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A genuinely shattering movie that will stay with you: THE SWIMMER review

Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) mysteriously appears out of nowhere in the backyard of a friend, wearing nothing more than bathing trunks. He takes a dip in the pool and declares he will swim home, pool by pool. And through the reactions of his rather puzzled neighbors and acquaintances (“Why would you want to do that?”) we begin to sense that something is seriously messed up with Ned. The Swimmer is a powerful and unforgettable masterpiece, among the most unique and beautifully filmed movies from the 1960s and one of the strangest and best films I have ever seen. It’s a dark character study with odd, poetic stuff and a great story that makes you think. Tagline: When you talk about “The Swimmer” will you talk about yourself? Who is this man and what has happened to him?? Burt Lancaster is AWESOME in the complex central role. He not only plays it with style and charisma, but this is without question his best performance. You need this movie in your life. The Grindhouse Releasing Blu-Ray / DVD Combo reaches an insanely high level of greatness and comes highly recommended.

The Swimmer
Release year: 1968
Country: USA
Directors: Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack (uncredited)
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Joan Rivers

Ghosts AU

In this AU, Buster’s theatre is inhabited by ghosts. All the spirits live in the building because they died nearby or their properties are here. Basically Buster tries to convince his friend, Eddie, that something is haunting his property.

Johnny kills himself and Meena in the car accident nearby the theatre. He was driving a getaway car for his dad’s gang and was just about to hit Meena’s mom, when she pushed her away. Both can be perfectly invisible, even for other ghosts.
Ash was killed by her boyfriend, who was cheating on her. Died in her home, but Buster bought her guitar from a pawn shop as a prop. Mike was chased down the parking lot behind the theater by the bears and got murdered by them. Both of them look more terrifying than other ghosts.
Rosita lost conconsciousness because of the stress while washing dishes. She didn’t see when something electrical fell into the water and she got electrocuted. Since she loved the theatre, her kids left her bracelet under the seats, so part of her would always be there. Gunter died overseas after falling off a stage during a performance. His red sparkly leotard thing ended up at the theater used as a costume.
Buster’s father died of old age. Because he lived a great life and doesn’t have any unfinished business, his spirit is kind of weak, so he doesn’t appear too much.


Lucien 💖💖💖

I love this movie to pieces, it is one of my favourite Norman films and performances. Lucien is such a great character and Norman plays him to perfection. I love his relationship with Joan and how he can’t quite commit to giving her what she wants. His reaction to her death at the end is 💔 When he tells Joan and William about Dave’s death is a great scene too.
He looks just too beautiful in this movie, playing the man everyone in it loves in some form or another 😍 Every time I shout Joan just go with him at the end!!
Must have film in your Norman collection.


Obvious Child (2014)

  • *Wymack giving the Foxes a pep talk*
  • Jean: *listening from down the field* What?
  • *Wymack continues speech with more feeling*
  • Jean: *taps Jeremy's shoulder* What the hell is he talking about?
  • Jeremy: He does this every year.
  • Jean: Seriously?
  • Jeremy: Yeah...
  • *Wymack continues speech with grandiose gestures*
  • *The Foxes cheer*
  • Jean: Wait, is this...?
  • Jeremy: Yeah it's the speech from Independence Day.
  • Jean: Uhhuh...
  • *Wymack continues speech with an Oscar winning performance of emotion*
  • Jeremy: Coach's favorite movie.
  • *Wymack practically punches the last words into the air*
  • Jean: He doesn't know any sport speeches?
  • Jeremy: I don't think he cares.
  • *The Foxes CHEER!!!!*

With the news that she might not appear in any more movies, I’ve decided to list my favourite Tina Fey movies (based on her performance in each one)

1. Totally moved out of her comfort zone with this one and it totally paid off, her best performance by far. How disappointing if this is her final movie as she showed that she has excellent range beyond being a comedy actor.

2. Played a much different character than what we were used to seeing. Her scenes with Jason Bateman were fantastic, actually, her scenes with all the family members were great…..and with Horry…OK, so with everyone then lol.

3. Tina got to play the rebellious, bad girl for once and I LOVED IT! ‘We just don’t want clutter any more’ ‘Then whatthefuckisthis???’ ‘Can you hear this *whispers* suck a fucking bag of dicks’ ‘I’m done wasting time on that cum-guzzling road whore’. I could go on.

4. Tina + Steve Carell = comedy gold. ‘Everything you’re doing, I’m doing in heels. I just want you to remember that’.

5. While the movie itself was a let down after having read the book (seriously, I’ll never understand why the story was butchered the way it was), I loved Tina’s performance and her dynamic with Paul Rudd was lovely. Prompted me to write my own follow up fanfiction.

6.  I. LOVE. THIS. MOVIE. One of my top animated movies, Tina does a fantastic job voicing Roxanne. Great voice performances all around.

7. Iconic movie, if this was a list about the best movies she’s been in, this would be near or at the top. Tina’s performance is great, she’s just not in it as much. Has to be said, what an incredible piece of writing. So Tina, if you’re not going to act in movies any more, will you at least write some more???

8. I like this movie. I like Tina in this movie. This movie is……nice, easy to watch. Not much more to say really. 

9. Never been a huge Muppets fan but this was a cute movie. Good performances all around.

10. Super cute movie, great voice performances all around (and there are a lot of very famous people who do voices for this movie).

anonymous asked:

Hello! Can you tell us more about chameleon actors and more examples of who they are? I never heard of it before reading your posts and it lead me to binge watch my favorite movies. If possible I'd like to learn more about it!

Mostly because I googled “chameleon actors” and I’m like I don’t know these people lmao

Would cate blanchett and John boyega be chameleons?

