Top 10 Films Of The Decade: “It’s Like The End Of An Era!”

December 31, 2009 by  
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nemoDespite Michael Bay’s best efforts, the noughties has been an excellent decade for film fans. But unfortunately only ten movies could be included in OTB’s glamourously definitive roll of honour.

We doubt that anyone will agree with us, indeed we will be surprised if we are able to clear a path to our desks through the hate mail when we return to the office on Monday.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the decade as much as us. See you on the other side…

10. Bowling For Columbine

This visceral social commentary just pipped Shane Meadows’ This Is England for tenth place on our list, not least because of this quick American History lesson which would have made our A Levels much easier.

Vocal lefty Michael Moore produced some other relevant work later in the decade and we await his attack on capitalism in 2010 (erm… good luck with that!), but Bowling For Columbine remains the yard stick by which doc-film making is measured.

Al Gore take note.
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McAvoy To Be Fleming, Ian Fleming

December 31, 2009 by  
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JamesMcAJames McAvoy is attached to star as James Bond creator Ian Fleming in a planned biopic.

Pajiba.com have reported that Palmstar Entertainment and Animus films are developing a $40 million adaptation of Andrew Lycett’s book Ian Fleming: The Man Behind James Bond.

McAvoy seems like he’d be a good choice for Fleming as he’s had experience in a range of roles from period drama (Atonement), playboy (Bright Young Things) and action hero (less successfully in Wanted), all of which stand him in good stead. Quite how this would fit into his schedule is unclear as he’s also attached to I’m With Cancer and Wanted 2.

Fleming’s own life is worthy of attention as his father was a member of Parliament and his siblings were also similarly high-profile (his brother Peter was a well-known travel writer) and so struggled to find his own identity. After attending Eton and dropping out of Sandhurst, he worked for Reuters before the outbreak of the war.

When the war began he became part of Naval Intelligence and eventually put in charge of a specialist unit of commandos whose speciality was infiltration and the obtaining of military documents.

When the war ended, Fleming had ample inspiration to write his first book, Casino Royale in 1953. The rest, as they say, is history.

Tim Roth Smash! (again)

December 31, 2009 by  
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timrothTim Roth has said that he’d be willing to return for a sequel to 2008′s The Incredible Hulk.

Roth said that he has spoken to Marvel about possibly reprising the role of villain Emil Blonsky/The Abomination in an MTV interview.

“I don’t know if they want to bring [Blonsky] back, but I told them I’m absolutely game for it. It would be so much fun to do it again. I’m in it for three,” he said.

He went on to say “I had the best time ever with that one – more fun on set than anybody. I did it purely for my kids, so my boys can laugh at their dad and have fun with it.”

Marvel haven’t had the best of luck with the Hulk franchise. The first Ang Lee directed attempt was too cerebral with too little action and Ed Norton’s reboot went too far in the opposite direction; too much car tossing and not enough “agonising about wanting to be normal”.

A sequel hasn’t been announced yet but as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) appears at the end of the movie, I think it’s fairly safe to say that we’ll be seeing the big green lunk again.

Did You Hear About The Morgans? Review: Comedy Wilderness

December 30, 2009 by  
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Morgans300DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE MORGANS?: On General Release Friday 1st January

Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder and despite my best efforts there wasn’t too much beauty for me to behold in this film.

But that was me. Some girls sitting a couple of seats down seemed to be having a whale of a time – although it might have been the free wine.

Did You Hear About The Morgans? is more predictable than bad weather on a British camping holiday but anyone who has a soft spot for Hugh, SJP or slushy half-hearted comedy will certainly come away from the cinema smiling. Read More…

Sherlock Holmes 2 Is The Pitts

December 30, 2009 by  
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BradpittLantern-jawed hunkster Brad Pitt looks like he’s about to sign up for the inevitable sequel to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.

Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are already signed up for the follow up but it looks like Brad will be joining their ranks as Holmes’ arch-nemesis in the sequel according to Popeater.

“The director, Guy Ritchie, loves Brad,” a source said.

“He has worked with him before and thinks he is one of the most underrated actors working today. Guy knows that everyone thinks of Pitt as a pretty boy and can’t wait to turn him into the world’s greatest supervillain. It will definitely make the sequel a must-see.”

Pitt was previously in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch as pugilistic Irish traveler Mickey. Let’s hope his British accent is better than his Irish one. Mickey sounded like he’d been taking voice coaching from the Dick van Dyke School Of Enunciation. Allo Guvnah!

Robin Hood Trailer

December 29, 2009 by  
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It’s been nearly ten years since Gladiator, but Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott have united once again to bring us another rather sketchy (if apparently very entertaining) history lesson.

After taking a quick peak at this trailer it seems that Robin Hood may not be too different from our old friend Maximus Decimus Meridius (father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife and he will have his vengeance etc) and the same might be said of the film itself – apart from the rock music that is.

Robin Hood is scheduled for release in May 2010.

Star Trek Sequel ‘Will Start In 2010′

December 29, 2009 by  
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zoe_saldana_3Beam her up, Scotty. Star Trek actress Zoe Saldana has said that pre-production of the movie sequel will start in 2010.

Speaking to MTV, the 31-year-old revealed that the film’s writers are still penning a script and work on the update will begin late next year.

“I spoke to J.J. [Abrams] and Bryan Burk, his producing partner at Bad Robot, and they are still in the middle of building the script with Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci, and we’ll probably be going into pre-production around this time next year,” she said.

Saldana is expected to reprise the role of Uhura in director Abrams’s follow-up to the 2009 hit.

Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang Trailer

December 28, 2009 by  
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Despite what you may think, this is not the story of an ugly Marry Poppins wannabe putting the god question to bed once and for all – but a film in which Emma Thompson tackles some upper class yob children.

In this slightly anticipated sequel to the 2005 movie, Nanny McPhee appears at the door of a harried young mother, Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she’s arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs. Green’s children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave.

It’s a good job she’s magic…

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang hits UK cinemas 26th March 2010 with a star-studded cast which sees Emma Thompson reprising her original role joined by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith, Rhys Ifans and Bill Bailey.

Sex And The City 2 Trailer (The Girls Head To The Desert?)

December 23, 2009 by  
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Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda take another bite out of the Big Apple in the sequel to the 2008 blockbuster which is due in May 2010.

Returning in their starring roles, as the four great friends are Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. Of course, where would these women be without their men?

A lot less miserable probably, which might explain we we spot one of them on a camel…

Sherlock Holmes Review: We Smell Excellence Afoot

December 22, 2009 by  
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holmes300SHERLOCK HOLMES: On General Release Saturday 26th December

In the PR-soaked world of the film critic, the phrase ‘return to form’ often translates as: “I have an exclusive interview with the director”.

But there are some very rare occasions in which such an elementary sound-byte fits like a tailor-made deerstalker.

After an explosive debut, Guy Ritchie’s work had sagged slightly in recent years but this movie suggests that he has rediscovered that rich vein of form that he tapped pre-Madonna.

Sherlock Holmes is quick-witted, visually spectacular, literally punchy, slicker than a torpedoed Oil Liner – and (unfortunately) we still don’t have a one-on-one op with the remasculated film-maker. Read More…

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