Monthly Archives: November 2010

“Winter’s Bone” Leads Independent Spirit Awards Nominees

The nominees in the first three categories actually look like pretty clear precursors for what we’ll expect to see at the Oscars next year. Several of the films and performances nominated are big enough to carry over to the Oscars, especially if they get some love from either the National Board of Review or the Golden Globes.


  • 127 Hours
  • Black Swan
  • Greenberg
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • Winter’s Bone

The rest of the nominees after the cut.

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Movie Quote of the Day – The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (dir. Victor Fleming)

Wicked Witch of the West: Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!

Oscar Vault Monday – Sounder, 1972 (dir. Martin Ritt)

1972 is a hard year to discuss a film that was nominated but didn’t win Best Picture considering the winner that year was The Godfather. I decided to go with Martin Ritt’s Sounder because it is almost as opposite a film from The Godfather among the other nominees. Yet, in a way it’s very similar. Both films are about the lengths one will go for family. Sounder is a drama, but in the end it’s also one of the most uplifting films I’ve ever seen. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress Cicely Tyson, Best Actor Paul Winfield and Best Picture. The other films nominated that year were Cabaret, Deliverance, The Emigrants and winner The Godfather.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, 1980 (dir. Irvin Kershner)

Princess Leia: I love you.
Han Solo: I know.

Movie Quote of the Day – Fight Club, 1999 (dir. David Fincher)

Narrator: You met me at a very strange time in my life.

Movie Quote of the Day – Big Fish, 2003 (dir. Tim Burton)

Young Ed Bloom: Sandra Templeton, I love you and I WILL marry you.

Movie Quote of the Day – Buffy The Vampire Slayer, 1992 (dir. Fran Rubel Kuzui)

Buffy: All I want to do is graduate from high school, go to Europe, marry Christian Slater, and die. Now it may not sound too great to a sconehead like you, but I think it’s swell. And you come along and tell me I’m a member of the hairy mole club so you can throw things at me?

Movie Quote of the Day – The Shawshank Redemption, 1994 (dir. Frank Darabont)

Andy Dufresne: Get busy living, or get busy dying.

Auteur of the Week: Hiatus

The Holidays are over hectic and I am behind in full filmographies (I like to have seen all of a director’s work before I write about them), so the Auteur of the Week feature is going on hiatus for a while. It will hopefully be back in time for the New Year. You can always look through the archives here. Oscar Vault Monday, however, will continue to be posted every Monday. If you’re interested at looking at those archives, you can here. I also want to remind you that if you’re doing any shopping on Amazon for the Holidays, I’d be ever so grateful if you went through my aStore. I’ve got several categories set up (including for Auteur of the Week and Oscar Vault Monday), but you can also access  your own WishList through my aStore, it’ll just give me referral credit. If you like what you read, going through my aStore is one way to show you gratitude, without costing you any extra than you already planned on spending. I hope everyone has a wonder Thanksgiving! I’ve got a Movie Quote of the Day queued up for each day that I’m gone, so check back to see what they are!

Movie Quote of the Day – Inglourious Basterds, 2009 (dir. Quentin Tarantino)

Lt. Aldo Raine: You know somethin’, Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece.