Posted on Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
At some point, we’re just going to have to rebrand this whole /Film thing as Taika Waititi fan site. We haven’t been shy about out love for What We Do in the Shadows and we’ve sunk our teeth into every morsel of Thor: Ragnarok news that has come our way. We even just ran a positive review of his new movie, Hunt For the Wilderpeople, which just played at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s safe to say that he’s one of our current favorite directors.
And now he’s shed some more moonlight on the spin-off to What We Do in the Shadows, which will focus on the pack of werewolves who rear their furry heads a few times in the original movie. And it has a title so good that we’re going to force you to hit the jump to actually read it.
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The /Film team has spent the first week of 2016 saying goodbye to 2015 in the best way possible – by assembling our personal top 10 films of the year lists. Each of these lists represents one writer’s specific viewpoint, celebrating the movies that matter the most to them. These lists are, by their very nature, deeply personal.
But what would a year-end list representing the entire site as a whole look like? Could we take these personal lists and merge them into one uber-list that reflects our combined tastes?
That’s what we set out to discover. Blood was spilled. Tears were shed. Numbers were crunched. But we did it. This is the official, mathematically proven /Film Top 15 Films of 2015.
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You know the drill. 2015 had plenty of great movies hit the big screen, and it was pretty difficult to whittle this list down to what you’ll see below. Surely your favorite movies are not the same as mine. My list is by no means meant to be definitive, especially since there are some movies I’ve heard great things about but just haven’t seen yet (my apologies to Carol and The Revenant). This is a collection of my personal Top 10 Movies of 2015, the ones that made me laugh really hard, made me cry or just hit all the right buttons. So let’s get to it. Read More »
It’s often the case that a year after writing a top 10, I’m sometimes filled with regret. “How did I forget to include that movie?” is a question that’s bound to arise every once in a while. Twelve months after writing one of these lists, you know which movies have genuinely stuck with you. Thankfully, most of of my choices from past “best” lists have over the years.
This year, I’m confident all of these films will not fade with time. 2015 was filled with movies I’ve already had the urge to revisit, and I was delighted to find they haven’t lost their power on repeat viewings. After the jump, help me count down my top 10 movies of 2015.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
It doesn’t matter how many resolutions I make: the next New Year always arrives before I’m ready to close the book on the previous year’s movies. There are too many movies I still haven’t seen (maybe next year, Paddington), or movies that probably deserve a rewatch (sorry, Carol), or movies I’m still not quite sure how to process (yeah, I’m still mulling over The Hateful Eight). But we’ve gotta wrap up 2015 sometime, and the first week of 2016 seems as good a point as any to stop and look back.
As always, I’d like to stress that these are not the “best” films of the year. They’re simply my favorites — the films that made me just a little bit happier, a little bit smarter, a little bit better at being a person in this weird wide world. After the jump, join me in counting down my top 10 movies of 2015. Read More »
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When I sat down to create my top 10 movies of 2015 list, I decided to jot down a quick list of every single movie that I felt was a contender. You know, just to get the creative juices flowing. Over 30 titles later, I realized I had to start getting picky.
2015 was one hell of a year for cinema and the rare year where major Hollywood productions often seemed to match the independent scene step-for-step. One of the distinct pleasures of this past year wasn’t just the sheer number of good movies, but the variety. Animation and comedy and horror and drama and action films all found a place on my top 10. The fact that the mold-shattering biopic Steve Jobs and the effortlessly entertaining and inspiring The Martian didn’t make the cut boggles my mind. How could I not find room for the oddly romantic and deeply funny S&M oddity that is The Duke of Burgundy? The sobering Spotlight probably should have been on this list. The Big Short, too. In any other year, the elegant thrills of Bridge of Spies would have been a shoo-in for this list.
But try as I might, there is only room for 10 movies in my top 10 list. These are the movies that still cling to me in the early days of 2016, the films that, for one reason or another, feel like they matter the most. Not all of them will cling to you in the same way and that’s okay. These lists are less about making definitive statements and more about encouraging conversation. No, I didn’t “forget” anything on my list, but I’d certainly love to hear what’s on your personal top 10. Let’s start talking.
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Posted on Monday, August 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
We’ve made no secret of our affection for What We Do in the Shadows, naming the vampire mockumentary one of our favorite films of the year so far. So naturally, we’re thrilled to hear we might be in for another adventure into Wellington’s surprisingly mundane supernatural underbelly.
A What We Do in the Shadows sequel is in the works, as confirmed by the first film’s co-star / co-director / co-writer Jemaine Clement. Get more details on the What We Do in the Shadows sequel after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s hard to believe, but we’re already halfway through 2015. Which means we’ve already seen about half the films we’re likely to this year. Which, then, means now is as good a time as any to stop and reflect upon some of the big highlights of the year so far.
Our entire staff voted on the top 10 list that follows. The results run the gamut from quirky indie to broad comedy to R-rated action. Find /Film’s list of the top 10 films of 2015 so far after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
If you’ve seen enough vampire shows and movies — and there are always plenty to choose from — you’ve probably noticed that they feature some conflicting mythology. Do these creatures of the night sparkle when exposed into sunlight, or burst into flames? Can they control your mind, or just read it? Fortunately, the real vampires of What We Do in the Shadows are here to set the record straight.
In a new Funny or Die video, Viago (Taika Waititi) and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) lay out 7 vampire truths. Along the way, they dispel stereotypes (they don’t all wear capes… except the ones that do) and reveal personal tastes. (Evanescence is big with bloodsuckers, apparently.) Watch the What We Do in the Shadows vampire rules after the jump. Read More »