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Week in geek's best of 2010

31 December 2010 6:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

It's not been a vintage year for fanboy fare, writes Ben Child, but he's managed to find a top five worth shouting about. Post your own shortlist below

Once again we find ourselves in the season of lists, and just as was the case last year, I find myself incapable of finding 10 films that I can recommend as the year's best. Does this say something about the dearth of quality fanboy fare? Quite possibly. We may have emerged from the bad old years of Joel Schumacher Batman movies and Ben Affleck in a pimp suit, but there are still more poor and distinctly average films out there than there are great ones.

This year saw the arrival of Predators, much-hyped but ultimately a tired retread with few new ideas to revive the franchise, not to mention a pointless Laurence Fishburne pseudo-cameo. We also had the fetid Jonah Hex, in which »

- Ben Child

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FilmDistrict Will Launch with Toronto Hit Insidious on April 1; Early Reviews

30 December 2010 9:23 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

New distributor FilmDistrict is launching its 2011 slate April 1 with horror-flick Insidious (trailer below), a seven-figure Toronto Fest Midnight Madness pick-up from Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group that many expected to be a Sony genre label Screen Gems release. Sure, Sony is making nice to new distribution partner--and ex-Sony exec--Peter Schlessel. Update: But, it turns out, Swag doesn't acquire films for Clint Culpepper's Screen Gems; District 9 and 88 Minutes went through Sony's Tri-Star. Swag knew in Toronto that FilmDistrict was eager to release Insidious. Sony is invested in making FilmDistrict a success, so that the fledgling distrib can start out with a solid commercial release. Announced pick-up Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Cary Mulligan, is set for September; still to be officially slated are »

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‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘King’s Speech’, ‘Toy Story 3?, and ‘Never Let Me Go’ Ineligible for WGA Awards

29 December 2010 6:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Don't expect to see Winter's Bone, King's Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon nominated for the WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America have revealed the list of eligible films, and none of the previously mentioned highly acclaimed movies/screenplays are on the ballot. Before you get up in arms, you must realize that the guild's rules restrict nominations to productions aren't produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines. Other films missing from the WGA ballot include Biutiful, The Ghost Writer, Nowhere Boy, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World and The Way Back. Of the animated feature films, Zack Snyder's Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole passed, while more highly acclaimed movies like Pixar's Toy Story 3 and DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon were deemed ineligible. Last year, several of the high-profile award contenders weren't eligible for WGA Awards, »

- Peter Sciretta

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King's Speech and Toy Story 3 Disqualified from WGA Awards

29 December 2010 3:52 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Every year we make sure to report on the winners of the WGA awards, which honor the best screenplays of the year. The reason this event is so important is because winners of WGA awards have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay 11 out of the last 16 times. This year, however, WGA has announced that only 76 screenplays are eligible to receive their award, disqualifying several major contenders, including "The King's Speech," "Toy Story 3," "Winter's Bone," "Blue Valentine," "Another Year," "The Ghost Writer," "Never Let Me Go" and "Scott Pilgrim vs the World." "The King's Speech" and "Winter's Bone" have been impressing critics and stood a good chance to win the Oscar for Best Screenplay, but those chances have now been hurt by WGA. The Writers Guild does not simply give out awards for being the best screenplay. Instead, the guild only honors those screenplays that are produced »

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Sound On Sight’s Best Films of 2010 – part 3

29 December 2010 12:50 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

#10 – Let Me In

Directed by Matt Reeves

Based on the best-selling Swedish novel “Let The Right One In” by John Ajvide Lindqvist, and the highly-acclaimed film of the same name, Let Me In is a haunting, provocative thriller and in many ways is better than the original. While originally pegged as their own vision of the novella, it’s clear that director Matt Reeves has mimicked Alfredson’s distinctive sense of style and looked to his adaptation for visual inspiration. Reeves takes a bold and critical step in shooting an almost shot-for-shot remake of the Swedish vampire flick. But by injecting his own craft, he finds a way to harden it with a little more emotion and flavor. The pressure in adapting a story or remaking a film is that the filmmakers already have an archetype to which everyone will compare their work to. Some people will be unwilling to invite this film in, »

