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The State of the Race: Hand Covers Bruise

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In each of the five films nominated for Best Director by the Directors Guild yesterday, overcoming an obstacle to become a winner drives the main characters. Micky needs to rid himself of his brother‚Äôs shadow and his own lack of self worth, Nina needs to rid herself of her repressed, infantilized vision of herself to become a perfect dancer. Cobb needs to overcome the guilt he feels in planting the…

North Texas Goes for Inception

North Texas Goes for Inception

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The North Texas Film Critics have released this year’s winners. They chose Up in the Air as Best Picture last year: Best Picture: Inception, followed by runners up The King’s Speech and The Fighter. Best Director: Christopher Nolan (for Inception). Runners up: David O. Russell (The Fighter) and the Coen Brothers (True Grit). Best Actor: Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), followed by Jeff Bridges in True Grit and James Franco…

Inception sweeps Central Ohio Critics’ Awards

Inception sweeps Central Ohio Critics’ Awards

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Inception dominates the Central Ohio Film Critics’ Awards with wins for picture, director Christopher Nolan, original screenplay and original score. Best Film 1. Inception 2. The Social Network 3. The King’s Speech 4. Black Swan 5. Toy Story 3 6. True Grit 7. 127 Hours 8. The Fighter 9. Winter’s Bone 10. Exit Through the Gift Shop Best Director ‚Ä¢ Christopher Nolan – (Inception) ‚Ä¢ Runner-Up: David Fincher – (The…

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One True Thing: Inception, Black Swan, True Grit, The Social Network

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2010 may come down to four great films for me. After all is said and done, I think these four films are the ones I will watch over and over again. We will still be counting down the year’s ten best. But for now, I’ll offer up what I consider to be my personal favorites of the year. Inception – The most memorable and remarkable thing about Inception is the…

Inception FYC feature to screen in theaters

Inception FYC feature to screen in theaters

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Like a well-oiled dream machine, the run-up to Inception’s premiere this summer amped up anticipation with nimble precision. The same savvy dexterity is on full display as Warner’s releases this elegant Behind the Scenes FYC promo to begin screening across the country in key locations, Dec. 31.

Scott Pilgrim wins Best Song from Houston Critics

Scott Pilgrim wins Best Song from Houston Critics

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Beck’s “We Are Sex Bob-Omb!” from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World took home the Best Original Song prize at the Houston Film Critics Awards today. In more expected news, The Social Network continued its winning ways with trophies for Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay. Inception picked up two awards, Cinematography and Original Score. Best Picture – The Social Network Best Director – David Fincher, The Social Network Best Actor –…

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The State of the Race: Going Money

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There are heroes and anti-heroes in this race. There are social networks and black swans. There are kings and cowboys. There are fighters and lesbians. There are teen mothers and toys. There are dreams and nightmares. And through it all, there are going to be currents that run through the chosen films that reflect the currents within us. The themes that run through this year’s contenders will ultimately reflect how…

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The Year’s Best Moments in Film so Far

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2010 is, to my mind, one of the best years for film in memory – the main reason for this is that you have such a fine class of directors, from both major studios and independents, female and male. There are a handful of writer/directors whose vision was realized, whether the original concept was “bankable” or not. This was a year that reaffirmed the idea that good decisions are made…

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Inception and Dragon – Only Films to Stay in Top 10 for Ten Weeks

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Their total box office might not be the highest, but I just learned on Twitter that Inception and How to Train Your Dragon are the only two films of 2010 to spend ten weeks on the top ten box office chart. That’s a fairly significant bit of news. Repeat viewings, word of mouth and buzz are keeping them afloat. Not a bad record for this vicinity. So what films are…

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The State of the Race: Best Picture Within Sight

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Even though one can’t take anything for granted at this state of the race, it’s impossible to deny real buzz. Right now, two films have it – 127 Hours and The King’s Speech, both films seem to hit just the right notes to emerge victorious through the heat of the Telluride/Venice/Toronto mash-up. Watching the buzz and commentary out of Toronto has given me much to mull over about the role…