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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The Great Scenes: “In Back of This Place” from MULHOLLAND DRIVE

The Movie: Mulholland Drive (2001) Spoiler Level: Low The Setup: Two guys are sitting in a café.  With great trepidation, Guy #1 recounts to Guy #2 the details of a horrific, recurring nightmare that has haunted him.  This nightmare not only occurs at the very café where the scene takes place, but stars both individuals.  Guy #1, unable to shake the […]

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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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The Great Scenes: “All Growns Up” from SWINGERS

The Movie: Swingers (1996) Spoiler Level: High The Setup: After a night of barhopping in Hollywood, three friends end up at a diner for some late-night breakfast. Throughout the film, the hero Mike (Jon Favreau) struggles to hit his stride with the ladies. However, on this particular night, Mike managed to make a connection with a ‘beautiful baby’ (Heather Graham) […]

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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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7 Auteur-Driven DC Superhero Movies That Need To Happen

The bloodless battle between DC and Marvel has raged since the breakout of the Silver Age of comic books in the 1960’s. Along with DC re-establishing The Flash and Green Lantern, Marvel helped bring superhero comics back to popularity with characters like The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and the X-Men. The battle has now extended, in earnest, to cinema, after some […]

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The Great Scenes: “Staircase Finale” from NOTORIOUS

The Movie: Notorious Spoiler Level: VERY High The Setup: Devlin (Cary Grant) has recruited Alicia (Ingrid Bergman) as a subversive seductress in a plot to find weapons hidden by a gang of escaped Nazis, led by Alex Sebastian (Claude Raines). Suspecting her true allegiance, Sebastian and his mother (Leopoldine Konstantin) begin to quietly poison Alicia. In the final scene of […]

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The Fertile Imagery of “Superman Returns”

Spoilers ahead for Superman Returns. The lost opening sequence of Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns has hit the internet. The scene is a silent, Kubrickian sequence that follows Superman as he looks for his past on the dead planet Krypton, with imagery that reminds one of another controversial 2006 release, Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain. The imagery also might remind one of […]

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Blogsploitation, or How I’m Learning to Enjoy Being Exploited

Here’s a lesson: Most movies aren’t very fun to watch when you’re producing and directing an ultra low-budget independent movie. Neuroses abound. Seeing good decision invites inferiority. Seeing a bad decision ignites anxiety. One gravitates more towards cartoons, “Star Tre”k”, and sports- in my case, the faker, the better. It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve been […]

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The Golden Age

FYI- I also recently posted a Film Nerd-ish entry updating folks on The Nocturnal Third over at our production blog. This summer movie season seems to recall a conversation that is one of the cornerstones of Film Nerds. Before this weekend’s Transformathon, the most talked-about film of the season has been JJ Abrams’ Super 8. The most well-regarded films have […]

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Review: Page One

As Page One: Inside the New York Times, continues to slowly roll out across the country, journalism-geeks will undoubtedly flock to their local art-houses for a chance to peek behind the curtain of the nation’s “paper-of-record.” While a significant portion of the breezy, accessible documentary offers a unique, fly-on-the-wall perspective on the day-to-day operations of the New York Times, it turns […]

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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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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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Good Movie, Bad World

  So apparently, according these people, the long-rumored Rapture is happening tomorrow. Clearly, these are false prophets and doofuses (doofusi?) that worship their own expectations and bad time management, but it certainly has gotten the collective subconscious dishing, hasn’t it? Just to be safe, though, there is a realization that’s come to convict me pretty strongly recently. Here’s some truth […]

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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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10 Reasons to Watch Fewer Movies

1.) Greater Appreciation It’s no secret that movie audiences – and therefore, movie media outlets – are bored stupid. Greater attention paid to shock projects and publicity stunts are clear indicators that movies aren’t regarded as “special” anymore. The fewer movies you watch, the greater a commodity they become in your life. 2.) Better Digestion The more you consume, the […]

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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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The Great Scenes: “Showdown with O-Ren Ishii” from KILL BILL, VOLUME I

The Movie: Kill Bill, Volume I Spoiler Level: High The Setup: The Bride (Uma Thurman) is hell-bent on a mission to kill the five assassins who ruined her life and nearly killed her and after acquiring a samurai sword from the legendary sword maker Hattori Hanso, The Bride sets off to take out perhaps her most powerful enemy, Japanese-Chinese-American gang […]

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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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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 Man in the High Castle

Francis Ford Coppola is wrong. http://the99percent.com/articles/6973/Francis-Ford-Coppola-On-Risk-Money-Craft-Collaboration I highly encourage young filmmakers to check out the above interview with Francis Ford Coppola. He says some wonderful, enlightening things about film as an evolving art form, as well as the possible death of paid artists. As we teeter on the precipice of an entirely open world of shared entertainment and expression, it’s […]

