The 44th National Society of Film Critics Awards

The 44th National Society of Film Critics Awards were handed out today honoring the best in film for 2009 and, yawn, it went as expected and how many predicted.

Best Picture: THE HURT LOCKER
Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow, THE HURT LOCKER
Best Actor: Jeremy Renner, THE HURT LOCKER
Best Actress: Yolande Moreau, SERAPHINE
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and Paul Schneider, BRIGHT STAR
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique, PRECIOUS
Best Screenplay: Joel & Ethan Coen, A SERIOUS MAN
Foreign-Language Film: SUMMER HOURS
Non-fiction Film: THE BEACHES OF AGNES
Cinematography: Christian Berger, THE WHITE RIBBON
Production Design: Nelson Lowry, FANTASTIC MR. FOX Read More

Metacritic: Best & Worst Movies of the Decade

The Best-Reviewed Wide-Release Films of the Decade, 2000-09

Title Year Metascore Users
1 Pan’s Labyrinth 2006 98 8.3
2 Ratatouille 2007 96 8.6
3 Spirited Away 2002 94 9.3
4 Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The 2003 94 8.6
The first of four films in the Top 100 for director Peter Jackson
5 Sideways 2004 94 6.1
6 WALL-E 2008 93 8.9
7 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000 93 7.0
8 There Will Be Blood 2007 92 7.1
9 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The 2001 92 8.4
10 Queen, The 2006 91 6.0
11 No Country for Old Men 2007 91 6.9
12 Incredibles, The 2004 90 8.7
13 Almost Famous 2000 90 8.3
14 Gosford Park 2001 90 6.1
15 United 93 2006 90 7.5
16 Lost in Translation 2003 89 6.3
17 House of Flying Daggers 2004 89 7.7
18 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 2006 89 6.9
19 Finding Nemo 2003 89 8.5
20 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004 89 8.6
21 Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 89 8.1
22 Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The 2002 88 8.9
23 Capote 2005 88 7.9
24 Chicken Run 2000 88 7.1
25 Up 2009 88 9.0
The decade of Steve Jobs? “Up” is the fifth Pixar movie in the Top 25
26 Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 2005 87 8.2
27 Brokeback Mountain 2005 87 8.2
28 Slumdog Millionaire 2008 86 7.9
29 Million Dollar Baby 2004 86 7.8
30 In the Bedroom 2001 86 7.4
31 Traffic 2000 86 8.0
32 Departed, The 2006 86 7.7
33 Ponyo 2009 86 7.6
34 Bourne Ultimatum, The 2007 85 7.7
35 Pianist, The 2002 85 8.6
36 Knocked Up 2007 85 6.4
37 About Schmidt 2002 85 5.4
38 Atonement 2007 85 7.2
39 Children of Men 2006 84 7.6
40 Milk 2008 84 7.4
41 Mystic River 2003 84 5.4
42 Shrek 2001 84 8.7
43 Volver 2006 84 8.8
44 Dave Chappelle’s Block Party 2006 84 7.3
45 Hero 2004 84 7.0
46 Adaptation 2002 83 7.4
47 Avatar 2009 83 n/a
48 Fantastic Mr. Fox 2009 83 8.2
49 Star Trek 2009 83 7.9
50 Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride 2005 83 7.0
51 Up in the Air 2009 83 7.9
52 Spider-Man 2 2004 83 7.7
53 Drag Me to Hell 2009 83 6.1
54 U2 3D 2008 83 7.8
55 Kill Bill: Volume 2 2004 83 7.3
56 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 2007 83 7.4
57 Constant Gardener, The 2005 82 6.9
58 School of Rock 2003 82 9.3
59 Pride & Prejudice 2005 82 8.9
60 Chicago 2002 82 7.9
61 Michael Clayton 2007 82 7.0
62 Dark Knight, The 2008 82 8.8
The decade’s highest-grossing film, with a total domestic take of $533,345,358
63 Eastern Promises 2007 82 7.2
64 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 81 6.6
65 Mighty Wind, A 2003 81 7.5
66 History of Violence, A 2005 81 6.8
67 Juno 2007 81 8.5
68 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 81 5.6
All the good reviews in the world couldn’t save this big budget adventure from disappointing at the box office
69 Hot Fuzz 2007 81 8.5
70 Wrestler, The 2008 81 8.2
71 Hours, The 2002 81 8.5
72 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 2005 81 7.8
73 Hairspray [2007] 2007 81 7.7
74 King Kong [2005] 2005 81 7.0
75 Casino Royale 2006 81 7.7
76 District 9 2009 81 7.9
77 Simpsons Movie, The 2007 80 7.2
78 Coraline 2009 80 7.8
79 Good Night, and Good Luck 2005 80 7.4
80 Little Miss Sunshine 2006 80 7.4
81 Minority Report 2002 80 7.5
82 Frost/Nixon 2008 80 7.5
83 March of the Penguins 2005 79 8.2
84 Hotel Rwanda 2004 79 8.5
85 High Fidelity 2000 79 8.5
86 Flags of Our Fathers 2006 79 7.0
87 Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire 2009 79 8.1
88 Iron Monkey 2001 79 8.2
89 Iron Man 2008 79 8.3
90 Monsters, Inc. 2001 78 8.7
91 28 Weeks Later… 2007 78 7.0
92 Hellboy II: The Golden Army 2008 78 7.2
93 Punch-Drunk Love 2002 78 6.0
94 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 78 6.6
95 Insomnia 2002 78 6.6
96 Zodiac 2007 78 7.7
97 Kung Fu Hustle 2005 78 8.9
98 Aviator, The 2004 77 6.8
99 Happy Feet 2006 77 5.8
100 8 Mile 2002 77 8.3
And now for something terrible Read More

