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My Criterion Top 10: Eric/The Warning Sign

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A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained new contributions. Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. I first discovered and came to enjoy today’s writer, Eric from The Warning Sign, because his site focuses on so many things that I love. Specifically, Eric has been known to write about movies (obviously), beer, and occasionally baseball. There are also video games in the mix. More importantly, the wide array of films that Eric covers is truly impressive and he constantly tries to expand his cinematic experience. It’s very admirable. You can find all of the fun over at The Warning Sign, or follow him on Twitter @twscritic. Here is his Criterion Top 10 in alphabetical order.  Continue reading

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The Fourth Annual TDYLFies

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It’s a major award!

The end of the year is just around the corner, which means it’s time for the annual flurry of best and worst movie lists. I haven’t seen nearly enough movies released this year to make a list like that. Thankfully, I’ve established a year end wrap-up list of my own– the TDYLFie awards. It’s a list comprised of the best in movies (that I’ve seen this year only). This is more of a list about my own experience watching movies this year than it is about anything that was released in this year. Without further delay, here is the awards program for the 4th Annual TDYLFies. Continue reading

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Great Moments in Movie History Using Stick Figures: Hoop Dreams (1994)

Last weekend, I finally watched Hoop Dreams (1994) and was extremely impressed. There were quite a few scenes that stood out. Arthur Agee’s high school advancing downstate to compete for the state championship, William Gates earning a scholarship to Marquette, and Arthur’s mother earning her degree all come to mind. But one scene stands out most. It was a simple look on Arthur Agee’s face that spoke volumes, and it’ll always be one of the first things I think of when I talk about this movie going forward. Continue reading

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The New Year’s Resolutions: Update #1

At the end of last year, I made a lot of movie-related New Year’s resolutions. Adding them all up, my goal comes out to approximately 125 specific films to watch this year. January is almost in the books, which means it’s time for my first update. What kind of progress have I made this month? Continue reading

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Michael Jordan and the 1990s Basketball Movie Revolution

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It’s not hyperbole to suggest that Michael Jordan was to basketball what Babe Ruth was to baseball. The rise of his prodigious feats were an integral part of lifting his sport to higher ground. Throughout the 1990s, Jordan’s popularity made gobs of money for everyone associated with it- his fellow players, his league, television networks airing his games, shoe companies, and their respective ad agencies. Yet another group made up the oddest batch of people to profit by association with Jordan’s NBA- filmmakers. It’s truly a testament to Jordan’s mass appeal that an entire decade of sports on film was dominated by basketball. Continue reading

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