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This past week, I've posted five lists looking back at the movies and movie ads of 2011. I didn't really have to dig through a year's worth of articles because I kept a list of everything I found noteworthy. This year, I also kept a movie journal and made a record of every time I watched a feature-length film. Then I took an image or a slice of an image from each movie and put them into a collage. I feel pretty proud to have stuck with this project for 365 days (or if you want to be absolutely obnoxious about it, 363 days), and I'd like to share it with all of you. After the jump, you'll find two different collages and then the list of 368 movies I saw (not 368 different movies because I watched some flicks twice; I probably watched around 350 different films). I hope you like it. [Because the collages count viewings and not different movies, some films have more than one image] Here's the really »
- Matt Goldberg
Much of our lurid film community is of the belief that America’s acting prowess died with its classic stars like Marlon Brando, James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Grace Kelly. However, I’m here to argue that America’s actors are stronger than ever and can match up toe to toe with the likes of both Europe and Asia.
The list will be split into two parts: in part one, I delve into the modern world of Hollywood actors with actresses soon to follow in part two.
Part one: Top Ten Actors Working In Hollywood Today
Actor With The Most Potential To Hit It Big: Paddy Considine
Before I begin the list, I want to take a moment to discuss an actor whom I believe has enormous potential. While not American born, British actor Paddy Considine has been in his fair share of American films like In America, »
- Connor Folse
Michael Fassbender is perhaps the most talented, fastest rising international star. Originally born in Germany, Fassbender has grown rapidly from being primarily a television actor into a worldly thespian of staggering proportion, garnering ecstatic praise both in Europe and the United States for his unflinching, intense performances in roles that are often controversial and extraordinarily demanding. Fassbender has received some of his breakout roles in genre films, a cinematic place that only rarely produced tremendous genre-spanning talent.
In honor of this tremendous new acting force, we’ve compiled our list of Top Ten performances from Michael Fassbender. His latest role may prove to be his most stellar, even controversial one yet. Appearing in his second film directed by Steve McQueen, Shame has Fassbender portraying a sex addict. Shame is opening soon, with dates varying depending on your location.
Honorable Mention: Centurion
- Movie Geeks
Shame, the new film starring Michael Fassbender as a sex addict, obviously has a lot of sex and full-frontal nudity in it. You know the Steve McQueen movie is a heavy one going in — it’s rated Nc-17. But if you’re a fan of Fassbender who finds him attractive enough to rent (and fast-forward through) his 2007 film Angel costarring the female lead of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights – or just someone who saw the Shame red-band trailer and wished you were that woman he’s staring at on the subway — you’re probably thinking this film will be, on some level, »
- Mandi Bierly
Robert here w/ Distant Relatives, exploring the connections between one classic and one contemporary film.
Sedentary and Sex
So what do a rough and realistic look at poverty in London and a comedy set in the suburbs of California have in common? Well at first glance both are about the events that lead up to and follow an inappropriate relationship. For many reasons, the cinematic arts naturally drift toward stories of forbidden sex. They allow filmmakers to explore the human condition in areas that lend themselves to lack of control. They're filled with all kinds of drama and conflict. And of course sex gets people to sit and watch. But there's more to it. After all, with all of these films about forbidden sex out there, why these two that seem so different? In both The Graduate and Fish Tank, the inappropriate relationships aren't really the problem. Well, they are eventually, »
Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to Shame, The Lady & Coriolanus.
With the Christmas holiday soon to hit, a string of smaller flicks are set to open in limited release this Friday. A sex addict will battle his demons while facing off against a vengeance-seeking Shakespearean hero, and a world-changing real-life heroine. But if these releases won’t satisfy your thirst for history, Shakespeare, and drama, we’ve got you covered with some stellar selects that are Now Streaming.
