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SN: “Birdman” is the best ‘Best Picture’ Oscar-winning film of this decade

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According to our monthly poll, out of the five “Best Picture” Oscar-winning films this decade (“The King’s Speech,” “The Artist,” “Argo,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “Birdman”) “Birdman” has the edge.

Out of 67 voters 48% of Media 10 viewers voted for “Birdman” as the best. 2nd place went to “12 Years a Slave” with 19%, but “The Artist” missed a tie by one vote, earning 3rd place 18% of the votes. “Argo” and “The King’s Speech” tied for 4th place with only 7% each.

In five years time we will be able to have 10 unique films in this poll.

Our next poll is going to ask viewers what they think has the edge to win “Best Television Comedy” at the Primetime Emmy Awards this year. Check it out in the sidebar.

Film: The Potential of “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl”

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There were many flashy films at this years Sundance Film Festival, but in the end the Grand Jury Prize, as well as the Audience Award, went to an independent adaptation called “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl.”

“Me & Earl & the Dying Girl” is an adaptation of a 2013 book of the same name by Jesse Andrews. It tells the story of a teenage filmmaker and how he befriends a classmate with cancer. It has been called funny, heart-breaking, poignant, and melancholic by critics. It currently holds a 92 on Metacritic with 7 reviews logged.

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Oscar: “Gravity” vs. “12 Years a Slave”

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Last night Alfonso Cuaron picked up one of the biggest precursor awards for his space epic. It wasn’t a complete surprise when Cuaron’s name was announced; he previously received a Golden Globe for “Gravity” as well. If we have learned anything from this win it is that “12 Years a Slave’s” front-runner status is in danger.

“12 Years a Slave” was the early favorite. People loved “Gravity” when it landed in theaters, but people still said “12 Years a Slave” was the film to beat. When December came around and critic’s awards were being announced you often heard one of the two films being named best picture of 2013 with “Her” and “American Hustle” thrown in intermittently.

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Top 20: Films 2010 – 2014

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12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Her all squeeze into the top 20 films of the decade so far. The Social Network continues reign as best film of the decade.

This time last year we compiled the top 20 films of the decade so far, and now we have updated it. Unfortunately of the 20 slots only four 2013 films have factored into the list, but all have made the top 10.

Remember, this list will be updated each year and films may fall shorter or fall off completely each year. Movies (like fine wine) can get better with age. So here is where we stand as of now at the end of 2013.  (more…)

Awards: Are NYFCC and NBR winners “Her” and “American Hustle” destined for gold?

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Awards: Are NYFCC and NBR winners “Her” and “American Hustle destined for gold?

Full Chart of winners after the jump.

It’s not really a rare occurrence that the New York Film Critics Association and the National Board of Review disagree with each other. They are usually the first precursors of the year, and truthfully they often mean very little for later ceremonies. Still, these decisions can have factors in the race to the Oscars.

Yesterday prognosticators were blindsided by “American Hustle” not only winning the NYFCC’s coveted best picture title, but also winning awards for its screenplay and Jennifer Lawrence’s supporting performance. Many had predicted it’d have some success with awards, but not that it’d breakthrough critical darlings “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.” Early consensus has stated that the film is good, but not that good.
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Top 20: Films 2010 – 2019

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Greatest Films 2010 – 2019

The Social Network
Zero Dark Thirty
Amour
A Separation
Toy Story 3
Winter’s Bone
The Artist
The King’s Speech
A Prophet
Moneyball

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Film Analysis: Ben Affleck is Batman

Batman-vs-SupermanFilm Analysis: Ben Affleck is Batman

On a cold, dark day on the 23rd day of August, Ben Affleck… excuse me… Oscar winner Ben Affleck was announced to play DC Comic’s modern mythos – Batman. This news was met with surprise and a slew of humorous tweets and reddit posts.

The films’ working title is “Batman vs. Superman,” although that is subject to change. The anticipated release date falls in the heart of the summer in 2015 (specifically July 17,2015). Not much is known about what this film will ultimately be about.

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