Nominees for 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Nominees for 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
December 17, 2009 | 6:37 am
The nominations for the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be announced on TV Jan. 23, are as follows:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for Television

Simon Baker, “The Mentalist”

Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”

Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”

Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”

Hugh Laurie, “House”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for Television (Because there was a tie, there are six nominees instead of the traditional five in this category.) Read More

Modern Tonic’s Top 10 Movies of 2009

MOVIES | December 16, 2009
The Fantastic Ten
This year, the men were Single and Serious and the women were Precious, but the ten films we loved the most were anything but.

A Serious Man: The Coen Brothers return to their suburban Minnesota Jewish upbringing for this bizarre, dark, hilarious tale of a middle-aged academic (the extraordinary Michael Stuhlbarg) trying desperately to get his life right.

Away We Go: Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski, as parents-to-be trying to find a place in the world for themselves and their child, were the year’s most hilarious and heartbreaking couple. Read More

Death by Candy Corn

Death By Candy Corn
by: Mister D
12/16/09

candy corn

As I reached into the box of Christmas Candles Past I wasn’t sure what atrocity I would randomly choose. Little to my surprise, it was hideous. You see, I’ve never had an affinity for candles for they always reminded me of horror movie rituals and hurricanes when the power goes out – both disturbing in my opinion.

This particular candle was enclosed in something that resembled an old mayonaise jar cut in half with a wide ribbon surrounding it, painted with little candy corns all over it. One could tell it had been utilized quite a bit by the blackened glass and the fact that the wax and wick had melted almost down to the bottom of the jar. It took me several times to light the wick since everytime I lit the match the flame crawled up the stick to burn my thumb. That would explain the myriad of blackened matchsticks strewn across the bottom of the jar like old corn stalks burnt to the ground. Now my mind takes me to that movie “Children of the Corn” and I’m creeped out, but I let the flame flicker for awhile. It gives off such powerful heat when putting your hand over the jar, but the flame is pathetically almost absent when looking outside in due to the charring and blackened glass. Read More

List of Golden Globe Nominees 2009

New York Times
December 15, 2009
List of Golden Globe Nominees

Philip Berk, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association®, announced updated timetable for “The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards” to be broadcast in HD Sunday, January 17, 2010 from 5-8 PM (PST) and 8-11 PM (EST) live coast to coast from The Beverly Hilton on NBC.

Following is a list of the Golden Globe nominations.

1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

a. AVATAR

Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox

b. THE HURT LOCKER Read More

Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade

Albums of the Decade

1 | Radiohead: Kid A

2 | The Strokes: Is This It

3 | Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

4 | Jay-Z: The Blueprint

5 | The White Stripes: Elephant

6 | Arcade Fire: Funeral

7 | Eminem: The Marshal Mathers LP

8 | Bob Dylan: Modern Times

9 | M.I.A.: Kala

10 | Kanye West: The College Dropout

11 | Bob Dylan: Love and Theft

12 | LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver

13 | U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

14 | Jay-Z: The Black Album

15 | Bruce Springsteen: The Rising

16 | OutKast: Stankonia

17 | Beck: Sea Change Read More

London Times: The top 100 albums of 2009

Times Online
From The Sunday Times
December 6, 2009
The top 100 albums of 2009
Records of the year: the pick of the music releases from pop, rock, world, jazz and classical as chosen by our critics

Rock and pop

1 Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)

How many bands even reach the eighth-album stage? Or, having done so, make music as perplexingly beautiful as that found on songs here such as My Girls and Summertime Clothes? America’s Animal Collective (pictured on previous page) create a patchwork of Beach Boys vocal swooning and dizzying, kaleidoscopic soundscapes. The most breathtaking and compelling album of the year. Read More

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