This Week on Criticwire: Cannes Beginnings and Midnight Movies

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by Steve Greene
May 19, 2012 11:32 AM
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Weekend Reel Reads: Exploring the Design of Ads and Scores: Our Sunday look at movie-related stories from the past week includes pieces about posters, film music and the legendary Saul Bass.

The Criticwire Survey: The Ultimate Midnight Movie: This week's bevy of responses include recognition of early Lynch, time-warps and gas-powered woodcutters.

Shia LaBeouf's Short Film About Crtitics to Play at Cannes' Critics' Week: The young actor has assembled an impressive cast for a short about an online movie blogger.

From the Wire: Celebrating 30 Years of 'Conan': Oliver Lyttleton's latest "Five Things You Might Not Know About..." article at The Playlist focuses on "Conan the Barbarian," prompting much Schwarzenegger-related revelry.

VODetails: We'll help you determine whether or not the wrestling documentary "Fake It So Real" and the deliberately paced horror flick "Entrance" are worth your hard-earned film bucks.

From the Wire: The Legacy of Stan Lee: Prompted by Alex Pappademas' recent Grantland profile of the comic book godfather, Matt ponders Lee's place in the comics world in relation to some of his other DC and Marvel counterparts.

Film Critic Favorite 'Margaret' Gets Extended Cut on DVD: Although some may focus on the superiority of the theatrical release or the new director's cut, the fact that this film will become widely available is partly a testament to the power of film critics in numbers.

The Top 10 Critics to Follow on Twitter During Cannes: For those unable to make the French venture themselves, these critics will be giving a regular taste of the festival experience.

Cannes Review Capsules: Our regular roundups of the bigger Cannes films include reactions to Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and Laurent Bouzereau's new documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir."

Criticwire Picks: Russian Drama 'Elena' Celebrates Cannes-iversary: As the 2012 version of the festival plays out, one of the most prominent alums from last year's Cannes opens in theaters.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Hysteria': Given the film's stimulating subject matter, it's really a wonder there's not enough fodder for two or three of these.

The Ten Types of Midnight Movies: Inspired by this week's Criticwire Survey, Matt gives a comprehensive look at the many variations of the midnight movie (that includes the word "coprophilia"). 

Barbed Wire: 'What to Expect When You're Expecting': The web was just...pregnant...with...bad reviews about...the new pregnancy....movie. *sigh*

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