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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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Watchmen drops while Witch Mountain Races ahead

Posted by LiveFor on March 15, 2009


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In the second week of it being open Watchmen has dropped to second place in the US and Dwayne Johnson’s Race to Witch Mountain has taken the top spot. Watchmen’s takings have dropped by 67% which is not good, but it’s still taken a fair few million.

I am just so surprised that Paul Blart: Mall Cop is still in the top 10. It makes no sense that a straight to DVD type of film should be doing that well, but what do I know.

Taken has become the first film since The Dark Knight to have seven consecutive weeks in the top five. I really must get round to watching Liam Neeson’s latest film as it has been out on DVD over here for ages.

Did you expect Watchmen to drop so much so soon? What are your theories for Paul Blart’s popularity?

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The Last House on the Left – Two TV Spots

Posted by LiveFor on March 8, 2009

Here are a couple of TV spots for the remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left.

Director: Dennis Iliadis
Writer: Carl Ellsworth
Studio: Rogue Pictures
Cast: Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton

Opens on 13th March 2009.

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Wes Craven talks about remakes, sequels to remakes, and sequels to sequels of remakes

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2009

In the coming year, Midnight Entertainment – Wes Craven’s production company – is going to be busy. This month will see the release of The Last House on the Left, the second remake from the early days of his career that he produced. The success of this film will determine the fate of four other projects brewing at Midnight.

“We’re going to be exploring new avenues,” Craven told STYD over the weekend. “The Hills Have Eyes 3, we have a concept for which is really fun. A possible sequel to The Last House on the Left, then The People Under the Stairs and Shocker. That’s it for the films we somewhat own. The first two I own with one other guy. People and Shocker Universal owns. But if I say, ‘No, don’t make it’ they can’t make it.”

Out of this quartet, the third chapter in the Hills franchise – kicked off by Alex Aja in 2006 – is the closest to coming to fruition. Craven says he’s currently talking to another European filmmaker who he believes has the right skills to bring the next installment of the rad-mutated miners misadventures to the big screen.

“Fox Atomic has a first look deal and they have passed on it,” Craven reveals. “The reason is because of the deal. They have the right of first refusal but if someone else wants to do it, Fox has the right to come in and match that deal. For them, it’s smarter to have us go find someone that will say yes, then come in see if they can top it.”

As for Shocker, Craven confesses the original was not created on the technical level he reached for. Special effects hiccups prevented him from fulfilling his vision. A redo, “could be extraordinary if you have the special effects and really open it up. The possibilities are endless.”

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The Last House on The Left – TV Spot – Do Anything

Posted by LiveFor on February 26, 2009

We tell ourselves that it can never happen to our family. But what would you do if it did.

Third TV spot for The Last House on the Left provides some never before seen footage from the film.

Directed by Dennis Iliadis. Written by Carl Ellsworth. Starring Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton

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The Last House on the Left – 2 TV Spots – Anywhere and Par Lake

Posted by LiveFor on February 24, 2009

Rogue Pictures has provided Trailer Addict with the EXCLUSIVE TV Spot “Anywhere” for The Last House on the Left which is due to hit theaters on March 13, 2009. This is the remake of the Wes Craven classic.

This TV spot is called “Par Lake”

Directed by Dennis Iliadis. Starring Tony Goldwyn, Monica Potter, Sara Paxton
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The Last House on the Left – Poster

Posted by LiveFor on February 10, 2009

Source: ShockTillYouDrop

Here’s the trailer.

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Last House on the Left – Trailer for remake of Wes Craven’s classic

Posted by LiveFor on January 9, 2009

Masters of horror Wes Craven and Sean Cunningham revisit their landmark film that launched Craven’s directing career and influenced decades of horror films to follow: The Last House on the Left. Bringing one of the most notorious thrillers of all time to a new generation, they produce the story that explores how far two ordinary people will go to exact revenge on the sociopaths who harmed their child.

The night she arrives at the remote Collingwood lakehouse, Mari (Sara Paxton) and her friend are kidnapped by a prison escapee and his crew. Terrified and left for dead, Mari’s only hope is to make it back to parents John and Emma (Tony Goldwyn and Monica Potter). Unfortunately, her attackers unknowingly seek shelter at the one place she could be safe. And when her family learns the horrifying story, they will make three strangers curse the day they came to The Last House on the Left.

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