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The top 10 list I always look forward to the most towards the end of any year is the one from writer-director Quentin Tarantino. His taste is not only varied, but sometimes a little outside of the box. The director once included Woody Allen‘s Anything Else on a list featuring his favorite movies of the past 20 years or so — which, ever since he did that, has made me want to reevaluate Anything Else. Unlike the past few years, Tarantino has yet to reveal his top picks of the year, but he has declared his love for director George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road.

Read about Quentin Tarantino’s favorite movie of 2015 after the jump.

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The Revenant Featurette

We’re just a few short days away from Christmas Day, which means some audiences will be able to enter the brutal world of The Revenant, the latest film from Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Oscar hopeful Leonadro DiCaprio stars in the story inspired by true events, playing American folklore legend Hugh Glass in a story of survival and revenge. The trailers for the film have already gotten my full attention, and now The Revenant featurette dive into the thematic elements of the story. Read More »

What ‘The Revenant’ Was Originally About

The Revenant Changes

On the surface, The Revenant is a revenge film. Co-writer Mark L. Smith and co-writer/director Alejandro Iñárritu weren’t particularly interested in the revenge element, though. To them, The Revenant is about much more than that — a spiritual journey through what’s both heaven and hell.

After the jump, Smith shares what the original driving force of The Revenant was.

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Brian Helgeland interview

Set in the 1960s, Brian Helgeland‘s Legend opens with East London gangsters Ronnie and Reggie Kray already at the top of the food chain, avoiding the typical rise-and-fall structure we see in most biopics. Everyone knows the gangsters, and not just because they’re two bulky, hard-hitting twins. Everyone loves Reggie, a charming, friendly face with a sense of panache. His brother, Ronnie, however, is less popular. The hulk of a man is a bit mad and doesn’t share his brother’s good looks or smarts.

Both twins are played by actor Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road). A dual performance is tricky for a variety of reasons. Even if Hardy delivered a simply good performance, it might not have been enough to prevent an audience from focusing on the gimmick of two Tom Hardys in a scene together. But Hardy is fantastic in Legend because he’s serving the story, not showing off his acting or technical trickery.

Helgeland credits Hardy and his director of photography, Dick Pope (Mr. Turner), for making the two performances disappear into the story. But of course, Helgeland also deserves recognition for pulling off such a feat. The director made seemingly minor but vital decisions to make an audience believe Hardy in both roles.

Here’s our Brian Helgeland interview, in which he discusses brotherhood, Tom Hardy’s performance, the American mafia, and recreating the 1960s.  Read More »

the revenant posters

No 2015 film looks more miserable than The Revenant, and that’s just how director Alejandro G. Iñárritu likes it. Even when he’s making a supposed comedy like Birdman, no director takes greater delight in shoving an audience’s face right into the literal and metaphorical muck. His movies are gorgeously made exercises in making you feel awful. Whether he cranks out masterpieces or one-note exercises in senseless misery is a debate that rages on.

New posters for The Revenant have shown up and yep, they are definitely selling a movie from Iñárritu. Of the three official one-sheets, one is beautiful and ever-so-slightly full of itself. The other two are more traditional, falling into the “big floating head” style of film poster, but they feature Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy looking completely and utterly miserable, so that’s something.

Endure the harshness of the Revenant posters after the jump.

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behind-the-scenes on The Revenant

Whenever I see the trailer for Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s The Revenant play in a theater, everyone goes silent. The intense mood and images just shut everybody up. You can feel the cold and harsh conditions in that footage. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (Birdman) used no electrical lighting, only natural lighting. Throughout principal photography — which went over schedule and over budget — Lubezki was sharing some beautiful photos from the locations on his Instagram account (via Indiewire).

Take a behind-the-scenes look at The Revenant after the jump.

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If we were to measure a film’s success in cultural impact and not box office, Mad Max: Fury Road would be the biggest movie of 2015. It may have only earned a fraction of the cash hoarded by Jurassic World and Furious 7, but no film this year has inspired so much enthusiasm. The memes are abundant. Every artist took time to draw Furiosa. George Miller‘s action masterpiece transformed the internet into a sweaty, shaken, profoundly inspired mass of pure adrenaline.

So yeah, Warner Bros. has decided to push their post-apocalyptic feminist action extravaganza for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It won’t win (and it probably won’t even get nominated), but that wouldn’t be the first time a masterpiece has been ignored by the Oscars.

Get all shiny and chrome with the Fury Road Oscars news after the jump.

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No Furiosa in the Mad Max sequel

To call Charlize Theron‘s Imperator Furiosa a scene-stealer in Mad Max: Fury Road wouldn’t be fair to her performance. Although both Max (Tom Hardy) and Furiosa find hope and redemption, Fury Road is really more of Furiosa’s story than the road warrior’s. The character was a huge hit with fans and general audiences, and yet, there may be no Furiosa in the Mad Max sequel. Learn more after the jump.

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The Revenant images

Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant has been plagued by reports of ballooning budgets, scheduling delays, safety concerns, weather woes, producer drama, and disgruntled crew members. One anonymous individual went so far as to call the shoot “a living hell.”

But while the film may be a mess behind the scenes, it thankfully looks quite lovely on camera. A new batch of stills offer a better look at this beautiful film, accompanied by some new details about the story. See the new The Revenant images after the jump. Read More »