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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No. 36: The Rescuers

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 come to a curious installment on this list of the Top 50 releases of 1983 as for the first time we are dealing with a re-release […]

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No. 37: The Dead Zone

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 our first film of the countdown to gross over $20 million at the box office and it also happens to be the first of […]

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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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No. 39: A Christmas Story

We arrive at the first movie on this list that I’ve already seen, Bob Clark’s holiday classic A Christmas Story. For the purposes of this blog, I’ve decided to give a fair re-watch of all the films I’ve already seen on the list, in the hopes of gleaning something new from them in the context of all the other major […]

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No. 40: Max Dugan Returns

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 enter the next phase of our Back to the Movies journey, we encounter an example of one of the most unique film voices of the […]

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No. 41: Valley Girl

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 a piece of box office history, Valley Girl is an interesting item. Produced independently for around $350,000, Valley Girl was the first film ever picked up […]

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No. 42: All the Right Moves

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 it’s still pretty far down the list of the top-grossing movies of 1983, I would say that All the Right Moves is the first relatively iconic […]

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SUMMER MOVIE REVIEW: ‘MacGruber’

Back from a longer than intended absence (in which time one summer movie was released with minimal fanfare — “Robin Hood” — and if you’ll permit me a one-phrase review, I would say that it wasn’t as bad as you’ve heard but suffers from a crippling lack of purpose or novelty), as work responsibilities piled up over a short amount […]

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No. 43: Krull

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 mentioned in our last installment that I felt one of the markers of 1983 filmmaking was the inescapable cheesiness that betrays most of the films of […]

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RoundTable Podcast: 2010 Summer Movie Preview

Today marks the official beginning of the 2010 summer movie season with the release of the first major studio tentpole of the year in Marvel’s Iron Man 2. To celebrate, the FilmNerds RoundTable assembled for an hour-long discussion of the 2010 summer movie slate, the films we’re excited about and our predictions for which major releases will be hits and […]

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No. 46: D.C. Cab

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 I round out the first five movies of my series, we come to what is without question the first absolute disaster I’ve seen in the 1983 […]

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No. 47: Gorky Park

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. One thing I love about the bottom half of this list I’m slowly working my way through (sorry about that) is the movies that were clearly at […]

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No. 50: Educating Rita

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 begin my odyssey into 1983 with what must have been a surprise box office hit at the time, Lewis Gilbert’s big screen adaptation of Willy Russell’s […]

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Generation Loss

As usual, I’m a little behind on picking up the latest movie news. I read earlier this week about two very strange upcoming projects. The writing team of Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (New York Minute, Accepted) have been hired by 20th Century Fox to write a retelling of the story of Moses, on the heels of their finishing a […]

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SnafuTube

Like Shredder in a trash heap, Film Nerds grasps to the heavens with a spiked hand, and with it drags out of the ash… When YouTube hit the mainstream in 2005, the big question was, “When will YouTube be a legitimate threat to DVD or theatrical film distribution?” I found the definitive answer this week: Never! Late, I know. A […]

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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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