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“The Social Network” Tops indieWIRE’s 2010 Critics Survey

“The Social Network” Tops indieWIRE’s 2010 Critics Survey (photo)

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Not a huge surprise, since it’s won nearly every critics’ group award in the country, and this is exclusively a critics’ poll, but “The Social Network” steamrolled the competition in indieWIRE’s 2010 Annual Critics Survey. It wasn’t even close; “The Social Network” appeared on well over half of the ballots submitted and beat its closest competitor, Olivier Assayas’ mega-biopic “Carlos,” by 100 points and twenty mentions. David Fincher won Best Director, and Aaron Sorkin scored Best Screenplay in an even more lopsided contest, earning more than four times as many votes as any other writer. If you’re a betting man, and you don’t bet on Sorkin to win the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay at this point, you are a very dumb betting man indeed.

It wasn’t a clean sweep for “Social Network,” though: “Carlos”‘ Edgar Ramirez topped “Network”‘s Jesse Eisenberg for Best Lead Performance, narrowly edging him by a single vote. And I’m pleased to report my favorite supporting actor of the year, John Hawkes, won Best Supporting Performance for “Winter’s Bone.” When I wrote a piece about Hawkes’ performance a few weeks ago for IFC.com, he was outside of the top fifteen contenders on most Oscar prediction websites. Now he’s moved into the top ten. I hope his momentum continues to build.

Banksky’s exuberant street art documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” earned Best Documentary and Best First Feature honors. Jean-Luc Godard’s “Film Socialisme” and the Romanian film “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu” split the Best Undistributed Film award. Here’s the critics survey’s full top ten. For the poll’s full results (and for full ballots from Alison Willmore and myself) go to indieWIRE.

indieWIRE Annual Critics Survey Top Ten Films of 2010

1. “The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher
2. “Carlos,” directed by Olivier Assayas
3. “Winter’s Bone,” directed by Debra Granik
4. “Black Swan,” directed by Darren Aronofsky
5. “Everyone Else,” directed by Maren Ade
6. “Dogtooth,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
7. “The Ghost Writer,” directed by Roman Polanski
8. “Mother,” directed by Bong Joon-ho
9. “I Am Love,” directed by Luca Guadagnino
10. “Another Year,” directed by Mike Leigh and “Wild Grass,” directed by Alain Resnais (tie)

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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