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 // 346 Articles
Blogs // 117 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

Movies Matter in 'Talking Pictures' | 23 Jun 2017 // 3:30 AM

Critic Ann Hornaday’s clear-eyed, unpretentious guide to watching cinema is a long overdue call for thoughtful appreciation in our time of media overload.

Brash and Playful ‘Okja’ is the Summer’s Activist Epic | 14 Jun 2017 // 4:30 AM

Bong Joon Ho’s uneven but still electrifying caper about a little girl and her giant pig on the run from villainous Tilda Swinton swirls a sharp dose of slapstick comedy into its pop satirical narrative.

//Blogs

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2017: 'Black Code' + 'Bill Nye' + 'The Blood Is at the Doorstep' | 11 Jun 2017 // 10:30 PM

A trio of documentaries on ostensibly diverse subjects (suppression of online dissent, a climate change crusade, a family’s struggle for justice after a police shooting) all circle back to the fight for agency in the modern world.

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.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

The Thoughtful Absurdity of 'Spaceplan'

// Moving Pixels

"Spaceplan is a goofy game that still manages to pack a potent emotional punch.

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