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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3 Must-See Regional Films from 2011

  What is “regional film”? The term does not have a very concrete, undisputed definition.  Some of my filmmaking peers and myself might categorize a regional film as any that is about the place it’s from. Therefore, we might label a “regional filmmaker” as one who creates films that evoke, speak to, describe, or take place in the filmmaker’s chosen […]

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Review: The Artist

A film about a silent film actor would, of course, have to be silent.  George is an A-list actor in the late 1920’s, the silent era, and has a face that is made for the silver screen.  The film, The Artist is about this acclaimed actor’s descent into obscurity brought on by the film industry’s transition from Silent to Sound.  […]

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Early Review: The Muppets

NOTE: FilmNerds has been fortunate enough to receive an early review of the upcoming film The Muppets from one our readers, Benjamin Self. We are extremely grateful for Benjamin’s contribution and proudly present his advance screening review below:   There have been a lot of reboots of popular children’s franchises in the past few years, but none as sincere as the new […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Academy Award Predictions

I’m feeling… what’s the word? Uneasy, I guess. The Academy Awards will be held this Sunday, and this is the first year since 2006 where I’m going into the award ceremony pretty uncertain about what will win most of the big prizes. (At least in 2005, I was dead certain that Best Picture would go to “Brokeback Mountain.” I was […]

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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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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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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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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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A Tribute to John Barry

Yesterday, we lost one of the greatest composers of film music in the history of the medium: John Barry, who died of a heart attack last night at the age of 77. Of course, the 5-time Oscar winner is best known as the arranger/composer behind many of the classic James Bond films. While Monty Norman is credited as the composer […]

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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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Review: 127 Hours

From time to time, our friend and contributor Graham Flanagan gives us regular folk the scoop on some of the top new limited release features playing in New York and this week he had a chance to catch Danny Boyle’s buzzworthy 127 Hours. Check out Graham’s full review at his blog: http://grahamcam.tumblr.com/post/2129156473/review-127-hours

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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Note to Film Nerds readers: This  blog entry is particularly “inside baseball”. I simultaneously apologize to and thank the reader for allowing some indulgence. I promise I’ve got a more Film Nerd-ish entry in the works. It seems like I start every blog entry with “boy, I haven’t written one of these in a while.” In March, the company I […]

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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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Three Disney Rides That Could Be Movies

Earlier this week, Disney announced that Guillermo del Toro would be helming a film version of its classic theme park attraction The Haunted Mansion (no, you’re not crazy; they already tried it once with Eddie Murphy back in 2003). This marks Disney’s latest attempt to turn one of its theme park attractions into a movie franchise, with previous attempts meeting […]

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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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