This Week on Criticwire: Ongoing Festival Momentum and the Right to Fight S.H.I.E.L.D.

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by Steve Greene
April 28, 2012 10:36 AM
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Debates don't get solved in a day. One side of a particular argument doesn't suddenly become "right" at the expense of the other. That's the essence of many topics discussed on the blog this week, as we survey in This Week on Criticwire.

Weekend Reel Reads: Selections from the Critics You Should Know: Our look at some of the week's most interesting film writing delves into the work from the critics mentioned in our Critics Deserving of Wider Recognition survey.

The Criticwire Survey: Your Dream DVD Commentary: A pleasant blend of highbrow picks and nostalgic favorites, this week's survey offers a list of the films that critics would love to record a commentary track for.

More Arguments in the Case of Film Versus Television: As the battle for storytelling supremacy rages on among the media-minded, Matt offers further explanation of his position, arguing that the "choice" isn't as simple as some might make it out to be. 

VODetails: We regularly bring you overviews of the reviews of upcoming on-demand offerings. This week, we take a look at recent theatrical and festival films "Marley," "Penumbra" and "The Giant Mechanical Man."

New Film Term Alert! "HDTV Porn": Inspired by a recent high-definition viewing of the incomprehensible "The Last Airbender," Matt coins a new term to describe films that look fantastic in HD, but offer little to no value on a smaller scale and in the storytelling department.

Roger Ebert on Ebertfest 2012: As the Illinois-based, icon-programmed festival was approaching its opening night, Matt spoke with the man behind the selections about the festival genesis, the selection process and the key places to go in the city after catching a screening. 

Requiem for a Hit List: For as long as it was a staple on the IMDb homepage, the Hit List was a major resource for lovers (and writers) of quality film criticism. Now that it's gone, is there a viable and relevant alternative?

Criticwire Picks: "Sound of My Voice" is Ready to Initiate: The new film from Zal Batmanglij has the highest average rating of available new releases, but there are a number of quality films with a "B" or higher. 

Weird Pull Quote Theater: "Darling Companion": America's favorite recurring blog feature returns with a bewildering syntactical oddity involving Diane Keaton and...radiancy.

Fans Who Attack Critics of 'The Avengers' Completely Miss the Point of 'The Avengers': Amy Nicholson's review of "The Avengers" for Box Office Magazine prompted an angry nerdwave that ventured far into unacceptable territory. That reaction has no place in legitimate discourse, no matter what subject was originally panned.

Theater Owners Consider Lifting Phone Ban: If certain theaters are going to begin to allow anyone to text during a screening, then teens better start learning some self-control or angry patrons should start spending their money where they're wanted.

Quoth the Critics, Nevermore: Anyone who knows the average critic's sense of humor and propensity for punning could have anticipated the rash of reviews for "The Raven" that used the famous line from Edgar Allen Poe's poem of the same name. But not all references are as clever as others.

Criticwire Critics Rank Tribeca; 'Yossi,' 'Planet of Snail' Among Standouts: With a meaty Tribeca lineup, it can be hard to digest all the critical reaction coming from the festival. We highlighted some of the standouts, the disappointments and the hits of tomorrow.

Can Opinions Be Wrong?: On the continued subject of handling negative criticism, it's possible that angry comics enthusiasts are simply mad at themselves for getting lost in the unending hype.

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