Every year since 1989, the National Film Registry — a division of the LIbrary of Congress — has added films to its roll of movies that “represent important cultural, artistic and historic achievements in filmmaking.”

This year’s roster of twenty-five choices features a typically diverse collection, including inclusions whose significance can hardly be disputed (Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Matrix, Dirty Harry, The Times of Harvey Milk), persistent cultural touchstones (A Christmas Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), pleasing if slightly surprising inclusions (Two-Lane Blacktop, Slacker) and a few left-field choices, such as A League of Their Own.

The full list, with text about each movie from the NFR, is below. You can also visit the Registry website to nominate films for the 2013 list. Read More »

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VOTD: Edgar Wright’s 1993 Mash-Up ‘Gun Fetish’

We post a fair amount of montages here on /Film, but this one’s extra special. Back in 1993, well before the days of Final Cut Pro, a 19-year-old Edgar Wright holed himself up in an editing suite for several weekends to put together this montage, “Gun Fetish.” The clips are pulled from VHS tapes, which explains the low quality. Even so, it’s apparent that Wright has an excellent sense of rhythm and timing, as well as real affection for the films he’d go on to reference and parody in work like Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World. Watch it after the jump. Be forewarned — the video is, as Wright puts it, “a little NSFW and spoiler heavy.”

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 26 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is one of those movie theaters that film fans must visit at some point in their life. Maybe it’s not the prettiest theater in the world, but the tickets are cheap, the popcorn is cheap, and it regularly has some of the best, if not the best, repertory screenings imaginable, mostly in double features. Now, for their 2011 season, they’ve decided to kick it off the Wright way. The Edgar Wright way.

The New Bev will play host to over two weeks of films programmed by director Edgar Wright. They did it three years ago and now, the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (which will screen as one marathon) is back for The Wright Stuff II. Wright has chosen twenty films to play over 18 days beginning January 14 and most of the films are specially themed double features. Want to know what’s playing when, with what and whom? Then hit the jump. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Dirty Harry Potter T-Shirt


T-Shirt Laundry has an awesome Harry Potter/Dirty Harry mash-up parody t-shirt for sale. Here is the official description.

Police Inspector “Dirty” Harry Potter is a hot-headed rookie fresh out of the Hogwarts Police Academy. His first assignment is a sadistic serial killer known only as “Voldemort”. Dirty Harry will stop at nothing to solve this crime even if it means roughing up a few muggles along the way.

The t-shirt is available in a variety of colors, on sale for only $11 plus shipping (normal price $16). And I’ve discovered that they are offering 20% off with the coupon code “THANKS”, enter at checkout. Thanks to /Film reader Dan M for the tip.

A couple weeks back, we posted the schedule for the Alamo Drafthouse’s 2010 Rolling Road Show. The traveling movie screening series just one of the many reasons the Alamo Drafthouse is the greatest movie theater on the planet. For those who don’t know, the Drafthouse travels around the United States to present one-time-only screenings of classic films using a portable movie theater which they set-up in famous locations from the films. This year’s line-up includes Jackie Brown, Dirty Harry, There Will Be Blood, Convoy, The Blues Brothers, Robocop, Rocky I-III, On The Waterfront, and The Godfather Part II.

To promote each of the screenings, Alamo has commissioned UK artist Olly Moss to create posters for each of the screenings. We’ve featured Moss many times on the site in the past (Locke inspired Lost poster and t-shirt, The Evil Dead Poster), and is probably best known for his popular t-shirt designs which have spread across the interwebs (the Spoilers t-shirt and a series of retro movie poster remakes that we previously featured in Cool Stuff, and Shoot The Baddies). Hit the jump to see Moss’ awesome designs for the Rolling Roadshow films, along with more information about the upcoming events.

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This Week in DVD is a new column on /Film compiling all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

The Good

THE DIRTY HARRY ULTIMATE COLLECTOR’S EDITION BOX SET
Prepare yourselves Clint Eastwood fans, because the Dirty Harry series is getting an upgrade. All five films are available on this set, including Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact, and The Dead Pool. Like most franchises, the first entry is the best of the bunch, with the following films getting progressively worse as they go on. Even so, all of the films are still worth watching, and even if they weren’t, I don’t think there’s a force in the universe that would be strong enough to prevent me from picking up this beautiful looking box set. You can also purchase the films separately, with a Two-Disc Special Edition for Dirty Harry and single disc Special Editions for the rest.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: According to Amazon, the set comes with a feature-length documentary Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows, a 42-page hardcover book, a replica Harry Callahan wallet with inspector’s badge and I.D. card, five 5″ x 7″ reproduction lobby poster cards, never-before-seen production correspondence, and more. And that’s not even including the special features on the DVDs themselves.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$49.99 $59.99 $69.99 $59.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Buy the Dirty Harry Ultimate Collector’s Edition and receive a “criminal dossier with details about the elusive psychopath Scorpio.” [LINK]
Where? Best Buy

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CONTROL
With all the musician biopics surfacing in recent years, it’s no surprise that some people would have tired of them by this point, but you shouldn’t let that stop you from checking out this critically lauded black-and-white picture detailing the troubled life of Ian Curtis, lead singer of the band Joy Division. It currently holds an 8.0 ranking on IMDB, and an 88% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven’t yet heard about it, I implore you to check it out.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: An audio commentary, a making of featurette, and music videos.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
N/A $16.99 $19.99 $18.99

