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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2010

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54

Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...

By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.

Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim,
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Comic-Con 2013: five things we learned

Superman v Batman, Avengers 2 and a very sexy Frankenstein monster ... Ben Child picks the top five stories from this year's Comic-Con, the annual convention for comic-book culture and superhero fans

1. Superman and Batman remain the biggest draw in comic books

Both the man of steel and the caped crusader have been through their fair share of disastrous outings on the big screen. For Supes, there were the last two Christopher Reeve movies and the god-awful fawning Bryan Singer paean to the Richard Donner years that was 2006's Superman Returns. For the dark knight, readers will recall with horror George Clooney's bemused and Bat-nippled turn in the execrable Batman and Robin in 1997. But times have changed, and the combined success of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and Zack Snyder's passable Man of Steel have pushed the pair back to the top of the superhero tree. The loudest shout from
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San Diego Comic Con: Saturday and Sunday Line Up

Here we go with part two of our look at what will be going down at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, which kicks off in California next Wednesday evening. Earlier on today we previewed Thursday and Friday’s line-up, and now we venture into the weekend and the selected panels that will be hitting the convention center. Thn will be in San Diego from next Tuesday to bring you up to the minute updates.

Saturday 20th July

A&E Bates Motel

The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan), Olivia Cooke (Emma
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Comic-Con 2013 - Full Schedule for Saturday, July 20th!

San Diego Comic-Con has unleashed their epic schedule for Saturday, July 20th, and it's going to be a great day! There's a ton of Marvel stuff happening, including panels for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World. Then we've got Godzilla, Seventh Son, 300: Rise of An Empire, The Lego Movie, I' Frankenstein, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, True Blood, Being Human, and a lot more cool stuff!

You can view the full schedule here, and I've included the panels and events that we'll be looking forward to seeing. 

Saturday, July 20

A&E Bates Motel

The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award
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Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Saturday, July 20th

Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Saturday, July 20th
Comic-Con International has announced the schedule for the third day of San Diego Comic-Con 2013 on Saturday, July 20. You can clickHere to check out the full schedule, including comic book-related events, but we have pulled out all the movie, DVD, and TV-related panels right here. Take a look at what this day has to offer.

10:00 Am - 11:00 Am A&E Bates Motel

The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the show's unique backstory and creation. Fans will get an opportunity to
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Comic-Con 2013: Saturday Schedule Includes Bates Motel, Godzilla, True Blood

The full Saturday, July 20th schedule for Comic-Con has been officially announced and includes panels for Bates Motel, Godzilla, True Blood, and much more. Continue reading for a list of Saturday’s horror events:

A&E Bates Motel: “The Bates Motel is open for business in San Diego! Executive producers Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will release new footage from the highly acclaimed A&E drama series Bates Motel exclusively for Comic Con attendees. The executive producers will be joined by the cast, including Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (Norma Bates), Freddie Highmore (Norman Bates), Max Thieriot (Dylan), Olivia Cooke (Emma), and Nestor Carbonell (Sheriff Alex Romero) to discuss the show’s unique backstory and creation. Fans will get an opportunity to hear more about season 2, debuting in 2014 on A&E, and will have a chance to ask the cast and creators questions during a Q&A.
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Comic-Con 2013 schedule: See what's happening Saturday

Comic-Con 2013 schedule: See what's happening Saturday
Comic-Con is releasing its daily schedules over this long holiday weekend and the schedule for Saturday, July 20 has just come out. The day features panels on TV favorites like How I Met Your Mother (at the Con for the first time!), True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries as well as upcoming shows like Dracula and The Originals, and much more. Many of the major film panels are Saturday, including a look at the upcoming Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the Marvel panel, which will feature the Thor and Captain America sequels, and WB and Legendary’s panel featuring Godzilla, and Gravity.
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San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Horror on the Menu for Day Three (July 20th) Includes Godzilla, Bates Motel, True Blood, Hunger Games, Dead Rising 3, and More!

There's always one day during the Sdcc when you just shake your head, laugh, and say, "This schedule is ridiculous." Saturday, July 20th, is shaping up to be that day this year.

