Author Archives: Matt Scalici

Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 204 – Is Blade Runner 2049 a worthy follow-up to the original?

Ben Flanagan watched Blade Runner 2049 with a huge fan of the original Blade Runner, his father Steve Flanagan. How does the new film stack up with the original and does it recapture some of the magic that gave Ridley Scott’s original vision such a lasting impact? Click Here to Download Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 204 Share your thoughts with us on the Film Nerds […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 201 – More Upheaval in the Star Wars Universe

There is…another…director for Episode IX! Yet another big shakeup in the Star Wars universe was announced this week when Colin Trevorrow dropped out of directing Episode IX of the Star Wars saga. What does this mean for the future of the franchise and who will take over? Listen to our picks and be sure to leave feedback on our Facebook […]

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Film Nerds Unlimited: Issue 1 – Summer Movie Seasons / The Force Awakens Trailer

Greetings, Nerds! Welcome to Film Nerds Unlimited, a brand new podcast series from the FilmNerds crew in which we discuss, argue about, and rant with each other on the movie-related topics that we’ve been thinking about lately. What, you may be asking, makes it different than our previous podcasting ventures? Well, for one thing, we’re doing it! Thanks in large […]

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Cinematrimony – Guardians of the Galaxy

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Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Marvel’s latest comic book adaptation Guardians of the Galaxy. Does the movie exceed Matt’s fanboy hype? Does it play well with notoriously anti-superhero Francesca? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Guardians of […]

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Cinematrimony – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest edition of the sci-fi reboot franchise. Matt was thrilled with the first film in this new imagining of Rod Serling’s bizarre sci-fi tale but will Francesca come around after this heavily-praised sequel? Matt and Francesca […]

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Cinematrimony – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Does the latest offering from the Marvel universe overcome Francesca’s inherent boredom with the superhero genre? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Cinematrimony – Grand Budapest Hotel

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Wes Anderson’s latest colorful quirky drama Grand Budapest Hotel. How does it stack up to the rest of Anderson’s long line of offerings? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Grand Budapest Hotel

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Back to the Movies 1984 | No. 49: Oh, God! You Devil!

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Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1984 in order from 50 to 1.

The next film on my list forced me to confront a problem inherent to doing a project like this, yet somehow one I managed to avoid during my cinematic voyage through 1983. What do you do in a project like this when you encounter a sequel to a movie you haven’t seen? Do I add to my workload by forcing myself to watch the film’s predecessors in order to add the context I need to truly appreciate the movie?

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Cinematrimony – Noah

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. How does Aronofsky’s imaginative take on the biblical tale play with Matt and Francesca? Has Francesca finally come around on the controversial director or is she still haunted by what he did to her brain in Black Swan? Matt and Francesca […]

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Cinematrimony – Gravity

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Does Bullock’s performance carry the weight of this intense, character-driven thriller?  Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Gravity

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Cinematrimony – The World’s End

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Edgar Wright’s genre-bending sci-fi/action/adult relationship comedy The World’s End. How does the film compare to Wright’s previous collaborations with leading men Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? Does the ambitious film manage to pull all of its various elements together into a cohesive blend or […]

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Cinematrimony – Blue Jasmine

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Woody Allen’s San Francisco-set drama Blue Jasmine starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin. Does Blanchett’s performance live up to the early Oscar hype? Where does Allen’s latest effort rank among his other female-driven dramas? Does this film have the potential to be another mainstream […]

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Cinematrimony – Elysium

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Neil Blomkamp’s sci-fi/action thriller Elysium starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Charlto Copley. Does the South African director’s follow up to Best Picture nominee District 9 deliver the same kind of social commentary-tinged action? Is Copley’s performance over-the-top or one of the year’s best? […]

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Cinematrimony – Monsters University

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Pixar’s latest animated effort Monsters University, the sequel to their 2001 classic Monsters Inc. Does this college-set comedy stack up to the laughs and emotional sincerity of its predecessor? Is Pixar still on their game? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this […]

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Cinematrimony – This Is The End

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s apocalyptic horror comedy This Is The End. Do the Hollywood in-jokes get old or have Rogen and Goldberg recaptured the sincere buddy comedy chemistry that worked so well in their debut feature Superbad? Matt and Francesca discuss this and […]

