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Top 25 Movies of 2009: Honorable Mentions and Movies #21 - 25

28 December 2009 10:31 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Top 25 Movies of 2009 Introduction, Honorable Mentions and Movies #21 - 25

What's your overall opinion of the movies of 2009? I ask because moving into December I would have called it a downer year, and if you base your opinion of a year's worth of movies on the blockbusters of the year you may be a bit mixed. While films such as Star Trek, District 9 and Avatar found fans all around the world, films such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Terminator Salvation, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Angels and Demons and Watchmen were met with mixed-to-highly-negative reviews from critics and filmgoers alike. A lot of money was made, but I think we all know money doesn't always translate to quality.

There were some out of the blue surprises such as The Hangover and Paranormal Activity and Pixar again impressed us all with Up. Personally, it's the smaller to mid-level films »

- Brad Brevet

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Director John Waters' Funky Picks for the Best Films of 2009

28 December 2009 12:14 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Hearing the name John Waters, you should already expect this list to be quite eccentric, and that's exactly why I'm featuring it. We'll be seeing plenty of the big Oscar on all kinds of best of lists, so why not feature a few films that you probably haven't heard of or never saw? Waters posted his complete list on (thanks to Anne Thompson for the link) with explanations for every film. For example, on why he included Whatever Works: "Gerontophilia never seemed so appealing. This time, Woody goes a little gay and lives to tell about it with lovely, comic success. I am so mad I don’t have this director’s career." Read on for his list! John Waters' Best of 2009: 1. Import/Export (dir. Ulrich Seidl) 2. Antichrist (dir. Lars von Trier) 3. In the Loop (dir. Armando Iannucci) 4. World's Greatest Dad (dir. Bobcat Goldthwait) 5. Brüno (dir. »

- Alex Billington

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The Best of the Decade: Family Films (Live Action)

25 December 2009 12:03 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

When our managing editor assigned me to list the Best Family Films of the Decade, I thought, "Woohoo! There's Ratatouille, Coraline, and --" then he added, "No animated films. We've got another list for those." I wilted. Do you know how hard it is to talk about films that are suitable for children but also fun for adults, and not include animation? I kept accidentally sneaking them on the list and then reminding myself that, no, Persepolis is in fact animated, and so is everything by Hayao Miyazaki. Gaaaaah.

But once I started looking at my video shelf, and the reviews I've written, ten great "family friendly" films from the 2000s weren't that difficult to find. I did have to determine what qualifies as "family friendly." Just because a movie is about a family doesn't mean it qualifies -- there went The Royal Tenenbaums and World's Greatest Dad. (Kidding. Sort of. »

- Jette Kernion

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Moviefone's Top 50 Films of 2009

23 December 2009 1:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

As we here at Cinematical have kept busy pumping out our Best of the Decade lists, as well as our unique, exotic and random end-of-the-year lists, our pals over at Moviefone locked themselves in a room and slaved over a list of what they deem to be the best 50 films of 2009. Looking over the list there aren't a whole ton of surprises, though I give credit to the person (or persons) who more than likely fought hard to get World's Greatest Dad on that list at number 38. You are a hero in my book.

Honestly, when I look at their top 10, I wouldn't mind it at all if these were the 10 films duking it out in the Best Picture category at the next Oscar ceremony. Of course there's no way in hell films like The Hangover will find their way onto that nomination list, but you never know. Their top »

- Erik Davis

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #247: The Cove

14 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro 3:10 – Top 20 Films of the Decade: Let The Right One In, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Anchorman, Zodiac, The Royal Tenenbaums 16:00 - Headlines: Kevin Smith’s Cop Out, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Danny McBride Team Up Again, James Cameron to Produce Fantastic Voyage Remake, David O. Russell Signs on for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Twilight New Moon Piracy Arrest Overturned, New Star Wars Movie a Possibility?, Robert Duvall is Don Quixote, John Malkovich as The Vulture in Spider-Man 4?, Tobey Maguire to Star in The Hobbit? 33:50 - Review: The Cove 53:55 - Trailer Trash: The Sorcerer's Apprentice 59:25 - Other Stuff We Watched: Rocky: The Undisputed Collection, City of God, Food Inc., School of Rock, World's Greatest Dad 1:26:43 - Junk Mail: Impressive Camera Work in Movies, Dating Advice, The Chip Shop, Lack of Accuracy in Sports Movies, Aristotle and Comic Book Movies, »

