Critical Roundup Vol. 1

I think a critic’s job is to do more than highlight films they consider important but also ideas. There have been a string of poorly written articles recently that have gained a considerable amount of popularity due to their negative nature. Critical Roundup can be seen as a response to this.

Every two weeks I’ll highlight and recommend contemporary articles that I’ve read involving film or film culture. My goal is to spread ideas which I’ve read that are presented well and are engaging. Feel free to recommend anything yourself. The more, the better.

For IndieWire, David Ehrlich interviewed Charlie Kaufman and draws out really insightful albeit sad answers from Kaufman into his own career.

For The Chronicle of Higher Education, Amanda Ann Klein and Kristen Warner point out how online criticism is harming the same work done in the field of academia. I think this piece is especially important for critics, because it discusses a lot of the errors that we can perform as writers.

For Roger Ebert’s website, Matt Zoller Seitz interviews Gena Rowlands. There’s some good discussion that reveals Cassavete’s and Rowand’s working style, but I think my favorite part is how Rowlands feels about contemporary cinema.

Senses of Cinema have released their 79th issue. This particular edition covers Twin Peaks, Jacques Rivette, Jerry Lewis and more. One particular article I enjoyed is Michael Goddard’s analysis of sonic technologies in Twin Peaks.

For the Daily Beast, Jen Yamato reviewed Paul Feig’s all-female led Ghostbusters reboot. Ghostbusters has been unjustly receiving backlash for its focus on an all-female cast and Yamato delves into why it matters and how the film handles it.

For Screencrush, Matt Singer analyzes Star Trek: The Motion Picture’s use of color, pacing, and characterization in order to argue for the film as being counter-culture to the typical science-fiction blockbuster.

For the Criterion Cast, Ryan Gallagher points out Barnes & Noble’s bi-annual sale of Criterion films. There are great deals going on and when you buy through Criterion Cast, you help to support their site.

For The Atlantic, Megan Garber discusses and analyzes what she sees as a fascination with narratives involving captive women.

For Film School Rejects, Tomris Laffy takes a retrospective look at The Devil Wears Prada, and the filmic depiction of women in the professional workplace.

For the Film Stage, Jordan Raup provides an excellent analysis of Brian De Palma’s Blow Out.

David Bordwell hosted a piece of Rory Kelly’s essay on character-arcs. I think Kelly’s argument is really well constructed and his prose makes his ideas very accessible.

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