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Cinematrimony – Star Trek Into Darkness

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. Does Abrams’ latest take on the classic sci-fi franchise appeal to both a mild fanboy (Matt) and the completely uninitiated moviegoer (Francesca)? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: […]

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Cinematrimony – The Great Gatsby

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Baz Lurhmann’s 3D hip-hop music video-style adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and give their thoughts on the cast, how the story holds up and whether Luhrmann’s signature style helps or hurts the story come alive on the screen. Matt and Francesca […]

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Remake It: 5 remakes that need to happen

We asked the FilmNerds contributors to pitch us their idea for a successful (critically and/or commercially) remake that Hollywood hasn’t thought of yet, complete with cast and crew suggestions. Here’s what they came up with: Westworld by Ben Flanagan “Westworld” is Michael Crichton’s own adaptation of his science fiction-thriller starring Yul Brynner as an android in a futuristic Western-themed amusement […]

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Cinematrimony – Jurassic Park 3D

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss the 3D re-release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. How does the film hold up 20 years later? Which moments stand out on the big screen? Does the 3D add anything to the experience? Matt and Francesca discuss this and more in this episode of […]

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Cinematrimony – Side Effects

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss Stephen Soderbergh’s dark and surprising thriller Side Effects. Does Soderbergh still have gas in the tank as he winds down his filmmaking career? Does the surprising plot twist ruin the entire movie for notorious twist-hater Matt? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and […]

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Cinematrimony – Silver Linings Playbook

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss David O. Russell’s latest Best Picture nominated film Silver Linings Playbook. Do Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence have believable romantic chemistry? How does this film stack up against Russell’s last Oscar-nominated effort The Fighter? Does Robert DeNiro actually give a performance in which he […]

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Cinematrimony – This Is 40

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time, Matt and Francesca discuss the Judd Apatow’s latest big screen dramedy This Is 40. Is this movie too melodramatic to be funny? Does the oversized ensemble cast bring enough to the party? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here […]

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Cinematrimony – Les Miserables

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss the latest big screen musical to receive serious Oscar consideration, Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables. Does the film appeal to both musical theater nerds and film lovers alike? Is it worthy of the Oscar hype? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on […]

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Cinematrimony – Django Unchained

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss the new film from Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED. Does QT find the right balance between over-the-top violence and respect for the travesties of slavery? Does the screenplay live up to the insanely high standards Tarantino has set for himself in his previous masterpieces? Listen […]

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Cinematrimony: Lincoln

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss Steven Spielberg’s historical epic LINOLN. Does Daniel Day Lewis hit another potential Oscar-winning home run? Who else shines among the star-studded cast? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony – Lincoln

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Cinematrimony: Argo

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss Ben Affleck’s Iranian hostage thriller Argo. Does Affleck successfully thrill an audience that is fully aware of how the story turns out? Can the actor-turned-director finally impress our stingy critics with his work behind the camera? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and […]

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Cinematrimony: The Master

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master featuring buzzed-about performances by Joaquin Phoenix, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. Does PTA’s latest effort pack the same punch as There Will Be Blood? Will this movie be one of 2012’s top Oscar contenders? Listen as Matt and […]

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Cinematrimony: The Campaign

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss the Will Ferrell/Zack Galifinakis comedy The Campaign. In a summer with so few comedies, do Farrell and Galifinakis deliver the laughs we’ve been looking for? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony. Click Here to Download: Cinematrimony […]

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Cinematrimony – The Dark Knight Rises

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss the epic (i.e. three-hour-long) conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga The Dark Knight Rises. Does the third and final film wrap up the trilogy in a satisfactory way? Does Tom Hardy’s performance as Bane hold a candle to Heath Ledger’s legendary role as The […]

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Cinematrimony: Moonrise Kingdom

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss Wes Anderson’s latest effort Moonrise Kingdom starring Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis. Is Anderson’s peculiar style still as fresh as ever or is the gimmick starting to wear thin? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of […]

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Cinematrimony – The Amazing Spider-Man

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, Matt and Francesca discuss The Amazing Spider-Man and debate whether rebooting this beloved franchise was the right decision. They also discuss the casting choices, the special effects, and how freaking adorable Emma Stone is. Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony. […]

