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Posterized: Naomi Watts

17 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's good to be Naomi Watts right now which is something of a surprise since last year it wasn't. But then the blonde Aussie's career has always been like that. Let's investigate.

Naomi Watts photographed by Mark Abrahams for More magazine

In the Posterized series, now beginning a new season so expect one each Friday, we look back at a star's career through their movie posters. Sometimes it's their giant sized faces and sometimes they don't appear on the poster at all. Such are the vagaries of stardom and advertisements.

In Naomi's film debut she didn't even get a name. The then 18 year old actress was billed as "Leo's Girlfriend" I couldn't find a movie poster of that one so we begin five years later when the actress, after a few TV stints debuted properly opposite her best friend Nicole Kidman in Flirting (1991) a terrific Australian coming of age movie you should seek out. »

- NATHANIEL R

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12 Movies That Were Ruined By One Dumb Decision

13 October 2014 4:39 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Momentum Pictures/CBS Films

When you sit watching a bad movie it is normally the culmination of a long series of bad decisions. Chief among them you spending your hard earned cash on a ticket, but we’re talking less about your shockingly poor judge of quality (did Movie 43 really look funny to you?) and more about how the film itself has came into being.

Lots of things can go wrong in the journey from concept to screen. Although a truly terrible script can be spotted, without any sensory input a mediocre one can appear stellar, while a great one can crumble under bad direction (just see the varying success of movies from Hollywood’s widely-revered Black List of unproduced scripts).

Of course, that’s not always the case. Whether it led to a destructive chain reaction, or was so heinous it overshadowed everything else in the film varies, »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Guardians of the Galaxy Arrive to Amuse Again for the Holidays

5 October 2014 10:29 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.

Synopsis:                                

From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Marvel’s The Avengers, comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.”  The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the »

- ComicMix Staff

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Wild Tales (2014) Movie Review

5 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

An innocent conversation between two passengers after just boarding a plane eventually results in the realization they each happen to have a history with the same person. One was an instructor at a prestigious music school at which a young man applied and she was the young man's boyfriend at the same time of his application. As fate would have it, they just so happen to be on the same flight at the same time, or does fate have anything to do with itc This is the first of six short films that comprise the whole of director Damian Szifron's Wild Tales, a title that couldn't be more apt and a movie that would be hard-pressed to be any more darkly hysterical. That being said, I'm reluctant to say much more and will be as vague as possible from here on out. After reading that opening paragraph you now know »

- Brad Brevet

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The early cinema of James Gunn

6 August 2014 6:29 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Troma to Super, via Scooby Doo, we chart the movie career of Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn...

Darling of outsider cinema turned blockbuster-building genius James Gunn is sure to have made millions of new fans in the last week alone.  With August box office records broken by Guardians Of The Galaxy (Marvel’s off-world gamble and a wildly entertaining space-romp with heaps of heart written and directed by James Gunn - as if you didn’t know), he’s about to get a lot more phone calls than he did before. And he may have already been getting a fair few.

You don’t have to wait years for the already-announced sequel for your next dose of his unique brand of cinema though; he’s got a hefty CV that blends horror, hilarity and heroes in equal measure. Here’s our low-down on some of the highlights… »

- simonbrew

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First And Last: Comparing The Early And Later Work Of Hollywood’s Hottest Directors

31 July 2014 4:06 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s so far so good at the moment for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy; reports from early press screenings are glowing, and the rest of the world seems to have abandoned all its previous caution and thrown itself into a joyous frenzy of anticipation. All along, Guardians has seemed a bit of a risk, not least because this is a major title in phase 2 of Marvel’s long-term movie release plan (James Bond villain plans for world domination are less far-reaching than this) – and it is resting in the hands of a fairly inexperienced director.

But it perhaps shouldn’t come as all that much of a surprise that Gunn got this gig. Because if we look back past the variably received Super, and ignore the fact that he directed a segment of Movie 43 (it literally pains me just to write it), we come to his first major directorial contribution, »

- Rachel North

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Movie Review: 'Sex Tape'

29 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Sex Tape

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel

Directed by Jake Kasdan

Rated R

 

A couple of weeks ago I went to see Tammy.  I didn’t review Tammy because I couldn't find anything to say beyond this: Tammy is an unfocused mess that forgets it’s a comedy, which is sad because it stars someone who can be extremely funny.   Tammy is the sort of comedy that can be more offensive than something like say A Haunted House or Movie 43.  Those movies, as dumb and insulting as they are, at least try to give you something to laugh at.  Tammy rested on its laurels and expected you to laugh just at the concept alone, which is so incredibly frustrating to sit through.  Where am I going with this?  Well Tammy isn’t the most insulting and offensively bad comedy I have seen this year.  That title belongs to, and »

- Craig Dietz

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Hercules movie review: he fights the lion!

