Posted on Sunday, December 26th, 2010 by David Chen
I hope everyone here had a happy holiday break! I had the chance to finally sit back, relax aimlessly for a few days, and take in some Netflix Watch Instantly films that I wouldn’t get to during the normal course of events. One such film was Sweetgrass, which guest Matt Singer discussed on a previous episode of the /Filmcast. As I watched, I was struck with the film’s breathtaking beauty, and I realized that there’ve been some great-looking films this past year.
Here are what I consider to be the 10 most beautiful films of 2010. There’s no grand unifying theory to this list, other than that these are movies I personally really enjoyed looking at for one reason or another. They are presented in no particular order.
Oh, and tune in on Tuesday night at 9 PM EST at slashfilm’s live page to hear us countdown our top 10 films of 2010!
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Since we’ve been doing top 10 movies of the year lists, I thought it was a good time to look at Internet Movie Database’s top 10 highest rated movies of 2010. While it is very easy to discount any of these lists (or any best of list in general), and while it might be easy for many of you to just write off the user ratings on IMDb as fanboy voting, it’s definitely the largest sampling of movie-going opinion that exists today. Hit the jump to check out the list.
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Twitter has released their 2010 Top Twitter Trends Analytics which includes a list og the top 10 tweeted about movies of the last year. The most talked about film of 2010 on Twitter? Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Hit the jump to see the full list.
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We’re huge fans of Edgar Wright here on /Film. He’s been on the SlashfilmCast, we’ve covered and fawned over his movies and posted innumerable random, cool things about the man and his films. There’s almost too much to say about Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World so thankfully, Joel Walden can do the talking for us. Walden is editor who has made a beautiful video highlight reel blending Wright’s three most famous films. Check out the clip after the break. Read More »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the final 15 contenders for the 2010 Oscar for Best Visual Effects.
This is only the first cut, though. Next, members of the Academy’s visual effects branch executive committee will select seven of the final 15. At that point, all the members of the visual effects branch watch 15 minute clip reels from those seven films and then select the five nominees. Eventually, one film will be given the Oscar on February 27 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. After the jump, look at the full list and join along in guessing which films will make the cut and which won’t. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
/Film reader Tim Caballero brought his copy of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World to Guillermo Del Toro‘s autograph appearance and got the filmmaker to sign his DVD. Del Toro has been a vocal supporter of Pilgrim director Edgar Wright and the film and even interviewed the director, cast, and crew at a recent screening (watch the video here). I retweeted a photo of Tim’s autographed Pilgrim DVD on Twitter but thought that the non-twitter site readers would enjoy the laugh as well. Now if only Universal used this exact del Toro quote on the dvd cover, movie poster and television ads…
The Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Blu-ray has been out for over a week now and, chances are, you’ve already burnt it out. The visuals look insane, the sound blows out your speakers and the special features highlight how much love and care went into the project. It’s an awesome disc. But, now that you own it and have watched it all, what’s next? It sits on your shelf. Sure you’ll revisit it every once in a while, but how do you spruce up your old Blu-ray? How about with not one, not two, but THREE different downloadable covers?
The first one you may have seen already. It’s an awesome, original Nintendo inspired, Blu-ray insert by artist Adam Lowe which Edgar Wright tweeted about and Collider posted last week. The second two are personally autographed inserts that I got signed at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA, each slightly different from the first. Each is signed by Aubrey Plaza, Mae Whitman, Satya Bhabha, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Brandon Routh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Mark Webber, Johnny Simmons, Jason Schwartzman and Edgar Wright. Download all three, and read the story behind them, after the jump. Read More »
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SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
Even as cinematic self-awareness has reached an all-time high in recent years, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World represents a pinnacle of postmodern cultural reflection for the medium. At its core, the film (and the graphic novel on which its based) is a classic love story and coming-of-age tale, but it’s been filtered through very modern sensibilities, playfully satirizing a generation that’s become heavily defined by its pop culture influences—if not outright consumed by them. And how better to convey that than by literalizing those influences? The universe of Scott Pilgrim is one that’s specifically tuned to the zeitgeist of modern youth, populating its world with super powered hipsters, 8-bit weaponry, and death as represented by people bursting into coins. It’s deceptively smart, it’s funny as hell, and best of all, it doesn’t let its appropriately hyperactive mentality prevent the narrative from being driven by the characters. Moreover, the movie is exceptionally well made, featuring wonderfully choreographed, shot and paced action beats, a perfectly realized score from artists including Beck, Metric and Broken Social Scene, and some of the most stunning editing I’ve seen to date. After 8 viewings—none of which marked the slightest hint of diminishing returns—I’m convinced that literally every single scene transition comes equipped with some sort of clever play on location, sound, and/or imagery. Still, I’m not surprised that the picture failed at the box office. Scott Pilgrim is potentially a very alienating film, guaranteed to put off those (read: most audiences) who don’t have an affinity for its pop culture-obsessed stylings. I am confident, however, that the film will build a dedicated following over time, and will hopefully be looked at alongside The Social Network as a film that defined Gen Y in ways no future film is likely to achieve. If not, no matter; that the film exists at all is achievement enough for me.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – Commentary with director Edgar Wright, co-writer Michael Bacall and Author Bryan Lee O’Malley, a second commentary with Wright and director of photography Bill Pope, a third commentary with Michael Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong and Brandon Routh, a fourth commentary with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Kieran Culkin and Mark Webber, deleted and alternate scenes with director commentary, bloopers, and a trivia track. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as alternate footage, featurettes (“Making of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, “Music”, “You Too Can Be Sex Bob-Omb”, “Visual Effects”, “Sound Work”, “Pre-Production”), production blogs, an Adult Swim Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation feature, storyboard picture-in-picture, a digital copy of the film, and a copy of the DVD of the film.
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When two of the biggest film geek directors in the world sit down to chat, it’s always something to behold and that’s exactly what happened this past Monday at one of the numerous sold out screenings of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in anticipation of its Blu-ray release on November 9. This particular screening took place at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood CA, which is literally 3 blocks from my front door. And though the proximity was a huge plus, as was the opportunity to see the awesome film on the big screen once again, the biggest reason for my attendance was that Guillermo del Toro would be interviewing co-writer and director Edgar Wright as well as Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley after the film. As an added surprise, several cast members including Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Johnny Simmons and Satya Bhabha came out to help introduce the film while Scott Pilgrim himself, Michael Cera, hung out after to take part in the Q&A.
We posted a few clips of this earlier in the week, but if you have an hour and a half, the whole Q&A is now online and is extremely entertaining. Besides all the basic stories, there’s a simple joy in watching how Del Toro and Wright interact with each other, not to mention the hilarious commentary that Cera provides. I’m so glad you can now all get to experience what I did. Check it out after the jump. Read More »