Writers Guild of America Nominations Announced

Along with the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America is one of the strongest voting bodies in Hollywood. So, when they announce their nominations for the best of the year, it’s usually a pretty good precursor to the Oscars. Check out their 2010 nominees after the jump. Read More »

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Looking back, 2010 is not going to be remembered as a particularly good year for movies. In my mind, most of the 150 or so new films I saw from January to December are all muddled together in a big pile of mediocrity. When that happens though, it’s so much easier to pick out the truly great ones. To that end, picking my favorite movies of 2010 was easier than previous years. What was harder, though, was weeding through an insane amount of movies that didn’t end up getting released during 2010. Why recommend them if you can’t see them?

So, after the jump, you’ll find more than just a top ten of 2010. You’ll also find a five worst of 2010 and my top five of 2011 so far. Yes, that’s right. When everyone is strictly doing top tens for last year, we’ve got one for 2011 as well. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino’s Favorite Movies of 2010

Quentin Tarantino has released a list of his favorite films of 2010. Hit the jump to see the list.

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/Filmcast Ep. 129 – True Grit and Black Swan

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This week, David ChenDevindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley deliver their thoughts on two of this year’s most critically acclaimed films, debate whether or not the Coens have ever done a “straight genre exercise” before, plus offer a crazy theory about the real meaning of Black Swan and speculate on where Aronofsky’s career might be headed next. Thanks to all our listeners, sponsors, donors, and subscribers for an exciting 2010! Check back in a few days for our Top 10 Movies of 2010 in this week’s /Filmcast: After Dark.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. We are off until January 9th. Join us then at Slashfilm’s live page at 10 PM EST / 7 PM PST, where we’ll be reviewing Exit Through the Gift Shop.

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Though TRON: Legacy came in a distant third at the box office over the Christmas weekend, it dominated its rivals on Twitter. According to a report by Mashable, more people tweeted about TRON: Legacy this weekend than both Little Fockers and True Grit combined. Those films were the number one and two films at the box office, pulling in $30.8 and $24.9 million respectively while TRON: Legacy made $19.1 million. On Twitter, though, TRON: Legacy was the clear winner as people used the word “Tron” about 1000 times an hour while “little fockers” and “true grit” each barely averaged 500 tweets an hour

What does this all mean, if anything? We break it down after the jump. Read More »

The Best Reviewed Movies of 2010

As the end of the year nears, Rotten Tomatoes have released the tallies for the best reviewed movies of 2010. I thought we’d compare the list with the other movie review compilation site Metacritic.

Both sites have their advantages. Rotten Tomatoes includes a larger sample of reviews, while Metacritic features a smaller more-selected grouping of film critics. Rotten Tomatoes calculates critic scores using a positive or negative score for each review. One movie could be 100% fresh with all the critics giving the movie a 7/10 grade. Metacritic attempts to gauge the score of each critic’s review (not just a positive or negative, but a number 0 to 100) averaged together, giving you a better indication of what the response is to any given film, and not just a percentage of positive reviews.

For example, How To Train Youyr Dragon is ranked #2 for the year on Rotten Tomatoes with a 98% fresh rating based on 146 reviews. But on Metacritic, Dragon has a 74% average with 33 reviews. Honestly, I like how Metacritic calculates the numbers, but their refusal to incorporate a larger sample of film critics puts them behind Rotten Tomatoes in my mind.

Hit the jump to find out what films ranked in the best reviewed films of the year.
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‘True Grit’ – What Did You Think?

Joel and Ethan Coen hit a small speedbump a few years ago, but the filmmaking brothers are really back on track now. Their latest is True Grit, a new film based on the same Charles Portis novel that spawned the 1969 film of the same name starring John Wayne. It’s the Coens’ first out and out Western, and their second time working with Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin. The film is also the feature debut of young Hailee Steinfeld. As Mattie Ross, who seeks to avenge the death of her father at the hands of lowlife Tom Chaney, she is the emotional and active center of the film. (Don’t let SAG’s minimizing Best Supporting Actress nomination fool you; the girl is the lead, end of story.)

True Grit is in theaters now, and we want to know what you thought of the film. As is the norm for posts of this type, spoilers follow after the break and are fully allowed in the comments. Read More »

Cool Stuff: Aaron Horkey’s ‘True Grit’ Poster

True Grit, the latest film by The Coen Brothers, hits theaters tomorrow and to celebrate the release, Mondo is dropping a brand new print. This eye-catching True Grit poster by Aaron Horkey measures a huge 39 x 15 inches and incorporates not only all the credits, but the all important rattlesnake too. There’s the regular gold print, which is limited to only 400 copies and costs $60, and then the silver variant, which is limited to 110 and costs $120. They’ll go on sale at some point Wednesday December 22. Follow @MondoNews on Twitter for the announcement. After the jump, check out the high resolution versions of each print. Read More »

The score of a film is its beating heart. Music subtly, or sometimes not so subtly, juxtaposed with visuals can do almost anything from create tension, elicit themes, set tone, link scenes or raise goosebumps. Without music, most films are a cold, dead fish. That’s why the Oscar for Best Original Score is such a big award. Many times, the film that wins Original Score will take home several other awards because great music can make a director, editor and even actors look better.

Now, four of the films expected to have strong showings on Oscar night have had their mute buttons pressed. The scores from The Fighter, Black Swan, True Grit and The Kids Are All Right were all deemed ineligible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Read the reasons and implications after the jump. Read More »

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