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Of the Weekend – 01.15-17.10

Read of the Weekend: Kristopher Tapley wrote up a fantastic tribute to the technical elements of the best movie of 2009, A Serious Man. [In Contention] News of the Weekend: The Criterion Collection has announced their April slate of releases including Jean-Luc Godard’s Vivre Sa Vie, Olivier Assayas’ Summer Hours, and Ang Lee’s Ride With […]

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2009 IN REVIEW: Top 10 Films

Creating an annual top ten list is really a high pressure endeavor. Many of the films listed below I have only seen once and although they made a great initial impression on me, it’s hard to know if they have lasting power. Usually I re-assess my top ten list in June/July of the following year […]

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Satellite Awards 2009

Finally an awards body went for something a little different than the rest of the crowd. And finally, Michael Stuhlbarg got some props. It’s looking less and less likely that his fantastic performance in A Serious Man is going to be recognized with an Oscar nod. They also went with an outside the box pick […]

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Of the Day – 12.14.09

Read of the Day: Kris Tapley always does a great end of the year piece. This year he gives top ranks to A Serious Man. [In Contention] News of the Day: Our tax dollars are hard at work combating movie piracy as Congress sets aside $30 million for the tracking down and prosecution of movie […]

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THE STATE OF THE RACE: Best Picture

NOTE: From now on, rather than doing a sweeping update where I make predictions in all categories at once, I will be gradually updating a few categories each week, complete with an article. The brief worries that set in earlier in the week about Precious‘s Oscar chances have quickly faded as the Metacritic reviews have […]

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Of the Day – Episode 5 – 10.23.09

Read of the Day: October is horror movie month and one of my all-time favorites is Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Check out Danny Leigh’s write-up of why that movie gets better with each successive viewing. [The Guardian] News of the Day: Neill Blomkamp, director of Sci-Fi hit District 9 has signed on to direct another […]

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REVIEW: ‘A Serious Man’

Grade: A For a filmmaker, or artist in general, it seems to be an unwritten rule that once you’ve reached success in your career, you must revisit your childhood and dissect the environment that formed your personality. Sometimes these endeavors are dark and mysterious, sometimes they are comical and reminiscent, and sometimes they subvert the […]

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NEW IN THEATRES: A Week to Catch Up

Picks of the Week for October 23, 2009: 1) A Serious Man (194 theatres) Directed By: Joel and Ethan Coen Rotten Tomatoes: 86% | Metacritic: 79 I just saw this movie last night and it grew on me more and more as I lie awake last night thinking one it. It has become my favorite […]

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First 2009 Precursor – Gotham Independent Awards

The Gotham Independent Awards don’t necessarily give films a huge boost, but it doesn’t hurt to get as many precursor nominations as you can. Last year, of the five nominees none went on to get nominated for Best Picture, but that is not always the case. In 2005 both Brokeback Mountain and Capote received Gotham […]

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10 Awards Season Boosts Provided by Toronto

The most influential film festival of the year has come and gone with a lot of the necessary Awards discussion. Studios and Oscar watchers are now trying to get a feel for what the festival did to the Awards race. Which films and stars got the biggest boost? Which films have fallen off the charts? […]

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Toronto Film Festival Wrap-Up – Day #2

The weekend has begun to heat up north of the border and the films everybody has been waiting for are being screened. The second day has been full of praise, Oscar speculation, a few boos, and a little vomit (keep reading for more on that). Here is a wrap-up of news around the web for […]

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Clips from ‘A Serious Man’ Look Fantastic

My second most anticipated film of the fall had four new clips released today. The Coen Brothers’ next film A Serious Man is a comedy about a Jewish man named Larry Gopnik from Minnesota who struggles with his family life. The term “Jewish” and “Minnesota” are important in that synopsis because the film is loosely […]

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Most Anticipated Films of the Third Trimester

As I have mentioned in the past, I like to think of the year as divided into three trimesters – the beginning of the year studio dumping grounds between January and April, the summer blockbusters and Indie hits from May through August, and the adult-aimed Awards-bait films that appear between September and December. The quality […]

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Trailer for the Coen’s ‘A Serious Man’

I’m definitely looking forward to A Serious Man because of the local flavor. It is set and was filmed in Minnesota, the home of the Coen’s. Not quite as ‘Minnesota’ as Fargo, but definitely will have a lot of the same references. The film stars relative newcomer Michael Stuhlbarg in what could be a breakthrough […]

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News and Links: Back into the Swing of Things

My internet is back up and running and it’s time to get back into the swing of things. I’m working on a review and a best Chaplin movies article to wrap up the belated Chaplin month. Also, remember TOMORROW is the last day for the Daily Trivia Contest and the race is tight. Even if […]

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