By day, I run this blog. By night, I moonlight as a freelancing film critic for a bunch of different websites, publications, and a podcast (I also occasionally moonlight as a vigilante prowling the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen, but that’s a conversation for another time).
I produce a lot of content, none of it particularly easy to find, and certainly not in one centralized location. You can Google my name, but then you’ve got to contend with all the other different Matt Singers in the world (the one who is a New York fashion designer seems especially talented). You can follow me on Twitter, of course, but even that’s not an exact science — if you’re not checking it all day every day because, unlike me, you have a life away from your computer, you might miss the tweet with my “Argo” review or my thinkpiece on Neveldine/Taylor and their skillful job directing “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.” You can check my Rotten Tomatoes page, but that’s an incomplete picture as well; just the reviews I upload from the sites they approve. There’s not one single place where you can find it all.
Or rather there wasn’t before the newly relaunched Criticwire Network, where you’ll find grades and reviews from all your favorite critics in one convenient place. Here, Indiewire’s Eric Kohn explains how the whole thing works:
“The initial version of Criticwire, launched two years ago, primarily aggregated grades for festival films as submitted by critics. Our new version, produced over the course of a year by a team of tech-savvy film buffs along with myself and our colleagues at SnagFilms, does much more. It has been designed a resource for working critics and for smart film lovers of all stripes. On Monday, we will begin to invite some of the more than 400 critics in our network with an email allowing them to log into our site and grade films as well as add links to their reviews. Each critic has a profile that contains biographical information as well as sortable grades and reviews. Soon, we’ll add a “subscribe” button to each profile so users can choose to receive updates from the critics they love most.”
In other words, critics can log in and constantly update their own database of film reviews and grades, and readers can log in and subscribe to the critics they love so they never miss a single piece, even if they’re scattered across many different outlets. Plus they can weigh in themselves with their own grades for each new movie they see in our database, which will be expanding and evolving as the site matures. Each critics’ page will include their bios, latest tweets, and information on where to find them on social media.
Some of the features won’t really kick into high gear until next week when critics start adding stuff on their own, but the new site, which is beautiful and easy to navigate, is online now — so check it out. I’ll see you
in an alley, stopping muggers with my billy club and radar sense over there.
Read more of Eric Kohn’s “Introducing Criticwire 2.0: The Network For Film Critics and the Readers Who Love Them” and check out the full Criticwire 2.0.