We here at FSR pride ourselves on speaking with authority. It doesn’t always happen (especially when I’m writing about Inception after drinking three boxes of wine), but it’s the goal we strive for. We’re bursting on the brink of boastfulness to provide a service most other film sites don’t offer – the ingenuity and odd creativity of our team of writers.

Our readership is up 46% this year and that’s thanks in a major way to our fans, to the fourth box of wine, and to these features and editorials.

If you missed them the first time, enjoy adding your two cents. If you’re catching them for the second time around, feel free to flame on for old time’s sake. (Click on any of the titles below to read the full articles.)

15. The Movie World Cup

By: Cole Abaius and Rob Hunter (and readers)

Where else can you see The Dark Knight vs Spirited Away? Where else can you see a movie from Ivory Coast go up against a movie from Portugal? Where else can you see the United States, you know, win the World Cup?

This feature was one of the most entertaining to put together, especially because it showcased the host of incredible film that exists from all over the world. Rob covers the hell out of these films every week with Foreign Objects, but the Movie World Cup was a great way to celebrate those films even further and tap into what people in the sports world don’t call June Madness.

14. Nicolas Cage: A Misunderstood Genius

By: Robert Levin

It’s unclear exactly when it became popular to hate Nicolas Cage, but it happened, and then something magical occured in 2010. He became a cultural meme by the end of it all with people paying more attention to him going crazy in real life as opposed to going crazy in films. Fortunately, he went gloriously crazy in films this year, and the case has to be made for his attaining genius stature.

13. How To Get Into Comic-Con For Free

By: Cole Abaius

Out of sheer spitefulness aimed at the horrendous attitude toward the press that Comic-Con holds, I wrote a missive explaining exactly how you, dear fan, can avoid the high ticket prices (and the sold-out situation) and get into the damned trailer convention for free. It’s not too late to pretend your website is a year old, print up some fake business cards, and apply for credentials.

12. How A Commodore 64 And HBO Turned Ghostbusters Into My Favorite Christmas Movie

By: Rob Hunter

The thing missing from internet discussions of films these days is passion and positivity. It seems to be a lot of snark and sarcasm as a place holder for genuine thought and the bare-boned, bare-backed love of film that brought us here in the first place. Hunter’s heartfelt piece explores the personal connection that comes from the exterior elements that go into how and when and why we discover a movie. It’s the kind of thing we hope to do more of in 2011.

11. Do We Still Watch the Best Pictures?

By: Adam Charles

The Oscars come up a lot because, like it or not, they are still the watershed assembly for the Best of the Best. The apparent distance being created between the fans and the awards is fair game, though. Here, Adam writes a fantastic missive that still applies to this year’s round of Oscar buzz. Will people be apathetic about the Oscars this year because they haven’t seen the nominees?

Click here to read the final 10 >>


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