(This article is part of our Best of the Decade series.)
When considering the best in cinema, it can be easy to overlook the movies that go out of their way to make us crack up. For whatever reason, comedy never seems as significant or important as comedy. But if we didn’t laugh, there’d be nothing to pick us up from those sad moments. So as part of our look back at the decade that was 2010 through 2019, I wanted to make sure we singled out the funniest movies of the year. No, I’m not just picking the best comedies, because sometimes the funniest movies can’t be so simply classified in a single genre like that. Instead, I wanted to pick the movies that made us laugh the hardest, most frequently, and most consistently. Without further adieu, let’s get into the Top 15 Funniest Movies of the Decade. Read More »
The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced earlier this week, and while Edgar Wright‘s music-driven heist film Baby Driver didn’t end up with any nods in the major categories, the film did end up with a few technical awards, including Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Design. That’s certainly a great honor, and it’s exactly what Edgar Wright predicted would happen in one of his earliest drafts of the script.
And that’s not all of the awards-related good luck Edgar Wright has found this week. The filmmaker happened to make a bet a little while back with The Big Sick co-writer and star Kumail Nanjiani about the romantic comedy getting nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Since the film indeed ended up with a nomination in that category, Wright won the bet. So what does Nanjiani have to do? Find out below. Read More »
The access battle between the proletarian streaming platforms and exclusive film festivals has raged on since Netflix was booed at Cannes last year, but Amazon Studios has always managed to walk the line. The company would offer the films it acquired on its streaming service, to be sure, but it would also invest in theatrical releases — allowing its fantastic independent films like The Big Sick or The Handmaiden to garner critical acclaim and awards buzz. In the case of The Big Sick, this strategy helped launch the film into being a bonafide box office hit.
In the process, Amazon Studios has become one of the most dependable new media studios in the indie film circuit. But that could soon change. Amazon Studios will reportedly scale back its funding of indie films, shifting its programming strategy to favor commercial hits. And for anyone who has been a fan of the remarkable arthouse films that Amazon has supported in the past few years (Manchester By the Sea, The Salesman, Chi-Raq, The Lost City of Z, Love & Friendship, Last Flag Flying, and The Neon Demon), this is a huge bummer.
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Awards season is officially in gear, with the Golden Globes kicking off a string of fancy red carpets, overflowing bubbly, and office Oscar pools that will carry us straight through to March. It’s a fun time of the year for film fans drawn into the fluffiness of such affairs, but it can also be contentious: everyone has a stake in the gauntlet, and awards season can be brutal to the films we’ve grown closest to as they fight for gold. Any major Oscars fan call tell you that awards season is, at times, downright personal.
It’s also a stressful time of the year for completionists. Unless you’re in a major metro city like Los Angeles or New York, your options are extremely limited. Films like Call Me By Your Name, The Post, and Phantom Thread are still making their way to non-coastal markets, expanding at what feels like a glacial pace for impatient cinephiles.
But thanks to some non-traditional contenders sneaking their way into major awards conversations, and services like Netflix snagging the rights to big-name features, plenty of 2017’s best and most lauded films are already available to stream and rent. Streaming services are also a great place to catch up on the films sure to dominate technical categories, from visual effects to sound to costume design.
If you’re behind on some of 2017’s most celebrated films, or don’t want to leave the house thanks to the gloomy cold, here’s a handy list of what’s currently available for streaming and rental.
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Even though there appears to be a growing rift between critics and audiences, ridiculously and confusingly perpetuated by Rotten Tomatoes of all places, there are plenty who are still interested in what the critics have to say and understand the value they bring to the entertainment world.
Last night, the critics named what they thought were the crowning achievements in film and television with the 2018 Critics Choice Awards. On the film side, The Shape of Water and Guillermo del Toro came out on top, winning both Best Director and Best Motion Picture Drama. In television, The Handmaid’s Tale was named the Best Drama Series while Amazon made waves again with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Best Comedy Series.
Get the full list of 2018 Critics Choice Awards winners below. Read More »
In this edition of sequel bits
- Guillermo del Toro‘s involvement with Pacific Rim 2
- The Rock says there are no plans for another Journey movie
- Maleficent 2 begins shooting this spring
- Is Expendables 4 still happening?
- The Big Sick 2 a possibility?
- How J.K. Rowling helped Jude Law become Hot Dumbledore
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Awards season is in full swing, and today we have the Producers Guild of America announcing their nominations for the annual PGA Awards. This is one of those awards that is a good indicator of how the Academy Awards nominations are going to fall when the time comes, so a certain comic book movie getting a nomination is kind of a big deal.
The 2018 PGA nominees include the standard awards season favorites like Get Out, The Post, Lady Bird, and Call Me By Your Name. But due to a tie, the full list also features 11 total nominees, which has allowed Wonder Woman to come away with one of the nominations. Find out the rest of the nominees below. Read More »
Insert obligatory opening statement about how much 2017 stunk overall! Insert obligatory follow-up statement about how the movies of 2017 were a highlight in 365 days of raw sewage!
These are my top films of 2017. So let’s go ahead and insert another obligatory comment about how many great movies didn’t make the cut. Here are the honorable mentions that are all tied for #11: Baby Driver, The Disaster Artist, Good Time, Colossal, War for the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ingrid Goes West, Logan, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Free Fire, and Thelma.
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We’re finished with 2017, which means it’s time to take a look back and determine which movies stuck with us the most. For me, this meant holding onto some movies that I first saw back in January at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. But it also meant letting go of a few movies that I fell in love with this summer as my entire list of the Top 10 Movies of 2017 took shape. Some were very difficult to push out of the final list while others were clearly never going to fall away. It just goes to show you that this was a phenomenal year for movies.
Without further ado, here’s my Top 10 Movies of 2017, but beware of some spoilers if you haven’t seen them.
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At this point in awards season, we’re starting to see the same few movies pop up over and over again. Films like Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, and Lady Bird have been mainstays on the awards circuit so far, but one of the movies we haven’t seen make much of a splash for voting bodies is Logan, 2017’s superhero swan song for Wolverine. But the Writers Guild of America has taken note and nominated Logan (along with the other films mentioned above, and a handful of others) for the chance to win the best screenplay of 2017. Read the full list of nominees below.
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