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    The Top 10 Everything

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    69 Foreign Films Eligible for Golden Globe Nod

    A record number of foreign language films, a total of sixty-nine, have qualified for consideration for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The five nominees will be announced on Tuesday, December 15th at 5:00 a.m. PT.

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    decade daily: T

    Each day this month I am featuring another letter grouping from a Film Comment list of films of the past decade. Today's letter: 'T'. What are the best movies of the past ten years that start with the letter 'T'?

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    nyc | firetrucks

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    UP

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    Best of the Decade #18

    The eponymous hero of Cristi Puiu’s 2005 film The Death of Mr. Lazarescu is dwarfed by his epic name. This man, paunchy, disheveled, and suffering, is Dante Remus Lazarescu. Evoking Dante Alighieri, Lazarescu descends into an inferno where each circle of hell takes the form of a different hospital. He has no familiar guide to comfort him as he traverses this purgatory (his brother-in-law, Virgil, lives far away and is only good for a loan), and he is older and weaker than the literary legend who bears his name. Lazarescu’s second name conjures the disappointment of Romulus’s slain twin brother, who never founded Rome. For all of the deaths foretold in these names, there is redemption too: after all, Jesus brought Lazarus back from the dead. And just as Dante’s Divine Comedy is a masterpiece of Italian literature, so does Puiu’s film deserve its place in the burgeoning Romanian cinematic canon. But Dante’s depiction of the Christian afterlife was not only for Italians, and Puiu’s film is hardly specifically Romanian: it’s a universal human parable of life, cowardice, kindness, and death. Read Lauren Kaminsky on The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.

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    Soderbergh Headed to Slamdance

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    Take That, Pornography

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    Take That, CN Tower

    This is a shot taken about 100 feet from the Burj Dubai, the building that ruined Toronto's one claim to Guinness Book of World Records fame (besides being the "world's soberest city," which is not a joke). I got serious vertigo even trying to look up at it, though I'll admit it's definitely impressive and surprisingly quite architecturally interesting. I just can't imagine why anyone in their right mind would live or work up there (some of the highest floors are residential). I used to be a waiter at the top of the CN Tower, and for the first week would vomit after every elevator ride to the top (I was fired a few days after the vomiting stopped, so I don't know if I would have gotten used to it). Since this beast is like 1 1/3 times taller, I can't even imagine what being up there would feel like.

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