Filmology
January 6th

“Don’t you just take the past, and put it in a room in the basement, and lock the door and never go in there?
Today’s entry from Filmology is 1999’s Hitchcockian adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s criminal-psychological investigation The Talented Mr. Ripley.

My book, Filmology: A Movie-a-Day Guide to a Complete Film Education, is now for sale in both paperback and ebook formats. 

Filmology
January 3rd

“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them.”
Today’s entry from Filmology is 2001’s genre-redefining fantasy epic The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

My book, Filmology: A Movie-a-Day Guide to a Complete Film Education, is now for sale in both paperback and ebook formats. 

Occasionally over the coming year, I’ll be posting the book’s entry for that particular day.

That Was the Year That Was:
The Best Films of 2010

Over at filmcritic.com, we all got together and came up with a list of the ten best films for the year 2010 – because making lists is what critics do in the holiday season when not arguing, say, whether Black Swan is high art with campy overtones or high camp with artistic window-dressing (hint: it’s the latter, which doesn’t detract at all from its enjoyability).
Here’s the group list from the filmcritic mob:
  1. Inception
  2. The Social Network
  3. Black Swan
  4. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  5. True Grit
  6. Toy Story 3
  7. 127 Hours
  8. Greenberg
  9. Please Give
  10. Shutter Island
And, for what it’s worth my individual list, with some links to reviews:
  1. Fish Tank 
  2. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 
  3. The Social Network 
  4. Never Let Me Go 
  5. Last Train Home 
  6. Boxing Gym 
  7. White Material 
  8. True Grit 
  9. I Am Love 
  10. Carlos