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 // 15 Articles
Columns // 28 Articles
Reviews // 341 Articles
Blogs // 116 Articles
//Features

The Films of 2016 Didn't See Trump Coming, Either | 21 Dec 2016 // 10:00 PM

As a gauge of the American zeitgeist, 2016’s films provided no warning of the reactionary backlash the nation just woke up to.

The Lack of Imagination in 2015 Film Reboots Wasn't Always a Bad Thing | 30 Dec 2015 // 9:30 PM

From Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Mad Max: Fury Road, Creed, and even Magic Mike XXL, Hollywood's 2015 slate felt even more sequel-heavy than usual.

//Columns

Why Are So Many White Americans So Fearful These Days? | 16 Oct 2016 // 10:00 PM

Published just as many white American conservatives embrace a xenophobic demagogue as their savior, Hochschild’s emotive and empathic study provides guidance for how the US came to this crisis point.

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

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

//Reviews

'Win It All' Plays It Safe | 12 Apr 2017 // 5:00 AM

In Joe Swanberg’s latest amiable amble of a comedy, Jake Johnson plays a broke gambling addict who tries not so hard to do the right thing.

Idealism to Mass Murder in ‘The Road to Jonestown’ | 10 Apr 2017 // 9:15 PM

The author of Manson tracks how Jim Jones’ tragic magnetism and promises of racial solidarity and socialist utopia pulled hundreds of people into his fatal orbit.

//Blogs

Even Orwell Can't Get Us Through a Trump Presidency | 12 Feb 2017 // 9:14 PM

There's nothing about Trump and his splenetic short-attention-span nature that speaks to the cold and calculating mindset of the capable authoritarian.

'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution': Made for Television | 15 Feb 2016 // 8:00 AM

Today, as US political campaigns take on communities of color -- whether trying to win or suppress their votes -- we might remember a time when Black Lives were not on TV.

//Mixed media