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FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: CAKE AND COFFINS
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Cake" and "The Humbling."" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: THE NOM OF THE GAME IS. . .
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Leviathan," "A Most Violent Year," "Selma" and "Still Alice."" (more)
MY FAVORITE FLICKS FROM 2014
by Greg Ursic
"It's the spur of the moment question every movie reviewer dreads: "What were the best movies you saw this year?" Sure it sounds simple, but when youíve seen 200 films - five or six a day come festival time - it takes some serious thought (that's why I keep a detailed list, as my memory ain't what it used to be. Not only that, you need to know your audience; you're not going to recommend the amazing art house flick to someone who can't standing reading subtitles. So after a lot of reflection and a couple drinks here are my 2014 Faves." (more)
CRITICWATCH - THE 2014 QUOTE WHORES OF THE YEAR
by Erik Childress
"2014 has come to an end. Not a particularly great year for the media, ending the way much of it handled the Sony hacking story. Are we journalists or just cogs feeding the gossip mill? In some manner it was a perfect manifestation of what Criticwatch has tried to symbolize over the years. Are we critics or just part of the marketing machine? If we can't come up with a definitive answer to that question what hope do more pressing ones about journalism have? We did not do as many singular stories week-to-week as we have been used to in the past. That was partially due to commitments to other projects but also because there was a little less quote whoring going on. Or so it seemed. We never stopped watching though and documenting what would ultimately become our annual list of those to keep an eye on in the ever-widening landscape of film criticism." (more)
CRITICWATCH - THE QUOTE WHORE (RUNNERS-UP) OF 2014
by Erik Childress
"It is that time of year again. Time to run down the year in movie ad quotes and, more importantly, who is responsible for them. Since we don't have the names of the studio reps who write a number of them, we have to look elsewhere to the junketeers all too happy to take credit. There was a lot of competition for the Top Ten list this year. So close in fact that we really did not want to misplace anyone who deserves a little singling out for their quote-filled efforts in 2014. In lieu of the "ones to watch" that we have done in previous years, we are offering a runners-up list of those who were ever-so-close of having the Criticwatch ranking on their resume. The top ten list will be arriving shortly, but until then a little appetizer of the Quote Whore Runners-Up of 2014." (more)
CRITICWATCH PRESENTS: PETE HAMMOND (THE 2014 RETROSPECTIVE)
by Erik Childress
"If the name Pete Hammond means nothing to you, consider yourself a blessed soul. Criticwatch has been burdened with this hack in critic's clothing ever since 2004. He was quoted on film ads 88 times one year; still the gold standard of whoredom that not even Peter Travers has broken ([b]though he came close with 81.[/b]) There is some hope that the marketing divisions at the studios have heeded our warnings that a Hammond quote invites instant scorn upon their product. Sometimes they have nowhere else to go and Hammond is right quick with just the perfect splash of flashy adjectives that turns a hyperbolic pond into an ocean of overreach. He was the Peter Travers Quote Whore of the Year in 2006 & 2009 and to give others a chance we simply gave him his own award to bestow on other prospective quote whore bait. The 87 times he was quoted in 2010 & 2011 have given away to just 86 over the past three. That is progress, but we still have a long way to go. Let us show you why by looking at Hammond's quotes in 2014." (more)
CRITICWATCH PRESENTS: PETER TRAVERS (THE 2014 RETROSPECTIVE)
by Erik Childress
"Another year of movies and another year where no studio can seem to avoid the name of Peter Travers. The Rolling Stone "critic" who turned his capsule reviews into an easy game of "find the quote" threw in the towel a long time ago when it came to being part of the marketing rather than the conversation. For a guy that only gave three 4-star reviews in 2014 (Boyhood, Birdman & Foxcatcher), the verbiage often found in the newspapers and the commercials make it sound like he is giving away 5 stars left and right. On the slightly plus side, barring any late-year hyperbolic fits on some limited releases, Travers' 60 quotes in 2014 is the lowest since his 56 in 2003. Small consolation seeing as how as still had 60 quotes which is more than double of any critic (whore or legit) we tracked this year, but its a far cry from the 81 he got out there in 2010. Keeping him under 70 since then seems like a small consolation, but it is time to offer the yearly retrospective on how each quote is more meaningless than the last." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: STICK WITH "THE RELIC"
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "A Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" and "Muffin Top: A Love Story"" (more)
THE OSCAR EYE (2014 AWARDS TALLY) (UPDATED 1/15 W/OSCAR NOMINEES)
by Erik Childress
"The Oscar Eye is brings you the latest award tallies for each of the film. Who is winning? Who is being nominated? Who isnít getting any love? Will it all lead to Oscar gold or will some great films be the perpetual bridesmaid to the soft-loviní Academy? (NOTE: "Other Awards" are those signified by organizations that limit their awards to a very specific subsection of the year's qualifiers - or - awards that are not presented at the Oscars. Or the Gothams who miss about two months worth of movies. Or the Golden Satellites who voted for The Wolf of Wall Street despite not seeing the movie.)" (more)
WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2014 INTERVIEW: SNOWMAN DIRECTOR MIKE DOUGLAS
by Jason Whyte
"'SNOWMAN is a familiar story about dreams, risk, and friendship. Kevin Fogolin thought he had life figured out until the helicopter he was travelling in slammed into the side of a mountain.' Director Mike Douglas on his film SNOWMAN which is the closing night film of the 2014 Whistler Film Festival." (more)

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