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The Best Films of 2010

30 December 2010 7:31 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After hundreds of ticket stubs and thousands of hours spent in a theater this year, we want to share with your our favorite cinematic experiences of 2010. Over the next few pages you will find our favorite films of the year, split up by contributor here on The Film Stage formatted to their liking. The mix of tastes should cover all grounds and give you a few new films you may have missed, or urge you to revisit the ones you loved. I’ll kick things off below with my top 10. As a disclaimer, I’m going by Us 2010 theatrical releases and not counting things I’ve seen at film festivals that have yet to be released.

Jordan Raup’s Top 10 of 2010

Honorable Mentions:

10. Flipped (dir. Rob Reiner)

This would be the most under-appreciated film of the year – if anyone actually had a chance to see it. Warner Bros. pulled its »

- TFS Staff

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Tmp Reviews: True Grit

28 December 2010 9:21 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Coen Brothers are, to put it lightly, cinematic geniuses.  They have a terrific track record, and never cease to entertain (other then Ladykillers, of course.  We don’t talk about The Ladykillers, though).  When I first heard that they were tackling True Grit, I was skeptical, yet excited.  They proved they could handle a Western feel with No Country for Old Men, among other films.  Seeing them create a genuine Western was exciting, at the very least.  However, I would of much rather preferred an original film, rather then a remake of a John Wayne classic.  However, being a remake doesn’t hinder this film in the slightest.  In fact, True Grit is one of the best films of 2010.  And with the Coens...I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The Set Up

True Grit is the story of Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), a young girl who has »

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Interview: ‘True Grit’ Talk with Coen Brothers and Cast

28 December 2010 8:47 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

It has been said that the Western, as it once was, is dead. At one time, Westerns operated as studio staples, much like superhero and alien invasion event movies do today. Studios would produce a certain number of Westerns a year in order to guarantee profits, and then leave room for other less market rich genres.

At a recent press junket for Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest film, True Grit (read our review), we got a chance to talk to the filmmakers, as well as star Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper, and cinematographer Roger Deakins, about the pressures of making a Western film for a modern audience.

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- Roth Cornet

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Utah & Phoenix Film Critics: 127 Inceptions For the King

28 December 2010 2:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's so cute that film critics circles are so interested in "their own" as it were. Boston is always accused of rallying behind Boston-set films (in their defense they often have many of them to choose from) and a few days back Utah, where 127 Hours takes place, really handed that film some water in its moment of need. Not that the Academy voters are actively debating Utah's choices before filling out their ballots this week... they're more likely to be swayed by James Franco's grandma (see video after the jump).

But given that 127 Hours has been slipping down a thin rocky crevice away from sunny awards heat (Awkward Metaphor Alert) it'll take every honor it can get. Will AMPAS go for it or do we have another Into the Wild (2007) on our hands i.e. lots of preseason heat, little to show for it on Oscar nom morn?

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- NATHANIEL R

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"Black Swan" Dances Atop Online Film Critics Society Nominations

27 December 2010 6:06 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" topped the Online Film Critics Society Nominations. The drama/thriller set in the ballet world starring Natalie Portman scored seven nods including Best Picture, Director (Aronofsky), Actress (Portman), Supporting Actress (Mila Kunis), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, and Editing.

"Black Swan" will compete with "Inception," "The Social Network," "Toy Story 3," "True Grit," and "Winter's Bone" for Best Picture. Winners will be announced Monday, January 3, 2011.

Here's the complete list of nominees (Check our Awards Avenue for complete winners/nominees for all award-giving bodies):

Best Picture

Black Swan

Inception

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter's Bone

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan

Danny Boyle, 127 Hours

Joel Coen & Ethan Coen, True Grit

David Fincher, The Social Network

Christopher Nolan, Inception

Best Lead Actor

Jeff Bridges, True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Colin Firth, The King's Speech

James Franco, 127 Hours

Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine

Edgar Ramírez, »

- Manny

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Online Film Critics Society Picks Nominees for 2010 Ofcs Awards

27 December 2010 12:17 PM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

December 27, 2010 – The Online Film Critics Society (Ofcs), the international professional association of Internet-based film reviewers, has announced the nominations for its 2010 Ofcs Awards.