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Cinematrimony: Anniversary Edition – Brave

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. It’s a very special episode as Matt and Francesca celebrate their 5th anniversary by taking in a screening of Pixar’s newest effort, Brave. Matt and Francesca discuss how the film defied their expectations (and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing), what the film’s box office success could […]

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Cinematrimony – Snow White & The Huntsman

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. In this episode, Matt and Francesca discuss Snow White & The Huntsman and reveal whether Francesca was able to stomach Kristen Stewart, how excited Matt got when he discovered who plays the dwarfs, and whether Charlize Theron continues her recent run of acting excellence. Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and […]

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Cinematrimony: Prometheus

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. In this episode, Matt and Francesca discuss Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror/pseudo-prequel Prometheus. Is this brainy sci-fi thriller too smart for its own good or does Scott recapture some of the terrifying tension of Alien? Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss this and more on this episode of Cinematrimony.     Click […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – War Horse

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. At last, Matt & Francesca take on Stephen Spielberg’s Best Picture-nominated War Horse and Francesca reveals whether her two least favorite things, war and horses, were able to come together and make a great movie. Does this highly-touted award-contender live up to the hype?   DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – War Horse

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – The Artist

Matt and Francesca are back again with another episode of Cinematrimony. This time they take a look at the silent, black and white film that has taken Hollywood by storm, The Artist. Matt and Francesca discuss whether this film is more than just a gimmick and what the film’s success says about today’s audiences and critics.   DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – The Descendants

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another new episode of Cinematrimony. In this episode, our dueling wedded critics take a look at Alexander Payne’s latest effort, the George Clooney-starring, Hawaiian-set drama The Descendants. Matt and Francesca discuss the film’s performances and consider whether this movie changes Francesca’s mind about how much she hates Alexander Payne. DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – The Descendants

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Cinematrimony is back with another dose of film discussion spiked with wedded bliss. In this episode Matt and Francesca Scalici discuss the period spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy featuring an all-star cast including Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth. Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss the performances, the incredibly detailed atmosphere and whether the story might be too […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – Young Adult

Matt & Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. This week, they take a look at the latest Diablo Cody-scripted comedy Young Adult starring Charlize Theron. Matt and Francesca discuss Theron’s performance, the darkly comic tone of the film and what it says about the progression of Cody as one of Hollywood’s most talked-about screenwriters. DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – Young […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – HUGO

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony. In this episode, the wedded critics discuss Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, how the lauded 3D visuals measure up, the performances of the cast and where the film falls in Scorsese’s filmography. Click the link below to download or subscribe to us on iTunes by searching ‘FilmNerds’.   DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – Hugo

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – The Muppets

This week on Cinematrimony, Matt and Francesca review the Jason Segel-led revamp of The Muppets and whether it may lead to new life for the now Disney-owned franchise. The Scalicis also decided to bring their 3-year-old daughter along to the theater with them for the first time ever and they discuss her reaction to the film and her theatrical experience overall. […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – Martha Marcy May Marlene

Matt and Francesca Scalici are back with another Cinematriomony podcast! This week, the married FilmNerds take on indie thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene and discuss Elizabeth Olsen’s spectacular performance, the film’s controversial ending (SPOILER ALERT, as always) and whether it is too dark for a normal human to enjoy watching. Download at the link below or find it on iTunes […]

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FilmNerds Recommends: Halloween 2011

It’s that time of year again, Halloween. More than most other holidays, Halloween is a movie-lover’s dream, or nightmare if you’re Cinematrimony co-host Francesca Scalici. Some of the other FilmNerds decided to bring you some last minute recommendations for your Halloween night movie marathon and while you’ll probably need to beg, borrow and steal to find them at this point, for […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – The Ides of March

Matt and Francesca Scalici are back with another episode of Cinematrimony! This week, Matt and Francesca take a look at George Clooney’s latest directorial effort The Ides of March starring Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti. Will this dark political thriller grab become one of the fall’s top Oscar contenders or will audiences run for escapism in […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – 50/50

This week, Matt and Francesca Scalici take a look at the unconventional cancer buddy comedy 50/50. Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss whether this raunchy yet feel-good comedy will make a splash with audiences and whether it could be a dark horse Oscar contender. Click the link below to listen to the full podcast. DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – 50/50  

