Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The National Board of Review doesn’t often predict which film will win big at the Academy Awards, but its year-end awards frequently align with films that ultimately score big nominations. That’s why their selection of Mad Max: Fury Road as the best film of 2015 can’t help but feel like a big deal. Since the year 2000, only two of NBR’s picks for best film of the year (2014’s A Most Violent Year and 2000’s Quills) haven’t gone on to compete for the top prize at the Oscars, so you have to wonder if the passionate groundswell of critical support for George Miller‘s visceral masterpiece will take it where few action blockbusters have gone before: the Best Picture race.
Check out the full list of National Board of Review winners after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s that time again. No, we don’t mean Christmas season (though it is that, too), or the annual prestige-pic crush (ditto). We’re talking about year-end top-10 list time. Brace yourselves, because this train’s gonna power through the rest of December and much of January, finally winding down sometime around the Oscars in late February. By that time, we’ll be so sick of ranking things, we’ll probably beg for the sweet mercy of mediocre movies that stand no chance of being on anyone’s list of top 10 anythings.
But that’s later. Right now, we’re still kind of excited to look back at the year that was. One of the first top-10 lists out of the gate, as usual, comes from John Waters, and it’s made up, as usual, of an eclectic mix of offbeat titles. In fact, the most shocking thing about this year’s edition is that it contains not one but two big-budget studio blockbusters. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Of the hundreds of “best of the year” lists assembled by various publications around the world, Sight & Sound magazine’s top 20 always tends to be the most fascinating. This year is no different. It’s hard to argue with any list that finds room to contain brutal holocaust immersions and artful LGBT romances and post-apocalyptic action adventures and tear-jerking animated family movies and stirring stop-motion animated dramas and high-concept horror movies and unrelenting documentaries about genocide and stoner film noir.
As usual, the list skews arthouse (there are a few titles here that we aren’t familiar with at all), but consider this list a homework assignment – if it’s on this list, it’s surely going to be worthy of any serious movie fan’s time. Check out the complete Sight and Sound best of 2015 ranking after the jump.
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Thanks to the magic of Thanksgiving, this week is a little shorter than all the rest, leaving us free to stuff our faces full of turkey and enjoy plenty of good movies. And since it’s a holiday weekend, you’ll probably be looking to escape the house for a few hours just so you don’t have to hear your family argue about politics. Or maybe you want to get everyone out of the house so you can enjoy a movie as a family.
Well, we’ve got you covered for a variety of cinematic occasions with a list of 28 movies to watch this Thanksgiving, and some of them you can even enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Come Thursday, many of us, like many of you, will find ourselves around a dinner table with our distant relatives, reflecting on what we’re grateful for in our lives. But before we get to that, we thought we’d take a moment to think about the films we’re thankful for this year.
This isn’t a list of our favorite films of the year, or the best films of the year (though some of them are that, too). These are the films that surprised us, that gave us something we didn’t even know we needed, that seemingly willed themselves into being against all odds, or that just made us really, really happy. After the jump, join us in looking back at the movies to be thankful for in 2015, and then hit the comments to let us know which films you’re grateful for.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by David Chen
David, Jeff, Peter Sciretta, and Germain reconvene to discuss the results of their 2015 box office summer movie wager results. Below, you’ll find the actual box office rankings for this summer, as well as Dave, Jeff, Peter, and Germain’s original rankings. Hit the jump to download and listen to the podcast.
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We’ve posted a lot of great Mad Max: Fury Road art over the past year, including a series from Poster Posse, Scott C’s epically-sized Great Showdown and Mondo’s Ken Taylor and Mike Mitchel prints. But that doesn’t mean we can’t post more great art inspired by George Miller’s science fiction action adventure film.
The latest batch of Mad Max Fury Road art comes from Denver, Colorado-based artist Christopher Cox of Changethethought Studio, who created two very cool Mad Max: Fury Road posters which depict memorable moments from the film inside the film’s bold title. Hit the jump to check out Cox’s Mad Max Fury Road posters and even gain some insight into his process.
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Some kids are satisfied with going to the store and picking out a Halloween costume that was made in China. But other kids are fortunate enough to have parents who are a whiz with technology and craftsmanship and use it to create some truly impressive costumes. Cory and Jeremy Newton-Smith are those kind of parents.
The couple decided to not only dress up their kids as the most adorable Max Rocatansky and Imperator Furiosa you’ve ever seen, but they also built them a custom Mad Max Power Wheels War Rig for cruising around the wasteland (or at least their neighborhood). Check it out! Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
There have been more than a few hugely successful blockbusters this year, but Mad Max: Fury Road is the one that lingers in the brain. It doesn’t just touch a nerve – it grabs each of your nerves and squeezes. Warner Bros. tossing a post-apocalyptic action movie into the Oscar race sounds insane, but it’s head-and-shoulders above most of the sure-thing awards nominees right now. It’s spectacular filmmaking and we are blessed to have it in our lives.
So when director George Miller talks about a sequel (or two sequels), we listen. Chatter about a follow-up has been pretty steady for awhile now, with the first talk of the next films arriving months before Fury Road even hit theaters. However, exactly what the sequel will be has been shifting as of late. So let’s take a look at what Miller is saying now.
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