The award winners will be announced on January 3, 2011. The Ofcs is online at www.ofcs.org.

The nominees for the 2010 Ofcs Awards are:

Best Picture

Black Swan

Inception

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Best Director

Darren AronofskyBlack Swan

Danny Boyle — 127 Hours

Joel Coen & Ethan CoenTrue Grit

David FincherThe Social Network

Christopher NolanInception

Best Actor

Jeff BridgesTrue Grit

Jesse EisenbergThe Social Network

Colin Firth — The King’s Speech

James Franco — 127 Hours

Ryan Gosling — Blue Valentine

Edgar Ramírez — Carlos

Best Actress

Annette BeningThe Kids Are All Right

Kim Hye-ja — Mother

Nicole KidmanRabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence — Winter’s Bone

Natalie PortmanBlack Swan

Best Supporting Actor

Christian BaleThe Fighter

Andrew GarfieldThe Social Network

John Hawkes »

- Eric M. Armstrong

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2010 Online Film Critics Society: Award Nominees

27 December 2010 10:21 AM, PST | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The Online Film Critics Society — to which Bad Lit belongs — has released today their nominees for their 2010 Awards. Nominees were chosen by members during a first round of voting. Now, the members have to go back and pick the winners from the below list. Winners will be announced on Jan. 3.

So, now I’m off to go vote and I’ll post the winners up next year! (You can see a full list of Ofcs members who will also be voting here.)

Best Picture

Black Swan

Inception

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Best Director

Darren Aronofsky (-) Black Swan

Danny Boyle (-) 127 Hours

Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (-) True Grit

David Fincher (-) The Social Network

Christopher Nolan (-) Inception

Best Actor

Jeff Bridges (-) True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg (-) The Social Network

Colin Firth (-) The King’s Speech

James Franco (-) 127 Hours »

- Mike Everleth

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Jeff Bridges Talks The Coen Brothers' True Grit and The Big Lebowski

27 December 2010 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Academy award winning actor Jeff Bridges recently spoke about the Coen brothers and how he wants to continue working with the duo again because he loves their directorial style. When asked which two Coen bros. films were his favorite, Bridges responded, "True Grit is the freshest in my mind. Number two would be Lebowski. I'm partial, but two great movies!" he said. Bridges went on to say he enjoys the easy going atmosphere of a Coen bros. project because the duo continue to re-use many of the same crew members on each of their films, including cinematographer Roger Deakins and composer Carter Burwell. "I'd like to do whatever. They're a joy to work with, and they really know how to do it," he said. Bridges, who first worked with the Coens on cult classic The Big Lebowski, in which he »

- Keven Skinner

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Jeff Bridges Relayed 'Lebowski' Theories To Coen Brothers On 'True Grit' Set

26 December 2010 10:59 PM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Oscar-winning actor says he'd love to team up with directing duo again.

By Terri Schwartz

Jeff Bridges

Photo: MTV News

Fans might find Jeff Bridges' most-memorable performance to be as The Dude in the Coen brothers' 1998 comedy "The Big Lebowski," and Bridges is looking to impress audiences yet again as Rooster Cogburn in his second Coen brothers flick, "True Grit." Unsurprisingly, Bridges is a fan of Joel and Ethan Coen's directing style, which is what had him returning for more.

When MTV News asked what his favorite Coen films are, Bridges responded with a laugh, "['True Grit'] is the freshest in my mind. Number two would be 'Lebowski.' I'm partial, but two great movies!"

For Bridges, returning to the set of a Coen brothers film was like returning to an old group of friends. On each of their films, the Coens surround themselves with many of the same crewmembers, »

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Jeff Bridges Relayed 'Lebowski' Theories To Coen Brothers On 'True Grit' Set

26 December 2010 10:59 PM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Oscar-winning actor says he'd love to team up with directing duo again.

By Terri Schwartz

Jeff Bridges

Photo: MTV News

Fans might find Jeff Bridges' most-memorable performance to be as The Dude in the Coen brothers' 1998 comedy "The Big Lebowski," and Bridges is looking to impress audiences yet again as Rooster Cogburn in his second Coen brothers flick, "True Grit." Unsurprisingly, Bridges is a fan of Joel and Ethan Coen's directing style, which is what had him returning for more.

