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December 08, 2008

'Speed Racer' in the top 10


It's been called a lot of things -- self-indulgent, disastrous, franchise killer -- but not until today have we heard "Speed Racer" called one of the top 10 movies of '08.

"Time" magazine, what are you guys smoking over there?

Here's an excerpt from its glowing review of the technicolor kiddie flick Warner Bros. would just as soon forget it ever released:

"Operating a pitch of delirious precision, the movie is a rich, cartoonish dream: non-stop Op art, and a triumph of virtual virtuosity. Maybe a lot of civilians didn't go see the picture, but you can bet it attracted the smart boys in Hollywood."


Oh yeah? If they dug it, they kept it to themselves.

Not that this is the only curiosity on the list. "My Winnipeg" and "Synecdoche, New York"? The intense Romanian drama "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"? There's no doubt of its quality, which is why it won a bunch of critical praise and awards when it was released. In 2007.

Probable Oscar nominee Dustin Lance Black is misidentified as Darren Lance Black (does no one proofread anymore?), and Sean Penn is described as "sunny, pushy and convincingly gay" in the "Milk" review.

The laughs just keep on coming with the list of the 10 best film performances, which singles out a woman who plays herself in the "Trouble the Water" documentary, Jean-Claude Van Damme in "JCVD" and Angelina Jolie, not for "Changeling" but for "Wanted," where she seems to delight in saying practically nothing. But she sure is hot!

The TV list is much more sane, including shout outs to "The Shield," "Mad Men," "The Wire," "Breaking Bad" and "Battlestar Galactica."

Go rooting around here and let us know what you think of their picks. Don't forget to check out the Top 10 Awkward Moments, especially if you just can't get enough of that Sarah Palin turkey butchering video.


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  • So "The Dark Knight" didn't make it into the final five after all, never mind that critical and popular support. Let's just call the comic-inspired mega-hit "The Biggest Snubee."

    Here are the best picture contenders in a race that, two weeks away from the Oscars, seems to be a foregone conclusion ("Slumdog") unless there's a come-from-behind possibility ("The Reader" anyone?)

    "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett; the politically timely "Milk;" rags-to-riches fairy tale, "Slumdog Millionaire," Holocaust best-seller-based drama "The Reader," and Watergate-era biopic "Frost/Nixon."

    Could "Button" and "Slumdog" split the vote, allowing another film to take the prize? Doesn't seem likely. After having clung to "Button" for months as what we thought would be the Academy voters' top vhoice, our money's now on "Slumdog." Momentum can't be ignored.

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