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MaryAnn’s quick take… A marvel. Funny and exuberant and bittersweet and cliché-busting and unexpected as hell. We are going to need more movies like this one. I’m “biast” (pro): loved Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, love Gosling and Stone
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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Hopeful yet pragmatic. Fantastical yet down-to-earth. Revolutionary yet traditional. Old-fashioned in the best way and totally modern at the same time. Pure escapist cinematic joy that you don’t need to turn your brain off to get thoroughly lost in. La La Land is a movie to make you fall in love with movies all over again, just when, I suspect, we’re going to be leaning on movies a lot merely to maintain our sanity. This is an instant comfort movie, one that wraps you in its warm embrace and never lets you go. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Author: Jon Lyus
Fresh from its triumph at the Golden Globes this weekend, award winner Ryan Gosling and his La La Land co-star Emma Stone have a lot to smile about as their film waltzes into UK cinemas. The actor has an incredible few years behind and ahead of him, with The Nice Guys being one of last year’s very best films. His work with Nicholas Winding Refn showed a side to the former Disney Channel jazz-hander that was very interesting, and we’ll see him later this year in Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.
His turn in Damien Chazelle’s film is, along with that of his co-star Emma Stone, one of the most delightful performances of the past few years. The sheer joy of the world of La La Land is infectious. Though, as we found out from this interview with Gosling, it was a tough, »
- Jon Lyus
During an interview with Variety for the Ray Croc biopic The Founder, Michael Keaton was asked about the sympathetic sides to his villainous roles, to which he briefly discussed his turn as The Vulture in Marvel and Sony’s upcoming superhero blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming:
“Not to give too much away, but interestingly, he is and he isn’t [sympathetic], that character,” said Keaton. “He’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go, ‘You know what? I might see his point.’ Really, really. It makes it interesting to play”
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A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, »
- Robert Kojder
Letterboxd, the global social network for sharing your taste in film, has released the results of its 2016 Year In Review, based on the Letterboxd community’s combined ratings as of January 1. They have awarded Barry Jenkins’ Golden Globe-winning “Moonlight” as the film of the year.
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“Our hearty congratulations to Barry Jenkins and ‘Moonlight’ on taking the top spot for 2016 in our Year in Review,” says Letterboxd co-founder Matthew Buchanan. “After the ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ juggernaut of 2015, which we unashamedly loved, we began 2016 with no idea what film might win people’s hearts, and we’re taking immense pleasure in seeing a low-budget movie with a diverse cast of mostly unknown actors and no franchise history top the list.”
- Vikram Murthi
The Predator: Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu) is in final negotiations to join Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) and Olivia Munn in The Predator. Reportedly, the movie is set in the suburbs; Holdbrook and Rhodes play military veterans while Key is in line to play someone who joins them as they battle one or more alien invaders. Shane Black (The Nice Guys) is directing the project. [THR] Team. A photo posted by Anna Kendrick (@annakendrick47) on Jan 5, 2017 at 4:43pm Pst Pitch Perfect 3: Anna Kendrick shared a photo of the Pitch Perfect 3 cast, featuring herself, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Hana Mae Lee, Chrissie Fit and Ester Dean. Trish Sie is directing; the movie is scheduled for release on December 22...
- Peter Martin
The Predator: Keegan-Michael Key (Keanu, above) is in final negotiations to join Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) and Olivia Munn in The Predator. Reportedly, the movie is set in the suburbs; Holdbrook and Rhodes play military veterans while Key is in line to play someone who joins them as they battle one or more alien invaders. Shane Black (The Nice Guys) is directing the project. [THR] Team. A photo posted by Anna...
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The year is done. Here’s the list.
2. Green Room
3. Sing Street
8. La La Land
9. The Lobster
10. The Nice Guys
If you’d like to listen to Eric D. Snider and me discuss our Top 10 Movies of 2016, you can do so at MovieBS.com.
The post Jeff Bayer’s Top 10 Films of 2016 appeared first on The Scorecard Review.
- Jeff Bayer
Ryan Gosling had a pretty great year in 2016. He starred in two critically acclaimed movies with The Nice Guys and La La Land, the latter of which he could be getting an Oscar nomination for in the very near future. It is fairly hard to believe things could have been any better for him, but it turns out he was up for the role of Doctor Strange at one point. Enough for Marvel Studios to commission some concept art of him as The Sorcerer Supreme. Lucky for fans, that art has now surfaced online.
