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2010 Year in Review

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INCEPTION
The Quick & Dirty:  The film of the year.  Christopher Nolan gets better and better as a filmmaker, and this deliberately confusing labyrinth of a film is almost on par with the excellence of The Dark Knight

THE SOCIAL NETWORK
The Quick & Dirty:  Excellent acting, masterful direction and well-structured story-telling make this a top contender for film of the year.  Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake espcially shine.


TRUE GRIT
The Quick & Dirty:  The Coens do it, yet again.  Another example in a long list of films that prove that they are modern-day masters.  The cast is top notch, the camerawork beautiful.  Overall an excellent piece of filmmaking. 

BLACK SWAN
The Quick & Dirty:  Darren Aronofsky is one of the modern-day masters.  Incredible direction, slick-and-disturbing camera work and fine acting makes this one of the year's best films.

TOY STORY 3
The Quick & Dirty:  Pixar does it again.  A surprisingly existential kid's film, TS3 has some leg…

2010 Golden Globe Nominations

The Hollywood Foreign Press released the list of nominees for this year's Golden Globes, with some interesting choices...


BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
BLACK SWAN
THE FIGHTER
INCEPTION
THE KING’S SPEECH
THE SOCIAL NETWORK

As of yet, I've only seen Inception and The Social Network, which to me are the best films of the year so far. Black Swan and The Fighter look like strong films, though.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
HALLE BERRY - FRANKIE AND ALICE
NICOLE KIDMAN - RABBIT HOLE
JENNIFER LAWRENCE - WINTER’S BONE
NATALIE PORTMAN - BLACK SWAN
MICHELLE WILLIAMS - BLUE VALENTINE

I think I'm really going to need to check out Winter's Bone.

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
JESSE EISENBERG - THE SOCIAL NETWORK
COLIN FIRTH - THE KING’S SPEECH
JAMES FRANCO - 127 HOURS
RYAN GOSLING - BLUE VALENTINE
MARK WAHLBERG - THE FIGHTER

Eisenberg was very strong in the Social Network, but looks like Dicaprio got snubbed.  He put in great perfor…

Marvel Releases Official Thor Trailer

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The Essential Films of Leslie Nielsen

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The world lost a comedy icon on November 28, 2010: Leslie Nielsen. This man starred in some of my favorite movies as a kid, and while he started his career as a dramatic actor, he will forever be known as one of the most quotable comedic actors from the most quotable comedies ever made. Here are three films you should watch to honor the man.


Airplane! (1980)

I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley. 

Airplane! was one of the first parodies I’ve ever seen. A movie that mocks other famous films and has a ludicrous story with lots of sight gags and one-liners. The difference is that while some are good, and most are freaking terrible, Airplane! stands above all of them. It’s the Citizen Kane of goofball comedies. The story doesn’t even revolve around Nielsen, who plays Dr. Rumack, a passenger on the doomed airplane. But he’s certainly the scene stealer (with Robert Stack getting an honorable mention.) What made this performance so awesome, and really what made MOST of his work so hilarious…

Leslie Nielsen Passes Away

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I was saddened to hear about the passing of Leslie Nielsen yesterday.  Nielsen was one of the great comic actors of all time, and don't let anyone tell you differently.
Nielsen started off his career as a television actor and made his motion picture debut in 1956's Ransom.  He went to star in films as varied as Forbidden Planet, Beau Geste and The Poseidon Adventure, but he spent most of his early career in television and supporting roles.  
Then came Airplane! in 1980 and everything changed.  His performance was so brilliant that from that point forward he became known primarily as a comedic actor... and not just that, but a comedic leading man.  He took his newfound comedic success to a strange little television show called "Police Squad!"  While that show didn't last more than 6 episodes, it somehow managed to spawn an incredibly successful and equally hilarious film series in The Naked Gun.  From that point on, he cemented himself as a comedy legend and deli…

Marvel Releases Photos from Captain America: The First Avenger

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31 Essential Films to Watch This Halloween

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Yes, I promised a Top 100 Countdown of the greatest films of all time.  I'm still working on that blog.  In the mean time, however, being that fall is my favorite time of year, and Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, we'll be doing something a little fun.


31 Essential Films you should watch this Halloween season.


Now, for the record this isn't a countdown.  There is no rhyme or reason to the order of the films.  Also, not all of them are horror movies.  (Though most of them are.)  I am by no means a horror film expert.  I've seen many, but definitely not all of the essential horror films.  I'll leave the horror expertise the guys over at the They're Coming To Get You  podcast.  Some of them are comedies.  Some children's films.  All of them, I feel, are Essential Films that help define the Halloween season.


And here we go...



PSYCHO 1960 Directed by:  Alfred Hitchcock Starring:  Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles, Janet Leigh
She just goes a little mad sometimes. We…