February 2010

The Oscar Fix, Episode 4 of 5: Back by popular demand! Eric and JD pick the winners for the upcoming 2010 Academy Awards. In this fourth episode, Eric and JD predict the winners in Best Animated Film and Best Director.

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The Oscar Fix, Episode 3 of 5: Back by popular demand! Eric and JD from Scene-Stealers.com pick the winners for the upcoming 2010 Academy Awards. In this third episode, Eric and JD predict the winners in Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress.

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Movie Review: Cop Out

by Eric Melin on February 26, 2010

in Print Reviews

It makes sense that the man who directed such iconic films as “Clerks” and “Dogma”—which constantly reference movies from the 1980s—would be behind the lens on “Cop Out,” a throwback tribute to the buddy cop movies of the same era. What doesn’t make sense is that “Cop Out” is completely devoid of the inspired and […]

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I’m sure you get as tired of hearing it as I get of writing it: Here is yet another horror remake. At least this new version of “The Crazies” has one thing that the 1973 George Romero original was lacking—a real sense of community among the soon-to-be-afflicted. It may be achieved through mere glimpses and […]

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The Oscar Fix, Episode 2 of 5: Back by popular demand! Eric and JD pick the winners for the upcoming 2010 Academy Awards. In this episode, they predict the winners in Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor. Oh yeah, and lasers shoot the Oscar logo and it explodes! Don’t forget: Michael Bay is also a […]

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On-camera Oscar Picks 2010

by Eric Melin on February 24, 2010

in Features

The Oscar Fix, Episode 1 of 5: Back by popular demand! Eric and JD pick the winners for the upcoming 2010 Academy Awards. In this first episode, Eric and JD predict the winners in Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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Okay, this list began as a list of Olympic movies for obvious timely reasons, but due to the fact that would make for a very lame list, I broadened the topic. Instead, I’m focusing on training moments, montages, competition, pommel horses that appear magically in the middle of a chase, and a double dose of […]

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Up until about a week ago, not much was known about “Shutter Island.” It’s the fourth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, it’s based on a Dennis Lehane novel of the same name and its release date was spontaneously pushed back from October 2009 to February 2010. Add to that, DiCaprio’s relative low profile […]

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“Take the greatest Jewish minds ever: Marx, Freud, Einstein. What have they given us? Communism, infantile sexuality, and the atom bomb.” “The Believer” contains one of the most compelling portraits of a psychologically unstable young man ever captured on film. Where “American History X” explicated racism and inter-cultural hostilities as products of social circumstances and […]

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You know the kind of thriller that works only at surface value, skirts cliché at every turn, keeps stringing you along, and—in the end—hinges 100 percent on whether you buy the twist ending or not? “Shutter Island” is not that kind of thriller. Directed by Martin Scorsese, “Shutter Island” has enough gothic atmosphere, deep emotional […]

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Not every book deserves to be made into a multi-million dollar movie. “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” attempts to mix Greek mythology with the modern day problems of teens into an epic adventure. The results are mixed. Shortly after learning his son had be diagnosed with both Dyslexia and ADHD, Rick Riordan […]

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While it’s true that perseverance can yield great rewards, such is not the case for Universal’s “The Wolfman.” Originally the movie was to be directed by Mark Romanek, but the music-video maven left shortly after signing because of creative differences. Shortly thereafter, Joe Johnston edged out Brett Ratner, Frank Darabont, James Mangold and Martin Campbell. […]

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Eric Melin and guest host Ryan Magnuson (Sports Buddaye) review the remake of the 1941 Universal horror classic “The Wolf Man.” This 2010 version stars Benicio del Toro as the man-turned-wolf, Anthony Hopkins as his father, and Emily Blunt as the romantic interest. “The Wolfman” was delayed several times and switched directors at the last […]

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In anticipation of this Friday’s release of “The Wolfman” remake, Scene-Stealers contributor Trevan McGee takes a look at the best onscreen creature transformations ever. If you have a Top 10 idea of your own, send it to eric@scene-stealers.com. Here’s Trevan: To be clear, actors –– the good ones at least –– transform themselves in every […]

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The new hyperspeed action movie “From Paris With Love,” starring John Travolta as a bald, goateed, and leather-jacketed U.S. FBI agent named Charlie Wax, is so dumb—so obnoxiously over the top, so asinine—that you have to wonder if Travolta knew what kind of a movie he was in and tailored his performance to match. Well, […]

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