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I know what you’ve been thinking.

You’ve been thinking, “Who will ever tell me what the Ten best movies of the year are?”

Well, sir or madam, I am here to help you. As the person with the best taste in Cinema (me), I am the authority to seek just such information out from. I would be happy to meaningfully contribute to you in providing these facts.

You are welcome.

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I don’t get a lot of opportunities to interview filmmakers, so when I got an email last week telling me that Wim Wenders was available for phone interviews, I sort of exploded. Not just because of his new 3D Dance film, Pina, which has been rightfully nominated the Best Documentary Oscar, but because I rank his 1984 master-heart-breaker picture Paris, Texas among my all time favorites.

We only had fifteen minutes, so I stuck mostly to his current film. Read on for his thoughts on 3D, how to fit one art form into another, and the Documentary format.

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This week on the Four Color Freak-Out the Cap’n and alphamonkey take a look at the bittersweet pentultimate issues of some of our favorite comics from Simone, Miller, and more, as well an irreverent traipse through two pretty damn good weeks of comics. Plus Torchwood: Miracle Day, and discuss why digital distribution might be the only thing that saves comics (provided it’s done right).

Give a listen already, will ya?

Note: We *totally* overlooked the very, very excellent Captain America #1 from Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven. It’s gorgeous, it’s clever, and you need to read it.

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Yes indeed, true (and not-so-true) believers. It’s another edition of the Four Color Freakout, and this time around Mr Sparkle (aka Ian McFarland) joins us to talk about the unexpected goodness that is X-Men: First Class (and why you must, must, must see what is easily the best true X-Men film to date), along with our reactions to DC’s announcement that it’s rebooting the DCU at the end of Flashpoint. Plus the Cap’n tries to make me cry by blowing the ending to Fear Itself #3.

Get your listenin’ shoes on and spend some time with three nerdy guys in a room with microphones already!

Listen below (m4a or mp3), subscribe to us on iTunes, or via your non Steve Jobs powered podcast player!

Super thanks to Eric Melin and the boys of Ultimate Fakebook for giving us the go-ahead to use the amazing “Popscotch Party Rock” as our de-facto theme song. If you dig it (and like all right thinking people, you will) by all means look ’em up on iTunes, Amazon, etc.

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Because absolutely no one demanded it, we’re proud to announce the very first episode of Four Color Freak-Out!, the official dadsbigplan comics (and kinda whatever) podcast, starring our own Cap’n Carrot, myself, and Yellow creator Bobby Bierley. As this was our first go round, there’s not a whole lot o’ structure there, but if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be trapped between three nerds talking about comics, movies, and unfortunate personal choices, then Four Color Freak-Out! is just for you!

We had a lot of fun recording this, and we’re looking forward to keeping this going. In fact, give us a listen and feel free to take us to task via voicemail at (816) 343-8886! We’ll be including the best messages into the next podcast, even if they make Cap’n cry.

Give it a listen already!

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Well, it’s Tuesday, so it must be Top 10 day for our pals over at Scene-Stealers. In an attempt to cleanse our collective palette after Eric decided to Human Centipede the concept of a buddy film, I decided to throw down on those critically acclaimed actors who for some gawdawful reason start taking any paying gig that comes their way.

Yup, it’s the Top 10 Kings of the Paycheck from yours truly.

Give it a read and then tell me why I’m oh-so-right or oh-so-wrong.

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Another year of Cinema has come and gone, and I can’t help but feel we got cheated of any true masterpieces. Having said that, the next rung down – the four- and four-and-a-half star films of the world – seemed to be abnormally plentiful this year. In crafting my ten favorite films of the year, I ultimately came up with twenty-four films that I felt were worthy of a spot on the list – if not necessarily in any year, then pracitcally as much as any one that did make 2010’s cut. (As such, the unlucky fourteen are listed at the end). The following movies could just of easily been presented without order, none of them feel head-and-shoulders above any other; but after a few days of indecision, this is what I came to. Let me know what you think below – what were your favorite movies of the year?
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dennis hopper 1979 apocalypse nowThere was sad news from the world of cinema this weekend as we learned that Dennis Hopper had passed away after a battle with prostate cancer at the age of 74.

He was a true Hollywood rebel, and his movie career was as wild and all over the place as some of his best characters. Let’s revisit his best roles and his wild journey inside and outside of Hollywood with my list of Top 10 Dennis Hopper Performances.

If you’d like to contribute your own Top 10 list, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com.

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bergin sleeping with the enemyWhile taking the subway to work into Manhattan, Sean O’Connell sees a familiar scene. He has to endure the same guy being a jerk-off to his wife every morning. So he channeled his rage into one helluva Top 10 list for us here at Scene-Stealers.

Sean has compiled some of the worst husbands in movie history and boy, there are some real doozies. Can you say “over the top”? Coinciding with that notion, two of the performances were actually Oscar nominated. Click here to see the Top 10 Worst Movie Husbands.

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gary buseyGary Busey is more than a man, more than a mere actor—he’s a gale force wind that sweeps everything in his path up in his own insanity. The 10 films selected by frequent Scene-Stealers contributor Warren J. Cantrell may not be classics in the realm of cinematic greatness, but each possesses its own loopy charm brought on in no small part by the addition of one Gary Busey to the cast.

If you’d like to contribute your own Top 10, email me at eric@scene-stealers.com. For now, however, it may impossible not to be swept up by Warren’s rambling and right-on list of Top 10 Gary Busey Performances. Enjoy!

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