Also a list named Scarlett Johanson as a chameleon so ??? Is she really 😬


a chameleon actor, or character actor, is an actor who can disappear into any role, if you don’t know them u won’t even recognize them, but if u are into movies u would be thinking they look familiar the whole time. these types of actors aren’t movie stars and usually play supporting characters

case in point: tilda swinton. now, I don’t like her ass but u can’t deny she does the damn thing every time

daniel day lewis is THE chameleon actor by excellence in hollywood bc he manages to be both a method actor AND a leading man but as u can see he’s able to do this bc his movies come out so few in between (he makes a movie like every 5 years, if that)

and ofc there’s naomie harris our most underrated queen i’m so glad my post about her blew up

but as u can see none of them are movie stars

movie stars like leonardo dicaprio, denzel washington and angelina jolie for example aren’t character actors- the reason they’re movie stars is bc they more or less play slightly different variations of the same type of role in every movie, that’s why ppl like them in the first place, there’s nothing wrong w that and it doesn’t mean they can’t give great performances however bc ur accustomed to them and their acting style u rlly can’t separate the actor from the character, not like w the actors pictured above

movie stars are also overexposed bc they have to do a lot of promo, this interferes w the way u perceive their characters case in point: chris pratt he’s literally the same in every movie, no range whatsoever, and has rlly crafted this “every-day man” persona into the minds of ppl through his interviews therefore, he’s a movie star

cate blanchett is actually a unique case bc she wouldn’t be a character actress, but she’s not a movie star either, she truly is a leading lady, her range is amazing but again u can’t rlly separate her from her character even when she’s giving a great performance, what u see is her, the actress, giving a great performance as a character, not the person they’re supposed to be playing

john boyega is v much trying to become a movie star so I wouldn’t put him in this category, its too early to tell but his work in sw was so strong i think he can become a cate blanchett type actor

scarlett johansson can’t act to save her life her lack of presence is just mind blowing she’s just another one getting by on her looks and occasionally being handed good scripts no one can ruin


anonymous asked:

You know, I've been thinking about this lately. Since Antonio Banderas played Armand in the IVTV movie and he didn't looked like the character in the books, a lot of people were disheartened about it, but actually, i think it was divine. Yes, Banderas didn't look like Armand and there's a lot of theories on why they choose him, but his performance was so great. It was like a "Dracula version" of Armand, so fancy, so dark, so dramatic, so... charming. I thought it was great. What do you think?

Well you probably know you’re preaching to the choir on that one ;) 

Most of my thoughts on Antonio!Armand are in #Defending Antonio, so you can check that out.

However, I totally understand that other people were disheartened about it, and I’m not looking to argue with anyone, just saying that I was able to enjoy Antonio!Armand, and I’m glad other people were able to enjoy him, as well <3

You know what’s great? From Beyond. Fuck, that movie’s a trip. A weird, weird trip that it seems like nobody ever sees, because it’s twenty times as hard a Reanimator to get hold of. Just.


Originally posted by vhs-ninja

Tumblr seems to know vaguely that Crawford exists, but only as he is for the first half of the film, and Kat and Bubba are consigned to the dark nonexistence abyss (which is extra sad since Crampton gives a great performance). 

Originally posted by va13ntino

Seriously, that hair is gone by an hour in, if not sooner. Double weird that he has the Moe Baby uwu reputation, given that it’s the horniest damn movie I’ve ever seen and he is not immune. 

I love this garbage movie. And the gallons and gallons of KY Jelly they had to keep on set for all the actors.

Originally posted by vhs-ninja

“Joel Edgerton is quietly asserting himself as one of the most talented men working in Hollywood today, and his performance in ‘It Comes at Night’ is one of his finest to date. Everything about this movie that works on screen is playing off of him. There is so much crammed into his brutal and emotional performance that it is hard not to admire.”

“Like other great horror movies, this material is elevated by genuinely great performances and actors who can actually act. Aside from Edgerton, Trey Edward Shults crammed this movie with talent at every turn with Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo and Riley Keough all delivering on a level that is a cut above what horror fanatics may be used to in your more average genre flick. However, outside of Edgerton, it is Kelvin Harrison Jr. who really shines. Rest assured, this dude is going to be a big name in the future.”

“[Director] Trey Edward Shults has delivered an engrossing, thought-provoking, bleak and stunning movie that will resonate with you long after you leave the theater. This is one of the best horror movies of 2017 and very well could be one of the best movies of the year. Period.”

–  MovieWeb review of “It Comes at Night”


He was like a godfather to many young actors worldwide but particularly in this country. He had enormous positive influence on younger performers. His memory will live on forever.” — Robert Duvall

One of the great, great movie actors of all time. But I think he was also one of the biggest disappointments of all time because he was given so much, he was so electric a personality, so distinctive as an actor and so good, but he really threw it away. I don’t think he took the responsibility of his talent very seriously or did with it what he could have done.” — Robert Osborne

People always ask me who was the most influential guy to us young guys back then. Anyone who doesn’t tell you Brando was the man, they’re lying. He influenced more young actors of my generation than any actor. Anyone who denies it never understood what it was all about. I loved him.” — James Caan

I’ll never forget the wonderful experience working with Marlon filming On The Waterfront. Playing those scenes with him was something I shall always treasure. He was one of the most generous and talented actors.” — Eva Marie Saint

It was incomprehensible how good Brando was. He was just a phenomenon. I was acting before I ever saw a Brando picture. I’m very proud to be able to say that but I’ll be imitating him until the day I die.” — Al Pacino

Remembering Marlon Brando on his 92nd birthday (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004)

anonymous asked:

What was wrong with Anastasia?!?! I'm sorry I love the movie and have been planning to see the musical and now I'm concerned....

Objectively it was a great musical. The costumes and sets were gorgeous, the acting was great, it  got some good laughs out of me and the songs were well performed… but they changed so much! I’ll do some bullet points for the changes that chapped my ass the most:


Biggest change is there’s NO Rasputin. He is my favorite character in the movie and he is not there at all which means there’s also no Bartok. He’s replaced by a Bolshevik general named Gleb… which becomes a romantic subplot for Anya who, while is an orphan with amnesia, works as a street sweeper and stumbles upon Dmitry and Vlad looking for exit papers.

While Anastasia IS given the music box by her grandmother, she is not given a key to it which reminds her to go to Paris. She just “has a feeling”. Dmitry doesn’t work at the palace and does not save her and her grandmother from the revolution, he has no connection to them at all. Instead he buys the music box from a street vendor for his con - how convenient!

