Our brand new writer, Chris Inman, has not only provided the world with his top five movies of 2009, he now furnishes you lucky people with his top twenty movies of the decade. A couple of controversial more recent choices are included and should be debated immediately, but otherwise it’s a bloody strong list that will definitely find one followers amongst the existing MOD clan who will thoroughly agree with the winner.
Onwards then, and look our for more articles to come from Chris in the very near future as he kicks off his tenure with us in earnest.
Rachel Getting Married star Rosemarie DeWitt has joined the cast of Company Men, the John Wells movie starring Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones and Kevin Costner. Chris Cooper is also in talks.
Noah Baumbach has begun shooting a new film, starring Ben Stiller, about a man who house-sits for his brother.
Night of the Creeps is finally coming to DVD.
Edward Furlong has signed up for the new Uwe Boll project about aid workers in Darfur. Seriously.
Alex Billington at First Showing has some thoughts on the new Woody Allen movie.
Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones have joined the long-attached Ben Affleck in The Company Men, to be directed by John Wells.
The story, also written by Wells, follows Affleck’s high-flying stockbroker who loses everything and ends up taking a construction job arranged by his brother, Costner. Tommy Lee Jones will play a principled senior partner in the firm Affleck worked for who struggles with the immoral and ethically-dubious actions of his fellow board members.
Sounds very topical and hot-button, but it seems to me as though the films which will succeed in the downturn are not the ones explicitly about the financial systems and corporate greed. Those films are more likely to be misinterpreted in the same way Wall Street so famously was. The films which will be popular will be those celebrating the beauty of the smaller, freer things in life, hence the astonishing success of Slumdog Millionaire which, although a film in which the lead character is competing for millions of rupees, is essentially a story about love conquering all. Films which concern themselves overtly with corporate ethical issues are likely to fail, partly because nearly nothing they make up could possibly match the AIGs and Lehmans of the world.