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Christmas greetings to all; had enough of your Mum blasting out some Bruno Mars and your Nan playing Buble on repeat, well here’s my top 10 best albums of 2011 just in time, ready for some light hearted discussion on this year’s music.
Whilst 2011 was a killer 12 months for games fans, cinema was crazily mediocre, but the music world was blessed with another good year. I was lucky enough to attend the Leeds Festival, one as usual set amongst a hectic summer schedule of mud, sweat and tears. I also found myself buying more albums as the year offered some impressively talented LPs. Below is a list of my top ten favourite albums of 2011. As I have quite a mainstream taste for music, I’d love some further suggestions on what you think are the best albums of 2011, enjoy.
10. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
Sneaking onto the scene in early February, »
- Adam Lock
There were a lot of top-notch films this year; choosing a shortlist was tricky, picking the ten best of those was difficult and deciding the final order was challenging to say the least. Except for number one, this was an immediate gut instinct. As for the rest, let’s not worry about rank too much – they are all outstanding.
7. The Skin I Live In (Pedro Almodóvar)
The Skin »
- Jack Kirby
Downer: The UK On The Big Screen
Come to Leeds! If you're lucky, you'll escape with a kicking! Paddy Considine's ludicrously grim movie heaped abuse after abuse on its poor cast. No one got off lightly, not even the innocent little boy across the road. Or the dog that chewed his face off.
Sket/The Veteran/Junkhearts/Attack The Block/Anuvahood
When they're not busy rioting, Londoners are often to be found selling drugs, wearing hoodies, taking drugs, obtaining firearms and chasing each other through one of about three photogenically claustrophobic council estates – all to a blaring grime soundtrack.
Come to Glasgow, if you think you're hard enough. Everyone there is either a violent yob who'll end up in prison, or a good kid »
- Steve Rose
As 2011 draws to a close, James looks back over the year’s films, and concocts his very own awards ceremony to celebrate the best of them…
Drum roll and peppy fanfare, please. 2011 is coming to a close, which means it's time to construct end of year lists. "Build it and they will come," as Kevin Costner once said in a baseball movie. I, however, don't like this sort of activity, and don't think I can do it, partly because I find it impossible to work out what my favourite thing is.
How, after all, can you compare, say, X-Men: First Class, The Tree Of Life, Immortals, The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-Sec, Submarine and The Troll Hunter? And, indeed, which one is 'best'?
The answer is you can't – none of them are better, and you shouldn't even try to find a favourite 'superior' flick, because moods are fleeting, minds and memory are fickle monsters, »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Farrell plays Mitchel, an ex-con who’s hired to look after Knightley’s Charlotte, a reclusive actress who’s in demand by the paparazzi. Mitchel and Charlotte fall for each other, but their love is challenged when London gangster Gant (Ray Winstone, Cold Mountain) forces Mitchel to work for him.
The R-rated movie’s stellar cast also includes David Thewlis (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2), Anna Friel (Limitless), Ben Chaplin (Dorian Gray) and Eddie Marsan (The Disappearance of Alice Creed).
The movie was released »
Holy looming planets, Batman! It has already been observed that Mike Cahill's Another Earth and Lars Von Trier's Melancholia share the evocative image of another heavenly body in close proximity to Earth. For me, though, the most significant thing about this coincidence is that neither film would normally be classified as science fiction. And it's not as if either director is distancing himself from the term, the way Margaret Atwood seems to be. She's made increasingly baroque contortions to explain that what she writes is "speculative fiction" and not Sf. (Though surely the term "speculative fiction" is tautological. Isn't all fiction speculative?)
There has long been a tendency for Sf themes to bleed into the mainstream and non-sf genres. What is It's a Wonderful Life »
- Anne Billson
Nikita with its fall finale fell a tenth in the demo to match what appears to be a series low rating of 0.5 this Friday.
In total viewers, The CW’s sophomore spy drama drew 1.7 million, down 6 percent from its last fresh outing. (For comparison’s sake, Smallville‘s final fall finale drew 2.45 million viewers and a 1.1 rating.)
Lead-out Supernatural, meanwhile, rebounded a bit from its brutal dance with the Jersey Devil to surge 20 percent in audience (to 1.86 million total viewers) while holding steady at a 0.7 demo rating.
