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This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 10, 2009

This Week On DVD and Blu-ray: November 10, 2009

DVD LINKS: DVD NEWS | RELEASE DATES | NEW DVDS | REVIEWS | RSS FEED Up I just reviewed the Blu-ray version of this release and may I just say it is worth every penny. Pixar films look phenomenal in high-definition and the word "flawless" is by no means a stretch. Along with my review... Read more »

Top Ten Movies of 2008

Top Ten Movies of 2008

Top 10 Movies of 2008 Trying to figure out my personal list of favorite, top ten, exceptional, "best" movies of 2008 was not an easy task. 2008 was an odd year for film. So many have gone on record saying it was a down year, but I don't entirely agree with that. While 2008 didn't... Read more »

Movie Review: Ballast (2008)

Movie Review: Ballast (2008)

JimMyron Ross as James and Micheal J. Smith Sr. as Lawrence in Ballast Photo: Alluvial Film Company Ballast is a film without a flaw and this is in large part due to the fact debut feature writer/director Lance Hammer doesn't allow for one. Hammer, serving as his own editor, has cut together one of the... Read more »

Ebert Weighs in with His Top 20 of 2008

Ebert Weighs in with His Top 20 of 2008

Roger Ebert has gone against the negative chatter saying 2008 is a dismal year for film and declared it "a great year for movies" as he has unveiled his top 20 films of 2008. Why 20 instead of the traditional ten? Well, as he puts it, "I am violating the age-old custom that film critics... Read more »

The 2009 Gotham Award Nominees

The 2009 Gotham Award Nominees

On top of this morning's announcement of the Independent Spirit Award nominees the IFP have announced their nominees for the Gotham Awards. You will notice a few common themes such as love for Frozen River, Ballast and Rachel Getting Married. The one thing that really catches my eye is the nomination of Melissa Leo in... Read more »

The 2009 Spirit Award Nominations

The 2009 Spirit Award Nominations

The Film Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced this morning by Jason Bateman and Sandra Oh and there is a three-way tie at the top of the pack as Ballast, Frozen River and Rachel Getting Married each received six nominations each. All three films will compete in the Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actress and... Read more »