- Ricky

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Toy Story 3, The King's Speech & More Ineligible for WGA Awards

28 December 2010 8:47 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The 2010 nominees for the WGA Awards, or the annual Writers Guild Awards, haven't been announced yet - not until January 4th. When they do arrive, there will be some key films of 2010 missing, because they were disqualified. The WGA likes to cut out scripts that don't follow "the guild's Minimum Basic Agreement, or the agreements of several affiliated international guilds," whatever that means. As reported by Steve Pond of The Wrap (via Awards Daily), the scripts disqualified this year include: The King's Speech, Winter's Bone, Toy Story 3, Blue Valentine and Another Year. Quite a batch of films with damn good writing! To be honest, I don't think this is as shocking as it all sounds, as this happens pretty much every year with the WGA. Last year they disqualified Inglourious Basterds, An Education and District 9, which opened up space for 500 Days of Summer to get a »

- Alex Billington

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Top 10 Movie Trailers of 2010

28 December 2010 6:13 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Movie trailers certainly help make or break a film’s success at the box office. I still think that the reason why Scott Pilgrim didn’t make much money is because it’s trailer didn’t appeal to most people. Working at a video store you constantly get to hear why people want to see a film or don’t. For most mainstream moviegoers the trailer and names of actors attached to a film dictate their interest in seeing it. The following ten trailers do a good job of showing some of the best imagery from each movie while using either a great piece of the movie score and/or popular music to sell the film.

#10- Buried

Making a movie which all takes place in the confined space of a coffin is a tough job, and especially a tough sale. It’s an even a harder job to cut »

- Ricky

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My Favorite Movie of 2010: Sharlto Copley

28 December 2010 1:41 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

“This year, without question, my favorite movie was ‘Inception.’

“Why? I love it when someone is able to make an original film that hits huge numbers of people. That really gets to me. ‘District 9′ did it in a way, and ‘Inception’ did it in a massive way. I really enjoyed it.”

Sharlto Copley plays Murdock in “The A-Team,” which is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray, and will next appear in “Men in Black 3.”

More Favorite Movies of 2010: Matthew Bomer | Executive Editor Kevin Polowy | Senior Editor Breanne L. Heldman | Senior Editor Brooke Tarnoff »

- Robert DeSalvo

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of 2010

28 December 2010 12:30 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Filed under: Sci-Fi, Cinematical

At first glance, one might think that 2010 was a weak year for sci-fi films. Truth is, its handful of good-to-great sci-fi films mark a fairly typical calendar year for the genre. 2010 just happened to be the follow-up to the '09 blowout roster of 'Moon,' 'District 9,' 'Avatar,' 'Pandorum,' 'Knowing,' 'Watchmen' and 'Star Trek.' That's a tough act to follow, but let's see how the year's offerings rank.

10. 'Tron: Legacy' -- Sci-fi has long been a genre associated with all of the movie magic a filmmaker can afford, and that's exactly where 'Tron: Legacy' delivers. It might stumble in more than a few areas, but when it comes to providing a special effects-coated spectacle that sounds as good as it looks, 'Tron' does precisely that.

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- Peter Hall

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of 2010

28 December 2010 12:30 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Sci-Fi, Cinematical

At first glance, one might think that 2010 was a weak year for sci-fi films. Truth is, its handful of good-to-great sci-fi films mark a fairly typical calendar year for the genre. 2010 just happened to be the follow-up to the '09 blowout roster of 'Moon,' 'District 9,' 'Avatar,' 'Pandorum,' 'Knowing,' 'Watchmen' and 'Star Trek.' That's a tough act to follow, but let's see how the year's offerings rank.

10. 'Tron: Legacy' -- Sci-fi has long been a genre associated with all of the movie magic a filmmaker can afford, and that's exactly where 'Tron: Legacy' delivers. It might stumble in more than a few areas, but when it comes to providing a special effects-coated spectacle that sounds as good as it looks, 'Tron' does precisely that.

