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Wes Anderson’s Stop Motion Acceptance Speech

Posted by LiveFor on January 14, 2010

Wes Anderson’s fantastic stop motion acceptance speech for the Special Filmmaking Achievement Award from the National Board of Review for the film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

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Stephen King’s Top 10 films of 2009

Posted by LiveFor on January 7, 2010

I do like a bit of King. True, many of the film adaptions of his books have been poor, but then you get The Shining, The Mist and The Shawshank Redemption. I got Under the Dome for Christmas so looking forward to starting that.

As usual (check out his faves of 2008) King has listed his top films of the year over at EW and here is the list:

1. The Hurt Locker – Bomb disposal is one of the great staples of war movies, but it has never been depicted in such terrifying detail as it is here. Locker is more than suspenseful, however. Director Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break), who has explored the destructive impulses of young men before, outdoes herself in this perfectly honed drama that speaks to the addictive attractions of risk and violence. Want to know why it’s so easy for the pols to feed the war machine? Look here for answers.

2. The Last House on the Left – Easily the most brilliant remake of the decade, and not just because the 1972 original was such a crapfest. This beautifully photographed — but hard to watch — movie is the standard by which all horror/suspense films should be judged: The acting is superior (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul is especially fine), the story makes sense, and, most importantly, Last House’s moral compass points to true north. We don’t want these creeps back for six or eight sequels; they are monsters, and we want them dead. This film is on par with The Silence of the Lambs.

3. The Road – Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the apocalypse comes to the screen with all its spare and deadly beauty intact. It’s often painful to watch (at my screening I actually heard the projectionist sobbing as the film neared its end), but Viggo Mortensen’s performance as the dedicated father is Oscar bait.

4. Disgrace – John Malkovich shines as an arrogant Cape Town professor who exiles himself to his daughter’s farm rather than apologize for his sexual excesses with a student. He is forced to reevaluate his behavior after his daughter is raped. The scenery is gorgeous, and the story — sorrowful but never sentimental — is hypnotic.

5. The Reader – I know, it was released in 2008, but my lists go from December to December, and it would be criminal to leave out this wrenching exploration of guilt and atonement. Kate Winslet’s Hanna Schmitz was the best performance I saw all year.

6. District 9 – This quasi (not to mention queasy) documentary sci-fi pic is a clever parable about the price of racial prejudice, but what really struck me about it was how the special effects served the story, rather than the other way around. If 2012 is good cheese, then District 9 is a fine wine.

7. Law Abiding Citizen – The outraged husband and father decides to punish the baddies himself when the wimpish legal system won’t: Yeah, yeah, we’ve seen it all before, but this version’s script is wound tight and clever enough to draw blood.

8. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 – Director Tony Scott’s most lucid and suspenseful movie. The real pleasure here is watching John Travolta’s balls-to-the-wall star turn as the villainous Ryder (called Mr. Blue and played by Robert Shaw in the 1974 version). This makes Public Enemies look pretty tame

9. Fantastic Mr Fox – A screwball comedy that just happens to be animated.

10. 2012 – No filmgoing diet is complete without some cheese, and this throwback to the great disaster movies of the ’70s (Earthquake, The Towering Inferno) amply filled the bill.

A few different films to most other lists. What do you think of his list?

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Antichrist Fantastic Mr Fox Mashup

Posted by LiveFor on November 8, 2009

Fantastic is the word.

Source: Sam Smyth

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Second trailer for Wes Anderson’s stop motion film

Posted by LiveFor on September 30, 2009

A new trailer with new footage. Still not sure on George Clooney’s voice, but the whole stop motion style reminds me of the 2006 animated film, Peter and the Wolf, directed by Suzie Templeton (which was brilliant) and it does look funny.

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Poster

Posted by LiveFor on September 21, 2009


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Fantastic Mister Fox – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on August 1, 2009

Here is the trailer for Wes Anderson’s new stop motion film. Based on the Roald Dahl book and features the voices of George Clooney as Mr Fox, Cate Blanchett as his wife and Bill Murray as the Badger.

