Over the last two decades, Hollywood has saved Matt Damon from a variety of precarious situations, from an exhaustive European search during World War II (Saving Private Ryan) to his most recent rescue mission from Mars (The Martian). How much money did it cost to save Matt Damon’s characters in movies? Find out after the jump.
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TorrentFreak has compiled a list of the most pirated movies of 2010. So which film takes the top honor?
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I don’t always agree with best-selling author Stephen King‘s opinions, but I still love reading his thoughts about the film world. King has published his annual listing of the top 10 films of the year in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.
His 2008 list included Death Race, Lakeview Terrace and The Ruins. In 2009, King agreed with the mainstream critics in naming The Hurt Locker as the best film of the year, but the rest of his list was the opposite of conventional – for example, #2 is The Last House on the Left, which he claims is “on par with The Silence of the Lambs” and “easily the most brilliant remake of the decade.” Other films included District 9, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and 2012.
Which films did he choose for his best of 2010 list? King picked Matt Reeves‘ Let Me In as his #1 film of 2010 declaring it “the best horror film of the decade.” Hit the jump to see the full list in brief.
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SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE
Nobody will ever acknowledge this, but She’s Out of My League is likely to do more good for the world than a movie like Precious or Milk ever could. The latter are films that, while well-intentioned, have almost no chance of broadcasting their message to an audience that doesn’t already agree with what they have to say. She’s Out of My League, however, sells itself on the exact premise it seeks to admonish. The marketing campaign was built entirely around the conceit of applying a number value to people (“How could a 10 go for a 5?”), apparently playing on our current generation’s abhorrently shallow societal outlook for an easy laugh. Instead, it tells the story of how that sort of bullshit causes a self-doubting nice guy to nearly sabotage his relationship. Its examination of the effect that this unfortunate cultural development has been having on people’s sense of self-worth doesn’t overshadow its affection for goofy humor, but it’s far more honest and intelligent than its moronic trailer would have you believe. And funnier, too.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary by director Jim Field Smith, deleted scenes, an extended ending, a blooper reel, and a Devon’s Dating Show dating guide for guys.
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In this week’s episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley reflect on the winners and the pageantry of this year’s Oscars, and discuss the future of the Superman, Captain America, and Batman franchises. Special guest Jeff Goldsmith joins us from Creative Screenwriting Magazine.
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[Update: The international trailer of Green Zone is now available courtesy of MSNBC (via Collider). This trailer is cut much less like a Bourne film and doesn’t emphasize the same fonts and interstitials of that series. See both trailers after the jump and let us know which one you like better in the comments. The original post follows.]
One of the movies I’ve been increasingly curious about in the last year has been Green Zone, the Paul Greengrass-directed semi-adaptation of Rajiv Chandrasekaran‘s book Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone. Universal has just released the first trailer. Check it out and let us know what you think of the latest political actioner from the guy behind United 93, Bloody Sunday and the last two Bourne movies. Read More »
What follows basically amounts to me copy/pasting an entire press release from Universal, for which I apologize. But this is one of the few times where the action is worthwhile, because the studio has sent out a set of approved synopses for the 2010 slate, and there are details here about films like MacGruber, David Gordon Green‘s Your Highness and Ridley Scott‘s still–Untitled Robin Hood Adventure that we hadn’t seen assembled all in one place. Read More »
/Film reader “Sauce” attended a test screening for the Paul Greengrass war thriller Green Zone, which is based on the 2006 book Imperial Life in the Emerald City by journalist Rajiv Chandrasekaran, and stars Matt Damon, Amy Ryan, Greg Kinnear, and Brendan Gleeson.
There is still no release date for this movie (but last I heard, the studio was aiming for a November/December 2009 opening), so I assume that that it is a very early cut of the film without final effects, sound mix or score. A lot could change between now and the time of release, they might even do some reshoots. Who knows. Just wanted to add a bit of context. Read the review after the jump.
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The new issue of Empire Magazine has a few new photos from upcoming fall/winter films. First up is a photo of John C. Reilly as a vampire in Paul Weitz’s Cirque Du Freak. Based on the first three novels by Darren O’Shaughnessy, Cirque Du Freak tells the story of a 14-year-old boy named Darren Shan (Chris Kelly) who visits a travelling freak show. At the show he meets a mysterious man who turns out to be a vampire, and Darren must leave his normal life and go on the road with the show. Cirque Du Freak currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date, but it is hitting theaters in February 2009 in international territories, so expect it around then. I’m really digging Reilly’s look as a vamp. Click on the image to see the whole thing in full resolution on EmpireOnline.com.
Next up is the first official photo of Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, and a non-wolfie Benicio Del Toro in Joe Johnston’s period adaptation of The Wolfman, which hits theaters on April 3rd 2009.
Next is the first official production photo of Matt Damon in Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone. Basically, its the same thing we saw from the set photos a few months back. Based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran book (Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone), Paul Greengrass’ Green Zone stars Matt Damon as a CIA officer on the hunt for traces of WMDs. Green Zone is scheduled to hit theaters in 2009.