Yesterday I posted part one of my two-part look at the best movies of Sundance Film Festival history. Today I return with the second installment, which takes a look at the best movies from the last 15 years of the festival as Park City became not only the mecca of American independent film but the launching pad for hundred million dollar award contenders.
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The Sundance Film Festival isn’t just a film festival, but a look into the future of cinema. As we travel to Park City Utah this year, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at the last 30 years of the festival. Today I begin part one of my two-day, two-part look at the best movies of Sundance Film Festival history. In part one I will focus on the first 15 years of the festival* as the small independent film festival grew into the launching pad for new filmmakers and ground zero for the independent movie boom of the 1990’s.
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Even if you aren’t going to the Sundance Film Festival, reading through the movies that are playing there is indescribably exciting. There are films about any subject you can imagine, in every genre you can imagine, featuring new filmmakers, young filmmakers, A-list actors, rising stars and so much more.
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off later this week and /Film will be on the scene, attempting to see as many movies as possible to tell you what you should be on your radar later this year. Last year, it was little films like Whiplash, Boyhood, The Skeleton Twins, Obvious Child and The Guest. What is it this year? Below check 30 films that we think sound awesome at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Read More »
I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?
As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »
One of the biggest fan discussions coming out of last night’s second trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron revolves around a brief shot showing a mysterious woman who shows up for the first time. In fact, the trailer has two mysterious new women. Who is the woman in the cave? And who is the woman seen behind Thor? Lets talk about some of the possibilities after the jump.
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Star Wars #1 might be one of the most anticipated comic book issues in years, as it should be. The series is important for a lot of obvious reasons, as Marvel takes back the publishing rights to the series that Dark Horse has had for many years. But will fans enjoy the first 48 pages of this new Star Wars adventure? Marvel sent me an early digital copy of their upcoming Star Wars comic book series. Read my review of the Star Wars 1 comic after the jump.
Here is why the new Star Wars comic book series matters.
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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is one of those filmmakers who puts himself out there and connects with the fans (or just fellow movie geeks). Be it on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, Gunn has always been very open about answering questions, sharing behind the scenes photos and even talking about the state of movies in general. Yesterday Gunn took to Facebook to share his favorite movies of 2014. His list, which he clearly states are a list of his personal favorites and not necessarily the best films, contains a span of Hollywood films to low budget independent movies. See the list of James Gunn’s favorite movies of 2014 after the jump.
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There’s no month quite like January on the movie release calendar. It’s the worst. January is a month to catch up on the awards contenders released in the weeks prior and for studios to drop all their wide releases they have no idea what to do with. The reasoning is simple. There are no major vacations for one. And two, if a movie is really good, the studio would’ve either released it earlier over the holidays, or will hold it until the summer.
Basically, if a movie comes out in January, most of the time you know it’s going to stink. Over the past few years, however, the early calendar-dump months have been getting slightly more competitive. In the near future, we’re going to start getting legitimate blockbusters in March. But that’s a new practice. For the past several decades, January has been a horrible month to release movies.
With that knowledge, we decided to go back through history. Were there any really good movies released in January? The answer is “Yes,” but it’s not as many as you’d think. In fact, in the past 35 years, I found only about 30 films most people would consider “good.” We’ll mention them all below, then dive a bit deeper on the better ones. Below, read about the 15 best January movie releases of the past 35 years. Read More »
Last month Chris posted his top 10 trailers of 2014, but I also wanted to weigh in with my favorite trailers of the past year. You might be surprised at which trailers did and didn’t make the cut. For instance, one of the trailers below is for a movie which has yet to begin principal photography. And no, the top trailer on my list is not the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer. Find out the best movie trailers of 2014, ranked by me, after the jump.
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