If you don’t recognize the name Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, you probably missed the recent story about him taking the spot vacated by Elvis Mitchell on the upcoming new show Roger Ebert Presents At the Movies. The 24-year-old movie blogger will be going toe to toe with Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire each and every week discussing the latest films to come out in theaters. And that will soon make him one of the most famous film critics in the world.
Vishnevetsky voice is still new to many of us, so we thought you might be interested to see his top ten films of 2010. [EDIT: This isn’t actually his top ten, per se, but a ballot submitted as part of IndieWire’s Anuual Critics Survey for 2010. We apologize for any confusion as this was originally presented.] It’s quite different from most of the regular top 10’s you’re used to seeing. No Social Network, no King’s Speech and, thankfully, no Scott Pilgrim vs. The World [EDIT: Because god-forbid someone likes that movie.] But everyone’s favorite Portugese film, Eccentricities of a Blonde-Haired Girl, did just make the list. Check it out after the break. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 by David Chen
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Don’t expect to see Winter’s Bone, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, Never Let Me Go, and How to Train Your Dragon nominated for the WGA Awards. The Writers Guild of America have revealed the list of eligible films, and none of the previously mentioned highly acclaimed movies/screenplays are on the ballot. Before you get up in arms, you must realize that the guild’s rules restrict nominations to productions aren’t produced by WGA members or under WGA guidelines.
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As the year comes to a close, more Top 10 lists are being published. Last week pulitzer prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert filed his annual listing of the top 10 movies of 2010. Hit the jump to find out what movies made Roger’s list this year.
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It’s that time of the year when there will be one film awards ceremony and/or critical poll after another, and we’ve got the results of three to kick off this week. The European Film Awards took place in Estonia over the weekend, and Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer scored six awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, the latter for Ewan McGregor.
Meanwhile, at the British Independent Film Awards, The King’s Speech took best picture, while Monsters director Gareth Edwards scored Best Director. And the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association honored The Social Network, Inception and The Fighter. All the lists are after the break. Read More »
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Kick-Ass has no meaningful substance to be gleaned from it, and no thoughtful social commentary to be analyzed. You can try to justify that it does, whether it’s through its depiction of the effect of the media/internet or the way it contrasts the peppy, light-hearted tone of comic books with a more realistically obscene presentation of the horrific violence that occurs in them, but ultimately, it’s a movie defined entirely by fist-pumping energy and a ‘fuck you’ attitude. In adapting the comic for the screen, co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn brings a whole new perspective to the material, playing it as a gleeful perversion of big summer blockbusters like Spider-Man. Except in this version, it isn’t supernatural forces that force the comic book world onto our hero; it’s our hero who tries to inject the comic book world into reality. This doesn’t end well for him. He has the necessary dedication (read: insanity), but not the talent or skill to do anything with it. Enter the father-daughter duo Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, who have both the requisite ass-kicking abilities and mental instability, and use them to propel our gang of screwed up misfits face-first into a world where comic book logic rules all. As much as the movie satirizes and pokes fun at the tropes of comic books and comic book movies, it does so lovingly, and doesn’t hesitate to embrace the absurdity that they provide. And it’s all done with a fantastic sense of pace and set piece staging by Vaughn. The action sequences here are among the best I’ve seen in years, each one offering something entirely different from the last and, somehow, effortlessly maintaining a thrilling intensity despite the silliness surrounding them. Come 2011, expect to see Kick-Ass near the top of my Best of 2010 list.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary with director Matthew Vaughn, 2 featurettes (“The Art of KICK-ASS”, “It’s On! The Comic Book Origin of KICK-ASS”), and a Marketing Archive. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as an Ass-Kicking BonusView Mode, a 4-part A New Kind of Superhero: The Making of KICK-ASS featurette, and a digital copy of the film.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 by David Chen
With all the controversy surrounding director Roman Polanski’s legal troubles, I was quite curious to see his most recent film, The Ghost Writer, which recently premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and opened in limited release in the U.S. last weekend. I found it quite entertaining, a solid thriller with decent performances by leads Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, and Olivia Williams. Those looking for a political thriller with an all-star cast, a dash of humor, and some outlandish plot twists will probably find it a satisfying ride.
I had a chance to speak with Mr. Brosnan recently. We discussed his role in the film, the politics of The Ghost Writer, and Roman Polanski’s directing style. Hit the jump to read our interview. The Ghost Writer is already playing in NY and LA, and will expand wider beginning this Friday.
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There will be critics who call The Ghost Writer “a refreshing throwback to the taut political-conspiracy thrillers of the ’70s” and “an enjoyable treat that offers smart flashes of Roman Polanski in his prime,” and this praise, genuinely expressed or not, is unfortunate. Watching the film, I was convinced that had a “blind” screening been arranged—wherein a cinema-savvy audience was not aware of the director’s identity—hardly anyone would claim this a work by a masterful filmmaker. My personal guess would have been, “Ron Howard evoking Alfred Hitchcock—but has Howard lost his wet-fingered knack for the polished blockbuster? Either way, is this receiving a wide theatrical release?”
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Boy-oh-boy is the trailer for Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer melodramatic. This is some seriously loud filmmaking. It’s embedded beyond the break, but I suspect you can already feel it rumbling from up here.
The film is an adaptation of Robert Harris‘ thriller novel about a British Prime Minister based quite closely upon Tony Blair, and the nastiness that surrounds him. Pierce Brosnan is the PM and Ewan McGregor is the scribe called in the help him finish his memoirs after his last ghost writer dies in mysterious circumstances. It’s definitely a rather political story but the film seems pitched at a suitable level for easier, guilty-pleasure style consumption. Best of both worlds?
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