CINEJABBER: The “M” word

Posted by · 1:08 pm · September 25th, 2010

I received an email today from a reader addressing a concern I’ve long had at the back of my mind, but I never really figured out a way to deal with it. In a nutshell, we discuss films early, generally before release around these parts, and when a large majority of you get a chance […]

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The films you’re supposed to love, but don’t

Posted by · 5:49 am · July 24th, 2009

Bound to raise many a film buff’s hackles, The Guardian carries an entertaining piece today by novelist Tim Lott on the subject of “the worst best films ever made” — in other words, the roundly lauded and canonized classics that routine appear on “all-time greatest” lists but, well, simply aren’t all that. It’s a wholly […]

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Your ranked list of the 10 most influential films of all time

Posted by · 9:43 am · June 10th, 2009

And with that, our poll series comes to a screeching halt.  I’ve already offered some thoughts on how all of this turned out.  I hope readers unfamiliar with some of the films I’ve been harping on will take that to heart and at least seek them out.  You owe it to yourself as a film […]

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Which moments hooked you?

Posted by · 11:43 pm · April 24th, 2009

I love the current poll series about the most influential films of all time, but it got me thinking about the moments in movies that hooked me on cinema forever. You know, the ones we see as kids that have an enormous impact on us, forever bonding us to this art form we all so […]

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POLL: The most influential films of all time, round one, part two

Posted by · 2:07 pm · April 22nd, 2009

And with that, part one of the first round of voting comes to a close.  Go here for the background on our survey. Today, we have 10 fresh titles in the left sidebar for you to rifle through on the way to choosing THREE worthy of moving forward to the next round.  Each poll throughout […]

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TCM’s top 15 most influential classic movies

Posted by · 12:33 pm · April 13th, 2009

Well, here’s something I guess.  Rope of Silicon points us to TCM’s list of the top 15 most influential “classic” films of all time.  I actually started working up such a list for the site a while back but abandoned it for whatever reason.  It was going to include all comers, though, not just classic […]

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Define ‘upset’

Posted by · 5:11 pm · February 5th, 2009

Let’s get this straight: an upset and an injustice are two very different things. When a nominee that isn’t widely expected to win beats one that is, that’s an upset. When a highly deserving underdog loses to a less deserving favourite, that’s an injustice. The latter arguably happens more frequently in Oscar history than the […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Memo to the Academy

Posted by · 9:11 am · December 29th, 2008

–MEMO– TO: Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences FROM: Kristopher Tapley RE: The ballot you recently received Ladies and gentleman, As you sit to ponder the year’s best in your various fields of professional expertise, you might find yourself strong-armed into the consensus view 2008’s film product has been whittled down […]

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Just because I don’t get it, doesn’t mean it’s not good

Posted by · 8:02 am · December 22nd, 2008

Kris is taking some heat in some quarters for his comments on “WALL-E,” and while he has never said it was a bad film, he didn’t fall over himself seeking superlatives for it either.  In fact, the movie did not do much for Kris, which is an unpopular sentiment, given the critics awards and rave […]

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Alone: when you hate a movie everyone else seems to love

Posted by · 11:16 am · September 2nd, 2008

In 1996 I remember sitting in a packed screening room watching “The English Patient”; it was close to the end when Ralph Fiennes leaves Kristin Scott-Thomas in the cave, promising to come back, never to return, leaving her (through no fault of his own) to perish. I couldn’t help thinking at the time: “For fuck’s […]

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Alright…the 20 WORST endings of all time from The Times

Posted by · 1:10 am · July 17th, 2008

So The Times has followed up last week’s collective assessment of the 20 greatest movie endings of all time today with a list of the worst, and there are some reasonable choices here and there. Like “Grease” for starters, probably my favorite movie musical but with an undeniably wretched denouement. And then there’s the cheeky […]

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THE LISTS: Top 20 movie endings of all time

Posted by · 3:56 am · July 14th, 2008

Alright, this was painstaking indeed. After The Times of London saw fit to rock out a list of the 20 best movie endings of all time last week, I thought I’d try my own hand at such a collective. There are some omissions that might surprise some folks (“Bonnie and Clyde,” “The Graduate,” “Carrie”). At […]

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What are the best movie endings of all time?

Posted by · 4:01 am · July 10th, 2008

I was working on this piece yesterday (nothing major — just pulling together the YouTube clips), but I wasn’t aware how the list was going to pan out.  “Carrie” at the top?  Not so sure about that. But The Times critics like to be contrarian.  Just take a look at their Top 100 Films of […]

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