This Week on Criticwire: Previews, Prospective Critics and Protecting the Art Form

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by Steve Greene
June 16, 2012 12:05 PM
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'Lola Versus' Filmmakers Blame 'Older Male Critics' For Movie's Box Office Struggles: The filmmaking team behind the new Greta Gerwig indie vehicle has blamed the film's poor box office performance on a specific subset in the critical world. After some informal calculations, Matt may have discovered an alternate explanation.

Kevin Smith's 'Spoilers' on 'Prometheus' Lives Up To Its Title: The director's new Hulu show enters its second iteration armed and ready to discuss any number of facets of the new Ridley Scott film.

We Must Protect Criticism, Says Guy Who Anonymously Attacked His Critics Online: One of the latest impassioned defenders of the critic profession is a man who once confessed to plagiarism. Does that cheapen his argument (or should he have the right to make it at all)?

From the Wire: A Director Declares 3-D is the Future (And Promises to Avoid It): In an eloquently-penned Tumblr post, Rian Johnson has explained why his upcoming "Looper" will not be in 3-D, nor will any of his cinematic creations for the foreseeable future.

Last Call For Applicants to Indiewire's Locarno Film Festival Critics Academy: There's only a week left to apply for the chance to travel to Switzerland as a festival correspondent. If you're thinking about applying, you probably should. Just do it.

'John Carter' and the Perpetual Sneak Preview Culture: A new wave of positive response to the film indicates that the escalating trend of pre-judging films might be hamstringing film efforts before the public gets a chance to actually experience the product.

Criticwire Picks: 'Marina Abramović' Doc Leads Slate of Sundance Vets: The chronicle of the titular performance artist is the best reviewed film from this week's new releases.

New Film Term Alert! "The Snark Ages": Scott Jordan Harris' new term to describe the state of criticism not only applies to potential content for this blog, but the overarching state of Internet chatter.

Do Trailers Spoil More Than Just Plot Points?: What used to be a joyous pasttime of watching trailers before a movie has since devolved into an instantaneous judgment zone. Is there any hope of rekindling that past air of excitement?

The Worst Movie Theater Ever: Inspired by a recent "Prometheus"-related snafu, Matt and legions of similarly dissatisfied customers share their horror stories of The Pavilion. If they ever endorse texting during a movie...watch out.

Barbed Wire: 'That's My Boy': Salvaging the viewing public from a fate worse than "Jack and Jill," we've assembled the most entertaining critical reasons to skip the latest Sandler comedy.

The Funniest Internet Commenter of the Week for Friday, June 15th: Welcome to the place where heated opinions coalesce after to many opinions. Trust me, it makes sense.

VODetails: 'Extraterrestrial': The newest offering from "Timecrimes" director is a sci-fi rom-com. Sounds like a recipe for perfection, but is it really?

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