Supernatural Fall Finale Recap: Eternal Sunshine of Bobby’s ‘Fruitcake’ Mind
In general, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Running Time: 1 hr 50 mins
Release Date: December 2, 2011 (Chicago)
Plot: A New York man (Fassbender) continues to struggle with his sex addiction while his sister (Mulligan) crashes at his swanky apartment.
Who’S It For?: Fans of Fassbender might feel little shame watching the actor walk around in the buff, but they’ll be getting much more here than an artsy peep show. The Nc-17 rating is fully warranted; Shame is fully adult, but not in an immediate pornographic sense.
Expectations: It’s not often ’round these parts that we get to see an Nc-17 movie during awards season, so I was curious as to just how explicit a movie starring rising star Michael Fassbender could be. With such a cold title and a strange poster, I also wondered exactly how dirty this movie would make me feel. »
- Nick Allen
View Gallery » This isn't up for debate: Carey Mulligan is the definition of cute.
And, obviously, talented.
The rising starlet knocked our knee socks off in "An Education," made us weep in "Never Let Me Go" and revved up our hearts in "Drive." Now, she's doing it again (and again and again) in "Shame." Oh, and did we mention she gets naked this time around?
Yeah, it's totally time for a Hot People Looking Hot gallery in her honor. »
- NextMovie Staff
In the two-part SyFy original movie Neverland, from writer/director Nick Willing (Alice, Tin Man) and premiering on December 4th and 5th, actor Charlie Rowe (The Golden Compass, Pirate Radio, Never Let Me Go) plays Peter, a 14-year-old pickpocket who, along with his young gang, is mentored by English gentleman Jimmy Hook (Rhys Ifans). When they are all transported to the magical realm of Neverland, during the robbery of a mysterious orb, this new world sends Jimmy over the edge, and Peter must fight to protect his friends and Neverland itself, taking his first steps on the path to becoming a legend. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the 15-year-old Brit talked about becoming a part of Neverland and taking on the iconic character of Peter Pan, when he first became aware of the classic story and the effect that it had on him, being able to identify »
- Christina Radish
Yesterday an image appeared on Thn featuring a first look at Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-man’s nemesis, albeit in novelty ‘candy’ toy form Pez (see here). Today we have a much more intriguing and actually impressive look (if indeed the image is officially from the movie) at the concept art of how Rhys Ifans villian ‘The Lizard’ will look, that so far we have only barely had a glimpse of in the films teaser trailer.
It seems as if Marc Webb’s upcoming web-slinging reboot has been universally received as a damp-quid, which is a shame considering the talent involved. Andrew Garfield is an actor who has given incredible turns in Red Riding, Boy A and Never Let Me Go and Emma Stone too is a star blossoming into a terrific actress. Maybe the idea fans have to sit through another origin story along with Sam Raimi’s disappointing last effort, »
- Craig Hunter
Toronto - In the midst of a busy Toronto Film Festival, I found myself racing to the Fairmont Royal Oak Hotel. One particular actress was in town for only a few more hours and this was a rare opportunity for a sit down one on one with her. The star in question was none other than Keira Knightley, the former "Pirates of the Caribbean" star who has spent the last four years running from blockbusters and, instead, gaining respect with stellar performances in films such as "Atonement," the underrated "The Edge of Love," "Never Let Me Go," the also underrated "Last »
With the feature film version of Great Expectations currently filming, the BBC TV version will be hitting our screens this Christmas and here's a first look at some stills of the young cast:
Oscar Kennedy (represented by Curtis Brown) who played the young Nigel Slater in last year's acclaimed TV adaptation of the TV chef's memoir Toast, takes on the role of Young Pip. He shares the role with Douglas Booth (also represented by Curtis Brown), who appeared as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011.
15 year old Izzy Meikle-Small (represented by United Agents) who starred as Young Cathy in Never Let Me Go, and recently filmed Young Molly in Private Peaceful, and 24 year old Vanessa Kirby (represented by Ken McReddie), who also made Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011 list, share the role of Estella.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (ScreenTerrier)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 31, 2012
Price: DVD $26.99, Blu-ray $30.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Not to be confused with the short-lived 2007 TV show of the same name, Drive is an art house film trying to be an action film, or an action film masquerading as an art film. Take your pick.