THE MACHINE GIRL
You may remember a story on /Film a while back showcasing the trailer for a movie that featured ninjas, sushi made of fingers, and a Japanese school girl with a machine gun for an arm. Well guess what? It’s now available on DVD. If you’re a lover of schlocky gore-filled Asian cinema, feel free to rejoice.
Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: A behind-the-scenes featurette, and of course, the film’s awesome trailer.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$12.99 $12.99 $14.99 $14.99

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The Bad

SEMI-PRO
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Unrated “Let’s Get Sweaty” Editions)
A collective sigh sweeps the nation as Will Ferrell releases yet another comedy that hits all of the same beats as his other films, this time minus the laughs. So if you’re looking for your monthly Ferrell fix, just hold out until the far superior looking Step Brothers.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The two-disc set comes with six featurettes, deleted scenes, and a “Flint Tropics Hot Talk with ‘Dick Pepperfield.’”

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $15.99 $13.99 $13.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores.

MEET THE SPARTANS
(Available as regular and Unrated ”Pit of Death” Edition)
The directors of such cinematic classics as DATE MOVIE and EPIC MOVIE are back with another laugh-o-rama where all the humor stems from irrelevant pop culture references, excessive gross-out humor, and the fact that there are people who manage to be repeatedly duped into paying to watch something so painfully awful. Except in the case of the latter, it’s funny in that “I’m going to cry” kind of way.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Audio commentary, a couple making-of featurettes, a set tour, and a gag reel.

BEST PRICE
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$16.99 $17.99 $13.99 $13.99

EXCLUSIVE DEAL:
What? Buy Meet the Spartans and receive a free t-shirt. Check your Weekly Ad to see what it looks like.
Where? Circuit City

THE EYE
(Available as single disc and 2-Disc Special Edition)
This may not be the worst-looking Asian horror remake to come out of Hollywood, but combined with Jessica Alba’s stunning inability to produce any sort of believable emotion, there’s not much incentive to check it out. Call me when she removes her “no nudity” clause, and then I’ll be willing to give her another chance.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: The 2-Disc Special Edition’s only additional content on the second disc is a digital copy of the movie, so feel free to skip it. Other extras include deleted scenes and several featurettes detailing the making of the movie and concepts behind it.

BEST PRICE*
Target Best Buy Circuit City Fry’s
$17.99 $15.99 $13.99 $19.99

*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $22.99 at each of the listed stores excluding Fry’s (where it’s $34.99).

Also available this week…
The Onion Movie – Flawless – Weeds (Season 3) – Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show – Rescue Me (Season 4) – Mama’s Boy – The Andromeda Strain – City Slickers (Collector’s Edition) – American Crude – The Incredible Hulk (Season 3) – The Incredible Hulk (Season 4) – CHiPs (Season 2) – Boarding Gate – Dead Zone: The Final Season – Flavor of Love (Season 3) – Get Smart (The Complete Series)

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Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino is Dirty Harry 6?!

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Update: Still no official confirmation or denial from the studio regarding the Dirty Harry 6 rumor. MovieWeb now reports that a close friend of the site who works for Eastwood’s production company has confirmed that Gran Torino is indeed a Dirty Harry sequel. Meanwhile FilmJerk says that a source has told them the film is actually a “quiet drama” with Eastwood starring as a “rural bigot.” Developing…

AICN is reporting that the recently and mysteriously announced Clint Eastwood directorial/star vehicle Gran Torino is actually the sixth installment in the Dirty Harry franchise! Earlier today we reported on the film, which is being rapidly fast tracked for a release this December, speculating that it was probably another Oscar run for Eastwood, but hoped that it was really “Dirty Harry’s Death Proof.”

See, even though Eastwood will be 78 in May (incredible!), the film’s title seemed to reference the too-badass-for-an-Oscar Ford Torino muscle car. The ’72 model can be seen at the right. Well, just minutes ago, AICN posted an email from a tipster that could not have been more on the money…

“I recently advertised my 1974 ford grand torino classic original for sale in the local here, and within 24 hours had someone from Village Roadshow Pictures interested in having a look at it. He came. He wasn’t interested for numerous reasons (probably the modifications). He told me they were looking for the right car for a new Clint Eastwood movie.

He said it was a thriller about a killer that drives a certain torino. His 1972 Ford Gran Torino is the only thing the police have on him. A retired police lieutenant, one Harry Callahan, makes it his mission to track down the culprit when two young police officers, one Callahan’s grandson, are shot and killed by the guy.”

There’s always the chance that this could be a high, fast one, but it does sound mighty solid. Moreover, the franchise is parked at Warner Bros. and so is Torino. Even Dirty Harry can’t hide from the ‘Net. So, looks like we’ll be seeing Harry Callahan pump punks full of lead with the .44 Magnum in the 21st Century, two decades after his last appearance on screen in The Dead Pool. Oh yeah, and this time it’s personal! Somewhere, Sly Stallone is taking a nap.

Discuss: Dirty Harry 6: Gran Torino, does that make your day, or what?


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