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Regardless of which side of the fence you find yourself on, chances are you can’t escape the buildup for the upcoming Oscars. And we’re not going to help you. Many believe the Oscars are nothing more than a popularity contest, citing examples like How Green Was My Valley beating out Citizen Kane in 1941, Rocky knocking out Taxi Driver, All the President’s Men and Network in 1977 (a puzzle that will remain unsolved until the end of days) and Crash beating Brokeback Mountain in 2005. And those are just the atrocious examples of Best Pictures. The list is practically endless when you start looking into all of the other categories.
But, once in a while, it’s nice to balance out your scrambled eggs with an order of sunny side up. Yes the awards show is littered with disappointments because of obvious stale choices or glaring robberies, but »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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The battle for the Foreign Language Film Oscar has been one of the most interesting races in the past few Oscar years. We’ve had a mix of classics (A Separation, Amour), solid wins and upsets (The Secret in Their Eyes, The Lives of Others). So what will the category leave us with this year?
Two films that seem to be in the “happy to be nominated” roles are Omar and The Missing Picture. Omar was a film many prognosticators had in their lineups. It’s a Palestinian film that has an incredibly dense structure and is thematically pretty weighty. If you were to look over the recent history of the Academy a film such as this has upset a few times. But unfortunately there are bigger contenders and given the politics of the film will probably keep it from triumphing. The Missing Picture was »
- Terence Johnson
Award-winning animation to hit UK cinemas in August.
Directed by Juan José Campanella, the film was Argentina’s highest grossing film of 2013 and follows the adventures of Amadeo and his table football team who magically come to life.
“The casting of Rupert and Rob was inspired and was my perfect cast. I loved Rupert’s work in Harry Potter and I knew he would bring an honesty and intelligence to the part of Amadeo,” commented The Secret in their Eyes director.
Rupert Preston of Vertigo added: “We are incredibly excited to be working with such a talented film-maker as [link »
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It may stand as one of the most influential films in the history of cinema, but can you remember a scene from Battleship Potemkin that wasn’t the massacre on the Odessa steps? Likewise Nosferatu; over ninety years on, is there a more iconic image than Count Orlok’s shadow creeping upstairs into Ellen’s room?
This list isn’t necessarily a rundown of twelve films’ most famous scenes, the moments that linger long after the closing credits have crawled up the screen and the lights have blinked back into life. No, these are the sequences that elevate a good film into a great one. But these flashes of brilliance often come at a cost; so sudden, shocking or spectacular are their arrivals that they can inadvertently provide an early peak. In fact, they can become the only scene you associate with the film.
For filmmakers, this is something of a mixed blessing. »
- Dan Wakefield
"Ichabod is the hardest part I've played," Tom Mison, star of the freshman fantasy-drama "Sleepy Hollow," airing Mondays on Fox, tells Zap2it. "There's so much that we need to balance with him. To slightly veer in any one direction a little too much, and it will collapse."
"Sleepy Hollow" can be described as a combination of author Washington Irving (in particular, his stories "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip Van Winkle"), the film "National Treasure" and the biblical book of Revelation.
Mison's Ichabod Crane was a spy for Gen. George Washington during the Revolutionary War, when he beheaded the Hessian Horseman and apparently perished. But, he survived and slumbered underground for over two centuries, only to emerge in present-day Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Sony Pictures Classics, the art-house and indie wing of the major studio, has an eye for Oscar-quality foreign films. The past four years, Spc has taken home the Best Foreign Language Academy Award for Argentina's The Secret In Their Eyes, Denmark's In A Better World, Iran's A Separation, and Austria's Amour. But their winning streak was threatened when the Academy cut their latest acquisitions, Iran's submission (Asghar Farhadi's The Past) and Saudi Arabia's pick (Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda), from their categories' shortlist. Despite these insane turn of events, Spc is bouncing back by picking up a heralded drama out of Hungary. The Wrap reports Sony Pictures Classics has bought the North American distribution rights for Janos Szasz's The Notebook--or A Nagy Fuzet as it's known in its home country. After a world tour of film festivals--from Karlovy to Hamburg, London to Chicago, Toronto and Stockholm--The Notebook is readying for »
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