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This Week on Criticwire: Looking Back at a Challenging Week

This Week on Criticwire: Looking Back at a Challenging Week

It’s been a difficult week in many ways. Even though it might seem trivial now, here is a look back at how the world of criticism dealt with the past few days. 

The Criticwire Survey: Critical Mea Culpas: This week, our respondents shared the films that they’ve critically re-evaluated. The list of notables includes “Oceans 12.” Intrigued?

Early ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Reviews Bat-Signal Another Critical Hit for Christopher Nolan: The first wave of feedback proved to be significantly positive for the series’ third installment.

New Podcast Will Feature In-Depth Conversations With Film Critics: Peter Labuza’s new venture, The Cinephiliacs, released its first episode with a new angle on the critic/podcast dynamic.

‘Dark Knight Rises’ Critic Receives Death Threats: Much of the response to the negative reviews of “The Dark Knight Rises” was swift (and angry and disproportionate).

Marshall Fine on His Reaction to His ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Review: “It’s Part of the Job.” Matt chatted with the critic at the center of the maelstrom of vindictive commenters, a man who is suprisingly at ease given the situation.

Millenials Don’t Care About Old Movies, Article Claims. Prove It Wrong, Says I. The wonderful young Criticwire commenters came out in droves to refute a recent LA Times piece which asserted that younger cinephiles don’t care about the classics.

Critic (and Commenters) Banned from Rotten Tomatoes Over ‘The Dark Knight Rises’: After a prank intended to expose hive-minded commenting practices seemingly backfired, Rotten Tomatoes preempted the overwhelming feedback.

Criticwire Picks: Forget ‘The Dark Knight.’ Another Billionaire Movie Tops This Week’s List: A new documentary chronicling the family behind the attempt to build the largest home in America finished with the highest average score among Criticwire members.

I Assure You, We’re Open (to Criticism): On Kevin Smith, Critics, and Hockey Announcers: With a unique personal relationship to the Kevin Smith/critics divide, Matt penned a heartfelt defense of the profession.

Christopher Kelly Laid Off by Fort Worth Star-Telegram: In a move that’s not surprising, but still sad to report, another newspaper critic position has been deemed obsolete. 

VODetails: Sundance Alumni: We outlined ten various releases from the Sundance Film Festival that are making their way to Video on Demand. 

Christopher Nolan Either Did or Did Not Defend Batman Fans’ Abuse of Critics: We’d like to think that no one (especially someone with Nolan’s industry power) would condone death threats, but there was still some ambiguity towards the proceedings of the couple of days before.

The Funniest Internet Commenter of the Week for Friday, July 20th: “I respect critcs because I wanna be one.”

Tragedy at a Movie Theater in Colorado: It’s a story that will undoubtedly stay in the public consciousness in the coming weeks and months. For now, let’s appreciate what we have and the things that make life important.

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