year, but they’ll have to wait for inclusion next time.
Shame is not a fun film to watch. It’s a bleak, depressing look at one man’s sex addiction »
As one year ends and another begins, it’s always good to have a look back over the past 12 months…and review which films were the most pirated of 2012! Although you may think that some of the big hitters (e.g. The Dark Knight Rises/Avengers Assemble) would top the poll, you would be wrong. Research shows that little known, under-the-radar comedy Project X was the most illegally downloaded film of the year, coming in with 8.72 million torrents.
The out-of-control-party-based film, directed by Nima Nourizadeh, may not have made an impact over here in the UK, but made a worldwide box office total of $100 million. Yes, there were films that made a hell of a lot more, but if a film isn’t widely released, it can become a victim of Internet pirates.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Don Cheadle & director Shane Black talk with Wired about the upcoming action film “Iron Man 3″ by director Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr. (The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Due Date, Iron Man 2), Cobie Smulders (They Came Together, Nick Fury, Grassroots, The Avengers), Gwyneth Paltrow (Contagion, Glee, Country Strong) and Don Cheadle (Flight, House of Lies, Iron Man, The Guard). Synopsis: Iron Man gets a third outing fresh from his team-up with The Avengers in this Marvel Studios production. Robert Downey Jr. once again stars, with Shane Black taking over directing duties from Jon Favreau, who stepped down after a tumultuous Iron Man 2 [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
Theatrical Trailer: the official theatrical piece, usually cut from the first (very long) cut of the picture or sometimes (if there is no first cut yet) from dailies (all the shot footage, including all the different takes and angles), maximum length of a trailer is two and a half minutes.
Teaser Trailer: A first, short theatrical preview piece (usually not longer than a minute and a half), cut from a few selected takes and scenes while the picture is still being shot.
For those of you who think it’s okay to show up to a film after the coming attractions – move along. No self-respecting movie geek would dare miss the previews. And don’t get us started on the individuals who arrive during the trailer you’ve been dying to see only to move through your line of sight during the all-important money shot.
In most cases, trailers are »
- Movie Geeks
Back in late October, just days after Ming-Na Wen officially joined Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. ABC drama, AMC Theaters caught up with the Macanese-born American actress to briefly discuss her role as Agent Melinda May. While remaining discreet about the pilot, which is co-written and directed by The Avengers’ Joss Whedon, check out the short video interview embedded below! Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson), Ming-Na (Agent May), Brett Dalton (Agent Ward), Chloe Bennet-Wang (Agent Skye), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Simmons) and Ian De Caestecker (Agent Fitz). In addition to Joss Whedon, Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot is penned by his brother Jed Whedon and his wife Maurissa Tancharoen. And Marvel TV's Executive producer Jeph Loeb stated recently that the pilot is aiming for a premiere spot on ABC's Fall of 2013 line-up. »
Unsurprisingly, a lot of the top 10 consists of nudity and or sex scenes - Megan Fox's boob grope in This Is 40 for example. But a few others are Cbm related, and Thanos' appearance in the mid-credits scene of Marvel's The Avengers takes the no. 1 spot.. What they say.. "The previous sequences left us thrilled and confused in varying measures, but no film elicited as many “Wtf?” responses as the end of The Avengers (or, sorry, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble), which in its mid-credits sequence made it clear where the evil chain of command led, to this helmet-clad figure who bemused just as many people as he excited. The nerds were at once screaming, “It’s Thanos!”, while more casual viewers – likely the majority of the audience – were promptly whipping out their smartphones to try and figure out who it was. Indeed, it’s the briefest of glimpses and »
Visionary director / producer / writer / filmmaking machine Guillermo del Toro has about a million projects on the go. It seems his name is never far away when a major new franchise rears its head, on top of the ridiculous amount of self-starting projects he seems to announce on an almost daily basis. So, with the recent release of the (mind-blowing) Pacific Rim trailer, it seems a good time to get things straight and find out what’s concrete, what’s a possibility and what’s just wishful thinking.
The Hobbit – “But he’s no longer involved you complete moron.” I hear you cry. Well indeed, but such was his involvement that he still got a co-writer credit for his troubles. Whether his influence will be »
This is the time of year when all manner of people and media post their best/worst selections of the year. The main purpose is to elicit outrage or agreement or bewilderment regarding the selections. Anyone can play. So I guess I will with these caveats. I’m not saying that what follows is the best of any the categories. It’s simply what I most enjoyed. Some books, TV shows, music, movies I simply didn’t experience (e.g. Argo and The Hobbit) or didn’t enjoy as much as those listed (i.e. the latest Dresden book, The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man). I’m only touching on what was new in 2012 – not those things I’ve enjoyed from other years and enjoyed again in 2012.
Caveats away. Let’s get down to it.
Doctor Who: The mid-season finale didn’t please me as much as I hoped. »
- John Ostrander
Lionsgate released this really cool Japanese poster for the horror film “The Cabin in the Woods” written by Joss Whedon and written/director by Drew Goddard (Cloverfield, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and starring Richard Jenkins (The Rum Diary, Hall Pass), Bradley Whitford (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers, Red Dawn), Fran Kranz (Donnie Darko), Kristen Connolly (The Happening), Anna Hutchison (Legend of the Seeker), Brian J. White and Jodelle Ferland (Eclipse, The Haunting Hour: The Series). Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story, think again. From fan favorites [ Read More ]
The post Wicked New Japanese Poster for The Cabin In The Woods appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Brian Corder
Joss Whedon's The Avengers included an incredible action-packed scene that featured every member of the Avengers team locked in an epic battle against aliens in New York City! Watching that scene play out on the big screen gave me chills of awesomeness. For those of you who are curious how that scene was created, Industrial Light and Magic has released a behind the scenes featurette detailing how they brought that insane battle to life for the fans! Here's a description of the video from Ilm's YouTube channel:
While “The Avengers” posed many visual effects challenges, one of the larger challenges was pulling together the “tie-in” shot during the third act of the film. Rather than frames, this single shot is measured in minutes on screen and is one of the longest effects shots in the film. It incorporates both practical special effects and extensive digital visual effects by Ilm. »
- Joey Paur
Social media has become an added medium of coverage to all news genres, including sports, politics and entertainment. We’re bringing you a social media round-up of interesting and entertaining items making film headlines in the social sphere.
As the credits begin to roll for 2012, it's time to do what any rational journalist does; make a year-end list, of course. The past year has been filled with many influential film moments on social media. It's time to reveal the top five.
5. The Avengers global Twitter chat
Do you remember the adrenaline-high you felt during all that promotional teasing for The Avengers? One of Marvel's highlights during its marketing campaign for the superhero team-up flick was when it held a Live global Twitter chat. For 30 minutes, fans from all over the world had the chance to live tweet questions and gain answers from cast members Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and director Joss Whedon. »
- Jeremy Singer
In a very interesting interview with The Playlist (read the full thing by clicking the link below), Samuel L. Jackson once again admits that he has no idea if Nick Fury will be a factor in Marvel's planned S.H.I.E.L.D tv show, but he still thinks the eye-patch wearing spy should play a "Charlie from Charlie's Angels" type role at the very least. When The Playlist joke that he should do a walk on cameo in the background, Jackson tells them that he had hoped for such an appearance in Breaking Bad of all things. Both The Avengers and the AMC show shot in New Mexico ("They shot in the studio right across from us in Albuquerque"), and Jackson had tried to walk into a shot in costume and order some chicken from Pollos Hermanos, but he said none of the producers would allow him. "I »
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