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On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim, Jeremy & Alex are joined by Fanboys director and friend of the show Kyle Newman to go through 2011 in film, a look back at this past year as it comes to a close. The guys go over their favorites in numerous categories including: Best Villain, Best Score, Biggest Disappointments & Surprises, Best Performances and of course their Worst and Best Films of the year. After a truly great year of cinema, it was a rewarding experience to go back through and revisit some favorite moments and performances and of course celebrate some awesome achievements in filmmaking. Listen in!
Some interesting scoring news to wrap up this year, for a highly anticipated film that will arrive at the end of next year. Film Music Reporter (via STYD) is reporting that composer Marco Beltrami has signed on to do the score for Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks' World War Z, about the zombie apocalypse. The film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Bryan Cranston and finished shooting this year, but isn't slated for release until December next year. Beltrami most recently worked on Scream 4, The Thing remake and The Woman in Black, and also has a few other projects in the works besides this one.
Well, after tomorrow, 2011 will be yet another chapter in the history of cinema, and while we've already gone over some of the films that disappointed us and left terrible tastes in our mouths, now is the time to reflect on the films that remind us why we absolutely love going to the movies. There are plenty of films that I enjoyed quite emphatically from the epic conclusion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II to the subtle, quiet but riveting financial crisis drama Margin Call. However, not even those films made the cut to be included in my Top 10 Favorite Films of 2011. So find out what actually tickled my fancy below!
The final version of any futuristic sci-fi film is a wonder to behold when settings of entire cities are designed to look like they were crafted decades or even centuries in the future. However, those of us who like to look beyond the big screen usually find themselves fascinated with the production art that went into designing that world. In the case of Blade Runner, production designer Syd Mead and director Ridley Scott released a sketch book full of concept and production art from the film, but if you want the actual book it'll cost you a pretty penny somewhere online. But now the images have been posted online for your enjoyment.
Out with the bad. In with the good. But not just the good. No, save the good for the ten most "it was decent, but I'm ready to get out of the theater now" LIST. This is the best. These are the movies that reinvigorate our love of cinema, and the movies that are the reason I love going to the theater in the first place. There were many throughout the year 2011, and it was hard to whittle this list down to the 10 best films, but thankfully my honorable mentions help me get around that issue a little bit. Sadly, there's no Nicolas Cage on this list. It's not looking good for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, either. I swear I'll stop picking on that movie as soon as I see it. But before that comes, take a gander at my top ten movies of 2011. See the list below!
Before the holidays, Mondo released a spectacular set of posters for Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch. Now the collectible art house has set its sights on a horror classic with a new set of posters for the original 1931 film Dracula starring the late, great Bela Lugosi. The new set of posters from Martin Ansin is part of Mondo's Universal Monsters series, and it's the first to finally feature Lugosi, one of the most iconic horror and monster movie stars from decades ago. While normally posters like this one have two variants, this one has an extra special variant for hardcore Dracula fans out there. See the posters below!
Sure, there were good movies in 2011. There were even great movies released in 2011. But that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about the dregs, the rancid, the movies that made us sit back and question if we liked movies at all. Hollywood had some real stinkers this year. The indies had their fair share, but Hollywood had some real horrible ones hit with a dull thud. Surprisingly, Nicolas Cage only showed up in one of them, although, let's be honest, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is looking good for next year's list of shame. Pixar damn near made this list, but we'll give Cars 2 a stay of execution on principle. So, without further ado, here's the 10 worst movies I saw in 2011. See the whole list below!
In October we learned that Arnold Schwarzenegger's return to the big screen meant new projects for the action icon left and right. In addition to The Last Stand and The Expendables 2, the Governator had also signed on to star in Black Sands, a new action film from Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, the duo behind the Navy SEALs flick Act of Valor (watch the trailer right here). The film's original story was said to follow Schwarzenegger as a loner who wages war against a ruthless weapons manufacturer and his private army in the Southwest, however, it sounds like the project now has a bit of a supernatural twist to the plot. Read on!
In space no one can hear you scream. We all know the tagline by heart. While the first official teaser trailer for Ridley Scott's long-awaited return to sci-fi, Prometheus, recalled the original Alien teaser with its lettering, one fan has gone so far as to make the truly perfect homage. YouTube user heresjohnny1991 (via AICN) has recreated the original 1979 Alien teaser trailer in the style of the Prometheus teaser, basically borrowing the music and using similar imagery and editing. And it's an absolutely awesome throwback that reminds us how this all began. This may not be a new trailer, but it is still unquestionably worth watching.
Yesterday, I counted down the biggest disappointments from this year in film, which included a set of blockbusters that just didn't live up to the hype generated leading up to the release, and failed to deliver a quality movie. But today, we're looking on the positive side of the year's biggest films in the form of five films that sort of caught audiences off guard by being surprising hits both at the box office and with most critics. I haven't included lower key favorites like Midnight in Paris, but films like Woody Allen's comedy are smaller, personal choices, and will show up on another list later this week. See the list below!
The "Funniest Movie You'll Ever Read" ha! Our friends at IMPAwards have posted the third official poster for Will Ferrell's Casa de mi Padre, his Spanish-language comedy that we've been talking about for a while. In addition to the final new poster, there's another yellow teaser poster we never featured before, but is just as funny - so I'm hitting two snakes with one eagle (get it?). We've already seen one teaser trailer and a teaser poster before, but I absolutely love these posters, especially the third newest one. They're hilarious and brilliantly designed for this film perfectly, already some of my favorites of 2012 already. See both below!
Meet Frankenweenie, the lovable, undead dog. Disney recently released another new high res image today from Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, his new B&W 3D stop-motion animated feature, based on his own animated short from 1984. This isn't our first look, as we got a batch of photos in October earlier this year, but we've got one new high res photo from the movie itself, and two new behind-the-scenes photos as well. There's tons of cool stuff to notice in Victor's bedroom, like his space wallpaper, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea poster, and science poster showing planets orbiting around Earth in the middle. Check 'em out below!
We've only heard about Lee Daniels' adaptation of The Paperboy, based on Peter Dexter's novel of the same name, through various casting stories, but now the 2012 is kicking off its marketing campaign with a fantastic poster that calls back to films from the 1970's or even book covers from that same decade. Complete with a faded color and the period setting to go with it, this is one of the more original attempts to sell a film like this that we've seen in a long time. Zac Efron looks a bit like James Dean (or a young Ron Eldard) and John Cusack (replacing Tobey Maguire) just looks creepy with that guy-liner. See it below!
For over 20 years now The Library of Congress has chosen a select group of films to be preserved in the National Film Registry, and this year's titles have just been revealed. Last year The Empire Strikes Back made it into the registry, and this year there's a whole new set of 25 films that will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act as they have been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant to cinema or as Librarian of Congress James H. Billington (no relation to Alex) says, "These films are selected because of their enduring significance to American culture." More below!