MY VOTE FOR BEST PICTURE

Up

“Not a lot of movies leave you sobbing in the opening reel, but Pixar’s masterpiece Up begins with such a breathtaking montage that just hearing snippets of Michael Giacchino’s score is enough to make me misty. In the end it is about letting go, saying goodbye, and starting over. Pretty heady stuff for a movie with talking dogs.” – The Muriel Awards, 02/28/2010

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MY VOTE FOR BEST DIRECTOR

Bigelow

“You won’t find a finer example of pure, nuts-and-bolts cinematic skill this year than The Hurt Locker. A collection of almost unbearably intense set-pieces shot on shaky 16mm cameras, the movie elicits gasps not through groundbreaking special effects or cutting edge 3-D technology, but with simple, old-fashioned juxtapositions of image and sound.” – The Muriel Awards, 02/27/2010

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WHY WE CAN’T REVIEW SHUTTER ISLAND

Shutter Island

“We’d hoped to devote this page to a piece on Shutter Island, the new Martin Scorsese picture.  But I wasn’t invited and wouldn’t have been allowed into the theater even if I’d tried to crash. This isn’t limited to Shutter Island. Already this year, I’ve also been deliberately shut out of screenings of The White Ribbon and Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 02/17/2010

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THE OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS 2010

Short Films 2010

“Best Live Action Short is a total washout. The Animated Shorts fare better, and not just because this year our distinguished voting body stopped nominating experimental, computer-generated affairs that look more like screensavers. The clear frontrunner here is Nick Park’s Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 02/17/2010

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FISH TANK

Fish Tank

“Working in a rough-hewn, matter-of-fact style, Arnold has a knack for just hanging back and letting her scenes breathe.  She does however, have an unfortunate weakness for on-the-nose nature symbolism, and if there’s an animal anywhere onscreen during Fish Tank , the corresponding metaphor is guaranteed to be a groaner.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 02/10/2010

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44 INCH CHEST

44 Inch Chest

“Beneath all their look-at-me profanity, Mellis and Scinto have little to offer besides the not-exactly-shocking revelation that men who lash out with macho swagger are often just frightened, overgrown little boys. From Husbands to Hurlyburly , this topic has been explored with far greater depth and complexity, not to mention savvier structure.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 02/03/2010

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