Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
Creating a truly great character is no easy task. Everything has to come together, from the script to the costuming to the acting. But when they do, the result feels like more than the sum of its parts. In a matter of hours or even minutes, great characters manage to feel as real and vivid as anyone we’ve met in real life.
In 2014 we met quite a few such characters in arthouse oddities and studio blockbusters alike, ranging from heroes to villains, comic relief sidekicks to horrifying bogeymen. The only thing all of our favorite characters of 2014 have in common is that days or weeks or months after we first saw them, we haven’t been able to get them out of our minds.
Read our list of the best movie characters of 2014, ordered by release date, after the jump. Read More »
December is here, which means you’ll been seeing many articles looking back at 2014. And while you may be wondering what your favorite critics thought of some of the year’s best films, let’s be honest. You’d probably rather hear from people whose movies you love.
So let’s get that ball rolling. First up we’ve got Edgar Wright. Wright had a unique year. The director began 2014 full steam ahead getting ready to make a Marvel Studios movie, ended up leaving that project, directed a Pharrell video and has yet to officially announce his next feature, though there are multiple options for him to choose from.
In that time, one thing Wright did do was watch a lot of movies. He was a juror at Fantastic Fest. He could be regularly seen around Los Angeles seeing all the big releases, from Interstellar to Nightcrawler and others. Talking to him, you could tell he was hellbent on seeing everything. Now he’s got an accurate, well-rounded top ten list. Below, check out the Edgar Wright Top 10 2014 films. Read More »
For the next few weeks, you’re going to be hearing a lot about how great a year for movies 2014 was. That’s true, but this is not that list — this isn’t our “best of 2014.” As it is Thanksgiving week here in the United States, we’ve come up with a list of movies from 2014 we should be thankful for. These are all good films, but each of them has something unique about them. Something that makes us thankful they exist.
So what does that mean? Well some of these films should probably not exist. Others should probably not have been good. And a few contained surprises, stories or topics that are simply miraculous for one reason or another. We’ll explain each below as we unveil the 15 films to be thankful for this year. Read More »
We’re accustomed to thinking that any given sci-fi film is going to be mostly CG, perhaps thanks to the legacy left by the Star Wars prequels and many films that followed. But some still use a great deal of practical makeup and effects work. James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy is one good example. The under-seen Edge of Tomorrow, from Doug Liman, is another. In the behind the scenes footage below you’ll see how Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt wore their bulky power suits during shooting, and how they threw themselves around the sets to create the film’s impressive battle sequences. Watching these Edge of Tomorrow practical effects is captivating enough that I’d love to see a cut of the film with all digital work removed. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
Edge of Tomorrow isn’t the worst film this summer, not by a long shot, but it might be the worst title. It’s bland. It’s forgettable. It tells you nothing about the movie. And it’s infinitely less memorable than the original title, All You Need Is Kill.
Apparently, Warner Bros. doesn’t much like the name either. As Edge of Tomorrow prepares for a home video release, the studio is downplaying the real title in favor of its tagline, Live Die Repeat. In fact, that’s actually the film’s title on iTunes. Hit the jump to see what we’re talking about.
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With Summer 2014 approaching its conclusion, its time to look back and inventory the blockbuster season. For the last few years, the Summer movie season has been filled with a lot of disappointment. This year, however, a lot of great films hit theaters. My top twelve best movies of Summer 2014 list is comprised of a mix of big Hollywood blockbusters and some smaller independent films which played Sundance and other film festivals earlier in the year. Some of these may have flown under your radar. Which films made my top ten movies of Summer 2014? Hit the jump and find out.
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Edge of Tomorrow, directed by Doug Liman and starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is a terrific summer movie. It leaps off from a seemingly derivative premise (Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers) to create excellent action sequences and a couple of solid characters. The script is surprisingly restrained, the alien enemies are unusual and memorable, and the whole film is funny — a lot more funny than the stern ad campaign let on.
A new set of concept art — well, an old set of art newly released to the public — doesn’t give much of a hint to the film’s sense of humor, but it does show off the evolution of the story’s aliens and tech designs. There are some great shots here of the flailing, lightning-quick Mimic aliens. And there are a few of the human soldiers tasked with preventing them from taking Earth as their new playground. While you may have seen the film’s powered exoskeletons in trailers and posters, you can now see how one early design might have transformed some of the human armor into something like the Batpod (above). See much more art below. Read More »
Doug Liman’s Edge of Tomorrow is out in theaters now and it’s one of my favorite films of the year (see Germain’s review here). But if you were like me and many other film critics, you might’ve found that ending to be a wee bit lacking on a variety of fronts.
Let’s talk about why Edge of Tomorrow had a terrible ending for an otherwise great film. SPOILERS follow.
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There is so much to like about Doug Liman‘s Edge of Tomorrow. An adaptation of the Hiroshi Sakurazaka novel All You Need Is Kill, the film takes sci-fi elements from The Matrix, Aliens, Starship Troopers, manga and more, and wraps them all up in a rewarding time travel conceit right out of Groundhog Day. Next, it builds upon that construct in a way we’ve never seen, managing to entertain with humor, action and suspense. Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt both bring a grounded, confident charisma to their roles. and Liman’s direction mixes the biggest scope imaginable with beautiful, quiet, intimate moments. The film is almost amazing.
However, a few small but distracting issues – mostly derived from the script by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth – hold the film back from reaching its full potential. Still, even with those problems, Edge of Tomorrow delivers on its promise of a memorable, exciting and emotional sci-fi action film. Read More »
David and Devindra welcome Jeff Cannata to the /Filmcast! This week, we break down some new Star Wars news, plus Dave reports from the Seattle International Film Festival. Be sure to check out David’s interviews with the filmmakers behind Layover and Time Lapse.
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