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My 2010 Oscar picks (just in time)!

It's Oscar predicting time again. I am very fortunate to have seen all ten films nominated for Best Picture this year, and most other films that aren't in a short and/or foreign language category. I have to say, it's an odd year, but most of these films are quite deserving, except for The Blind Side. How the hell did that get in there? My favorite film of the year, 500 Days of Summer, got snubbed, but I don't control the universe so I can't complain.

So here's how this is going to work. I'm going to pick my favorites for each category. If I feel the need to spout off about a category, I will. These are my picks for what films/actors should win. These aren't necessarily what films/actors I think will win. The Oscars air tonight at 9 p.m. Okay, here we go.

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My 10 favorite films of 2009; also, Happy New Year!

It's the end of the year. You know, that time of the season when every website and publication names the "greatest" or "best" films of the year. I don't plan to tell you what the "best" movies of the year are, but here are my ten favorites of the many many of films I saw. Out of everything this year, these are the films that best captured my interest. These are movies I wanted to go see again and again. They're the ones I'll be adding to my DVD collection and recommend to friends. They are listed in no particular order. 

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PRECIOUS is the best movie I've seen this year


There's a lot of hype about Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire. It was a huge winner at the Cannes and Sundance film festivals in January/February and the buzz has only grown louder since. Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry even joined the fray, announcing they would help fund a U.S. theatrical release for the film. I must now ask you to forget the hype. Hype is never a good thing to take into a picture. Ignore what you know and try to enter fresh and clean. This likely isn't the movie you've imagined.

Precious defied my expectations. I was expecting something more like My Sister's Keeper, a film designed to make everyone cry; something more Hollywood. I thought Precious might have it hard, but have a secret gift, like a beautiful singing voice, that would help her rise out of poverty. Fortunately, Precious rises above by staying grounded.

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