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This Week on Criticwire: Fall Bets and Festival Bits

This Week on Criticwire: Fall Bets and Festival Bits

Weekend Reel Reads: Woody’s Own Words and Resident Evil Reevauluations: A surprisingly candid interview with Woody Allen is just one of the handful of worthy film-related stories from around the web.

The Criticwire Survey: Time Capsule Movies: This week’s responses highlight the best and worst of filmmaking from this decade, from “The Avengers” to less successful summer blockbuster fare.

Stray Observations from the Criticwire Toronto Poll: What Surprised Us About This Year’s Winners: Our survey of the festival’s greatest films and performances featured some intrguining statistical and stylistic anomalies.

Why Be A Film Critic? Joan Rivers Explains: While watching an episode of “Louie,” Matt stumbled across a profession-affirming quote delivered by the iconic comedian.

In the Battle for Paul Anderson Supremacy, Armond White Sides with W.S.: The ever-controversial critic once again sides against the majority with his effusive praise for the latest “Resident Evil” installment, and the result is a bit laughable.

All of Indiewire’s Reviews from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival: A select few TIFF writers, including our chief critic Eric Kohn, amassed an impressive list of reviews reaching almost into the triple digits. 

The Great Criticwire Fall Movie Wager: Matt and Steve set the stage for a months-long challenge to pick the best reviewed movies of the fall, with an unimaginable fate befalling the loser.

Criticwire Picks: ‘How to Survive a Plague’ One of the High-Scoring Docs of the Year: The latest film from David France, which charts the origins and evolution of the ACT UP movement, has enjoyed near-universal acclaim.

From Young Viewers with Total Indifference: Matt responds to Matt Zoller Seitz’s recent piece outlining the importance of engagement with each individual film.

Werner Herzog Has Now Worked with The Killers. What Filmmaker-Musician Collaborations are Next? Inspired by the director’s recent foray into the online concert series Unstaged, Steve imagines a list of potential filmmaker/artist combos that seem ripe for a team-up.

In Praise of Fantastic Fest: The Austin-based film festival is a love of movies, distilled down to its essence (and a heck of a place to spend a few days in September).

Whatever Happened to the Buddy Cop Movie? Even though two of them open this week, it’s hard to imagine that the once-ripe genre might be in a bit of a decline.

The Best Online Writing About Clint Eastwood: Whether it’s a discussion of his physical appearance, his filmography or his public persona, these ten pieces give a helpful overview of Eastwood’s generations-long contribution to the industry.

Fantastic Fest Review: ‘Black Out’: This Dutch, in-over-his-head crime tale covers a lot of familiar ground, but is done so by someone with an apparent visual flare and a love of film.

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