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Escalation in the American Action Film

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 11, 2012 2:46 PM
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  • 14 Comments
American action films have gotten too big for their athletic-fit britches.

This Week on Criticwire: Books, Blindspots and the Continued Criticism of Everything

  • By Steve Greene
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  • March 31, 2012 12:22 PM
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  • 0 Comments
Here's a refresher on everything from this week on Criticwire.

Criticizing the Critic of Everything

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 26, 2012 8:03 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Should an action film be judged purely on its merits as an action film? Or should it aspire to something greater than that?

'The Raid' is Like a Video Game, Apparently

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 23, 2012 12:02 PM
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  • 1 Comment
If you type the phrases "The Raid: Redemption," "review," and "video game" into Google -- which is apparently something I just do for fun -- you get back 265,000 results.  Now that's obviously an unrealistic number; even in the age of social media and everyone's-a-critic, there aren't even 1,000 reviews of "The Raid: Redemption" much less 265,000.  So while the number isn't in the six figures, it's definitely more than a couple.  People who like the movie say it as a compliment, people who dislike the movie use it as a knock, but pretty much everyone agrees: "The Raid: Redemption" is like a video game.  Here's a (very small) sample:

Outliers: 'The Raid: Redemption'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • March 21, 2012 7:21 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Meet the one guy who didn't like the most acclaimed action movie of the year -- and the angry Internet commenters out to get him.