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Sex, Trees, Wizards, and Aliens, or The Very Best of 2011

When I googled “Shame,” this is what the image search gave me…

As Posted on AtTheBuzzerShow.com on January 21, 2012

By Gary Sundt

Hey there, gang! My name is Gary Sundt, and this is my very first piece as film critic for At the Buzzer. To those who know my film criticism, hello again. To those who are new to the game, glad you could make it, and check out my past reviews over at garysundt.wordpress.com. And to those who have a problem with my opinions and wish to strike up a debate about films and filmmaking, please feel free to do so as I’ll be thrilled to pound your very wrong opinions into the ground.

Now that we’re done with formalities, let’s get to my breakdown of the Best Films of 2011. While I thought coming up with 10 films I loved from 2011 would be difficult, I’m rather surprised to discover just how much there was to love. I’ve written a lot of these lists in the past, and I’d like to try something different this year by merely denoting my favorite flicks and giving them awards I’ve seen fit to make up.

From lizards to mutants, from aliens to sad people, from sex to sex with the Irish — here’s my recap of the very best of 2011 in film. Continue reading

A Review of the Film Industry

As Printed in The Lumberjack on Oct. 14, 2010

by Gary Sundt

I didn’t review any of the releases at Harkins Flagstaff 11 this week. I didn’t want to see Katherine Heigl play the same character again. I didn’t really feel like seeing Seabiscuit 2: Electric Boogaloo. And I didn’t want to see Wes Craven continue to slash his legacy into the grave.

The poster for Life As We Know It, a movie I didn't see. (Photo courtesy of hollywoodtrailers.net)

Now, before you go thinking I was being lazy, and deem this a cop-out article, I wasn’t alone in this sentiment. Moviegoers seem to agree, as the top film at the box office was The Social Network (my vote thus far for best film of the year) for the second week in a row, but it only made $15 million. That’s not really a difficult number to beat at the weekly box office.

The fact is that all of the major movies released this past weekend were entirely uninteresting, and not especially worth my money or my time. Continue reading

Top Ten Films of the Decade (2000-2009)

As Printed in The Lumberjack on Jan. 14, 2009

by Gary Sundt

Making a list of the “best” films (for any allotted amount of time) is perhaps the most arbitrary task a film critic can be asked to do. Regardless, when the question arose as to whether I’d be doing one for the decade, my response was an immediate “Absolutely!” for no other reason than my prediliction toward arbitrary lists. But instead of listing the ten most superior films, I’ve opted instead to list my personal favorites. There are more great films than I can fit into a single “best of” list, and I would rather offer my preference rather than the same list every other film critic has made. Continue reading