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January 2010

The first thing you need to know about When in Rome is it doesn’t take place in Rome (give or take ten minutes). I wanted to like this film. But nothing, not even the talents of Veronica Mars and Tad Hamilton, could save the film from a flurry of romantic comedy clichés and contrivance we […]


The following is an Instant Messenger conversation between Scene-Stealers contributor Trevan McGee and myself: Eric: So last night we saw Mel Gibson’s big “comeback” movie, “Edge of Darkness.” I was wondering to myself how many familiar cinematic Gibson themes would pop up in this film and it turns out: quite a lot: Revenge, gratuitous violence, […]


This weekend, After Dark Films’ “8 Films to Die For” starts playing at Phoenix Legends 14 in Kansas City.   Jan 29 FRIDAY   After Dark Horrorfest: Dread (R) Jackson Rathbone,Shaun Evans 93 minutes12:00, 7:30 Synopsis: Red-hot young star Jackson Rathbone, fresh from the smash film TWILIGHT SAGA and the upcoming THE LAST AIRBENDER, stars […]


WARNING: Watch the above trailer at your own risk. It never ceases to amaze me how many different kinds of people there are in the world. For instance, there are people who think this movie looks good. This past weekend saw the premiere of a movie starring the band voted the “worst band of any […]


There is a lot of self-awareness going on in “Crazy Heart,” a movie about an alcoholic old-school country singer named Bad Blake (played by a grizzled Jeff Bridges) who’s seen better days. It’s something that most movies of its ilk are missing and its one of the keys to its modest success. Bad isn’t the […]


“I’m Here” is “Where the Wild Things Are” director Spike Jonze‘s first project since that movie and it premieres at the Sundance Film Festival today. But is it a 30-minute art film or a commercial? Both, it turns out. Fast Company says: “Though it’s being premiered at film festivals and will be for sale in […]


Making films about the “afterlife” can be tricky. Director Peter Jackson (“King Kong,” “The Lord of the Rings”) is wrangling with this potentially divisive subject matter and the prospect of adapting a beloved book with his newest film “The Lovely Bones.” The end result is a movie that feels like several disjointed parts rather than […]


UPDATE (1/21/10): “Exit Through The Gift Shop,” billed as the “world’s first street art disaster movie,” will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Banksy’s agent told the BBC. “Banksy said: “It’s the story of how one man set out to film the un-filmable. And failed”. The film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, […]


New York magazine’s Vulture is reporting that Sony will be announcing a deal with director Marc Webb (“(500) Days of Summer”) to direct three movies in the rebooted “Spider-Man” franchise. This will be more teen-oriented supposedly, and “will focus far more on the private life of Peter Parker.” Another reason for the huge change, according […]


Love them or hate them, the sheer volume of memorable movie quotes that hh1edits has fit in this video in just under 10 minutes is pretty amazing. Taken out of context, they are even funnier. Some of these were meant to be cheesy, others dead serious, but nearly every one of these quotes made me […]


First things first: I love watching the Oscars. It’s the one time of the year that I get all fired up about things that shouldn’t matter to me so much. I want this year to be good. I want it to be awesome. Right now, though, it looks as if it might just infuriate me. […]


As far as I can tell, Pedro Almodóvar is the most well-known Spanish filmmaker, and has a shot at being the most well-known European one, too. It’s been a lonely three years since his last film, Volver crossed the Atlantic, but now we get Broken Embraces, another story of the consequences and rewards of love. […]


Stop me if you’ve heard this before. In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a wanderer (Denzel Washington) travels across a ruined landscape avoiding robbers, thieves, and cannibals. He carries with him something important and valuable which the intelligent but mean-spirited head of a small town (Gary Oldman) will kill to possess. This is The Book of Eli, […]


Top 10 Midget Performances

by Eric Melin on January 12, 2010

in Top 10s

NYC writer Sean O’Connell has contributed some great lists to Scene-Stealers and his newest is no exception. If you have a Top 10 you’d like to write for inclusion, send it (or the idea for it) to me at Here’s Sean: This might not be the most politically correct list of all time. But […]


As a fan of Arrested Development, one of the few facts of life that consoled me after the show’s cancellation was that, not only would Michael Cera go onto star in films on his own; but it would serve as a decent opportunity to revisit his character from the late series. But one has to […]