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Posted by · 2:15 pm · January 15th, 2011

Nothing to say or add this weekend.  I turn the floor fully over to you.  Open thread.  Go!

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  • 1 1-15-2011 at 2:20 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Well, since MLK Day is approaching, I’m wondering if anyone has a favorite portrayal of Dr. King on television or film? Also, why is it that Hollywood hasn’t yet attempted a “definitive” biopic of him?

  • 2 1-15-2011 at 3:13 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Kris, is there any major movie you haven’t seen yet pre-Oscars? i.e., have you seen Biutiful? Harry 7? I can’t remember. For me, it’s Another Year and Biutiful. Those are the only 2 left I need to see to be satisfied (for my own personal lists and whatnot).

  • 3 1-15-2011 at 3:18 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Saw Biutiful at Telluride. Never saw HP7. I’ll hold off until the final chapter. What I missed that I really wanted to see was Everyone Else and White Material. Not major films, but those are the ones for me.

  • 4 1-15-2011 at 3:28 pm

    JJ1 said...

    Cool. All of my top 10s (covering about 20 categories or so) are set except I feel as if Bardem, Manville, and Another Year’s screenplay will make my lists; so I’m itching to see them to feel ‘complete’ for the season. I don’t believe either film (of the ones I need to see) come near me for several weeks. Grr.

    On Harry 7, I feel like FX is a strong possibility for a nom. I also feel like it could slide into Art Direction (as the Harrys have in the past), and I enjoyed the score greatly. But methinks Desplat will get in for TKS, or a surprise GW.

    Thanks again for Enjoy tomorrow’s festivities.

  • 5 1-15-2011 at 3:31 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I saw “Rabbit Hole” yesterday and am seeing “The Illusionist” tomorrow. “Rabbit Hole” was surprising, graceful, and refreshingly unsentimental. Wonderful film that deserves more recognition.

  • 6 1-15-2011 at 3:42 pm

    JJ1 said...

    I agree about ‘Rabbit Hole”. Shame it isn’t going wider (yet, or much more?).

  • 7 1-15-2011 at 3:47 pm

    Hans said...

    I’m in the middle of watching Exit Through the Gift Shop right now. Paused for a phone interview. I’m liking what I’m seeing so far.

  • 8 1-15-2011 at 3:48 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Did anyone see The Green Hornet? How was it?

    I haven’t been particularly interested in seeing it, but it got better reviews than I expected and audiences seem to like it for the most part. Would it be worth seeing as a non-3D matinée, with low expectations?

  • 9 1-15-2011 at 3:53 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    @Graysmith: I’d hate to hear your initial expectations if you think that Green Hornet’s reviews are actually surpassing them.

  • 10 1-15-2011 at 3:55 pm

    Hero said...

    I’m just bouncing off the walls because it looks like a theater a little over an hour away is getting The Way Back next weekend. *crosses fingers for no snow*

  • 11 1-15-2011 at 3:57 pm

    Keil Shults said...


    Name a few movies that would fit this criteria:

    A) You absolutely love them.
    B) You have seen them many, many times.
    C) You hold them near and dear to your heart.
    D) While they may be critically acclaimed, they are not films that are widely considered masterpieces.
    E) While critically acclaimed, they aren’t films that are frequently discussed, year in and year out, on movie blogs such as this one.

    A prime example for me would be Breaking Away, written by Steve Tesich and directed by Peter Yates.

  • 12 1-15-2011 at 4:01 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’d have to think on that. Seems to me a number of Sidney Lumet’s films would fit.

  • 13 1-15-2011 at 4:09 pm

    Graysmith said...


    I don’t know, the early buzz just made it seem like everyone was expecting it to be a total train wreck. No one seemed to like the trailers. But it’s got 44% on Rotten Tomatoes, which obviously isn’t particularly good, but not nearly as bad as I was expecting either. It’s a January release after all, you never have high hopes for them.. Although this one is probably one of the most high-profile films ever released in January..

    Anyway, I was just looking for some thoughts if anyone saw it.

  • 14 1-15-2011 at 4:20 pm

    JCS said...

    @Keil Shults

    I’m not Tapley, but I can answer that, at least for myself, in what’s probably my favourite film of all time: Network, directed by Lumet at written by Paddy Chayefsky.

