New York Film Critics Circle Also Goes “Social”

New York Film Critics Circle Also Goes “Social” (photo)

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“The Social Network” picked up awards from the New York Film Critics Online, the Boston Society of Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association over the weekend, and now they can add the New York Film Critics’ Circle to its growing trophy case as well. The NYFCC picked the film as the best of 2010 along with David Fincher as the year’s best director. Here’s the NYFCC’s full list of award winners:

Best Film: “The Social Network”
Best Director: David Fincher (“The Social Network”)
Best Screenplay: Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Best Actress: Annette Bening (for “The Kids Are All Right”)
Best Actor: Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”)
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”)
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are All Right”)
Best Cinematography: Matthew Libatique (“The Black Swan”)
Best Animated Film: “The Illusionist”
Best Non-fiction Film : “Inside Job”
Best Foreign Language Film: “Carlos”
Best First Feature: “Animal Kingdom”

In the press release announcement of the awards, NYFCC chair Armond White said, “This year’s choices reflect the current critical mindset. It’s proof that it’s always a good year for movies.” Really? Cause I was under the impression that White hated most of these movies. Like:

“The Social Network” – “Like one of those fake-smart, middlebrow TV shows, the speciousness of ‘The Social Network’ is disguised by topicality.”

“The Kids Are All Right” – “…takes the PC-storybook flashpoint ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’ and turns it into a sitcom, primed to flatter mainstream sensibility.”

“The King’s Speech”: “…each scene in ‘The King’s Speech’ is so poorly staged that its ineptitude sometimes borders on the avant-garde.”

“Black Swan”: “Aronofsky’s ethnic denial and escape into Nina’s psychological trauma actually trivializes her artistic pursuit. Turning art into genre movie silliness is a careerist’s dance.”

“Carlos”: “‘Carlos’ gives hipsters ‘Munich’ minus the moral conviction and dramatic cogency that hipsters fashionably distrust.”

Hm. I guess White, as chairman of the organization, is obligated to provide a generically positive quote. Maybe “Other than these five horrible movies that we gave eight of our twelve awards to, it was a good year for movies,” just didn’t have the same ring to it. As for “The Social Network,” its critical acclaim is growing so fast it appears to be spreading virally, like a video of a cat playing the piano on Facebook.


The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”


Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).



Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.


And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.


Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.


Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.


Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!



Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.


Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.


If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.



Stan Diego Comic-Con

Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.