IFC picks them!
They're even ballsy enough to title it "The Top Ten Films of 2011."
They do follow with the parenthetical subtitle: "Or At Least Those We Think Will Be Really, Really Great." They really have to cover themselves regarding Sean Penn in drag. Who I'm starting to think looks really effing cool at this point.
Here are two of them:
"'This Must Be the Place'
Directed by Paolo Sorrentino
Though not yet known much outside of his home country or the festival circuit, Italian auteur Sorrentino received considerable acclaim -- including a Cannes Jury Prize and even an Oscar nomination for best makeup -- for 'Il Divo,' his 2008 tale of political corruption. In his follow-up English-language debut, Sean Penn stars as a retired rock star on the search for his father's torturer, an ex-Nazi war criminal who is hiding in the U.S. Frances McDormand also co-stars. What might be the result is anybody's guess, but the pairing of Sorrentino and Penn is reason alone for great anticipation.
"'The Dangerous Method'
Directed by David Cronenberg
The last time Cronenberg tackled the medical profession, we got the eerily creepy 'Dead Ringers.' The idea that the Canadian maestro is now taking on the birth of psychoanalysis should send shivers down your cerebellum. Based on a play by Christopher Hampton called 'The Talking Cure,' the film stars Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud (he never looked that good), Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung and Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein, a patient of Jung's who was also a huge influence on both their theories. A sort of ménage-a-trois of the mind, the 'Method' has all the components of a wonderfully disturbing psychological thriller."
2010's memorable movie moments
It's a terrific read. Here's a start:
- The wall that is, and isn't, there: "The Ghost Writer" ...
New horror film from 'Saw' creators will open next year
But I won't prejudge. And perhaps this will be an improvement over the "Saw" series. And thank goodness no more "Saw" movies. I think.
Anyway, the new haunted-house movie from "Saw" creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell looks likes it's getting a release date. According to reports, April 1, 2011, is the day.
Here's more from ComingSoon:
"That puts their movie up against a bunch of other genre flicks, including 'Mothers Day,' the new movie from Darren Bousman, who took over the 'Saw' films with 'Saw II'; 'Super,' the superhero comedy from 'Slither' director James Gunn; and Duncan Jones' sci-fi thriller 'Source Code.'
'The Empire Strikes Back,' 'Malcolm X,' others chosen for preservation
More films were added Tuesday to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, 25 in all: all interesting choices, all that say something about America. "Airplane!" made it. And damn if it doesn't deserve it.
Here's more from The Hollywood Reporter:
"Films from esteemed directors Robert Altman, Blake Edwards, John Huston, Elia Kazan and Spike Lee and two from George Lucas are among the latest 25 motion pictures named Tuesday to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
"The films, which include Hollywood classics, documentaries, innovative shorts and genres from virtually every era of American filmmaking, span the period 1891-1996. This year's selections bring the number of films in the registry to 550.
"Included this time around is Altman's 1971 Western 'McCabe & Mrs. Miller'; Edwards' 'The Pink Panther' (1964), the first of his eight Inspector Clouseau pics; Huston's 'Let There Be Light,' a 1946 war documentary banned for 35 years by the U.S. War Department; Lee's 1992 biopic 'Malcolm X'; and Kazan's first feature, 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn' (1945).
"Lucas' 15-minute student film -- 'Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB,' made in 1967 at USC -- also made the list, as did 'The Empire Strikes Back,' his much-lauded 1980 'Star Wars' sequel that was directed by Irvin Kershner.
"In addition to 'The Pink Panther,' Hollywood comedies also are represented by the snappy 'The Front Page' (1931), W.C. Fields' slapstick sensation 'It's a Gift' (1934) and the zany 'Airplane!' (1980) starring Leslie Nielsen. Such cultural touchstones as the Depression Era's 'Make Way for Tomorrow' (1937), the horror box-office blockbuster 'The Exorcist' (1973), the Watergate thriller 'All the President's Men' (1976) and the disco-infused 'Saturday Night Fever' (1977) also were selected, as were lesser-known yet culturally vital works, such as the black independent film 'Cry of Jazz' (1959) and 'I Am Joaquin' (1969), from Chicano groundbreaker Luis Valdez.
Take a look
In the above photo you'll see (from left to right) Matthew Macfadyen, Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson and Luke Evans.
Here's more from ComingSoon:
"Also starring Christoph Waltz, Milla Jovovich, Mads Mikkelsen, James Corden and Orlando Bloom, the re-imagination of the Alexandre Dumas classic was shot entirely in 3-D.
Portman in pink
Incentive Film Entertainment has released the debut poster for "The Other Woman," which is also called "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits."
The picture, adapted from a novel by Ayelet Waldman, is directed by Dan Roos (he also helmed "The Opposite of Sex") and stars Portman, along with Lauren Ambrose, Lisa Kudrow, Scott Cohen and Charlie Tahan. Portman plays a lawyer who takes away the husband of her boss (Kudrow) and things get ... messy. "Impossible results," as the title states.
You'll be surprised
According to Movieline, the newest actress to gross over $1 billion at the box office this year was:
"Ready for some shocking monetary figures that will put your $9/hour filing paychecks to shame? According to Forbes, Leonardo DiCaprio grossed $1.1 billion at the global box office in 2011 thanks to the fearsome twosome of 'Shutter Island' and 'Inception.' Okay, maybe DiCaprio’s perch on top of this year’s highest-grossing list is not that shocking. What is surprising, though, is which young actress finished just behind the actor, grossing over $1 billion. Any guesses?
"If you guessed Mia Wasikowska, you’re right! The 21-year-old Australian actress tied her 'Alice in Wonderland' co-star Johnny Depp for second place, both with 'a total worldwide gross of $1.03 billion.'"
Actor will receive festival's Icon Award
And now, the Palm Springs International Film Festival will be handing out an award to the actor at its 2011 Awards Gala.
Here's more from TheWrap:
"PSIFF on Monday announced that Michael Douglas will receive its Icon Award, which will be handed out not at the main awards ceremony, but before a January 13 screening of 'Solitary Man' in the festival's Talking Pictures: The Contenders series.
"'We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to honor Michael Douglas at a time when both his creative prowess and his contributions to world cinema have never been more evident – or more deserving of celebration,' said PSIFF festival director Darryl Macdonald in the press release announcing the honor. 'Simply put, he’s an American treasure.'