Author Archives: Matt Scalici

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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Podcast: Cinematrimony – The Social Network

FilmNerds is unveiling a new semi-regular podcast feature called Cinematrimony. Each installment will feature FilmNerds.com editor Matt Scalici and his wife Francesca discussing a film they have just seen only moments before recording the podcast. While most discussions between critics remain respectful and civil, our hope is that Cinematrimony will provide listeners with the kind of no-holds-barred, insult-laden film discussion […]

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No. 28: The Outsiders

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. Calculating inflation with box office grosses isn’t really an exact science since they don’t really factor in studio expectations at the time (which is why you won’t […]

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No. 29: Spring Break

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. We enter the 20s on our countdown with another in a string of hit teen sex comedies, but unlike the rest of the films in that genre […]

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Podcast: ‘The Social Network’ RoundTable Discussion

After a surprisingly strong opening weekend and weeks of advance buzz, David Finchers The Social Network has quickly become one of the most talked about films of the year. FilmNerds contributors Matt Scalici, Corey Craft and Graham Flanagan discuss the film from every angle and talk about their first personal experiences with Mark Zuckerberg’s ubiquitous creation, Facebook. Click the link […]

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No. 30: Two of a Kind

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. We enter the top 30 on our list with a film that while succeeding in bringing in dollars in a variety of ways ended up perhaps spelling […]

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No. 31: My Tutor

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. In my days as an active film critic, I viewed it as part of my job to take a stand against films or cinematic trends I found […]

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The Great Scenes: “The Ecstasy of Gold” from THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

Movie: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Spoiler Level: Moderate The Setup: After a series of misadventures that led them across the Southwestern countryside near the end of the Civil War, the wily and devious Tuco and his mysterious partner/rival (known only as “Blondie”) finally stumble upon the thing they’ve been scratching, clawing and killing to find: a graveyard. […]

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No. 32: Class

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. Looking down the list of the top 50 box office grossers in 1983, it’s clear that the early ’80s were the absolute heyday of the teen sex […]

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No. 33: The Right Stuff

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. We now reach perhaps the most critically-acclaimed film on our countdown so far, at least at the time of its release. The Right Stuff, Philip Kaufman’s adaptation […]

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No. 34: Cujo

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. We arrive at the final and probably best-known Stephen King adaptation on our countdown, Cujo. While Cujo was only slightly more successful financially than The Dead Zone […]

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No. 35: Christine

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. After a brief interlude by some lovely cartoon mice, we’re back to our three-film mini marathon of Stephen King films here on the Back to the Movies […]

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Son of A Blog

So…sorry about that! FilmNerds has been away for a while for a number of complicated and technical reasons, all of which are my fault. Thanks to the constant prodding and encouragement from my wife and the FilmNerds contributors, I finally did what I needed to do and rebuilt the site. As of today (Monday, October 5th), the FilmNerds Blog and […]

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