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Another year has past, the time for closure is upon us again. I'm happy to repeat what I did last year. The following list of films is not the top pick of 2009-released films but rather the best films I've seen in 2009. It was not an easy pick, plenty of films didn't make the list, but the following films all deserve a little extra attention. Enjoy!
I wasn't a big fan of Refn until I watched Bronson. It was everything his previous films promised they'd be. Refn shows us a very quirky character played by an undefeatable Hardy. The film is visually pretty cool and refreshing, has a very strange but fun choice in music and some very memorable scenes. It's a rather short film, delivering plenty of fun and cool scenes wrapped up tightly without ever boring the audience.
09. Spring Subway
There can't be enough love for Zhang Yibai, »
Success of the hand-drawn animated feature adds to Us box office's bonanza year, which is expected to top $10bn for the first time with the release of Avatar this week
Disney's animation chief John Lasseter may be more readily associated with the Pixar brand, but he's a sentimentalist and a student of animation history, which is why several years ago he put his weight behind The Princess and the Frog. It paid off, as Disney's first hit hand-drawn 2D animated musical in some time soared to the top of the charts with $25m (£15.3m) in its first wide weekend, according to studio estimates. The film was already a winner in its first two weekends, frankly, when it was playing in two cinemas and averaging around $380,000 per site – a phenomenal amount.
The third weekend brought the expansion into 3,434 cinemas, which in turn produced a 3,244% increase in box office that »
- Jeremy Kay
It was only five years ago when the Australian Film Institute Awards reached their most sad and pathetic moment. 2005, the year that will live in infamy for followers of Australian film, produced only one (One!) film that the AFI felt worthy enough to award. Cate Shortland's Somersault was nominated for and won every.single.category. The really sad thing is that it probably deserved to win them all, which says more about the slate of Aussie films that year than anything else.
Sidebar: Two of Somersault's wins were for Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington's performances. The former is on the cusp of Oscar and the latter on the cusp of global fame and worship. You could do worse than seeing where these two learnt the ropes.
This year's AFI awards, however, are a much different story. 2009 has been a stellar year for Australian cinema - perhaps the »
- Glenn Dunks
Canada's most avant-garde film festival have released their entire slate for their 38th edition. Apart from Lee Daniel's pegged for Oscar - Precious, Lone Scherfig's An Education, Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces (Los abrasos rotos), this year's edition is filled to the gills with obscure titles and names that even a hardcore connoisseur of world cinema such as myself is unfamiliar with. - I've just completed an exhaustive 35 film slate at Tiff and I've got very little time to recharge the batteries for The Festival du nouveau cinéma. Canada's most avant-garde film festival have released their entire slate for their 38th edition. Apart from Lee Daniel's pegged for Oscar - Precious, Lone Scherfig's An Education, Lars von Trier's Antichrist and Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces (Los abrasos rotos), this year's edition is filled to the »
- Ioncinema.com Staff
By Steve Pond
With “The Princess and the Frog” winning rave reviews and “Fantastic Mr. Fox” popping up on 10-best lists, it’s time to lobby for “Mary and Max,” one of the strangest, funniest films of the year and an oddity that stands out in what has been a good year for animated features.
Made in Australia by Adam Elliot, who won an Oscar for his short film “Harvie Krumpet” six years ago, “Mary and Max” is a twisted claymation film defiantly not for kids. Mary (voiced by Toni Collette) is a lonely eight-year-old girl from the Melb »
- Steve Pond
Coraline (top); Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (middle); Jim Carrey in A Christmas Carol (bottom) Fifteen animated features are up for consideration in the Best Animated Feature category for 2010 Golden Globe Awards, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Philip Berk has announced. They are: 9 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Battle for Terra Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Coraline A Christmas Carol Fantastic Mr. Fox Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Mary and Max The Missing Lynx Monsters vs. Aliens Planet 51 [...] »
- Anna Robinson
Fellow Twitchers, take notice! This is not the first Mary and Max review, but the last one seemed to pass rather unnoticed. Don't make the same mistake twice!