The songs go out of order (I only stayed for the first half, and “Journey to the Past” is the LAST song played and it’s done as they’re entering Paris! “Learn to Do It” is performed while they give her a crash course on the royals but they’re still in St Petersburg for it, including the scene with Dmitry and Anya dancing and they wrote a whole new song for them being on a train.

Instead of having Anya sing “Once Upon a December” upon entering the palace and recognizing things, she’s has like… an amnesia acid trip when Dmitry gives her the music box. The scene was very well done, the choreography was beautiful…. but it was in such a weird part of the story? Like she’s been doing all this training and now she’s getting flashes of memories because of the music box?

Vlad was great, he was very funny, his lines were well delivered and he felt the most like his movie character. Anya sucked. She wasn’t NEARLY sassy or smart mouthed enough, she came off more bratty and helpless which made me not really care about her journey.

They used Rasputin’s curse song (the one from at the end of “In the Dark of the Night”) and re purposed it as a “we’ll miss you Russia” song as they board the train. It was jarring because it’s like… this is a dark tone villain song and the lyrics are just shoehorned in.

THEY CHANGED SOPHIE. I LOVED SOPHIE. She is such a fun character and they changed her name and from what I saw as we were leaving she’s not even in the “Paris Holds the Key” scene. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is Vlad describing Sophie and Anya going “is this a person or a cream puff?” and we don’t get any of that. Instead Vlad talks about how he helped her cheat on her husband back when he was in the palace.

They didn’t do the “Grandmama, it’s me, Anastasia” scene with the dropped coat even though they had the chance. I didn’t feel any sort of connection to the characters, I didn’t give a crap if Anastasia reunited with her family because they didn’t give you a reason to care.

I just…. by intermission I was so upset. I loved Aladdin which had changes to the plot and characters - I liked Matilda which was a lot closer to the book than the movie.  But this? They changed so much of what made Anastasia a good movie to me, they took out my favorite characters. And yes, I understand a lot of what happens in the movie - the train scene for one - would be impossible to recreate on stage, there were other things that could have been kept.

Dmitry helping Anastasia and Grandma escape through a secret exit - that could have easily been put together on set and gave them a connection - but now you just have him buying a music box from a street vendor and  hoping for the best? Fuck right off! That’s just lazy and you know it. Like the bad guy isn’t doing this for revenge, he wants to live up to his father’s footsteps but has a huge boner for Anastasia so he’s conflicted, that’s dumb. Rasputin is a great villain and they could’ve easily kept him in and fudged things a little - I think the nightmare scene could have been very creatively done!

I know I’m super biased because I love the movie, and like I said, objectively it is a beautifully put together production. I was just SO let down.

If you want to go see it, then I say do it, all broadway shows should be seen in my opinion… but don’t go in expecting an even close to faithful retelling of the movie because they cherry picked stuff and rebuilt it.

(Rewatch) Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)

My favourite of all of the M:I films so far! I was actually pretty excited to pick this one out to rewatch 😊

This film was actually the first in the series I saw when it came out in the cinema and it’s the reason I went back and watched all the older ones.
I think what I love about this film is that it is so ridiculous and over the top, especially with their technology, but it’s still enjoyable and doesn’t have you thinking “oh come on!” the same way that films like the James Bond franchise do. In terms of realism this film will definitely not win any awards, however in terms of excitement and entertainment it is such a great movie.

This was the first film I ever saw Jeremy Renner in and he is absolutely fantastic! His performance is my personal favourite in this but the rest of the cast are all great. I love Simon Pegg as the comedy relief that isn’t too annoying, as the other characters I’ve seen him play can be. I’m not really the biggest Tom Cruise fan either as his characters are all very samey but I also enjoyed even him in this.
This film has so many quotable moments too, my particular favourite being Jeremy Renner and his line “next time I get to seduce the rich guy”. The script of this movie really shines through all around though with every funny moment being perfectly timed as well as bringing the backstories of the characters out gradually and in exactly the right way. The story is a little far fetched but super dramatic and exciting. Watching it has me on the edge of my seat most of the way through even after having seen it several times. I love the beginning and the ending, I feel in terms of how I usually feel with films this one is rounded off nicely on both ends which is a rarity.
And as with any Mission: Impossible film the soundtrack and the theme tune were put to very good use. It was dramatic and exciting and added perfectly to the theme of the film at every moment.
This film had everything an action movie should have; great dramatic music, well rounded characters, fast paced and exciting action sequences, explosions and insanely risky actions that are somehow pulled off, and a good fun and unique story. What more could you want? Overall I feel this movie, for what it is, is bloody fantastic and I would definitely recommend it. The only things I have to deduct points for are the unrealistic nature of some of the action sequences and the technology used as it felt a little far fetched in places. I realise that it’s part of the nature of these sort of films but it does have a slight negative effect for me anyway. But it’s one of my favourite films and I could watch it time and time again. 9/10
My 100 Favorite Movies of the Decade So Far

My goodness this was difficult. Putting together a list of my 100 favorite movies since 2010 was by far the most challenging movie-post I’ve attempted so far (because this is just so hard am I right?); there have just been so many great movies the last few years, and I’ve seen a lot of them. I’m honestly quite proud of this list, there’s a lot of diversity to it, I just wish I had seen more documentaries and foreign films, but what can you do. Without further ado, strap yourself down and prepare for quite the long post. 

100. Dallas Buyers Club (2013)

Matthew McConaughey solidified his place as one of the hardest working and most versatile actors today. Alright alright alright.

99. Looper (2012)

Rian Johnson proved himself to be on of the most unique voices in sci-fi with this very thought provoking take on time travel. The future of the Star Wars franchise is in great hands.

98. Friends with Benefits (2011)

No, this movie doesn’t break new ground in the romantic comedy genre, but Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake are so fun to watch that you can’t help but smile watching them fall in love.

97. The Skeleton Twins (2014)

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader have terrific chemistry in a movie that might make you all teary eyed if you have a sibling. Even if you don’t, this is a powerful, warm story about two people reconnecting and moving past darkness.