Horror fans will have a lot of choices to make as the "Bates Motel" panel battles the one-two punch of Godzilla and Seventh Son. Later in the day you'll be faced with choosing to learn more about "True Blood," Telltale's The Walking Dead video game, or "Being Human." Right now 20th Century Fox's presentation that runs at the same time remains "To Be Announced," but once details are revealed, we'll provide an update.

Other panels vying for your attention throughout the day are "The Originals," "Grimm," I, Frankenstein teamed with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (that combination should make for some interesting audience reactions), a look at gameplay from Dead Rising 3 on the Xbox One, more games, comics,
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Lionsgate Pushes I, Frankenstein Back To January 24th 2014

Lionsgate (Kick-Ass, Hunger Games) has just announced that Hopscotch Features/Lakeshore Entertainment's comic book adaptation of I, Frankeinstein has been moved from September 13 to January 2014. The film has been pushed back for pretty obvious reasons (cough...3D....$$$$...cough) here is an official release stating that why the film has been pushed back. "The film's franchise potential, given its large scale premise, setting and creative elements are perfectly aligned with the 3D experience and the studio wants to put forth the best version of the film possible to audiences. Set in a dystopic present where vigilant gargoyles and ferocious demons rage in a battle for ultimate power, Victor Frankenstein's creation Adam (Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in the middle as both sides race to discover the secret to his immortality. From the creators of the hit supernatural saga, Underworld, comes an action thriller written for the screen and directed
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The '3 Ninjas': Where Are They Now?

When we last checked in with the peculiarly-named trio of Rocky, Colt and Tum-Tum, known to most as the "3 Ninjas," they were busy saving some Native Americans from a company dumping toxic waste in the third installment of the classic "3 Ninjas" movies, "3 Ninjas Knuckle Up." (If you believe the film's Wikipedia page, they not only saved the Native Americans, they also saved "the rest of society." Great job, guys.) That was way back in 1995, which is (quick math, uses fingers) a solid 18 years ago.

The three actors who played the transcendent roles — Michael Treanor as Rocky, Max Elliott Slade as Colt, and Chad Power as Tum Tum — have largely stayed out of the spotlight since the movies debuted. But what are they up to these days? What are they doing with themselves? What do we hope they are doing with themselves? And why weren't they at least in one of the "Expendables" movies?
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DVD Review: Well-Acted ‘Texas Killing Fields’ Favors Characters Over Clichés

Chicago – Is there anything Chloë Grace Moretz can’t do? She’s earned big laughs as a snarky yet concerned sister in “(500) Days of Summer,” performed her own stunts as a vengeful hit girl in “Kick Ass,” brought startling pathos to the role of a smitten vampire in “Let Me In” and exuded Hepburn-esque grace in “Hugo,” all before the age of 15. Needless to say, her versatility is unmatched by any of her peers.

Moretz was 12 when she took the role of Anne, the alienated would-be victim in “Texas Killing Fields,” a routine yet engaging crime drama from Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of Michael. The role is closer in spirit to the vulnerable innocents Moretz played in a slate of horror films during the early years of her career. Anne is as much a symbol as she is a flesh-and-blood being, and the actress brings a chilling tension to her scenes,
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I, Frankenstein: Aaron Eckhart to Star as Adam Frankenstein

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Coming out ahead of the several other Frankenstein-themed projects in development right now, Lakeshore Entertainment, Hopscotch Features and Lionsgate has scored themselves a star to headline their project, I, Frankenstein. Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Battle Los Angeles) has been cast to play Adam Frankenstein in this film adaptation of a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the Underworld franchise.

Check out the official press release below:

Aaron Eckhart to Star in Lakeshore, Hopscotch, Lionsgate Production of I, Frankenstein

Los Angeles, Oct. 7, 2011 – Aaron Eckhart will play Adam Frankenstein in the Lakeshore Entertainment, Hopscotch Features and Lionsgate production of I, Frankenstein, commencing in Australia in January. The film was written and is to be directed by Stuart Beattie (director of Australia’s breakout hit Tomorrow, When The War Began, and writer of such films as Pirates Of The Caribbean, G.I. Joe, 30 Days Of Night and Collateral), and is based
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Aaron Eckhart To Star In Lakeshore, Hopscotch, Lionsgate Production of I, Frankenstein

Los Angeles, Oct. 7, 2011 – Aaron Eckhart will play Adam Frankenstein in the Lakeshore Entertainment, Hopscotch Features and Lionsgate production of I, Frankenstein, commencing in Australia in January. The film was written and is to be directed by Stuart Beattie (director of Australia’s breakout hit Tomorrow, When The War Began, and writer of such films as Pirates Of The Caribbean, G.I. Joe, 30 Days Of Night and Collateral), and is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the Underworld franchise. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States, Lakeshore will handle international sales and E1/Hopscotch will distribute in Australia. U.S. release is slated for February 22, 2013.

