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The Oscars – Voters are finding it difficult to pick the 10 best films of 2010!

Posted by LiveFor on January 20, 2010

Unlike recent years the Academy of Motion Pictures increased the number of nominees for best picture from 5 to 10. All well and good and considering the many good films that were out last year you would think there would be no problem picking the 10. In fact you’d think the problem would be which films to leave out. Well guess again, turns out that with only 4 days left to choose, some of the Academy members are having a tough time picking more than five according to Peter Hammond of the LA Times.

Perhaps that’s why, even more than in recent years, Oscar strategists are continuing to create campaign opportunities right up to the last minute. You might think everyone would be burnt out by Globe weekend partying but events, big and small, for Tobey Maguire, Lee Daniels, Wes Anderson, Gabourey Sidibe, Colin Firth and others this week, just days before the deadline, are luring academy members in the hopes that a vote or two can make a difference in a close race for nominations, or even for Saturday’s SAG awards.

In countless conversations with academy voters over the past two weeks it’s apparent that not everyone is able to come up with 10 movies. In fact it’s an epidemic. According to the overwhelming majority of members they get to five or six and give up on the other slots. One voter went so far as to actually send Peter an e-mail asking him to suggest seven other movies to augment their own three choices.

“I can barely find five movies to nominate. I have no idea what to do for 10,” one exasperated member told said. When prodded for more information it was apparent they had only just a few of the real contenders and many in their pile of DVD screeners had so far gone unopened.

One veteran consultant said that from a survey of 60 potential voters that found only 18 had bothered to actually pick 10 movies for best picture nominations.

Of course it isn’t required that members vote for 10 to have their voices heard, but the academy does subtly encourage making the effort. Here’s the official language on all ballots:

“In order for any achievement to be among those chosen from this balloting it must have at least one first place vote. It is important that your FIRST CHOICE be written on the FIRST LINE. You need not fill in all 10 lines. The more preferences you indicate however, the greater the certainty that your ballot will influence the Best Picture nominees list.”

With the complicated tabulating system, a voter is probably not mistaken in thinking that the first three choices are the only ones that will count anyway, but this is fairly uncharted territory this year.

Some voters conversely have said they welcome the chance to name 10 movies as it frees them to go with their heart even if they believe it’s a wasted vote. After listing the usual suspects like “The Hurt Locker,” “Up in the Air,” “An Education,” etc., one guy said he selected “Drag Me To Hell” because that’s the best time he had at the movies all year and it doesn’t matter that it can’t possibly be nominated because he has nine other slots in which to “influence” the race, as the academy language suggests.

Would’t it be great if Drag Me To Hell got nominated. Just imagine if Sam Raimi’s film won an Oscar. How would Sony feel then about taking him from the Spider-Man films? If any members of the Acadamy should be reading this (hey you never know) then make it so.

To be honest this beggars belief. They get sent copies of loads of films. They watch a load, are surrounded by films and then can’t even think of more than five films to put down. Instead of going with films they think everyone else will pick or those that are worthy (as they say in Tropic Thunder any film where the character is not full-retard will usually win) they should just pick the films they have enjoyed as, at the end of the day, that is the best way to judge whether you liked a film or not.

They have 10 choices and it looks as if many of those 10 will be left empty and those films that the studios haven’t been pushing, such as Moon, will get left behind.

God damn, I wish I was a member of the Acadamy.

How do you feel about the news? How difficult is it to pick 10 films for Best Picture? What would you pick?

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Will Sam Raimi be doing the Warcraft film next?

Posted by LiveFor on January 18, 2010

Sam Raimi’s producing partner Robert Tapert says that despite the rumors, the former Spider-Man director has yet to make a decision about his next project.

“I don’t want to speak on Sam’s behalf, because the ‘Spider-Man’ thing happened so recently. I think he’s getting his feet under him and trying to decide. He might want to do a teeny, tiny small film, but I don’t know what he wants to do. I know he had a great time doing ‘Drag Me to Hell'” Tapert said while speaking to iF Magazine.

