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Phoenix Film Critics Society Names "Inglourious Basterds" Top Film of 2009

31 December 2009 12:07 PM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Phoenix Film Critics Society has chosen Quentin Tarantino's revenge fantasy "Inglourious Basterds" the best film of the year! They also named Tarantino Best Director, his cast Best Ensemble, and Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actor for his role as the "Jew Hunter" Hans Landa.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Best Picture

Inglourious Basterds

Top Ten Films of 2009 (in alphabetical order)


District 9

(500) Days of Summer

The Hurt Locker

Inglourious Basterds


Sherlock Holmes

Star Trek


Up In The Air

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role

George Clooney, Up In The Air

Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role

Meryl Streep, Julie and Julia

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Mo.Nique, Precious

Best Acting Ensemble

The cast of Inglourious Basterds »

- Manny

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Oscar 2010: Oscar Balloting “Secrets”

30 December 2009 5:47 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Penelope Cruz in Broken Embraces (Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo / Sony Pictures Classics) At The Wrap, Steve Pond offers some cool insights into the Oscar ballots. For instance, in all but one category, voters are supposed to write down the name of the film — not the talent — on the ballot. So, if your best director picks for the 2010 Academy Awards are Pedro Almodóvar for Broken Embraces, Kiyoshi Kurosawa for Tokyo Sonata, and Michael Haneke for The White Ribbon (one can always dream), you have to write down Broken Embraces, Tokyo Sonata, and The White Ribbon. The one exception to this rule is the acting category, in which Acting Branch voters must write down the name [...] »

- Andre Soares

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The best foreign films of 2009

30 December 2009 3:04 PM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

Look at it this way. We have the chance to see virtually every American film that's released, and many of the English language films in general. But with the crisis in U.S. distribution, the only foreign-language films are those someone paid hard cash for, and risked opening here. "You always like those foreign films," I'm told, often by someone making it sound like a failing. Not always, but often. They tend to involve characters of intelligence and complexity. If

they're about people of subnormal intelligence, they're about that, or acknowledge it. In most of the world, people want to hurry into adulthood, not clinging to adolescence.

Have you noticed how many American mainstream films are about stupid people who are presented as normal? One opened recently: "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" No one in that film has an interesting thought as they stumble from one plot point to the next. »

- Roger Ebert

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DVD update: When Oscar voters received these campaign screeners

29 December 2009 6:52 PM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Oscar voters are just now receiving their nomination ballots. Below are the dates that the general membership received these campaign DVDs. Other DVDs were shipped to members of specific branches. Dec. 28 — "Sherlock Holmes," "The Lightkeepers" Dec. 27 — "The Blind Side" Dec. 18 — "Crazy Heart," "The Princess and the Frog," "Broken Embraces," "The Last Station," "The White Ribbon," "It's Complicated," "Tyson" Dec. 15 — "Nine," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Monsters and Aliens," "Creation" Dec. 12: "Me and Orson Welles," "Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," "The Young Victoria" Dec. 11: "Invictus," "Star Trek," "The Lovely Bones," "Up in the Air," "Creation," "Inglourious Basterds," "The Road," "A Single Man" Dec. 10: "Public Enemies," "It's Complicated," »

- tomoneil

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Oscar Watch: Voting for Ten Instead of Five

29 December 2009 3:10 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

I’m having a devil of a time figuring out what this year’s Oscar nominations for best picture are going to be. As the ballots are going out, I usually have a fair idea of the final five. But this year there are ten best picture slots instead of five. If voters had trouble coming up with their top five in the past, won’t they have even more trouble filling out a ballot with ten? A rash of movies that started strong but were hurt by bad reviews or box office or a lack of award group support may not wind up at the top of voters’ lists: they include Broken Embraces, Nine, Bright Star, The Road and A Serious Man, which is dividing Academy voters with … »

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Sin Nombre, The White Ribbon, Summer Hours: Foreign Language Film Favorites of 2009

