Rank ‘em: Time Travel Movies

In honor of the ridiculously good Looper (Kurt’s review) being released this weekend, let’s talk about some other films dealing with time travel. What exactly is a time travel movie, you ask? Well, I don’t know. Use your judgement on this edition of Rank ‘em. It’s always silly and difficult and heartbreaking trying to do the...

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Countdown to The Dark Knight Rises: Rank ‘em [Christopher Nolan]

  Everyone involved with the third row got together this week and looked back at Christopher Nolan’s career to coincide with the release of likely the biggest movie of 2012, The Dark Knight Rises. Throughout the week, we’ve had (and will have) some pretty in-depth and thoughtful pieces surrounding Nolan’s films and Batman in particular....

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Rank ‘Em: Matthew McConaughey Performances

It may be the year of the girl, but it is also is potentially the the year of the shirtless Texan. Well, that is Matthew McConaughey who has a whopping slate of film with him either in starring or supporting roles: The well received but not well distributed Richard Linklater film Bernie, controversial Cannes title from director Lee Daniels, The Paperboy,...

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Rank ‘Em: Academy Award Best Picture Winners

I know Kurt promised last week we were done with all the Academy Award related stuff, but I was already working on this, which took me longer than I’d hoped to finish. But then, this is by far the most epic and most difficult Rank ‘Em I have ever attempted. Not only are there a great many more Best Picture winners than there usually are films in an...

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Rank ‘em: The Performances of Gary Oldman

Character actor, chameleon, often playing villains and grotesques (but the occasional hero as well), it is no coincidence that I chose the image from Ridley Scott’s detestable Silence of the Lambs sequel, Hannibal for the purposes of illustration of Mr. Gary Oldman. Here is an actor who has played Ludwig van Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Pontius Pilate...

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Rank ‘Em: John Carpenter’s Films

With Halloween nearly upon us, it seems appropriate to delve into the filmography of one of the most well-known and acclaimed directors of the genre. Carpenter is, without question, a master of suspense. His utilization of music in crafting an ominous atmosphere is essentially unparalleled, and his ability to engross and unnerve the viewer with subtlety and...

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Rank ‘Em: Billy Wilder

Back when I was a mere baby film buff, Billy Wilder was probably one of the very first directors I learned to know by name and seek out his films (along with Alfred Hitchcock). I can’t really explain that, other than I just happened to introduce myself to Double Indemnity, The Lost Weekend, Sabrina, and more within a relatively short period of time when I...

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Guy Maddin Blogathon: Rank ‘Em: Guy Maddin’s Films

[Part of The Maddin-est Blogathon in the World! Contest Head over to that link for more Maddin-ness.] I remember the day I discovered Guy Maddin. I was filling a gap in my film festival schedule and The Saddest Music in the World happened to fit. What I didn’t bargain for was Maddin’s style. Here was a director, Canadian no less!, making a movie unlike anything...

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Rank ‘Em: Steven Soderbergh’s Films

My interest in Steven Soderbergh is strongly rooted in his general lack of commonality within his oeuvre. With the notable exception of the Ocean’s series, no two films share an overwhelming vibe that screams “Soderbergh,” despite his fondness for working with certain actors … and that strikes me as an unusually rare quality. Werner...

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Rank ‘Em: Brad Pitt Films

With World War Z hitting the headlines as of late (not least because of controversial book-to-film changes being made to the overall structure), Terrence Malick’s magnificent The Tree of Life providing one of this year’s highlights and Moneyball recently premiering at TIFF, I thought it would be an apt time to highlight the films of acting megastar...

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