Monthly Archives: December 2012

Dead Man Down Trailer: You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Into

Dead Man Down is a new crime thriller starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus). Check out the first trailer below:

Farrell plays a killer-for-hire named Victor. After a woman named Beatrice (Rapace) sees Victor commit a murder, she blackmails him into killing the man responsible for violently maiming her.

Dominic Hooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Terrence Howard (Iron Man) also star.

Dead Man Down is the first English-language film from Niels Arden Oplev, who directed Rapace in the original Swedish adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The film hits theaters March 8, 2013.

January Movies: Will You Go Gangster Squad?

January used to be thought of as the month where studios dump their least desirable films. That is not so much the case anymore as the stars are lining up in new films to be released in this first month of 2013.

Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe do battle in Broken City while Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone go gangster as so awesomely teased in the Gangster Squad trailer. And a whole new generation gets to discover the grisly story of Texas Chainsaw 3D.

Gangster Squad Cast
And let’s not forget about Kathryn Bigelow’s bin Laden story — Zero Dark Thirty — finally opening nationally, as is Matt Damon’s Promised Land. Then there’s Jeremy Renner and his bringing a new take on a classic fairy tale with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and the Wayans brothers doing more movie parody with A Haunted House. Then, is it us, or does it look like everyone in Hollywood is in the Movie 43 trailer? Lastly, Jason Statham hopes to have a new franchise on his hands with the graphic novel leap to the big screen effort that is Parker.

Take our latest poll and let us know…

What is January’s most anticipated movie?

Texas Chainsaw 3D Gets New Stills: Alexandra Daddario’s Bloody Lip

Two new stills and one set photo have hit the internet from Texas Chainsaw 3D. Take a look (click thumbnails to enlarge):

Alexandra Daddario in Texas Chainsaw 3D

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Alexandra Daddario (Hall Pass) stars in the seventh film from the horror movie franchise. This installment picks up where the first film left off, as a young woman named Heather travels with her friends to pick up an inheritance from a grandmother she never knew about. What she doesn’t know is that Leatherface comes with the deal.

Dan Yeager, Trey Songz, Scott Eastwood, Tania Raymonde, Shaun Sipos, and Bill Moseley also star.

John Luessenhop directs the film, which hits theaters January 4. Until then, check out even more Texas Chainsaw 3D stills!

The Worst Movie of 2012: Movie Fanatic’s Least Favorites of the Year

With the year coming to a close, it’s important to really take a look at the best parts of 2012; the things to be thankful for; the little moments that made the year special — like our Top 10 Movies of 2012. But it’s way more fun to just go to town on something you hated. So let’s do that!! Yaaaay!

As we head into the new year, Movie Fanatic’s own Micah Gordon and Joel Amos each discuss their least favorite movie of 2012.

MICAH:

This is going to be a very contentious pick, but there’s a lot to consider when discussing the worst movie of the year. I’d say that beyond simply picking the movie you enjoyed watching the least, one must consider expectation vs. payoff, cultural context, and the taste a movie leaves in your mouth long after you’ve left the theater. Keeping all this in mind, I really have to go with The Dark Knight Rises as the worst film of 2012.

Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises

TDKR was supposed to be the end of an extremely well-respected series. It was supposed to wrap up what is possibly the greatest superhero movie ever, The Dark Knight (which recently made our list of the 100 Best Films of All Time). It was supposed to feature the coolest villain we’ve ever seen, and the one guy who could actually defeat Batman. Instead, what audiences got was a 3-hour narrative nightmare, with a silly villain who wore his Achilles’ heel on his face (nobody thought to go after Bane‘s mask, if only to make him more intelligible?), some plot holes so canyonesque, I had to make up the word “canyonesque” to describe them, and one of the least believable, most unsatisfying, biggest cop-out movie endings I’ve ever seen.

Was TDKR a decent movie to sit and watch? Yes. But beyond being way too long, the moment I left the theater, doubts began to set in. Then, a close analysis of the plot revealed some truly unforgivable oversights, which ultimately concluded in flat-out hatred. So there you have it, America. I. Hated. The. Dark. Knight. Rises.