Could he be doing the World of Warcraft film next? Tapert says “It’s in development. We’re in the outline/story/script phase“. It was confirmed late last year that Robert Rodat (“Saving Private Ryan”) is penning the screenplay.

If not Warcraft, what do you want to see Sam Raimi do next?

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Live for Films – 2009 A Year in Film

Posted by LiveFor on December 16, 2009

What a year it has been for film.

Neill Blomkamp and Duncan Jones had great debuts with District 9 and Moon. Sam Rockwell acted his socks off in the latter. There was animated loveliness with Up, Ponyo, Fantastic Mr Fox and Coraline, but ugliness with Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Planet 51 and Monsters vs Aliens.

J J Abrams beamed new life into the excellent Star Trek.

There was old school horror in the shape of Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell and brilliant horror comedy in the wonderful Zombieland (it had the best cameo of the year). Dario Argento’s Giallo wasn’t sure if it was a horror or a comedy.

Comic book movies didn’t quite so well this year. X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen – I enjoyed them both though despite their flaws.

War movies hit the big time again. Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker gave us an intense take on the war in Iraq and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds changed history for the better. That’s a bingo!

There were toy and book adaption disappointments in the shape of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and Twilight: New Moon raked in the cash despite not being very good. Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones had mixed reviews.

Joaquin Phoenix lost the plot or is playing the long con when he quit acting to become a rap star and James Franco started an artistic endeavour by appearing on General Hospital.

Both Dragonball Evolution and Streetfighter adaptions had poor finishing moves at the box office. Terminator Salvation brought us our first proper glimpse at Sam Worthington, but left many cold and Ben Foster chased through the darkness in Pandorum. The Stath did it again in Crank: High Voltage and blaxsploitation returned with Black Dynamite fighting The Man.

The Perfect Getaway had a few twists and turns from the norm and The Cove opened my eyes to the slaughter of dolphins.

Chaos reigned in Lars Von Triers’ Antichrist. Bruce Willis went plastic in Surrogates. Gerard Butler was a Gamer and a Law Abiding Citizen. George Clooney was Up in the Air after The Men Who Stare At Goats. The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man and Colin Firth as A Single Man confused a few while Carey Mulligan had An Education that many adored, but left me disappointed. Johnny Depp and Christian Bale were Public Enemies and Viggo Mortenson began a long walk down The Road. Audrey Tautou showed us Coco avant Chanel.

Spike Jonze sailed to Where the Wild Things Are, Richard Kelly opened The Box and The Hangover gave a headache to no-one. Clint Eastwood made Invictus. Jeff Bridges had a Crazy Heart while Terry Gilliam and Heath Ledger took us to The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Nicolas Cage began a slow climb to redemption with the aid of his lucky crack pipe in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince brought us ever closer to the end.

An Orphan scared us, In the Loop made us laugh at the political shenanigans, Paranormal Activity scared us, (500) Days of Summer and Adventureland made us happy in a sad way, World’s Greatest Dad reminded us how good Robin Williams could be while Old Dogs reminded us how bad Robin Williams could be. sin Nombre and Thirst were two of the many excellent foreign language films released and Jim Jarmusch showed us The Limits of Control.

Behind all of these other films has been the rumbling spectre of James Cameron’s Avatar. All year it has been waiting and watching and only now are we about to see whether it was all worth it (current reviews seem to say this is a great big hell yes!)

So many films watched but so many more missed. The way it has always been and always will.

That does mean that there are still many wonderful moments to be watched or to take us by surprise when we turn the channel late one night and an unexpected film has just begun – often films you would never normally watch but you end up thoroughly enjoying….and I don’t mean a bit of blue for the Dads!

I suppose that is one of the great things about movies. You will never be able to watch them all and you wouldn’t want to. We don’t all watch the same ones yet that means we all have fresh takes on each others favourite films. They can bring us together or lead to intense arguments. Did Han did shoot first?

Most of all, for the 90 minutes or more they are on, a movie takes us away to another place. Not always a nice place, but it is a break from the real world no matter what. Bad, good or wonderful they are all groovy and bring us all together.

