To clarify, this is my top ten today at this very moment. It's going to change. Even as I wrote out the below list, I was dramatically shifting these worthy films up and down. For one thing I want — no, need — to see all of these again and again. Because the consensus this time is right on. 2013 was a fantastic year at the movies. Dozens delighted me (and I'll shine a light on some of those at a later date) but these ten are the ones that I feel most confident will stand the test of time.
By Charles Webb
"He knows what he wants - he says 'This is how we're going to do the scene,' and we'll often just do it in one take." Muyzer, whose VFX company has worked alongside Blomkamp since his feature debut, "District 9," and spent four years developing the dystopian action film "Elyisum," says this approach is "scary for the people behind the scenes," but Blomkamp's approach allows him to sidestep studio and screening notes: there are no backup shots or cuts, only what the director has put on the screen.
"Elysium," which is out this week on home video, follows Matt Damon's character Max, a factory worker who suffers a lethal dose of radiation poisoning, and must get to the orbiting city of Elysium in order to be cured. Like "District 9," "Elysium" sees the writer-director creating social commentary in a sci-fi action film - this time with plenty of robots, killer exoskeletons, and exotic, flesh-shredding guns, all courtesy of the Vancouver-based Imagine Engine.
The studio, which is working on the "Ninja Turtles" and "Child 44," largely supports Blomkamp - they're already moving on to the director's next film, the Hugh Jackman-starring "Chappie."
Any movie that's going to have Greek gods and half-breeds in it is going to need some impressive special effects work to back up the creatures. That applied for "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," the second movie in the fantasy franchise.
With the Logan Lerman movie about to hit Blu-ray and DVD this week, MTV Movies Blog has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what went into bringing the character Tyson to life.
As anyone who has seen the movie knows, Tyson is a cyclops, and putting one eye on an actor is harder than you might expect.
Check out our exclusive look at a behind-the-scenes featurette from the "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" Blu-ray after the jump!
One way that low-budget thrillers have dealt with the constraints of having less money than their competitors is to keep the action contained to a single room. There was "Phone Booth," then "Buried," and even "ATM." But "Freezer" might take the cake.
"Freezer," as you might imagine, is about a man who is trapped in a bathroom. Okay, we're lying. He's obviously trapped inside a freezer.
But that's just the start of this absurd trailer, which stars Dylan McDermott. Please watch the above preview on the promise that you will watch nothing better today*.
If you'd like to watch 88 more minutes of Dylan McDermott trapped inside a cooling unit, "Freezer" hits VOD, Blu-Ray and DVD on January 21st.
*Not a guarantee.
It may have started with "Batman Begins," but the superhero origin story is still a popular route to go when tackling an iconic character on the big screen. Just last year, we saw Superman get rebooted with "Man of Steel," and next year, one of the world's first superheroes is getting an origin story of his own.
In "The Legend of Hercules," "Twilight" star" Kellan Lutz is taking on the role of the legendary half-god and taking him all the way back to his roots.
We've scored a whole bunch of exclusive photos from "The Legend of Hercules," including several of Lutz in various kind of sheets and armor, if you're into that kind of thing.
Check out the rest of our exclusive photos after the jump!
Right now is a great time for female protagonists in big blockbusters. "Frozen" and "Catching Fire" have jockeyed for the top spot at the box office for two weeks in a row, and Evangeline Lilly is playing a badass dwarf created specifically for "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug."
When MTV News sat down with Lilly to discuss Tauriel and the other famous female archer in movies right now, Lilly wasn't afraid to throw down some truth on the topic.
Who will win between Tauriel and Katniss? It's not as clear of a victory as you might think. Check out the video above to find out.
Black-gloved killers, lurid murder scenes, striking music... it can only be one thing: a giallo film.
Filmmakers Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani helped resurrect the Italian horror subgenre with their 2009 thriller "Amer" — a sensual, sensory tale about a young girl's journey to womanhood on the French Riviera.