Financially well-developed stop-motion films are hard to find. 2009 has been a good year though, with Selick's Coraline getting the most attention and Anderson's Mr Fox getting raving reviews all over. In the shadows of these films another one was made. One that's had a hard time getting commercial recognition but is every bit as good. And so I present to you, Mary and Max.
Mary and Max is a little Australian film that popped up on the radar rather unexpectedly. It's a rather dull title and doesn't really invite immediate investigation, but behind that somewhat boring literary façade hides a very rich and accomplished film. Mary and Max is obviously a work of love, but with the proper financial backup to turn it into a true marvel. »
Yesterday, Variety published the list of films that have made the cut of 20 for the race to get the Best Animated Feature Oscar. These 20 films will eventually be cut down to a list of 5 nominees, rather than the usual 3, and ultimately cut down to the one film that will be named Best Animated Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. A few of these animated films are yet to be released, and have not yet been screened by the Academy, so it's possible that some may be disqualified because of too much live-action mixed in, quality, etc. The final five nominees will not be announced until February 2, with the Oscars being presented on March 7. For your viewing pleasure (and our own need to inject our opinion into this process), we would like to present the following list with comments: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Instantly eliminated due to too much live-action and likelihood of »
- Neil Miller
Why, hello, folks! Another week means another week closer to December, which means it’s another week closer to Oscar bait movies. Aren’t you curious? I know you are, so let’s begin!
First up, we have 2012. It’s one of those natural disaster movies, but this time, on a global scale. The whole thing is based on the end of the world that in turn is based on the Mayan calendar. Expect super visual effects in the likes of things blowing up, giant tsunamis, raining meteors, skyscrapers collapsing, and Godzilla. Oh wait, scratch that last one.
The second of the two wide releases this week is Pirate Radio. In the 1960s, a bunch of DJs went on a boat, »
The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences stated today: Beverly Hills, CA — Twenty features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®. The 20 submitted features are: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Astro Boy Battle for Terra Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Coraline Disney's A Christmas Carol The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer Fantastic Mr. Fox Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Mary and Max The Missing Lynx Monsters vs. Aliens 9 Planet 51 Ponyo The Princess and the Frog The Secret of Kells Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure A Town Called Panic Up Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer, Fantastic Mr. [...] »
- Nikki Finke
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a press release today, announcing that 20 films have been submitted for Best Animated Film consideration at this year's Oscars. This means there could be five movies competing at the awards show in March. (In the history of the category, there have typically been only three.) So who is up for the honor? Some are obvious choices. Up, for example, comes as no surprise thanks to its huge accolades. I also think Coraline stands a chance, as well as Fantastic Mr. Fox (look for my review on Friday!). But Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel seems like a long shot - even though it hasn't hit theaters yet, so I'm just making an early prediction. (Sorry, Alvin.) With 10 movies in the Best Picture category, I wouldn't be surprised if some of these films end up with more than one nomination. Check out »
A huge embrace for animated movies was made by AMPAS today as 20 films made the cut in the Animated Feature film category, although I think 5 will be nominated for the final ballot. Even the Alvin Squeakquel was shown some love.
Beverly Hills, CA (November 11, 2009) — Twenty features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards®.
The 20 submitted features are:
“Disney’s A Christmas Carol”
“The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer”
“The Missing Lynx”
“Monsters vs. Aliens”
“A Town Called Panic”
“Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” “The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer, »
Up by Pete Docter (top); A Town Called Panic by Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (middle); Fantastic Mr. Fox by Wes Anderson (bottom) Twenty features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 2010 Academy Awards. They are: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Astro Boy Battle for Terra Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Coraline Disney’s A Christmas Carol The Dolphin – Story of a Dreamer Fantastic Mr. Fox Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Mary and Max The Missing Lynx Monsters vs. [...] »
- Anna Robinson
It was long speculated and recently confirmed that enough titles would be submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature Film category for there to be five nominees this year. This is something that hasn't happened since 2003 when Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away took home the award and not only are there 16 contenders, which is the magic number needed to open the door for five nominees, but there are 20.