- Sean

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World's Greatest Dad DVD Review

14 December 2009 10:02 PM, PST | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

World's Greatest Dad (2009), now out on DVD, slipped almost unnoticed under the radar upon its release in theaters earlier this year, and that's a shame. A low-budget black comedy written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, who also makes a quick cameo, World's Greatest Dad follows Lance Clayton (Robin Williams), a poetry teacher and struggling writer for whom life sucks. He's a single dad with a pretty -- and pretty opportunistic -- girlfriend (Alexie Gilmore) whom he thinks may be cheating on him, and a mega-jerk of a teenage son, Kyle (Daryl Sabara of Spy Kids), no one will buy his writing efforts and his class at school attracts hardly any interested students. More to the point about Kyle, the kid swears like a sailor, causes problems at school, everyone hates him (except his one best friend), and, um, pivotal but disturbing point coming up, he's into autoerotic asphyxiation while masturbating. »

- (Ian Spelling)

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Fat Guys at the Movies Ep. 144 – The Princess and the Fat

11 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

On This Week's Show: Kevin and Neil find themselves in not-so-familiar territory by not totally fighting about this week's movies. While Neil hasn't seen The Princess and the Frog, he and Kevin pretty much agree about the other new releases like Invictus (though Kevin berates Neil for taking so much time to examing The Lovely Bones and later rages about Peter Jackson's obnoxious cameo). Later in the show, they throw down a Fat Guy Five about their favorite hand-drawn Disney animated films, and in the process they also learn that they can't count. Films Reviewed this Week: The Princess and the Frog, Invictus and The Lovely Bones [audio:] Download this Episode Episode Schedule: Segment 1 [8:50] - Review of The Princess and the Frog Segment 2 [10:40] - Reviews of Invictus and The Lovely Bones Segment 3 [14:00] - Kevin's take on The Lovely Bones, Box office recap and the Fat Guy Five: The Best 2-D Animated Movies (and a bad lesson in »

- Kevin Carr

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He Said

9 December 2009 1:03 PM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

Here are some of the memorable quotes from male actors Back Stage spoke to in the past year:"I've been talking to [Nelson Mandela] for years. He was asked if 'Long Walk to Freedom' became a movie, who would he want to play him, and he named me. It's been a forgone conclusion that at some point or other, I would play him."—Morgan Freeman, "Invictus""I struggled with the auditioning process at the beginning, for sure. It's always kind of weird when you're doing a scene for those who are hiring. You have to audition, and a lot of times it's a sterile room and you're standing on an X mark and it's somewhat unnatural. Then, after a while, I started seeing it more as a rehearsal rather than an actual audition. That helped, and I started feeling more comfortable with it."—Michael Fassbender, "Inglourious Basterds""I didn't really have the »

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This Week in Blu-ray: The Dharma Initiation

8 December 2009 12:29 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Friends, lovers, countrymen... lend me your wallets. (Or something like that). It is time once again for This Week in Blu-ray, our look at what is hip and happenin' in the world of those weird, formerly expensive high def. DVD players. And as we get closer to ChristmaHanaKwanzika, it looks as if Hollywood is breaking out the big guns. Universal has a gangster movie with more star-power than gun-power, Warner Bros. is hitting us with the latest magical edition of their biggest franchise of the decade and Disney is encouraging us to get Lost. All-in-all, it's a big week. So lets get started, post-haste. Read on below and be enlightened. And remember to support Fsr by buying via our Amazon links below. We need to keep the lights (and Dr. Cole Abaius’ creepy “laboratory”) up and running here at the HQ... Lost: The Complete Fifth Season There are two great editions of this release hitting shelves this »

- Neil Miller

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This Week on DVD: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Public Enemies, The Cove

8 December 2009 9:36 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Looks like we're in for a few packed weeks of DVD releases leading up to Christmas, so get your wallets out and prepare to start emptying them. The biggest release in stores today is Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which is obviously an essential purchase if you are a fan. Outside of that, we've also got Michael Mann's Public Enemies, Julie & Julia and the Robin Williams dark comedy World's Greatest Dad, plus a few cool docs including the Oscar shortlisted The Cove, and Oscilloscope's Beautiful Losers. Also, you know you want these two beautiful box sets: Criterion's Ak 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa and Lost: The Complete Fifth Season (Dharma Initiation Kit). Will you be picking up anything this week? Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [1] (DVD, Blu-ray [2]) Public Enemies [3] (DVD, Blu-ray [4]) Julie & Julia [5] (DVD, Blu-ray [6]) World's Greatest Dad [7] (DVD, Blu-ray [8]) Home Movie [9] Lion's Den [10] The Skeptic [11] Humble Pie [12] Hooking Up [13] Run! »

