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Including films that achieve the correct button-mashing combo to earn fancy kudos and are positively lauded, there are only a select few from the whole bunch that have the significance of “definitive.”
These are films that transcend ownership of marquee space, or their critical importance with film niches, and take on a wide cultural significance. Such happens to a point in which these movies now help outline our exact understanding of an entire year of film itself. These are the films that are created from specific thematic trends from all of our culture, or in some historical cases, became trends themselves.
From the paranormal parody of “A Haunted House” to the controversial “Wolf of Wall Street,” here are 13 films that best define the movie year that was 2013.
1. “A Haunted House”
Hide as one may try from junky horror spoofs that aim to abuse the clever imbalance of low budget filmmaking with multi-million audience appeal, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Actress Rachel True says Rolling Stone must've smoked themselves stupid ... 'cause they somehow left her movie "Half Baked" off their list of Top 10 Stoner Movies of all time!Rachel -- who played Mary Jane Potman in the cult classic -- was doing some sightseeing around the Grove in La ... and we asked where she thinks "Half Baked" ranks among the dankest weed movies.Ms. Potman says she thinks the movie should at least be in »
- TMZ Staff
What happens when you lock six comedians in a house for almost the entire length of a feature film? A lot of improvisation. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg teamed up to write and direct the summer blockbuster hit This Is the End, but when Rogen, Craig Robinson, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and Jay Baruchel were put in the same room, no script could hold them down. Not that it wanted to.
- Samantha Highfill
When considering the greatest Christmas movies of all time, there is one that is always over looked. Be it journalistic snobbery, or a tragic lack of awareness, this movie is always omitted from festive film lists. The premise alone warrants its place on any list worth its seasonal salt: Evil body building millionaire Blake Thorne (Hulk Hogan) gets amnesia and then believes that he is Santa Claus.
I mean, come on! Just read that again! Who wouldn’t want to see this movie?
You? Everyone else? Me? Yeah, sounds about right.
- John Sharp
The details surrounding Amy Schumer’s script for her upcoming comedy Train Wreck remained under tight wraps despite its months in development. Variety did report on one key detail today. Producer Judd Apatow, originally a producer on Train Wreck, took on directing duties as well. For a director and producer long criticized for too many “buddy” comedies in the vein of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Pineapple Express, Train Wreck looked to continue his recent trend in producing female comedies from Bridesmaids to HBO’s Girls. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Author: Gallery 1988
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Titan Books
Introducing The Second Cult Movie-art Book From Gallery 1988, One Of The World’S Most Talked About Art Galleries! An impressive cult movie art collection, featuring art from Gallery 1988, a Los Angeles art gallery that focuses on pop-culture themed artwork. Be prepared to see your favourite cult movies as you’ve never seem them before!This second volume of Cult Movie Art collects the best of the last two years of the show, with pieces inspired by Escape From New York, Shaun of the Dead, Ghostbusters, The Princess Bride, The Big Lebowski and many more. Gallery 1988′s annual cult movie-inspired Crazy 4 Cult art show has become a phenomenon. 2012′s show moved from La for the first time, with a triumphant opening in New York.
Gallery 1988′s Crazy4Cult Cult Movie Art 2 is the coffee table art book to »
- Jess Orso
Given James Franco is cracking the books as a PhD candidate in English Literature at Yale University, he’s found an ideal vehicle to make his Broadway debut. The “Pineapple Express” star will appear as George in a new production of John Steinbeck’s Depression era classic “Of Mice and Men.” He has some able support in the form of Chris O’Dowd, the “Bridesmaids” actor who will also be making his Great White Way debut in the show directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro (“August: Osage County”). Performances will begin March 19, 2014, with an official opening slated for »
- Brent Lang
If you’re a fan of Jim Morrison, you might want to keep an eye on the indie drama, The Last Beat. The film is loosely based on his last days in Paris, and it’s always interesting to see how a movie does a biopic without being a straight biopic (Todd Haynes pulled this off brilliantly with the I’m Not There, which was based on the life of Bob Dylan). Today, we have samples of two songs from the film, and I’ll leave it to the Morrison fans to decide how well they evoke the deceased musician. Hit the jump to listen to the songs and an exclusive new image, and click here to keep up with the movie on Facebook. The Last Beat stars Shawn Andrews (Dazed & Confused), Cameron Richardson (Entourage) Martha Higareda (Street Kings), Kevin Corrigan (Pineapple Express), and Seymour Cassell (Rushmore). Here’s the »
- Matt Goldberg
According to my Facebook feed, Seth Rogen and James Franco “won the Internet” today with “Bound 3,” their “crazy, amazing lampoon” of Kanye West’s “Bound 2” video. Other news outlets inform me that Rogen and Franco’s spoof is “outrageous,” a “hilarious parody” of West’s “(unintentionally) hilarious” video. “The co-stars of Pineapple Express and Freaks and Geeks have really outdone themselves this time,” writes the Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern, “It has to be seen to be believed.” E! Online’s Brett Malec has a similar take on the “hilarious parody clip,” noting: “There’s even a steamy kiss between the funnymen!”Funnymen, in this case, is generous — unless “funny” is a category that has now expanded to encompass the insipid and the absolutely bloody obvious. As millions of people noticed prior to the release of the Rogen-Franco video, “Bound 2” is extravagant kitsch — you might even call West’s video, »
- Jody Rosen
The pair have done a shot-for-shot remake of the clip with Franco playing West and Rogen as Kim Kardashian. The result is less bronzed cleavage and a fairly disturbing amount of back hair. Check out how it compares to the original clip below:
- Garth Franklin
Shot-for-shot remakes are largely redundant and unnecessary. Unless they're done for comedic effect, such as when you recreate a music video with a very hairy, shirtless Seth Rogen filling in for a topless Kim Kardashian. This is the case for a funny shot-for-shot remake of Kanye West's "Bound 2" music video starring James Franco in West's part and Rogen as the rapper's reality-show-star fiancee and baby mama. The audio is still the same, but now you've got the Pineapple Express duo making out on a motorcyle. It's less Nsfw, even though there are also boobs in this version. It's just that they're Rogen's manboobs. Franco and Rogen are currently making the comedy feature The Interview, and this parody was done during their...