Aaron Eckhart recently finished shooting the lead role as an ex-cia agent in The Expatriate, and stars alongside Johnny Depp in the upcoming The Rum Diary. He is repped by CAA.

I, Frankenstein is a modern-day epic: Frankenstein’s creature,
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King
See full article at Dark Horizons »

The Notable Films of 2010: Part Ten

St. Trinian's II: The Legend of Fritton's Gold

Opens: 2010

Cast: Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, David Tennant, Gemma Arterton, Talulah Riley

Director: Oliver Parker, Barnaby Thompson

Summary: A rollercoaster-style treasure hunt for the legendary Fritton’s Gold ensues as the feisty and ever-resourceful schoolgirls of St Trinian’s face their most fearsome establishment rivals yet - the villainous Pomfrey and his sidekicks from the women-hating secret society known as AD1.

Analysis: While it didn't travel much beyond the UK, 2007's reboot of the "St Trinian's" franchise nearly doubled its £7 million production budget in sales in the UK alone - making it one of the top grossing independent British films of the past decade. Reviews were decidedly mixed but generally pretty weak at the time, so the greenlighting of a sequel surprised quite a few.

Despite a critical drubbing, the core audience of young British teenage girls seemed to be satisfied by
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Two

Case 39

Opens: January 1st 2010

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O'Malley

Director: Christian Alvart

Summary: A family services social worker thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case - a troubled 10-year old girl whose parents try to kill her. The social worker decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.

Analysis: Despite the presence of promising German director Christian Alvart ("Pandorum"), 'Case' has sat on a shelf since late 2006 and is finally being quietly shuffled out this year for one very good reason - it stinks. Having opened in Australia a few months back, reviewers utterly savaged the film as both incredibly dumb and utterly ludicrous. Lead star Renee Zellweger also scored personal criticism to a level rarely seen in film reviews outside of comments about Nicole Kidman's 'more alien than the
See full article at Dark Horizons »

The Notable Films of 2010: Part Two

Case 39

Opens: January 1st 2010

Cast: Renée Zellweger, Jodelle Ferland, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Kerry O'Malley

Director: Christian Alvart

Summary: A family services social worker thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case - a troubled 10-year old girl whose parents try to kill her. The social worker decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.

Analysis: Despite the presence of promising German director Christian Alvart ("Pandorum"), 'Case' has sat on a shelf since late 2006 and is finally being quietly shuffled out this year for one very good reason - it stinks. Having opened in Australia a few months back, reviewers utterly savaged the film as both incredibly dumb and utterly ludicrous. Lead star Renee Zellweger also scored personal criticism to a level rarely seen in film reviews outside of comments about Nicole Kidman's 'more alien than the
See full article at Dark Horizons »

TV on DVD Round Up, Oct. 8, 2009: ‘Primeval,’ ‘Life on Mars,’ ‘Mister Ed’

Chicago – The Round-Up returns with a special TV on DVD edition of our regular, informational column. Why is it special? Because this is the most diverse collection of TV that the Round-Up staff has ever seen. From classics like “Mister Ed” to recent shows like “Life on Mars,” this edition truly has something for everyone. And something remarkable for “Spongebob Squarepants” fans.

Primeval: Volume Two” was released on September 15th, 2009.

Brotherhood: The Final Season” and “Spongebob Squarepants: The First 100 Episodes” were released on September 22nd, 2009.

Life on Mars: The Complete Series” and “The Patty Duke Show: Season One” were released on September 29th, 2009.

Mister Ed: Season One” was released on October 6th, 2009.

Brotherhood: The Final Season”

Photo credit: Paramount

Synopsis: “This 2-Disc set includes all 8 dramatic final season episode of this critically acclaimed, superbly acted and explosive blue-collar drama. Will Tommy live up
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