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 // 14 Articles
Columns // 28 Articles
Reviews // 323 Articles
Blogs // 115 Articles

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.

2014: A Most Mediocre Year | 30 Dec 2014 // 9:06 PM

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


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.


New York Film Festival 2016: 'Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened' + Aquarius' | 17 Oct 2016 // 5:30 AM

A bittersweet documentary looks back at the Stephen Sondheim masterpiece that almost was, and Sonia Braga slaps old age (plus racism, classism, and Brazilian corruption) right in the face.

'Deepwater Horizon' Is at Best Incomplete, at Worst Dishonest | 28 Sep 2016 // 5:30 AM

Peter Berg’s disaster movie is so entranced by individual bravery it mostly forgets about corporate villainy.


'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.

'Where to Invade Next': Michael Moore's New Movie Points the Way to Solutions | 15 Feb 2016 // 7:20 AM

The gag in 'