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From the Wire: A Critic's Tips For Writing a Bad Review

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 20, 2012 5:50 PM
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  • 2 Comments
One book critic suggests the right way to write a pan.

From the Wire: Remakes Totally Recall the Greatness of Folklore

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 10, 2012 2:11 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Are remakes actually one of our civilization's "greatest achievements?"

From the Wire: Was '12 Angry Men' Guilty of the Wrong Verdict?

  • By Matt Singer
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  • August 2, 2012 5:16 PM
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  • 3 Comments
Is that great feel-good ending all wrong for the case it's about?

From the Wire: Big Directors, Bigger Franchises

  • By Matt Singer
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  • July 31, 2012 3:03 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Who's more attached to franchises? Directors or studios?

From the Wire: Batman Begins, Empathy Ends

  • By Matt Singer
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  • July 30, 2012 2:11 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Pop culture isn't to blame for James Holmes' attack in Colorado. But maybe it's affecting us anyway.

From the Wire: 'I'm Still Here' and the Brothers Phoenix

  • By Matt Singer
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  • July 24, 2012 9:57 AM
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  • 0 Comments
A great piece about the interplay between fiction, autobiography, and real life.

From the Wire: How It Feels to Get Panned

  • By Matt Singer
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  • July 11, 2012 6:54 PM
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  • 0 Comments
The screenwriter of "The O.J. Simpson Story" shares what it was like to get brutally panned.

From the Wire: Soderbergh's Assault on Heterosexuality

  • By Matt Singer
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  • July 9, 2012 4:56 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Soderbergh's final films find the director deconstructing traditional masculine roles onscreen.

From the Wire: Bad Theaters, Good Memories

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 28, 2012 2:26 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Why do we get nostalgic for crummy movie theaters with bad projection and broken seats?

From the Wire: Is 'Brave' Pixar's First "Disney Movie?"

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 22, 2012 4:09 PM
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  • 3 Comments
One writer argues that "Brave" represents a turning point at the vaunted animation studio.