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This Week on Criticwire: Opening Locarno and Evaluating the Classics

Photo of Steve Greene By Steve Greene | Criticwire August 4, 2012 at 2:26PM

The Sight & Sound poll dominated the late-week headlines, but there were other reasons over the past few days to look back at the films of the past.
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Throughout the Locarno Film Festival, members of our Critics Academy will be reporting on the proceedings. Below is a collection of posts from Criticwire and the Film Society of Lincoln Center blog:

At Locarno, Opening Night Done Right: Michael Nordine explains what separates the Swiss festival's opening night festivities from the star-studded affairs of its higher-attended peers.

Locarno 2012 Diary: Policiers, Premingers, and Punk Love: Ari Gunnar Thorsteinsson collects his thoughts on three films from the opening of Locarno, including "The Sweeney," "Jack & Diane," and Otto Preminger's 1952 film "Angel Face."

Locarno 2012 Diary: Unexpected Haneke Sequel? Shortland's "Lore" Explores Purest Product of Fascism: Beatrice Behn's review of Cate Shortland's new film observes the intriguing parallel between the World War II subject matter and the setting of the Locarno outdoor screening.

As for the rest of the content of the week, here are the Criticwire highlights:

Weekend Reel Reads: Collaborations, Projectionists and the Film Olympics: This week's edition features a profile of Julie Delpy, an examination of director-cinematographer pairings and a hypothetical opportunity for films to face each other in the Olympics.

The Criticwire Survey: The Movie Title That Describes Your Life: Some of our respondents went for serious titles, while others took the opportunity to engage in some clever wordplay.

From the Wire: Batman Begins, Empathy Ends: Attempting to determine any possible reason for the Aurora theater shootings is a difficult task. Owen Gleiberman may have drawn an insightful connection between media and its effects, but his argument falls short when he connects it to fanboy culture.

The Original 'Total Recall' - Classic or Crap? As the remake enjoys its opening weekend in theaters, Matt reevaluates the Verhoeven precursor (and finds that the love for the original isn't as unanimous as he previously thought).

From the Wire: Big Directors, Bigger Franchises: Peter Jackson has proven to be a capable director of franchise material. But now that his latest venture will mean focusing on another installment of "The Hobbit," would he do well to take a creative step back?

VODetails: It's a busy week for films on Video on Demand. Our regular segment highlighting what's available for instantaneous consumption includes roundups of reviews for "The Good Doctor," "REC[3]: Genesis" and "Craigslist Joe."

Criticwire Picks: 'Celeste and Jesse Forever' Heads a Small Slate: With only four new films to choose from, the new film co-starring (and co-written by) Rashida Jones easily scored the highest average grade among Criticwire members.

The Top Thirty Reasons We Love Making Lists: Sadly, it's not actually a list of more than two dozen reasons for our enjoyment of lists, but it does attempt to pinpoint why these kinds of countdown-making ventures fare so well with the moviegoing public.

Chris Rock Doesn't Care What Critics Say; Prefers 'Grown Ups' to 'The Artist': His opinions may not be widely shared, but the actor's comments do shed some light on how he measures success.

Critics Name 'Vertigo' the Greatest Film of All Time in 2012 Sight & Sound Film Poll: Hitchcock fans, rejoice! (Or, if you prefer "The Birds," take solace in a minor victory.)

Notes on the 2012 Sight & Sound Greatest Film Poll: Yes, Orson Welles' widely regarded masterpiece has been unseated from atop the once-a-decade list. Matt takes a look at some other notable trends/changes from the countdown of ten years ago.

From the Wire: Was '12 Angry Men' Guilty of the Wrong Verdict? The iconic dozen-man deliberation might have possibly come to an improper conclusion.

This article is related to: This Week on Criticwire, Locarno International Film Festival


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