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An Alternative Top Ten for 2010.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • December 30, 2010 6:15 AM
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Today indieWIRE announced a group of top ten lists submitted by industry friends and contributors to the site. Since I already listed my favorites from 2010, I decided to offer a separate list of titles that in another year could just as easily serve as my favorites. After the jump, the alternative list and trailers to accompany each entry.

Gamers Get Serious in 'Well Played.'

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • December 16, 2010 4:23 AM
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One of the more significant gaps between the various generations of media consumers alive today has come from the influence of videogames. Initially relegated to the arcade, videogames only became available as complex interactive experiences for non-professionals with the advent of the console and computer games some twenty-five years ago. So if you were born around that time, there's a much stronger chance that you have at least an appreciation for videogames than people unconvinced of their aesthetic merits. As a casual gamer, I try to follow all the latest developments, not only for the sake of keeping in touch with the cultural zeitgeist but also because it seems to correlate with one of my main interests -- namely, cinema. Great games are often both cinematic and a form of interactive cinema that can suggest new directions for the medium. That's why I've been devouring the academic text "Well-Played 2.0: Videogames, Value and Meaning," which was released online earlier this week. Two pieces in particular jump out at me.

My Top Ten for '10.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • December 7, 2010 2:34 AM
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Winter is upon it, and with the blistering cold comes the inevitable avalanche of top ten lists. I always regret putting something on there or missing something else, and I'm sure I'll try to correct the record before the year is done. But since I just submitted my favorites to the indieWIRE and Village Voice/L.A. Weekly polls, I figured I'd post the main list here, too, with some links to elaborations on my choices when I've had the opportunity to write about them. Titles -- and photos shamelessly culled from Google Images -- follow after the jump.

Tim Burton Turns to Twitter.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • November 26, 2010 5:38 AM
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Tim Burton is not crazy about the Internet. He suggested as much to me when I interviewed him last year shortly after a trailer for "Alice in Wonderland" prematurely leaked online. He misses the days when an audience could discover most of a movie's surprises only once it hit the big screen. But Burton has also been aware of the new storytelling possibilities enabled by the web, as his Flash-animated "Stainboy" series demonstrated when he first launched it ten years ago. And now he's turning to Twitter for his latest installment, a high-concept approach to narrative that finds participants energetically drawing on their own perceptions of what makes a story "Burtonesque." I certainly can't wait to see what he does with the results. The full release is posted after the jump.
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Tidbits for a Turkey Day

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • November 25, 2010 5:34 AM
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Some clips from me to you in celebration of whatever you want.

Gyllenhaal's Strengths Evident in 'Source Code.'

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  • November 23, 2010 9:51 AM
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I wasn't too wild about the Jake Gyllenhaal-Anne Hathaway vehicle "Love and Other Drugs," which I wrote about in this new essay for indieWIRE, but let me clear: I have an affinity for both of those actors. Hathaway's bold willingness to play against her star persona with her icky rehab-bound character in "Rachel Getting Married" proved she can really inhabit the skin of a persona, no matter how unpleasant. And Gyllenhaal has always impressed me as the rare leading man to combine youthful vitality with a mysterious dark side, as he displayed in performances ranging from "Donnie Darko" to "Brokeback Mountain." Now comes "Source Code," director Duncan Jones's highly anticipated follow-up to the Sundance hit "Moon," which was the rare actor's movie that also managed to play well for the fanboy crowd. With "Moon," Jones gave Sam Rockwell one of his best roles by simply allowing to talk to himself for ninety minutes. The ambitious theatricality of the set-up merged with the coolness of the premise. A flashier, more expensive effort, "Source Code" looks like a tougher trick for Jones to pull off, as the trailer suggests a supreme high concept: "Run Lola Run" meets...I don't know, "The Matrix"? But the point is that Gyllenhaal looks pretty great in it -- frightened, confused, and hopelessly driven against impossible odds.

Talking 3-D.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • November 5, 2010 6:20 AM
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Talking 3-D.

Animation Gets Easier.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • October 21, 2010 9:40 AM
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Notes on a Tweet-Off.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • September 12, 2010 3:31 AM
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Notes on a Tweet-Off.
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"13 Ghosts" and a Prince.

  • By Eric Kohn
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  • September 2, 2010 4:48 AM
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