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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Reverse Shot's Best of 2010

    Any critic who could, with a straight face, populate a ten-best list either primarily or exclusively with American films released in one of the worst years in recent memory for homegrown filmmaking at all levels either wasn’t watching enough movies or watching movies well enough. Yet if the various polls and top ten lists that spring up like mushrooms around this time of year (feel free to stomp on ours, if you wish) are to be believed, then only a handful of films—mostly American—mattered in 2010. The Social Network, of course, but also Winter’s Bone, The Kids Are All Right, Toy Story 3, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The King’s Speech, Inside Job . . . That these are films of wildly varying quality—to say the least—is less important to note than the insane herd mentality that has decimated critical film culture. We like The Social Network just fine, but the more one reads about its elevated status as the One Movie That Dares to Say Something About the Way We Live Now, the less convinced we are that those writing about it spent serious time thinking about movies, how they say things, or the way we live now. Likewise, claims that the only worthy adult dramas were spearheaded by Darren Aronofsky (oh, come now), Danny Boyle (how often must we go through this?), Debra Granik (boogedy boogedy boo! Ozarks!), and the Pixar committee only made us more disheartened. Furthermore, in a year when the re-release of a 25-year-old documentary (Shoah) roundly shamed every new theatrical nonfiction film (save for a crafty offering about a boxing gym made by another veteran of the form and a quite unique rethink of the Western starring sheep), our current documentary “renaissance” hardly seemed worth celebrating.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Scanning The Movie Year

    Like any critic, I have an ego: it comes with the territory, or I couldn’t express my opinion with confidence. Imagine what it’s like, then, to sit in a room with forty other critics—each one certain and confident—and try to reach a consensus, as I do with my colleagues in the Los Angeles Film Critics Association every December. We meet in person and vote out loud, using a point system to determine the most popular candidates in every category; then we have a runoff show of hands between the two top vote-getters to determine who wins. (If you’d like to see all of this year’s winners, or learn more about our group and its members,—

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  • The Playlist
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    Michael Haneke's 'These Two' Changes Title To 'Love'

    Is the usually grim and ruthless Michael Haneke becoming an old softie? The director, who is gearing up to shoot his next film early in the new year, has quietly changed the title from "These Two" to "Love." Awww.

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  • Caryn James
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    Top Ten Films of 2010

    Fish Tank and Inception might have come from different planets; of course it’s artificial to rank the year’s best films. So think of this as a reminder list of the movies most worth seeing, and seeing again. Some are splashy hits, others nearly overlooked and orphaned, but all are audacious, artistic and worth your time.

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  • The Playlist
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    Berlin Film Festival Poster Revealed

    The Berlin Film Festival has revealed a poster for the upcoming event and it gets straight to the point. Boasting a giant 'B' to represent both Berlin and Berlinale, designers Büro Otto Sauhaus explain their approach to the design. “‘B’ stands for the Berlinale as well as Berlin. In the background we decided to use luminous beams radiating outwards, a design element that goes back to poster art of the 1920s and alludes to the Berlinale’s extraordinary aura.”

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Sundance's "Pariah" Seeks Help Through Kickstarter

    Help “Pariah” Get To Sundance! Dee Rees‘ feature film debut, Pariah, makes its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival next month. Now that the film is Sundance (the premiere film festival in these United States), the work has just begun. Every filmmaker's dream is that Sundance means smooth sailing from thereon. Its debut will make a splash, then it will get picked up for distribution after a big multimillion advance has been paid to the filmmaker, it will open on 3000 screens next year (or even in the top 25 markets), it win lots of acclaim. do well at the box office, and the filmmaker will sign a 3-picture deal with Sony Pictures worth millions. Not to mention the extra 50% of revenues which will come from international sales - chances are the filmmaker knows less than nothing about that part of the business.With some alterations of the Shadow and Act posting, this is the real story:The film has to first get through the circus that is Sundance; and to do that, and do it well, money will have to be spent! And that’s were YOU come in. Dee has set up a Kickstarter page to raise $10,000 which will go towards the film’s premiere at Sundance. The money will go towards the following: Paying for music clearances, a sound mix, and air and hotel to bring the film’s fabulous, hardworking cast and crew to the festival – all in an effort to help ensure that there’s a continuous awareness of the film, which will only help with distribution. So, if you can contribute to Dee’s cause, please do so. At the time of this post, they’ve raised $435, with 27 days left to go. CLICK HERE to be taken to the film’s Kickstarter page, and give whatever you can.Cinetic is their producers rep and Craig Banky is the publicist.

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Audiences Say 'Fock' Off To 'Little Fockers,' 'Gulliver's Travels'

    Every once in awhile, we look at the numbers and hope, pray that the weekend is emblematic of an attitude amongst the public. They’ve had enough, we predict, and moviegoers are no longer going to accept subpar product. This winter has led to that assumption being made repeatedly, as audiences have roundly rejected most of what the studios have served up.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Lousy Christmas Weekend Box Office: Little Fockers Beats True Grit, Best Coens Opening Ever

    At a horrendous Christmas weekend---which saw a 44% three-day drop in grosses over last year (flush with Avatar)---sequel comedy Little Fockers beat out adult western True Grit, the best--and widest--opening ever for a Coen brothers movie. It's likely that the well-reviewed oater will have longer legs, however, as it settles in for the long Oscar haul.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Christmas Greetings from the Francos: Grandma Franco Fires Back at 127 Hours Avoiders

    Obviously, Fox Searchlight is trying to confront head-on the issue of squeamish moviegoers not wanting to see 127 Hours, which features James Franco as hiker Aron Ralston hacking off his arm. They've deployed the "I Kept My Eyes Open for 127 Hours" campaign, and now Franco (showing his usual canny promo instincts) posts a video interview with his grandmother on Funny or Die:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Food Court Hallelujah Chorus

    Flash mob or staged choir stunt? Either way it's fun to see the reaction of unsuspecting folks in a mall food court to a surprise performance of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah.

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