When MTV News asked what his favorite Coen films are, Bridges responded with a laugh, "['True Grit'] is the freshest in my mind. Number two would be 'Lebowski.' I'm partial, but two great movies!"

For Bridges, returning to the set of a Coen brothers film was like returning to an old group of friends. On each of their films, the Coens surround themselves with many of the same crewmembers, »

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The 10 Most Beautiful Films of 2010

26 December 2010 8:56 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

I hope everyone here had a happy holiday break! I had the chance to finally sit back, relax aimlessly for a few days, and take in some Netflix Watch Instantly films that I wouldn’t get to during the normal course of events. One such film was Sweetgrass [1], which guest Matt Singer discussed on a previous episode of the /Filmcast [2]. As I watched, I was struck with the film’s breathtaking beauty, and I realized that there’ve been some great-looking films this past year. Here are what I consider to be the 10 most beautiful films of 2010. There’s no grand unifying theory to this list, other than that these are movies I personally really enjoyed looking at for one reason or another. They are presented in no particular order. Oh, and tune in on Tuesday night at 9 Pm Est at slashfilm’s live page [3] to hear us countdown our »

- David Chen

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Scott Feinberg’S Top 10 Films Of ’10

26 December 2010 7:59 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Please Note: The following rankings and remarks reflect my personal opinions and do/will not in any way impact my projections or analysis on this site, wherein I strive above all else to correctly forecast what will happen, not what I believe should happen. My demonstrated ability to do that over the years is what has led most of you to my site, and any failure to do that will undoubtedly lead you away from it, so you can rest assured that I mean it when I say that one has/will have no bearing on the other.

Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2010

1. “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)

I distinctly remember sitting in a movie theater over the summer when the first teaser for “the Facebook movie” began playing, prompting groans and snickering all around me — stuff along the lines of, “What’s it gonna be about? A server crashing? »

- Scott Feinberg

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True Grit Review

26 December 2010 3:45 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

There was a time when Joel and Ethan Coen, so rightfully highly regarded for their original screenplays and films, found their impeccable track record muddied by a brief rash of remakes and story adaptations. While this one-two punch of “Intolerable Cruelty” and “The Ladykillers” did them no favors roughly a decade ago, the triumph of their 2006 Cormac McCarthy adaptation and Oscar winner “No Country for Old Men” seemed to clarify that the primary fault of the former films may’ve been that they aren’t Westerns. (Yes, I’m one of those who consider “No Country…” a Western, if only perhaps a fringe one. Let’s go with “neo-western/noir”.) Taking any such lesson as that to heart, the Coen brothers are back, this time with an even higher-profile Western adaptation, “True Grit”…read more [TwichFilm]

Jeff Bridges as Marshal Reuben J. Cogburn and Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross in Paramount Pictures »

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True Grit review

26 December 2010 12:39 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

What happens when the Coen Brothers make a western? Ron finds out, as he checks out True Grit...

Leave it to the Coen Brothers to surprise the world with what they don't do, rather than what they do. When you think of the Coens, you have a sense of what to expect. True Grit contains none of that: no real snappy dialogue exchanges, no exceptionally quirky side characters, no elements of film noir, and no peculiar set pieces with strange camera angles and general weirdness. Instead, True Grit is a western, nothing else.

Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld), a 14-year-old girl, is sent to town to collect the dead body of her father, Frank Ross. Frank was a good man who was double-crossed by a hired hand by the name of Tom Chaney. Chaney, deep in the drink, lost his money at cards and robbed and killed Frank Ross in the middle of town. »

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‘True Grit’ – What Did You Think?

