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Saturday
Mar062010

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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Thursday
Dec312009

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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Friday
Dec252009

UP IN THE AIR, thank you for working

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Ryan Bingham spends his time flying around the country firing people. His mornings start with a trip through airport security and the cheap sushi at the terminal is a warm reminder of home to him. That is, until he's grounded. From Jason Reitman, director of Thank You For Smoking and Juno, Up in the Air is a fascinating view on the suitcase lifestyle of a man who ruins the lives of others, and likes it. Reitman has a knack for directing stories about men with despicable jobs, and this is his best work yet.

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