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Sam’s Top 42 Films of the Decade

Just for the sake of my own sanity and desperate need to have these written somewhere, I give you my favourite forty-two films of the past decade. There are at least fifty-six other films I would like to put onto a list, but I think I need to forcefully prevent any more decade-based listmaking as quickly as possible. So beneath is the top ten list, along with a sentence or two on each film and then thirty-two, out-of-list-order, films which I had to include.

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Trailer for The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones

Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones

Outside of the painfully awkward intro from Peter Jackson at the top of this trailer, this looks to be a pretty solid effort. The trailer seems to try and fit in everything and the kitchen sink into its runtime. The story, about a young girl who is murdered and the aftermath of her death for her family and friends, seems to be nearly wholly included in the two-and-a-bit minutes of the clip.

Jackson has certainly not tried to shy away from tacking the puratory-representations which are likely to cause a very, very minor stir here and there, although on the small screen of the trailer it looks like a better attempt than achievement.

The worry originally for most would have been the replacement of Ryan Gosling as the father with Marky Mark Wahlberg. Argue for eternity, if you see fit, that he was good in Boogie Nights and The Departed (the latter most just shouting and the former primarily playing dumb), but Wahlberg just ain’t the actor Gosling is. However, the trailer puts him in quite a reasonable light and, given his own parenthood, could allow him to bring something to the role which Gosling would have had to create rather than draw upon.

The book is one of my co-host’s favourites from the past few years so I’ll be interested to gauge his opinion when he returns from his Spanish sojourn, but for now I’ll give some backing to this. The cast is strong and, although the trailer plays up the melodrama and latter thriller elements a little too much, this has solid stock and should prove a good bet.

Round Up: Rachel Weisz = Hedy Lamarr

Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz has reportedly been signed up to star as Hedy Lamarr in Face Value, a biopic being directed by Amy Redford.

Disney has released thirty-eight photos from Up. It looks beautiful.

Fox is teaming with Blue Sky Studios for Rio, a 3D animation to be directed by Ice Age’s Carlos Saldanha.

Jason Patric is looking likely to sign up to play the villain in The Losers, the adaptation of the comic series by Andy Diggle.

Antonio Banderas has signed up to star in The Big Bang, a neo-noir thriller following a detective in LA hired to find a stripper. Doesn’t sound too ‘neo’.

Chinese director Lou Ye is to defy the authorities in his home country by premiering his new film, Spring Fever, at the Cannes Film Festival. Ye was reprimanded after showing his Summer Palace without permission in 2006.

Takashi Miike has been given the greenlight to shoot a new samurai film, Thirteen Assassins.