The Academy just released the list of 20 films submitted for consideration and they are: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Astro Boy Battle for Terra Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Coraline Disney's A Christmas Carol The Dolphin - Story of a Dreamer Fantastic Mr. Fox Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Mary and Max The Missing Lynx Monsters vs. Aliens 9 Planet 51 Ponyo The Princess and the Frog The Secret of Kells Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure A Town »
- Brad Brevet
20 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 82nd Academy Awards.
The 20 submitted features are:
Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel
The Dolphin - Story of a Dreamer
The Missing Lynx
Monsters Vs. Aliens
A Town Called Panic
Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, The Dolphin - Story of a Dreamer, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Planet 51, The Princess and the Frog, The Secret of Kells and A Town Called Panic have not yet had their required Los Angeles qualifying run. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and meet all of the »
Computer graphics have been a game-changer for traditional animation, but the far more analog stop motion is still going strong and relatively unchanged -- see this Friday's release of "Fantastic Mr. Fox," along with the more grown-up stylings of "Mary and Max" and "$9.99."
On this week's IFC News podcast, we ponder the pleasures of stop motion, discuss the qualities that directors that like to work in the medium tend to have (cough, Ocd) and talk about how all those slight imperfections and that retro sensibility can make for a warmer and more welcoming film.
Download: MP3, 47:41 minutes, 43.7 Mb
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This week's keyword game prizes come courtesy of the David Lynch Foundation and Reed Martin. »
- Alison Willmore
The $130 million (£81 million) blockbuster, the most expensive film ever made Down Under, was expected to lead the pack at the upcoming awards show, but missed out on nominations in the main categories - including the coveted AFI Best Film prize.
Both Kidman and Jackman were also noticeably absent from the best actor/actress lists.
Luhrmann's romance was nominated for the New Member's Choice Award, Best Sound, Original Music Score, Production Design, Costume Design and Best Supporting Actor for young star Brandon Walters.
Russell Crowe is in the running for the AFI International Award for Best Actor for his role in State of Play, alongside Martin Henderson of TV hit House, Anthony Lapaglia from Without A Trace and Guy Pearce for Bedtime Stories. »
IFC Films has sent over four clips from Adam Elliot’s animated “Mary and Max”, which follows the tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary (Bethany Whitmore), a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the movies it’s cute, but in real life the cops kick down your door for it. Go figure. Mary And Max is a clayography feature film from Academy Award® winning writer/director Adam Elliot and producer Melanie Coombs, featuring the voice talents of Toni Collette, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Humphries and Eric Bana. Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary And Max tells of a pen-pal relationship between two very different people: Mary Dinkle (Collette), a chubby, lonely 8-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz (Hoffman), a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man »
Boy, oh boy, do I love me some stop-motion animation. Be it “Creature Comforts,” “Coraline,” or even, God help me, “Monkeybone,” I’m always down for some meticulously-crafted, old-fashioned storytelling. While mindlessly digging through content over at Trailer Addict, I happened upon a preview for “Harvie Krumpet” director Adam Elliot’s engaging effort “Mary and Max,” a movie which seems to blend the snazziest elements of Henry Selick and Nick Park into one charming little picture. I haven’t seen a Region 1 DVD release date yet, though I strongly suspect it should be coming down the proverbial pipeline pretty soon, as it’s already been unleashed in other territories. However, according to the official website, “Mary and Max” is screening on Sundance Selects throughout USA – via Brighthouse, Cablevision, Comcast, Fox, and Time Warner – as of 14 October 2009. For those interested parties, an official synopsis: Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max »
Tina Mabry's "Mississippi Damned," an independent American production, won the Gold Hugo as the best film in the 2009 Chicago International Film Festival, and added Gold Plaques for best supporting actress (Jossie Thacker) and best screenplay (Mabry). It tells the harrowing story of three black children growing up in rural Mississippi in circumstances of violence and addiction. The film's trailer and an interview with Mabry are linked at the bottom.
The win came over a crowed field of competitors from all over the world, many of them with much larger budgets. The other big winner at the Pump Room of the Ambassador East awards ceremony Saturday evening was by veteran master Marco Bellocchio of Italy, who won the Silver Hugo as best director for "Vincere," the story of Mussolini's younger brother. Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Filippo Timi won Silver Hugos as best actress and actor, »
- Roger Ebert
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