96. The Drop (2014)

James Gandolfini in his last performance is a slow burn of a crime thriller. And you get to see Tom Hardy hold an adorable puppy throughout. Nuff said.

95. Begin Again (2014)

Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo star in quite the feel good movie. And Adam Levine is a surprisingly good actor, plus Lost Stars is one of last year’s best songs.

94. The Ides of March (2011)

One of George Clooney’s more impressive directorial outings. A little bit like House of Cards before House of Cards was a thing.

93. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Quite possibly my favorite Edgar Wright film. This is one of the most visually exciting, fun movies on tis list.

92. Predestination (2015)

If you guess the twist, you are a psychic. 

91. Tangled (2010)

One of Disney’s best modern films in its new Golden Age. The animation is simply gorgeous.

90. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

The first in what is absolutely DreamWorks’ best franchise yet. Unlike many of the studio’s efforts, this is an earnest film focused on heart above all else.

89. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

One of the best examples of why a reboot isn’t always a bad thing. Andy Serkis’ Caesar is one of cinema’s greatest characters.

88. Neighbors (2014)

My god this made me laugh.

87. The Master (2012)

I’m still not entirely sure if I understand this, but I do know it contains two of the best performances I’ve ever seen in Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

86. Don Jon (2013)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s very impressive directorial debut is the most honest romantic comedy in quite some time. 

85. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

The only massive franchise to deserve a split managed to stay great through all eight installments. The Harry and Hermione dancing sequence is one of the best in the series.

84. The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

The tear-jerker of two people who refuse to let their disease define their existence. Okay? Okay.

83. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Bryan Singer had the impossible task of reinventing the X-Men franchise, and he succeeded spectacularly. Let’s see if Joss Whedon can top this version of Quicksilver.

82. War Horse (2011)

No, this doesn’t stand up to Steven Spielberg’s best, but it is an emotional journey that made me want a horse. And my goodness, it’s beautiful.

81. John Wick (2014)

Keanu Reeves gives possibly his best performance since The Matrix, in one of the best modern action films around. Probably more deserving of a sequel than almost any movie out today.

80. Men, Women and Children (2014)

I truly don’t understand the hate this movie received. It hit my heart hard and it has a lot to say about the modern digital age.

79. Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)

It’s probably a little too long, but it’s funny and surprisingly emotional. Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling made for a terrific duo.

78. The Raid 2 (2014)

The Raid: Redemption was further proof of why American action films are lacking today, and it’s sequel was even more elaborate, and more exciting. That last fight sequence is perfection.

77. Nightcrawler (2014)

Jake Gyllenhaal is giving great performance after great performance and Lou Bloom is probably his most interesting, and disturbing character to date. If you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy the ticket.

76. Contagion (2011)

If you don’t freak out when you hear coughing after watching this, you’re a stronger person than I am.

75. Rush (2013)

Ron Howard’s best movie in quite sometime, and Chris Hemsworth proved his has what it takes to be a movie star beyond the Marvel universe.

74. Moneyball (2011)

How can you not be romantic about baseball?

73. The Hunt (2013)

My goodness is this movie an emotional tornado. Mads Mikkelsen is unbelievably good here.

72. Shutter Island (2010)

I first saw this movie on a date with a girl I had just started seeing. She wanted to make out, I wanted to watch the movie. Her and I broke up, but I still vividly remember the first time I saw this. I made the right choice.

71. The Grey (2012)

This is more than just another Liam Neeson action film. This is a brutal meditation on how fiercely we hold onto life when we think we no longer want it.

70. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Jennifer Lawrence as one of the best modern heroes leads one of the best franchises in sometime. This is a sequel that improves upon the already very good first movie in every way.

69. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

I don’t think anyone would have guessed that last years’ most memorable characters would be a talking raccoon and a tree, but Marvel continues to dominate the blockbuster landscape with the most fun superhero movie maybe ever.

68. The Conjuring (2013)

This may very well be the best horror film in over a decade. James Wan understood that great horror doesn’t rely on jump scares, and instead uses atmosphere and great pacing to create dread.

67. 21 Jump Street (2012)

Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are two of the best voices in comedy working today, taking a concept that shouldn’t have worked and turning it into a buddy cop movie classic. And who knew Channing Tatum could be so hilarious?

66. Stories We Tell (2013)

A documentary that challenges what it means to be a documentary. 

65. Frozen (2013)

In an era where Disney is creating nothing but great movies, Frozen stands on top as a modern animated classic. And with Frozen 2 just announced, it looks like they won’t be letting it go anytime soon.

64. About Time (2013)

What could have been a generic romance film turned out to be one of the best father/son stories I’ve ever seen. And Rachel McAdams is such a sweetheart.

63. Skyfall (2013)

This is probably the most beautiful, well shot action film in quite sometime. Daniel Craig as James Bond is perfection and I cannot wait for Spectre.

62. Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol (2011)

Tom Cruise is simply the greatest action star working today. I don’t think I’ve ever felt such an adrenaline rush watching a movie before.

61. The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson at his most Wes Anderson-y.

60. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Marvel’s best standalone movie yet, and absolutely the best part of Phase Two so far. More than just a superhero movie, this is an intense spy thriller with some of the most exciting action sequences in quite a while.

59. 127 Hours (2010)

So much more than “the movie where the guy cuts off his arm.” Although that is something to see.

58. Locke (2014)

Tom Hardy carries a movie that has no right to be as compelling as it is.

57. Argo (2012)

Ben Affleck is simply one of the greatest directors working today, and even though this is his weakest film in my opinion, it is still a heart pounding experience.

56. True Grit (2010)

The Coen brothers made the best Western of the modern age, and it is the superior version.

55. Buried (2010)

Anyone who debates Ryan Reynolds’ acting abilities hasn’t seen this.

54. Let Me In (2010)

Another reason why not all remakes are bad. This is just as great as the terrific Swedish version. Forget Twilight, this is a great vampire film.

53. Source Code (2011)

Who knew repeating the same scene over and over could be so interesting.

52. Zero Dark Thirty (2013)

Kathryn Bigelow refuses to coddle her audience, creating war movies that actual delve deep into character and display America’s mistakes. Jessica Chastain gives an incredible performance.

51. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Last year’s biggest surprise. It’s Groundhog Day meets Aliens meets Saving Private Ryan and it’s awesome.

50. A Most Violent Year (2014)

Oscar Isaac channels a young Al Pacino in a very atypical gangster film.

49. Trust (2011)

I feel like I’m the only person in the world that loves this movie, but it’s so much more than just a Lifetime special like some of its critics say. Liana Liberato leads a very emotional, powerful story about how terrible people take advantage of someone who just wants understanding and love.

48. Ted (2012)

This might be my favorite straight comedy in years.

47. The Descendants (2011)

Alexander Payne gave us one of George Clooney’s best performances and introduced me to Shailene Woodley. This is a great family drama.

46. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

So much more than a romantic comedy. It deals with mental illness in a mature way and started the David O. Russell/Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper team.

45. Captain Phillips (2013)

Paul Greengrass is probably the only director capable of using shaky-cam effectively, and Tom Hanks reminds us why he’s such a legend.

44. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013)

Forget all the behind the scenes controversy, this is a heartbreaking look at two lovers growing apart from each other. And Adele Exarchopoulos is everything.

43. Cloud Atlas (2012)

Possibly the most ambitious undertaking on this list. Somehow the Wachowski’s and Tom Tykwer made six interweaving stories in different parts of history meld together in quite the extraordinary experience.

42. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Even though the Swedish version is great, David Fincher’s take on the material is more styish and more compelling. Rooney Mara gives my second favorite performance of the decade so far (you’ll see number one later).

41. End of Watch (2012)

David Ayer’s cop film is one of the most emotional expereinces on this list.

40. Les Miserables (2012)

Tom Hooper’s epic musical. The “Can You Hear the People Sing” sequence is one of the greatest scenes of any movie on this list.

39. Midnight in Paris (2011)

I haven’t seen nearly as much Woody Allen as I would like to (which also sounds like a terrible Woody Allen joke), but this is such a charming, funny, unique film. I love it.

38. Hugo (2011)

Martin Scorsese’s love letter to cinema.

37. This Is the End (2013)

I lied, this is my favorite comedy of the last couple years. Jonah Hill getting raped by Satan is the funniest thing you’ll ever see.

36. Gravity (2013)

Alfono Cuaron’s revolutionary space-thriller is an experience that will leave you breathless.

35. Before Midnight (2013)

Richard Linklater is the master of taking normal life and making it into something as compelling as any blockbuster. This is the conclusion as one of the greatest and least likely trilogies in film history. I hope we get one every nine years.

34. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

My goodness, this is one of the most emotionally draining, but necessary films I’ve ever seen. 

33. 50/50 (2011)

I never would have guessed a cancer-comedy would work so well, but this is a funny and ultimately a film that devastates the heart.

32. What If (2014)

This movie just makes me so so happy. It also made me cry. This charming, sweet romantic comedy is my life in so many ways.

31. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)

Matt Reeves wisely put the focus on the apes in one of the greatest sequels I’ve ever seen.

30. Foxcatcher (2014)

This is a slow, cold, brooding film with three of the best performances in any movie I’ve ever seen. Anyone who argues Channing Tatum isn’t a great actor at this point is just being foolish.

29. The Spectacular Now (2013)

James Ponsoldt has such a great understanding of what it’s like to be in high school, not knowing what the future holds. John Hughes would be proud.

28. The Town (2010)

Ben Affleck’s Heat is a terrific crime thriller with some incredibly tense moments.

27. The Fighter (2010)

This is so much more than a boxing movie. This is a story about two brothers who above all else in their life, love each other.

26. Shame (2011)

Steve McQueen’s study of sex addiction is the most powerful addiction story since Requiem for a Dream. Michael Fassbender is god here.

25. Selma (2014)

This is not a biopic that paints someone’s entire life in a Lifetime sheen, but instead explores Martin Luther King Jr.’s frustrations, fears, and hopes in vivid detail.

24. Blue Valentine (2010)

The most devastatingly honest story about love and the loss of love I’ve ever seen.

23. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

If The Conjuring is the best straight horror film in a while, this is by far the most enjoyable. Deconstructing horror tropes even better than Scream did in the 90′s, this is a brilliant, fun look at a genre that has been weighed down by constant cliche.

22. The Avengers (2012)

This is the movie every comic book nerd like myself has dreamed about, I just couldn’t have imagined it would be this great. The culmination of years of setup, this was cinematic ecstasy.

21. Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino’s bloody “Southern” is brutal, hilarious, dramatic, and gave us some terrific performances.

20. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

One of the best high school films of all time. A great soundtrack, great characters, and an author who directed his own terrific book.

19. Gone Girl (2014)

David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s great novel (and her equally great script) satirizes the media, Nancy Grace, marriage, and a host of other issues in this very effective mystery. Rosamund Pike is unbelievably good.

18. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

DreamWorks’ best film yet is an ambitious, beautifully animated, shocking film about taking on more responsibility than we think we can handle. Toothless is one of the greatest animated creatures of all time.

17. Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman gives one of my favorite performances on this list in Darren Aronofsky’s fable about the horrors of the quest for perfection. And Mila Kunis isn’t a bad addition either.

16. Warrior (2011)

What could have easily been just a predictable sports film turned into one of the most emotional stories I can remember. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton are terrific in this brother vs. brother story.

15. Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

One of the Coen brother’s best films is a depressing look into how success doesn’t find everyone. Oscar Isaac is amazing and the music is great. And that cat is so cute.

14. The Place Beyond the Pines (2014)

Derek Cianfrance explores the cause and effect fathers have on their sons in a family drama where the word epic can be appropriately used. This hit me hard.

13. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

I don’t understand the disappointment some felt while watching this masterpiece. Christopher Nolan ended one of the greatest trilogies of all time on a somber, meditative note, and the last 10 minutes are some of the greatest I can remember.

12. Life of Pi (2012)

Ang Lee’s mind-blowingly gorgeous film will leave you awestruck. This is the most beautifully shot film on the list. This is a technical achievement like no other.

