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The Year in Movies 2010 – 10 trends and top stories

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, contributor/filmmaker Trey Hock is watching all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year. His reactions to each film are recorded here twice a week until the year (and list) is up! You can call this particular entry for 1 Year, 100 Movies a Thanksgiving [...]

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Out of the thirty plus films I’ve seen that played Fantastic Fest this year, picking only ten favorites was a surprisingly difficult task. Given more time to digest, this list could change, but as it stands these are my Top 10 Fantastic Fest 2010 Movies. The quite excellent runners-up: Buried, Red Hill, Legend of the [...]

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The wildman known as Warren J. Cantrell is back with another Top 10! Warren liked contributing Top 10s to Scene-Stealers so much, he started his own site, 10Rant.com. Check it out now. In the meantime, here’s Warren: Why are bathtub scenes so frequently showcased in films? Though I know that many out there still take [...]

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Thursday marks the beginning of Fantastic Fest, now in its sixth year. Held in Austin, the film festival is eight days of the best genre filmmaking has to offer. While it also has hosted some higher profile films such as “There Will Be Blood,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and “Zombieland,” the importance of Fantastic Fest is that [...]

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Top 10 Mockumentaries of All Time

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With The Great Songs series, my aim is simple: To offer up a different set of tunes as classic canon. Sometimes, the listmania that I suffer from is capitalized on by big mainstream outlets–everyone from Rolling Stone and Spin to VH1 and any number of cool British mags. Critical consensus is a dangerous thing, so [...]

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Today’s Top 10 list comes from Sean O’Connell, a NYC-based writer who has contributed Top 10 Worst Movie Neighbors, Top 10 Worst Movie Husbands, Top 10 Midget Performances, Top 10 Movie Rain Scenes, Top 10 Movie Brothers, and Top 10 Cameo Roles in Movies. If you have a Top 10 you’d like to contribute, email [...]

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‘ If you are looking for big-guitar rock n’ roll teen anthems, it doesn’t get any better than the opening track of off Cheap Trick‘s 1978 album “Heaven Tonight.” (My unrepentant love for Cheap Trick will be on full display this Saturday, as J.D. Warnock and I perform with Nick Colby and Peter Buxton as [...]

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Magic realism (also known as magical realism) is a literary term that’s applied when a book blends the real and fantastic together, usually to reach a deeper understanding of reality. But when you apply it to film, it’s a bit harder to pin down. Films tend to explain things, even when they revel in the [...]

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Top 10 "That Guys"

by Abby Olcese on August 3, 2010

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We’ve all had that moment. You’re watching a movie when all of a sudden a familiar face pops up. They’re not in a leading role, and may only be on screen just long enough for you to recognize their face. You may not even be sure where you’ve seen this person before, but you know [...]

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Elvis Costello already had six great albums in five years under his belt by the time he took a complete left turn into baroque pop territory with 1982′s “Imperial Bedroom.” “Beyond Belief” is the first song from that record—his best—and right away, the listener can tell something is different. The production, handled by Beatles engineer [...]

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Well, I didn’t have to think too hard about adding the first thrash metal song to this series of classic rock n’ roll tunes. I’ve been listening to a custom-built 1-minute edit of this track for the last four months as I prepare for my shot at the 2010 U.S. Air Guitar National title. The [...]

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Top 10 Fight Scenes

by Eric Melin on July 20, 2010

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Today’s Top 10 comes from L.A.-based Wayne Swab, who is an on-set technical guy in Hollywood about 12 to 16 hours a day. He’s one of our regulars here at Scene-Stealers, and we’re happy he took the time out of his busy schedule. In his words: I figure since this is my favorite website (next [...]

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Warren Cantrell, the man behind the madness at 10rant.com is back again this week with another raving Top 10 list. Here’s Warren: Be honest: even if you love your job, if it is fulfilling and gratifying in all the ways employment can be, you’ve probably daydreamed about quitting. When there’s a power dynamic connecting two [...]

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