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Thursday, January 7 2010

The Best 30 Films of 2009

In one of the rarest rating periods ever, several on the staff could successfully argue for any of the Top 30 choices as a potential number one. While not all classics, they remain the consistent cream of 2009's crop.


Tuesday, January 5 2010

The Best Male Film Performances of 2009

Certainly, the multi-millionaire boy's club represented here is heavy on the dramatics and light on the more 'amusing' fare. But if you really give this list a meaningful perusal you'll see a few genre and jokester surprises along the way.


Tuesday, September 8 2009

Part Two: October 2009

The banquet continues to get bigger during this equally elephantine cinematic salad course. Everything, from another unnecessary helping of serial killer Jigsaw to a pair of takes on two famous literary classics turn up this month. So do the standard spook shows, Romcoms, stunt spectaculars, and other familiar (if often tasty) samples of celluloid cuisine.


Reviews

Thursday, December 10 2009

A Serious Man

The Coens might be having a good time riffing on their Job's hyperbolic cluelessness, but for almost the first time in their careers, they have twined that jabbing satire with a deeper sense of the tragic.


Thursday, December 10 2009

A Serious Man

A Serious Man is sort of a comedy -- of the dangling, irresolute variety Joel and Ethan Coen craft with impeccable wit and off-kilter editing.


Blogs

Monday, July 12 2010

Serious Men, Inglourious Basterds

While Inglourious Basterds is about a band of freedom fighters standing against the Nazis, rather than one man’s inward crisis with the riddle of existence itself, there is a profound and personal moral center to the Basterds’ struggles, a “seriousness.”


Sunday, January 31 2010

A Serious Man (2009): Blu-ray

Parables are supposed to explain the world, not make it more complicated. We are supposed to gain insight and wisdom from religious allegory, not reel


Friday, December 11 2009

Coen's 'Serious' Is Sensational!

Parables are supposed to explain the world, not make it more complicated. We are supposed to gain insight and wisdom from religious allegory, not reel


News

Tuesday, March 2 2010

Who will win the big Oscars? Hint: It's not 'Avatar'

The decision to expand Oscar's best picture competition from five to 10 titles came from a place of greed and anxiety: the desperate need to attract


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