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Movie Quote of the Day – Arthur Christmas, 2011 (dir. Sarah Smith)


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Grandsanta: Don’t worry, son, only a raving lunatic. . .
Arthur: I have to worry! It’s the only thing I’m good at!

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Movie Quote of the Day – Penelope, 2006 (dir. Mark Palansky)


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Max: All Halloween I’ve been running into someone I used to know.
Penelope:  This someone – she meant a lot to you.
Max: Yes, yes she did.
Penelope: What happened?
Max: I couldn’t give her what she wanted.
Penelope: What did she want?
Max: To be free.

Movie Quote of the Day – X-Men: First Class, 2011 (dir. Matthew Vaughn)


Professor Charles Xavier: Erik, you said yourself we’re the better men. This is the time to prove it. There are thousands of men on those ships. Good, honest, innocent men! They’re just following orders.
Erik Lehnsherr: I’ve been at the mercy of men just following orders. Never again.

Movie Quote of the Day – Becoming Jane, 2007 (dir. Julian Jarrold)


Tom Lefroy: Your ignorance is understandable since you lack. . .What shall we call it? The history?
Jane Austen: Propriety commands me to ignorance.
Tom Lefroy: Condemns you to it and your writing to the status of female accomplishment. If you wish to practice the art of fiction, to be the equal of a masculine author, experience is vital.

Oscar Vault Monday – Atonement, 2007 (dir. Joe Wright)


I remember seeing the trailer for this movie and feeling compelled to read the book because it just looked so utterly fantastic. The book is now one of my favorites (all of the other Ian McEwan books I’ve read I thoroughly hated). I guess part of what I loved about the book was imagining the characters the way they were in the trailer. So when it came for the film to actually open I was so full of apprehension; would it live up to the book? or at the very least to the promise of its trailer? Rest assured, I did not feel let down. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning one: Best Score (won), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Supporting Actress Saoirse Ronan, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Picture. The other films up for Best Picture that year were: Juno, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood and winner No Country For Old Men.

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Off The Radar – Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator”


Somehow this film has stayed completely off my radar but thanks to this post by Scott Feinberg, it is now not only on my radar, but quickly jumping to the top of my list of films I cannot wait to see. I’ve seen several of the other films Robert Redford has directed (not to mention acted in) and I love his style. The cast list reads like a dream:  Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Jonathan Groff, Tom Wilkinson, Alexis Bledel, Johnny Simmons, Kevin Kline and Toby Kebbell.

Synopsis and more pictures after the cut.

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Zero-Time Academy Award Nominees – 20 of the Best Contemporary Actors Who’ve Never Been Nom’d For Oscar


I decided to do this list in alphabetic order, by last name. These are some 20 contemporary actors who have yet to be nominated for an Academy Award and who, in my opinion, deserve to be.


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