Monthly Archives: December 2010

One Man’s Opinion: My Top Ten Films of 2010

Yes, yes, I know: this is nothing more than a game. For one thing, a few of these movies aren’t technically from 2010. Many are from the prior year, having only just made it to America’s shores now. Some played … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Overwhelming First Viewings

Since it’s easy enough to find plenty of articles listing the authors’ best pictures of 2010, I won’t duplicate the exercise here. Instead, at the end of the year I’m thinking about how so many of us ponder what we … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Guilty Pleasures

This week’s list of five was prompted by “Guilty Pleasures by Mike White,” which was posted last month. Inspiration is always welcomed. Besides, if this isn’t the perfect season in which to celebrate our own peculiar proclivities, what part of … Continue reading

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The Ken Burns Effect

Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld squint, mumble, and take themselves very seriously in the Coen Brothers’ Here’s a question: Do filmmakers have a responsibility to the words that have inspired readers? If you base your movie on a great novel, are you obligated … Continue reading

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Christmas Classic: Holiday Affair

“The trouble with you is you don’t believe in happy endings.” – Steve Mason (Robert Mitchum) If there’s one movie I get jazzed about seeing this time of year, it’s this one. Released by RKO on December 24th, 1949, HOLIDAY … Continue reading

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Anticipation, Disappointment, and the Coen Brothers

As I sit and anticipate the release of True Grit (2010), I am reminded of my friends, who, over a decade ago, anticipated the release of the first episode of Star Wars. When Star Wars: Episode I (1999) was released, … Continue reading

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The Shattered Soul

There’s a question at the center of Black Swan (opening today at Richmond’s Bow Tie Cinemas), and it’s a curious one. My initial impression was that this ballet film would ask us to consider the nature of art, and most specifically: … Continue reading

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Five Film Favorites: Rock ‘n’ Roll

When considering music films for a favorites list there are so many different kinds of musicals and movies about music that the category begs to be narrowed. Therefore, for this list of five favorites, I’m looking only at rock ‘n’ … Continue reading

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This Week’s Birthday: Walt Disney

Awhile back, I was flipping channels and came across Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Now, normally, that would mean that I’d keep flipping, but in this case I had to stop. There, in the contestant’s chair, was an adult … Continue reading

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Double-Take: Kass 333

This morning I thought of Carole Kass, longtime movie critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who died at the age of 73 in 2000. So, for the sake of a little variety this week my post will be about her, instead … Continue reading

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