December 2009

Top 10 Movies of the Decade

by Eric Melin on December 29, 2009

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This decade was a great one for genre films. If anything, it could be remembered as the decade that fantasy/sci-fi/action films really grew up. Of course, Peter Jackson created the critically and commercially successful “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, capping it all off with the first Best Picture win for a fantasy movie ever in [...]

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Everyone’s been making a fuss about the new Sherlock Holmes movie from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels English crime filmmaker Guy Ritchie and how it’s suposed to be a different animal from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective stories that are ingrained in pop culture. Many have worried it would be all flash and [...]

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Movie Review: Nine

by Ian McFarland on December 25, 2009

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The idea of taking an internationally beloved classic of the film medium and remaking it as a musical is, to be fair, about the worst idea since someone decided to end a children’s movie title with “The Squeakuel.” But with names like Penélope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, and the simply amazing Daniel Day-Lewis in the cast, [...]

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The Young Victoria is a solid effort from screenwriter Julian Fellows (Gosford Park, Vanity Fair). Emily Blunt proves capable of capturing a young woman on the verge of controlling an empire and struggling with advisors, her mother’s power-hungry lover (Mark Stong), and her own ideas for her country’s future. And yet, something is missing. Don’t [...]

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Not everything released around Christmas is Oscar-worthy. Now, It’s Complicated certainly has some talent. Meryl Streep collects awards like I do comics, and Alec Baldwin (as I have often said before) just reading a phone book can be funnier than almost everyone else on the planet. This new rom-com from writer/director Nancy Meyers (The Holiday [...]

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Top 10 Movies of 2009

by Eric Melin on December 22, 2009

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This year will be remembered as the year that in-theater experiences went mainstream. Not only did James Cameron’s much-hyped IMAX 3D spectacular “Avatar” open to $77 million this past weekend, but movies in these formats were coming out on a consistent basis all year long and doing great business. Hopefully, filmmakers will continue to use [...]

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The 2010 Oscars are drawing closer. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards were just announced this morning, and there are a couple of surprises from the Golden Globes, but not too many. “Precious,” “Inglourious Basterds,” and “Up in the Air” each scored three nominations. Best Cast “An Education” “The Hurt Locker” “Inglourious Basterds” “Nine” “Precious” [...]

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Eric Melin and guest host Trevan McGee (InkKC.com) review the new Jason Reitman movie “Up in the Air” starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick. The film is being released as a slow rollout across the U.S. in hopes of garnering Oscar buzz. It was adapted from a novel and taps into the feeling [...]

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Golden Globes Awards snubs, nominations, shockers! This morning the nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globes (to be held Jan. 17 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel) were announced. Here’s the list of nominees and my analysis: Best Motion Picture – Drama “The Hurt Locker” “Inglourious Basterds” “Precious” “Up in the Air” “Avatar” Snubbed: “Where the [...]

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Top 10 Movie Entrances

by Eric Melin on December 15, 2009

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Today’s Top 10 comes from Moviefreak.com contributor George Schmidt. He also wrote the list of Top 10 Sexiest Cinematic Giantesses for Scene-Stealers around this time last year. If you’d like to contribute a Top 10 list of your own, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. Here’s George: I’m always intrigued about how certain film characters are introduced [...]

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Huzzah!

by Eric Melin on December 14, 2009

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Movie Review: Invictus

by Alan Rapp on December 11, 2009

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Invictus is a project Morgan Freeman has been trying to get off the ground for more than a decade. Although I think it’s a quality film, and the story is definitely worth telling, I can certainly see why it took this long for the film to get made. It feels at least one more rewrite [...]

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It’s been awhile. For more than a decade Disney has been, well, very un-Disney. In many ways, with the latest animated feature, the company returns to the roots. We’ve got a classic tale, a princess (of sorts), talking animals, big musical numbers, true love triumphant, a wicked villain, and a curse. The Princess and the [...]

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Last week contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock wrote up his list of the Top 10 Dysfunctional Families in Movie Comedies because when he started a list of dysfunctional families in general, it was way too long. You could look at today’s list as a sort of Part Two. Separating them into two list gave him the opportunity [...]

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We have passes for you and a guest to see “Sherlock Holmes” Monday, December 21 at AMC Olathe Studio 30 (119th & I-35) at 7:30pm. All you need to do is fill out the form below and we’ll have a random drawing Thursday, December 17 to determine the winners. In a dynamic new portrayal of [...]

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