The first quarter of 2014 had a good handful of movies that lived up to our expectations including The LEGO Movie, The Raid 2, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and more. Now we’re at Q2, so it’s time for the blockbusters. Summer has arrived even earlier than usual with Captain America: The Winter Soldier leading off April, and there are plenty of other sequels headed our way. There are three sequels on all three of our lists, and while it’s easy to be excited when you have a good idea of what came before, there are also some fresh movies (or at least non-sequels) in the bunch.
Once again, Adam, Dave, and Matt have each compiled a Top 5 list of most-anticipated movies for the next three months. Hit the jump to find out what they can’t wait to see and why.
As part of his Oscar Beat coverage, Adam wrote about how well the Best Picture winners of the last 10 years hold up. Today we want to go deeper, look at every Best Picture race to see if the right movie won. That could be a daunting task, since we don’t naturally have a strong opinion on the battle between Cavalcade and I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang at the 6th Academy Awards. Instead, Brendan turns to the power of numbers and the wisdom of crowds in the latest Cinemath, comparing the IMDb rating of every Best Picture winner since 1928 to the highest-rated nominee that year.
Additionally, Adam breaks down the Best Picture races by decade for historical context, noting the interesting discrepancies and surprises. Check it out after the jump.
A New Year is now upon us, and with 2014 comes another full 12 months of new films to look forward to. It will no doubt be filled with its fair share of disappointments, but right now we’re full of optimism as we look towards the first quarter. The next three months host a promisingly varied slate of films that include a goofy animated adventure, a World War II picture, a new Muppets movie, a Biblical epic, and much more. In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave have compiled a list of the films that they are most looking forward to in the first quarter of 2014. Read on after the jump.
Every year, there are plenty of great films, but some fall through the cracks and others are overshadowed. While we’ll have our Top 10 of the year lists near the end of 2013, we wanted to share with you some movies that may have slipped past your attention. There are films like these on our Top 10 lists as well, but we didn’t want to be redundant, and we wanted to bring attention to more films. These movies either had too limited of a release or they were dismissed because they looked bad or the premise was deemed too cheesy. Whatever the reason, they have the potential to be a cult classic in the making or at least a movie you’ll probably be sharing with your friends.
Hit the jump for Matt, Dave, Adam, and Brendan’s choices for great movies you may have missed this year.
Forgettable films are a waste of time because they leave us with nothing. Being completely inoffensive is arguably worse than being terrible because at least terrible movies give us something to talk about. We may be ragging on it, but at least it’s not something like After Earth, a film where the only thing I remember about it is how forgettable it is. But to focus on the positive, the best movie moments move us in a positive way. They provide more than a target for snarky putdowns or jaw-dropping examples of complete incompetence. The best movie moments can inspire us, shock us, exhilarate us, and bring us absolute joy.
Adam, Dave, and Matt have written about five movie moments that jumped out at them in 2013. They’re unranked and there could have been far more selections, but these 15 moments are as good as any that came out this year. [Spoilers ahead, obviously]
Black Friday is almost here, and like most people who love a good deal, you’ve mapped out your plan of attack (make sure this attack doesn’t involve trampling). You know what you want, where to get it, and Thanksgiving dinner be damned, you’re going to camp out in front of a store or in front of your computer. While we admire your enthusiasm, we have some suggestions for items you might want to add to your wish list. And they don’t necessarily have to be for you; they could also be for someone you know.
Adam, Dave, and I have nine items we’d like to recommend: three small items (“Stocking Stuffers”), three moderately priced items (“Under the Tree”), and three expensive items (“Extra Nice”). More importantly, we each have a charity to recommend since we truly believe it’s better to give than to receive (unless you’re receiving a trip to outer space; nothing beats a trip to outer space). Hit the jump to check out our 2013 Gift Guide.
Air New Zealand is giving Hobbit fans the second chance to indulge in the world of Tolkien with an all-new competition. In correlation with their lasted video, “Just another day in Middle-earth”, Air New Zealand invites viewers to win an adventure fit for a Hobbit to either New Zealand or Los Angeles for the World-wide Premiere screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug film.