At first I wasn’t sure about the animation on this but as the trailer goes on I grew to like it.

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Fantastic Mr Fox – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on July 30, 2009

The stop-motion film, marking Anderson’s first foray into animation, is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s story, centering on a clever fox who must outwit three mean, dimwitted farmers who try their hardest to hurt Mr. Fox and his family. George Clooney will voice Mr. Fox, while Cate Blanchett voices his wife.

Out on 13th November.


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Fantastic Mr Fox – Photos from Wes Anderson’s adaption of the Roald Dahl classic

Posted by LiveFor on July 16, 2009

The film focuses on a crafty fox (voiced by George Clooney) who finds himself and his family targeted for death by the three dumb, plug-ugly farmers who tire of sharing their chickens with the critter. The Fantastic Mr. Fox features the voices of George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman and Meryl Streep.

How about that for a cast! The film is due out on 13th November.

I’m a little unsure about the look of the film. Not what I was expecting, but typical Wes Anderson quirkyness. What are your thoughts?



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The Random – Toy Story 3D, Inglourious Basterd, The Losers, Fantastic Mr Fox, Cemetery Junction, The Big Bang, Conan, Fast & Furious, Station,

Posted by LiveFor on May 11, 2009

– Disney’s 3D versions of Pixar’s Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will premiere at the 66th annual Venice Film Festival. The films will surround the Golden Lion award ceremony at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido, where the Venice Film Festival will give lifetime achievement awards to the Pixar aniamtors.

NY Times have a big feature on Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds that has this interesting piece of news – “Not to mention a shelved subplot about African-American soldiers stuck behind enemy lines. ‘I have a half-written prequel ready to go if this movie’s a smash,’ he said.”

– Wes Anderson’s animated adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox will be released under Fox’s Fox Searchlight “indie”-focused label. The film is currently scheduled to hit theaters on November 13th in the States, but on October 22nd/23rd in UK and Russia.

Jason Patric (The Lost Boys, Narc) may be the bad guy in the comic book adaption of The Losers. The good guys currently consist of Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the team leader, Zoe Saldana, Iris Elba and Columbus Short.

– Matthew Goode (“Brideshead Revisited,” “Watchmen”) has joined the cast of the dramedy Cemetery Junction for Sony Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter. “Cemetery” takes a period look at a group of twenty-something men working at the Prudential insurance company in the 1970’s and their relationships with each other as well as the women in their lives. Goode will play Mike, a go-getter dating his boss’ daughter. Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes, Jack Doolan and Ricky Gervais star.

– Antonio Banderas will star in the neo-noir detective thriller The Big Bang for says Variety.
Banderas stars as an L.A. private detective who’s hired to find a missing stripper. The trail leads to the New Mexico desert. There the private eye finds a trail of bodies and contends with a brutal Russian boxer, three LAPD detectives and an aging billionaire looking to perfect the nuclear physics equivalent of the Big Bang.

– James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta,” “Ninja Assassin”) is tipped to be helming the upcoming Conan the Barbarian reboot film for Nu-Image/Millenium as Brett Ratner has left the project.

Fast and Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan tells MTV News that all the talk of another sequel is not just true, but things are moving quickly. “It seems like there will definitely be another one. I just got out of a lunch with Universal, just pitching the story around. We were figuring out if we do another one, and what it would be. It has to come from the characters, so where are these characters after this film – what are they doing?” says Morgan.

– CBS Films has acquired screen rights to Johanna Stokes’s comic book mini-series Station reports Variety. In the miniseries, five nations have sent their finest astronauts to operate Earth’s first multinational space station, but when one turns up dead, the remaining personnel race against time to discover if it was sabotage, an accident or murder.

– Vin Diesel, director John Singleton and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura are teaming for a film adaptation of the video game The Wheelman for Paramount Pictures reports Variety.
Diesel produced, voiced and had his likeness used in the game about an expert driver who comes out of retirement to protect a woman from his past.

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