January 2009

Eric and J.D. are reunited in a moment so big it could only be eclipsed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s first pairing since the record-breaking run of “Titanic” all those years ago. “Revolutionary Road” was directed by Winslet’s husband Sam Mendes (“American Beauty”) and adapted from the novel by Richard Yates. A depressing study […]


Gran Torino

by Eric Melin on January 13, 2009

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Clint Eastwood’s newest plays like some sort of R-rated Hallmark made-for-TV movie with lots of frank racism in order to make it different, but none of his actors can play one believable scene against the actor/director.


Top 10 Aviation Movies

by Eric Melin on January 13, 2009

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Scene-Stealers sitegoer and Lawrence, KS resident Kenny Nall created a great movie list for aircraft fanatics, and covers a really wide spectrum. Enjoy! If you have your own idea for a Top 10 list, send it to eric@scene-stealers.com. Here’s Kenny with the Top 10 Best Aviation Movies: The first airplane was invented on December 17, […]


Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” plays like some sort of R-rated Hallmark made-for-TV movie where the lead character, a horribly racist Korean War veteran named Walt Kowalski, finally learns firsthand that people are people everywhere, no matter what their background, and that racism is bad. For Walt to learn this valuable lesson, it takes his wife’s […]


She’s been nominated for five Oscars and five Golden Globes and never won, until tonight. Kate Winslet swept the dramtic film actress categories, winning for “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader.” “Slumdog Millionaire” is far and away the frontrunner for Best Picture in February at the Academy Awards now, with its Picture/Director/Writer/Score sweep Thursday at the […]


Let the Right One In

by Eric Melin on January 10, 2009

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In this visually stark Swedish import, the vampire is not portrayed as a sexy outsider, but rather a pathetic freak of nature.


Scene-Stealers reader Aaron Hale was nice enough to send in his capsule review of “Let the Right One In” (#4 on my Top 10 Movies of 2008), so let’s we’ll start with his comments before I chime in and we see what you all have to say. Here’s Aaron: This is the year of vampires, […]


Since 1981, every day before the Oscar ceremony is held, the Golden Raspberry Awards are handed out. Not surprisingly, the winners themselves are usually not present to pick up their shameful plastic trophies. Notable exceptions: “Showgirls” director Paul Verhoeven, “Freddy Got Fingered” writer/star/director Tom Green (who accepted five awards for the movie, which I think […]


The most adventurous script of the year comes from–and this is no big surprise–the man who brought us “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” and “Adaptation.” Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut, however, “Synecdoche, New York,” has been met with even more love it/hate it fervor than those previous two works. Now, with the publication of an […]


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the seven films that have been shortlisted and still have a shot for the Oscar for best visual effects. “Australia” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “The Dark Knight” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” “Iron Man” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” “The Mummy: […]


Southern California resident Jonathan Dale, the author and operator of Imperial Valley Press’ Geek Corner emailed me before the new year with an interesting idea for a Top 10 list. I’ll let him take over from here. Remember, if you’d like to submit your own Top 10 list for publication, just email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. […]


On January 4th, 2009, the Kansas City Film Critic’s Circle chose the winners of the 42nd Annual Loutzenhiser Awards, and “The Wrestler” nabbed the most wins with three, for director Darren Aronofsky, actor Mickey Rourke, and screenwriter Robert Siegel. The KCFCC is the first major critic’s organization to award Aronofsky. “Slumdog Millionaire” won the top […]


Scroll down for the video comparison…I’ve recieved a lot of crap (especially on YouTube) for suggesting that “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” had a lot of similarities both thematically and plot-wise to “Forrest Gump.” I have to tell you that I’d a bad feeling ever since I saw the preview. My friend Katie saw […]