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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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Denzel Washington talks to Jonathan Ross

Posted by LiveFor on July 25, 2009

A great interview. Denzel talks to Jonathan about The Taking of Pelham 123, his family, Barack Obama and much more.

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Tony Scott talks about The Hunger sequel, Alien and Hunter S Thompson

Posted by LiveFor on June 12, 2009 spoke to The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 director Tony Scott about his upcoming projects, one of which is a sequel to his 1983 vampire horror movie, The Hunger, which starred Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon. That’s the film that had the saucy scene when Deneuve seduces Sarandon..yeah, you remember it now.

Scott remained mum about whether or not any of the original cast would make it into the sequel–many of them are vampires after all–and how they’d accomplish that, but he did give a few tidbits: “I’m not going to tell you how we’re doing it, but I’m controlling it and it’s gone to the next level. It’s not a reinvention or reinterpretation, it starts in New York and it ends up in Sao Paulo, so it’s a very different movie, but it springboards off the original. We’re writing it right now and we’ve got a great writer, Erin Wilson.”

“My dance card is so full, I’m so lucky,” he said before listing off some of the projects that are at the front of his mind. “I’ve got ‘The Warriors,’ I’ve got ‘Hell’s Angels’ – I’ve owned the Hunter Thompson book for 12 years and Steve Gaghan is writing the script right now. I own all these great titles. Another one called ‘Lucky Strike’ about guys who repro aircraft. ‘Potsdamer Platz,’ which is by the guys who wrote ‘Sexy Beast.’ Now with all these movies that are ready to go. They’re scripted, they’re budgeted, and now I’ve gotta make them before I die. I’m getting old.”

He was also asked about the recent rumor that director Carl Rinsch, who Scott said was attached to direct the Alien prequel, was not who 20th Century Fox wanted. The studio reportedly want his brother, Ridley, to direct instead.”I’m going to call a time out on that one,” he said, though he still seemed optimistic things would work out. “I don’t want to get caught in the middle. We’re in process on that, but I don’t have enough information to bring it to this table, but we’re going to make it.”

At this point, it seems like Unstoppable may be next for Scott, although he was tentative listing that as his 5th movie with Denzel Washington as his lead despite Washington having been attached for some time. The plot involves a runaway train containing toxic chemicals being chased by an engineer and a conductor. Chris Pine (Star Trek) is also rumoured to star in it.

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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 – Tony Scott and Denzel talk about the remake

Posted by LiveFor on June 11, 2009

In The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, a New York City subway dispatcher draws on his extensive knowledge of the subway system in order to outsmart a dangerous criminal mastermind who’s hijacked a subway train in this remake of the 1974 thriller inspired by John Godey’s best-selling book. Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) was drifting through his daily routine when he received word that a heavily armed gang of four had hijacked a subway train and were now holding all of the passengers hostage. Led by the cunning master thief Ryder (John Travolta), the gunmen will begin executing everyone aboard should the authorities fail in delivering a sizable ransom in the space of just one hour. With the tension in the tunnels rising, Walter races to save the hostages before the shootings start. But through it all, there’s one part of Ryder’s plan that Walter can’t quite comprehend: Even if the thieves do succeed in getting their money, how could they possibly get out of the tunnels undetected?

MovieWeb had this interview with the films director, Tony Scott and Denzel Washington.

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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 – TV Spot – 3 2 1

Posted by LiveFor on June 1, 2009

Director: Tony Scott

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro

Release: 12th June 2009

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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 – Featurette

Posted by LiveFor on May 27, 2009

Director: Tony Scott

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro

Released on 12 June 2009

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The Taking of Pelham 123 – Second Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on April 1, 2009

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Tony Scott is Unstoppable

Posted by LiveFor on March 28, 2009

Tony Scott has boarded the Fox thriller “Unstoppable,” intending to make it the next film he directs.

That puts “Unstoppable” on an express track toward production. Scott is working with screenwriter Mark Bomback to get the picture in shape to be shot later this year.

The drama involves an unmanned runaway train that is carrying a cargo of toxic chemicals. An engineer and his conductor find themselves in a race against time.

Julie Yorn is producing, and Scott will board the project as a producer as well.

Scott most recently completed “The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3,” the Columbia Pictures drama that will be released June 12.

Source: Variety

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The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 International Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on February 17, 2009

Armed men hijack a New York subway train in demand of a hefty ransom. As the authorities try to negotiate with the hostage takers they wonder how the hijackers plan to get away.

Director: Tony Scott Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta, John Turturro

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The Taking of Pelham 123 – John Travolta and Denzel Washington Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on February 13, 2009

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