The Top 10 Shots of 2018

Posted by · 8:30 am · December 19th, 2018

(This article originally appeared at Variety.com.) The best cinematography of 2018 has come in black and white. It’s come in vibrant color. It’s come as photochemical reaction and as streams of ones and zeroes. It’s crossed genres and approaches, from horror and satire to costume porn and blockbuster action. It’s taken us from the hearth […]

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The Top 10 Shots of 2017

Posted by · 8:30 am · December 19th, 2017

(This article originally appeared at Variety.com.) “It’s a weird year.” That’s been a common refrain in virtually all circles over the last several months, mostly because this Oscar season has refused to conform to any typical paradigm. There is no best picture frontrunner. There isn’t even a consensus on the year’s best movie. One glance […]

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The Top 10 Shots of 2016

Posted by · 8:30 am · December 28th, 2016

(This article originally appeared at Variety.com.) For a decade now I’ve written about the year in single images. It’s an annual tradition that started on a whim — certain shots from “No Country for Old Men” and “The Bourne Ultimatum” spurred a desire to seek out other potent imagery and chew on it — and […]

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The Top 10 Shots of 2015

Posted by · 8:30 am · December 30th, 2015

(This article originally appeared at Variety.com.) This is the ninth year I’ve sat down to digest and meditate on the year in single cinematic images, and every time I do it, it’s an absolute joy. Happy accidents, intriguing intentions, strong visual thematic ideas and unique directorial vision can be found under every stone. You just […]

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On In Contention going to Variety

Posted by · 11:20 am · August 19th, 2015

On August 19, 2005, In Contention was born. (That was 10 years ago today for those keeping score at home.) It was born by accident, to be honest, not at all by design. I landed a gig, then I lost it before it even started, but I had all this material gathered and ready to […]

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Testing

Posted by · 11:18 pm · June 22nd, 2015

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HitFix’s In Contention content now available

Posted by · 11:00 pm · June 20th, 2015

As part of our exit agreement with HitFix in 2015, all of In Contention’s content from that period is now archived here at home base. In addition to its home at Uproxx (which acquired HitFix in 2016), you can now view it at www.incontention.com/hitfix.

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The Top 10 Shots of 2014

Posted by · 9:00 am · December 29th, 2014

(This article originally appeared at HitFix.com.) As more try to co-opt our patented, eight-year-strong “shots of the year” feature, it seemed like maybe I should start trying to get the package ready sooner rather than later. So I tried to hit it as hard as I could to get 2014’s list out to you by […]

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The Top 10 Shots of 2013

Posted by · 9:00 am · February 11th, 2014

(This article originally appeared at HitFix.com.) If you look here and there on the web these days, you might notice that more than a few outlets are now cooking up their own “top 10 shots of the year” pieces. Here we are in our seventh year of producing such a collective, but imitation is flattery, […]

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The Top 10 Shots of 2012

Posted by · 9:00 am · February 12th, 2013

(This article originally appeared at HitFix.com.) I decided to do something a little different with the shots column for this, its sixth year (and finally imitated — we’re flattered). I thought I’d go with a metric of instinct rather than analysis. First let me introduce the overall concept for those perhaps unfamiliar. Every year I […]

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The Top 10 Shots of 2011

Posted by · 9:00 am · February 14th, 2012

(This article originally appeared at HitFix.com.) They’re heeeeeeerrrrreeeeee. That’s right, the images have been assembled, the conversations have been had and the top 10 shots of 2011 are ready for their close-up (or over the shoulder, or two-shot, or insert, etc.). It’s become a bit of a tradition to note in this space that the […]

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Come join us at HitFix!

Posted by · 12:30 pm · September 20th, 2011

UPDATE: In Contention’s run with HitFix has come to an end. More to come… We have officially relocated to our new home at HitFix. So come on over to the new URL — hitfix.com/incontention — and join the on-going goings-on. All of yesterday’s material is backdated there and patiently awaits, so feel free to continue […]

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OFF THE CARPET: The great, appreciated unknown

Posted by · 5:47 pm · September 19th, 2011

As we move out of the Toronto fray, Venice and Telluride already a memory, we look to the season ahead. The starting gun echo of those three early fall festivals is beginning to fade away, and with the dust settled or settling, it’s interesting to note the lack of an inarguable emerging player. In fact, […]

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Alfredon’s ‘Tinker, Tailor’ smolders on screen

Posted by · 5:23 pm · September 19th, 2011

I don’t want to write too much about “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” right now because, point blank, I want to see it again and digest and — gasp! — consider. For now, though, I’ll start with this: It’s an impeccably made, satisfyingly dense piece of work from director Tomas Alfredson. It’s the rare film that […]

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‘J. Edgar’ trailer

Posted by · 5:07 pm · September 19th, 2011

One of the great unknowns of the season (as I’ll get into momentarily with today’s Off the Carpet column) is Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar.” Well today, we finally get a glimpse of the film via the trailer at Apple. The first thing of note, naturally, is Leonardo DiCaprio’s accent, which seems to come in and […]

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9/19 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Toronto Oscar bounces, threads in ‘Drive,’ adaptng le Carre

Posted by · 8:54 am · September 19th, 2011

• Anne Thompson talks “Rampart” with writer/director Oren Moverman. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Greg Ellwood ponders who got an Oscar bounce out of Toronto. [Awards Campaign] • Simon Kinnear on the clothing designs of “Drive.” [Clothes on Film]

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Lebanese foreign film submission ‘Where Do We Go Now?’ wins Toronto’s People’s Choice Award

Posted by · 11:24 am · September 18th, 2011

I can’t say I’m all that aware yet of Nadine Labaki’s “Where Do We Go Now?,” which Guy recently called “a serious-minded comedy with musical elements that premiered to warm reviews in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, where it earned a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury.” But the film has swooped in and nabbed […]

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Lion’ roars at the top

Posted by · 9:21 am · September 18th, 2011

Disney found a somewhat soft spot for children’s films in the 2011 schedule to slot “The Lion King 3D,” and they came away with a healthy #1 take this weekend. Assuming you’re okay with that being added to the film’s already impressive overall take from the summer of 1994, it leap-frogs “Finding Nemo” to become […]

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