As for me I have had some wonderful moments related to film – I got to speak to Marion Cotillard, Johnny Depp, Duncan Jones and David Sullivan. The site moved over to WordPress and has been going from strength to strength since then – thanks to everyone for taking the time to stop by and have a look.

The Live for Films Movie Club began and is still going to help share cool movies you may have missed (thanks to those on the Forum for sorting all that out).

Live for Films researcher and reporter Pamela Fruendt went along to Tim Burton’s art exhibition at New Yorks Museum of Modern Art. Many people contributed reviews for favourite horror films during Halloween including author Michael Marshall Smith (he reviewed Halloween) and director Andrew Barker (he reviewed Blood Feast).

My Wife enjoyed getting parcels full of DVDs and Posters addressed to Live for Films and I just had a ball doing what I do and have been constantly surprised that so many people seem to dig what I dig, you dig?

For what it is worth my top 10 films of 2009 in no particular order and considering the fact I have yet to see such films as Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Up, The Road and many more are:

  • Moon
  • Zombieland
  • Star Trek
  • Watchmen
  • District 9
  • The Cove
  • Coraline
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Public Enemies
  • Inglourious Basterds

What have been your highs and lows in films for 2009? What great films have I forgotten and what should I have watched? What films do you wish you have not watched and what film did you see many time? What surprised you? What made you laugh, cry or hurl?

Now we have 2010 to look forward to. Apparantly, according to Dave Bowman, it will be full of stars.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Top Films of 2009

Posted by LiveFor on December 15, 2009

He hasn’t seen a few films such as Avatar and The Lovely Bones, but his list of the top 8 is pretty good.

I agree with him on a few of them. However, I haven’t seen all of the films and I have to disagree with him and many other people on An Education being a great film. I thought it was absolutely dreadful – like a poor ITV Sunday evening drama with poor characterisation, ridiculous story and it seemed to lose its nerve half way through (yes I know it is based on a true story). After reading good things about it I really wanted to like it, but it sucked big ones. As for Carey Mulligan’s character everyone is raving on her performance which was good, but I just wanted to shake her character and say stop being so stupid….Hmm well that turned into a bit of a rant didn’t it!

Star Trek and Drag Me to Hell were both excellent.

I’ll let Quentin get on with it.
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What do you think of his list? Agree or disagree?

I’ve not posted my 2009 Year in Review which includes my Top 10 Movies.

Source: THR

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Sam Raimi to take Refuge with the Yeti

Posted by LiveFor on September 24, 2009

27348_yetiSam Raimi has signed on to produce a supernatural horror film called Refuge based on a pitch from up-and-coming British director Corin Hardy according to THR.

“Refuge” centers on a remote town terrorized by a Yeti, the mythological creature native to the mountains of the Himalayas. Hardy will direct from a script by fellow British writer Tom De Ville; both are repped by Paradigm’s Marc Helwig and Trevor Astbury.

Meanwhile, Blum’s Blumhouse Prods. will finance a short film with the same premise as the “Refuge” feature. Hardy and De Ville will work on that as well. The idea is to offer a teaser that can help Hardy refine his vision even as the script is being developed.

Soudns like my kind of film and good to know that Sam Raimi is involved in another horror after Drag Me to Hell.

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Drag Me To Hell – Interview with Sam Raimi

Posted by LiveFor on May 19, 2009

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Drag Me to Hell TV Spot – Nice People

Posted by LiveFor on May 12, 2009

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Drag Me to Hell – TV Spot – Screaming

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2009

Cristine Brown (Alison Lohman) has a great job, a loving boyfriend, and only three days to live. From Sam Raimi, the director of Spider-Man and the Evil Dead trilogy… On May 29th, even nice people can go to Hell.

TV spot for Drag Me to Hell shows never before seen footage from the film.

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Drag Me To Hell – TV Spot – Terror

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2009

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Drag Me to Hell – New Trailer for Sam Raimi’s new horror film

Posted by LiveFor on April 17, 2009

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