Visual effects bake-off leaves seven

Posted by · 10:28 am · January 6th, 2010

And they are, via AMPAS press release: “Avatar” “District 9” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” “Star Trek” “Terminator Salvation” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” “2012” And the three I still expect to get in are in the mix, so, whew.  I think we all know what will eventually win here, but if there’s a […]

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Hollywood focused on the end of the world as we know it

Posted by · 12:10 pm · August 10th, 2009

I’ve been meaning to write this piece for a while now, but I never got around to it.  Paul Harris at The Guardian beat me to the punch, so I’ll run his thoughts instead. The recent wave of post-apocalyptic films flooding and being prepared for the marketplace is intriguing indeed.  Fads always pop up in […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume I

Posted by · 11:51 am · August 6th, 2009

“How did they do that?”  Movie-goers often ask this in response to spectacular visual effects, one of few elements of a film, apart from acting, directing or story, that a studio might choose to sell a film directly on. Not surprisingly, the Academy’s award for Best Visual Effects is definitely the most mainstream-friendly of all […]

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The trouble with sci-fi

Posted by · 10:51 am · June 9th, 2009

It’s never too late to give another stiff kick to the ribs of “Terminator Salvation,” it seems.  The film just opened in the UK last week, opening the doors for this David Cox blog entry on the Guardian website.  It’s a thorough, well-conceived, smart piece about the fact that Hollywood seems to be making a […]

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6/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:01 am · June 3rd, 2009

• Steve Martin: banjo enthusiast. [CNN] • The complete “Terminator” timeline. [Empire] • Speaking of which, Ben Child spends some time with the best part of “Terminator Salvation,” actor Anton Yelchin. [The Guardian] • Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula ascend at Searchlight. [indieWIRE] • Brooks Barnes on the swath of upstarts leaping into the CGI […]

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6/1 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:40 am · June 1st, 2009

• Did you miss Eminem’s close encounter with Sacha Baron Cohen’s bare ass?  Never fear. [The Guardian] • Pixar’s “Up” reminds of the lonely sport of cluster ballooning. [Los Angeles Times] • Was Universal going for scary or sexy with the “Drag Me to Hell” poster? [The Big Picture] • Eric Snider notes the failure […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Stocked ‘Up’

Posted by · 12:43 pm · May 31st, 2009

In the biggest non-shock of the year, Pixar has released a unanimously acclaimed new film and it has topped the box office. What is a little surprising is that “Up” managed to make $68.2 million despite a distinct lack of anthropomorphism. While Disney suits will have to continue to sweat over how they are going […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Closing Cannes and opening ‘Up’

Posted by · 2:36 am · May 30th, 2009

• The Cannes Film Festival wrapped up, with Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” taking the gold, and “Antichrist” nabbing honors too. (The Ecumenical Jury was less impressed.) • In the wake of the festival, we offered an updated survey of the Oscar landscape ahead. • With “Up” finally hitting our screens this week, we chatted […]

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What are the best post-apocalyptic films ever?

Posted by · 10:28 am · May 28th, 2009

In our daily web round-up posts there tends to be one or two lists in the mix.  I’m increasingly stunned at Premiere’s capacity for cooking these things up.  It’s almost as if that once-sterling film journalism outlet has become nothing but a list generating machine. Of course, the reason for lists — you’ll hear it […]

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5/27 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:59 am · May 27th, 2009

• Todd Leopold talks to the guys behind “Anvil!: The Story of Anvil.” [CNN] • The complete list of tired movie cliches. [Empire] • Mark Harris profiles Woody Allen and Larry David. [New York Magazine] • Ethan Coen takes to the stage with “Offices,” a cycle of three short plays in the Big Apple. [The […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Terminator’ frustration

Posted by · 5:09 pm · May 24th, 2009

Hollywood tried something it rarely does this Memorial Day weekend: it opened two huge sequels at the same time. The last time anything remotely similar happened was the same holiday weekend in 2005 with “The Longest Yard” and “Madagascar.” They were really just fighting for second place, though, as the second weekend of “Star Wars: […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Antichrist’ and action

Posted by · 3:44 am · May 23rd, 2009

• Scandalising media and polarising critics, Lars Von Trier’s “Antichrist” emerged as the undisputed talking-point of the Cannes Film Festival. • That firestorm even managed to overshadow the Cannes debut of Quentin Tarantino’s divisive “Inglourious Basterds.” • In other news from the Croisette, “A Prophet” impressed critics, while “Taking Woodstock” took a hit. • We […]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘Terminator Salvation’

Posted by · 12:27 pm · May 22nd, 2009

The film dropped yesterday so I figure it’s a good time to go ahead and get this post up.  I’ve certainly made my thoughts known on McG’s new installment in a beloved sci-fi franchise, but I’m really interested to hear what the crowd has to say.  Cut loose in the comments section below.

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5/21 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:14 am · May 21st, 2009

• AFI launches its own YouTube channel. [YouTube] • Robin Sanders reports on the Stephen Frears event from Cannes. [indieWIRE] • The wars continue: Patrick Goldstein lays into Peter Bart (and Variety) once again for being soft on the industry. [The Big Picture] • Lionsgate launches an impressive new website for festival Sensation “Precious.” [WeAreAllPrecious.com] […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Terminator Salvation” (*1/2)

Posted by · 9:16 am · May 20th, 2009

I knew five minutes into McG’s cumbersome, misguided, lifeless “Terminator Salvation” that I would be writing a short take rather than a full review.  The film sucks inspiration out of the viewer in a staggering fashion.  It disavows intriguing ideas explored in the franchise to date and renders a potentially exciting re-launch of the material […]

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The Film Experience’s ‘Terminator’ retrospective

Posted by · 8:59 am · May 20th, 2009

Before I tear into McG’s “Terminator Salvation” in T-minus 10 minutes, I thought I’d offer one last sliver of positivity for those who, like me, love this franchise.  The always intrepid Nathaniel Rogers over at The Film Experience has been writing up a retrospective on the three entries in the series to date, with extended […]

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5/20 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:26 am · May 20th, 2009

• Peter Sciretta asks for your most hated uses of CGI in movie history. [/Film] • Charlie Kaufman talks “Synecdoche, New York,” his “mutant horro film,” across the pond. [Daily Telegraph] • IMAX plans to cozy up next to James Cameron’s “Avatar” for an extended run. [The Carpetbagger] • Donna Freydkin chats up “Terminator Salvation” […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Holy hit

Posted by · 12:19 pm · May 18th, 2009

God is so 2006. “Angels & Demons” was the number one movie at the box office this weekend but the $48 million it raked in is barely more than half of the $84.5 million registered by “The Da Vinci Code” in its opening frame. What happened? Three things. First, the free publicity generated by the […]

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