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SideNote: First and Final Frames

The interpretation is yours, but some of these side by sides of the first and final frames of popular movies are pretty surreal.

Top 20: Films 2010 – 2015

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We have compiled the top 20 films of the decade every year as the decade has gone on. See last year’s list here. This time the list is special for two reasons:

The decade is now halfway complete. So it is very likely that half of these films will end up on the final lists. Also, we have a new leader: “Boyhood.” Topping just about every critic’s top 10 list this year, and scoring an amazing 100 on Metacritic, “Boyhood” was able to dethrone “12 Years a Slave,” “The Social Network,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”

New 2014 inductees include: “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Birdman,” “Selma,” and “Whiplash.”

Here is our list of the Top 20 films of the decade so far:

Top 20 Films 2010 – 2015

Boyhood
12 Years a Slave
The Social Network
Zero Dark Thirty
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Tree of Life
Her
The Master

Birdman
Toy Story 3
Moonrise Kingdom
Holy Motors
Winter’s Bone
Amour
The Artist
Selma
Whiplash
Lincoln

Preview: Predicting the Best Film of 2014

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Alright, so we’ve started the year off with a couple strong, successful films. “The Lego Movie” landed with a slew of powerful reviews along with the successful Wes Anderson film “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Meanwhile we’ve had some strong independent titles like “Under the Skin” and “Locke” hit the review circuit. Also, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has already climbed to the top of the annual box office, also presenting strong reviews.

Are any of these films going to be the best of 2014? It’s going to be rough considering the slate we have. We are going to present you with our Top 20 guesses of what could receive the most acclaim and give shout outs to some other films that could be in the mix.

Here is your complete guide to what could be the best film of 2014:

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Top 10: Philip Seymour Hoffman Performances

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Top 10: Philip Seymour Hoffman performances

When I had heard that the Oscar-winning actor had passes away, I felt devastated. More than I usually would for a Hollywood actor I have never met, but calling Philip Seymour Hoffman a Hollywood actor wouldn’t do him justice. He was a master of the craft, he was one of the greatest actors of all time. Period.

The first film I watched with Hoffman in it was “Doubt,” I had heard great things about him in “Capote,” but never got around to seeing it. In the climax of “Doubt” Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep square off and my mouth was on the floor. I was in shock, I had never seen such an impressive display of acting.

In the spirit of Media 10, we have put together Philip Seymour Hoffman’s top 10 performances. We are still waiting to see how he does in “A Most Wanted Man” along with some other potential Oscar contenders, but for now here is where the list stands. Normally it’d be counter-productive to create a list like this, because we all thought Hoffman had dozens of great performances left in him. Such a tragedy.

Here is Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Legacy. His top 10 Performances of his career:

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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…)

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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Your/My Top 10: Films of the Decade so Far 2010-2013

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Top 20: Films of the Decade so Far 2010-2013

Judging by the amount of inevitable criticism I have been receiving since putting some unconventional films on my end of the year lists, I figured I’d make the image above one of my favorites, which is sure to be a cult hit, but not necessarily remembered in time.

The first list I’m going to have is all the films from the past three years (including 2013 so far, even though no film is actually included yet) factoring in the critical scores via MetaCritic and Rotten Tomatoes along with the cultural impact of the film.

I have included my top 20 as well which is vastly different: (more…)

Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

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Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

Whoa! What happened? So, myself and a lot of the more “professional” Oscar predictors did a pretty mediocre job on their predictions, especially in the Best Director category. But I thought the nominations were more thought provoking than previous years. It shows that the Academy is a group of wildcards really.

So here is the list of winners and losers after the nominations were announced per category: (more…)

Awards: Final Golden Globe Film Nominee Predictions 2012

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Awards: Final Golden Globe Film Nominee Predictions 2012

I know it’s real late, but I needed to put on record my final predictions for the Golden Globes. You can find more of my predictions on my Gold Derby page. So here they are after the jump: (more…)

Awards: Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild take home Gotham top prizes

 

Awards: Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild take home Gotham’s top prizes

Tonight, November 26, the Gotham Independent Film Awards started off the slew of Film-Award ceremonies that are met with us this time of year. Many Oscarologists will tell you that these awards mean very little to the final race.

I agree, however there are two independent films currently trying to tunnel there way into the top 10. Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise KingdomI still haven’t seen Beasts, but I was a huge fan of Moonrise Kingdom so I am glad the film got some attention, even if its win may have been an easy predict.

Here is a list of Tonight’s nominees and winners after the jump: (more…)