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January 2009

The Race is (G)On(e): Oscar Surprises and Snubs

Wow… Just…wow. We critics LOVE to lambast the Oscars, arguing that they get it wrong so frequently that their annual misguided message to moviemakers


The 2009 Academy Award Nominations

As announced this morning here are the nominations for the 2009 Academy Awards (review links appear after a specific film’s first mention): Best Picture: The


None Shall AMPAS: The 2009 Oscar Nominations Special

Today’s the day. By the time you read this, Forrest Whitaker and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis will have


Dickens - Bollywood Style: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

“Serendipity” originated in India.  The word derives from the old Persian name for Sri Lanka, and tells the story of three princes who went


Repo!: The Genetic Opera (2008)

Vision is hard to come by in today’s ‘crank ‘em out and count the pennies’ Hollywood. Bankability and commercial viability often trump things like


Auteur! Auteur! The Directors of 2008

When the Academy Award nominations are announced this upcoming Thursday, 22 January, there is a distinct possibility that the five available Best Director slots will be


The Love Girls (1964)

It’s all the nudists’ fault. When sun worshipers challenged the illegality of baring it all back in the late ‘50s/early ‘60s, the resulting


Cinematic Titanic: Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (2009)

2008 was an interesting year for fans of the comedy classic Mystery Science Theater 3000. Not only did Mike Nelson and his creative collective - Kevin Murphy


The Express (2008)

Sports films can no longer function as mere history or information. Thanks to the mandates of the genre, physicality must match ideology like poorly drafted


Surround Sound: Lows (TV Terminator/Dead Pool/Underworld 3)

For some reason, the thriller/action/adventure genre just doesn’t get the same respect as the dour drama or the high minded epic. It


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The Thoughtful Absurdity of 'Spaceplan'

// Moving Pixels

"Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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