Years ago Billy Ray (Shattered Glass) was hired to direct an English-language remake of The Secret in Their Eyes. The original Argentinian version, by director Juan José Campanella, was a huge success, and won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture in 2010. A US remake seemed all but inevitable, but it has taken a long time to move forward. Now, it has hit the Cannes marketplace, with Ray still attached to direct. And now it has Chiwetel Ejiofor set to star. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Denzel Washington has reportedly been offered the lead role in the English-language remake of The Secret in Their Eyes, which is being helmed by Billy Ray (Shattered Glass). The original Argentinian version, by director Juan José Campanella, was a critical success that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Picture in 2010. In other words, no wonder someone in Hollywood’s decided to try and make it all over again.
The dramatic thriller centers around a retired criminal court investigator turned would-be novelist who’s struggling to get over a murder case and a romance that have haunted him for decades. Campanella’s film won raves for its unpredictable plotting, impressive camerawork, and excellent performances. I don’t think the American version sounds bad, so much as just pointless — but if it has to get remade, I suppose there are worse choices than Ray and Washington. [First Showing]
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As the end of the year nears, Rotten Tomatoes have released the tallies for the best reviewed movies of 2010. I thought we’d compare the list with the other movie review compilation site Metacritic.
Both sites have their advantages. Rotten Tomatoes includes a larger sample of reviews, while Metacritic features a smaller more-selected grouping of film critics. Rotten Tomatoes calculates critic scores using a positive or negative score for each review. One movie could be 100% fresh with all the critics giving the movie a 7/10 grade. Metacritic attempts to gauge the score of each critic’s review (not just a positive or negative, but a number 0 to 100) averaged together, giving you a better indication of what the response is to any given film, and not just a percentage of positive reviews.
For example, How To Train Youyr Dragon is ranked #2 for the year on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98% fresh rating based on 146 reviews. But on Metacritic, Dragon has a 74% average with 33 reviews. Honestly, I like how Metacritic calculates the numbers, but their refusal to incorporate a larger sample of film critics puts them behind Rotten Tomatoes in my mind.
Hit the jump to find out what films ranked in the best reviewed films of the year.
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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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The Secret in Their Eyes was the surprise winner for Best Foreign Language Film during last year’s Academy Awards, beating out the expected contenders A Prophet and The White Ribbon. Many were peeved, but the picture hadn’t even been released in theaters yet, so most were unaware of what an affecting, engrossing film it actually is. Once it finally opened in the US, the picture received glowing reviews, but didn’t exactly light up the box office.
Naturally, that means it’s time for a remake. Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the original film, and they already have their director: Billy Ray, who wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Breach and Shattered Glass, and co-wrote the screenplay for the equally praised State of Play. (Psst, don’t tell anyone, but he also co-wrote Volcano, Suspect Zero and Flightplan.) Read More »
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It’s been asserted more than once that Community didn’t start becoming good until well into its first season, and while I’d agree that the series became more assured as it went on, I’d disagree that its early episodes are any less worth watching than its later ones. When the series first aired, people (me included) hadn’t yet gotten a grasp on what Community was trying to be. Rewatching the pilot now though, its self-aware, satirical undertones are far more prevalent. This is a show that understands the age we live in, and seeks to playfully mock and celebrate it. It’s a show that’s unafraid to openly admit that the initially introduced budding romance between two characters didn’t have the spark it was supposed to, and then slyly develop it into a more chemistry-infused love triangle—one that’s as parodic as it is compelling. Is Community a sitcom, or a deconstruction of sitcoms? It’s both, among other things, and by the time it finds its groove, the balance it strikes between the two is pitch-perfect. When the series truly soars though, is when it takes on a more specific genre, such as action movies in the fan-favorite episode “Modern Warfare”. If you gave up on Community early on, and need an incentive to start watching again, this is the episode that will convince you to do so.
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