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In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley compare the Watchmen: Director’s Cut with the theatrical version, get excited about the distribution prospects for Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass, and remember the passing of a great talent. Special guest Matt Singer joins us from IFC News.

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Is it just me or does the teaser poster for The Rocker look a lot like the posters for Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up?

The Rocker Poster

The Rocker follows the story of Robert “Fish” Fishman, the drummer for an eighties hair band.  He’s living the rock n’ roll dream… until he is kicked out of the group.  Twenty years later, the desperate rocker joins his nephew’s band, “A.D.D.,” finally reclaiming the rock-god throne he’s always thought he deserved — while taking his much younger bandmates along for the ride of their lives. Starring Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate, The Rocker hits theaters on August 1st 2008.

AFI’s Top 10 Movies of 2007

AFI Top 10

On Saturday, the American Film Institute picked its Top Ten American Films of 2007. The list is available below in alphabetical order:

  • Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Into the Wild
  • Juno
  • Knocked Up
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Ratatouille
  • The Savages
  • There Will Be Blood

I tend to agree with this list more than I agreed with the Golden Globe nominations. I’m not sure if “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” deserves to be up there, and while The Savages is a great movie, I’m not sure if it deserves to be in the top 10. Fox Searchlight’s Once would have been my choice. errr I forgot the AFI list only includes American films. I’m glad to see that AFI included my favorite comedies of the year: Juno and Knocked Up. And why has everyone forgotten about David Fincher’s Zodiac?

Here are AFI’s Top 10 lists from the last six years:

  • 2006: Babel, Borat, The Devil Wears Prada, Dreamgirls, Half Nelson, Happy Feet, Inside Man, Letters From Iwo Jima, Little Miss Sunshine, United 93.
  • 2005: Brokeback Mountain, Capote, Crash, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Good Night And Good Luck, A History of Violence, King Kong, Munich, The Squid and the Whale, Syriana.
  • 2004: The Aviator, Collateral, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Friday Night Lights, The Incredibles, Kinsey, Maria Full of Grace, Million Dollar Baby, Sideways, Spider-Man 2
  • 2003: American Splendor, Finding Nemo, The Human Stain, In America, The Last Samurai, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Lost in Translation, Master and Commander, Monster, Mystic River
  • 2002: About a Boy, About Schmidt, Adaptation, Antwone Fisher, Chicago, Frida, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Quiet American
  • 2001: A Beautiful Mind, Black Hawk Down, In The Bedroom, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Memento, Monster’s Ball, Moulin Rouge, Muholland Drive, Shrek
  • 2000: Almost Famous, Before Night Falls, Best In Show, Erin Brockovich, Gladiator, High Fidelity, Requiem For A Dream, Traffic, Wonder Boys, You Can Count on Me.

Katherine Heigl is a Hypocrite

Katherine Heigl is a hypocrite. There I said it. Heigl bashed Knocked Up in an interview with Vanity Fair:

“It was hard for me to love [Apatow's] movie” because it’s “a little sexist…it paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as goofy, fun-loving guys.”

But it was easy for her to commit to a starring role in Judd Apatow’s “Sexist movie” which elevated her price-tag from $300,000 to $6 million. But I guess Heigl has no problem profiting off a “sexist” movie.

I’m not going to argue that Knocked Up isn’t a male centric comedy, because it is. But the guys is Knocked Up also are portrayed as uncommitted morons. But I’m okay with that, because I know it’s just a couple characters in a movie. I’m pretty sure that Judd Apatow is not trying to say that the the entire sex is futureless uncommitted idiots.

Jennifer Aniston is able to make a career with the woman centric romantic comedy where she plays a woman who is always angry at the bumbling but “sexy” uncaring or ignorant boyfriend. But those movies aren’t “sexist”, right?

I think everyone will agree that Knocked Up has earned it’s place in comic film history.

Katherine, I’m removing you as my friend on Facebook! :)

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.

Knocked Up PosterSicko PosterOnce Poster

ZodiacHot Fuzz

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”

Becuase I Said SoThe Number 23 PosterHannibal Rising

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?

Knocked Up Red Band Movie Trailer

Knocked Up

We got the chance to see Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up about a week ago. And while we’re not able to post a review until the date of release, let me say that said review will not be negative. I actually haven’t heard a negative thing about this film. Everyone loves it, guys, girls, even aliens (editors note: fact unsubstantiated). Universal has released a Red Band trailer for the film.
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Knocked Up Production Photos

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40 Year Old Virgin is the best comedy film of the last five years (on second thought, Borat might also have a chance at the thrown, but for the sake of argument let’s say it’s Virgin). Judd Apatow knows how to do comedy, and underrated comedy geniuses Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd have returned for Knocked Up. Some of you have already started to see this flick at some super secret College screenings. The film is getting rave reviews all over the place. Not just from the normal folks, but also from reviewers. If you havent yet seen the movie trailer or posters, check them out at the respective links. Below we bring you seven new production photos from the upcoming film.
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juddapatow.jpgI’ve admired Judd Apatow’s work even since Heavyweights in 1995. I’ve followed his career from The Cable Guy (which I loved) to the short lived Freaks and Geeks television show, which Apatow wrote and produced. Sure, Celtic Pride was really, really, REALLY BAD. And that’s coming from a Bostonian who had friends in the movie. But The 40-Year Old Virgin is probably the best comedy in the last 10 years.

I write about films and filmmakers I enjoy, but I find it extremely ironic that things have taken a complete 180. No, Apatow is not reviewing a film I directed, but he has instead written a nice article on movie critics and his relationship with criticism.
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