This Week on Criticwire: Tributes, Tips and Considerations of the Future

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by Steve Greene
August 25, 2012 2:53 PM
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The Criticwire Survey: The Greatest Film by a Not-So-Great Director: Our respondents picked not one, but two (!) separate Ed Wood films. 

Critics and Filmmakers Remember Tony Scott: Whether a short Twitter remembrance or a long, heartfelt obituary, industry members flooded the Internet with tributes to the late filmmaker.

From the Wire: A Critic's Tips for Writing a Bad Review: One major key is to emphasize the work's strengths if the overall product is more worthy of praise than boos.

Five Classic Poochie Sequels: Despite the growing number of sequels that simultaneously try to reboot and relive, this is a phenomenon that's existed for over a quarter of a century.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: 'Hide Away': Perhaps the new Josh Lucas movie has a vital subplot that revolves around the necessity for spell-check.

VODetails: Our series of looks at new on-demand releases features two new installments: the child abduction thriller "The Tall Man" and the supernatural 16th century pillagefest "Solomon Kane."

Criticwire Picks: The Visuals of 'Samsara' Propel It Ahead of Strong Field: Ron Fricke's new hyper-visual documentary is just one of four new releases with a B+ average.

Poll: Your Favorite Tony Scott Film: Surprisingly, the films that received the most responses in Matt's informal poll were some of Scott's least profitable ones at the box office.

Long Live the (Old) New Flesh: Why We Don't Need a Videodrome Remake: If there's any movie that doesn't need an update, it's the Cronenberg film that grows more relevant with each passing year.

Our Favorite Crazy (Directors') Votes in the Sight & Sound Greatest Film Poll: The fact that the man who brought us "Take Shelter" considers "Fletch" one of the ten most essential films of all time is a glorious revelation.

From the Wire: Awkward Moviegoing Experiences: Can you beat Matt's scarring cinematic journey of seeing "Knocked Up" with his parents?

Don't Believe: Beware 'The Apparition,' the Most Misleading Trailer of the Year: Confusing advertising choices are nothing new, but there are definitely subconscious consequences when a film fails to address what its trailer might promise.

From the Wire: Critics as Situational Hitters: Even though reviews that exist at the extremes of enthusiasm might yield the most clicks, the critics who are able to adjust their emotions accordingly for each individual film often carry the most worth.

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