Sunday, January 16, 2011

Best and Worst Films of 2010

On today's episode of Sounds of Cinema I listed my picks of the best and worst films of the past year.

Here are my picks of the 10 best films of 2010:
  1. Black Swan
  2. The Social Network
  3. Creation
  4. Restrepo
  5. The Kids Are All Right
  6. The Town
  7. Toy Story 3
  8. Easy A
  9. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  10. Inception
And here are the 10 worst films of 2010:
  1. The Last Airbender
  2. My Soul to Take
  3. Cop Out
  4. Grown Ups
  5. Killers
  6. The Other Guys
  7. Skyline
  8. Devil
  9. The Switch
  10. Legion
You can find arguments for each film plus lists of honorable mentions and trends from the past year by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Today in Censorship

Last night two of MSNBC's prime time programs ran stories about censorship.

First, Countdown ran a story about a new version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, edited by a professor at Auburn University at Montgomery, in which the "n-word" (I'm self censoring out of respect for the sensitivities of potential blog readers) is replaced with the word "slave." MSNBC calls in Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss the foolishness of this revision.

Second, The Last Word featured this story about a court decision that has overturned a fine that the FCC imposed on ABC affiliates for a nude scene on NYPD Blue in 2003. This is an exciting and interesting development because it may well set a prescedent for the dissolution of the FCC's ability to censor anything on television. The clip includes the offending footage.