23 July 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Grading on the Ratner Curve, this is a positive triumph. The cheesy clichés are at least passingly entertaining. You could do worse. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dwayne Johnson

I’m “biast” (con): hate Brett Ratner

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You think you know the truth about him? You know nothing!” This from the very shouty narrator who opens Hercules for us, presumably in case you saw the hilariously awful The Legend of Hercules earlier this year and were suckered into believing that Kellan Lutz is a demigod. What’s sort of funny and sort of the best thing about this second attempt in a few months to pass off a superhero of the ancient world as one for the 21st century is that the shouty narrator turns out to be Herc’s publicist, and that »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Naomi Watts Wanted For ‘Demolition’ With Jake Gyllenhaal

22 July 2014 11:36 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

 

Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée’s next project will be Demolition, a drama about a bereaved investment banker. The film has a strong male lead in Jake Gyllenhaal, whose mournful but attractive face will surely put asses on seats, but who to pick for the main female role? Luckily Vallée has a fine candidate in his sights, reportedly entering discussions with Naomi Watts for the part. If agreement is reached she’ll play a single mother who helps Gyllenhaal start a new chapter. The script is by Bryan Sipe and was acquired via the The Black List.

I don’t usually bang on about how great I think people are, but Watts is my favourite actress so I’m all for this. Anything that can steer her away from another Movie 43 or Diana is fine in my book. Intriguingly a certain John Malkovich has a producer credit, so »

- Steve Palace

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 movie review: flying higher

26 June 2014 6:34 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An absolute delight, even better than the first film; a gorgeously animated ode to peacemaking, nonconformity, and sticking to your principles in the face of ultimate adversity. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film

I’m “biast” (con): absolutely nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The world is bigger on dragonback, as Hiccup — dragon whisperer and heir to the tiny throne of the Viking island village Berk — is discovering, joyfully. And we are there with him in a stunningly animated return to this fantastical realm. How to Train Your Dragon 2 isn’t only a glorious narrative expansion of the people and places we met in the first film, it also represents an astonishing leap in computer animation that makes Hiccup’s world even more touchably real than it was before. It seems like a paradox, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Flickering Myth Reaction – Dumb and Dumber To trailer

12 June 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth writing and editorial team give their thoughts on the trailer for Dumb and Dumber To….

It may be 20 years after the original, but Harry and Lloyd are back for Dumb and Dumber To, the trailer for which was released yesterday.

But what did our writing team think?

Ozzy Armstrong: I might be one of the few people born in the mid 80’s who didn’t enjoy the first film so a sequel seems completely redundant to me. Besides not liking the first Dumb and Dumber, I’m not a massive a fan of Jim Carrey either – so that probably doesn’t help.

As far as the trailer itself goes, I’m assuming that all of the “funny bits” were on show. This only makes me think that the end result will most likely be a big steaming unfunny turd of a picture. In short, I really couldn’t care less. »

- Luke Owen

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Heaven Is for Real movie review: extraordinary claims, no evidence

30 May 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

You’d think any movie that an all-powerful deity had a hand in would be awesome, right? Turns out, not so much. There’s barely even a story here. I’m “biast” (pro): always want to love Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly

I’m “biast” (con): total atheist

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Heaven is for real? Proven by a movie?! Well, no. At best, this cinematic sermon almost humbly acknowledges that even Christians know their fairy tale about a heaven of fluffy white clouds and Jesus in a bathrobe sounds like, you know, a fairy tale that is hard to accept at face value. At worst, it’s a shameless money grab by a family in desperate financial straits cashing in on the fantasies of their little boy. I don’t see how either option — or »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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A Million Ways to Die in the West movie review: “nice guys” need to shut up

29 May 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Director, producer, writer, and star Seth MacFarlane laments the epic romantic tragedy of Seth MacFarlane, who deserves a beautiful girlfriend because he’s “nice.” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): the “funny” bits in the trailer were not funny

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

If timing in comedy is everything, then Seth MacFarlane’s timing with A Million Ways to Die in the West is really off the rails.

I’m not talking about the comic timing of the alleged jokes in this overlong, underfunny, and shamelessly self-indulgent flick. No amount of tinkering with timing could repair the cesspool collection of done-to-death comedy clichés that range from “might have been funny the first time they were deployed in cinema, in 1912” to “might be hilarious to those not quite finished with potty training” to “oh my god, dude, not funny ever.” For »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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X-Men: Days of Future Past movie review: time for hope

19 May 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

With its time-twisting plot, sci-fi soapiness, powerful humanism, and to-die-for cast, this is the summer blockbuster done with elegance and heart. I’m “biast” (pro): love most of the previous films in the series

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It is a nasty future we open on, in this I’ve-lost-count-how-many-th X-Men flick: dark postapocalyptic skies and ruined cities left in the wake of the ongoing genocide of mutants and humans by robot Sentinels. The sci-fi Judgment Day has come and the Terminators aren’t even bothering to imprison survivors in the Matrix (they’re not leaving survivors, it seems). And I have to wonder, Was Days of Future Past inspired and informed by the machine apocalypses of 80s and 90s flicks? Or were those flicks inspired and informed by old 70s X-Men comics? Is it both realities simultaneously? »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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10 Awesome Actors Who Automatically Improve Any Movie By Their Presence