The video stars Air New Zealand flight attendants, pilots, aircraft engineers and more, along with Kiwi Dean O’Gorman who plays dwarf Fili, and the voice of Sylvester McCoy, who stars in The Hobbit as Radagast the Brown. Visit Air New Zealand to learn how to be in to win one of four epic prizes courtesy of Air New Zealand.
Ron Howard has partnered with Canon to oversee Project Imaginat10n, a film festival inspired by your photos. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to submit their images, which will then be considered to have short films based on them. These films will be directed by high-profile celebrities who aren’t established directors:
- Eva Longoria (Film and TV actress)
- Jamie Foxx (Academy Award® winner)
- Biz Stone (Co-founder of Twitter)
- Georgina Chapman (Designer and co-founder of Marchesa)
- James Murphy (Founder of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM)
The photos will be selected by celebrity directors Ron Howard and his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard. In this video, Ron talks about how Project Imaginat10n has turned into an amazing new venue for creativity. Check out the video, then head over to http://screen.yahoo.com/projectimagination for more information.
America’s best loved nonagenarian, Betty White, is here to share “Safety: Old School Style,” alongside the friendly folks at the “Second Wind” retirement village. This video comes to us care of Air New Zealand as the latest in a series of entertaining in-flight safety videos. Keep an eye out for Gavin MacLeod (The Love Boat).
Check out http://www.airnewzealand.com/safetyoldschool for more information, and a chance to win a trip to sunny Palm Springs, California or Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island. All it takes to enter is a short story about how you’re living life to the fullest.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC Sun, Oct. 13th at 9PM EST/PST. After another emotional season finale, we return to the prison where Rick and the group of survivors are determined to foster a safe, thriving community.
Sadly, in this brutal world, happiness is short-lived and walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group’s home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 4 also introduces several new characters including Bob Stookey (Lawrence Gilliard Jr., The Wire). Visit AMC to catch up on more Walking Dead details.
The summer movie season has come to a close, and it’s now time to turn our focus towards what this fall has in store for us. Unsurprisingly, there are a number of very promising character-centric pics headed our way, and on paper these next few months look to be an embarrassment of riches. We saw more than a few disappointments this summer (especially with regards to the sci-fi genre), so hopefully the end of the year will have a higher success rate when it comes to delivering the goods. Regardless, it’s sure to be a nice change of pace from the effects-driven onslaught of the summer.
In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave run down what films they’re most looking forward to between October and December. Hit the jump to read on.
The end here is here. This coming Sunday marks the last new episode of Breaking Bad ever, and we here at Collider are more than a little broken up about it. Over the past 61 episodes and five seasons, we’ve come to know, love, and loathe these wonderful characters that sprung from the twisted mind of creator Vince Gilligan, and to mark the series finale occasion, each member of the Collider staff has singled out his or her favorite moment from the show. It was no easy task, but hit the jump to see what Matt, Adam, Dave, Brendan, and Allison chose. Obviously, spoilers follow.
James Franco, Seth Rogen and more starred in box office hit This is The End, an end-of-days comedy about what happens to a bunch of celebrities when the apocalypse hits. You can buy it on digital now, or put in an order for the DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack’s October 1 release at Amazon.com. Watch the trailer after the jump, then secure your copy now!
In this behind-the-scenes video, Michael Sheen and Lizzie Caplan give a sneak peek of their characters and the world they inhabit in Showtime’s Masters of Sex. They play a researcher and his secretary, a real-life couple whose work changed the face of sexuality forever.
Showtime’s Masters of Sex premiers on Sunday, September 29th at 10PM ET/PT. Check out sho.com for more.
The newest gang of superheroes on the block are The Awesomes. Hulu’s new animated series, created by SNL‘s Seth Meyers and Mike Shoemaker, follows the exploits of Americas most beloved team of superheroes. But when its leader, Mr. Awesome, hands down leadership of the team to his less talented son, Professor Doctor Awesome, the team’s popularity takes a nose dive. It’s up to the younger Awesome to set things straight. With voices by SNL‘s Kenan Thompson, Bill Hader, and Taran Killam, as well as Rashida Jones (Parks and Rec) and Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project), The Awesomes is poised to be a classic animated series. More at hulu.com/awesomes.