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This Week on Criticwire: Looking Back at the First Full Week

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by Steve Greene
March 10, 2012 4:15 PM
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Thank you to everyone who has taken the time in the past few days to share and comment the posts we feature on Criticwire. In case you're new to the site or just happened to miss any of our content from the blog's golden Week One, we've curated a handy list of links for your informed perusal:

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The Best Film (To Write About) of 2011: Inspired by an essay by Melissa Tamminga, Matt Singer takes a fresh look at "Certified Copy" and examines what makes it so appealing to discuss.

VODetails: Our series highlighting the newest available releases on streaming services featured four fresh entries: "The Hunter," "ATM," "Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card-Counting Christians," and "Echotone."

New Film Term Alert! "The Cubic Zirconia Era of Hollywood": Matt wholeheartedly endorses Cole Abaius' newly-minted descriptor of our current age of 2010s pop culture.

Ralph McQuarrie (1929-2012): We salute the late film artist, whose vital, yet under-recognized work on "Star Wars" and beyond helped design the visual foundations of cinematic nerddom.

Critics and Audiences Split on the Hits of 2012: After the rousing box office success of "The Lorax" and the disconnected legion of critical panning, Matt tries to reconcile the difference.

Sane Man Has Crazy Theory About Van Sant's 'Psycho': Timothy Sexton's opinion on the relative value of both versions of "Psycho" might well be heresy, but instead of condemning him, Matt takes a measured look at Sexton's argument.

From the Wire: Gilchrist on 'Tim and Eric': After discussing Roger Ebert's impassioned takedown of "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie," Matt gives equal time to a shrim-supporter, Box Office Magazine's Todd Gilchrist.

Documentary Gets Snubbed by the New York Times: At just 54 minutes long, the new documentary "Convento" doesn't qualify as a feature under the criteria of the New York Times. Is it fair for a film in the length middle-ground to get overlooked?

So That's How Rotten Tomatoes Works: As the debate continues among indie filmmakers about the worth of the critic aggregator, Matt looks at the process for inclusion on Rotten Tomatoes, while giving a firsthand account as a user.

Note to Critics: Always Look Over Your Shoulder: Bilge Ebiri's classic anecdote about an unexpected Sundance encounter reminded us to be wary when offering up instant feedback at festivals.

Criticwire Picks: "Attenberg": The new eccentric Greek film headlines a rebound weekend of new theatrical releases.

Should "A Thousand Words" Get the "Margaret" Treatment?: The long production tale of "Margaret" was an inescapable part of critical repsonse. Do all films that have a troubled path to theaters deserve the same consideration?

From the Wire: "Sound of Noise": The new Swedish sonic anarchy tale is getting steady positive feedback, but for a variety of reasons.

Retro/Active: Tyrkus on 'Magical Mystery Tour': Mike Tyrkus' piece on The Beatles' film version of "Magical Mystery Tour" illustrates just how difficult improv acting is.

The Top 10 Critics to Follow During SXSW (For Now): Finally, SXSW gears up for one of the biggest festival weekends of the year. Whether you're in Austin or not, be sure to see who Eric Kohn will be keeping tabs on.

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