15 items from 2010
It has been a decade since Matt Czuchry filmed his first substantial role—on "Dawson's Creek's" sudsy summertime spinoff "Young Americans." But that wide-eyed 20-something might have had a hard time recognizing the actor he is today. "Each job really mirrors where you are in your life," Czuchry says. "['Young Americans'] was one of my first jobs after moving to Los Angeles, and it was incredibly exciting because that was the first time I had about five or six episodes in a row. I was doing something that I loved and getting paid for it at a young age." Less than four years after his multiseason arc as wealthy charmer Logan Huntzberger on "Gilmore Girls," the 33-year-old actor has moved on to something decidedly more grown-up: "The Good Wife." As the young, ambitious lawyer Cary Agos—ousted from the law firm Stern, Lockhart & Gardner and playing a pivotal role in the »
In a screed in the Wall Street Journal on Friday entitled "The Worst Movie Year Ever?," Joe Queenan claims that "2010 very possibly is the worst year in the history of motion pictures." It's the type of tiresomely cranky piece that seems to be reliably run at least once a year by some outlet or another, and I'm not going to bother picking apart Queenan's argument or his evidence, because... well, why bother?
These days anyone can cherry pick from a release date calendar and make a solid-seeming case that a cinematic year is either amazing or terrible. Remember 2009, with "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Up," "The Hurt Locker," "Two Lovers," "Still Walking"? What a great year in movies! Remember 2009, with "Old Dogs," "All About Steve," "I Hate Valentine's Day," "I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell"? What a god-awful year in movies! And one decade's underappreciated gem can be the next's unquestioned »
- Alison Willmore
Mention the sport of Mma (Mixed Martial Arts) and you'll likely be greeted by blank stares. Most people will, however, respond to hearing it referred to as Ufc (the most popular brand, a bit like referring to your generic brand vacuum cleaner as a Hoover or your generic brand fake-torch sex-toy as a Fleshlight) or cage fighting. But then they'll usually tell you that it's terrible and it should be banned. You don't really watch that, do you?
Such is the stigma attached to Mma. If you're reading this site, you can probably relate to this. Ever get told by people with no idea that comics are for kids or that if you like watching Star Trek then »
In a fight for family film faces, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang joined previews of How to Train Your Dragon in knocking off Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland from the top UK box office spot
The family face-off
Easter is still a few days away, but the contest for the seasonal family box office is already well under way. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang opened on more than 500 screens, knocking off Alice in Wonderland from the top spot in its fourth weekend of play. But it was a close-run thing, Nanny's £2.59m comparing with Alice's £2.50m. Both films might have been stronger had they not faced additional competition on Saturday and Sunday from paid previews of DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon.
The Nanny McPhee result compares with an almost-identical opening of £2.60m for the original film in 2005. Given the brand recognition established by the original film, »
- Charles Gant
DVD Playhouse—February 2010
Hunger (Criterion) Harrowing true story of imprisoned Ira member Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and his 1981 hunger strike protesting the British government’s refusal to recognize him, and other Ira members as political prisoners. Director Steve McQueen delivers the story with true filmmaking panache, mixing startling imagery that blends both stunning beauty and stomach-churning horror. Fassbender is absolutely brilliant in the lead. Not for the faint-of-heart, but not to be missed or, particularly, ignored. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with McQueen and Fassbender; Short documentary; 1981 episode of BBC series “Panorama” that covers the Ira hunger strike; Trailer. Widescreen. DTS-hd audio on Blu-ray.
Adam (20th Century Fox) Quirky romantic comedy about an eccentric, borderline Asperger’s Syndrome, astronomy buff (Hugh Dancy) who is drawn out of his self-imposed shell by a beautiful and sympathetic neighbor (Rose Byrne). Charming film with engaging performances by the two leads, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The day of lovers is almost upon us. Surprise! For most men, this obviously means it’s time to scramble for a Hallmark card and a cheap, plastic rose from the gas station. Forget it, guys; she won’t be impressed. Your plan will fail and you’ll be in the dog house for a week.
Why men are compelled to do this year on year is not entirely clear, but Sony is tackling this issue head-on, by providing gamers with Valentines Day-themed downloads on the PlayStation Store.
Now, Sony isn’t exactly famous for having their finger on the pulse when it comes to marketing and PR. In fact, some could argue that they are the ambassadors of fail when it comes to advertising their own products to their own customers. So when a promotional email from them arrived in our inbox stating, “Watch enchanting romantic comedies, heartfelt dramas »
- Steve Pendlebury
The Razzies traditionally "honor" the very worst that the movies have to offer each year, timed not coincidentally to the day before the Academy Awards celebrate the best films of the year. And every year, you can almost guess which terrible films and actors will be nominated; this year the Michael Bay sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen tied for the lead with Land of the Lost, 2009's most notorious box office bomb. But what, if anything, did the Razzies miss?
Before you haters ask, yes, The Twilight Saga: New Moon earned Robert Pattinson a nod for Worst Supporting Actor in addition to a nomination for Worst Screen Couple of 2009, shared with Kristen Stewart and "Taylor Whatz-His-Fang." (Poor Twilight, such an easy target.) Also up for Razzies are John Travolta for Old Dogs, Eddie Murphy for Imagine That, Megan Fox for the one-two punch of Transformers 2 and Jennifer's Body, and all three Jonas brothers, »
- Jen Yamato
It’s almost February and some really great movies are hitting store shelves this week for the first time and for the first time on Blu-ray. This week’s releases include This Is It, Surrogates, Whip It, Saw IV, the complete run of NBC’s canceled-too-soon Southland and the Blu-ray release of Wim Wenders’ classic Paris, Texas with Nastassja Kinski and Harry Dean Stanton. (pictured above).