29 December 2009 10:53 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores in Cary Fukunaga’s Sin Nombre (Focus Features)(top); The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke (Films du Losange / Sony Pictures Classics) (middle); Penelope Cruz in Pedro Almodóvar’s Broken Embraces (Emilio Pereda & Paola Ardizzoni / El Deseo / Sony Pictures Classics) (bottom) Sin Nombre, a Mexican-American co-production directed by Cary Fukunaga and featuring Stockholm Film Festival best actor winner Edgar Flores, has thus far been the Us-critics’ favorite foreign-language film of 2009, with six wins. Additionally, Fukunaga’s drama about a Honduran family’s dramatic trek north to the United States, has landed Critics Choice and Spirit Award nominations. Michael Haneke’s European Film Award winner The White Ribbon, about strange occurrences in a small German town shortly before the outbreak [...] »

- Steve Montgomery

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"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" the Best And Worst of the Year?

29 December 2009 6:52 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The people had spoken and they picked "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" as both the Best Action Movie of 2009 and the Worst Movie of the Year!

AOL's Moviefone has released its 2009 year-end movies poll and one thing is clear -- moviegoers, at least the ones voting on Moviefone, loved "The Twilight Saga: New Moon." The vampire romance saga was chosen as the Best Movie of the Year.

But my favorite question? "How would you rate 2009 overall," to which the answer was a resounding "Eh!"

Check out the full results of the Moviefone poll below:

1. What was the best movie of the year?

'New Moon' - 41%

'Avatar' - 14%

'The Hangover' - 13%

'Star Trek' - 11%

'Up' - 9%

'Inglourious Basterds' - 9%

'Up in the Air' - 2%

2. What was the worst movie of the year?

'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' »

- Manny

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Top 25 Movies of 2009: Honorable Mentions and Movies #21 - 25

28 December 2009 10:31 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Top 25 Movies of 2009 Introduction, Honorable Mentions and Movies #21 - 25

What's your overall opinion of the movies of 2009? I ask because moving into December I would have called it a downer year, and if you base your opinion of a year's worth of movies on the blockbusters of the year you may be a bit mixed. While films such as Star Trek, District 9 and Avatar found fans all around the world, films such as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Terminator Salvation, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Angels and Demons and Watchmen were met with mixed-to-highly-negative reviews from critics and filmgoers alike. A lot of money was made, but I think we all know money doesn't always translate to quality.

There were some out of the blue surprises such as The Hangover and Paranormal Activity and Pixar again impressed us all with Up. Personally, it's the smaller to mid-level films »

- Brad Brevet

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John Waters’ Ten Best List of 2009

27 December 2009 12:01 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When John Waters submitted his Guilty Pleasures list to Film Comment, he included movies like Woody Allen’s Interiors and Ingmar Bergman’s Wild Strawberries. So it’s not entirely surprising that his 2009 Ten Best list, published in Art Forum, includes Lars von Trier’s Antichrist and Pedro Almodovar’s Broken Embraces. Waters knows what he likes. Here’s his top five: 1 Import Export (Ulrich Seidl) The most sorrowful movie of the year is also the best. The miserable lives of Ukrainian immigrants in Vienna make this agonizing but brilliantly directed opus the cinematic equivalent of slitting your wrists. A new genre? Depression porn? Hey, I got off. 2 Antichrist … »

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Best Movies Of 2009, By Kurt Loder

22 December 2009 3:50 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

A pretty good year.

George Clooney in .Up in the Air.

Photo: Dale Robinette/ Paramount

It seems to be a critical tradition to bewail the awfulness of each year's movies. But how often is this really true? With the annual caveat that it's impossible (and meaningless) to designate one movie or filmmaker as the "best," here are a number of 2009 pictures I liked a lot in various aspects, with one entrant in each category selected, fairly arbitrarily, as the "best," and equally worthy contenders noted below them.

Best Picture:

"Up in the Air" A mainstream film with a complex heart and a brain, too. Not exactly a comedy, not precisely a drama, but as close to a perfect movie as any other this year.