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The Shelf of Shame – Benjamin Stark

We’re trying something new here on FilmNerds, something that promises to be both humiliating to our writing staff as well as (hopefully) enlightening for our readers. We call it The Shelf of Shame. In each installment, one of our FilmNerds contributors will reveal five indisputable classic titles that for some inexplicable reason they have not yet seen. In an attempt […]

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LISTEN: Aspect Radio – Contagion, Warrior & Soderbergh’s Top 5

The boys from Aspect Radio are back! Listen to FilmNerds contributors Corey Craft and Ben Flanagan discuss two of the most talked about films in theaters this week, Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion and the well-reviewed ultimate fighting flick Warrior. Also, the guys give their picks for Soderbergh’s top five films of his career. Right-click the link below to download.   DOWNLOAD: […]

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No. 1: Return of the Jedi

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. As our epic journey through the far, far away galaxy of the 1983 cineplex, we come to the year’s most successful box office hit (by far) and […]

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RoundTable Podcast: Midnight in Paris

The FilmNerds RoundTable returns with an all-new podcast discussion on Woody Allen’s sleeper summer hit Midnight in Paris. Listen as Matt Scalici, Graham Flanagan, Ben Flanagan, Ben Stark and Corey Craft discuss why this film might be the biggest hit of Woody Allen’s career and talk about the film’s Oscar chances. Click the link below to download or find us on […]

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The Untouchables: Fifth Ballot

We’re back with the fifth installment of our monthly feature The Untounchables, the FilmNerds staff’s attempt at creating a Hall of Fame for filmmakers. Each month, a panel of contributors here at Filmnerds including Ben Flanagan, Corey Craft, Graham Flanagan, Benjamin Stark, Craig Hamilton and myself, Matt Scalici, will cast our ballots for who we believe to be the greatest […]

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RoundTable Podcast: Super 8

The FilmNerds RoundTable returns with an all-new supersized podcast! Listen as Matt Scalici, Graham Flanagan, Ben Flanagan, Ben Stark and Craig Hamilton discuss J.J. Abrams’ nostalgic sci-fi thriller Super 8. To download the podcast, click the link below or find us on iTunes by searching ‘filmnerds’.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD – Super 8 RoundTable Podcast  

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – Super 8

This week on Cinematrimony, Matt and Francesca Scalici discuss J.J. Abrams’ ode to Spielbergian cinema, Super 8. Things get a little chippy as Francesca questions whether the film’s refreshing sense of nostalgia might be earning it a bit too much hype. Meanwhile, Matt hunkers down to defend the film as a potential early Best Picture contender.   CLICK HERE TO […]

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No. 3: Flashdance

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. By far the most baffling title in the top ten list from the 1983 box office, Flashdance became a massive commercial success and remains to this day […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – Bridesmaids

Matt and Francesca are back to talk about the summer’s first sleeper hit, Kristen Wiig’s raunchy female comedy Bridesmaids.   CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD: Cinematrimony – Bridesmaids   ADDITIONAL LINKS: As promised, here’s a link to Craig Hamilton’s fantastic Citizen Craig blog. Also, check out this video clip mentioned in the podcast showing a bunch of women falling down in […]

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The Untouchables: Fourth Ballot

We’re back with the fourth installment of our monthly feature The Untounchables, the FilmNerds staff’s attempt at creating a Hall of Fame for filmmakers. Each month, a panel of contributors here at Filmnerds including Ben Flanagan, Corey Craft, Graham Flanagan, Benjamin Stark, Craig Hamilton and myself, Matt Scalici, will cast our ballots for who we believe to be the greatest […]

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The Untouchables: Third Ballot

We’re back again with the third installment of our feature The Untounchables, the FilmNerds staff’s attempt at creating a Hall of Fame for filmmakers. Each month, a panel of contributors here at Filmnerds including Ben Flanagan, Corey Craft, Graham Flanagan, Benjamin Stark and myself, Matt Scalici, will cast our ballots for who we believe to be the greatest filmmakers to […]

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Back to the Movies Recap: 20-11