    I absolutely love it (satisfying (A)); have seen it at least 10 times (B and C); it won 4 Oscars yet doesn’t seem to resonate with many modern critics or appear on many Top 10 lists (D); it’s never really talked about nowadays, and was only discussed this year after Peter Travers compared TSN to it at the NYFF.

  • 15 1-15-2011 at 5:25 pm

    The Dude said...

    Supposedly “White Material” is getting the Criterion treatment. Which means the DVD will be awesome (and, most likely, it will be instant-stream eligible for netflix!!!!!).

  • 16 1-15-2011 at 5:37 pm

    Daniel said...

    Saw Exit Through the Gift Shop finally and was floored. Absolutely loved it. I also saw Green Hornet and The Dilemma. Surprisingly liked Green Hornet even though i expected it to be boring trash. Really upbeat film. Dilemma was a shocking bore.

    Oh and by the way, if you wanna win some movie posters …

  • 17 1-15-2011 at 5:45 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    @Tapley & JCS

    Funny you should mention Lumet, because I went through a major Lumet phase years back, and I certainly feel he’s an underrated filmmaker.

    A film of his that most certainly meets these criteria for me would be Running on Empty.

    And while I love Network, I’d say it’s widely hailed as a masterpiece, though perhaps not as frequently discussed as it deserves.

  • 18 1-15-2011 at 5:56 pm

    Cathy said...

    Does anyone agree that Natalie Portman should wear Bjork’s swan dress, to the Acadamey ceremony, in black?

  • 19 1-15-2011 at 6:07 pm

    Squirrelman said...


    The Green Hornet was actually a bit better than I expected. There was humor, action-packed bits, and a decent Christoph Waltz. It’s a pretty good ride for January.

    @Robert Hamer- I’ll answer this in two parts.

    A) For some reason, I can’t recall any off of the top of my head. If anyone could give an example, it’d be nice

    B) I don’t know. I think that if Hollywood did a biopic on MLK, I think that it could also extend the possibility of a broad biopic of the Civil Rights Movement itself (which would also focus on Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, etc…) that could be from MLK’s perspective.

    It’d be a very interesting film covering a very interesting time in recent history.

  • 20 1-15-2011 at 6:08 pm

    Scott Coleman said...

    Kris you must tell us more about your history so far as in why you were in London for a few months and how you got to where you are now and how?! This is quite an intimate site and i really think it would be interesting just to find out that extra bit of detail about you guys.

  • 21 1-15-2011 at 6:09 pm

    Squirrelman said...

    I’m also guessing that one of the high points (possibly even the climax) of the movie (if it should be made) would be Dr. King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, D.C.

  • 22 1-15-2011 at 6:33 pm

    Lesley said...

    Just watched 12 Angry Men… how come they don’t make movies like that anymore?

  • 23 1-15-2011 at 6:43 pm

    Keil Shults said...


    The answer lies somewhere between Jaws and Jersey Shore.

  • 24 1-15-2011 at 6:46 pm

    Keil Shults said...

    Criterion announced its April titles:

    Blow Out (Brian De Palma)
    Kes (Ken Loach)
    White Material (Claire Denis)

  • 25 1-15-2011 at 7:05 pm

    Maxim said...

    Hey, it’s not the fault of Jaws that imitators could never match it for smarts, quality and greatness.

  • 26 1-15-2011 at 7:08 pm

    Daniel said...

    Hey Kris – Since I know you’re a fan of Westerns, what do you think of Budd Boetticher? I just saw Ride Lonesome and can’t say I was very impressed. Loved the Cinemascope visuals though.

  • 27 1-15-2011 at 7:10 pm

    monkey said...

    I would love to see a MLk biopic, who would you guys like to see play the central characters. I was thinking maybe Jeffery Wright as MLK and maybe Sophie Okonodo as Coretta what do you guys think .

  • 28 1-15-2011 at 7:17 pm

    Andrej said...

    I just came back from a screening of The Last Station with my mother. Right on time for last year’s Oscars, I know!

    It’s a bit underwhelming. Several bits of possibly intriguing plot devices were discarded midway through the story, and the sillyness of the first half clashed hard with the overdramatic latter half.

    Plummer was fine, but Mirren was increasingly chewing the scenery as the movie went. However, it’s not so bad overall, it’s just a bit lightweight. Besides, we just had seen A Prophet the night before and everything was gonna feel a tad ‘whatever’ in comparison.

  • 29 1-15-2011 at 7:24 pm

    Chase Kahn said...

    Speaking of westerns, I just watched “Night Passage” the other day and was really taken aback by how gorgeous the autumnal Technirama photography was. The film? It’s no Anthony Mann.

  • 30 1-15-2011 at 8:13 pm

    Kyle T. said...


    I also need to see Another Year before I can make a definitive year end best list. That, Somewhere and 127 hours (none of which have opened anywhere near me). There are also some docs that have yet to make an apperance in my three cinema town (Inside Job, Waiting for Superman).

    I too think HP7 could pop up in more below the line categories than a lot of people think. It was without a doubt one of the most beautiful and well crafted movies I saw this year.

  • 31 1-15-2011 at 9:57 pm

    red_wine said...

    Everyone Else IS a major film, one of the most significant films made this year. I think it is greater than all the films vying for Best Picture slots at this year’s Oscars, its even better than Toy Story 3.

  • 32 1-16-2011 at 2:10 am

    Mark said...

    @Cathy: I’m with you!

  • 33 1-16-2011 at 2:21 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Keil’s question at #11 was directed to Kris, but when I read his criteria, my own answer immediately popped into my head, so:

    A River Runs Through It.

  • 34 1-16-2011 at 6:13 am

    JJ1 said...

    I have a film for #11:

    It applies to a,b,c,e, and sort of d.

    1995, Dolores Claiborne. I swear, everytime I watch that movie I can’t believe it got little to no recognition. Kathy Bates, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Plummer, David Strathairn, Judy Parfitt … all at the absolute top of their games. Riveting story, a wonderfully gloomy atmosphere (cinematography, make-up, sound, musical score). It got good reviews, but it just didn’t matter that year. 1995 was a clusterf*ck; Oscarwise.

  • 35 1-16-2011 at 8:28 am

    DylanS said...

    #11- For me, it’s “The Green Mile”, A film that I hold in the same regard as Frank Darabont’s more appreciated “Shawshank”. Along with being a facinating story, the film is anchored by, for my money, the greatest ensemble cast in the history of film. And I’ll never forget the first scene Wild Bill appears in and thinking “Who is this Guy?”. That guy turned out to be Sam Rockwell, who is unquestionably my favorite actor. Now ten years later finally getting a certain amount of recognition for work like “Moon” and “Conviction”.

  • 36 1-16-2011 at 9:24 am

    JJ1 said...

    ‘Green Mile’ is definitely a movie that – when it’s on TV, I always stop and watch it for a while, if not for the rest of the time. It’s viewed as hokey, I know. But there’s a definitely movie magic power it it, as well.

  • 37 1-16-2011 at 9:49 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Scott: I’m guessing you weren’t a visitor of the site back when I was in London, but it was part of my journalism graduate school study. I interned at The Times.

    How I got to where I am now is a long and sordid story. Some day I’ll buy you a drink and commiserate, but the short version is it wasn’t planned and here I am…for now.

    Daniel: Big fan of what Boetticher did. A great alternative to the work of Ford and Mann in their day. Saw Ride Lonesome at a westerns course I took on a whim at USC and thought it was great. I have his big DVD box set. You should pick it up.

    red_wine: I don’t doubt it. But you get my point.

  • 38 1-16-2011 at 10:17 am

    Colby said...

    Hey guys, bit of self promotion here. I started a blog focusing on images from the last shot of films. Was hoping some of you could check it out.


  • 39 1-16-2011 at 10:44 am

    Paul Outlaw said...

    #11 – Any one of the five features directed by Todd Haynes.

  • 40 1-16-2011 at 11:41 am

    Andrej said...

    Great tumblr, Colby ☺A Serious Man, Buried or animated movies like Fantasia and Akira could be nice additions to your blog.

  • 41 1-16-2011 at 12:11 pm

    Mark said...

    Nice work Colby.

  • 42 1-16-2011 at 1:47 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    I watched “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” and it’s certainly one of the weirdest movies I’ve ever seen. I don’t think I’ve ever seen another film with a scene where a catfish performs oral sex on a woman.