Also really good: "The Hurt Locker": Can it actually have been seven years since Kathryn Bigelow's last picture? This scrappy low-budget film, with a breakthrough performance by Jeremy Renner, »

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Emily Blunt Failed to Secure Her Double Satellite Awards Noms

21 December 2009 7:45 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Emily Blunt has impressed critics with her performance on both "The Young Victoria" and "Sunshine Cleaning", leading to her being nominated for two 2009 Satellite Awards titles. When the winners of the awards were announced however, it was unraveled that she has lost to Shohreh Aghdashloo and Mo'Nique.

On Monday, December 21, the International Press Academy made public Shohreh Aghdashloo bested Blunt in the category for Best Actress in Drama, and Mo'Nique stole her chance at securing Best Supporting Actress title. While she failed to add her award collection, her co-star in "The Devil Wears Prada" Meryl Streep took home Best Actress in Comedy/Musical honor for her performance in "Julie & Julia".

The 26-year-old was not the only double-nominated actress who walked away with no kudo. Her fellow competitor Penelope Cruz has to admit defeat as well. Nonetheless, both of Cruz' movies nailed at least one award. "Broken Embraces" was in tie »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Chicago Film Critics Awards 2009

21 December 2009 2:55 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2009 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards 2009 Chicago Film Critics winners: Dec. 21, 2009 ("*" denotes the winner in each category)   Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker (Jonathan Olley / Summit Entertainment)   Best Picture * The Hurt Locker Inglourious Basterds A Serious Man Up in the Air Where the Wild Things Are Best Foreign-language Film Broken Embraces Red Cliff Sin Nombre Summer Hours * The White Ribbon Best Documentary * Anvil!: The True Story of Anvil Capitalism: A Love Story The Cove Food, Inc. Tyson Best Animated Feature Coraline Fantastic Mr. Fox Ponyo The Princess and the Frog * Up Best Director * Kathryn Bigelow (-) The Hurt Locker Joel & Ethan [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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'Hurt Locker' Leads Pack with Four Wins at 2009 Satellite Awards

21 December 2009 2:51 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The winners of the 2009 Satellite Awards were announced and The Hurt Locker was again the big winner with four awards including Best Picture (Drama), Director for Kathryn Bigelow, Actor (Drama) for Jeremy Renner and Film Editing. Precious won for Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique) and Adapted Screenplay while Christoph Waltz continued to rack up Supporting Actor awards for his turn in Inglourious Basterds.

Perhaps most surprising to me is the continuous stream of victories for Meryl Streep in Julie and Julia, again, not because I didn't like her performance, but up until the critical awards began being announced Carey Mulligan in An Education was the clear front-runner. However, I am beginning to think the tide has turned and Streep's excellent turn as Julia Child may be able to take home the Oscar.

I have listed the complete batch of winners below, take a peek and weigh in with your thoughts in the comments. »

- Brad Brevet

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THR Critics’ Top 10 Films of 2009

20 December 2009 10:35 PM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

via… THR Kirk Honeycutt The White Ribbon Up Precious The Hurt Locker District 9 Avatar The Cove In the Loop A Serious Man Up in the Air After the cut, »

- Ryan Adams

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THR critics list top films of 2009

20 December 2009 2:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

What strikes you about the individual lists of The Hollywood Reporter film critics' top 10 films for 2009 is the wide range of styles, genres and commercial appeal in these choices.

They run the gamut from the austere (the German-language "The White Ribbon") to the raucous (wild boys' language "The Hangover").

You get terrifically entertaining animation -- "Coraline," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "The Princess and the Frog" and "Up" -- as well as animation-tinged, science-fiction wonders such as "Avatar" and "District 9." And there are genuinely unsettling films, like the inner-city drama "Precious" or the dolphin-hunting documentary "The Cove."

