December 26, 2012 The Year in Review: 2012's Best and Worst If we're going strictly by numbers, 2012 was the best year for cinema in at least a decade. This was a deeply reassuring year at the movies, and one can only hope this mini-resurgence of inspiration will continue into 2013.
December 30, 2011 The Year in Review: 2011's Best and Worst I'm going to have to be careful not to blink so much anymore. Every time I do, another year seems to zip by. There might have been some very, very bad films this year, but there seemed to be as many, if not more, genuinely good onesand some better than that. Bring it, 2012!
December 23, 2010 The Year in Review: 2010's Best and Worst Middle-of-the-road would probably be the best way to describe 2010's crop of cinematic releases. Yes, film critics have to sit through a lot of truly miserable movies, but there always seems to be that special few waiting in the wings to reignite one's passion and make the bad experiences worth it.
December 31, 2009 The Year in Review: 2009's Best and Worst In the future, 2009 will be better known as the last year of the twenty-first century's inaugural decade than for any of the films released within that twelve-month span. With 2009 over and a new decade before us, I can't wait to see what cinematic surprises the new year may have in store.
December 31, 2008 The Year in Review: 2008's Best and Worst What films should be sought out immediately and what films should be used as this winter's kindling are mere moments away. Until next December, have fun at the movies!
October 2008 Dustin's October of Horror! In October 2008, I turned TheMovieBoy.com into a month-long ode to Halloween and the horror films that, for various reasons, I hold near and dear to my heart. Featuring 57 brand-new reviews of horror movie classics, hidden gems and childhood favorites!
January 1, 2008 The Year in Review: 2007's Best and Worst This year, instead of mourning the dirge in cinematic originalityand make no mistake, with scarcely a week going by without a sequel or a remake, creative innovation was in short supplyI am going to try to put a positive spin on things. You can only withhold a cranky outlook for so long, especially when you love film in general as much as I do.
November 10-11, 2007 After Dark Horrorfest 2007 My coverage of this small, but very cool national horror film 'festival.' Eight films in two days some good, some bad, and one very ugly.
December 31, 2006 The Year in Review: 2006's Best and Worst Time sure does fly. It was exactly one year ago that I mourned the decrease in creativity and overall quality in regard to the cinematic offerings released in 2005. Now that another twelve months are behind us, I am sensing a severe case of déjà vu, and it has nothing to do with the recent Denzel Washington thriller.
April 3, 2006 Special Notice: Little Manhattan Now that "Little Manhattan" is available on DVD, this is my plea: do whatever you can to make sure this masterpiece does not pass you by again.
December 31, 2005 The Year in Review: 2005's Best and Worst Hollywood hasn't learned. That's the predominant thought running through my head as 2005's year in film goes bye-bye and 2006's cinematic offerings rear their heads. Whether these heads are ugly or not has yet to be seen, but if the past twelve months were any indication, Hollywood is in desperate need of a creative recharge.
January 1, 2005 The Year in Review: 2004's Best and Worst Special recognition to those performances that stood out, followed by the year's most overrated and underrated features, and end things with a rundown of the 10 best and worst motion pictures of the entire calendar year. The walk down memory lane, for better and worse, begins now.
May 25, 2004 Jena & Macaulay Get Saved! themovieboy.com's Patrick Jennings talks with Jena Malone and Macaulay Culkin about their new movie, "Saved!"
January 12, 2004 The Year in Review: 2003's Best and Worst Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper enthusiastically praised 2003 as a banner year for the cinema, so good that it had reclaimed their hope for the future of film. Not only do I strongly disagree with such a statement, I would go so far as to say that 2003 was the worst year the cinema has seen for the better part of a decade.
February 3, 2003 A Few Minutes with...Dustin Putman An interview with the Online Film Critics Society Newsletter. "Dustin is a fairly busy man (besides running his online magazine TheMovieBoy.com, he is a senior at American University in Washington, DC, majoring in Visual Media and aiming to graduate this fall), he had time to speak freely and frankly about his work in online film journalism."
October 21, 2002 The Truth About Charlie, Demme, & Thandie themovieboy.com's Patrick Jennings talks with Academy Award winning director, Jonathan Demme, and Beloved star, Thandie Newton, talk about their new movie The Truth About Charlie.
January 2, 2002 The Year in Review: 2001's Best and Worst Say what you will about the movies released in 2001, but this was statistically the best year in film (for me, at least) since 1996. So, without further adieu, I give you my personal 2001 picks.
December 30, 2001 Human Nature On the Waterfront The movie has a happier ending than the one Kazan was appointed in his own life, and this was a purposeful decision. Ultimately, On the Waterfront stands as a powerful testament to the faith Elia Kazan has concerning the beauty of positive human nature.
December 30, 2001 Easy Rider : A Historically American Classic With an unforgettable soundtrack of classic '60s music, including Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" and The Band's "The Weight," Easy Rider is probably as close to the truth of being a rebel in 1969 as any one movie could be. It reflected and defined a moment in history, and it is remains a vivid record of a period of dynamic social change.
May 29, 2001 Interview with Writer/Director Tommy Faircloth Dustin chatted with Columbia, South Carolina native Tommy Faircloth on May 29, 2001, as he discussed his film inspirations, background, two films ("Crinoline Head" and "Generation Ax"), and look towards the future.
May 15, 2001 The Motion Picture Association of America What once was supposed to simply be a guideline to the material in any given movie has now become a ludicrously harsh crusade that gives the MPAA power to overrule the real guardians of children: the parents.
January 15, 2001 The Best Films of 2000 My choices for the "Top Ten Films of 2000" are an admittedly eclectic mix, but they are all
deserving in my eyes, for one reason or another, of special notice.
November 8, 2000 Contemporary Horror Classics: The Same or Different? Take a walk through the horror section of any video store in the world, and you will consistently see Friday the 13th and Halloween placed next to each other on the shelf. If you are in the mood for a horror movie, either one will suffice, but it is the level of craftsmanship that differs.
October 20, 2000 Hollywood's Theories on Movie Release Dates With the spring being such a slow financial time at the movies, and with the summer being the most prosperous, and the fall the most critically strong, Hollywood has settled into a yearly pattern that works for them, and in the process, so has the American moviegoing public.
January, 2000 The Best Films of 1999 1999 was the year, I believe, in which filmmakers broke out and were willing to try something newsomething that either hadn't been done before, or hadn't been tried in quite the same manner.
December, 1999 The 1990s: The Decade in Film With the 1990s coming to a close and 2000 upon us all, film critics inevitably will be devising lists of "The 100 Films of the Century" or "The Best of the Decade," as they attempt to put the vast array of motion pictures they have seen into some sort of practical order.
March 6, 1999 The Cruel Intentions of Teenage Audiences Ever since about 1991, I have been a fairly frequent filmgoer, even more so as the years have passed. Because of this fact, as any other avid movie fans can attest to, you are bound to occasionally be stuck with an audience of people whom you would like to personally get up and strangle to death.
February 28, 1999 The Best Films of 1998 There was a pattern, I noticed, looking back on it now, for the 175+ motion pictures I saw in 1998. Movies were either very good or very bad. I'm not sure the cause of this odd and peculiar pattern, but it just seemed like filmmakers were either immeasurably intelligent or jaw-droppingly brainless.
October 7, 1998 A Night to Remember...Uh, I Mean Forget As we walked out of the building, I realized that practically half the audience was leaving. It was obvious everyone felt the same way we were feeling, which was cheated. I took a look at my admit ticket and it read, "No refunds or exchanges." Go figure.