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The Most Powerful Piece of Film Criticism Ever Written

Noah Berlatsky reflects on James Baldwin’s The Devil Finds Work, a book-length essay on race and America and cinema which movingly demonstrates that analysis of art can be art itself. Who’s the greatest American movie critic? A lot of folks probably would say Pauline Kael or David Bordwell or Manny Farber; some might argue for more academic Read MoreRead More

The Clash of the Film and Theater Mediums: Why “Les Miserables” Falls Flat

I went to a Christmas Day screening of Les Miserables. After writing about the lead up and seeing all the behind-the-scenes featurettes, I was excited to see how the amazing production design and the bold experiment of recording live singing would come together. I left the theater that night not totally satisfied but not totally let down either. After a few days of reflection and a little bit of emotional distance, I think I can derive a bit more rationale analysis on the film’s production approach and how it may have contributed to the uneven effect of the film.

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Epic Review of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull

The sick twisted mind of Harry Plinkett and Red Letter Media (responsible for the most epic Star Wars Prequel reviews EVER) and back with moar commentary, this time aimed at the awkward fourth installment in the Indiana Jones tetrology, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull.Read More

Video Review: Star Trek (2009)

“Gospel John” Hess reviews Star Trek, an origins film of the popular science fiction franchise. See Star Trek (2009) on IMDB.com Director: J.J. Abrams Writers: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Ben Cross, Winona Ryder Studio: Read MoreRead More

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