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Battle Royale
Battle Royale is your one-stop battleground for all things film-related. But it won’t all be arguments and debates. You’ll find your usual assortment of reviews (both short and lengthy), “best” and “worst” lists, industry commentary, DVD recommendations, general thoughts on the passing scene, etc. But all this will be predicated on the idea of interaction — not only among the News-Sentinel contributors, but also among you, the readers.
Friday 03/25/2011
Talk of Liz and Audrey leads to ‘Soldier of Orange’

We were discussing Liz Taylor this week in the newsroom, and eventually came around to a movie I greatly admire and strongly recommend: "Soldier of Orange."

Posted in Battle royale on Friday, March 25, 2011 12:43 pm. Updated: 2:07 pm. Comments (0)

Saturday 02/19/2011
The MPAA: Worse than useless

(Note: Yes, I am about a day late in posting this, but I figure better late than never. Enforcer Dan Evans is taking care of the situation, as I promised he could strike me without repercussion every time I’m late with an update. For our inaugural beating he has chosen a kidney shot, and I plan to take it like a man. We don’t play around here at Battle Royale.)

Posted in Battle royale on Saturday, February 19, 2011 4:08 am. Updated: 4:14 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 02/09/2011
Let the Right Film In

To go along with Rich's entry earlier this week about the Coen's remake of "True Grit" that surpassed the original, I'd like to add another recent remake that should set a standard.

Posted in Battle royale on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 9:20 am. Updated: 10:02 am. Comments (0)

Monday 02/07/2011
Was The Duke a better Rooster Cogburn than Jeff Bridges?


Posted in Battle royale on Monday, February 7, 2011 5:00 pm. Updated: 6:12 pm. Comments (1)

Monday 01/03/2011
The Skinny on Black Swan

Last night I happened upon an episode of Inside Edition when a report about Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" was teased. Having just watched the movie and thinking it was one of the best films of the year — and easily Natalie Portman's finest performance — I stuck around to see the report.

Posted in Battle royale on Monday, January 3, 2011 4:05 pm. Updated: 11:10 pm. Comments (0)

Thursday 12/23/2010
A stark, brilliant movie


Posted in Battle royale on Thursday, December 23, 2010 2:19 pm. Updated: 2:30 pm. Comments (0)

Monday 11/15/2010
Movies as good as the books

There are many book-to-movie projects that flop.

Posted in Battle royale on Monday, November 15, 2010 3:14 pm. Updated: 8:02 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 11/10/2010
The book was better

With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" releasing next week I have been thinking about movies based on books.

Posted in Battle royale on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 10:35 am. Updated: 10:18 am. Comments (2)

Tuesday 10/12/2010
Twenty movie scenes better than the scenes Jason picked.

All jabs aside, here is my list of top 20 movie scenes. Unlike the others, though, I have no way of listing them an any kind of order. The top three are my actual three favorite scenes, but after that they are in no particular order.

Posted in Battle royale on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:15 pm. Comments (1)

Saturday 10/09/2010
Heather's picks

1) Opening Sequence ("Gangs of New York," Dir. Martin Scorsese)

Posted in Battle royale on Saturday, October 9, 2010 2:32 am. Comments (2)

Friday 10/08/2010
Rich's three favorite scenes

OK, a worthy challenge. Jason offered up some interesting choices, a bit on the blood-spattered side, perhaps, but an ambitious list nonetheless. 

Posted in Battle royale on Friday, October 8, 2010 3:23 pm. Updated: 7:04 pm. Comments (3)

Saturday 10/02/2010
And... scene!

Sure, it's easy to rattle off a list of your favorite movies -- but what about your favorite individual scenes? This can be tricky, because even your favorite films don't necessarily have a specific scene that stands out above all others. And I'm not talking about scenes you "like"; I'm talking about the scenes that make you want to throw on a DVD at 3 a.m. when you're tired and drunk and slovenly but can't bear the thought of going to bed before you catch just that one scene... for the 250th time.

Posted in Battle royale on Saturday, October 2, 2010 3:04 am. Updated: 2:47 am. Comments (33)

Friday 10/01/2010
Welcome to Battle Royale!

Hello, and welcome to Battle Royale, the News-Sentinel movie blog for serious debate and discussion about all things film-related. It will be a bit before we're totally and and running, but in the meantime, take a few moments to check out these brief profiles on our writers. Hopefully they will give you some vague sense as to where we're all coming from in our differing approahes to film, and maybe even spur a few friendly arguments. Please enjoy, and check back very soon for our first feature: a discussion of our favorite individual movie scenes of all time.

Posted in Battle royale on Friday, October 1, 2010 10:07 am. Updated: 10:22 am. Comments (0)

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