Adventureland

We love television, but we love movies more. And we love movies a lot more than awards for television. So, why would we watch the 2012 Emmy Awards when we can just watch any number of this year’s nominees in their great film works, a lot of which are streaming on Netflix. Classics that you’ll find from the Watch Instantly service featuring Emmy nominees include Platoon, Fatal Attraction, Reservoir Dogs, Black Hawk Down, The Terminator and plenty others. But I noticed a bunch of recommended titles with the special circumstance of involving two or more Emmy-nominated talents, including a few from the contending directors. Speaking of which, I could have counted Louis C.K.‘s Pootie Tang, but I still haven’t seen it. Maybe that’s what I’ll be watching this evening. Check out the list and links after the jump.

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It’s that time of the year again: that brief span of time in between Christmas and New Year’s when journalists, critics, and cultural commentators scramble to define an arbitrary block of time even before that block is over with. To speculate on what 2010 will be remembered for is purely that: speculation. But the lists, summaries, and editorials reflecting on the events, accomplishments, failures, and occurrences of 2010 no doubt shape future debate over what January 1-December 31, 2010 will be remembered for personally, nostalgically, and historically. How we refer to the present frames how it is represented in the future, even when contradictions arise over what events should be valued from a given year. In an effort to begin that framing process, what I offer here is not a critical list of great films, but one that points out dominant cultural conversations, shared trends, and intersecting topics (both implicit and explicit) that have occurred either between the films themselves or between films and other notable aspects of American social life in 2010. As this column attempts to establish week in and week out, movies never exist in a vacuum, but instead operate in active conversation with one another. Thus, a movie’s cultural context should never be ignored. So, without further adieu, here is my overview of the Top 10 topics, trends, and events of the year that have nothing to do with the 3D debate.

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End of the year lists usually come in tens or some sort of multiple of ten but here, as you will see, there are only seven slots. No, I’m not purposely trying to be subversive, nor was this result of laziness, and I assure you that it wasn’t an attempt to gyp you out of those bottom three slots. There just weren’t ten great, unequivocally funny comedies released this year.

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Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working as the owner of a Hank Moody’s neighborhood liquor store. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. This week we have Adventureland, Californication, The Informers, and more!

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Welcome to This Week in Blu-ray, the never on-time FSR column that is, oddly enough, on time this week. Will this be the start of a wonderful new trend? I won’t make any promises.

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This week, Landon asks why some recent movies have treated the Reagan era so damn seriously.

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Are you as surprised as I am that Fast and Furious did as well as it did? It not only set the April record — it shattered it by a $30 million margin. Not only that, it looks like this flick also set the spring record, beating 300 by a couple of million.

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Fast & Furious, Adventureland and Gigantic.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

The Fat Guys bemoan the fact that certain studios have been withholding screenings of their films, while Neil unleashes a fit of rage against the quirky indie comedy Gigantic. He’ll never look at his dear Zooey Deschanel the same again.

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This weekend we have two new contenders for the box office crown rolling out in theaters, Adventureland and Fast and Furious. Back again for more is the holdover Monsters vs. Aliens, and the big question has to be whether this flick can hold on to first place for a second weekend in a row.

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Sometimes movie rumors are started in odd places. And as Russ over at CHUD points out, sometimes even a non-movie related interview can turn out some interesting news — such as the news that Bill Hader may have spilled on ESPN’s The B.S. Report with Bill Simmons.

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Having already seen and reviewed Greg Mattola’s Adventureland at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, I can easily say that there are some naughty bits to this film. And luckily for all of you, the marketing masters over at Miramax have assembled all of those naughty parts and placed them conveniently into the following redband trailer.

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Tuesday of this year’s Sundance Film Festival (otherwise known as today) will be forever remembered as the day the 80s made an assault on my critical sensibilities. It all began with Adventureland, a coming of age teen comedy set in the summer of 1987.

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Here’s a little Daily Diversion, Sundance style. Since I’m kickin’ it old school — 1987 style — in my Ghostbusters backpack around our Park City condo, I thought I would share a trailer and two clips for the Sundance premiere Adventureland.

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There are a lot of films playing at Sundance over the next two weeks. And personally I’ve watered down all of the information to a list of 37 films that I intend to see. I’ve gone even further for this article, pinpointing 13 films that I would recommend to all of you based on early word of mouth, pedigree of its cast/crew or just my own intuition.

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To showcase the diversity of contemporary independent cinema, the Sundance Film Festival Premieres section offers the latest work from American and international directors and world premieres of highly anticipated films.

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Adventureland

Remember that other film that Kristen Stewart is in? You don’t? Then it’s a good thing we’re looking past Twilight to catch a glimpse of Greg Mottola’s Adventureland.

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