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Movie Quote of the Day – True Grit, 2010 (dir. Ethan Coen and Joel Coen)


Mattie Ross: I know you can drink whiskey and snort and spit and wallow in filth and bemoan your station. The rest has been braggadocio. They told me you had grit and that is why I came to you.

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POLL: Predict The 16th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards!


The Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’ Choice Awards are tonight (they air starting at 5PM PST on VH1), so I thought it might be fun to get your thoughts on who you think will win tonight. Black Swan leads the nominees with 12 nominations, followed by The King’s Speech and True Grit with 11 each. After the cut I’ve got polls set up for some of the major categories. You can see all the categories and nominations here. Also, while you’re at it, if you could take a second to vote for Cinema Fanatic at the 2011 Total Movie Blog Awards, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Cinema Fanatic’s Favorite Fifteen Films of 2010


So we’ve gotten to the end of the year, which, of course, means end-of-the-year lists. I don’t think 2010 was the worst year ever, but it pales in comparison to 2009. Last year I was in love with so many films – starting very early in the year and continuing into January of this year with the films I wasn’t able to see before ’09 ended. I really just think 2010 will go down as a mediocre year. I did, however, still manage to come up with a list of my 15 favorite films of the year. I’d like to emphasize that this list is based on my favorites and not necessarily a “best” list. I’d  also like to note that, unlike last year, I was able to see almost all of the 2010 releases I was interested in seeing before the New Year. There were three, however, that I missed that I wish I could have seen before making this list: The King’s Speech, 127 Hours and Blue Valentine. There’s no guarantee those would have made the list anyhow, but I still wish I could have seen them. Regardless, I did manage to see fifty-five 2010 releases this year, a personal record for new releases. I’d also like to note that I’ve seen over 500 new-to-me films this year, but I’ll make a proper round-up post for that tomorrow (I’m watching movies til Midnight tonight!).

The list is after the cut, because I think my #1 is a little shocking and I want to keep up the suspense.

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Updated Precursors Chart, A Look At Best Supporting Actress


I’ve added a few more winners to the precursors chart. The Social Network, Fincher and Sorkin still lead their categories. Colin Firth leads Best Actor, Natalie Portman leads Best Actress and Christian Bale leads Best Supporting Actor.

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What has recently become interesting is the Best Supporting Actress category. At first Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom seemed to be primed for the award, with a win at the National Board of Review and a Golden Globe nomination. But she failed to receive a SAG nomination and that could hurt her chances. Melissa Leo in The Fighter has been picking up steam, with five critic awards wins, a Golden Globe and SAG nomination. Recently joining the race and picking up major momentum is Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit. Although she didn’t receive a Golden Globe nomination, she also have five critic award wins and a SAG nomination. With all the other acting fields relatively predictable (as well as most of the tech categories), Supporting Actress seems to be the most interesting race of the year.

New Posters For “True Grit,” “How Do You Know”


A whole series of character posters have been released for the Coen Bros.’ remake of True Grit and a really cute one-sheet for James L. Brooks’ dramedy How Do You Know.

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New Posters For “The Tourist,” “True Grit” and “For Colored Girls”


Each of these posters have a different style and each are for a movie that are completely different kind of movies. I can’t wait to see The Tourist because I love Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The trailer for the Coen Brothers’ remake of True Grit has sold me on its merits. I generally don’t like Tyler Perry’s films, but this one looks like it could be so much better than his previous films. Regardless, this new poster for For Colored Girls is breathtaking.

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Trailer For The Coen Brothers’ Remake of “True Grit”


I recently saw the original film, for which John Wayne won his only acting Oscar, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’m usually pretty wary of Hollywood remakes, but I almost universally love Coen brothers films, so I’m hopeful for this. Also, I have lots of love for Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin and Roger Deakins’ cinematography looks to be as lush as ever.

You can watch the trailer here on iTunes. The film is due in theaters on Decemeber 25th.

Early Guesses – What Will Make The Academy’s Top Ten?


Sasha over at Awards Daily has posted her early predictions. I left mine in a comment over on her site, but I felt like I should make them official over here too! Like she said, it’s so early there are only a few locks: Inception and Toy Story 3. I still think Shutter Island is a lock too, but I seem to be in the minority there. The rest of my picks after the cut.

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