Lonely leads seek sex, love and solace in these steamy dramas:
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The 2012 Sundance Film Festival has announced more premieres that will play the Utah-based cinema celebration with nine features playing as part of the "Spotlight" section, seven films in the "Park City at Midnight" section, eight in the "Next " section and five as part of "New Frontier." The "Spotlight" section includes Gareth Evans' action thriller The Raid , which received raves when it played in the Midnight section of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), as well as that festival's Audience Award winner Where Do We Go Now? from Nadine Labacki, both which were picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Andrea ( Fish Tank ) Arnold's Wuthering Heights and Lynn ( Humpday ) Shelton's Your Sister's Sister will also have »
Breaking Dawn is already seventh biggest hit of the year despite taking a drop; while Aardman animation does well ahead of the arrival of Happy Feet Two and Hugo. Plus: mid-range titles 50/50, The Deep Blue Sea and Take Shelter jostle for position
The winner No 1
Despite falling a steep 67%, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is providing plenty of cheer to backers Summit and local distributor Entertainment One. With a cumulative total of £23.31m from just 10 days of release, the film is already the seventh biggest hit of the year, after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, The King's Speech, The Inbetweeners Movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hangover: Part II and Transformers: Dark of the Moon. A place below Breaking Dawn is Bridesmaids, with £23.01m.
Previous Twilight movie Eclipse stood at £22.10m after two weekends of play, but a different distribution model meant that the »
- Charles Gant
Chicago – Writer/director Steve McQueen and actor Michael Fassbender have the kind of interview dynamic that only comes with two people who know each other very well. They broke through with the same film, 2008’s “Hunger,” a masterpiece of human drama. Since then, Fassbender’s career has skyrocketed and any list of the best working actors that doesn’t include him is incomplete.
In particular, 2011 has been amazing for the star of “Fish Tank” and “Inglourious Basterds.” It started with the underrated “Jane Eyre,” moved to the best superhero movie of the summer in “X-Men: First Class,” and will end with a one-two punch of “Shame” from McQueen (opening Friday, December 2nd) and David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” (open in some markets and in Chicago on December 16th). The cherry on the sundae will be Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” next month.
Of all of this work, “Shame” may be Fassbender’s greatest accomplishment. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
With his Oscar-buzz period drama, A Dangerous Method, opening in selected cities today, director David Cronenberg took some time from his busy schedule to talk to EW about the difficulties of finding backing for a movie about Jung and Freud, the black art of movie casting, and his good luck of landing one of the hottest stars of the year, Michael Fassbender. (The next Errol Flynn?)
Entertainment Weekly: A Dangerous Method seems like it must have been a tough sell when it was time to find financing. How long did it take to get off the ground?
- Chris Nashawaty
Directed by Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame stars Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank), Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go), Hannah Ware (Cop Out), James Badge Dale (The Departed) and Nicole Beharie (American Violet).
Brandon (Fassbender) is a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life. After his wayward younger sister (Mulligan) moves into his apartment, Brandon’s world spirals out of control.
Shame played at the Venice, Toronto, New York and London film festivals where it earned rave reviews and picked up several awards. It’s due to be released in the U.K. on January 13, 2012.
Check out the poster below:
Source: Digital Spy »
- Jamie Neish
After a one-sided Friday when its target audience was at school, Aardman's film put the fear of Zeus into its adult adversary – but it was still in the lap of the Gods
The battle for the top spot
The films could hardly be more different – a gory homoerotic sword-and-sandals epic and a family-friendly festive animation – but the box-office race between Immortals and Arthur Christmas ended in a photo finish. Tarsem Singh's gods-and-warriors odyssey established a commanding lead on Friday – the rival flick's audience was barely available on a school day. The tables turned on Saturday and Sunday, with Arthur Christmas convincingly ahead of the pack, but the film couldn't quite close the gap. In the event, it was £2.17m v £2.11m to the barechested warriors.
- Charles Gant
Michael Fassbender is certainly getting Hollywood’s attention. Having juggled with independent features like Hunger, Fish Tank and box office big hitters X-men: First Class and Inglorious Basterds, the versatile actor has been rumoured to be the first choice for Jose Padilha’s Robocop reboot. The Elite Squad director recently confirmed in an interview that Fassbender was top of his list to play the metallic Detroit officer.