24 December 2010 6:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Joel and Ethan Coen hit a small speedbump a few years ago, but the filmmaking brothers are really back on track now. Their latest is True Grit, a new film based on the same Charles Portis novel that spawned the 1969 film of the same name starring John Wayne. It's the Coens' first out and out Western, and their second time working with Jeff Bridges and Josh Brolin. The film is also the feature debut of young Hailee Steinfeld. As Mattie Ross, who seeks to avenge the death of her father at the hands of lowlife Tom Chaney, she is the emotional and active center of the film. (Don't let SAG's minimizing Best Supporting Actress nomination fool you; the girl is the lead, end of story.) True Grit is in theaters now, and we want to know what you thought of the film. As is the norm for posts of this type, »

- Russ Fischer

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The Top Ten Trailers of 2010

24 December 2010 11:10 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Lists like these may be done to death, yet I haven’t seen one that matches up with my favorites. As an online film writer, trailers consume your life. I only find it appropriate to look back on the year and award the marketing teams that have provided us with the best works of art.

I’m willing to bet the majority of people doing what I do end up seeing more trailers then even films. We can all complain about the spoilerific trailers, or the ones that bait us into a film, only to have the end product be something completely different. But every so often, there is a stunning 1-3 minute gem that captivates, energizes, and has us pre-ordering our midnight ticket right away. Check out my top ten examples of 2010 and a few superlatives below.

The Worst Film With The Best Trailer: Skyline

The Biggest Apparent Quality »

- Jordan Raup

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"True Grit," Reviewed

23 December 2010 9:31 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

It's remarkable how different Joel and Ethan Coen's "True Grit" is from the 1969 version starring John Wayne even though the two have all the same characters, nearly identical narratives, a lot of the same dialogue from Charles Portis' original novel. The biggest difference is the Coens themselves and the attitude they bring to the material. The original "True Grit" is a sentimental story about the Old West and a girl who has lost her father and who, in her quest to avenge his death, finds a new one. It has dark moments and themes, but overall it's a light-hearted film; at times it plays more like boozy frontier comedy than a Western revenge thriller. In contrast, the 2010 "True Grit" is a far bleaker and more severe portrait of life in the West, a place the Coens portray as sad and scary even as it is exciting and beautiful. »

- Matt Singer

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Tsr Blog: My nominations in the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

23 December 2010 9:30 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Let’s go behind the looking glass, shall we? The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are held January 14, 2011 at the Hollywood Palladium. I will be there. I vote. I am one of the 250 members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca). Right now the show is stilling trying to find the perfect host. I hope they go with a classic comedian such as Conan O’Brien or Steven Colbert (yes, those would be Huge names for this awards show). It’d be great to have a stand-up since the Oscars are going with James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Maroon 5 has been named the house band. I’ll be giving you my final ballot as soon as I am allowed to post.

Click Here – For all the buzz about the Critic’s Choice Movie Awards

For now, let’s focus on the nominations. Every film in Bold is a movie I nominated. »

- Jeff Bayer

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Review: True Grit

23 December 2010 7:32 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

With their love of American film genres, and a penchant for turning them inside out whilst still offering solid examples of whatever they do, be it the gangster picture (Miller's Crossing), the noir (Blood Simple, The Man Who Wasn't There), the 'based-on-a-true-story' (Fargo, even if it sort of wasn't), and screw-ball comedy (Intolerable Cruelty, Raising Arizona), it was only a matter of time that they got to The Western, the most iconic of them all.  Now they sort of went there with No Country For Old Men, a revisionist western set in the 1980s, complete with all the violence and nihilism fixins, but True Grit feels a lot more like a classic western, a good heaping dose of American myth-making where the brothers are more interested in classic entertainment, and leave the snark and the irony to only small scribbles in the margins (an Indian is hung before he can »

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Film Review: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon Ride the Lonely Plain of ‘True Grit’

22 December 2010 2:16 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “True Grit” seems like the perfect project for Joel and Ethan Coen; something they had been working toward their entire career. Not only had they made what could be considered a modern Western already in “No Country Old Men” but they were to bring together The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) under the magnificent lens of the great Roger Deakins. It nearly had to be a masterpiece.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

True Grit” is no masterpiece. It’s a good film that’s nearly great and absolutely worth seeing but the Coen’s cold detachment hurts them with this project more than any other in their career. This enormous fan of not only the Coens but Westerns and nearly the entire cast and crew of this piece so wanted to love “True Grit,” and so it’s somewhat disappointing to say that I merely like it. I understand why »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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