The art was done by Court Chu, who said he was hired to do the art quite some time ago. Long before Marvel Studios settled on Benedict Cumberbatch, though, director Scott Derrickson says he was the only actor who was ever really considered for Doctor Strange. Still, at some point Marvel was considering Ryan Gosling and »
The official Twitter account for Spider-Man: Homecoming has released a short new video, which showcases the upgrades on Spider-Man’s costume for his solo debut, courtesy of Tony Stark. Take a look here…
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The most important upgrade out of #CES2017. #SpiderManHomecoming pic.twitter.com/pKeWMCj4zI
— Spider-Man (@SpiderManMovie) January 5, 2017
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton »
- Gary Collinson
Mark Harrison Jan 6, 2017
Nobody is likely to look back on 2016 fondly, whether because of global political instability, celebrity deaths or the rejection of Boaty McBoatface as a suitable name for a research vessel. In the world of film, we note that a lot of the contenders in this year's awards season haven't even been released in UK cinemas yet, and it was hardly a banner year for blockbuster cinema either.
On the plus side, there were some exemplary smaller films, of the kind that awards bodies tend to overlook, released in the last 12 months. Without any apparent genre contenders, like The Martian or Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, this is a year in which performers are more likely »
Sara Hemrajani on the rise of Ryan Gosling…
La La Land, the award-tipped ode to musicals from Hollywood’s Golden Age, sees Ryan Gosling dance, sing, wax lyrical about jazz and woo Emma Stone’s aspiring actress in modern day Los Angeles. It’s a terrific performance and the 36-year-old seems to be a lock for one of the best actor Oscar nods. To top that off, he will be hitting the screens across the year in Terrence Malick’s Weightless and the eagerly anticipated Blade Runner sequel.
Showbusiness isn’t new to Gosling – he was a Mousekeeter (alongside pre-teen Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera) in The Mickey Mouse Club, and he played the title role in the Young Hercules series in the late 1990s. Gosling followed television with some smartly chosen indie features and, not too long after, he was primed for the big leagues as a major movie star. »
- Sara Hemrajani
The news was first reported by Australia’s 9 News, which features footage of stunt coordinator Keir Beck practicing some stunts with his team for “Aquaman,” set to be directed by “Furious 7” and “The Conjuring” helmer James Wan. Warner’s upcoming comic book film, which stars Jason Momoa as the title superhero, began production this past November in Queensland, Australia, and is set to begin filming sometime in 2017.
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Besides “general stunt skills and fighting,” the members of the stunt team will “obviously [need to be] capable and competent in water,” Beck told 9 News.
Beck is one of the best in his trade; last year, his team won a Screen Actors Guild Awards for their stunt work in “Fury Road,” which took home six »
- Yoselin Acevedo
6. Captain America: Civil War – There are so many fantastic moments in Civil War. The easy one is the fight at the airport where we finally get that big super hero battle we’ve seen in a thousand different comic books (and acted out with action figures at least that many times) put on the silver screen in all its glory. The three-way fight at the end might be even better because it’s a crisp action beat full of emotion that is rare anywhere these days, and is honestly pretty uncommon even in print. It’s not a perfect movie, but it might be the perfect application of fan service. Every other Marvel movie has to either top this in terms of fan service (and they honestly probably shouldn’t try) or do something new and exciting. The gauntlet has been thrown down (this is not an Infinity Gauntlet pun »
- Arthur Tebbel
A total of 145 scores were recently announced as being eligible for this year’s Academy Award, with everything from perceived frontrunner “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz) and “Jackie” (Mica Levi) to outliers like “Sausage Party” and “Elle.” The final five will be nominated on January 24. In the meantime, avail yourself of this Spotify playlist featuring selections from 110 of the eligible scores — as well as the full list of every eligible score.
The Abolitionists,” Tim Jones, composer
“Armenia, My Love, »
- Michael Nordine
If there are better stunt professionals than the ones featured in Mad Max: Fury Road, we certainly haven’t seen them. Providing some of the most breathtaking real-life spectacles of that year, or any year, while getting little to no credit for their efforts, these unsung heroes deserve – at the very least — to stay fitfully employed. Thankfully, Warner Bros. feels the same, as the stunt team behind George Miller’s modern action extravaganza will now offer their services to James Wan’s upcoming Aquaman.
[We’ll be doing] general stunt skills and fighting. If there’s water sequences obviously being capable and competent in water [is important].
While Beck wasn’t the only stunt coordinator credited on Mad Max: Fury Road, he still, nevertheless, helped make »
- Will Ashton
Ignore any suggestion that 2016 was not a fantastic year for cinema. Moments linger (the campfire dance in American Honey, the final encounter in Certain Women, the Tracy Letts–Logan Lerman debate in Indignation, the first ten minutes of High-Rise, both “Camelot”-soundtracked sequences in Jackie, any scene that featured Ralph Fiennes in A Bigger Splash) and performances resonate (everyone in Moonlight, Emma Stone in La La Land, Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters).
Choosing ten favorites and five honorable mentions is nasty business; I wish I could have included Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, a ridiculously underrated film that does not deserve to be remembered as a flop. But it just missed the cut. (Also, I was unable to see Silence in time for end-of-year consideration.) What these fifteen films have in common is the ability to surprise, confound, and delight in equal measure. Let’s see 2017 top that.
- Christopher Schobert
- Sasha Stone
17 items from 2017
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