Once again, no film appears on every list. That seems a tradition of ours. The films that do appear on five of the six lists are Kathryn Bigelow's war film "The Hurt Locker," Jason Reitman's road-movie satire "Up in the Air" and Peter Docter's ingenious "Up." Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" just misses with four mentions. »

- By Kirk Honeycutt

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'Avatar' earns $73 million in opening

20 December 2009 8:04 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Update: 'Avatar' weekend earnings climb

Mother Nature worked her own special effects on "Avatar" during the weekend as a big East Coast snowstorm kept James Cameron's sci-fi actioner from piling its opening boxoffice as high as expected.

But Fox still managed to shovel a blizzard's worth of business with the 3D release, which topped domestic rankings with an estimated $73 million through Sunday. The motion capture-and-live action hybrid bowed simultaneously in 106 international territories, where it rung up $159.2 million in foreign coin for a worldwide debut totaling $232.2 million.

The weekend's sole other wide opener -- Sony's romantic comedy "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" starring Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker -- fetched $7 million in fourth place. Disney's animated feature "The Princess and the Frog" fell 50% from its week-earlier wide debut to $12.2 million in second place with a $44.8 cume, while Warner Bros.' Clint Eastwood-directed "Invictus" dropped 52% in »

- By Carl DiOrio

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What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #22

20 December 2009 2:53 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Last week I watched several films in the theater including It's Complicated and Sherlock Holmes as well as finally watched The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Broken Embraces (review here) and The Lovely Bones (review here). So, there was little time left for home movie watching, but I do have a couple to bring to the table before you share your lists in the comments.

A Prophet (2010) Quick Thoughts: I've been asked to hold off on posting an official review of this film until it's February 26, 2010 release, but seeing how it has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, was named Best Foreign Language film by the National Board of Review and will almost certainly be nominated for an Oscar and will be competing with The White Ribbon for the win, I couldn't help but bring it up here. Even if it's only to make sure it's on your radar. »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Review: Broken Embraces

18 December 2009 6:47 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Dec 18, 2009

Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces isn't quite the masterpiece that was the director’s Talk to Her or Volver, but it is a luscious, gorgeous, confidently directed slice of self-examination through the world of noir, the power of cinema, and the hazy fog of memory. The last time that Pedro wrote a character who also happened to be a creative artist into one of his films, in Bad Education, it produced at-best mixed results. Luckily, Broken Embraces is a far more successful slice of cinematic wonder, a work that's not quite ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »

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Movie Review: Broken Embraces (2009)

18 December 2009 3:07 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Penelope Cruz and Lluis Homar in Broken Embraces

Photo: Sony Pictures Classics Earlier this year I did myself a favor and invested some time in the most recent work from director Pedro Almodovar. I missed the bus on the acclaimed director's work to this point (outside of Bad Education) and wanted to remedy the situation somewhat. Of those I watched I was completely floored by Volver to the point I will most likely never watch another Almodovar film the same way as they all now have something to aspire to. Broken Embraces doesn't live up to that 2006 film, but it still contains a magical touch only Almodovar currently seems to be bringing to his features.

This isn't to say Broken Embraces is otherworldly like Volver, but it has a mystical style to it as a 14-year-old story is brought back to life as a film director left blind from a »

- Brad Brevet

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Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Awards 2009

17 December 2009 8:43 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

2009 Dallas-Ft. Worth Film Critics Association Awards   George Clooney, Vera Farmiga in Up in the Air (Dale Robinette / Paramount)   Best Film: Up in the Air Runners-up: The Hurt Locker, Precious, Up, An Education, A Serious Man, Inglourious Basterds, District 9, Avatar, Fantastic Mr. Fox Best Foreign Language Film: Sin Nombre Runners-up: Broken Embraces, Summer Hours, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Red Cliff Best Documentary: The Cove Runners-up: Anvil! The Story of Anvil, Capitalism: A Love Story, This Is It, Burma VJ and The September Issue (tie) Best Animated Film: Up Runner-up: Fantastic Mr. Fox Best Director: Jason Reitman, Up in the Air Runners-up: Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker; Lee Daniels, Precious; Joel and Ethan Coen, A Serious Man; Quentin Tarantino, Inglourious Basterds Best Actor: George Clooney, Up in the Air Runners-up: Jeff [...] »

- Anna Robinson

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