Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Best Movie Quotes of 2011: Let’s Holla!

As the cinematic year 2011 comes to a close, we gave your our Top 10 Movies of 2011. Now, we give you those moments of brilliance from films big and small, funny and serious… Yes, that’s right, Movie Fanatic presents the best movie quotes of 2011.

Chris Evans stars in Captain America
Captain America
Peggy Carter: How do you feel?
Steve Rogers: Taller. | permalink

The Muppets
Miss Piggy: There’s only one Miss Piggy, and she is moi! | permalink

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Ethan: Mission Accomplished. | permalink

Breaking Dawn Part 1
Billy: Jacob, keep your shirt on.
Jacob: No! | permalink

Puss in Boots
Humpty Dumpty: You got any idea what they do to eggs in prison? I’ll tell you this. It ain’t over easy. | permalink

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Lisbeth Salander: I’ve never done this before. Hold still or it’ll get messy. | permalink

The Help
Aibileen Clark: You is kind. You is smart. You is important. | permalink

Thor: I have no plans to die today… | permalink

Paranormal Activity 3
Julie: Who’s Toby?
Young Kristi: He’s my friend.
Julie: I don’t see him.
Young Kristi: He’s standing right next to you. | permalink

Dr. Ian Sussman: Blogging is not writing. It’s just graffiti with punctuation. | permalink

The Hangover Part II
Mr. Chow: Holla, City of Squalor! | permalink

Crazy, Stupid, Love
Jacob: The skin under your eyes is starting to look like Hugh Hefner’s ball sack. | permalink

Annie: I am ready to party! | permalink

Billy Beane: There are rich teams, and there are poor teams. Then there’s 50 feet of crap. And then there’s us. | permalink

The Devil Inside: Hear the Voices

Paramount Pictures has released a new terrifying clip from their upcoming horror film The Devil Inside. The clip, entitled Voices, continues the movie’s attack on the senses that began with the first Devil Inside trailer.

The Devil Inside follows a daughter who is trying to help Vatican priests exorcise the titular being from her mother. Looks like January 7 is the day horror fans need to mark on their calendar from the looks of all the clips we’ve seen from Devil Inside. It appears smart and utterly terrifying.

The studio has also released a new image from the film that does nothing but add fear.

The Devil Inside Voices Image

It’s a 500 Days of Summer Reunion for Zooey and Joseph

500 Days of Summer stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt want to know: What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? The two stars of the 2009 hit film have shot a YouTube video called What Are You Doing for New Year’s Eve. The duo sings a song simply asking what your plans are as 2011 becomes 2012. Feel free to add yours in our comment section below.

Gordon-Levitt is due to be seen in the most anticipated film of 2012, according to a poll of our readers. Want a clue to the actor’s part? The Dark Knight Rises recently released a photo of Gordon-Levitt in his Gotham PD uniform!

As for Deschanel, she’s charming viewers each week on the breakout sitcom hit of 2011, New Girl.

And from all of us at Movie Fanatic to all of you, a happy New Year’s and may 2012 be the most amazing year of your life, of course filled with the finest in film!

Movie Fanatic on TV: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson Have Created Pure Magic

To say we adore Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson is a gross understatement. When the two combine forces for The Adventures of Tintin, it is cinema at its best (as you can tell from our review). Movie Fanatic is beyond pleased to find ourselves in the national TV campaign for the film where we’re quoted as saying “Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson Have Created Pure Magic.” Just to be a part of anything Spielberg and Jackson is of the highest honor for Movie Fanatic.

Enjoy the video below!

The Iron Lady Review: Meryl Streep is Sensational

Meryl Streep is without argument the greatest actress of her time and she further cements that point with her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. Portraying a real life individual who was larger than life in the public consciousness is among the most difficult of tasks for any actor. Streep astounds and in fact, carries the film past the mediocre movie it would have been without her.

Meryl Streep is Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady
The Iron Lady is not your typical biopic and for that it should be saluted. This is not a history lesson into the life and times of the first female Prime Minister of the U.K. The film is instead a deeply personal view of one woman and her memories as they become more fleeting.

Director Phyllida Lloyd and screenwriter Abi Morgan begin our bio by following the individual who was once the most famous woman in the world as she goes to get a pint of milk. She is old and frail and seems confused at the slightest noise or distraction. We, the audience, immediately recognize her as a much older version of the woman who dominated TV news in the 1980s. Yet, in The Iron Lady, not one soul seems to notice. As she arrives home, her caretakers are in a tizzy that she got out of the house unsupervised.

Thus is established the vehicle for which this story will be told: Thatcher as an old woman who is seen being cared for in her home, talking to her long dead husband Denis.

The first flashback begins when she finally puts away her husband’s clothes after nine years and with each suit she picks up, the memory of her youth is triggered.

Lloyd and Morgan have chosen a unique method for telling the life story of one of history’s most compelling women. By establishing our storyteller as someone who is slowly losing their mind, the memories are clear on screen. But one has to wonder if she’s treated as slightly off kilter by her daughter and hired help, than what are we to make of the memories that are used to tell her story? Many are well documented, but the personal moments left us with a raised eyebrow.

But, the filmmakers have so much going for them that The Iron Lady, overall, does work. First and foremost is Streep (could she win another Oscar?). We could watch her recite the alphabet for two hours and it would be a delight. With a character as meaty as Thatcher and her historical legacy, Streep dives in and shows why she is the best of the best. She is Margaret Thatcher. Through her, we see how difficult it was for Thatcher to break into the all-male world of British politics. Not only did she break in, she smashed the ceiling and ruled her entire country.

The rest of the cast matches Streep note for note, particularly Alexandra Roach as the young Thatcher. It must have been a tough task channeling Streep for Roach! We do not wish that effort on anyone, yet Roach rivets. Also taking his already A-game even higher is Jim Broadbent as Thatcher’s husband Denis. He provides much of the humor for The Iron Lady and further proves that no one quite nails comical wit like the British actor.

The other piece of the puzzle that sets The Iron Lady apart is Thatcher’s story. It would be hard to believe in 2011 that a woman from such humble beginnings would ascend to govern one of the most powerful nations in the world, much less in the 1970s and 1980s. That she ruled with such conviction is also shown in The Iron Lady. Audiences may disagree with her policies, but what is clear throughout the film is that Thatcher is a historical figure unlike we will ever see again.