Which of this year's movies deserve the industry’s highest honor?
This has been an incredible year for movie lovers, especially fans of genre movies. There were fewer superheroes on the big screen, but they ruled the box office, nonetheless, with smartly written, ingeniously directed and just plain fun comic book adaptations coming in first, second, and fifth on the list of the highest-grossing movies of the year. Sci-fi fans were made to suffer through a couple of early duds, but had their patience rewarded with the return of some classic characters and one of the most influential directors to work in the genre after a thirty-year hiatus. Fantasy fans got to choose between whimsical and warrior Snow Whites, and the world's most popular vampire couple had a baby, not to mention that the greatest high fantasy franchise of all time returns to theaters this month after a decade slumbering in the Shire. (Horror fans got the short end of the
stake stick this year, with too many sequels and not enough original content.)
Women continued to assert themselves in 2012, with more female-driven comedies getting laughs for the kinds of jokes once reserved for men, and the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director is almost a sure thing for another nomination. Independent studios also made a splash this year, turning out several engaging, moving, and downright brilliant dramas that are every bit as good as the big studio dramas with A-list directors.
Which movies were the best? Which ones deserve the honor of being nominated for the movie industry's top prize? That's up to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to decide, but we want to know what you think. Ignore genre and tell us which movies deserve to be nominated for Oscars, whether for Best Picture, Best Animated Feature or Best Documentary.
Top 10 Most Oscar-Worthy Movies of 2012 >>
Posted 12.11.12 by BrentJS
Like the director says, way too much energy.protecting you from the unknown
Weeknights after the movies Posted 12.03.12 by Kip
It's almost Risk-Free Movie time again, starting December 1st Reelz has two big summer movies that we are bestowing with our risk-free guarantee. What's the guarantee? Well, if you watch one of our Risk-Free movies via Pay-per-view or On Demand and don't like it, Reelz will pay you back.
First, Disney/Pixar's Brave takes place in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland and follows the heroic journey of Merida. A skilled archer and headstrong young girl, Merida defies her parents and ancient customs only to find that she has inadvertently unleashed chaos and fury in her father's kingdom. After being granted one wish by an eccentric witch, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
The other risk-free options is the hit threequel of the MIB franchise, Men in Black 3. Agents J and K are back, but when K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J teams up with the young Agent K to save his partner, the agency and the future of humankind.
Go to reelz.com/risk-free to sign up and to get all the details, and then settle in to watch a risk-free flick.
Image courtesy Disney/Pixar. Posted 11.30.12 by reelz
"Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity: it must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all." — William Faulkner
Thanksgiving Day is a special holiday. It's that one day of the year where we all get to skip work to gather with our friends and family members and simply reflect on the things in our lives that we have to be thankful for...and then watch NFL football and consume massive quantities of "harvest" food. At ReelzChannel, we're all about movies, so Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete if we didn't take the time to be thankful for all of the great new movies of the year. If you're a movie person, then we consider you part of our extended family. So, before you have that third helping of stuffing and pass out on the couch from all of the tryptophan in the turkey, take a moment to share with us the movies that have excited, thrilled, scared, and moved you in 2012.
Rate the Top 10 Movies to Be Thankful for This Year >>
Posted 11.22.12 by BrentJS
We laughed (at how bad the movie was), we cried (because we didn't see a different movie), we kissed eight bucks (or ten or twelve or sixteen, depending upon the format) good-bye!
Stale jokes, missing plots, phone-in performances...too often this summer movie season, we found ourselves scratching our heads in wonder at how actors and directors we have come to respect could have strayed so far off course. We probably should have gone back to the box office and demanded a refund for some of the stinkers we endured this summer. If you feel the same way, vent your frustration by helping us rate the Top 10 Worst Movies of the 2012 summer movie season.
