“How can you do a movie justice in 60 seconds? You can’t, of course — or in 800 words of print or in a blog post — but you can start a conversation, advance or rebut an argument, and give people who share your interest something to talk about.
“And that kind of provocation, that spur to further discourse, is all criticism has ever been. It is not a profession and does not stand or fall with any particular business model. Criticism is a habit of mind, a discipline of writing, a way of life — a commitment to the independent, open-ended exploration of works of art in relation to one another and the world around them. As such, it is always apt to be misunderstood, undervalued and at odds with itself. Artists will complain, fans will tune out, but the arguments will never end.”
A.O. Scott (New York Times, “A Critic’s Place, Thumb and All,” 31 Mar 2010.)
alphabetical according to title:
2081 (2009), dir. Charles Tuttle (short film)
50/50 (2011), dir. Jonathan Levine
Alambrista! (1977) dir. Robert M. Young
Almost Human (2013) creator J.H. Wyman (television)
Appleseed (2004) dir. Shinji Aramaki (anime)
Arahan (Arahan jangpung daejakjeon, 2004), dir. Ryu Seung-wan (foreign)
Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset (2004), Before Midnight (2013), dir. Richard Linklater
Blade Runner (1982), dir. Ridley Scott.
Brave (2012), dir. Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman.
Broadchurch Season 1 (2013) creator Chris Chibnall (ITV, television, foreign)
Catfish (2010), dir Ariel Shulman and Henry Joost (doc)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010), dir. Werner Herzog (doc, foreign)
Crazy Heart (2009), dir. Scott Cooper
Dog (2001), dir. Suzie Templeton (stop animation, short)
Downton Abbey (2010), created by Julian Fellowes (tv series, foreign)
Dragon Hunters (2008), dir. Guillaume Ivernel & Arthur Qwak (foreign, J)
Eden of the East (2009), dir. Kenji Kamiyama (television, anime)
Eden of the East: The King of Eden (2009), dir. Kenji Kamiyama (anime)
Enemy (2013/14), dir. Denis Villeneuve (foreign), w/ Jake Gyllenhaal.
For Colored Girls (2010), dir. Tyler Perry. [guest post by Leah]
Ginger & Rosa (2012), wr/dir. Sally Potter; w/ Elle Fanning (indie PG13)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), dir. James Gunn; w/ Chris Pratt & Zoe Saldana (PG13)
Haywire (2011), dir. Steven Soderbergh.
Heima: A Film by Sigur Rós (2007), dir. Dean DeBlois. [co-post w/ Sean] (J+)
Her (2013), dir. Spike Jonze, w/ Joaquin Phoenix.
Hereafter (2010), dir. Clint Eastwood
Hesher (2011), dir. Spencer Susser
How I Live Now (2013), dir. Kevin Macdonald
Inception (2010), dir. Christopher Nolan.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011), dir David Gelb (documentary, foreign/not)
L’Illustionniste, [The Illustionist] (2010), dir. Sylvain Chomet. (foreign, animated) (J+)
Les émotifs anonymes [Romantics Anonymous] (2010), Jean-Pierre Améris. (foreign)
Lockout (2012), dir. James Mather & Stephen St. Leger
Looper (2012), dir. Rian Johnson
Luther (2010), created by Neil Cross (tv series, foreign)
Mirror, Mirror (2012), dir. Tarsem Singh (j+)
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; series 1 (2011), created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger (television, foreign)
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), dir. Brad Bird
A Monster House (2006), dir. Gil Kenan. (J)
Muppets Most Wanted (2014), dir. James Bobin (PG) (J)
Noah (2014), wr/dir. Darren Aronofsky (PG13)
Oblivion (2013), dir. Joseph Kosinski
Old Boy (2003), dir. Park Chan-wook (foreign)
Ondine (2009), dir. Neil Jordan
Pan’s Labyrinth/El Labertino del fauno (2006), dir. Guillermo del Toro. (foreign)
Pacific Rim (2013), dir. Guillermo del Toro.
Paper Heart (2009), dir. Nicholas Jasenovec.
Peter & the Wolf (2006), dir. Suzie Templeton. (stop-animated, short)
Playing for Keeps (2012), dir. Gabriele Muccino
Ramona and Beezus (2010), dir. Elizabeth Allen. (J)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), dir. Rupert Wyatt
Sherlock (2010), created by Stephen Moffatt and Mark Gatiss (tv series, foreign)
Skyfall (2012), dir. Sam Mendes (foreign)
Source Code (2011), dir. Duncan Jones
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), dir. Park Chan-wook (foreign)
Tales from Earthsea (2006), dir. Goro Miyazaki (foreign, animated)
Terry Pratchett’s The Color of Magic (2008), dir. Vadim Jean (foreign, tv, J)
Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather (2006), dir. Vadim Jean (foreign, tv, J)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011), dir. George Nolfi
The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012), dir. Felix van Groeningen (foreign)
The City of Lost Children (1995), dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro (foreign)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012), dir. Christopher Nolan
The Descendants (2011), dir. Alexander Payne
The Fall (2013), cr. Alan Cubitt, w/ Gillian Anderson (series 1, television)
The Game (1997), dir. David Fincher, w/ Michael Douglas & Sean Penn
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), dir. David Fincher
The Good the Bad the Weird (2008), dir. Kim Jee-woon
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), dir. Peter Jackson (pg-13)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013, dir. Peter Jackson (pg-13)
The Hunger Games (2012), dir. Gary Ross (pg-13)
The King’s Speech (2010), dir. Tom Hooper (foreign)
The Man From Nowhere (2010), dir. Lee Jeong-beom (foreign)
The Muppets (2011), dir. James Bobin.
The Raven (2012) dir. James McTeigue. w/ John Cusack.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) dir. Ben Stiller (PG)
The Secret of Kells (2009), dir Tomm Moore (foreign, anim, J+)
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), dir. Hiromasa Yonebayashi (foreign, anim, J+)
The Social Network (2010), dir. David Fincher
The Warrior’s Way (2010), dir. Sngmoo Lee (foreign)
The Woman in Black (2012), dir. James Watkins
The World’s End (2013), dir. Edgar Wright (foreign)
Thor (2011), dir. Kenneth Branaugh
TiMER (2009), dir. Jac Schaeffer
Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011), created by Russell T. Davies (tv series, foreign & US)
Transcendence (2014), dir. Wally Pfister; w/ Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany.
TRON: Legacy (2010), dir. Joseph Kosinski.
True Grit (2010), dir. Joel Coen & Ethan Coen.
Unknown (2011), dir. Jaume Collet-Serra
Valhalla Rising (2009), dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Wallander, series 2 (2010), w/ Kenneth Brannaugh (BBC, pbs masterpiece, tv series, foreign)
Wallander, series 3 (2012), w/ Kenneth Brannaugh (BBC, pbs masterpiece, tv series, foreign)
Warrior (2011) dir. Gavin O’Connor. w/ Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton & Nick Nolte.
Winter’s Tale (2014) dir. Akiva Goldsman. w/ Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe.
Wrong Mans (2013) series 1: dir. Jim Field Smith w/ Mathew Baynton & James Cordon (BBC, tv series, foreign)
X-Men: First Class (2011), dir. Matthew Vaughn
Zen (2011), (tv series, foreign)
*J=juvenile audience okay.
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