While 2012 was a great year for superhero movies, fans continue to fiercely debate which one was “the best.” Those in Christopher Nolan’s camp squarely defend The Dark Knight Rises as the year’s best, while fans of Joss Whedon hold to the superhero assembly flick, The Avengers. Few comic book fans may rally to support The Amazing Spider-Man for the top spot, but Marc Webb followers certainly liked his stamp on the property. General consensus would suggest that none of these movies were perfect. A new batch of micro-reviews from Cinema Sins point out the flaws in each movie and tally them up. If you’re a fan of Honest Trailers or just want some more ammunition to tear apart your friends’ shitty opinions, you’ll like these. Hit the jump to check them out.
Though many have likely already pored over all the extras on the multiple Blu-ray and DVD releases of The Dark Knight Rises, some might not have made it to the “concept art” section just yet. For those of you that haven’t, a massive collection of images from said bonus feature has now landed online. The result is a interesting look at the development and design process of a number of costumes and props from the film, including Bane’s mask, Catwoman’s goggles and costume, the Batpod, weapons, and even “Howard Hughes Bruce Wayne.”
Hit the jump to take a look at all the images. The Dark Knight Rises is available on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download now.
Looking back on 2012, a ridiculous amount of highly anticipated films came out this year and with them came a comparable barrage of quality trailers. Since this year was heavy on the comic book-derived features, you can expect that to be appropriately reflected in this top ten list. Along with those juggernauts you’ve come to know and love over the last year, we’ve also included some trailers that got the blood pumping and the synapses firing in anticipation for 2013. Fair warning: there were so many fan-favorite movies this year that our top ten list is guaranteed to include AND exclude some of your favorites. Hit the jump to check out our top ten movie trailers of 2012.
As we wind down to the final days of the year, the internet is flooded with countless “Top 10” lists consisting of pretty much everything that ever existed in the past 12 months. YouTube is getting in on the fun, but their list is unique in that it’s a Top 10 list compiled using statistics instead of subjective opinion. The site has unveiled the “Top Trailers on YouTube for 2012,” which they compiled based on view count, view rate (how much of a given trailer people chose to watch), and organic views.
The resulting list may surprise you, as a whopping four spots belong to the video game Call of Duty: Black Ops II alone. There’s also one television show and five films that rank among 2012’s highest grossing films, though a major 2012 release is notably absent. Hit the jump to take a look at the Top 10 Trailers on YouTube for the year.
A rumor surfaced late last month that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was in serious negotiations with Warner Bros. to take on the role of Batman starting with Justice League—maybe even earlier, with the hint of a Batman cameo in Man of Steel this summer. Gordon-Levitt’s representation was quick to deny the rumor, and “no” will be the official word for the near future regardless of the truth behind the rumor. Movieline decided to ask Christopher Nolan—caretaker of the Batman franchise and producer on Man of Steel—directly if Gordon-Levitt or any actor might appear as Batman in Man of Steel. Nolan smiled and responded:
“I can’t talk about that. You know that.”
Nolan didn’t flat out say no like Gordon-Levitt’s reps. Make of that what you will.
In the meantime, if you’re in the mood for something more tangible from the greater Batman universe, watch a fan recreation of the Dark Knight Risestrailer in Lego after the jump.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has narrowed down the Best Original Score race…to 104 entries. The Academy has shortlisted over 100 scores from 2012 that are eligible to compete for the gold on Oscar night, including three from Alexandre Desplat alone (Argo, Rise of the Guardians, and Zero Dark Thirty). Every year there are a few scores that are ruled ineligible for one reason or another, and this year those ineligible films include The Bourne Legacy, Moonrise Kingdom, and Rust and Bone.
For my money, the standouts of 2012 were Beasts of the Southern Wild, Looper, and The Dark Knight Rises. I have a feeling Howard Shore’s work on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will end up being a favorite of mine as well. Hit the jump to check out the full list of 104 eligible scores, and leave thoughts on your personal favorites from 2012 in the comments section. The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10th, followed by the ceremony on February 24th.
The American Film Institute has announced its annual Top 10 lists. In the film category, this awards season’s usual suspects popped up as Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Argo, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook made the cut alongside Django Unchained and Moonrise Kingdom. AFI is notable for also including a few popular titles on their lists (last year Bridesmaids and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo landed in the Top 10), and this year is no exception as fan-favorite The Dark Knight Rises nabbed a spot. Notably absent, though, is Paul Thomas Anderson’s polarizing drama The Master.
On the TV side of things, Emmy-winner Homeland made the cut as well as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Louie, The Walking Dead, and FX’s American Horror Story. AMC’s Mad Men landed on the list for a fifth time, making it the most recognized AFI Awards TV honoree in history. Hit the jump to check out the full Top 10’s for both TV and Film.
