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One Dollar & One Hundred Percent

The Race to 100: I did it! I saw 100 different movies in theaters in one calendar year. The Race to 100 was completed December 31st when I went to watch War Horse. I could not have planned a better ending. Steven Spielberg’s latest film is definitely one of the years’ best. Seeing World War One through the eyes of a horse made for an impressionable afternoon. Though few will partake of it on the silver screen, I pray you’ll do otherwise. As the lights came on after my screening the cheeks of all in attendance were wet. Spielberg, I again offer you my gratitude.

The Golden Road: My regular readers are well aware of this mini-quest that coupled my race. The Golden Road was my means of motivation. I set a goal and considering I reached it, here are my results.

Best Blu Ray Experience: Watchmen (The Ultimate Cut).

Zack Snyder is one of my favorite directors and this film is how he became so. Not only did I see it twice in theaters, I waited for years to buy the blu ray he’d promised. Reviewing it for the blog was a dream come true and owning it is even better.

Best Theatrical Experience: Scotiabank Theater

Though this was the hardest category to make a decision in, I must admit that Scotiabank Theater offers Toronto’s best theatrical experience. Equipped with an IMAX screen and an Ultra AVX experience it’s too much tech for me to overlook.

Best Non-TIFF Festival: Fellini “Spectacular Obsessions”

Though our international affair is the craziest, this year the Fellini fest triumphed even it because of what it gave me. Before hand I knew nothing about the Italian director. Now, he has my undying respect.

Best Blog: JAPANime

Though No Strings Attached led in views for most of the year, JAPANime was the clear winner in the end. Nerds united and read the blog with fervor. Trust that 2012 will include more Anime coverage.

The Golden Babies: The 2012 awards will be up at the end of this month. Until then I want to provide all of those interested with 3 of its 10 categories and their 3 lead runners.

Best Actor: Ryan Gosling (Drive); Brad Pitt (Moneyball); and Michael Fassbender (Shame).

Best Director: Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch); Terrance Malick (Tree of Life); and Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris).

Best Film: Sucker Punch; No Strings Attached; and The Artist.

Thank You: To conclude I would like to thank everyone who helped make all of this possible. From the readers to my movie co-pilots. From those that got me premiere tickets, and those that star-stalked alongside me. God bless each and every one of you. There is certainly a lot of you in my life at the movies.


  • Chris Elliott

    So glad that you finally made it, dude! I’m very proud of you for following through on this right to the end. You earned every bit of recognition for that and the brilliant writing along the way. It was a long year and these movies did NOT watch themselves, but what you’ve brought to the blog as a result of this was unparalleled to say the last. Salute!

    P.S I like most of your picks for the babies this year. Big fan of your inclusion of Midnight In Paris! :)

    • Anonymous

      I figured you’d like that director nod. Some categories already have clear winners, but these three are the ones I am still debating internally. Hopefully by months end I’ll have my mind made up. I’m very excited for this years awards.

      • Chris Elliott

        It’s a big year for you dude. So many amazing works to choose from. I’m very excited to see your final picks. Sent wirelessly from my BlackBerry device on the Bell network.
        Envoyé sans fil par mon terminal mobile BlackBerry sur le réseau de Bell.

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