Of the Day – 12.22.10

Read of the Day:

  • The Toronto International Film Festival Committee has revised their Essential 100 Films List. I have still only seen about half of them. [Thompson on Hollywood]

News of the Day:

  • indieWIRE reveals the results of their 2010 Critics Poll and guess which film tops the chart? [indieWIRE]

Review of the Day:

  • Craig Kennedy calls Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere “more honest and more confident” than Lost in Translation. [Living in Cinema]

Oscar News of the Day:

  • The Academy’s ever more confusing music branch has disqualified a handful of film scores (more on this later). [HitFix]

Free Movie of the Day:

  • Catch the original True Grit from 1969 on TCM tonight at 8pm ET/7pm CT. [TCM]

Movie Quote of the Day:

  • “The only people who grow old were born old to begin with.” — Name the movie?
    Yesterday’s Answer: A Christmas Story (1980)

Picture of the Day:

  • A very hilariously inappropriate Harry Potter funhouse with Harry gripping his “broom.” [/Film]

Video of the Day:

  • This Tron Holiday Special promo may be a spoof, but it very well could have been real. [Funny or Die]

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  • If “Somewhere” is better than “Lost in Translation”… it’ll be the best movie of the year by far.

    I highly doubt that, though. Coppola’s never going to top that magical film, in my opinion.

  • Brandon Cooley

    I’ve seen 42 out of the 100.

    Can someone explain to me why The Searchers and The Maltese Falcon are on there. With the exception of the opening scene in The Searchers, both movies are bland, stereotypical hollywood movies. Did the Toronto people ever see The Grapes of Wrath, John Ford’s masterpiece.
    Not only is The Maltese Falcon on there when it shouldn’t be but it’s above Chinatown and The Third Man.

  • @G1000 – I don’t think Craig is saying that ‘Somewhere’ is better, just more honest. Too much honesty is not always a good thing and I’ve heard that the pacing is a bit too slow as the film forces everything to be “real.”

    @Brandon – I agree completely with ‘The Maltese Falcon’. I never understood the sensation surrounding that film. The only thing it seems to have going for it is a few quotable lines and a great performance from Bogie. However, ‘The Searchers’ is definitely worthy. In context it is a brilliant look at the triumph of humanity over prejudice and the trials of man vs. nature. I haven’t seen ‘The Grapes of Wrath’, but ‘The Searchers’ is definitely one of Ford’s best.

  • Andrew R.

    Don’t bother with the 100 Essential Films list. Trust me.

    If Somewhere is better than Lost in Translation, I’ll be in shock.

  • Glad to see I’m not the only one wondering why “The Maltese Falcon” is so great. “The Searchers” is pretty good, but I’m with Brandon: nothing legendary. There have been plenty of better Westerns (“Shane”, “High Noon”…)

  • G1000, I didn’t say Somewhere is better than Lost in Translation, just more honest and more confident. Truth be told, I prefer LiT, but Somewhere is stripped down and no B.S. There is nothing for Coppola to hide behind and I admire that.

  • Also, thanks for the plug Alex!

  • Jose

    Shame about Black Swan, I was in awe of its soundtrack and though that if it was nominated it should win.

    I wasn’t impressed with True Grit, The Kids Are All Right, and The Fighter though, so no loss.

    It’s a shame though how Inception and The Social Network are the frontrunners, not only did I not think that the scores for both films were undeserving of the Oscar attention, but I also just hate how both How to Train Your Dragon and The Ghost Writer are not receiving attention here.

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