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Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
Whale_Rider
Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Stepfather,' 'Where The Wild Things Are' & More

October 12th, 2009 9:44am EDT
Where the Wild Things Are
Spike Jonze aficionados have been waiting a long time to see his latest project "Where the Wild Things Are" come to fruition. The release has been delayed over a year while Jonze fought through creative differences with Warner Brothers to make a picture both loyal to the Maurice Sendak's book and appealing to the general public.

In addition to Jonze's dark imaginary childhood tale, the films coming to theaters this week include "The Stepfather," "Law Abiding Citizen," "New York, I Love You," and "Black Dynamite."

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE

Max is a mischievous child with a wild ima...
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Top 5 Nicolas Cage Movies - Do You Agree?

July 6th, 2009 8:25am EDT
Nicolas Cage
Tomorrow Nicolas Cage's latest movie Knowing will be released on DVD. When you sit down to watch a Cage movie you're at worst getting an enjoyable movie, as best, you're getting an Oscar-worthy film. Yes, we're saying it - Nicolas Cage does not make bad movies, which is something that can be said of very few in Hollywood.

Part of the reason why his films aren't groan worthy is because Cage has the gift of being able to weed out bad scripts exceptionally well. Plus Cage is able to transform a halfway decent script into a greatly enjoyable movie.

Check out our list of truly great an...
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A Look At 'Where the Wild Things Are'

April 10th, 2009 1:00pm EDT
Where The Wild Things Are
A beloved children's book from the 1960s is finally getting a release date for its feature-length film adaptation. "Where The Wild Things Are" is a simple story of a boy, Max, who acts up and is sent to bed with no supper and winds up entering the world of the Wild Things. The book's illustrations walk the line between cool and creepy, and the film's live-action mixed with puppetry promise to yield a visually stunning piece. But we'll have to wait until October 16, 2009, to find out.

Maurice Sendak wrote and illustrated the playful, innocent classic back in 1963. "Where The Wild Things...
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Review: Synecdoche New York

October 27th, 2008 9:52am EDT
Synecdoche New York
I'm inclined to think that "Synecdoche, New York" is one of the most fantastically depressing films made in the past several years. By that, I don't mean that it's a tear-jerker (it's not, quite), but it has a whimsical way of pulling out emotional strings, much in the way that Paul Thomas Anderson's "Punch Drunk Love" did. Make no mistake, Charlie Kaufman (the writer of "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") has a shtick, a sort of Gabriel Marquez way of turning out extraordinary details from otherwise ordinary lives. If you become famous and want an Oscar-worthy biopic ...
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Is Nicolas Cage Washed Up or Just Making Bad Decisions?

September 5th, 2008 10:40am EDT
The Wicker Man
In 1996 Nicolas Cage stood on stage at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and accepted his first, and currently only, Oscar for his tour de force performance in Mike Figgis' Leaving Las Vegas. This past year, while starring in Neil LaBute's ill-fated remake of the British horror classic The Wicker Man, Cage, donning a grizzly bear costume, punched a woman in the face.

There are two sides to Nicolas Cage-the go-to superstar with the droopy eyes and smug demeanor and Cage the talented, easily forgotten actor. Unfortunately the latter, Academy Award winning Cage persona is a distant memory a...
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Movies With Heart: The 100 Best 'Romdramedies' Of The Past 20 Years

April 17th, 2008 8:00am EDT
Clueless
There's the quintessential romantic comedy, and then there's the romdramedy. Similar to a dramedy (in which there is an equal balance of humor and serious content), a romdramedy combines comedy and drama with that mushy thing we call romance.

This is not a list of the best films over the past 20 years. Rather it is a list that gives preferences to those films that best combine all three elements - romance, comedy and drama.

Films like Magnolia and The Matrix were barred from competition, while films like Down with Love were considered (however, that one didn't make the cut)....
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