As the year comes to an end, anybody and everybody are posting their best of the year lists. Most of these lists contain variations of the same 15 or 20 films. To break the mold, some are even posting lists of the best films of the year that you probably haven’t seen. I find that even these lists are filled with the same movies. And if you’re a film geek reading a site like /Film, chances are you know about most of the movies on these lists.

I wanted to do something different and compile a list of the best films of the year that you’ve never heard of. The selections should be movies that (for the most part) none of your family or friends have heard of, and you might even have to do some extra legwork to get your hands on.

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James Gunn’s ‘Super’ Will Release on April 1, 2011

Briefly: IFC Films snapped up James Gunn‘s film Super at the Toronto Film Festival, and now the picture has a release date. The dark, strange comedy will hit theaters on April 1, 2011.

April Fool’s Day may be a very appropriate release date for a film about a guy (Rainn Wilson) who becomes a low-rent superhero called the Crimson Bolt when his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Ellen Page stars as the young woman who becomes his sidekick. Early clips have shown that the movie has a pretty sick sense of humor, and James Gunn promises that it isn’t a run of the mill hero movie, and that it also probably isn’t for everyone. Personally, I’m really looking forward to the film, and am happy that James Gunn got to make something weird and fun on a super-low budget, and still is able to get it into theaters.

We don’t yet have a trailer for James Gunn‘s  Super, but the Spike Awards proved to be good for something when the show broadcast one of the clips that was shown at Comic Con this past summer. This was the clip that got me immediately on board with the film. It shows Rainn Wilson’s character getting steamed when a couple of jerks cut in front of him in line, and then demonstrates how his ‘heroic’ alter-ego deals with the situation.

Super looks like a movie with a very specific appeal, but if you get a sick laugh out of this R-rated scene, it is almost certainly for you. Read More »

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Things are starting to look up at The Toronto International Film Festival. Before today, you could count the amount of films that had been picked up by studios on your hand. One of the lucky ones was Super, James Gunn‘s dark comedy about a misfit superhero. The film performed so well with audiences at its midnight premiere that studios immediately showed interest in buying it, spawning an all-night bidding war.

Now writer/director James Gunn has come forth with his first-hand account of the events that took place, providing a rare glimpse into the part that a filmmaker plays in the process of finding a distributor. Even if you have little interest in the film at hand, this is worth the read. Read More »

IFC Buys James Gunn’s Super

Super, which played like gangbusters at its Midnight Madness premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival (though Peter wasn’t quite so enthusiastic about it), has found a home at IFC Films. The film is the first to walk away with a major studio deal since the festival kicked off, and it will likely be one of the few that does.

IFC was the winner of an all-night bidding war, competing with Magnolia Pictures and three other bidders. Surprising for an indie studio that often plays it safe with low cost ventures, they’re paying a whopping seven-figures for the U.S. rights to the film. Learn what this deal means for the film after the break. Read More »

TIFF Movie Review: James Gunn’s Super

I was one of the many who really loved James Gunn‘s Slither, and have been highly looking forward to his follow-up. Super premiered on Friday night as part of the Midnight Madness line-up of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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James Gunn‘s strange homemade superhero film Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, will soon premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. (On September 10, to be exact.) In anticipation of that event, Gunn has offered up the first still image showing Page and Wilson together. We saw them in footage debuted at Comic Con last month, but since then we’ve only seen images of Wilson and Tyler.

More info on the film and the full image are after the break. Read More »

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Last night we got a brief preview of some of the films that will appear in the always-entertaining Midnight Madness lineup at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Now we’ve got the full nine, which in addition to the three announced last night (Super, Bunraku and The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman) include John Carpenter‘s The Ward, Brad Anderson‘s Vanishing on 7th Street and Insidious, by James Wan.

But TIFF isn’t stopping there: a whole host of other high-profile films were announced for the fest today. They include Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter, Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here, Matt ReevesLet Me In, Dustin Lance Black‘s directorial debut What’s Wrong With Virginia? and the Will Ferrell dramedy Everything Must Go, along with confirmation of Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours, for which there’s a new photo. (Above.) This year’s TIFF looks like a good one: check info about all the films after the break. Read More »

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