By all accounts, the film to claim the summer of 2013 should have been anything but a Syfy channel original movie. Yet what happened was just that.
In 1988 a movie opened starring Bruce Willis as a hard-nosed New York City police detective going out to California to visit his wife. She’d taken a job out there. It was almost Christmas and “John McClane” wanted to see his wife and children.
On February 14th, the film Safe Haven opens. Based on the seven previous adaptations of books written by Nicholas Sparks, it should do well at the box office. But before describing the film version of this novel, directed by Lasse Hallstrom, let’s look at the prior film adaptations of the novels of Sparks.
This year one of our goals at Tail Slate is to look at the films of the past in addition to reviewing the films of the present, and informing you about the films of the future. Towards that we will be publishing articles that look back at significant films celebrating a major anniversary during 2013. As such, we will focus on films from 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988 and 1993.
2012 was certainly a diverse year in terms of subject, style and substance in film, and the performances within them reflected that versatility as well. Below are the top 10 film performances of the year:
In no particular order, these are the best foreign films of 2012. This list is not limited to foreign language films.
On New Year’s Eve you might choose to stay home. Too many people out driving who’ve had too much to drink to be behind the wheel, or you’re just not in the mood for partying. Whatever the reason, here are a few New Year’s Eve movies Tail Slate recommends to ring in the New Year. All have some connection to New Year’s Eve in one way or another. In alphabetical order:
The rules for this list were: No foreign films. No documentaries. No films intended for wide release, although if they broke wide later on, they were eligible. In general, if a movie was eligible for an Independent Spirit Award, it was considered for this list.
2012 was a good year for documentaries. There were a number of films that were considered for but just missed making this list. In no particular order, these are the ten best of the crop, in one man’s opinion:
These female filmmakers prove that men aren’t the only ones capable of helming good movies.