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From the Wire: Book Critic Apologizes For His "Bitter" Reviews

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 7, 2013 5:53 PM
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Alexander Nazaryan admits that when he trashed some books in The Village Voice what he was really doing was venting his frustrations about his own struggling career as a novelist.

VidCritz: When the Fourth Wall Breaks

  • By Steve Greene
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  • March 7, 2013 2:53 PM
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Psst! Hey you! Yeah, I'm talking to you. Here's a compilation of some of film's most memorable fourth-wall breaks.
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Writing For Free, Paying the Price

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 7, 2013 2:37 PM
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  • 6 Comments
Should film journalists be willing to worth for nothing?

Picking Our Favorites From the Last Five Years of SXSW

  • By Forrest Cardamenis and Steve Greene
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  • March 7, 2013 1:19 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Before the on-the-ground dispatches from SXSW 2013 begin, we take a look at our favorite recommendations from each of the last five years of the festival.

Classical Filmmaking: The Theme That Drives All of Sam Raimi's Movies

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 6, 2013 2:56 PM
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  • 6 Comments
Sam Raimi has two trademarks that pop up over and over again in his work -- and more often than not, one represents the other.
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New and Reviewed on DVD for March 6th

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • March 6, 2013 11:41 AM
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You can either wreck or get intouch with this week's new DVD offerings.

Listen to a Film Criticism Panel Discussion Featuring Scott Foundas, Katey Rich, Josh Rothkopf, and Some Other Guy

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 6, 2013 11:24 AM
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Yesterday, Indiewire's Eric Kohn and I returned to the Digital Hollywood Summit in New York City for our second Criticwire panel discussion on the state of film criticism (you can listen to the first, from last fall, here). This time we were joined by three new esteemed guests: Scott Foundas from The Village Voice, Katey Rich from Cinema Blend, and Joshua Rothkopf from Time Out New York. Over the course of a nearly hourlong conversation, the panel discussed a whole mess of topics pertaining to the world of film criticism in 2013: how critics choose their subjects, how they approach film festivals, how Twitter is changing the way critics talk about movies, and how embargoes are affecting critics' ability to write (and their ability to whine about access). Later, we fielded questions from the audience and talked further about embargoes and the role of Rotten Tomatoes in the modern critical landscape. If you listen that long you'll also hear me take issue with one member of the audience when he bemoans the fact that critics no longer have the power to save movies from obscurity (as I noted, Kenneth Lonergan might disagree with him).

Where to Watch 52 SXSW 2012 Alumni Online

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 5, 2013 12:54 PM
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If you're not going to be in Austin for South by Southwest this weekend, here's a decent alternative: watch last year's highlights from home.

VODetails: 'It's a Disaster'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 5, 2013 10:05 AM
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Is this disaster comedy worth your VODollars?
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From the Wire: R.I.P. The Romantic Comedy (1932-2013)

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 4, 2013 4:26 PM
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  • 6 Comments
One critic nails down a pretty compelling reason why the genre's gone to the dogs.

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