December 2008

Top 10 Movies of 2008

by Eric Melin on December 30, 2008

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After the busiest December in movie-watching history, I finally managed to squeak out a list of the best movies of 2008. After going back through my favorite films of the year, I noticed that the last-minute Oscar contender cramming didn’t really change things all that much. Sure, “The Wrestler” and “Let the Right One In” [...]

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Doubt

by Eric Melin on December 26, 2008

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John Patrick Shanley has adapted his own play, giving stars Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Moffman, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis a chance to show off their chops.

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Frost/Nixon

by Eric Melin on December 26, 2008

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Ron Howard’s adaptation of the award-winning play is a well-constructed curiosity starring Frank Langella and Michael Sheen in the title roles.

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This is part two of an article that starts with a review of “Frost/Nixon.” ‘Tis the season for play adaptations, as the recent releases of “Doubt” and “Frost/Nixon” can attest to. Adapted from his own 2005 Tony-winning play, writer/director John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” is one of those movies that you come away from thinking mainly [...]

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‘Tis the season for play adaptations, as the recent releases of “Doubt” and “Frost/Nixon” can attest to. Adapted from his own 2005 Tony-winning play, writer/director John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” is one of those movies that you come away from thinking mainly about the strength of the performances. For my review of “Doubt,” click here. Peter [...]

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The Reader

by Eric Melin on December 25, 2008

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Kate Winslet leads this complicated Stephen Daldry-directed drama about the German national conscience following World War II.

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Valkyrie

by Eric Melin on December 25, 2008

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Moral ambiguities are merely the backdrop for an suspense plot that’s lacking in Bryan Singer’s Nazi assasination thriller starring Tom Cruise.

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The Holocaust took a horrific human toll in both casualties and emotional scars that will last forever. Two movies coming out this Oscar season (and a third—“Defiance”—next month) are haunted by the spectre of this shameful event, although each takes a very different approach. Click here to read a review of “Valkyrie,” Part One of [...]

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The Holocaust took a horrific human toll in both casualties and emotional scars that will last forever. Two movies coming out this Oscar season (and a third—“Defiance”—next month) are haunted by the spectre of this shameful event, although each takes a very different approach. “Valkyrie” recounts the true story of two attempts by German officers [...]

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Will Eisner’s “The Spirit” comic may have been about a masked crimefighter, but his hugely influential series (that ran originally from 1940-1952) was not a superhero comic. “The Spirit” blended elements of lighthearted adventure, romance, and horror, sometimes with a flair for the comedic. Writer/director Frank Miller seems to be on a mission to cram [...]

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Eric and guest critic Trevan McGee from inkkc.com battle it out over “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a big Oscar prestige film starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, adapted from the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, and directed by David Fincher. Will it be the big contender for Best Picture at the Academy Awards [...]

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David Fincher’s latest is an overly long, nostalgic look at one man’s curious life as he ages backwards and watches history unfold.

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The Spirit

by Eric Melin on December 24, 2008

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Frank Miller’s bizarrely hilarious adaptation of the classic Will Eisner comic veers wildly between high camp and seriousness with all the subtlety of a jackhammer and no grasp of plotting.

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Top 10 Movie Party Scenes

by Eric Melin on December 23, 2008

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This week’s user-submitted Top 10 comes from Andrew Willis, who says that Scene-Stealers was partially responsible for his creating movierabble.com and having regular Top 5 lists. That, and a healthy dose of “High Fidelity,” no doubt. If you’ve got an idea for a Top 10 list you’d like to contribute, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. Here’s [...]

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Yes Man

by Eric Melin on December 22, 2008

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Jim Carrey is getting a bit old for this routine but if you want to see some geriatric oral sex, this is the movie for you.

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