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- Peter Hall

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Bryan Singer Using Natural Light To Film Jack The Giant Killer

28 December 2010 4:01 AM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Jack the Giant Killer is a British fairy tale about a young brave Celtic who eliminates a number of giants during King Arthur’s reign.

In 1961, United Artists released a middle budget film produced by Edward Small and directed by Nathan H. Juran called Jack the Giant Killer. The film performed quite well at the box office.

Bryan Singer shoots a modern day fairy tale in which the ancient peace between men and giants is in danger, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in hope of rescuing a kidnapped princess. Starring Aaron Johnson.  By all accounts the movie is kind of an adult version of the original.

Bryan Singer (X-Men, X-Men 2) is planning to use a lot of natural light instead of usual extreme studio lighting. While talking about his plans for the film he expressed happiness to using the Epic Red for this one, »

- Nikola Mraovic

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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: December 28th - District 9 Comes With an Afterlife

27 December 2010 10:25 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It's another light week in horror title releases, but don't fret; the big name is out on a different form of media (hardcover book).

You can now take home the 3D spectacle that was the 4th installment of the Resident Evil film franchise, particularly if you have a 3D TV. More confirmed sequels means more 3D movies? We'll see. Also on tap are releases of lightweights And Soon the Darkness and The Haunting of Amelia.

If you're curious about what went on behind the scenes of the art design of District 9, you'll want to bring home that hardcover book mentioned above, which details the whole laborious process.

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson

Starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Sienna Guillory, Boris Kodjoe, Shawn Roberts, Spencer Locke, Wentworth Miller

The fourth installment of the hugely successful Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: Afterlife (review) is again based on the wildly popular video game series, »

- kwlow

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Trailer For Steven Spielberg’s Alien Invasion TV Show ‘Falling Skies,’

27 December 2010 1:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you caught True Grit or other films in theaters this past week you might have seen the first trailer for Falling Skies, the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion show that will air on TNT in June 2011. Now the trailer is online, so you can see a grizzled Noah Wylie fend off aliens that occupy Earth, after the break. This looks like rather familiar stuff -- think District 9 crossed with Red Dawn and War of the Worlds. But the production value is pretty high and it looks like it might be fun, and the long-form allowances that come from the expanded running time of a TV series could offer some good character depth. Falling Skies is an exciting new series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle (ER, TNT's The Librarian movies) stars as a former college professor who becomes the leader of a group of »

- Russ Fischer

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Best Films of 2010 #7 – ‘Monsters’

25 December 2010 4:27 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Gareth Edwards

Monsters has already been pigeonholed as this year’s District 9, a somewhat lazy comparison as although they share similar aesthetics, the film is far more of a companion piece to Duncan Jones’s similarly acclaimed Moon from last year. Whilst District 9 was a solid, entertaining example of genre engineering despite its bludgeoning anti-racism message, Monsters surpasses its alleged progenitor as a far more finessed and subtle piece of work, a film which marks Edwards as a natural story-teller. This consistently surprising and lithe film retains a genuine sense of wonder and mystery in its not necessarily being the fanboy-friendly monster-mash that its misleading marketing may have you believe… (read the full review)






- Ricky

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Distant Relatives: Metropolis and District 9

23 December 2010 3:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Robert here, with my series Distant Relatives, where we look at two films, (one classic, one modern) related through a common theme and ask what their similarities and differences can tell us about the evolution of cinema.


They tell bird owners to avoid putting your new pet in one of those high hanging Tweety-bird cages.  See, if the bird spends most of his time positioned above you, he'll develop a sense of superiority and will be impossible to teach and train.  Just in case the overworld/underworld concept started to seem like a common and cliched metaphor, it doesn't hurt to remember that it's a fact of nature. Those who are above see themselves as greater than those who are below.  And if it transcends animal species here on Earth then why not throughout the universe?  Which is why it makes so much sense that the aliens of »

- Robert

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Project Arbiter: The Indie Sci-Fi Movie That Should Be In Theaters Now!

