Ratatouille

Rotten Tomatoes have published their Mid-Year Report, which features a list of the best and worst reviewed movies of the first six months of 2007. You can see the top ten of each below.

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Best Reviewed Movies

1. “Ratatouille”
2. “Away From Her”
3. “Once”
4. “Knocked Up”
5. “Hot Fuzz”
6. “Sicko”
7. “The Host”
8. “Zodiac”
9. “Waitress”
10. “The Lookout”

Worst Reviewed Movies

1. “Because I Said So”
2. “The Number 23″
3. “Premonition”
4. “The Reaping”
5. “Norbit”
6. “Perfect Stranger”
7. “Happily N’Ever After”
8. “Are We Done Yet? ”
9. “Code Name: The Cleaner”
10. “Hannibal Rising”

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Not many surprises to be found. Ratatouille has wrestled the best reviewed wide release of 2007 title away from Knocked Up, which is still holding strong at #4.One unusual observation is that the best movies list features a lot of comedy/romantic comedy films (Ratatouille, Once, Knocked Up, Hot Fuzz, Waitress). In the past usually dramatic indie flicks have dominated the list. I’m also glad to see Zodiac as I’ve fielded negative comments about the film from most people I have spoken with. David Fincher’s film is one of my favorites of the year thus far.

Because I Said So and The Number 23 are the film’s I’ve least enjoyed this year so far. So I feel a little vindicated seeing them rank at the top of the worst reviewed films list. I am actually surprised to see Hannibal Rising make the worst list at #10. I didn’t enjoy the film, but at the same time, I didn’t hate it either. I wonder if there is a huge backlash on the film purely based on it’s comparison against Silence of the Lambs?

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Cake Flushing with Hot Fuzz star Nick Frost

Hot Fuzz

You really know it’s a slow news day when you see us posting videos of someone flushing cakes down a toilet. And I kid you not, we have not one but two videos of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead star Nick Frost flushing his birthday cakes down a hotel toilet while on the Hot Fuzz American press tour. Why Frost thought this would be funny is beyond us. Heck, may-be it is funny. We’re really not sure. The second of the two clips features Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright and co-star Simon Pegg. Check out both videos after the jump.

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When we sat down with Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright this week, he revealed that the Shaun of the Dead trio will be making one last film in what they call the Three Flavor Trilogy:

Yeah, we do have an idea. Simon and Nick are writing something and we’ve just formulated an idea for the third one in what we’re calling the three flavor trilogy – different films that all contain blood and ice cream, and that’s the only link between the three.

And we hate to think of ourselves as spoofers. Particularly, we try to find a story within a genre that appeals to us in some way. Shaun of the Dead is really about turning 30. Hot Fuzz is in a weird way, it’s not autobiographical at all, but it is kind of based on where me and Simon grew up. I think it’s about finding that emotional hook within a genre, and it all starts to become organic after that. So it might very well be in a genre, mainly because we like making films in the UK that people in the UK don;t make. They make plenty of wordy oscar hungry kind of films. We don’t make many genre films.

Simon Pegg then commented, “We’re not going to be making a period piece, let me put it that way.

Hot Fuzz hits theaters on April 20th.

Jack Black to star in Edgar Wright’s THEM?

Them

While interviewing screenwriter turned director Mike White (Chuck & Buck, School of Rock, Nacho Libre) about his new movie Year of the Dog, we were able to briefly talk about his upcoming collaboration with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright:

“I’m writing a script with him [Edgar] now. It’s like a conspiracy theory comedy horror movie. It’s a little bit out of my wheel house and a little bit more in his wheel house. I loved Shaun of the Dead and we talked about writing something together, so once our movies are finally out there and put to bed, we’re going to get together and hopefully bang it out.”

We asked White when he would work with Jack again, and this is when things got a little interesting:

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