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(*Note. B. Alan, here. Thank you for putting up with me throughout the year. I know you secretly love to hate me, and vice versa. I just wanted to introduce you to Robert Sean Shankstone (aka Rob-Sean or "Broke Bobby", as some call him). He is a good friend of Brian Balchack, and, as a family man struggling to make ends meet, we thought he'd offer a different take on the Top 10 lists being ponied up by our resident critics (all of whom have seen ten times the movies that Robert has). I also didn't want you to hate this Top 10 list because you saw my name at the top of the story. I am just the content publisher in this case. I have nothing to do with this piece. So, without further ado, here is Broke Bobby. We will be offering up plenty of contributing writers as we head »
I don't go see every movie. I do my best to see as many as I can, but there are some I just don't feel I need to see in order to do my job. Those I tend to skip are films I'm quite certain I will not enjoy because what need is there, really, for me to head into a movie in a foul mood, with little enthusiasm to review a movie? Especially if said movie is the reason my mood is so foul. That said, sometimes the job takes you places you would prefer not to go and sometimes those movies you don't expect to be very good are movies you need to go see. Such films found their way onto this list. Some of the other entries are simply films I wanted to be good, films that piqued my curiosity or just thought would be fun. They weren't. »
- Brad Brevet
Saying it all in ten words or less.
Movie posters have a pretty big job. They need to look good, they need to intrigue movie audiences, they need to provide information about who was involved in making a movie, and sometimes, they even need to sum up a movie in just a handful of words. For those few pithy words that can describe a movie and pique the interest of a passerby, we have the Reelzie for Best Movie Poster Tagline.
Link | Posted 12/26/2012 by Mandy
- Mandy McAdoo
December has been a massive month for movies. Not only have we had huge releases like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Jack Reacher and Life of Pi at the cinema, but we've also been inundated with new trailers for some of the biggest upcoming films of 2013. We've had glimpses of Star Trek Into Darkness, Oblivion, After Earth, The Lone Ranger, Man of Steel and G. I. Joe: Retaliation. One of the most surprising and fascinating trailers has been for Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster Pacific Rim, inspired by classic Japanese cinema. The director of Pan's Labyrinth appears to have crafted a film with an extremely intriguing and arty aesthetic, but on a monumental budget and scale. This rare combination has got the Flickering Myth writing team talking...
Chris Cooper: This »
- Liam Trim
Feature James Clayton Dec 21, 2012
With 2012 drawing to a close, James looks back over the year's movies - as seen from a strange alternate universe...
So 2012, then. Helluva ride, huh? I saw many films and some of them were films within films and films about films and now we’ve all ended up in a disaster movie of our own at the arrival of the Mayan apocalypse that Mel Gibson warned us about way back when. We didn’t even get to enjoy Christmas.
Never mind though. Before Jaguar Paw came screaming out of the Mesoamerican rainforest and we all perished as doomsday struck, we watched some brilliant movies. The past calendar year has been packed with superb cinematic releases, and looking back from the other side of oblivion, I see that we were spoiled.
Unfortunately, from this standpoint on the flipside of forever, I can’t actually see the old timeline of reality. »
Jennifer Lawrence and co might’ve pretended that they had no idea The Hunger Games was going to be such a hit, we all knew it and so did the studios. As learned with Harry Potter and Twilight, teenagers on a mission and semi-attractive actors secure hysteria; the resultant screaming fans proved this to be true.
He lurks in his Lerkim, cold under his roof, where he makes his own clothes out of miff-muffered moof: rhymes like these have made Dr Seuss a remembered and loved writer. His environmentally minded story The Lorax was the latest to get the film treatment in March with the help of Betty White, Zac Efron and Taylor Swift. Forward thinking in the 70s the film floundered in 2012, but thanks to the timing of its release made a lot of money.
- Isra Alkassi
The year 2012 was great for movies overall, but it was an exceptional year for action movies. Our awesome friend the Sleepy Skunk took note of this and offered to put together this cut of the best action the year had to offer. Before you press play, though, do note that this isn't a video counting down the best action movies of 2012 in order (but feel free to have that debate in the comments), it's just a fun tribute to the year's best on-screen mayhem. List of movies in order of appearance: Red Tails Red Dawn The Avengers Dredd 3D Resident Evil: Retribution Wrath of the Titans Chronicle Wreck-It-Ralph Underworld: Awakening Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter The Raid: Redemption The Man with the Iron Fists The Dark Knight...
- Peter Hall
It was a year of final franchise instalments and fresh-faced startups, with Bond's return giving a boost to British film. But were reports of a global power shift premature?