Rate the Top 10 Worst Movies >> Posted 09.27.12 by BrentJS
A crippled hero rises to save his city one last time. A team of scientists seeking God in the depths of space instead discover pure evil. A fairy tale princess becomes a warrior and saves herself. A foul-mouthed teddy bear plays the white trash name game. This summer's selection of movie releases were filled with triumphant, terrifying, inspiring and hilarious moments.
The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises obliterated the popular myth that the superhero action genre had run its course. Ted proved that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane is even funnier when he doesn't have to censor himself. Moonrise Kindom cemented Wes Anderson as the indie king of whimsical, witty comedies with a heart. Each of these movies were fantastic in their own ways, but how do they stack up against each other? Help us rate the Top 10 Best Movies of the 2012 summer movie season.
Rate the Top 10 Best Movies >> Posted 09.26.12 by BrentJS
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|Men in Black ||$55M ||$55M ||After a three-year hiatus from movies, Will Smith returns to the top of the box office but still a relatively soft opening given the movie's $250M budget |
|The Avengers ||$37M ||$513.7M ||Only the fourth movie ever to gross half a billion dollars, and did it in record time |
|Battleship ||$10.8M ||$44.3M ||Doing even worse than John Carter, which had made $52M by its second weekend |
|The Dictator ||$9.6M ||$41.4M ||Dropped just 45% in its second week, but still not keeping up with Sacha Baron Cohen's other comedies |
|Chernobyl Diaries ||$8M ||$8M ||This budget horror movie had to settle for fifth place |
Posted 05.27.12 by Chris
Continuing the trend of giving fans a sneak peek of upcoming movies, Sony announced today that a six-minute preview of The Amazing Spider-Man will run before all 3-D IMAX and select 3-D showings of Men in Black III this weekend.
Last December, Warner Bros. successfully generated good buzz about The Dark Knight Rises by attaching an extended preview to IMAX screenings of Mission Impossible 4. However, Sony's decision to preview Spider-Man before Men in Black III seems to be about boosting MIB 3's opening numbers as much as building buzz for Spider-Man (Warner Bros. didn't release Mission Impossible 4, so the Dark Knight Rises preview was an unexpected bonus for Paramount's bottom line).
The Men in Black franchise has been dormant for 10 years so anything Sony can do to push fans to go see Will Smith and Co. is probably a good move. While tracking for MIB 3 is strong, with a reported budget of $375M (including marketing and advertising), Sony faces a steep uphill battle to see a profit. Posted 05.22.12 by Chris
"The good guys dress in black, remember that..."
Yes, Will Smith, we remember that, but did you know that the bad guys dress in yellow and have claw-tipped tentacles bursting from their palms? Hmm? We do, thanks to the new still images from director Barry Sonnenfeld's Men in Black III (MIB3) that have been released online. While there's not a lot that seems designed to remind us of what we loved about the original Men in Black movies: the odd couple relationship between curmudgeonly old Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) and his jiggy partner, Agent J (Smith), and the crazy hardware they use when wrangling the latest wackadoo alien-gone-wild.
In MIB3, the offending alien (Jemaine Clement) has more than just a little mayhem on his mind, time-tripping back to the '60s to kill young K (Josh Brolin) in the hopes of preventing the secret alien watchdog group from stopping his plans in the present. We're not sure why the elder K doesn't accompany J back in time to help save his younger self, but there's probably some sort of good explanation (guess we better rewatch Back to the Future II to brush up on the downsides of meeting yourself in another time). SEE THE NEW IMAGES >> Posted 05.17.12 by BrentJS
With Men in Black III headed to theaters in two weeks, the search for aliens living among us seems to be heating up. Earlier this week, a blogger going by the name of Bugeyes set Arianna Huffington in his sights:
I'm not trying to expose you, but you have information I can't get from anyone else. I know you work with the Men in Black Suits. And I want to work with them, too. Please help me.
Today, Huffington has fired back with a video response that... Well, let's just say her argument is not exactly convincing. Posted 05.10.12 by reelz