By Steve Greene | Criticwire March 25, 2012 at 10:36AM
This week, we processed "The Hunger Games," busted down the doors of "The Raid: Redemption," and learned some valuable lessons about piracy and boredom. Read on:
The Critics Break Down SXSW 2012: After nearly a week and a half of cinematic overload, Matt talked to South by Southwest 2012 veterans about the best venues, the worst films and which of their fellow critics they enjoyed reading most during their stay in Austin.
The Most Cantankerous Film Critic in America is...: It's a title that some would eagerly give to a certain NY-based critic whose last name rhymes with "Bright," but the Atlantic Wire has bestowed the title on a different Big Apple film writer.
'Blue Velvet,' 47 Seconds at a Time: Nicholas Rombes' new microscopic analysis of the David Lynch classic is fine example of comprehensive film criticism, in spite (or perhaps because) of its year-long duration.
The Early 'Hunger Games' Reviews are In: Early in the week, the results were in...and everyone had nice things to say about 2012's first mega-hit.
From the Wire: The Lessons of 'John Carter': The reason that "The Hunger Games" seems poised for global domination is that it comes in the wake of the shortcomings of "John Carter." Matt looks at Scott Mendelson's post-mortem and adds a few thoughts of his own.
Pirate Version of 'The Iron Lady' Fools Russian Film Critic: While a Russian film critic falls prey to one of the nightmare scenarios of the Internet age, there is a rich tradition of manipulative overdubbing that may or may not improve past outputs.
VODetails: 'The Moth Diaries': It's everything you need to decide whether the latest from "American Psycho" director Mary Harron is a worth a few scares.
Criticwire Picks: "The Raid: Redemption" Finally Breaks Free For Wider Audience: As "The Raid: Redemption" spreads into the theaters of America, we look at why the film was so popular on the festival circuit and what other releases might interest you (if you're naturally averse to Indonesian SWAT team films).
Who Will Win the Film Critic Hunger Games?: Twitter suggests who would win in a film critic fight to the death. The results surprised no one, but they were very funny.
Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Detachment': This week's installment of the Criticwire feature sweeping the web looks at a curious excerpt from a review of the new Tony Kaye film.
Are Female Critics More Likely to Enjoy 'The Hunger Games' Than Their Male Counterparts? Matt figures out the answer using the power of math.
'The Raid' is Like a Video Game, Apparently: It's a natural comparison to make, but Matt argues that there's one element of "The Raid: Redemption" that video games rarely have.
Three Cheers (and Maybe a Yawn) For Boring Movies: Landon Palmer argues that boredom might actually be an effective, intentional and artistically admirable inclusion in great works of cinema.