Category Archives: Movie Lists

Coming Up on TV: The two best Civil War films

The Civil War began 150 years ago this month, and TCM is broadcasting the two best Civil War movies on April 25. Ron Maxwell’s 1994 Gettysburg is the gold standard of Civil War films.  It follows Michael Shaara’s superb historical … Continue reading

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Best Movies of 2011 – So Far

I’ve starting my running list of Best Movies of 2011 – So Far.  So far, I’ve included Source Code, Carancho, Potiche and The Adjustment Bureau. There are some intriguing candidates coming out soon, including Poetry, In a Better World, Incendies, … Continue reading

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2010 in Movies: The Year of Food Porn

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2010 in Movies: The Year of the Crime Drama

2010 continued a trend of really good recent crime dramas.  This year, most of them came from overseas:  The Secrets in Their Eyes (Argentina) won the most recent Best Foreign Language Oscar and A Prophet (France) and Ajami (Palestine/Israel) were … Continue reading

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2010 in Movies: The Year’s Best Movies

Here’s my list of the best films of 2010: 1)  Winter’s Bone; 2) Toy Story 3;  3) The Social Network; 4) The Secrets in their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos); 5) Rabbit Hole; 6) Black Swan; 7) A Prophet … Continue reading

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2010 in Movies: Documentaries

As usual several documentaries made my list of  Best Movies of 2010:  Inside Job, The Tillman Story, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, and Sweetgrass. And there were still more excellent documentaries.  Ken Burns augmented his brilliant Baseball with The … Continue reading

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Food Porn

I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on the recent post updating my 10 Most Memorable Food Scenes – the movie food scenes that are the most amusing, shocking, etc.  But what about the most tantalizing food movies?  They are … Continue reading

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Toy Story 3 and Best Prison Movies

One of the main threads of Toy Story 3 is how the toys escape (while sending up virtually every convention of the prison movie genre).  On NPR’s Fresh Air, Toy Story 3‘s editor Lee Unkrich and  screenwriter Michael Arndt recently … Continue reading

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Best Recent Crime Dramas

We’re living in a good time for crime drama.  When I think of this genre, I generally think of The Godfather, Goodfellas, and the film noir of the 40s and 50s.  But there are some excellent contemporary ones.  This year, … Continue reading

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DVD of the Week: Winter’s Bone

My pick for 2010’s best movie to date is Winter’s Bone, which is just now available on DVD.  A 17-year-old Ozarks girl is determined to save the family home by tracking down her meth dealer dad – dead or alive.  … Continue reading

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