2011: A Preview

2010 was another year full of memorable films and performances. It was also a summer of disappointing blockbusters and sequels. Toy Story 3 and Inception saved the summer from being a complete waste of time. 2011 is another jam packed year, with plenty of franchise sequels and blockbusters. As always, many of the films that will fill our Top 10 lists next year are coming out in the fall. There may not be a lot of information on them yet, so this preview will be heavy on films that are releasing in spring or summer. The way the system works, the films that are on your radar are only there most of the time because of big names involved, studios, etc. One of the things I love about movies is that so often the ones that aren’t on your radar are some of the best of the year, but since those aren’t on my radar yet, let’s take a look at some that are. 2011. Go!

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68th Annual Golden Globe Nominations

It is that time of year again; awards season is upon us. The day the Golden Globe nominations come out is usually the day I realize how many movies I need to watch before the year is all said and done. Leading the way this year with 7 nominations is The King’s Speech. The Social Network and The Fighter both received 6 nominations. Inception, Black Swan and The Kids Are All Right all came in with 4 nods. The complete list of nominations is after the jump.
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Looking Back at Harry Potter: Part 2

Hello again, and welcome to Part 2 of this two part retrospective on Harry Potter. In Part 1, I talked about how I was first introduced to this wonderful series, my philosophy on books and their movie adaptations (movie first, book second) and I talked about the first four films in the series. If you didn’t catch Part 1, you can check it out here. Today I’ll tell you why I broke my movie first, book second rule with Harry Potter, and I’ll finish up talking about the films, from Order of the Phoenix to Deathly Hallows Part 1. Plus what I’m hoping for from the final film of this series.

Fair warning: I will be talking about Deathly Hallows in detail. If you haven’t seen Part 1, I recommend not reading that section. I will, however, keep any talk about Deathly Hallows Part 2 spoiler-free for all those who haven’t read the book.

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Looking Back at Harry Potter: A Two-Part Retrospective

My time spent with the Harry Potter series has been extraordinary, whether it be the books or the movies. It has been 9 years since the release of the first film, and in less than 8 months, the final chapter of the series will hit the big screen. A bitter sweet moment for many, myself included, but one I am eagerly awaiting.

In a time where there are so many bad sequels and poor book adaptations, the Potter series is a rare beast. Great books turned into great movies. And what’s most important, is they got the magic of what J.K. Rowling wrote on screen. I think fans of the series have been lucky. If the rights to the books fell into the wrong hands, it would be worse than you-know-who regaining his former strength! In this two part retrospective on the series, I’ll talk about my journey with Harry, Ron and Hermione, and go through some of my favorite scenes and moments from this modern fantasy epic. Part one will cover the first film through Goblet of Fire. Part two will take us the rest of the way. If you haven’t bothered to see or read this wonderful series, I’ll probably spoil a lot of it for you. You’ve been warned. Would you like to know more…?

Breaking the 4th Wall – An Introduction

Hi. My name is Steve. I am the new guy here at Row Three. Movies define me. They define who I am and what I do. I could never imagine what my life would be like without the wonderful and sometimes frustrating companion we call cinema. I am no psychic, but I know what you’re thinking. How can a simple form of entertainment define a human being? Sometimes it is even hard for me to understand.

If I wanted to be boring, I could begin by recalling the first memory of film having an impact on me as a kid. I could also say how I loved it at a young age, but that would not be true. Yes, I have always enjoyed watching movies as most young people do, but I never had that eureka moment until I was 17 and arrived at the theater on a chilly February evening. I even remember the date, over 8 years ago. February 15, 2002.

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