Of the Day – 12.21.09

Read of the Day:

  • Nick Davis is unenthusiastic about almost all of the top 20 most buzzed films of the year. He sounds like a seasonal Scrooge, but I’m glad to see somebody shares my lack of enthusiasm for films like An Education and District 9. [Nick’s Flick Picks]

News of the Day:

  • The Criterion Collection is now in cahoots with Netflix and a plethora of great films just got added to their Watch Instantly list. [CHUD]

Review of the Day:

  • David Poland compares It’s Complicated to Spanglish. [The Hot Blog]

Oscar News of the Day:

  • The latest Gurus of Gold chart has been posted and the experts say it’s pretty much anybody’s game in every category except the Supporting ones. [Movie City News]

Picture of the Day:

  • (Above) I thought I’d post a photo of one of the first truly great performances in cinematic history as a nice contrast to the new CGI-acting that has been emerging in the current decade. It’s Renee Maria Falconetti in Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). [Old Hollywood]

Trailer of the Day:

  • This is one of the stupidest trailers you will ever see, but watch it anyway just to laugh at the tragic course Hollywood is on. [Rope of Silicon]

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  • I haven’t heard of most of these Criterion films (exceptions include “Rashomon”, “The Seven Samurai”, and “The Seventh Seal”). But this is still awesome news, and I’ll definitely be viewing quite a few of them over the next few months. Thanks for calling this to my attention. And as for this Nick Davis guy, well… let’s just say he’s not a guy I would take seriously. Who didn’t like “Star Trek”?

  • Nick Davis is a very good writer and I normally trust his taste in film, but everyone has their “off” years. Last year, for example, I thought the Oscar field was incredibly weak.

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