11. Boyhood (2014)

Rarely is a filmmaker able to do something that has literally never been done before, but Richard Linklater’s 12 year project is one of simple perfection. He shows us the small moments are what add up and make life worth living.

10. Short Term 12 (2013)

This movie will break your heart, rebuild it, break it again, tape it back together, and leave it up to you to pick up the pieces. Maybe this hit me harder than it will most people because this is what I want to do with my career, but if you’re able to sit through the “octopus story” scene and not have a little something in your eye, you’re cold.

9. Drive (2011)

Nicolas Winding Refn’s neo-noir is the coolest movie I’ve ever seen. Ryan Gosling is perfectly cast in this very different crime movie, where the neon lights shine brightly, the people are brutal, and all the driver needs is five minutes.

8. Whiplash (2014)

My goodness this movie grabs you from the first scene and doesn’t let go. With one of the best final scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie, this film is non-stop excitement. J.K. Simmons is operating on a whole other level here.

7. Interstellar (2014)

Christopher Nolan shot for the stars with his space epic, and in my mind, he flew beyond them. This is one of the most ambitious and emotional movie going experiences I’ve ever had. Beautifully shot, wonderfully acted, incredibly directed, this is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

A perfect conclusion to one of the greatest franchises in film history. I can’t imagine Harry, Hermione, and Ron’s story ending in a better way. The Battle of Hogwarts is one of the most satisfying action sequences I’ve ever seen, and the “Snape memory” sequence is heartbreaking beyond compare. My favorite Harry Potter film.

5. The Social Network (2010)

In 50 years, if there is one movie that defines this generation it’s this one. Mark Zuckerberg changed the way we communicate forever, and David Fincher’s version of this story is one that made “the Facebook movie” so much more than that.

4. Her (2013)

The great romance of the modern era. Spike Jonze’s vision of the future is full of warm, light colors and a lot of loneliness. You believe in the romance between Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. You believe they love each other and you believe Theodore can grow past his inability to truly, selflessly care for someone.

3. Toy Story 3 (2010)

The greatest animated film so far this decade is also the conclusion of one of cinema’s great trilogies. Pixar hit all the right notes in its sendoff to childhood and what it means to let go of the things you love the most. Toy Story 4 needs to be perfect. It just needs to be.

2. Inception (2010)

Christopher Nolan is unlike no other filmmaker working today. He’s able to craft intimate character studies in the backdrop of larger than life action sequences. This mix of The Matrix and James Bond is one of the most unique, bold sci-fi films I’ve witnessed. I left the theater euphoric. 

1. The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

The moment I saw this movie I knew it would be one of my favorites for a long time to come. Leonardo DiCaprio gives my favorite performance so far this decade and maybe one of my favorites of all time. Martin Scorsese made this drug-fueled-3-hour-party into the most exciting, hilarious, wild film experience I can imagine. This is a heroin shot to movie theaters while never losing its social importance and condemnation of what people like Jordan Belfort represent. 

Well, there it is guys. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. I would love to heart your favorite films of the decade so far, because nothing brings us together quite like the power of the movies. 


I was lucky enough to win tickets to the Hollywood premiere of Clark Gregg’s movie Trust Me, so ladytian and I headed down to the Graumann’s Egyptian theater tonight.

We got there pretty early, and the first person I saw inside the courtyard, just walking around with a friend, was Jillian Morgese, who played Hero in Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, and the idea that she came to support Clark is just cute as hell!

We watched the red carpet proceedings for a while as various cast members arrived, none of whom I got good shots of. And then Clark Gregg and Jennifer Grey arrived, and you better believe I moved my butt to get good shots of them! And as adorable as they are in pictures, they are EVEN MORE adorable in person. They’re just too cute. I mean really.

We waited at the other end of the red carpet for a bit, and Jennifer eventually made her way down it, but Clark kept getting waylaid – he’d get halfway down and start talking to the press, and then they’d call him back to the beginning to take pictures with someone else, and it was just an endless cycle. So eventually we decided to just find seats before all the good ones were taken.

The seats we picked were great ones. We had a good view of Clark, Sam Rockwell, and Saxon Sharbino waiting in the wings while people got seated, and they walked right past us when they went up to the front to talk.

Clark talked a little bit about what it took to get the film made (a LOT of work and time, basically), thanked pretty much everyone involved (and was visibly distraught when he forgot Niecy Nash), and ended by thanking his wife very sweetly, which made the whole audience go AWWWWWWWWWWWW.

And then we watched the movie. Which was fantastic. Some truly amazing performances. Great comedy and ALL THE FEELS.

After, there was a huge crowd, so we hung back until it dissipated a little, and we people-watched. And let me just say everyone is much smaller than they look on screen! I saw Molly Shannon, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy, and a whole bunch of people I recognized but don’t know the names of because I’m terrible like that.

When the crush had mostly dissipated, we were getting ready to leave, and the crowd around Clark thinned out enough that I felt comfortable approaching him to tell him I’d won tickets on Facebook, and to thank him for making them available, and to tell him how amazing I thought his movie was. We talked about the movie for a few moments, and he was gracious enough to pose for pictures with us (which took THREE devices, because isn’t that how it always happens?). He’s truly the sweetest guy, and he deserves all the happiness and success that’s come his way.


anonymous asked:

Hi, I love your tumblr. I've only seen Martin on Sherlock. What do you recommend me to watch next?


First off, thanks so much for liking my blog! I’m obviously a huge Martin fan, so it means a lot when people say they enjoy it.

Now for what to watch next, well… he has quite the filmography, but I can give a few recs.

Martin’s breakout role was in the Office playing Tim Canterbury. It’s a really funny show and Martin is great in it. It’s defiantly worth a watch!

Originally posted by nosetothewind94

Now, Martin’s second best known role (or perhaps best known, depending on who your asking) is Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit. Say what you want about the movies (I happen to love them) Martin’s performance is always praised. He put so much depth into his character. It’s such a great performance over three films. Check them out :)

Originally posted by asstrxlxgy

One of Martin’s more recent roles that I enjoyed was Phil Rask in Startup. I did not love the show as much, but his acting was top notch, and he will be appearing in the second season, so it’ worth a watch (did i mention he was gorgeous in it?)