Check out this week’s new releases:
Fame (1980) ~ Irene Cara (Blu-ray)
IMAX: Wild Ocean ~ (Blu-ray)
- Joe Gillis
For many people, Tucker Max’s book I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell served as a “do’s and dont’s” when it came to drinking and dating in your mid twenties. The book made the New York Times best seller list in 2006, 2007, and 2008. This past year, a film adaptation of the same name was released, to a mild response from fans.
With the DVD hitting shelves this week, we felt it was only appropo to bring you come scenes that were just too much to make it into the final cut of the film. Be sure to check them out after the jump, and pick up I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell in stores now. »
- Matt Raub
From Jigsaw to Jacko, this week's DVD release are a real mixed bag. Some of the higher profile films hitting a digital format today include Drew Barrymore's Whip It, the Bruce Willis sci-fi action film Surrogates, Saw VI, the poorly received comedy I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, and Michael Jackson's This Is It. Digging a bit deeper, we also have the indie drama Little Ashes, which stars Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali, Jennifer Baichwal's metaphysical documentary Act of God, and the direct-to-dvd Thomas Jane noir-thriller Give 'Em Hell Malone. All this plus the U.S. release of Pontypool and Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Season 2! What movies will be in your queue this week? Whip It  (+ Blu-ray ) Michael Jackson's This Is It  (+ Blu-ray ) Surrogates  (+ Blu-ray ) Saw VI  (+ Blu-ray ) Bright Star  I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell  The Boys are Back  Little Ashes  Pontypool  St. Trinian's »
Drew Barrymore directs Ellen Page in a coming-of-age tale set in the rough and tumble world of roller derby. As you might expect for the directorial debut of an actor, nearly eveyone in the cast gets their own moment to shine, which drags down the pacing, but overall this is bright and lively entertainment. Page is terrific as a young woman seeking to break out from a small town, but not certain she wants to leave everyone behind. Rent it.
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Jackson's tragic death converted behind-the-scenes footage into a must-see documentary for millions of his fans as well as the merely curious. "A strange, confusing look into Michael Jackson's world, or at least the version of it that his friends, family, and/or estate wanted us to see," wrote Cinematical's Jenni Miller. Jackson fanatics: Buy it. »
- Peter Martin
Tucker Max talks about the adaptation of his best-selling book, his new book and more Back in 2002, Tucker Max was just a guy who was bored being a lawyer and relaunched his initial website TuckerMax.com, which started as a bet from his friends during law school, and the new site exploded. The new site lead into the best-selling 2006 book I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, which Max adapted with Nils Parker to the screen. The DVD will be released on January 26 and I was given the chance to speak with Max over the phone to talk about his film. Here's what he had to say.I heard the whole thing started with your website that you launched on a bet. I was curious what that bet actually was and was the bet with (co-writer/co-producer) Nils (Parker)?Tucker Max: Oh no, it was before I knew Nils. »
This week on The Flickcast, Matt and Chris fly solo as they take on Sunday’s Golden Globes. Some surprises, some reliefs, and Matt talks Christina Hendricks while Chris talks Mo’Nique. They also discuss some other stories making waves including Apple’s announcement next week, and what that could mean for users of the iPhone, as well as Marc Webb getting to take on the reboot of Spider-Man.
Since it was just the two of them this week, Chris and Matt both got cocky and opted for two picks. Matt went with The Adventures of Power, an indie comedy starring Ari Gold (not Jeremy Piven) and the silver screen adaptation of Tucker Max’s I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, which hits DVD on January 26th. Chris also had two picks, as he went with Paul Thoman Anderson’s Magnolia on Blu-ray, which we’ll have a review of next week, »
- Joe Gillis
The genre of “romantic comedy” can be a damning one — too many films struggle to find a balance in their script between romance and comedy, as it’s a difficult line to straddle. Even if that balance is achieved, it can be undermined by incongruous casting, leading men and women who lack chemistry. Like real-life relationships, the tiniest little crack in the hull can sink the entire ship.
Leap Year, the new film from Shopgirl director Anand Tucker, finds its weakness in the comedy portion of its genre. Had the film been played without laughs, strictly as a romance and an exploration of a foreign setting and culture, this would probably have been a winner. Instead, it feels the burden of romantic comedy trappings and succumbs to a plot progression that is as old as the genre itself.
Of course, it’s a tried and true formula, which means it »
- John Cooper
If you woke up this morning thinking, “Wow, I wonder what that some other guy has to say about my favorite movies of 2009,” this list may or may not solve your problem. If you were also thinking, “Haha, what loser actually saw Ghosts of Girlfriends Past?” I have your answer.
Let It Be Known, All:
Onto the list:
Most Honorable Role For Nicolas “The Cagemaster” Cage
A mole named “Speckles” who was an actual mole within the G-Force in G-Force
The Best Moving Pictures On The Silver Screen Of 09 (Subject to change, but in order)
Yeah, That Movie Was Pretty Truckin’ Great! (In no order)
I Love You, Man
- Nick Allen
15 items from 2010
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