THE LISTS: Top 10 highest grossing films of the decade derived from original material

Posted by · 11:45 am · September 1st, 2009

Behold! I give to you the very first edition of The Lists to be based on fact and not opinion — unless you count box office data as the ultimate opinion of the masses. The decade is drawing to a close and unless something miraculous happens, the top 10 highest grossing films of the aughts […]

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AMPAS narrows the visual effects field to seven

Posted by · 10:11 am · January 6th, 2009

Last month, the Academy whittled the contenders for Best Visual Effects down to 15 hopefuls.  Today, the branch has chipped away at it further. And then there were seven: “Australia” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “Iron Man” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” “The Mummy: […]

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Best in show: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 10:22 am · December 19th, 2008

The year is slowly coming to a close, and after this week’s year-in-review pieces, I’m happy to see so much healthy and spirited discussion on my humble picks for the year’s best films.  Today I’m wrapping all of that up with a list of superlatives, some of them in your usual categories, the staples, some […]

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15 films vie for visual effects recognition

Posted by · 7:41 pm · December 12th, 2008

A little late to the party on this.  Been out, so, apologies.  But it looks like AMPAS has narrowed the Best Visual Effects field to 15 contenders, as follows: “Australia” “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian” “Cloverfield” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “The Day the Earth Stood Still” “Hancock” “Hellboy II: […]

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INTERVIEW: Eddie Marsan

Posted by · 8:29 am · October 20th, 2008

It is somehow fitting that I meet Eddie Marsan not in the lounge of some swanky West End hotel or members’ club, but amid the worn wooden chairs and scuffed 1970s wallpaper of his local pub in the villagey West London suburb of Chiswick. For Marsan is not a movie star, but an actor — […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume One

Posted by · 9:45 am · October 16th, 2008

While cinematographers and film music composers may sometimes find themselves featured in the media more than many of their crafts artist colleagues, the one “tech” discipline awarded by the Academy that often brings people into the movie theaters on its own is visual effects. The category is whittled down to three nominees after the year’s […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 movie-related costumes for 2008

Posted by · 11:06 pm · October 14th, 2008

It’s that time of year.  Candy fills the aisles of grocery stores, retail outlets are reaching that awkward phase when Halloween decorations lie next to Christmas items (they unleash them earlier and earlier each year) and, if you’re lucky to be some place where they actually have seasons, leaves are decorating the ground. It’s also […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Who we are, who we want to be

Posted by · 9:07 am · October 6th, 2008

In an election year, topical films indicate a culture making sense of itself.

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Movie stingers: do they work?

Posted by · 4:39 am · July 8th, 2008

If you saw “Hancock” over the weekend, you probably noticed a brief scene in the middle of the closing credits sequence featuring Mike Epps and meant as a funny punch for your theater exiting pleasure. It got me thinking about inter- and post-credit sequences — called “stingers” — and whether they ought to be eliminated altogether.  I ask this despite […]

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So…does Michael Mann have a SAG card?

Posted by · 2:50 pm · July 5th, 2008

I dropped in to see “Hancock” tonight and was frankly taken out of the film for the five minutes or so filmmaker Michael Mann was on screen. I noticed him initially, figured hey, Peter Berg let his mentor slide into the film with an on-screen cameo (Berg’s offices are two or three doors down from […]

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Posted by · 10:31 am · June 20th, 2008

How am I walking the streets of London and missing stuff like this?  Courtesy of The London Paper (via Cinematically Correct and Awards Daily): Truth be told, I am REALLY looking forward to “Hancock.”  Despite obvious flaws here and there, I have always found Peter Berg to be a fascinating filmmaker who seems restless, always […]

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Most anticipated films of the summer

Posted by · 12:50 pm · April 8th, 2008

The release of “Iron Man” is breathing down our necks, if you can believe it. And with it comes the 2008 summer movie season, which looks to be an overall kick-ass time at the cineplex. Usually I end up peppering in a few unexpected flicks in a summer list such as this, but beyond maybe […]

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