Stephen King’s Top 10 Films of 2009

Stephen King

Author Stephen King has published his annual listing of the top 10 films of the year. This year King agreed with the mainstream critics in naming The Hurt Locker as the best film of the year, but the rest of his list is the opposite of conventional. His list for 2009 is bound to spawn as much debate and outrage as previous years (last year’s list included Death Race, Lakeview Terrace and The Ruins). For example, #2 is The Last House on the Left, which he claims is “on par with The Silence of the Lambs” and that it’s “easily the most brilliant remake of the decade.” Other films include District 9, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and 2012. Check out the full list after the jump.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

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G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA
(Available as single-disc and 2-Disc Edition)
Wearing its Saturday morning cartoon influences on its sleeve as proudly and prominently as the dunce cap on its head, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a goofy, cheesy, logic-defying exercise in silliness that thumbs its nose at physics and includes lines like “Deploy the sharks!” said with a straight face. Yeah, I pretty much loved it. On the ‘so-dumb-it’s-enjoyable’ scale (in this particular case, a more fitting benchmark than the ‘so-bad-it’s-good’ scale), the film comes very close to fulfilling its potential (Ninja in a jetpack – Check!), but stops just shy of being consistently fun and hilarious enough to give it much rewatch value (Why aren’t the sharks armed with laser beams? C’mon Sommers, get with the program!). Viewers may feel like bashing the film for the absurdities of its narrative, its lack of complex characters, and its overall disdain for the necessity of plot to facilitate action set pieces, and they have every right to do so. It seems a little pointless though, considering that audiences are given full disclosure of the film’s intentions the moment they read the title.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Single-disc DVD – Audio commentary by director Stephen Sommers and producer Bob Ducsay. 2-disc DVD & Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as a Big Bang Theory: The Making of G.I. JOE featurette, a Next-Gen Action: The Amazing Visual FX and Design of G.I. JOE featurette, and a digital copy of the film.

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*Does not include 2-Disc Edition, which costs $19.77 at Fry’s, and $22.99 at each of other the listed stores (including Amazon).

BEST BLU-RAY PRICE
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The Hangover

Steve Mason has checked in with the Friday night box office estimates and The Hangover is heading for another win, with $10.2 million on Friday and $32 million weekend. Pixar’s Up added another $8.3 million on Friday and is heading for #2 with a $28.5 million 3-day. Sony’s The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 will likely end the weekend at #3, with an estimated $9 million on Friday, and $26 million 3-day. Full numbers available after the jump.

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transformers 2

Steve from Collider is a good friend of mine. At least a few times a week we talk about upcoming movies, TV shows, what gossip each of us have heard, and anything else we might find exciting. Since a number of our conversations cover things you also might find interesting, we’ve decided to start recording certain conversations as video blogs. Past video blogs have included The Future of the Batman Film Franchise, The Box Office Prospects of Watchmen and thoughts on the first 46 Minutes of Pixar’s Up.

We were recently talking about some of the movies coming out this summer and realized we should do some video blogs about the 2009 Summer Movie season. We were a little too ambitious, and thought we could squeeze two months worth of films into one blog, but as usually happens, we ran out of time. So the first part of our Summer movie preview was posted on Sunday (you can watch it here). In part 2, we take a look at the movies of June 2009: Land of the Lost, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Moon, Year One, The Hangover, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Please leave your thoughts on the movies of June 2009 in the comments below.

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Academy Award’s 2009 Movie Preview

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During the credits of the 81st Academy Awards, video clips were shown for many of the films that will hit theaters in 2009. You might have turned off the television after Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture and missed everything. Or maybe you just want to see the awesome Terminator Salvation footage or the first look at Public Enemiess again. If so, don’t worry, we have the whole 3-minute clip embedded after the jump.

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