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January 12, 2010

Sandra and Meryl

Sandra and Meryl

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Nikki Finke dug up this funny video — one thing I never expected to happen during Oscars 2009 was that our readers would be so divided on Sandra V. Meryl. Meryl Streep has one lead Oscar and one supporting. In that sense, she is way, way, WAY overdue for another Oscar. But unlike Kate Winslet, she can’t really come out and say she would like to finally win, because, as…

Nat Rogers Names Moulin Rouge the Decade’s No. 1

Nat Rogers Names Moulin Rouge the Decade’s No. 1

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Nice choice. I think you’ll find Nathaniel Rogers’ top 100 of the decade pretty interesting. His top ten are: 1. Moulin Rouge 2. Dancer in the Dark 3. Brokeback Mountain 4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 5. Far From Heaven 6. In the Mood for Love 7. Talk to Her 8. Rachel Getting Married 9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 10. A History of Violence Check out the rest of…

Avatar Soars, the Right Twists in the Wind

Avatar Soars, the Right Twists in the Wind

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Thought this trio of headlines on the Drudge Report was amusing. The Avatar Blues, so-called, links to this CNN story which draws its sources from a message board. Meanwhile, Avatar just beat E.T. and has just moved up to the fifth slot in all-time domestic, right behind Shrek 2. Must also topple Star Wars, The Dark Knight and then, Titanic, which it should do before the final Oscar ballots have…

Avatar, Titanic By the Numbers

Avatar, Titanic By the Numbers

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I had build this chart a while back for my own purposes (rather, borrowed the chart data from Box Office Mojo), but in case you might be interested in the side by side comparison – here it is (reader Franc has also built his own page with analysis that you should definitely check out). Avatar showing no signs of slowing down, doubling Titanic’s take week after week. It could be…

The DGA Announces Their Documentary Nominees

The DGA Announces Their Documentary Nominees

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SACHA GERVASI Anvil! The Story of Anvil (Metal On Metal Productions) MAI ISKANDER Garbage Dreams (Iskander Films, Inc.) ROBERT KENNER Food, Inc. (Robert Kenner Films) LOUIE PSIHOYOS The Cove (Oceanic Preservation Society and Roadside Attractions) GEOFFREY SMITH The English Surgeon (Eyeline Films) AGNES VARDA The Beaches of Agnes (Cine-Tamaris, Paris)

The State of the Race: 82nd Oscars May Be Ratings Bonanza

The State of the Race: 82nd Oscars May Be Ratings Bonanza

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The 82nd Oscars telecast is brewing as the perfect storm to attract its biggest audience in years.¬†¬† The combination of Adam Shankman’s TV-popularity, the two co-hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, and most importantly, the popularity of the films involved all seem designed to bring those eyeballs to TV sets all over the country, all over the world. The Best Picture ten seemed designed to broaden the Academy’s reach to…

LA Film Critics Announce Best of the 2000s

LA Film Critics Announce Best of the 2000s

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Indiewire’s Peter Knegt reports that the Los Angeles Film Critics have chosen their best of the 200s: 1. Mulholland Dr. – David Lynch 2. There Will Be Blood – Paul Thomas Anderson 3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – Michel Gondry 4. Brokeback Mountain – Ang Lee 5. No Country for Old Men – Joel and Ethan Coen and Zodiac – David Fincher (tie) 6. Yi Yi – Edward…

More NYFCC Clusterf**k

More NYFCC Clusterf**k

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Trailer mash-up of The Dark Knight and In the Loop on YouTube: Another tidbit from Wells at HE — apparently someone had the really good idea of inviting MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann to present the Screenplay honor to the most deserving In the Loop — One of the best scripts of 2009, with or without a WGA nod (it was ineligible, along with Up, District 9, Inglourious Basterds, A Single Man,…

But Critics Don’t Vote on the Oscars

But Critics Don’t Vote on the Oscars

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Brooks Barnes writing for the New York Times makes a pretty decent case for Fantastic Mr. Fox upsetting Up at the Oscars: In a mid-December surprise, both the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association named ‚ÄúFantastic Mr. Fox‚Äù the best animated movie of 2009. Similar awards from five other critics‚Äô groups followed. The film is up for a Golden Globe on Sunday, as is…

I Killed My Mother, Too

I Killed My Mother, Too

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by John Villeneuve Full disclosure. Being a highly functional, life-long sufferer of bipolarity (hence the appearance of the conjunction “too” in the title), I may be the wrong person to be reviewing Canadian director, Xavier Dolan’s semi-autobiographical debut film, J’ai tu√© ma m√®re (I Killed My Mother), a movie with psychic damage as its over-riding theme. My bias, I’m afraid, may plausibly lead to overly exaggerated praise. But, then again,…