Tom Hardy Interview INCEPTION; Plus an Update on MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

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With Christopher Nolan’s Inception getting released this weekend, it’s finally time to post a ton of interviews with the cast. Thankfully, I loved the movie, and think you will as well.  Trust me, while this summer has been a letdown in terms of quality movies, Inception is a stunning achievement and it demonstrates what can happen when a brilliant filmmaker gets a ton of money and creative freedom.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I got to participate in a small roundtable interview with Tom Hardy.  During the interview Hardy talked about what it was like to work for Christopher Nolan, how did he keep track of everything that was going on in the film, working with the rest of the cast, how has Bronson changed his career, what’s up with the next Mad Max movie Fury Road, and a lot more.  If you’re a fan of this awesome actor, you’ll love the interview.  As usual, I’ve posted the transcript and the audio, so you can decide how you want to take in the interview:

Peter Debruge’s Top 10 of 2009

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A rough year, you say? Maybe for your 401(k). Hollywood raked it in, enjoying record box office numbers, while the indie and foreign lineup (though spread between fewer companies perhaps) yielded an unprecedented number of treasures. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I had such a hard time cutting my best-of list off at 10. Surveying my choices, I’m hard-pressed to find a common theme. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I might even wonder what kind of critic can love a G-rated Japanese-animated cartoon and Lars von Trier’s genital-mutilation opus in the same breath, or reconcile the esoteric with the popcorn populism of James Cameron’s Avatar. But there you have it. Of the 274 first-run and festival films I saw last year (that’s as many movies as qualified for Oscar consideration in 2009 – though not the same ones), the 10 best are listed after the jump:

Matt’s Top Performers, Director, Quotes, and Kills of 2009

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The joy of list-making continues today as I’m running down who I thought gave the best performances of the year plus what I thought were the best quotes and kills of 2009.  Please keep in mind that regarding the performances, I haven’t seen a few key films that could have very well changed the winners and runners-up: Crazy Heart (Best Actor), The Last Station and Bright Star (Best Actress), and a few others.  If you think there was someone who clearly should’ve won or been nominated, shout out in the comments section and I’ll let you know whether I saw the film or not.

With this disclaimer out of the way, I present to you my picks for the best performers, directors, quotes, and kills of 2009.  Hit the jump to check them all out.

Duncan Jones’ MOON Wins Best Picture and Best Debut Director at the British Independent Film Awards

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One of the best sci-fi films of the past several years, Duncan Jones’ Moon took home both Best Picture and Best Debut Director at this year’s British Independent Film Awards.  The was also received nominations for Sam Rockwell for Best Actor, Duncan for Best Director (a category which included both debut and veteran directors), Nathan Parker for Best Screenplay, and two nominations in the Best Technical Achievement category with Clint Mansell getting a nod for Original Score and Tony Noble for Production Design.

Any victory for Moon is an important victory because while it received large critical acclaim, its June release may have left it slightly adrift in the minds of critics and societies compiling their Top 10 of 2009 lists.  I’ll admit that it is disappointing that Rockwell didn’t win, but he did lose to Tom Hardy’s universally loved performance in Bronson so it wasn’t like the BIFA made a grievous error.  What’s important for Moon is to just make sure people don’t forget about it.

Other big films at BIFA were Fish Tank (7 nominations, 2 wins), Nowhere Boy (6 nominations, 1 win), An Education (6 nominations, 1 win), and In the Loop (5 nominations, 1 win) Hit the jump for the full list of nominees and winners.

Director George Miller Wants Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy to Pick up Some Gas for New MAD MAX

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A dirty Charlize Theron in head-to-toe leather? Sure, why not? When she’s dirty she wins Oscars, when she’s in tight leather….she’s in tight leather. George Miller also sees it as win-win because he is going after the A-lister to be the female lead in his next installment in the “Mad Max” series, which would be the first in almost 25 years. Click the jump to hear what’s going on beyond the thunderdome.

Six Shooter Film Series Aims Great Films at Video-on-Demand

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Ever since the days Pay-Per-View, I’ve always thought that art house films should be able to come through a streaming cable-service.  I love art house theatres but they’re so rare and have such a limited number of screens that it can be difficult to get true independent films (not small-budget films from an “indie” division of a major studio) in front of audiences.

But the day of indie films on-demand arrived and we are all the better for it.  Magnolia/Magnet Pictutres has taken great advantage of this recent distribution channel to bring audiences movies that haven’t hit DVD and may not even be in a theatre near you.  The first Six Shooter Film Series brought home audiences films like “Let the Right One In” and “Timecrimes” and this year they’re really bringing the thunder “Ong Bak 2″, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Bronson”, John Woo’s “Red Cliff”, “District 13: Ultimatum”, and “The Warlords.  The sixth bullet has yet to be chosen but Magnet is planning to work genre fans on making that choice.  Make sure your digital cable is working and hit the jump for the full press release.

Trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s BRONSON Starring Tom Hardy

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s (“The Pusher Trilogy”) film about Britain’s most notorious and violent prisoner to ever live, “Bronson”, now has a domestic movie trailer and it’s a pretty good one. I’ve seen the film and it is, in my opinion, brilliant and features one of the very best performances so far this year by Tom Hardy. The trailer sells the film as a wild and crazy ride meanwhile the film is actually both of those things but also a small and quiet artistic film that has some somewhat profound things to say about violence and self expression through art. I’m sure that it will find it’s audience and become a cult classic over the next couple of years so be sure to become a fan asap so that you can be one of the cool kids who was there from the start. You can see the trailer and also find out how you can watch “Bronson” before it hits theaters later on this year after the jump.

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