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'The Wes Anderson Collection's Matt Zoller Seitz on the "Perfect" 'Rushmore'

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 16, 2013 11:29 AM
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The author of 'The Wes Anderson Collection' pays tribute to the director's first masterpiece with a video essay.

Mysteries of Hollywood Pronunciation -- Revealed!

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 15, 2013 10:06 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Amanda Seyfried? Chiwetel Ejiofor? Steve Buscemi? Criticwire has the answers.

A Lifelong Disneyland Fan Takes on Disneyworld Dystopia 'Escape From Tomorrow'

  • By Scott Renshaw
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  • October 11, 2013 9:47 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Critic Scott Renshaw has been going to Disneyland since childhood, but for him Randy Moore's dystopian 'Escape From Tomorrow' is less an attack on the Mouse House than on "the way people do Disneyland wrong, as a metaphor for the way they do life wrong."

Fiona Apple Drops C-Bomb on Rex Reed

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 8, 2013 5:54 PM
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Frankly, this isn't the sort of thing that would usually merit a post, but when the subject is Rex Reed, Criticwire finds it hard to resist. It seems Fiona Apple, who recently took issue with an audience member yelling out unsolicited diet tips in the middle of her set, took a detour during her between-song banter to lob some rather pointed words Reed's way. Apparently Reed once spelled the name of Apple's father, actor Brandon Maggart, incorrectly in a review, and furthermore "fucked with people and how they looked" (which certainly fits with Reed's recent M.O.). "I've wanted to do this a long time," she said to the crowd. "Daddy, this is for you: Rex Reed, you're a cunt."

'Gravity's Companion Short Is a Masterpiece As Well. Too Bad You Can't See It.

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 3, 2013 4:03 PM
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  • 0 Comments
A seven-minute short called 'Aningaaq' serves as a worthy companion to the much-lauded 'Gravity,' but apart from the lucky few who saw it at film festivals, most viewers will have to wait for the DVD.

The A.V. Club's Todd VanDerWerff on the State of TV Criticism

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 2, 2013 12:53 PM
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A.V. Club TV Editor Todd VanDerWerff talks about why he added long-form reviews to the site's well-read recaps, and how TV criticism is changing across the board.

Mark Kermode, 21st Century Film Criticism and the Fruitful Instability of Online Reputations

  • By Sam Adams
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  • October 2, 2013 9:21 AM
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Negative reviews get people's attention, but in veteran U.K. critic Mark Kermode's forthcoming book, he argues that critics expose themselves more when they go to bat for a film, and it's the size of the risk -- not the outlet they write for -- that separates critics worth reading from those who aren't.

Was 'Breaking Bad's Finale Too "Tidy"?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 30, 2013 2:53 PM
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Reaction to 'Breaking Bad's finale episode splits between those who found it satisfying and those who found it a little too much so.

That New York Times Column in 'Breaking Bad's "Granite State"? Andrew Ross Sorkin Went and Wrote It

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 23, 2013 3:52 PM
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That New York Times column referenced in 'Breaking Bad's "Granite State"? Andrew Ross Sorkin went and wrote it

'Breaking Bad's Infamous Phone Call Becomes a Referendum on the Show and Its Audience

  • By Sam Adams
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  • September 20, 2013 4:28 PM
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  • 2 Comments
In the week since "Ozymandias" aired, interpretations of Walter White's call have become a referendum on the show and its audience.

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