We’re heading into the home stretch on our Back to the Movies odyssey through the films of 1983 and upon reaching the top 20, we’re finally beginning to come upon multiple films that would be considered classics today along with several others that are less well known in 2011 but remain extremely watchable, enjoyable films for a contemporary audience. And […]

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No. 12: Superman III

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. Like most people born in 1983, I’ve never felt particularly connected to the Superman movie franchise. By the time I was old enough to watch and appreciate […]

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Review: Cedar Rapids

Miguel Arteta’s work thus far has been a little bit all over the map, from the disturbingly dark Chuck & Buck to the somewhat cartoonish lunacy of last year’s Youth in Revolt. Cedar Rapids is definitely on the cartoonish end of the scale but its impressive sense of restraint keeps it grounded and authentic, leaving us with a movie that’s […]

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No. 13: The Big Chill

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. That Lawrence Kasdan’s The Big Chill is one of the most popular, memorable, and perhaps influential movies of 1983 is without question. Its $56.3 million box office […]

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7 Pre-Summer Movies Worth Seeing

The pre-summer months are usually the season for the absolute dregs of the Hollywood studio system, a dumping ground for movies that weren’t deemed attractive enough to compete with the big boys of the summer and not artistically relevant enough to be released in the fall. There’s always the occasional gem that crops up in the early months of the […]

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No. 14: Never Say Never Again

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. The story behind our next film is astoundingly complex and thankfully has already been well-documented by a number of other fine web publishers so I’ll spare you […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – True Grit

The Oscars have come and gone and the Coen Brothers’ True Grit came away largely empty-handed. Was True Grit one of the year’s best films or one of the year’s most overhyped? Matt and Francesca Scalici discuss the Oscar-nominated film as well as the performances of Hailee Steinfeld and Jeff Bridges in this episode of Cinematrimony. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD […]

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No. 15: Jaws 3-D

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. If you ever find yourself looking for hard evidence of the immense power of the sequel in the early 1980s, look no further than Jaws 3-D. This […]

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Oscar Night on FilmNerds

Join us here on FilmNerds.com throughout tonight’s big ceremony as the FilmNerds staff gives you their live running commentary via Twitter. Here’s your guide to who’s who: @MattScalici: Matt Scalici @ThisBenFlanagan: Ben Flanagan @yeroc7890: Corey Craft @WonderMillFilms: Benjamin Stark @gfmmi or @Graham_Cam: Graham Flanagan @menonannamuffin: Francesca Scalici Get the Tweet Blender widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! […]

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The Untouchables: Second Ballot

Last month we began our new feature The Untounchables, our attempt at creating a Hall of Fame here at FilmNerds to enshrine the greatest directors of all time. Each month, a panel of contributors here at Filmnerds including Ben Flanagan, Corey Craft, Graham Flanagan, Benjamin Stark and myself, Matt Scalici, will cast our ballots for who we believe to be […]

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No. 16: Scarface

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. According to Steven Bauer, who plays Manny in Scarface, Martin Scorsese turned to him in the middle of the film’s premiere to say “Be prepared, because they’re […]

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The Great Scenes: “Helen Sinclair’s Introduction” from BULLETS OVER BROADWAY

Movie: Bullets Over Broadway (1994) Spoiler Level: None The Setup: Up and coming playwright David Shayne (John Cusack) is making every compromise he can stomach, including casting a mob boss’s girlfriend, to get financing for his new play God of Our Fathers. One compromise Shayne doesn’t want to make is the casting for his leading lady. He’s decided to go […]

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No. 17: Blue Thunder

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. As part of the process of watching the top 50 movies of 1983 for this project, I allow myself no research into the films prior to seeing […]

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Podcast: Cinematrimony – Animal Kingdom

Matt and Francesca Scalici return with another episode of Cinematrimony, this time to take a look at one of last year’s most buzzed-about independent films, the Australian crime thriller Animal Kingdom. Listen as Matt and Francesca discuss the film’s labyrinthine plot and its remarkable performances including Jackie Weaver‘s Best Supporting Actress-nominated role. Be warned: as usual, Cinematrimony is loaded with spoilers so […]

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No. 18: Yentl

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. I don’t mind telling you that Yentl was not a film I was looking forward to a great deal when I spotted it on this list. There’s […]

