There's seemingly no place on the web immune to the cinematic juggernaught that is "The Avengers." Luckily for us, the new Marvel film continues to provide ideal Criticwire fodder, sparking some insightful discussions on how we interact with these kinds of films. And that's only a few of the stories from the past Criticwire week.
Weekend Reel Reads: It's an Avengers World, We Just Read About It: The web was dripping with "Avengers"-related pieces last week, so we thought we'd highlight a few you may have missed in the shuffle.
The Criticwire Survey: When Actors Attack!: This week's survey was less of a poll and more of an opportunity to comment on the Jackson/Scott Twitter dust-up from late last week. Should actors be allowed to criticize critics and, if they do, is there an appropriate recourse for those who have been called out?
VODetails: Our occasional overview of films approaching an on-demand release has a few entries this week: the Robert Pattinson period drama "Bel Ami," TIFF midnight-screening horror "Asylum Blackout,"
From the Wire: The Appeal of the Avengers' Assembly: Christopher Campbell's ScreenCrush piece argues that the guiding force of "The Avengers" comes not just from its superhero roots, but that it's a tale that features the joining of many forces.
The Pleasures of Movie Marathons: AMC's recent Marvel movie marathon provided a bevy of memorable "Avengers"-watching experiences across the country. Let there be more of them.
Internet Critics Name 'Citizen Kane' the Greatest Movie of All Time: Inspired by the once-a-decade Sight & Sound poll, Film School Rejects collated 41 ballots to determine the online equivalent.
New Film Trend Alert! Implosions are the New Explosions: Hollywood's biggest blockbusters are quickly turning to scenes of large-scale collapses rather than mushroom cloud destruction, a trend that could have roots in something deeper than trendy visuals.
Criticwire Picks: 'Sleepless Night' and a Paul Simon Doc: Amidst a particularly strong slate of weekend releases, two films managed to tie for the coveted top spot.
Film Critic Monkey Business On a Crazy Episode of TV's 'The Practice': The long-running ABC drama once had a storyline featuring a film critic who was fired for looking a tad too simian. Lest you forget, Matt provides a recap of the fateful episode and an attempt to parse out the underlying psychological messages.
Assignment: 'Police Academy' Week: In aniticipation of Steve Guttenberg's forthcoming memoir, The AV Club is in the middle of a "Police Academy" retrospective, one which Matt wholeheartedly approves.
Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Where Do We Go Now?': The greatest recurring feature on the Internet returns with a toned down, tepid excerpt from A.O. Scott's mild New York Times review.
Barbed Wire: 'Dark Shadows': Just look at all those critics vamping on the latest Tim Burton film. Those bloodsuckers...
College-Age Critics Wanted: Indiewire Could Send You to Cover the Locarno Film Festival: A half-dozen aspiring critics will have the opportunity to travel to Switzerland and post on this site. If you fit the age range, you have a little over a month to get your application in.
Charles Champlin on Criticism, in an Excerpt From 'Conversations at the American Film Institute With Great Moviemakers': The longtime Los Angeles Times reviewer offers some poignant (and entirely relevant) pearls of wisdom for critics and filmmakers of all experience levels.
Review the Movie, Not the Trailer: If trailers gave a perfect representation of the film they serve as advertisements for, then "Red Eye" and "Where the Wild Things Are" would be two of the greatest films ever made. Matt gives some perspective on the debate over the relevance of trailers to the critical conversation, looking at the new Ben Affleck film "Argo" as a recent cae study.