- Christopher Campbell
Following this summer’s excellent This Is the End, Seth Rogen is currently busy making his second directorial feature with co-director Evan Goldberg on the comedy The Interview. Rogen stars opposite James Franco in the film about a TV personality and his producer who are enlisted to help assassinate the prime minister of North Korea, but it appears that the Pineapple Express actors had a bit of downtime on set that they decided to put to good use. Rogen and Goldberg have given Kanye West’s music video for “Bound 2” the Gus Van Sant’s Psycho treatment by creating a shot-for-shot remake that puts Franco in the West role and Rogen in the place of Kim Kardashian. The result is pure comedy gold. Hit the jump to watch the video for “Bound 3.” Video courtesy of Rogen and Franco’s Twitter accounts. And here’s West’s equally hilarious video for comparison. »
- Adam Chitwood
James Franco is a drug dealer — again — in his new film “Homefront,” which he promoted Thursday on “Conan.” It’s at least the third time the actor has played a pusher on film (“Pineapple Express,” “Spring Breakers”) — though there have probably been other similar roles, he admitted. Also read: ‘Homefront’ Review: Jason Statham vs. James Franco in Uneasy Mashup of Brutish Action and Family Values In reality, the job doesn’t suit Franco: ”I would not be a good drug dealer,” he admitted to Conan O’Brien. “If you put aside the high, the glamorous murders … it’s just like a business, »
- Tony Maglio
He's carved a little niche playing drug dealers in films like "Pineapple Express" and "Spring Breakers," but as James Franco tells it, he'd made a terrible one in real life. The answer why might surprise you.
Appearing on "Conan" on Thursday (Nov. 21) to promote his new film "Homefront," in which he plays, you guessed it, a drug dealer, he told host Conan O'Brien why he didn't think he'd be able to make it work in the drug biz. "I think is my third, I probably played a few other drug dealers at some point, but I play on in 'Pineapple Express,' one in 'Spring Breakers' and now one here, but no, I would not be a good drug dealer. You know, if you put aside the high, all of the glamorous murders, the addiction -- you know all that, all the unlawful activity, it's just like a business, »
AMC could be bringing the graphic novel ‘Preacher’ to their slate. The network has reportedly ordered the pilot with Pineapple Express and 50/50′s Seth Rogen on board to possibly star and produce with his partner Evan Goldberg. ‘Preacher’ comes from writers Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion. The story revolves around a Texas preacher by the name of Jesse Custer who loses faith after he is possessed by a Genesis, a supernatural creature that is described as a half demon, half angel who kills off his entire congregation. Custer is left with the power to manipulate others with his words. After losing everything he knows, Custer and his girlfriend Tulip, joined [ Read More ]
The post AMC Eyes Graphic Novel ‘Preacher’ appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Sarah Anne Luoma
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? In Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, "Man of Steel," the young Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) goes on a journey to discover his origin and to better understand his super-human powers. However, when the Kryptonian military leader, General Zod (Michael Shannon), threatens the fate of earth, Clark must face his past to save his planet.
Why We're In: "Man of Steel" is full of spectacular action sequences that will quench any superhero junkie or comic book fiend's appetite. However, Snyder's film was ranked as one of Moviefone's Best Movies of 2013 (So Far) primarily because it successfully rebooted the Superman story after previous failed attempts. It may be your typical Blockbuster fare, but it's undoubtedly a thrilling ride.
Watch: A special feature from the "Man of Steel" Blu-ray (Video)
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
- Erin Whitney
To mark the release of This Is The End on 4th November, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
From the writers of Pineapple Express and Superbad, This Is The End follows six friends (Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson) trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
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The hilarious end of the world smash, This is the End, is released on Blu-ray and DVD this November 4th and to celebrate we’ve got 3 copies of the Blu-ray/DVD to give-away completely free!
From the writers of Pineapple Express and Superbad, This is the End follows six friends (Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson) trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
To be in with a chance of winning simply watch the above trailer and answer the following question:
Which celebrity’s house do the This Is The End gang find themselves holed up in?
a) James Franco »
- Phil Wheat
Stars: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Rihanna, Paul Rudd | Written and Directed by Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
With the halcyon years of their Apatow-backed adventures behind them, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg bring us their meditation on an unknown future with apocalyptic comedy This Is The End, a bundle of joy with fine comic performances all round, also showing off at least some sort of increased cinematic ambitions for the filmmakers.
Smartly Rogen and Goldberg draw you into the film with the first act which feels like an old comfortable pair of shoes, both making you feel at ease but also wanting something a little more. The section is packed with a shed load of celebrities playing themselves, a scene stealing Michael Cera the standout in this section, it takes on the “hanging »
- Ian Loring
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