22 December 2010 4:11 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

I received an email the other day from David Bettencourt, the Co-Producer of an Indie Sci-Fi film called Project Arbiter, directed by Michael Chance. I’m quite thankful that I checked it out because it’s right up my alley… at the same time, I’m pretty bummed that a studio isn’t backing up a Brinks truck to this production and funding it for an all-out, full length, theatrical release of this film. Yes, it’s that good!

Anyone who knows me, is already aware that I’m a huge supporter of Indie Sci-Fi but, the folks putting together Project Arbiter are creating a hybrid of the two things that I’ve always had great interest in – Sci-Fi and World War II. When I first watched the trailer, I was completely blown the f#@k away. This short film has the visual elements of Band of Brothers, District 9 and Halo, »

- Jason Moore

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Who Will Direct Iron Man 3?

21 December 2010 5:01 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

So Jon Favreau has bailed on Iron Man 3 to the surprise of absolutely no-one and he’ll spend the next couple of years re-tracing his childhood routes hanging around with Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and the gang at Disney. Basically, he will be transforming himself into the biggest 44 year old kid by taking on the dream job of helming a Magic Kingdom film, an adventure movie that’s literally set in a Disneyland Theme Park where the rides and characters come to life!

What he leaves behind at Marvel is of course their marquee character, Iron Man. The character that gave Marvel a film franchise, a franchise that gave Marvel a production company and proved that they might just get away with their audacious plans for an unprecedented cinematic comic book continuity that stretches over half a dozen films in a decade, with the promise of further expansion if the »

- Matt Holmes

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A Dozen Discoveries From 2010. New Faces To Watch.

21 December 2010 6:11 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

In years past I have included a section for Discoveries in my end of year wrap up, a section devoted to the fresh new faces who arrived on the scene in that past year. But while my annual Top / Bottom of the year list was published yesterday the Discovery section was not included. The reason is simple. I normally include three or five such titles but 2010 has proven to be such a strong year for debuts and otherwise unknown directors breaking out that the initial 'short' list was not short at all and by the time I got it down to twelve titles I simply found that I was not willing to cut any further. These twelve are all so strong that I simply could not choose between them.

And so I present them all, an even dozen discovery moments from 2010. In my opinion this is the new crop of »

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Matt Damon Wants Lead in Neill Blomkamp's Elysium

21 December 2010 3:48 AM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Neill Blomkamp is re-teaming with his "District 9" star Sharlto Copley for his second feature film, called "Elysium," which is another sci-fi project. But Copley won't be playing the lead role. That part Blomkamp is hoping will go to Matt Damon. Apparently there is good chance that the director will get his wish, because Damon very much wants to star in the film. "I really, really, really want to do it and I want to work with Neill," said the actor. "I think he's a genius. I loved 'District 9.' It was one of my favorite films last year. So I'm hoping that it happens." We know that "Elysium" is set in the far future on another planet, but Damon won't reveal anything. "It's a great idea. It's 100% Neill, I'll put it that way," he explained. "I'm not going to be a 10-foot-tall blue alien, though I did have a »

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Matt Damon 'Really, Really, Really' Wants To Star In Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium,' Was Almost In 'Avatar'

20 December 2010 1:36 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Despite a distinct lack of awards-season love thus far, we're sticking to our guns and proclaiming Matt Damon's turn as ornery Texas Ranger Laboeuf (pronounced Labeef, but bearing no relation to Shia) in the Coen Bros.' badass Western "True Grit" (in theaters December 22) one of the year's finest and most entertaining performances.

With a role like that in his holster, it's no wonder that the erstwhile Jason Bourne is in as much demand as ever these days. He's already wrapped the thriller "The Adjustment Bureau" and the animated sequel "Happy Feet 2," and has a gaggle of projects -- including Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion" and Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoon" -- already in the hopper. But the most recent film Damon has been linked to is perhaps the most exciting: "Elysium," a top-secret sci-fi flick that reunites "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp with star Sharlto Copley. When »

- Tom DiChiara

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