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Post 100 – Chlotrudis Society’s Top 100 Films of the Decade

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Well, there you have it, folks. This is my 100th post on The Edge of the Frame. It has come a long way. I can remember back to when I first tried to start a blog about four years ago, I had gotten to post number four and pretty much just gave in. However, thanks to everyone’s support, I’ve been able to push past my original quota and quite a bit further. At the current rate, and with continued support, I may be at 500 by this time, next year.

In honor of my 100th posting, I thought I’d report the Chlotrudis Society’s List of the Top 100 of the decade. For those that don’t know, the Chlotrudis Society is a non-profit organization that serves to promote and preserve the art of independent filmmaking. Sadly, I really don’t care about this list too much, mostly because of how bogus it is. First of all, any list that holds “Donnie Darko” (a great film, just horribly overrated by society, especially my generation) above films like “Brokeback Mountain,” “Memento,” “Pan’s Labyrinth,” or, for God’s sake, “The Social Network,” really doesn’t hold a lot of credence in my mind.

Secondly, this is not a best of the decade list. This is a best of the decade and another year after that. In other words, films like “The Social Network” and “Winter’s Bone,” while incredible works, have no business being on this list. I know that everyone misses this time last year when all film critics and commentators could have the joy of whipping out their best films of the decade (it just has such a dramatic ring to it). However, that ship has sailed. You can’t just add a morpheme like “ish” to the end of the word decade and justify yourself like that. Suck it up, be professionals and wait nine years.

Here’s the first five films on the list. Full List after the jump:

1. In the Mood for Love
2. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
3. The Lives of Others
4. Caché
5. Let the Right One In

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One month and counting….

November 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Hey everyone. Now, that my blog has officially been up-and-running for over a month, now, I just wanted to thank all of my readers for their interest. Thanks to you all, I’ve had over 500 views on this page. I hope to keep you all hooked because it can only get bigger and better.

Stay tuned, soon, for reviews of “Paranormal Activity 2” “Waiting for Superman” and the trailer for John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole,” not to mention more list fun, including my next top ten and, of course, the big one.

So, this is where it starts…

September 30, 2010 1 comment

Well, here we go. So many have asked for this, and now they shall receive. This is the counterpart to my life in cinema.

My name’s Thomas Conroy and I live in Chicago, Illinois. I’ve been on this planet for nearly 24 years and for probably the last 18 or 19 of them, my life has been largely dominated by movies. It might have started in 1993 when I first saw Jurassic Park in the theater and had my head spun around my shoulders a few dozen times. Shortly after that experience I discovered that I shared the same birthday as the man behind that particular curtain: Steven Spielberg. Back in the day, I may have thought that was an omen, and maybe it was in some respects. However, I’m positive of only one link that seems indisputably common between the two of us: we both share the same undying passion for the silver screen.

So, here I am, decades later, and my world is no less consumed by the art of cinema than it ever has before. I live and breathe it, at home, at school, at work and in my constant ventures to the local art house or cineplex. I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Cinema Production from DePaul University and find myself working on many film projects as a director, writer, editor, grip and electrician. I also put time in helping to maintain a light and sound production stage. Now, while I seem to be slowly breaking my way into the movie-making business, my true passion still lies in watching the finished product…which I do…en masse. I see hundreds of movies a year and constantly re-watch and examine my favorites. In conjunction, I have been a self-proclaimed movie critic professionally, educationally and just for the sheer pleasure of it for ten years. Finally, as if there were any time left over after all that, I am an absolute junkie for Oscar race and love following it at every step. I’ve got my hands full. And thus, we get to this point.

The other day, a good friend of mine asked me what the clear-cut purpose of this blog was for that was an important first step in this journey, and to be honest, I’m not sure that I have one. It’d be too easy to say I did it to please the naggers who were sick of me flooding facebook with my musings and reviews (as if that’s going to stop now that I have a soapbox to stand on). Perhaps this is my way of consolidating the chaotic storm of movies swirling around in my head into one clear vision. Maybe it just gives me a chance to preach to more than just the choir of my own mind about the ever-changing world of film.

Or maybe it just boils down to two things: I love writing and I love movies.

Regardless, I hope that everyone I know (and maybe some folks I don’t) join me on this adventure. In the next few days, I’ll start outlining the shape and scope of what this site will include. Expect a wide array of posts from new reviews, re-visitations to older films, production stories, awards predictions, and general musings about film in general, not to mention a special window into my mind through my own personal lists.

What does this all mean?

“Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”