Yearly Archive: 2010

Dec 27

Finally, a Western with “True Grit”

A U.S. marshal (Jeff Bridges) and a girl (Hailee Steinfeld) seek her father's killer in "True Grit."

Coen brothers celebrate a uniquely American value in “True Grit” Grit, that hard-nosed pioneer virtue, plays a central role in Joel and Ethan Coen’s latest film. It’s that quality – a mix of rugged determination, stubbornness and just plain orneriness – that drives all three central characters in “True Grit.” Compelled by a will to …

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Dec 19

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-19

The first trailer for “Thor” looks terrific. # Last night’s Blind Boys of Alabama show was a blast. Those old guys have lots of energy. # Powered by Twitter Tools

Dec 14

That Golden Globe glow again

“The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network” dominate list of Golden Globe nominees Movies about a stuttering monarch, an up-and-coming fighter and a social media pioneer dominate the list of 2011 Golden Globe nominees. Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes and Blair Underwood announced the nominees for the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards early today in Los Angeles. …

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Dec 13

Of bees and battles

A young man (Leonardo DiCaprio) seeks to avenge his father's murder in "Gangs of New York."

This week’s films: “Vanishing of the Bees” and “Gangs of New York” Humanity’s relationship with honeybees comes under scrutiny in the documentary “Vanishing of the Bees.” Filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Henein examine the economic, ecological and political implications of “Colony Collapse Disorder,” a tragic phenomenon that’s leading to the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee. …

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Dec 12

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-12

Bummed that I missed last night’s “The Walking Dead” season finale. I have a lot of catching up to do! # I would totally buy the house from “The Godfather” if I had the cash. You? # Too bad this isn’t real. A Criterion Collection edition of “Ernest Goes to Jail” would make a …

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Dec 09

Let it snow … on screen

"Citizen Kane" opens with a classic Christmas image: a snow-covered house.

From “Citizen Kane” to “Fargo,” these films put us in a wintry mood Here on the sunny Central Coast of California, it’s hard to get in the holiday spirit. Maybe it’s the result of economic doldrums or the statewide housing slump.  But I suspect another culprit is at work: the weather. December typically brings mild, …

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Dec 08

“Tron” will be terrible, right?

Low expectations are the only way to fight the Hollywood hype machine Hollywood hype is a vicious beast. The modern movie industry is built on the bizarre pretense that if enough people say a  film is fantastic, it actually is. The public relations blitz begins before production ends. Glamorous actors and actresses appear on late-night …

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Dec 06

Ready for a “Christmas Vacation”?

Holiday hijinks push Chevy Chase to the edge in "National Lampoon's Chistmas Vacation."

Celebrate the holidays with “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” If you’ve been following the Hollywood rumor mill, you’ve no doubt heard that Randy Quaid has gone off the deep end. A respected character actor,  Quaid garnered an Oscar nomination for his turn as a troubled young sailor in 1973′s “The Last Detail” and earned a Golden …

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Dec 05

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-05

RIP Leslie Nielson. Never again will someone call him Shirley. # Irvin Kershner, who directed “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Eyes of Laura Mars,” has also gone to that big movie set in the sky. # RT @ontheredcarpet Leslie Nielsen – a look back at his life (Photos) # RT @Scott_Silvey Irvin Kershner is …

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Dec 01

Indiana Jones, aka Miss Manners

Learn proper table etiquette from Indiana Jones and friends Good table manners are important around the holidays. With so many family dinners, office parties and social functions between Thanksgiving and Christmas, proper ettiquette is crucial. Knowing which fork or wine glass to use can be the difference between impressing a prospective employer, or embarrassing your …

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