Originally posted by constantlyfreemaned

Another one of my favourite roles of his was as Lester Nygaard in Fargo. I admit i was a bit skeptical of the show, but it totally blew me away. Martin was amazing as one of the leads, and he really got to play a different character than we are used to him playing. It was really great to see that.

Originally posted by welcometoyouredoom

If you’re interested in seeing a sexy, gorgeous, Scottish Martin Freeman, check out Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I enjoyed the movie a lot more than i thought i would, and he is to die for in it (freebeard love) :)

Originally posted by free-martinis

A lot of these movies are more recent roles (except for The Office) but a lot of his older work is great as well. He is really great in the movie Nightwatching (even though I did not like the film overall)

Originally posted by rominatrix

Love Actually is a classic (although he is not in the movie a whole lot) The movie is amazing regardless of how much he is in it :) (also can’t find a great gif right now)

If you want an adorable Martin film, check out The Nativity. Its a guilty pleasure… its a kids christmas movie but i love it. (my computer sucks so so gif lol)

Anyway, those are some of my favourite, he really is a talented and versatile actor, and I hope you enjoy watching some of these performances :)

Spoiler-free ‘Batman v Superman’ Review:

Let me start off by saying that I absolutely LOVED this movie. I was nervous going in after reading mixed reviews from critics who I trust and who mainly focus on genre work. However, I definitely came out of that disagreeing, even as I tried to look for their points while watching the movie.

Second: I can understand where some of the criticisms came from even if I disagreed with them. The movie was, quite frankly, not what the promos made it look like. All the elements were there, yes, and those elements comprised the main plot. But the movie was not the summer-blockbuster-esque showdown, popcorn flick that the trailers wanted to bill it as. I think that hurt it when critics sat down to watch.

The movie contained very serious themes and issues. The main characters had a lot of deep stuff to ponder. The thing is? That worked for me. It was very much the mythic type of structure of comics brought to life on screen. It’s a very different way that, say, The Flash tv show brings comics to life (by going the zany and fun route). But it’s still a good showing of the larger themes comics like to tackle, particularly Batman & Superman comics.

At times, the symbolism could be a tiny bit overdone, but it very much fit the overall tone.

Also? I’ve heard a lot of “disjointed” and “packs too much in.” I disagreed with that as well. The movie does a good job of using all its subplots to eventually tie into the main conflict. The thing is, while there are certainly elements of the typical 5-act screenplay structure? The movie is VERY episodic. To me it was much more reminiscent of a TV season, where there’s a slow build of plot elements until the finale. Bruce and Clark’s motivations remained clear throughout the movie. Lois and Bruce both have plot points which start off in a way that make you think they’re unrelated to the larger story? But don’t worry: they tie in.

The movie was very functional both as a direct sequel to Man of Steel and a setup for the Justice League.

Ben Affleck is the best live action Batman I’ve ever seen. Even his more-violent-than-some-fans-might-be-used-to attitude fits the setting. And we see glimpses of a different, less jaded Batman start to come through. We see that there used to be a different version of Bruce Wayne before the weight of the world tugged him down.

Henry Cavill and Amy Adams were both very solid in their roles. They play off each other well. Jesse Eisenberg, I thought, was extremely entertaining. My one gripe with him had nothing to do with his performance: it was that Lex’s motives for his actions were only ever sort of clear. I understood why he did what he was doing but only on a surface level. I wish we could have gotten into that more.

Gal Gadot was great as Wonder Woman. She kicks ass and takes names and definitely steals focus. It’s a very clear indicator that Gal can most certainly carry her own movie.

The movie is gorgeous, by the way. And the action sequences are great. They’re where you get your more standard comic book movie fare, and when you get to them, you’re good and ready for them. It truly looks like you’re watching a comic book come to life. Plus, plenty of easter eggs for DC fans.

I’m eager to see the longer cut of the film; I’m almost positive that will make it even more cohesive and help tie the subplots together in an even better way.

Bottom line? The movie’s ambitious but in a good way. It’s a very realistic look on how the presence of someone like Superman would affect our world. Dawn of Justice is serious but not in a grimdark, too-gritty way. There’s plenty of messages of hope to be found and the clear promise of a better future around the corner.


In great acting, we see the soul of the character through the craft of the performer. In a great star, we see the personality of the performer through the veil of the character. The actor disappears, the star displays. Hepburn did both. She always illuminated the parts she played; those young women won a unique allure because she played them. But she was also, and utterly, herself. What a gift to the earth that was, from the movies’ last and best lady.

- TIME magazine

Audrey Hepburn 4.5.1929-20.1.1993


The Last Scene of Days of Being Wild (1990), Wong Kar-Wai

Patrick Tam - WKW’s mentor and the editor of the film - says that originally the Tony Leung’s scene was to play like a trailer announcing Tony as the star of the next episode. As it stands now, the scene is an integral part of the film, which was Tam’s idea. He explains:

“Structurally, it changes the film. The scene is unrelated to all that has happened before and it seems that all the characters were really preparing the stage for Tony Leung to appear. They were like a prologue. This is a very daring touch, and I must say, I draw a lot of satisfaction from it. I synched the whole sequence to the music of Xavier Cugat, and it worked perfectly. Wong liked it, and left it like that.”

Tony Leung’s appearance may not be quite the final epiphany of the film, but it matches the inherent mood and Ah Fei syndrome - the syndrome of the self-absorbed, lone individual, charismatic with brilliantined hair and beautiful face, recalling the handsome young men who appear as elusive figures of memory in (Manuel) Puig’s novels (usually in the minds of women); or he could be Yuddy’s doppelgänger in a lost detective mystery by (Jorge Luis) Borges. Whatever, his presence in Days of Being Wild is scintillating, a beacon shining in an almost mythical light. Tony Leung himself believes that this is his greatest performance, and there are many who concur.

