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Oscar Vault Monday – Good Night, and Good Luck., 2005 (dir. George Clooney)


I remember seeing this film in theatres when I was in college and being completely blown away by it. I watched it again with my mother a few years later, but I don’t think I’d seen it in close to five years before rewatching it last night. I forgot how simple and elegantly orchestrated it is. It’s an ensemble, but you never get lost in a sea of characters, nor do you truly get invested in most of them. I don’t mean that as an insult, though. The ensemble works as one to fight the system and topple Senator McCarthy with his own words (more on that later). The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, though it didn’t win any: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor David Strathairn, Best Director and Best Picture. The other films up for Best Picture that year were Brokeback MountainCapoteMunich and winner Crash.

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Movie Quote of the Day – Something Wild, 1986 (dir. Jonathan Demme)


Audrey ‘Lulu’ Hankel: Charlie, what do you do for fun besides steal candy bars?
Charlie Driggs: You were right.
Audrey ‘Lulu’ Hankel: I was?
Charlie Driggs: Yeah. I’m a rebel. I am! I just channelled my rebellion into the mainstream. That’s all. [beat] I’ll give you an example. In ’81, I went long-term munis. Everybody said “Driggs, you’re crazy, don’t do it.”
Audrey ‘Lulu’ Hankel: Munis?
Charlie Driggs: Municipal bonds. Tax-free. Hell, I was locking in close to 15%. I may look straight, but deep down, I got what it takes.

Movie Quote of the Day – Dumb & Dumber, 1994 (dir. Peter Farrelly and Bobby Farrelly)


Lloyd: The first time I set eyes on Mary Swanson, I just got that old-fashioned romantic feeling. . .where I’d do anything to bone her.
Harry: That’s a special feeling, Lloyd.

Movie Quote of the Day – The Purple Rose of Cairo, 1985 (dir. Woody Allen)


Gil Shepherd: Oh, don’t be offended. I didn’t mean…
Cecilia: I’m not offended. I’m just confused. [beat] I’m married. I just met a wonderful man. Fictional, but you can’t have everything.

15 Breakthrough Performers of 2009


2009 was a good year for cinema. So good I had to have a Top 15 instead of a Top Ten (and now, after I’ve seen a lot of the End of the Year fare, I feel like I’d need a Top Twenty). There were some newcomers who blew us away and some actors/actresses who have been kicking around Hollywood for years waiting for That Movie that makes them a household name, and for them 2009 was that year. I’m going to do this list in alphabetical order by last name.

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