This Week on Criticwire: How Much is Too Much?

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by Steve Greene
November 18, 2012 10:42 AM
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Weekend Reel Reads: Money, Festivals and (Yes) Star Wars: Complicated relationships between audiences, actors and industry dot the landscape this week in the collection of film-related stories.

The Criticwire Survey: Movie Mulligans: Ridley Scott's 2012 venture has been the most polarizing of the year, so it follows that "Prometheus" might be the film most critics would like to see re-tried with better results.

Republican Election Woes Based on "Pauline Kaelism": In the wake of last week's election results, some pundits are using a famous quote by the iconic critic to summarize the media sheltering among the conservative base.

From the Wire: A Jewish Lincoln? J. Hoberman's review of "Lincoln" posits the idea that Tony Kushner and Steven Spielberg's representation of the 16th president paints him as a pillar of freedom in the style of Moses or other lauded historical figures in Judaism.

VODetails: We give you vital information on three different on-demand films this week: "Vamps," "Bad Fever" and "The Color Wheel" might all be well worth your VODollars.

How Should Critics Review Child Actors? There's no way to know if a pre-teen main playing a main character is equipped to handle the usual pitfalls of subjecting themselves to critical reproach. Should those criticisms be tempered in that case?

From the Wire: Does the New York Times Review Too Many Movies? In a world where filmmaking is becoming more abundant, perhaps respected outlets like the Times should be reviewing as many films as they can.

Hang the Film Canon On Your Wall With This Awesome Poster: If anything, this poster is a fantastic conversation starter on which 2,000 or so films should be singled put for poster canonization.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Silver Linings Playbook': If the words "reason enough" appear in a review, that's not always the best sign for a film.

Films Now Soliciting Pull Quotes By Email: Junket culture has always led to this kind of blind endorsement, but the questionable ethics surrounding some aspects of the practice are rising dramatically.

Guy Fieri and the Fallacy of High Quality Effort: Sometimes it's difficult to separate the work put into a specific project from its outcome, but intention can only account for so much.

Criticwire Picks: "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Anna Karenina" Mark Great Week for Literary Adaptations, Plus: Top Fan Grades: Those two films were primed for well-reviewed releases, but there are also a handful of docs and some old favorites that have enjoyed similar success.

Barbed Wire: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2": Cue up the Lautner Abs Joke Machine!

From the Wire: The Undying Power of the "Universal Soldier" Series: There's an appeal to the action franchise that goes beyond ironic enjoyment, one that was begging to be analyzed further.

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