Leung appears on screen for all of the three minutes and did everything he needed to do to make his performance great, acting with his face and his body, sitting down, getting up, putting things in his pocket, combing his hair, flicking a cigarette, walking off. I would say, however, that the greatness possibly stems from the potential that this character generates, a potential that can never be fulfilled, and that what we have now, what we do see, must be treasured for ever. Episode Two of Days of Being Wild is one of the world’s great lost movies, and herein lies the heartbreak that is permanently etched on this final scene.   

- Stephen Teo, Wong Kar-Wai (2005)


#kristenstewart’s interview for ELLE 

Somewhere along her up-up-and-away path to stardom, Kristen Stewart acquired a certain blogosphere rep for being aloof, sullen, and allergic to smiley faces. None of that’s actually true, but listen: If you like your K-Stew with a dash of sulky self-possession, you’ll want to see Still Alice. The emotional A-bomb of a film stars Julianne Moore as an academic seized by early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and Stewart as her middle child, a moody, struggling actress flanked by two straight-A siblings. (Kate Bosworth plays the eldest, a lawyer, and Hunter Parrish is the youngest, a med school student.) In the film—which just nabbed a Golden Globe for Moore’s outstanding performance—Stewart is by turns selfless and bratty, fiercely stubborn and sweetly insecure. By the end of the movie, you’ll have loved her, hated her, wept with her…and probably obsessed about her perfect mess of hair, too. But if you’d like to meet the real Stewart—or at least, a small but candid piece of her—scroll down. We sat with the Twilight mega-star in Manhattan’s Crosby Street Hotel to talk about Oscars, liars, and how to not pose for photos. Still Alice is so good and so scary. Seeing Alzheimer’s disease on film is harrowing. Thank you. It’s such an important film—people need to be talking about this issue—but it also made me paranoid as hell. Anytime I can’t think of a word, I get nervous that it’s a symptom. Last week, my dad couldn’t think of a word. That’s fucking terrifying. I got “dub step” and “Diplo” confused today… That’s not terrifying. That’s just hysterical. You’ve spoken in the past about wanting to work with Julianne Moore. Did you say “yes” to this movie immediately? There was a very narrow chance I would say ‘no’ to a film that Julianne was already attached to. At the same time, there’s always a chance that you read something fantastic and absolutely worthwhile in every way, but that does not mean that it’s in you to play [the part]. And so I was incredibly relieved once I read the script. I was like, “I can so play her daughter!” It’s always nice to not have to force things. What’s the best part about working with her? Working with Julianne Moore is a reason why I love making movies… People see a film like this and say, “Oh, Kristen’s so good in this movie!” and I’m like, “Yeah, I was good because I was acting with someone good! Someone that I couldn’t lie to!” And that’s just straight up what it is. So great actors inspire great performances, and bad actors make everyone around them suck? Well, the reason an audience is feeling something is because we the actors are feeling something, too. There has to be some honest connection between you and the character, or it doesn’t work. I mean, nobody’s that good of a liar! Well… I guess there are a few actors that are great liars… I bet there are. It doesn’t matter, we don’t need to get into that! In this movie, you and Kate Bosworth—who plays your big sister—have a pretty nasty fight. And it’s so funny, but it’s so mean! You know, that scene was mostly improvised. We made up that whole thing. Alec [Baldwin, who plays our father] decided when he would break us up. And there were a couple of takes where he just stood way back, and he was like, 'Okay girls, let it go!’ And we couldn’t stop until he came into the scene, and we were really fighting. What’s the best insult you threw at her? I loved calling her an asshole. If you call a girl an asshole, it’s really serious. Why? Because we’re all 'bitches,’ right? All girls. 'Oh, she’s a bitch, you’re such a bitch, I’m being a bitch,’ we’re all bitches, so what? But if another woman looks at you and says, 'You know what? You’re a real asshole!’ That’s powerful, and it really hurts. I think it’s even worse than 'shut the fuck up’ because it’s not just about something you said, it’s about you. All of you. In the movie, your character refuses to go to college. You won’t go either, right? The funny thing is, I wanted to go to school! I ultimately just didn’t because I got distracted and caught up in other stuff. If you were to tell my younger self, 'Oh, Kristen, you’re going to miss that boat; you’ll never go to college,’ I would have been like, 'What?! Kristen, get your shit together!’ And what would your current self tell your younger self? I would say, 'Listen, you’re good. You’re entirely stimulated and surrounded by amazing experiences that let you grow and learn. You’ll have everything that you could have wanted out of college'—[laughing] and I’m saying that as someone who has no experience with school. So who the hell knows? I’d probably love college. But I’m happy now. And I’m lucky because my parents never said, 'You have to go to school or else.’ They were really supportive. Wait, how old are you? I’m 24. That’s funny. When I was 24, I thought I’d have everything together… Isn’t that ridiculous?! I can relate to that feeling! As a teenager, you think your [early 20s] will be great, but it’s like, you get progressively less impressive because you’re no longer young, precocious, and special! Uh, you’re still pretty young. And pretty special. Didn’t Forbes say you were Hollywood’s highest paid actress? Those lists are just bullshit, to be honest with you. I can tell you, honestly, that information is not true. It’s made up. I would know! Do your friends call you K-Stew, or just the tabloids? My friends totally do! All the time. Was that your nickname before you were famous, or have they just adopted it? I can’t even remember. I’m also “K.S.” a lot, but K-Stew, sure, people I know call me that. They’re making fun of me a little bit, but I don’t fucking care. I think it’s hilarious. I think it’s hilarious that you were in a Gap ad. Oh my god, that was a long time ago! That was the first [fashion] thing I ever did! I was like, 15. And now you’re a Chanel girl… but you seem to really hate smiling in photos. Why? I don’t hate smiling! Not at all. I just… it doesn’t feel natural to me. It never feels right in the moment. And I don’t want to be fake. That’s fair. What’s your favorite song right now? Let me think…You know when your music gets stale? My music is so stale right now. And when that happens, I revert back—way back. I love Blink 182. I love, love, love them. And that line “One more time with feeling” is pretty appropriate for me, too. I’m always like, “Okay, one more time, one more time, one more time!” I’m gonna do this for the rest of my life. You never want to just move to a farm on Montana or something? Totally disappear? I’m not down with that. It’s not happening. I’m going to be doing this for a fucking long time.