Best in show 2010: the year in superlatives

Posted by · 10:07 am · December 17th, 2010

The week, and with it, the bulk of my 2010 coverage, draws to a close today with a look at the best of the best. I’m offering up a personal list of superlatives, including most Oscar categories and some other fun fields thrown in for good measure. A tradition at this point. There will be […]

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Visual effects race whittled down to 15

Posted by · 3:43 pm · December 10th, 2010

This is the first year the race for Best Visual Effects will feature five nominees.  So take a third of these lucky semi-finalists and there we are.  The five I think most are expecting to show up are still in the mix. The most surprising omission for me is “Black Swan,” which used digital wizardry […]

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TECH SUPPORT: Best Visual Effects — Volume I

Posted by · 9:07 am · September 9th, 2010

How often do you go to the movies to escape? To be immersed into a different world, whether it be fantastical, thrilling or action-packed? For many movie-goers, if not most, the answer is “frequently.” Visual effects often play a massive role in this experience.  Studios invest heavily in them and frequently try to sell films […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Things get Cruisazy!

Posted by · 9:19 pm · June 25th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. This post is a little late so sorry if it’s brief. Turned out to be a very hectic Friday. I should have gone to a “Jonah Hex” screening for a little piece and solitude. Hey-oh! But seriously folks, we have two new releases to talk about, […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Wonder toys

Posted by · 4:57 pm · June 20th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. As it turns out, Armond White was unable to convince most Americans to not see “Toy Story 3.” Pixar’s eleventh animated feature became their highest debuting in history with a $109.0 million weekend. That also makes it the third biggest June debut and third biggest animated […]

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MONDAY CENTS: Uh-oh

Posted by · 4:05 pm · May 31st, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. The number one movie over the long Memorial Day weekend is “Shrek Forever After” with $55.7 million. That’s the lowest amount for a chart-topping film over Memorial Day since “How to Train Your Dragon” at least. The runner-up spot is a toss up. “Prince of Persia: […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: Disrespect the Middle East edition

Posted by · 2:44 pm · May 28th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. There’s a mild controversy every time a “Sex and the City” movie comes out where it is mercilessly trashed for existing by male critics who, the accusation goes, often let comparable trash starring men get off easy. Well, you all know that I can not be […]

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AMPAS will vote on expanding visual effects category to five

Posted by · 10:58 am · May 18th, 2010

Expansion is the thing these days.  And after last year’s shift from five Best Picture nominees to 10, it’s looking like the wheels are in motion to finally cough up another two slots in the category of Best Visual Effects, a move I think many will agree is a long time coming. But we’re not […]

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