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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