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Criticker Lists – Dead Directors

When we introduced Lists, we understood that our users would come up with crazy, interesting ideas. But never in a million years would have we been able to guess that one of the lists would be called… [deep breath]:

If These Dead Directors Were Brought Back To Life To Make One More Movie To Be Viewed For A Limited Time, Which Director’s Film Would You Most Likely Pay $500 To See?

Haha! Leave it to LordOfDance to produce another exceedingly clever list. The title really says it all. Hitchcock, Tarkovsky, Bergman, Kubrick … pick your favorites and see how the community at large voted.

Go to the Dead Directors List

Download Terminator Salvation for Free

CinemaNow and DivX have teamed up to offer Terminator Salvation for free download, while supplies last.

The Digital Copy of the full film is compatible with PC, Mac, and any other device that is compatible with the free DivX media player.

How to get your hands on it? Just go to Cinema Now by using this LINK and enter the code TS201023. You’ll have to live in the USA and sign up for a free CinemaNow account. You need to have the free DivX installed – get your free copy here.

– Only One Copy Can Be Redeemed Per Movie Now Account

– This is only for U.S. users.

– DivX purchased thousands of copies of the film but the offer is only good while supplies last — so redeem now if you want to watch the film.

Free Terminator

[via Mashable and Classic Fun]

DVD Report – January 26th

Guess what? No one likes Saw VI. Did I surprise you? No? Hm.

Shhh… come here, let me whisper you a secret. Jane Campion’s new film is a well-received period piece about love and poetry! SURPRISE!! … Still unmoved? Hm.

How about this. Most people really enjoyed Drew Barrymore’s directing debut, which is about female roller derby. Now that’s a shock. Admit it.

SurrogatesAverage Tier 4.16
Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates. Surrogates @ Amazon

This Is ItAverage Tier 6.50
Interviews, rehearsals and backstage footage of Michael Jackson as he prepared for his series of sold-out shows in London. This Is It @ Amazon

Saw VIAverage Tier 3.27
Special Agent Strahm is dead, and Detective Hoffman has emerged as the unchallenged successor to Jigsaw’s legacy. However, when the FBI draws closer to Hoffman, he is forced to set a game into motion, and Jigsaw’s grand scheme is finally understood. Saw VI @ Amazon

Whip ItAverage Tier 5.69
In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin. Whip It @ Amazon

Bright StarAverage Tier 6.71
The drama based on the three-year romance between 19th century poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne, which was cut short by Keats’ untimely death at age 25. Bright Star @ Amazon

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Screen Actor’s Guild Winners

Awards season has kicked into high gear, with the distribution of the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards — a good yearly measuring stick for Oscar hopefuls.


In that case, the cast of Inglourious Basterds has a lot to be hopeful for. The film picked up Best Cast, and Best Supporting Actor went to the untouchable Christoph Waltz — who’s much a shoe-in for the Oscar as anyone in recent memory.

[Unrelated Aside: I’ve finally added the words “inglourious” and “basterds” to my damned spell-check dictionary. Tarantino: teaching poor history and bad spelling]

Other winners were Mo’Nique in Precious, Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart, and workhorse Sandra Bullock in The Proposal, All About Steve, The Blind Side. Blind Side, Blind Squirrel. Enjoy your nut.

Full List of Nominees & Winners

2010 Sundance Film Festival Underway

The not-so underground film festival in Park City, Utah kicked off earlier this week. It will run through the 31st. This year, some of the films popping up on buzz lists are:

3 Backyards: “In a complacent suburban neighborhood, an emotionally troubled businessman wanders around his hometown while waiting for a delayed flight, a starstruck housewife embarks on an peculiar trip when she gives her famous neighbor a ride to the local ferry, and an eight-year-old girl takes a wrong turn on the way to school and finds herself in an unexpected adult realm.”

Cyrus: “Alone and acutely depressed, having just learned of his ex-wife’s wedding plans, John can’t believe his luck when he encounters beautiful, charming Molly at a party. The two get along famously and launch a passionate affair—until Molly’s 21-year-old son, Cyrus, enters the scene.”

Blue Valentine: “On the far side of a once-passionate romance, Cindy and Dean are married with a young daughter. Hoping to save their marriage, they steal away to a theme hotel. We then encounter them years earlier, when they met and fell in love—full of life and hope.”

Howl: “It’s San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. HOWL, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society’s reaction (the obscenity trial), and mind-expanding animation that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself.”

Nowhere Boy: “Growing up in Liverpool in 1955, and raised by his aunt and late uncle, John is a smart, spirited, but directionless, teen who skips school, steals records, and is told he’s going nowhere. Having brought rock music into the “house of Tchaikovsky,” John widens the rift with Aunt Mimi when he seeks out his estranged mother, to whom he forms an immediate attachment.”

Any other premieres you’re excited to learn more about? Sundance has released an iPhone App, with which you can keep up to date on the news out of the festival, and watch some award-winning shorts from years past. Pretty cool.

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Inception Trailer – Nolan’s New Film

Alright, how awesome does this film look?

Yes, we’re a little late to the party — Criticker’s Forum community has been talking about Inception since Dec. 26th — but we are now fully excited for this film. Not only is Christopher Nolan unable to make a bad movie, he seems to be constantly raising his game. And the thought of his improving upon The Dark Knight gives me tickly feelings in regions I’d rather leave unnamed.

And a director isn’t all that Inception shares with The Dark Knight. Devin Faraci of CHUD.com noticed that the posters are awfully similar:

What do you think? Leave a comment or join the forum discussion!

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Merchandise: Jake Sully in Wheelchair – Sherlock Holmes Mini Costume – etc

The Mystery of the Sweet Ass Costume

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Egads, Watson! We’ve just received a new case from Scotland Yard codenamed "The Mystery of the Sweet Ass Costume". Hmm… this looks like it might be a tough nut to crack! What’s that, dear chum? Look in the mirror? Why, you’ve done it, old boy!

Link: Sherlock Holmes Minimalistic Costume

Avatar Jake Sully Action Figure

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Sully is a young, former marine who has lost the use of his legs in combat. He accepts a remarkable offer to join a team of scientists on a moon some 4.5 light years from Earth. Ages 6 and up. Figure stands about 3 3/4-inches tall.

On a deadly but mineral-rich distant moon called Pandora, ex-Marine Jake Sully is torn between duty and honor when he finds himself caught between the heavily armed forces of Earth’s most powerful star-faring consortium and an exotic, noble alien race whose very existence is threatened by the human invaders.

More info: Jake Sully in Wheelchair

Star Wars Play-Doh


This R2 unit is just like his namesake because he’s also full of tools – Play-Doh tools. He’s got tools that make lightsabers, jets that shoot Play-Doh out his sides, stamps on his feet to make C-3PO, Ahsoka, Anakin Skywalker, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. In total, there are six toys and three 2-ounce cans of Play-Doh modeling compound in this set. When you’re done saving the galaxy, store all your stuff inside R2’s body until the next time you want to play. This is the droid you’re looking for… click the buy button, you will.

More info: Star Wars Play-Doh