- Sean

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: December 8, 2009

8 December 2009 1:20 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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Ak 100: 25 Films by Akira Kurosawa (Criterion Collection) Sure, there are some of 2009's bigger film releases hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week, but this set from Criterion is undoubtedly the release of the week. This set offers 25 of Akira Kurosawa's films, four of which had never been released on DVD, and an illustrated book featuring an introduction and notes on each of the films by Stephen Prince (The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa) and a remembrance by Donald Richie (The Films of Akira Kurosawa).

I was not sent a copy for review, but DVD Beaver has an extensive three page look at the set right here. If you are interested, it is selling for $284.99 at Amazon as of the posting of this round-up. A list of the films included is directly below followed by a »

- Brad Brevet

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Their Best Role: Robin Williams in 'The Fisher King'

7 December 2009 7:15 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Welcome to a new series here on Cinematical where we select an actor or actress and the role we think is their all time best.

There is a widely believed theory that says anytime Robin Williams grows a beard for a film, that film will be good. Or, at least his performance will be. The idea is mostly accepted on the evidence of Williams' terrific dramatic appearances in Moscow on the Hudson, Awakenings, The Fisher King and Good Will Hunting, for which he won an Oscar. But many people like to argue against the theory because the actor shows up bearded in Jumanji, which isn't quite on the level of Williams' best work. Also, the theory holds little weight when we look at all his excellent clean-shaven turns, such as those in One Hour Photo, Good Morning Vietnam, Insomnia, Dead Poets Society, The World According to Garp and, yes, Popeye. »

- Christopher Campbell

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'Terminator Salvation' Blows Up The World, Ben Stiller Spends The Night And More, In The DVD Report For Dec. 1

1 December 2009 8:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Let's get this out of the way right off to bat: I enjoyed "Terminator Salvation." I know I'm sitting in a somewhat lonely circle, but what can I say? I'm a sucker for big, loud robots, cyborgs, whatever you want to call them, and "Salvation" has some jaw-droppingly cool scenes. The film is now hitting store shelves, and leads the DVD Report for Tuesday, December 1.

The studio was taking a gamble when it greenlit a fourth film in the venerable "Terminator" franchise. After a lackluster response to 2003's "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines," many fans advocated for putting the series to bed, either to breathe or permanently. But away we went with director McG at the helm, and Christian Bale and Anton Yelchin -- two figures with legitimate geek cred -- attached to the budding sequel. The resulting story saw a band of resistance fighters battling to save humanity from the ever-evolving SkyNet. »

- Brian Jacks

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Awards Season Profiles: Bradley Cooper Praises Sam Rockwell

29 November 2009 6:04 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Variety has just kicked off their Awards Season series of actor-on-actor profiles, where one actor talks about how impressed or amazed they were by another actor this year. And this year there are actually some good ones, like: Ben Affleck on Jeremy Renner in The Hurt Locker, or Tom Cruise on Peter Sarsgaard in An Education, or Charlize Theron on Michelle Monaghan in Trucker, or Marcia Gay Harden on Robin Williams in World's Greatest Dad, or Martin Sheen on Hal Holbrook in That Evening Sun. I've chosen to feature a few that really deserve to be in the spotlight (like Sam Rockwell in Moon) this Awards Season so read on! First up, we have Bradley Cooper talking about Sam Rockwell in Duncan Jones' Moon (via Variety): "I love watching that guy act anyway and it was an inventive way to tell this story and to tell the story »

- Alex Billington

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How Robin Williams dodged death and returned to the stage

21 November 2009 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After heart surgery and seven years away from the stage, comedian Robin Williams is ready to storm Broadway with his one-man show

It takes some confidence to extend the Broadway run of your one-man show before opening night, especially a few months after undergoing heart surgery. But then Robin Williams has never been short of nerve. His lengthy career is due in equal measure to the fearless nature of his comedy and to the frenetic energy of his performance: he has a reputation as an entertainer that is built as much on his nerve as it is on his nerves.

