As the new year begins, it’s nice to have films to look forward to. Which is why we write lists of our own, personal, most anticipated films. Even more so than a top 10 list, anticipated lists showcase a writer’s personality. In an ideal world, these 10 movies would be 10 of our favorites when the year is over. More often than not though, the films we’re excited about are not the best we see. Most of the time, there are some really bad calls. Occasionally there are some really good calls. Which is why I like to own up to my list from the previous year and critique myself.
How right, or wrong, was I about my most anticipated films of 2013? Find out below. Read More »
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Looking back on 2013, it’s hard to spot one overriding trend other than “great.” Like any other year, the superhero movies, sequels, adaptations and remakes were present, but most of them were disposable and forgettable. The greatness in 2013, not surprisingly, was from the original and unexpected movies. Films born out of the mind of talented, creative people which were executed to delightful and sometimes heartbreaking perfection. Those unique wonders of cinema make up the majority of my top films of the year, but don’t fret. There are some adaptations and sequels on there too. It’s a list that hopefully represents 2013 as one of the best in recent memory.
Over the course of the year, I saw almost 150 films that had theatrical releases. Below you can read about my ten favorites. Read More »
Even Quentin Tarantino will tell you his taste in movies is far from in line with any one person. Much like his movies, Tarantino has a very unique and personal sensibility, which is part of the reason why his movies are so unique. The Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained director recently put those tastes on display by revealing his ten favorite movies of 2013 (so far). Some are expected: Gravity, This is the End, and Before Midnight. But there are some very curious entries. One in particular, in fact: Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Of all the reasons to love This Is the End, the amazing cast is by far the best. As hilarious as Seth Rogen (who also co-directed with Evan Goldberg), Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson are individually, they’re even better together. The gang has been tight for years, and it shows in every perfectly silly riff.
We can only assume that that set must have been a hoot, what with all of these comedians trying to outdo each other. Now a gag reel from the production only lends credence to that theory. Hit the jump to see the guys getting even goofier on the set than they do in the final film.
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Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
Just one week after Edgar Wright’s The World’s End hit theaters, Sony Pictures has announced that it will bring this summer’s other big apocalypse comedy back to cinemas for another round.
This Is the End, the directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, will return to the big screen next month. The film originally debuted June 12. Hit the jump for more details on the rerelease, as well as a new TV spot. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
[Spoilers for This Is the End follow.]
Any studio movie that’s remotely successful is bound to give rise to sequel talk. Some films are easier to follow up than others, though, and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End seems particularly challenging. Not only does it finish with the end of the world (duh), it features such a pitch-perfect closing sequence that it’s tough to imagine how the pair might possibly try and top it.
But trust the geniuses behind the first film to come up with a way to make it work. While it’s too soon to say whether This Is the End 2 will ever get a green light, they’ve got some great ideas tucked away in case it does. Find out what they are after the jump.
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This Is The End is one of those comedies you can watch again and again. Each scene is filled with so much madness you’re bound to find new nuance each time you revisit it. But a few of the film’s surprises will play best the first time. One in particular is so out of left field, it’s almost unbelievable when you see it.
So, when I talked to Jay Baruchel about the film (read the full interview here) I simply had to ask him his thoughts about this spoiler. He explained that, even though it’s ridiculous, “our tongues are nowhere near our cheeks at all.” Everybody, read what he had to say below. Major spoilers follow. Read More »
Who coulda guessed that the best comedy of the summer might involve a bunch of actors facing the Biblical end of the world? Years ago Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Jay Baruchel (with Jason Stone) made a trailer for an imaginary movie called Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse, and this week they released the feature expansion of the idea. Rogen and Goldberg wrote and co-directed, each making their feature debut as directors.
This Is the End sees six actors — Rogen, Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and James Franco — trapped in Franco’s house when a raging party is interrupted by the Rapture. The movie has all the lewd and vulgar jokes you’d expect from that crew of actors, but also pokes sly fun at celebrity, and wraps all the goofy humor around a genuinely moral core.
It’s not the movie you expect, and it is funny as hell. Man of Steel is the big attention-getter this weekend, but don’t overlook This Is the End. After you’ve seen the film, chime in below to tell us what you thought about the movie. As always with these pieces, spoilers are fully encouraged. Read More »
By his own admission, Jay Baruchel is the least well-known of the six main stars in This Is The End. He’s been acting for decades, appearing in Oscar-winning films from Almost Famous to Million Dollar Baby and blockbusters like How To Train Your Dragon and Tropic Thunder. Yet, when compared to some of his co-stars, he simply isn’t as famous. That might not be the case once people see This Is The End.
Along with co-director Seth Rogen, Baruchel is arguably the film’s lead character and the “in” for the audience. He plays the pseudo-outsider who finds himself at a star-studded Hollywood party just as the world is about to end. It’s a role he’s been playing for some time, starring in the original Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse short film the feature is based on, and having worked with seeming every other actor in the film at one time or another.
We spoke to Baruchel, a film junkie, about his outsider role in This Is The End, and some of the film’s more controversial elements as well as aspirations to write more movies, opening against Man of Steel, working with first time directors, odd career choices, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the RoboCop remake. Read More »