The Best 30 Films of 2009 | 7 Jan 2010 // 4:00 PM
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.
The Best Male Film Performances of 2009 | 5 Jan 2010 // 4:00 PM
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.
A Serious Man | 10 Dec 2009 // 10:50 PM
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.
A Serious Man | 10 Dec 2009 // 10:45 PM
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.
Serious Men, Inglourious Basterds | 12 Jul 2010 // 2:00 AM
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.”
A Serious Man (2009): Blu-ray | 31 Jan 2010 // 3:00 AM
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
Who will win the big Oscars? Hint: It's not 'Avatar' | 2 Mar 2010 // 11:56 PM
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