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This Week on Criticwire: The First Salvo of Awards Season and Continuing NYFF Wrap-Up

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire October 21, 2012 at 1:58PM

Among the key topics covered this week are coming-of-age films, the helpful inaccuracies of "Argo," and the absolute best place to sit in a movie theater.
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The Criticwire Survey: The Best Seat in the Theater: This week's answer from the existential to the incredibly specific. Which one most closely matches your preferences?

Early 'Skyfall' Reviews Suggest Sam Mendes' Bond is Not a Skyfail: Craig + Mendes + Bardem + Deakins + tried-and-true Bond formula = initial success.

Garden States: New Jersey, According to David Chase: Caitlin Hughes looks at how the New Jersey of pop culture, whether in song, TV or film, is a place pulling its population back in, even those who long to leave.

Cristian Mungiu, Beyond the Films: With "Beyond the Hills," the Romanian filmmaker has delivered a markedly different film from his Palme d'Or winner, but is still the work of a filmmaker who understands drama.

Through the Looking Glasses: Max Nelson examines a few of the films from NYFF's avant-garde section, detailing how the divide between filmmaker, camera and audience is shattered.

Coming of Age at New York Film Festival: Corey O'Connell takes a look at two examples of tales that look into the past, both mindful of the political climate that aided their central characters' youthful evolution.

New York Film Critics Circle Picks New Members, Date for Annual Awards: The dual bit of news signals both a return to normalcy in the critics groups awards calendar and an indication that the selective group is willing to embrace younger members among its ranks.

Harris Savides Remembered, In Ten Incredible Images from 'Zodiac': As a tribute to the late cinematographer, Matt assembled a group of stills from one of his most recognizable projects.

Looking for Reasons to Believe in 'Life of Pi': Rather than let the amorphous religious nature of Ang Lee's latest film get in the way of appreciating its technical brilliance, perhaps it's best to let that component enhance the experience.

Like the Last Time I Saw Someone in Love in Macao: Forrest Cardamenis considers "The Last Time I Saw Macao" and "Like Someone in Love," particularly how the two films dispense information about their central characters.

Covert Affairs: Why 'Haywire' is the Most Sneakily Political Movie of the Year: In light of phrases coined at recent presidential debates, those same attitudes are vital part of the "Haywire" narrative and production.

Read the Gotham Award Nominating Committee's Reviews of Their Favorite Movies: To better understand this early awards season outliers, sometimes it's best to look straight at the reviews that marked their initial impressions.

The Movie Talk Show of Our Time: While most other entertainment-centered talk shows focus on maintaining a public artifice, Caitlin Hughes explains that the French program "Cinéma de notre temps" succeeds by capturing filmmakers at their happiest.

Olivier Assayas Returns to His Summer of Marx: Peter Labuza discusses the director's latest film, "Something in the Air," while drawing thematic connections of rebellion to his previous work, "Carlos."

'Argo' Is Totally Inaccurate - Which Is Exactly Why It's Great: As Matt concludes, "So of course, it wasn't like in the movie. That's what makes it a movie. And that's what makes it great."

Joaquin Phoenix Calling "Bullshit" on Awards Season Might Hurt His Oscar Chances -- But It Shouldn't: If AMPAS and the Hollywood Foreign Press aren't just giving out awards for playing nice in public, then the star of "The Master" should be fine.

A Critics Academy Conversation: New York Film Festival Wrap-Up: What better way to relive the glory of NYFF 2012 than through a light-hearted conversation between two Critics Academy members?


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