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A Troubling Statement on the State of Movie Projection

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 7, 2013 12:01 PM
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  • 13 Comments
A variety of factors have conspired to decimate the field of projectionists. But we might need them now more than ever.

From the Wire: Defending John Ford

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 3, 2013 4:52 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Kent Jones responds to Quentin Tarantino's charges of racism in the films of John Ford with a long and thoughtful essay.

Critics Accused of Missing the "Profoundly Religious" Message of 'To the Wonder'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 1, 2013 3:08 PM
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  • 8 Comments
Did critics miss the boat and the message on "To the Wonder?"

From the Wire: Ebert's Last Interview

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 29, 2013 4:27 PM
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  • 0 Comments
A few weeks before he passed away, Roger Ebert emailed director Ramin Bahrani some questions for an interview about his new movie, "At Any Price." As it turned out, they were the last questions Ebert asked a filmmaker. The results have now been published at RogerEbert.com, but even better than the interview itself is a very personal letter written by Bahrani to Ebert on the news of his death. Ebert was an early and frequent champion of Bahrani, giving each of his last four movies four star reviews and calling him "the new great American director."

Film Critics and 'The 20-Minute Rule'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 29, 2013 12:44 PM
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  • 11 Comments
Film critic Marshall Fine says if a movie doesn't grab him after 20 minutes, he turns it off.

An Atlantic Short Story About An Aspiring Film Critic

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 25, 2013 7:57 PM
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  • 2 Comments
From author Thomas Pierce.

From the Wire: Explaining 'The Sitter'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment
"We make a movie that appeals to a specific group of people."

From the Wire: Cockroaches and Coke

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 25, 2013 12:02 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Why does product placement survive the apocalypse?

From the Wire: Video Essays and Copyrights

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 10, 2013 4:04 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Nelson Carvajal writes about what happened when Disney took issue with his viral video about the history of the Oscars.

From the Wire: Critics and Twitter, Where An Instant Lasts Forever

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 4, 2013 2:54 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Twitter captures spontaneous 140 character commentary. But as an article on The Awl reminds us, those comments last forever.

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