13 May 2014 5:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros. Pictures

Moviemaking, like any art form, is not a precise science; two plus two often doesn’t equal four when it comes to giving an audience chills, moving them, or, tickling their funny bone. If entertainment could be reduced to a simple equation, then every blockbuster would be a megahit and every drama an enduring classic. Sometimes all the ingredients are there to make the perfect stew but the results turn out putrid (see: Movie 43’s stellar ensemble cast coming together to make a movie where Hugh Jackman plays a man with testicles growing from his chin). However, there are a few things you can always rely on to give a movie that extra dash of something special like a solid actor who brings the goods every time. Enlisting a good character actor can be like adding a much needed pinch of salt to a flavourless mush of a movie. »

- Travis Earl

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Watch Hugh Jackman Adorably Interview His '90s Self (Video)

7 May 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're reading this, Hugh Jackman, just stop.

Stop being so darn charming. In this video from Yahoo UK, Hugh Jackman interviews himself in 1999, right before the first "X-Men" came out, to chat about their future. Strangely enough, '90s Jackman looks almost exactly like today's Hugh Jackman, except there's a Furbie and several lava lamps nearby. Honestly, though, has Jackman aged at all? Does he has a portrait of himself in an attic somewhere that's developing a beer gut and going grey? Come on.

What's funny about this "interview" is that, first of all, it's really hard to do a cool, interesting video interview these days. Second, we all like to think of Hugh Jackman as a down-to-earth guy who always seems a bit surprised as his insane success. It's funny to see him sardonically toot his own horn.

2014 Jackman blows his past self's mind by explaining "X-Men: Days of Future Past »

- Jenni Miller

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Hailee Steinfeld Joins Pitch Perfect 2

30 April 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Update: Hailee Steinfeld will join the cast of Pitch Perfect! Hailee is one of the few Oscar-nominated kid actors. Often, kids who get that status don't make movies kids or teens will enjoy, but Hailee recently co-starred in Ender's Game and now, she's in a movie very likely to get multiple viewings from teens. Now, who is ready to hear Hailee sing?

Jan. 28, 2014 -  If you don't know much about Elizabeth Banks, let me assure you - she is Amazing. She has two little kids under the age of 3, she has a pretty cool website (ElizabethBanks.com), she has a busy acting career and she has a company that makes movies like Pitch Perfect. Now, she's going to add director to her resume. She will direct Pitch Perfect 2! She's tried her hand at it before by directing a segment of Movie 43. Banks and her husband Max Handelman will »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Podcast: Three New Reviews and a Dramatic Reading of Peter Jackson's 'Hobbit' Statement

25 April 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's the last episode of the Friday podcast that will be made available for free and I think we've delivered, coming in with reviews for The Other Woman, Last Passenger and Brick Mansions as well as a lot of news, a dramatic reading of Peter Jackson's announcement the third Hobbit film will be titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, tons of your questions, voice mail and four games. We hope you enjoy and hope to continue to have many of you join us once the Friday episode goes subscription only come May 2. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for »

- Brad Brevet

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Fading Gigolo review: Twilight for middle-aged men

23 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a film that looks more like the filmmaker’s midlife-crisis wish-fulfillment fantasy than this one. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

You know how it happens. A beautiful, wealthy woman — a doctor — happens to mention, offhand, just out of the blue, to one of her patients that she and her even more gorgeous, even more rich friend are just dying to have a threesome. And the patient, who just happens to be Woody Allen, naturally thinks to pimp out his florist pal, John Turturro, to them. Cuz who couldn’t use a little extra dough? Same old story, really.

Did I mention that this is written and directed by Turturro?

This is like Twilight for middle-aged men, in which prostitution is an adventure and getting paid tons »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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DVD Review – Revenge for Jolly! (2012)

22 April 2014 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Revenge for Jolly!, 2012.

Directed by Chadd Harbold.

Starring: Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Gillian Jacobs, Kristen Wiig, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Garret Dillahunt and Ryan Phillippe.

Synopsis:

Owing some money to some bad men, Harry (Pestos) finds his dog, Jolly, dead when he can’t pay up. He sets about avenging his best friend’s death, with the help of his cousin Cecil (Isaac).

May I direct your gaze to that cast list above. Look at it. That’s an exemplary set of names – a heap of in demand dramatic, comedic and method actors. It’s Revenge For Jolly!’s main pull, especially with Oscar Isaac in the supporting role, fresh off the critical success of Inside Llewyn Davis. The film will be noticed, but you can’t expect a great deal of praise coming off that word-of-mouth. Sadly, that cast cannot inject any life into Brian Petsos’ lacklustre script.

There »

- Gary Collinson

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