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 // 294 Articles
Blogs // 111 Articles

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.


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.


'Carol' and Forbidden Romance | 24 Nov 2015 // 3:30 AM

Todd Haynes' resonant period romance echoes Far From Heaven, but Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara elude that film’s glossy fatalism.

DOC NYC 2015: 'Where to Invade Next' | 12 Nov 2015 // 3:30 AM

Where to Invade Next adopts an anthology approach to solving America’s problems. Michael Moore's solutions are simplistic, but the underlying malaise they highlight is disturbing.


'Best of Enemies' Shows Brilliant People Behaving Badly | 5 Oct 2015 // 2:46 AM

The film makes the case that these television debates up, entertaining and increasingly noisy, were “a harbinger of an unhappy future". That is, the future where we now live.

In 'Sicario', the War Is Next Door | 25 Sep 2015 // 1:13 AM

The collapsing world order is chillingly illuminated in Denis Villeneuve’s stark cartel thriller.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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