“Recognition” seems to have been the key word over the past few days on the Criticwire blog. Whether it’s shining a light on underseen talent, joining in the congratulations of a fellow critic or looking back to see what films have fared well with our grading members, it has taken many readable forms.
Weekend Reel Reads: Spielberg’s TV, Trailers’ Music and Advertisers’ Dilemmas: Our weekly look at some of the lengthier stories of the week includes clips from Reverse Shot, Vulture and the LA Times.
The Criticwire Survey: Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition: We asked members of our Criticwire network to name writers/sites that were worthy of wider attention.
Outliers: ‘Battleship’: Early returns for Peter Berg’s Hasbro-fest have been nothing but scathing. Matt takes a look at Tim Hayes’ review, the only one that seems not to dismiss the film completely offhand. The result: a tiny glimmer of hope.
Film Critic Wesley Morris Wins the Pulitzer Prize: The Boston Globe writer (and Criticwire member!) became the fifth film critic to win the coveted award. Given his versatility in discussing both blockbusters and small arthouse releases, the recognition is well-deserved.
VODetails: ‘Sleepless Night’: Critical response to the new Frédéric Jardin film has been immensely positive. Now that it’s available on demand, we tell you what you need to know before you buy.
Does Rotten Tomatoes Need a Spoiler Warning System?: The review site doesn’t currently have a system to warn its readers of potential major plot details. But, ultimately, it’s probably just as much the responsibility of the reader to avoid them.
Retro/Active: ‘Diving Back Into Titanic’: Bilge Ebiri’s post on the depiction of the allure of the ocean in “Titanic” reminds us all that James Cameron’s film means many different things to a bevy of audience members.
Wanted: a Hall of Fame For Movies: The closest thing to an official Hall of Fame for world cinema is a rarely updated Geocities page with an accompanying P.O. box. Surely, we can come up with something better, right?
Criticwire Picks: A Pair of Korean Films Take the Top Spots: “My Way (Mai Wei)” and “The Day He Arrives” are the two best-reviewed new films of the week, according to our Criticwire members.
No One Hates ‘Star Wars’ Quite Like A ‘Star Wars’ Fan: My favorite excerpt from “50 Reasons Why I’ve Fallen Out of Love with ‘Star Wars'” is “12) Thousands of years of evolution on Naboo has created a fish that finds nutrition in eating metal underwater travel vessels.”
Tribeca Review Capsule: ‘The Five-Year Engagement’: People seem a tad split over the opening night festival film. Some praise it for its realistic storyline, while others dock it for being too busy or overlong.
The Top 10 Critics to Follow on Twitter During Tribeca: Whether you’re following the festival from Manhattan or your couch, these ten writers will certainly help enhance the experience.
Weird Pull Quote Theater: ‘My Way’: This regular Criticwire feature (which will someday win a Pulitzer, mark my words) returns with an exercise in contradiction.
In Honor of 420, Here’s a Review of ‘Avatar’ Some Dude Wrote While He Was Stoned: Read it. You know you want to. Just…go ahead. Read it. Reeeeaaaddd it. Readit.
J. Hoberman on Criticism in Crisis: Although his recent comments in a CinemaScope interview might seem gloomy and fatalistic at first glance, the legendary critic’s opinions do point to an idea that gives a little uplift.