The Avengers was 2012's headline story. Its tag team of Marvel personnel stole an early lead with its April/May release and finished with room to spare on $1.51bn worldwide: the third highest grossing film of all time. Joss Whedon's preppy wit was lighter on its feet than Christopher Nolan's Kevlar-and-zeitgeist-burdened Dark Knight trilogy closer, which also joined the $1bn club. The first release for Marvel under Disney ownership, The Avengers is an ominous sign of the franchise tonnage the House of Mouse will wield for years, possibly decades, to come, with Pixar already under its belt, and Lucasfilm acquired for $4bn plus small change this year.
The franchise revolving door
The movie-brand landscape undoubtedly had a transitional year. »
- Phil Hoad
As we move closer towards the end of 2012, we’ll likely be seeing a number of “video tributes” and montages to the year in film pop up. A staple of the end-of-year video season is YouTube user Genrocks, and today she has released her “Filmography 2012” video. It’s a nice look at what’s been an incredible year for movies, with a hearty blend of small indies and ginormous blockbusters. It also reminded me that Wrath of the Titans is a movie that exists. Hit the jump to take a look at the video tribute. »
- Adam Chitwood
With 2013 rapidly approaching, it seems to be an apt time to look back over what has been a pretty memorable year for cinema. Everybody is beginning to pick out their personal favourites from 2012 and various sites, blogs and publications are starting to release their yearly best-of lists as well. However, over the past few years, one of the most enjoyable ways which has emerged to pay homage to the year’s cinematic offerings has been the retrospective video. Last week an early contender was released in the form of the ’2012 Movie Trailer Mash-up’, which you can view below.
If you’re still itching for more, today we have a new video which will certainly take some beating in the highly competitive end of year retrospective movie montage stakes. Coming courtesy of Christopher Sherwood, ‘Cinemageddon 2012′ is a wonderfully edited mash-up video taking in a wide range of movies from across the cinematic spectrum. »
- Robert Keeling
We were incredibly busy this week, and it resulted in us going over our time by thirty minutes, but it was well worth it.
We managed to cover Deadfall, Hyde Park on Hudson, and deliver our Worst of the Year lists, even though mine only went to eight for some reason. Plus, we got in a shot at Roger Ebert, which is always a plus.
That shot comes by way of our forgetting to mention it during last week’s show covering Killing Them Softly, and, obviously, has to do with Ebert’s review of the film. The short version of the story is that it is absolutely clear that he did not actually watch this film.
We wrapped up Deadfall pretty quickly, and that’s about what it deserved. It has an interesting entry and overall premise, and you can’t fault the actors, but it gets lost in »
- Marc Eastman
We are brought up with the understanding that these things are the lone certainties in life. Today, we'd like to closely examine that last guarantee. Presenting 10 fantasy movies featuring characters with vaguely British accents who do not need to have British accents.
(Editor's Note: Yes, we know Ancient Greece and Rome were very real places, but "Gladiator" and "300" are hardly non-fiction accounts of them. So... humor us.)
1. 'The Lord of the Rings' Franchise (2001 - Present)
This is the most egregious offender of the bunch, if only for sheer mass. "The Return of the King" alone controversially broke the Guinness record for movie length by 418 hours and 29 minutes. But while many cite original novel writer J.R.R. Tolkien's influence as the reason for the Britishness of the film series, »
- Nick Blake
After yesterday's fantastic discussion of the year's best comedies as I begin to fill out my nomination ballot for the 2013 Critics Choice Movie Awards, which are due on Sunday, December 9, today we move to the Action category. Like the Comedy category, I need to nominate not only the year's Best Action Movie, but also the Best Actor and Actress in an Action Movie and this category is actually proving even harder than Comedy as there just don't seem to be enough options. Here are the categories we're discussing in this post: Best Action Movie Best Actor in an Action Movie Best Actress in an Action Movie I have listed below 36 films I am currently considering at the bottom of this post, though after seeing Zero Dark Thirty last night (which is fantastic!) I don't think of it as an action movie. The only real action in it takes place in »
- Brad Brevet
Holy calamity. This is one seriously laborious edited exploration of the movies of 2012. No surprise it comes from our pal Sleepy Skunk (who we hear is pretty good at coming up with aliases and with making mash-ups). Not only did he condense great moments from 182 movies into under 7 minutes, he also managed to craft 3 meaningful movements – the first uncovering the looming theme of Dystopia while tying together common elements (like heavy rain or lights shutting off along a hallway); the second having fun with a common mash-up song and the many explosions of the year; and the third reveling in the connectivity between major Hollywood blockbusters and indie projects that are finding the kind of funding they need to play at a higher level. He was even nice enough to include a complete second-by-second guide to the movies in the video. My favorite moment comes at 6:00 when a fish bowl in Starry Starry Night tips over »
