Chris Barsanti
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Chris Barsanti is an habitual scrivener on books and film for the lucky readers of PopMatters, Film Journal International, Film Racket, and Publishers Weekly, and has also been published in The Chicago Tribune, The Millions, The Barnes and Noble Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. He is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and New York Film Critics Online. His books include Filmology: A Movie-a-Day Guide to the Movies You Need to Know, the Eyes Wide Open annual film guide series, and The Sci-Fi Movie Guide: The Universe of Film from 'Alien' to 'Zardoz'. His writings can be found here.

Features // 13 Articles
Columns // 27 Articles
Reviews // 267 Articles
Blogs // 108 Articles
//Features

2014: A Most Mediocre Year | 30 Dec 2014 // 8:06 PM

The odds of discovering gems like Boyhood felt thinner in 2014 than they have for quite some time.

Films Facing Reality in 2012 | 13 Jan 2013 // 6:00 PM

The only movie of 2012 that makes a strong case for America being a cohesive social body with moral purpose binding it together is Lincoln. For those keeping track, that film is set 147 years ago.

//Columns

The Drowning Pool: When Great Writers Are Drunks | 9 Mar 2014 // 8:30 PM

Berryman, Carver, Cheever, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Williams; none could tend the flame of their talent with anything but liquor and devastation.

A Lot of Good Books Published in 2013 Kept Me Awake at Night | 16 Jan 2014 // 8:04 PM

The year 2013 saw a rash of big new books published, from the likes of Stephen King, Malcolm Gladwell, and David Sedaris; none of whom made this list.

//Reviews

The Superhero Film Bubble Continues to Grow With 'The Avengers - Age of Ultron' | 6 May 2015 // 3:39 AM

As deft in its dialogue as it is predictable with its action sequences, Age of Ultron is a frustrating experience, forever hinting at depths that it can’t be bothered to explore.

In 'Far From the Madding Crowd', Women Are Property | 28 Apr 2015 // 9:45 AM

A woman fights to keep her freedom in Thomas Hardy’s love quadrangle, rendered visually by director Thomas Vinterberg in a poised, crisp, and actor-centric film.

//Blogs

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Deserves to Win Almost All the Oscars 'Boyhood' Doesn't | 23 Jan 2015 // 3:30 AM

Ralph Fiennes holds civilization together with little more than his impeccable manners and mustache in Wes Anderson’s absurdist dollhouse of a tragicomedy.

Tom Hardy in 'Locke': The Most Overlooked Performance at the 2014 Golden Globes | 13 Jan 2015 // 6:42 AM

Tom Hardy’s visceral performance in this one-man meltdown packs more drama than a half-dozen multi-character stories.

//Blogs

Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

// Short Ends and Leader

"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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