Now, after seven years away from the stage, a relapse into alcoholism, a divorce and an emergency operation to replace a faulty valve in his chest, Williams is returning to live stand-up. His comeback show, which opens on Monday, is already one of New York's hottest tickets, and then later »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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Boos! & Whoop-doos!: An Evil Bunny Trash Town Called Liquor!

18 November 2009 9:26 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

True cult status? Whoop-doo!

Both Internet pundits and blog critics alike are quick to bitch about the cliched nature of our current cinematic landscape. While they scream in bold words of disgust, they can't help but fall into a similar trap themselves. They're just as guilty of sipping from this dried well as the rest of our so-called "film community". How often do you read a review that screams, "Instant classic!" Or, "Modern day masterpiece!" How about, "A Triumph!" Then there's, "A true crowd pleaser!" "A thrill ride!" "The funniest comedy of the summer!" And, "Does for (insert blank) what Jaws did for swimming!" The list goes on and on. When it comes right down to it, there's not much new you can say in terms of film theory and structure. When all of our movies are repeats, reboots, and sequels, you have to guess that most critical movements in »

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Free Flick of the Day: Sleeping Dogs Lie

22 October 2009 7:48 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

You may have heard about Bobcat Goldthwait's current film, World's Greatest Dad, possibly from all the raving various people at Cinematical have done about it. It's an outrageously dark comedy -- but that should be no surprise if you've seen any of Bobcat's previous films, including Sleeping Dogs Lie, which I've chosen as AOL/SlashControl's free flick of the day.

Sleeping Dogs Lie premiered under its original title, Stay, at Sundance in 2006, where its perverse subject matter was taboo even by Sundance standards. It's about a young woman who has fallen in love with a guy she hopes to marry, but she's not sure whether she can ever tell him about a certain embarrassing moment in her sexual history. It involves a dog, that's all I'm sayin'. Finally she takes the plunge and tells her boyfriend, and that's when the squirm-inducing comedy really takes off.

Not surprisingly, Goldthwait had »

- Eric D. Snider

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In My Opinion: The Best and Worst Movies of 2009 So Far

20 October 2009 3:56 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Recently someone asked in the comments if Paranormal Activity was my #1 film of the year so far and while it is definitely a favorite as evidenced by my A+ review, it won't end up my #1. However, with some time to go in the year I decided to piece together a couple of alphabetical lists of my favorite films and my least favorite films, and open up the conversation to the floor to see where you all stand as we approach the final two months of 2009.

Favorite Films (in alphabetical order) 500 Days of Summer (I enjoyed this film, but I'm worried a second viewing may begin to grate on me a bit) An Education (I've seen it twice and it lost none of its charm) Bronson (loved it, the character created by Hardy alone was enough to keep me enthralled) The Brothers Bloom (I just received the DVD and anxious to »

- Brad Brevet

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New Old Dogs Movie Trailer

20 October 2009 1:22 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Disney has released a new trailer for the new Walt Becker-directed comedy Old Dogs on MSN. Watching this trailer makes you wonder why Robin Williams can't just make more movies like World's Greatest Dad or Good Will Hunting. Oh, a paycheck you say? Yeah... that's what we thought. And yes, Becker and John Travolta worked together in the 2007 film Wild Hogs. It's also notable that Travolta’s daughter Ella Bleu makes her feature-film debut as one of the twins. Travolta’s wife Kelly Preston also stars in the film—marking the first time the couple has appeared in the same film in more than 20 years. This new movie tells the story of two best friends -- one unlucky-in-love divorcee (Williams) and the other a fun-loving bachelor (Travolta), who have their lives turned upside down when they’re unexpectedly charged with the care of 7-year-old »

- Peter Sciretta

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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: October 20, 2009

20 October 2009 2:44 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen I know I shouldn't be surprised the Blu-ray, 2-disc DVD and single-disc DVD are the numbers 1, 2 and 3 best-sellers at Amazon this week, but for some reason I would have thought all the negative talk about this film surrounding its release would have discouraged folks to throw to down their hard-earned cash to endure this pummeling one more time. However, I can say it is nice to see prices on Blu-rays are dropping slightly, so much to the point the Blu-ray edition of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is actually $3 less than the 2-disc DVD, at only $19.99. That's all I really have to say about this one. Monsoon Wedding (Criterion Collection) I just reviewed the Blu-ray edition of this one (read that here) and was really impressed with the entire package, which not only includes Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, »

- Brad Brevet

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