In a interview with Collider, Fassbender answered the question on where he stands on the idea of taking over Peter Weller’s iconic performance:-
You know, I’m always open. I’ll take a look at the script and sit down with the director and have a conversation. It’s not definitely like, “Oh, I’ve got to play RoboCop before I retire.” I don’t have that about anything. I don’t go, “I have to play the Dane one day, or Hamlet. »
- Craig Hunter
"After a period in which versions of Austen hogged our screens, the Brontës have fought back," writes Boyd Tonkin in a piece for the Independent that begins, by the way, with a brief but rousing history of Charlotte's detestation of Jane Austen. "Released today, Andrea Arnold's savagely uncompromising Wuthering Heights joins a line of adaptations of Emily's only surviving novel that began in 1920 (a lost work by Av Bramble) and went on to include renderings from directors as varied as William Wyler — with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon still the ranking Heathcliff and Cathy Earnshaw to many fans — and Yoshishige Yoshida, Luis Buñuel and Jacques Rivette. Earlier this year, Cary Fukunaga's Jane Eyre, with Mia Wasikowska as the uncowed governess and Michael Fassbender the sulphurous Mr Rochester, offered a rather smoother ride through another much-adapted book, albeit one that shares with Arnold — and the Brontës — a rapt attention »
In the version of Cole Porter's "Let's Do It" that he used in his Las Vegas nightclub act in the 1950s, Noël Coward included a celebrated couplet that threw doubts on the much vaunted sexual prowess of America's most macho author while extolling the adventurousness of a 19th-century English country vicar's three daughters. "The Brontës felt that they must do it, Ernest Hemingway could just do it," he sang, and indeed the range of social, psychological and sexual experience Emily, Charlotte and Anne explored in their novels is remarkable. So much so that only one of the several film versions of Emily's Wuthering Heights made over the past 90 years has attempted to encompass the book's 30-odd years of pain, misery and ecstasy and its three generations of man handing on »
- Philip French
An adaptation of Emily Brontë's famous tale about an isolated family, a trouble outsider, and their destructive passions.
Wuthering Heights seems a strange choice for director Andrea Arnold after her award winning films Red Road and Fish Tank. But this is no ordinary costume drama. Those with fond memories of the Olivier version may be disappointed. This is a pared down version of the story, in fact it ends at an earlier point than the Brontë original. There is no background music, just the natural »
- Val Kermode
Those expecting the delicate etiquette and burning passion of Emily Brontë’s infamous 1847 doomed love affair, Wuthering Heights, set on the Yorkshire Moors, may find award-winning Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold’s film version a little rougher round the edges, but equally dramatic. Rather than the fluffy period drama brought to many screens over the years, Arnold who is known to be a very instinctive film-maker, aims for the dark heart of the novel’s depiction of mental and physical cruelty.
A poor, young black boy called Heathcliff (Solomon Glave) is discovered on the streets of Liverpool by Mr Earnshaw (Paul Hilton), a farmer, and taken back to Yorkshire to live on the family farm on the Moors, Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff grows up with the farmer’s spirited daughter, Cathy (Shannon Beer), who he soon develops an intense relationship with – much to the dislike of Cathy’s jealous older brother who sees Earnshaw Sr. »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
Well. I’ve loved Andrea Arnold’s work so far: Red Road and Fish Tank are really amazing films, not for the least which reason is that they are truly female-gazey. But I don’t know what to make of this trailer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she is going to bring a new perspective to a story about a woman that was written by a woman but has never been told in a major way by a woman filmmaker. If anyone can make it new and intriguing, Arnold can, I suspect. Off to see this today »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Following on from a successful world premiere at this year's FrightFest, the acclaimed British horror / thriller Panic Button arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on November 7th and to celebrate the release Flickering Myth have two copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of the lovely folk at Showbox Home Entertainment.
Read on for a synopsis, trailer and details of how to enter the competition...
Four young people win a competition of a lifetime; Jo (Scarlett Alice Johnson – EastEnders; Adulthood), Max (Jack Gordon – Fish Tank; Heartless) Gwen (Elen Rhys - Season Of The Witch) and Dave (Michael Jibson – The Bank Job; Cemetery Junction) are heading off on an all-expenses paid trip to New York courtesy of the social network site ‘All2gethr.com’. As they board the private jet, they are asked to relinquish their mobile phones and take part in the in-flight entertainment - a new online gaming experience. »
First announced back in March was Corona Pictures teen horror thriller Truth Or Dare, which we just landed the Afm sales art for. My guess is our leading lady, who's about to pop out of her dress, had a bad spin... Robert Heath, who made the 2010 political drama Sus, directed the thriller "about five teenage friends who are taken hostage by a psychopath and forced to play a deadly spin-the-bottle party game." The script has been written by Matthew McGuchan. The cast includes a crop of upcoming young British actors including David Oakes (Pillars of the Earth), Jennie Jacques (Cherry Tree Lane), Liam Boyle (Awaydays), Jack Gordon (Fish Tank) and Alexander Vlahos (The Indian Doctor). Get the long synopsis inside. »
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