The movie stars indie favorite Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine) as a stuntman who moonlights as a driver for people who need drivers who don’t ask questions. A loner, Gosling’s driver meets and falls for his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan, Never Let Me Go), whose husband is in jail. When he’s released and needs help with a heist, the driver agrees — for the sake of Irene and her young son. But after the heist goes wrong, Gosling ends up with a contract on his head.
Legendary two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks returns behind the camera for the only the second time in his distinguished feature film career. Arriving fifteen years after his directorial debut, That Thing You Do!, Larry Crowne sees Hanks take the title role – a blue-collar divorcee who finds himself laid off from his store job in the midst of the global economic recession. To cope, he decides to go back to college as a mature student and gain a degree. Enrolling in two classes – economics and public speaking – he not only becomes a favourite of fellow pupil Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) but even takes a shine to his tutor, the frosty Mercedes Tainoit (Julia Roberts). Reuniting Hanks with Roberts – last seen together in Charlie Wilson’s War – Larry Crowne emerges as a charming romantic comedy that deals with contemporary issues in a deft way. Below Hanks talks about why it took so long to direct again, »
Legendary two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks returns behind the camera for the only the second time in his distinguished feature film career. Arriving fifteen years after his directorial debut, That Thing You Do!, Larry Crowne sees Hanks take the title role – a blue-collar divorcee who finds himself laid off from his store job in the midst of the global economic recession. To cope, he decides to go back to college as a mature student and gain a degree. Enrolling in two classes – economics and public speaking – he not only becomes a favourite of fellow pupil Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) but even takes a shine to his tutor, the frosty Mercedes Tainoit (Julia Roberts).
Reuniting Hanks with Roberts – last seen together in Charlie Wilson’s War – Larry Crowne emerges as a charming romantic comedy that deals with contemporary issues in a deft way. Below Hanks talks about why it took so long to direct again, »
Fox Searchlight has unveiled a new trailer for "Shame," starring Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go). The film recently got an Nc-17 rating that the studio has embraced and has not challenged. Fox is hoping to overcome something that has been known as the mark of death for any film. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Brandon (Fassbender) is a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his wayward younger sister (Mulligan) moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life spirals out of control. The new movie is directed by Steve McQueen, who last teamed with Fassbender on "Hunger." It has already appeared at several film festivals and is now set to get a limited theatrical release on December 2nd. Trailer: If you cannot see the player, »
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
Psychoanalysis is arguably still as polarizing in today.s society as it was a century ago when Sigmund Freud first conceived it. The very idea of all human neurosis being derived from a primal sexual foundation has controversy written all over it, which is what makes it such a fitting topic for David Cronenberg. Cronenberg.s career has spanned from Rabid (1977) to A History Of Violence (2005) and most vividly with Videodrome (1983) and Naked Lunch (1991) . all of these films have one thing in common; sexually charged, taboo subject matter.
A Dangerous Method tells the story of Carl Jung, a protégé of Freud.s, and his triangular relationship with him and patient Sabina Spielrein during the emergence of psychoanalysis. Jung and Sabina go through a sort of symbiotic metamorphosis. Cronenberg focuses on the shift in character that occurs in Jung, which occurs in conjunction with his treatment of Sabina. They.re relation »
- Travis Keune
Some people trust Karger, Stone, Tapley, Feinberg, Poland, myself -- the list goes on -- with their office Oscar pools. Who do I trust for sharp objective Oscar punditry? My cat. How could I not?
You must recall that last year "Monty" sifted through Fox Searchlight screeners and got very opinionated claiming 127 Hours for his own, immediately shoving Conviction away and declaring Never Let Me Go an utter snooze. Oscar Prediction Success: 100%
Naturally I'm seeking his services again in 2011. I tried to show him the Harry Potter "Consider" book but he literally refused to look at it. No amount of cajoling could get him near it for a photo which is strange because he loves books (useful as pillows or face scratchers) way more than movies (useful for nothing unless the DVD accidentally reflects light on the wall ).
So I moved on. Would he consider Bridesmaids?
Well, he would and he wouldn't. »
- NATHANIEL R
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