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Sunday, January 8 2012

The Best DVDs of 2011

With the continuing rise of Blu-ray, this year sees a lot of repeat entries. Just because they're here again, however, doesn't mean they're any less special.


Tuesday, January 11 2011

The Best Films of 2010

Among this year's winners include a fake documentary, a comedy about Jihad, a vampire story NOT dealing with tacky tween romance, a haunting hillbilly noir, and an elegant tale about clones. Not necessarily the usual cinematic suspects.


Sunday, January 9 2011

Head Trips and Virtual Life in the Films of 2010

Many of 2010's best triumphed not by rejecting the artifice or fantasy of filmmaking or gaming or dreaming, but by hopping between worlds, ever beginning.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

The Best Male Film Performances of 2010

Heroes and villains, criminals and crazed creative types: the 20 best male performances of 2010 definitely run the dramatic/comedic character topography... with a few unusual turns tossed in for good measure.


Monday, August 30 2010

Part Two: October 2010

By the look of the calendar -- and this list of titles - it looks like Hollywood is out to investigate the horrors of vampires, demon children, alien invasion, and the most evil entity of all -- Facebook!


Reviews

Sunday, January 16 2011

Make 'Friends' with 'The Social Network'

The characterization of Mark Zuckerberg doesn't seem unfair. But then again, I'm not one of his friends.


Friday, October 1 2010

'The Social Network': Fincher and Sorkin's Story of Obsession

That is, the possible "openness" of Facebook here hinges on the definitive closed system embodied by this fictional Mark Zuckerberg.


Blogs

Tuesday, January 25 2011

Finally Getting It? The 2011 Oscar Nominations

The 2011 Oscar Nominations, with indications that, for once, the Academy might have figured out what truly was/is the Year's Best.


Tuesday, January 4 2011

Slighting 'The Social Network'

The Social Network keeps racking up Awards Season kudos. But that doesn't mean it will automatically win Best Picture... does it?


Tuesday, December 14 2010

G(OMG)lden Gl(OMG)bes: Thoughts on the 2011 Nominations

The 2011 Golden Globe Nominations have been announced and with them comes another bout of jaw dropping at the expense of The Hollywood Foreign Press Corps.


Thursday, October 28 2010

The Suchness of 'The Social Network'

The Mark Zuckerberg character in The Social Network is known to have made good on his vast potential by creating the world’s most famous website, but as Matt Damon’s character in Good Will Hunting is yet an unknown quantity, expressions of his genius are afforded less nuance.


Friday, October 1 2010

Face-Off for Facebook: 'The Social Network'

The Social Network just might be the first truly great film of the next ten years, an iconic statement about where we were as people in the aftermath of Y2K, easily accessible WiFi, and the entire nu-media shift toward the online experience.


Sympathy for Zuckerberg (Marginal Utility) [13.Sep.10]

News

Sunday, February 6 2011

What's really behind the 'Social Network' love fest with Mark Zuckerberg?

It seems pretty clear by now that "The Social Network," which was supposed to be a PR disaster for Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, has turned


Wednesday, January 5 2011

'Black Swan,' 'The Fighter,' 'Inception' and 'Social Network' garner WGA noms

LOS ANGELES — A few surprises made their way into the Writers Guild of America awards nominations Tuesday morning, which included nods for a surreal film


Thursday, December 16 2010

Not content to be a heartthrob, Justin Timberlake is ready to conquer film

LOS ANGELES — Justin Timberlake is well aware that the public's new perception of him as a movie star — one on indefinite hiatus from his platinum-plus


Monday, December 13 2010

L.A. film critics name 'Social Network' best picture

LOS ANGELES — "The Social Network" was the big winner Sunday at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, nabbing the best picture prize, best director


Tuesday, November 2 2010

How do you keep the audience engaged when a movie plot is already well known?

How do movies based on real events wrestle with a preordained ending?


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