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Review: Unknown

Grade: ** (out of four) The marketing plan behind the new suspense-thriller Unknown attempts to capitalize on the success of Liam Neeson’s action blockbuster: Taken. Aside from the international location, as well as Neeson’s presence at the top of the cast,Unknown possesses very little in common with Taken. Neeson’s latest seems more like the movie that plot-twist master M. Night Shyamalan would make […]

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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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The Great Scenes: “Why Mommy Left” from KRAMER VS. KRAMER

Movie: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) Spoiler Level: None The Setup: Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Kramer vs. Kramer chronicles the emotionally brutal battle between the recently divorced Ted and Joanna (Dustin Hoffman & Meryl Streep) for custody of their young son. The movie fearlessly examines the realities of the contemporary dysfunctional family. Much of its success can […]

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The Great Scenes: “The Voice of God” from AMADEUS

Movie: Amadeus (1984) Spoiler Level: None The Setup: Amadeus is the story of the meteoric rise and sudden death of the greatest composer that ever lived, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told from the perspective of his now elderly and increasingly insane former rival Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham). In this scene, Salieri reminisces about the moment when he first laid […]

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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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Death Letter

“And I’m talking to myself at night Because I can’t forget Back and forth through my mind Behind a cigarette” With those lyrics, I entered my 20s. No, I didn’t take up smoking. It was summer 2003, and my favorite band of all time, Five Iron Frenzy, had announced their disbanding and had just released their final album, “The End […]

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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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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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The Great Scenes: “The Gold Watch” from PULP FICTION

Movie: Pulp Fiction (1994) Spoiler Level: Low The Setup: Almost none needed, as this scene is itself a setup for perhaps the most intense chapter of Quentin Tarantino‘s masterpiece, “The Gold Watch”. I only information first-time viewers would have going into this scene is that Butch, played here by child actor Chandler Lindauer, will grow up to be a boxer […]

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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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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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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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LISTEN: The FilmNerds crew on Aspect Radio

Check out the entire FilmNerds crew (Matt Scalici, Benjamin Stark, Graham Flanagan, Ben Flanagan and Corey Craft) took over Aspect Radio this week to talk Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 as well as our favorite holiday movies, DVD picks and more. Download the full podcast by right-clicking the link below. CLICK HERE to download Aspect Radio – […]

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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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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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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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“The Social Network” searches for Zuckerberg’s ‘Rosebud’

During the opening scene of David Fincher’s new film “The Social Network,” Mark Zuckerberg – played by Jesse Eisenberg – says something that resonates throughout the rest of the movie. The future-billionaire is having a beer with a young lady who he’s apparently dating. That all changes when she hits him with six very devastating words: “I just want to […]

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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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The Great Scenes: “You never open your mouth, ’til you know what the shot is.” from GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

The Movie: Glengarry Glen Ross Spoiler Level: Moderate to High (Profanity Level: Earmuffs – Not safe for work or tiny ears) The Setup: Glengarry Glen Ross is director James Foley’s adaptation of the 1982 David Mamet play, about four real estate salesmen struggling to keep their jobs. After an edict from their disembodied bosses Mitch & Murray announces that all […]

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The Great Scenes: “Liberation of the internment camp” from EMPIRE OF THE SUN

The Movie: Empire of the Sun Spoiler Level: Moderate The Setup: Many would agree that, along with Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg is one of the most famous filmmakers of all time. He’s made movies like “Jaws,” “E.T.” and “Schindler’s List” that quickly cemented their places in the pop culture lexicon. However, upon closer examination of Spielberg’s storied […]

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The Great Scenes: “Chaplin walks a tightrope” from THE CIRCUS

Movie: The Circus (1928) Spoiler Level: Low The Setup: Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 comedy masterpiece The Circus often gets overshadowed by the auteur/star’s more famous works like Modern Times, City Lights and The Kid. True Chaplin-fans know, however, that The Circus possesses just as much heart and hilarity as any of Chaplin’s best films. It follows the famous Little Tramp as […]

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The Great Scenes: “Chico and Harpo at play” from A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

This week we’re beginning a new feature on the FilmNerds blog that we’re calling The Great Scenes. I was inspired in part by Roger Ebert’s ongoing feature The Great Movies in which Ebert re-examines a undisputed classic each week. In putting together my reviews for the Back to the Movies feature, I’ve been astounded to find that nearly every individual […]

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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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Inception RoundTable Podcast

The FilmNerds RoundTable crew is back with an in-depth discussion of Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending blockbuster Inception. Listen as host Matt Scalici and guests Ben Flanagan, Ben Stark and Francesca Scalici discuss how Inception may influence Hollywood and talk our way through some of the film’s unanswered questions, including the mysterious ending . Click on the link below to listen or […]

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No. 38: Breathless

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. While reading through some of the 1983 reviews for Jim McBride’s Breathless, I was reassured to find that most critics at the time were just as baffled […]

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