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This Week on Criticwire: Picks, ‘Pie’ and Piracy

This Week on Criticwire: Picks, 'Pie' and Piracy

Many of this week’s discussions centered on a critic’s rights. Those disputed entitlements ranged from coffee to illegally-downloaded content to the ability to see everything ever produced. Throw in a little “American Pie,” a dash of Clive Owen and a sprinkling of biopics and you have the past week on Criticwire.

The Criticwire Survey: Your Most Embarrassing Cinematic Blind Spot: In light of Eric D. Snider’s Shame List, we asked a couple dozen critics to share the films they’re most embarrassed to have never seen. 

And the Razzie — Make That ALL the Razzies — Go to ‘Jack and Jill’: The Razzie Awards bestowed seemingly all of their uncoveted awards on “Jack and Jill” last year, strengthening its public mockery. But if an awards show is going to celebrate the worst in film, maybe it should spread the ignominy around instead of going for easy headlines.

Weird Pull Quote Theater: ’21 Jump Street’: Our constant pursuit of the most bizarre critical snippets leads us to an ad in the Village Voice that graciously affords us the opportunity to laugh at Channing Tatum.

Clive Owen, Movie Dad: Owen’s frequent fatherly roles can’t be a coincidence. But what is it about playing a dad that leads him to keep revisiting that area?

Is it Okay For Critics to Pirate Movies?: In the just-over-a-month-long existence of Criticwire, this is the story that has generated the most discussion. Piracy is a difficult issue to speak about with any definitiveness, but Matt tries to articulate some of the strongest arguments on both sides of the debate.

Criticwire Picks: Stillman’s ‘Damsels in Distress’ Mostly Worth the Wait: Out of all the new releases this upcoming weekend, Whit Stillman’s return to theaters earned the highest average grades from members of our Criticwire network.

The Permanence of Film, The Impermanence of Life: ‘Your Brother. Remember?‘: Matt explores how the new film (being shown in Brooklyn starting Friday) provides an insightful look at how our relationship with movies changes as we age.

The Top 5 Criticwire Recommendations from ND/NF 2012: The annual New Directors/New Films festival provided additional Criticwire feedback on films that had played previously at other festivals. We took a look at some of the highlights. 

From the Wire: Remembering “American Pie“: For those who haven’t revisited the original since its release over a decade ago, Katey Rich’s list of what you may have forgotten has some surprising tidbits.

Biopics, Where Looks Can Kill (A Movie): Ashton Kutcher’s recent casting as Steve Jobs and Greg Ferrara’s reaction piece at Movie Morlocks highlight just how difficult it is for a biopic to portray a public figure.

No Coffee in the Theater, Even For Critics: A San Diego AMC’s recent policy preventing outside food or drink, even for critics(!), is being posited as menacing, cruel and bad for business. But have you seen the mess that some critics make?

At a ‘Film Criticism Today’ Panel, Thoughts on the Film Critic of Tomorrow: The New School’s recent panel conversation, featuring a handful of notable film critics, led to some intriguing perspectives on the current state of their profession. Among the issues addressed: whether or not a critic should be forced to see everything (or if that’s such a horrible thing, after all).

Another Perspective on Piracy and Film Critics: When discussing piracy, it’s sometimes easy to overlook that, in some nations, stealing movies that have been withheld from the viewing public can be seen as an act of defiance.

The Critical Debate Over Film Versus Television Rages On: Regardless of which side of the film/TV spectrum is predominant, the dynamic between the two isn’t mutually exclusive. If one does become better (or more ubiquitous) than the other, that may end up being a good thing.

VODetails: ‘Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope’: With the help of some trusted critics, we help determine whether or not Morgan Spurlock’s new documentary is worth a Video on Demand purchase.

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