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No. 19: Silkwood

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. I can’t decide what’s more remarkable about Silkwood: the fact that it made $35.6 million and became one of the most commercially successful films of 1983, or […]

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FilmNerds presents: The Untouchables

It’s time to introduce yet another new feature for 2011 here at FilmNerds, this time with a bit of a democratic twist. Nearly every form of human achievement has its own Hall of Fame somewhere in the world, a pantheon committed to honoring the greatest in their particular field. While there are a number of institutions that recognize greatness in […]

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Oscar Nomination Thoughts

The 83rd Academy Awards are off and running with the nominations announced this morning (click here for the full nominee list) and to kick things off, I thought I’d drop in a few quick thoughts on each category this morning. Best Picture No surprises here, though overall it warms my heart to see that Winter’s Bone really has made it […]

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No. 20: Psycho II

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. I came into my viewing of Psycho II with both a good bit of interest as well as very pessimistic expectations. On both counts, I’d say my […]

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The Great Scenes: “The Speech” from THE GREAT DICTATOR

Movie: The Great Dictator (1940) Spoiler Level: Low The Setup: Charlie Chaplin’s first true talking picture addresses the rising menace of fascism by making a complete mockery of the men who led the movement. Chaplin stars in a double performance as both a kindly Jewish barber and ruthless (and ridiculous) fascist dictator Adenoid Hynkel (an obvious parody of Adolf Hitler). […]

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TV for Movie People: Spaced

First things first: welcome to our new regular feature here on FilmNerds that we’re calling TV for FilmNerds. This feature came out of my many conversations and experiences with fellow film lovers in which I discovered a prevailing bias by some of the more discriminating film fans against that infernal household appliance known as the television. Over the years, I’ve […]

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No. 22: Uncommon Valor

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. Ted Kotcheff‘s absurd shoot-em-up POW rescue movie Uncommon Valor is exactly the kind of movie I expected to see a lot more of when I first began […]

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The Great Scenes: “Two Normal Guys” from LOLITA

Movie: Lolita (1962) Spoiler Level: Moderate to High The Setup: Professor Humbert (James Mason) has run off with his step-daughter Lolita to hide from potential suspicion after the death of his wife (Lolita’s mother). Meanwhile, Humbert and Lolita have been quietly pursued by a strange and mysterious man named Clare Quilty (Peter Sellers), who like Humbert has developed an unhealthy […]

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No. 24: Never Cry Wolf

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. Amazingly, this is just the third film on this list so far that I had already seen before I began this project (which is exactly why I […]

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Review: True Grit

From the opening frames until the closing credits, Carter Burwell’s score for the Coen Brothers’ True Grit is built around and continues to return to the traditional gospel hymn “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”. Perhaps it’s a reference to Night of the Hunter, a film that can clearly be counted among the major influences on the Coens’ uniquely weird sense […]

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No. 25: Twilight Zone: The Movie

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. On paper, Twilight Zone: The Movie sounds like a tremendously exciting proposition: four directors, including Stephen Spielberg, each take a classic episode of Rod Serling’s sci-fi/fantasy television […]

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No. 26: Easy Money

Note: Back to the Movies is a special feature on the FilmNerds blog in which Matt Scalici will be watching the Top 50 highest-grossing movies of 1983 in order from 50 to 1. As we close out the first half of our Top 50 countdown, we arrive at a comedy star vehicle for one of the quintessential figures of 1980s […]

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The Great Scenes: “The Invention of the Hula Hoop” from THE HUDSUCKER PROXY

Movie: The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Spoiler Level: Mild The Setup: Part of the charm of Joel and Ethan Coen’s brilliant homage to screwball comedy is that the setup for this scenario is ridiculously complicated but essentially the board of Hudsucker Industries, in an attempt to drive down the company’s stock so that they themselves can buy it up for cheap, […]

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FilmNerds Recommends: Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween, FilmNerds! Today we begin a new (hopefully) monthly feature called FilmNerds Recommends in which the FilmNerds contributors give you our recommendations for the perfect DVD rental for your special occasion. Obviously, this month we’re getting you geared up for Halloween with our recommendations for the perfect Halloween Night horror marathon. But we know not everyone has the same […]

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