- Cole Abaius
If things had gone according to plan, Keanu Reeves' "47 Ronin" would already be in theaters. But a troubled production has seen the movie's release date get bumped twice, as reshoots took place and the studio got involved with the editing process. Not always a good sign. And there are still more changes to come. Atticus Ross, best known for working with Trent Reznor on the scores for "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," had been hired this past spring to tune up the movie, but Film Music Reporter reveals he's been replaced by Javier Navarette. While he doesn't have the cool cachet of Ross, he is probably best known for his Oscar nominated work on Guillermo Del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth," and his recent work includes Philip Kaufman's HBO movie "Hemingway & Gellhorn," "Wrath Of The Titans" and Neil Jordan's vampire flick "Byzantium." So genre fare. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Today the Academy announced the ten films in contention for Best Visual Effects at the 2013 Oscar and as a result I have opened up the prediction doors to yet another category in my Oscar Predictions. Prior to today's announcement, however, there were six additional films I had listed as potential contenders that didn't make the list, the most surprising of which was the omission of The Impossible, which has a fantastic tsunami sequence and when you consider Clint Eastwood's Hereafter was nominated only two years ago for similar effects (though I believe The Impossible does a much better job) I thought for sure it would be included. I was also surprised not to see Flight on the list as that opening crash sequence is phenomenal and even the making of featurette I previewed earlier was quite impressive. Also missing is The Hunger Games, Looper, Men in Black III and Wrath of the Titans, »
- Brad Brevet
It's that time of year again, kids. The holiday season is right around the corner, and we've compiled our yearly list of the best and worst Blu-rays of the year. Being that you can score a player for way less than 100 bucks now, there's little reason not to upgrade. Read on to find out where the smart money is!
There's no doubt Blu-ray players will once again be a pretty hot item this year, but what of the movies available for them? If you already own the DVD of your favorite flick, is there a need to replace it with a Blu-ray? I'm here to answer all of your questions in the fourth annual...
Before we get into our picks (most of which are also available in new DVD versions; see review for information), let's take a second to explain once again how we rated them. They're broken down into »
- Uncle Creepy
• George Clooney is attached to star in and produce an untitled crime film written by Argo scribe Chris Terrio. Filmmaker Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy) is attached to direct and produce, along with Clooney’s producing partner Grant Heslov. And that’s all we got for this one, folks — the details of the script remain top secret. Probably not a sci-fi adventure set in the Persian desert, though. [Variety]
• Inglourious Basterds’ Daniel Brühl is logging onto the untitled Wikileaks movie as Daniel Domscheit-Berg (gesundheit!), the man who helped Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch – i.e. Benny Batch) build his site for clandestine government secrets. »
- Adam B. Vary
Fans have been in uproar ever since the new Ninja Turtles was announced, with Michael Bay onboard to seemingly ruin it by eliminating their mutant origin and turning them into aliens, turning it into a Transformers with turtles. Co-creator of the Tmnt, Kevin Eastman, got to talking about the upcoming film, and seeks to sooth our souls and pump us up. See if it works:
Eastman: ”This will be a great Tmnt film…Much like many thirty year old concepts, the Tmnt’s have been re-invented a number of times, some were stronger than others, but if you look at what Viacom/Nickelodeon has done/allowed to happen with the new Tmnt animated TV series and the new Idw comic series, each has a slightly new and refreshed take on the ‘core concept,’ the new film with be the same, a film ‘well placed’ in the Tmnt lore the fans will enjoy. »
- Andy Greene
When a young animator made a live-action short film about a boy who resurrects his dead dog, his association with Disney came to an end as the dark tale was deemed too scary for children; years later the legendary animation studio rekindled a creative partnership with Tim Burton (Big Fish) which has resulted in a reimagining of Frankenweenie (2012) as a black and white stop-motion animated feature length film in 3D. “It’s quite remarkable how true the animated feature is to the original,” observes Matt Bristowe, the Joint Managing Director of Stereo Conversion for Prime Focus World. “There are key scenes, such as where Sparky gets run over, that play just as they do in the short; it’s nice to see that continuity.” Richard Baker, the Creative Director of Stereo Conversion for Prime Focus World, »
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