Archive for December, 2010

Jason Coffman’s Top 20 for 2010

Jason Coffman’s Top 20 for 2010

| December 31, 2010

Every year it gets harder to figure out exactly what’s coming out when and how and blah blah. Big-studio pictures still regularly get wide releases, and so do some of the independents, but so much goes straight to DVD/On Demand/etc. and other films may play festivals for a long time before they get an official […]

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Somewhere

Somewhere

| December 30, 2010

It’s mundane life as usual even for squabbling b-movie actor Johnny Marko living a hermit’s life at the famous Chateau Marmont. A reckless party-boy and non-stop casual sex addict, Marko, played so naturally by Stephen Dorff. His slight cut gut, you could say, has its appeal but belongs more to a rugged biker or a […]

And Soon the Darkness

And Soon the Darkness

| December 29, 2010

Amber Heard (Pineapple Express) and Odette Yustman (Cloverfield) star in this remake of the 1970 thriller of the same name. In director Marcos Efron’s adaptation, Heard and Yustman play two friends on vacation in Argentina who purposely separate from their tour group and end up kidnapped by locals. The original British film, directed by Robert […]

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The Best Films of 2010

The Best Films of 2010

| December 29, 2010

THE TEN BEST The King’s Speech This is an inspired work that handles what is quite often a casually dismissed malady with the utmost of dexterity and dignity. “The King’s Speech” is a finely wrought piece wherein all vested parties – actors, screenwriter, director, cinematographer, production designer, sound, and so on – have worked in […]

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True Grit

True Grit

| December 27, 2010

True Grit is a remake of the 1969 western that starred John Wayne, but now stars Jeff Bridges in the lead role of drunken, unkempt U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. I went to see this movie with anticipation, because I fondly recall that my father loved this and other westerns. I remember watching him lost in […]

The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech

| December 27, 2010

There’s Oscar buzz is humming loudly around Colin Firth again this year. Last year he was nominated for Best Actor for his performance in “A Single Man,” and it is likely that his performance as King George VI of England in “The King’s Speech,” will garner him another nomination this year. In fact, it would […]

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Criminal Justice Series 1 and Series 2

Criminal Justice Series 1 and Series 2

| December 26, 2010

Britain’s criminal justice system is generally considered the best in the world. Why, then, wouldn’t you want to make a film or TV mini-series out of it? Well, that’s exactly what they did over at BBC. In fact, two have been made and have been released on DVD here in the States, and each one […]

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And Soon The Darkness

And Soon The Darkness

| December 24, 2010

Thanks to films such as “Saw” and “Hostel” we are seeing an increase in the capture-slasher type of horror films these days. You know, the type of horror film that plays upon our deepest fears. Of these, there have been a number of truly outstanding films; the French film “Ils” (Them), the Spanish “El Rey […]

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Southland Season 3

Southland Season 3

| December 23, 2010

On Tuesday night, January 4, Southland – the most riveting police drama on television – returns to TNT, 10/9 Central. Season 3 brings back almost all of the original characters. But if the show is missing a few of the originals, it hasn’t lost one bit of the intense drama and characters that makes it […]

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Scumbabies

Scumbabies

| December 23, 2010

As the market for independent films becomes more and more crowded, it can be tough for filmmakers to get their work noticed. In the case of Joseph R. Lewis’s Scumbabies, the writer/director Lewis decided to debut his finished film with a variety show. There were musical performances by artists whose songs appeared in the film, […]