As lame as it may sound, I used this weekend’s Friday night to take in my second viewing of The Dark Knight Rises. Moreover, while the last thing a picture that made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office needs is a voice in its corner, I have to say that I enjoyed TDKR more the second-time around. While some aspects still bothered me (the final mix on Bane’s voice, why Jim Gordon would carry around in his coat pocket a confession written on giant-sized paper that he knows will have dire consequences, etc.), I found other elements to be better than I remembered (scenes between Bruce Wayne and Alfred, the brutality of Bane and Batman’s first fight, etc.). While it’s not without its problems, I stand by my belief that TDKR was the best superhero movie of the summer and a fitting end to a historic trilogy.
Random Batman thoughts aside, on tap this week is the first teaser trailer and poster for director J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, a plethora of The Hobbit coverage including Dave’s review of An Unexpected Journey, a new poster for Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel, first reactions to Django Unchained, and what could very well be one of the final Top 5 entries for the oft and aforementioned The Dark Knight Rises. A brief recap and link to each awaits should you choose to pursue it after the jump.
I’m surprised it’s taken this long to happen, but the folks behind those “honest trailers” have finally tackled Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The trailer takes aim at a few of the larger criticisms of the trilogy closer, some more warranted than others. They sharply tackle how weak of a Batman/Bruce Wayne story the film is and have their go at Bane’s dastardly plans. It’s all in good fun, though, and there are a couple of solid jokes to be found thanks to the guys at Red Letter Media (famous for their brutal reviews of the Star Wars prequels).
Hit the jump to watch the “honest trailer” for The Dark Knight Rises. The film is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.
One of the biggest films of the year finally hits home video this week on Blu-ray. Briefly:
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We previously brought you 45 images of the epic fight scene between Batman (Christian Bale) and Bane (Tom Hardy) in The Dark Knight Rises, but now you can see them in action in this new behind-the-scenes Blu-ray extra. Featuring commentary from director Christopher Nolan and editor Lee Smith as well as Bale and Hardy themselves, the clip shows just how much physicality went into making the fight look realistic and an explanation behind the decision not to use stunt doubles.
The Dark Knight Rises, also starring Anne Hathaway, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Marion Cotillard, is available on DVD/Blu-ray and VOD starting December 4th. Hit the jump to watch the clip.
Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is 60% Off Downton Abbey Limited-Edition Seasons 1 and 2 Boxed Set on DVD and Blu-ray. Like all Gold Box Deals, it’s only good till midnight or when they sellout. So if you’ve been waiting to own Downton Abbey (which is a great show) today’s a good day to finally check it out. In addition, I’ve listed a number of other deals below. If you’re a Criterion fan, Amazon still has a ton of Criterion DVD and Blu-rays over 50% off. Included in the sale are David Fincher’s The Game, Rosemary’s Baby, Seven Samurai, Godzilla, Harold and Maude, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Rushmore, Anatomy of a Murder, Quadrophenia and too many others to list here.
Hit the jump for hundreds of other deals.
Box office rankings were frozen in time this weekend as the top three films remained unchanged for a third straight frame. Once again, top honors went to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, closely followed by Skyfall. Spielberg’s Lincoln claimed third. There were also two new releases, though neither hailed from a major studio. The Weinstein Co.’s Killing Them Softly had the most promise, but not even Brad Pitt’s presence could push the drama to $10 million on this notoriously low-grossing weekend.
|| Breaking Dawn Part 2
|| Rise of the Guardians
|| Life of Pi
|| Wreck-It Ralph
|| Killing Them Softly
|| Red Dawn
|| The Collection
Every Sunday Amazon changes their DVD and Blu-ray deals, so I went through what they had and here are the highlights. If you’re a Criterion fan, Amazon still has a ton of Criterion DVD and Blu-rays over 50% off. Included in the sale are David Fincher’s The Game, Rosemary’s Baby, Seven Samurai, Godzilla, Harold and Maude, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Rushmore, Anatomy of a Murder, Quadrophenia and too many others to list here. Finally, The Dark Knight Rises gets released Tuesday on DVD/Blu-ray, so I started with those.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled its shortlist of 10 films that will contend for the Best Visual Effects Oscar. The films that have made the cut include The Dark Knight Rises, Cloud Atlas, Skyfall, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Disney’s John Carter. The list is full of impressive blockbuster fare from 2012, but as we were reminded last year (Hugo over Rise of the Planet of the Apes) the winner of the category tends to favor a Best Picture nominee. As Ang Lee’s adaptation of Life of Pi includes stunning visual effects and is an early favorite to land a Best Picture nomination, prognosticators would do well to keep their eye on that film as the race moves forward. That said, there’s not exactly a lack of great work to thumb through, so this should be an interesting category.
Hit the jump to check out the full list of contenders, and leave your thoughts on the shortlist in the comments. The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced on January 10th, followed by the ceremony on February 24th.