JOEL:

For my worst picture of 2012, we have to travel all the way back to January when an apocalyptic horror movie was nothing more than an absolute terror to watch. As I stated in my The Divide review, the film was supposed to be this big morality picture, masked in the horrors of what happens to humans after an all-out nuclear attack. Instead it was simply the most awful mix of what human evil can be inflicted on each other by each of us and a government-as-bad-guy story with neither ever being even remotely realized.

The Cast of The Divide
At one point in the film, one of the characters swims through a sewer and that is a perfect metaphor for how one feels after watching this stinker. It’s terrible on so many levels, it’s hard to know where to stop.

First of all, who is it that attacked New York City? Secondly, why did the government weld shut the door to the outside world that our handful of survivors are stuck behind? And lastly, would people really turn on each other in the way that is painted in The Divide? Sure, horrible things would happen, but there is no way that after surviving a nuclear attack, a group of strangers would act as filmmakers painted in this horror show.

If one has to watch violence porn, there are at least a dozen better examples (Saw) of how to achieve that sick feat in a more compelling manner.

Not only will you want to take a shower after witnessing The Divide, it may even make you swear off movies!

Hitchcock Exclusive: Why Hitch Had a Huge Year

Stephen Rebello is the author of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, and his book largely contributed to Hitchcock, one of the one-two punches audiences got this year that revived interest in the master of suspense. That film landed on screens merely weeks after The Girl premiered on HBO and suddenly 2012 became the year of Hitch.

Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock
We caught up with Rebello for an exclusive interview to close the book on the year that spawned mountains of new interest in the man who gave us The Birds, North by Northwest (one of our Top 100 Movies of All Time) and numerous indelible classics. “There are so many Hitchcocks and I knew a few of them,” he said and laughed.

“What I mean, there are so many ways of looking at him through so many different prisms in which to look at his work and his life. There’s nothing definitive. Look at the numbers of books on him. Look at the great number of movie makers who talk about him and he is many things to many people. So, I’m excited that we’re a part of this new surge in Hitchcock interest.”

Hitchcock, Rebello said, takes audiences inside the world of a film master and shows why the filmmaker was given so much attention in 2012.

“This film provides an interesting view of Hitchcock in terms of the different methods to his madness. He could be cruel and kind. He could be a genius, but a genius who was unsure of himself. He could be enormously gracious and enormously focused on his own issues,” he added. “I think it’s amazing that there are many looks at him that are brought to bear this year. It’s a man who will never be pinned down. He can never be wrapped up in a neat little package.”

The focus of the film, and Rebello’s novel, was on a specific period of time: When he was making Psycho. “The book, and the film, is meant to be a fly on the wall. He never thought we’d be talking about that movie all these decades later,” Rebello said.

It’s hard not to notice that the heart of the film, and his book, is how Hitchcock’s wife Alma was integral to his success. “He was a genius who had a perfect collaborator in his life partner. She preceded him in the movie business. He often deferred to her about casting and material. She was extraordinarily brilliant and what audiences wanted. He trusted few people, but trusted her in every way,” Rebello said. “He would have been a great filmmaker without her, but he was a better human being and filmmaker because of her.”

Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins Hitchcock
Hitchcock
is a fascinating look at a movie master and his muse, and that is why it was one of our honorable mentions in our Top 10 Movies of 2012. The film also shows an aspect of Hollywood that even the great Hitchcock was not immune to… its unfriendly relationship with the passage of time.

“Here was Hitchcock at a time in his life, age 59, hitting 60, top of his career, and yet dealing with a new generation of filmmakers nipping at his heels,” Rebello said.

Making Psycho after North by Northwest was a very unpopular choice. In fact, the couple had to mortgage their home to get the movie made… as shown in the Hitchcock trailer. “What was it like as he took a nose dive into a different kind of material? He put his own financing on the line, his reputation on the line. And who did he trust above all else? The answer was Alma.”