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As we continue wrapping up 2013, it's time to take a different look at the movies from this year. We've already look at some of the Best Performances of 2013 (for both actors and actresses) and some of the best scenes of the year. Now it's time to dive into poster artwork used to hype these movies up. I've made a list of my choices for what I believe to be the best movie posters of the year. While they're most easily described as just another form of marketing for a studio trying to get an audience into a theater, there are some movie posters that are as beautiful as works of art, and many should be considered as such. So what made the cut?
With only a matter of days remaining in 2013, I find myself having seen all of the year's releases that I felt compelled to see. That realization led me to start considering which films this year had particular scenes that really struck me. Just about every single film of note this year had some sort of memorable scene that will stick with me for years, though I'm sure not everyone will find the same scene as powerful as I did. In fact, while many of the scenes cited are from my favorite films of the year, believe it or not, nine of my top ten flicks have a scene listed below, so it wasn't ten for ten. But sometimes all it takes is just a single scene.
For a movie lover to list their 100 favorite films is a daunting task. Choosing 100 films to live with for the rest of your life and no others? Most couldn't even be certain of their favorite film. But that very task was set on the programmers at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, the theater chain notorious for its collective passion of cinema. Those programmers, as well as Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League, put their individual lists of 100 films together, and from that list, the "Alamo 100" was born. That's 100 films, listed in no particular order, that League and his crew of programmers feel are essentials, the best in motion pictures.
"Bikini's and big booties - that's what it's all about." It's December which means we're already getting to that time of year when Top 10 lists arrive, and one of the first up is John Waters, the eccentric filmmaker (of Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) who always has unique choices on his year end list, and this year is no exception. The list comes from ArtForum (via MCN) and includes a number of documentaries along with a number of odd picks for his favorite films. And yes, #1 is Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, which he describes as "the best sexploitation film of the year." This is definitely going to rile up some folks. Read on!
If you could still interview Stanley Kubrick, what kind of questions would you ask him? Last year, a user on Criterion's website compiled a list of what they believe are Stanley Kubrick's Top 15 favorite films. I recently came across the list and thought it was worth sharing, especially if you're looking for classic films to watch. Fan Joshua Warren explains: "Since Kubrick was such a famously reclusive and rarely interviewed person, it's very interesting to get a glimpse what kind of films that inspired and entertained him." This top list is culled from various interviews over the years, where Kubrick revealed what his favorite films were.
Look up! Look down! Look out! It's 007! Ohh, this is a good one. It's not actually an infographic, rather it's the nymphographic. On Movieline, they posted an infographic for James Bond (timed with Skyfall hitting theaters this weekend) highlighting the sex and women in Bond's
life lives. Agent 007 is known for his suave, sexy ways and ability to bed any women he wants, hence why Bond girls are always an important part of this franchise. It recaps all 75 of his "sexual encounters", film-by-film, and breaks down details on who, when and where. Unfortunately a lot end up dead after a night with Bond, but what a final experience.
In case you haven't heard, the big news today is that Disney has just purchased Lucasfilm for $4 billion and the studio is looking to release the long rumored, always anticipated, but never believed possible, Star Wars: Episode 7. We have no story details as to what characters we might follow, what adventures from the Expanded Universe could show up, but we can talk about the right kind of talent to bring Star Wars back to the bring screen in a way that George Lucas couldn't when he delivered The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. Lucas mentioned passing Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers, and we've assembled a list of who we think should go into a galaxy far, far away. Read on!
Happy 50th Anniversary, James Bond! Since it's Global Bond Day leading up to the release of Skyfall, we wanted to feature a few more Bond-centric items to peruse. In addition to a number of outstanding tribute videos, two infographics on all things 007 recently hit the web. The first comes from sponsor H&R Block's blog, which outlines "50 Years of James Bond". It breaks down box office earnings per Bond actor, as well as villains and weapons and iconic Bond accessories (and their cost). Earlier this year we featured a huge Girls of James Bond infographic. Below there's also a beautiful "Best Bond" infographic made by Cristina Vanko.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Premium Rush finally hits theaters today after a long delay, and writer/director David Koepp's action thriller sees JGL take to the streets on a "fixie" bike with no brakes as he tears across New York City trying to deliver a mysterious package. With that in mind, we thought it would be fun to highlight some other films in which the main characters cruise around on wheels, whether it be on BMX bikes, skateboards, or rollerblades, so hit the jump for a list of some of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it) that the subgenre of extreme sports movies on wheels has to offer. Check out our picks below!
Time to fire up the ole DVD player. Although you may need to find a 35mm projector for some of these. Film critics have been recently abuzz about a new set of lists put together by the BFI's Sight & Sound that again tries to take a shot at the Greatest Films of All Time. You can find the filmmakers' list online here (#1 is Tokyo Story), which is unique from the actual Top 50 list they made. Sight & Sound polled 358 of the world's greatest living directors and also ranked their films by votes. Not all the individual lists are out yet, but The Playlist got their hands on five All-Time Greatest Top 10 films lists from some noteworthy people.
Now that we've made our way into July, complete with the blockbuster release of The Amazing Spider-Man just in time for the holiday weekend, it's the halfway point. But there's plenty of movies to look forward to, especially for those who have been somewhat disappointed by the movies of the summer (see our own Brandon Lee Tenney's outlook on this year's duds). And so, there's no time like the present to look at some of the films slated to hit theaters in the second half of the year which still have our curious eyes watching closely. From The Dark Knight Rises to The Hobbit, there's plenty to be pumped for in the rest of 2012.
While the rest of the world is busy dealing with July 4th as another humpday, here in the United States, it's Independence Day. Plenty of people will be quoting Bill Pullman's speech from the sci-fi blockbuster of the same name, eating ribs, hot dogs and hamburgers, blowing stuff up and getting drunk, just as the founding fathers intended. However, I think we've celebrated enough to rub our victory in the faces of those who oppressed us from across the pond. Today, I say we celebrate our British brethren for being worthy opponents, and letting us have a day off, by watching some of their recent great films on Netflix Instant.