December 2011

The cast of “Glee” put on a show, but only huge fans will think this concert film is more than so-so.

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Usually once a year a film comes along that I find utterly despicable. These films usually come from exceptionally talented directors, and are so manipulative and ridiculous that they show an utter disdain for the audience.

‘War Horse,’ the newest of these films, has arrived.

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Cameron Crowe has this special ability to take the formulaic cheesiness of a normal script and give it a sense of freshness, so that we are having a good time, even if we are knee-deep in cheese dip.

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The Adventures of Tintin offers calorie-free empty thrills.

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David Fincher is the right director to make a movie where two people rifle through endless amounts of paperwork and old photos suspenseful.

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Hollywood has thrown itself behind the notion that the Civil War will be the next ‘big thing,’ and seem to be angling for a piece of the action, the first offering coming in less than seven months with the June 2012 release of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

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In the Scene-Stealers movie podcast #42, Eric and Trevan talk about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures of TinTin, and We Bought a Zoo.

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Indeed everything that has a beginning has an ending, and how we choose to confront the challenges that come with existence define how that ending is resolved. In peace or in death. But the Matrix Trilogy doesn’t tell you that outright. It asks you to assemble the parts yourself and hopefully arrive at the same conclusion. But that might have been asking a bit much of its audience. Especially in the fall of 2003.

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OSCAR SEASON IS IN FULL SWING! In The Scene-Stealers Podcast #41, Eric and Trevan break down the 2012 Critic’s Choice Awards, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards nominations to see how they relate to possible Oscar nominations.

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The Top 10 Worst Christmas Movies Ever Made list was so popular that Will Dawson is back with a sequel to that list: Presenting 10 MORE of the Worst Christmas Movies Ever.

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The Chicken and the Egg #21: Our bi-weekly movie-reference-happy comic strip here on Scene-Stealers is back. Each week his characters recreate a famous scene from a familiar film. See if you can guess this one…

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Stieg Larsson’s popular “Millennium series” gets the American treatment with David Fincher’s take on “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”

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The new book ‘If You Like The Sopranos…’, written by Leonard Pierce and published by Limelight Editions, is a well-written introduction to the genre of crime movies and TV shows masquerading as a “book of lists.”

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Today’s Top 10 list pays homage to those films that showcased especially vigilant Christmas combatants: the characters that really put their weight behind some heavy-handed yuletide interference — to actively sabotage or otherwise machinate to disrupt the holidays, and to to annihilate another person’s joy and happiness!

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It takes a trilogy of posts to defend a controversial and series like The Matrix Trilogy. It would seem moral relativism has invaded Zion. One might guess this will play an important part in where this saga goes from here.

What follows is Part Two in Michael Bird’s column The Contrarian.

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