Another Alternative Top 10

Marshall Fine makes a list of the year‚Äôs “10-best unseen or unacknowledged films ‚Äì think of it as the downer-dozen-minus-two.” Movies he considers either under-appreciated, under-attended or both. Greenberg Somewhere The American Biutiful Winter’s Bone Blue...
Posted On 22 Dec 2010

AP critics Lemire & Germain, 10 Best Films x2

(Thanks Marshall). The top 10 films of 2010, according to AP movie critic Christy Lemire: 1. “The Social Network” ‚Äî The movie of the year because it captures where we are in time in captivating fashion. In depicting the origin of Facebook, director David Fincher and...
Posted On 20 Dec 2010

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

(Thanks garras) Best Picture The Social Network Runner up: Toy Story 3 Best Actor Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network Runner up: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech (by one vote) Best Actress Natalie Portman for Black Swan Runner up: Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right...
Posted On 12 Dec 2010

The Guardian UK proposes its own nominees

As one of the first out of the gate with his Top 10 list, Peter Bradshaw at the Guardian UK is champing at the bit. So we’ll let him run ahead before he makes all the other critics skittish. He claims to have “compiled an Oscar-style nomination list” but it only...
Posted On 01 Dec 2010

Why Film Critics Matter, One More Time

This opinion I hold to be true is not a popular one on the web. We live in a time when anyone with the energy, desire and wherewithal can start up a blog and write about movies. Life experience not required. A knowledge of film history helpful but not required. Of course,...
Posted On 29 Oct 2010

Todd McCarthy trades up to The Hollywood Reporter

Most important resurrection for film-lovers since lost footage of Metropolis was found in an Argentinian vault. Reuters reports the happy news that veteran film critic Todd McCarthy is returning to the printed page. Unceremoniously dismissed by Variety 7 months ago in a misguided...
Posted On 06 Oct 2010

The Town (not) Called Malice

Imagine there’s no haters It isn’t hard to do… Imagine all the people Living life in peace Stop dreaming. But this week critics came closer to that mellow state of mind than we’ve seen since forever. When reviews for The Town started coming on strong a few...
Posted On 17 Sep 2010

Ebert Revives At the Movies for PBS with Elvis Mitchell and Christy Lemire

No one else but Ebert would do something this cool. Because it’s PBS, he doesn’t have to go the traditional route of “two white guys,” he can change it up and hire those who do the job well. This will be on my must-watch list, as it is with Anne Thompson,...
Posted On 10 Sep 2010

Top 10 Most Influential Film Critics?

I’ll go ahead and assemble the names we’ve collected into a poll ballot, just for the curiosity element and sheer time-killing fun of it. (which, obviously, were the only real reasons for me raising the question to begin with. My own idle thumb-twiddling curiosity.)...
Posted On 13 Aug 2010

Cream of the Crop, Top of the Heap: The Critics Who Matter Most

MetaCritic typically collects reviews from around 40 critics and Rotten Tomatoes names roughly the same number among its ‘Top Critics.’ The individual lists of critics change from film to film, with a core group of 25 who never seem to miss a movie. 20 other critics...
Posted On 12 Aug 2010