Roger Ebert – The Body Count

The Body Count

I’ve never held a handgun in my life. I did some rifle target shooting with the ROTC in college. That’s it with me and firearms. Does this make me less of an American? I think handguns are dangerous, and the more people who walk around carrying them the more dangerous they are. I also don’t understand why civilians need to possess AR-15 assault rifles, such as the one used by James Holmes in Colorado. They fire 10 shots at a time, and are intended for combat use. In civilian hands, they are by definition weapons of slaughter. Do you need one in your home?


The year is already seven months old, so we would like to celebrate (the more than halfway point) with our best three movies and performances so far. We combined lead and supporting roles into one category; there just hasn’t been a lot to choose from and, well, it’s so true: there really aren’t many good roles for women. It will be fun to see how our choices hold up with the films that remain to be seen in the next five months.

Best Picture:

Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild


Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman – Moonrise Kingdom


Best Performance by an Actor:

Jack Black – Bernie



Best Performance by an Actress:

Michele Williams – Take This Waltz
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games

Myrna :

What has been great about this year so far:

  •   The real folks of Carthage, Texas, in Bernie

In Prometheus, we finally get to see what’s inside the space jockey.  After thirty-three years of wondering “what was that elephant-looking space creature thing in Alien?”

  •  The comedy team of Iron Man and the Hulk.
  • The killer unicorn in The Cabin in the Woods.
  • Channing Tatum’s um. . . dance moves.
    The use of color in Take this Waltz.
  • The Grey, an action film marketed around Liam Neeson punching wolves. Did he even pet one? Great movie anyway. 
  • Hey Man in Rock of Ages.
Tom Cruise and Hey Man – Rock of Ages
Moonrise Kingdom

What to look forward to in the next five months:

Rear Window Timelapse

‘Rear Window Timelapse’: Hitchcock’s Courtyard Compressed Into 3 Minutes (VIDEO)

Have you ever imagined what the courtyard of the apartments from Alfred Hitchcock’s film “Rear Window” looked like in full? Videographer and special effects master Jess Desom has done just that. Using After Effects, Desom pieced together the scenes from the famous Greenwhich Village courtyard and all of the tenants’ happenings into a cohesive three minute video. The results of his work are phenomenal and kind of mind blowing, providing never-before-seen perspective on a popular film.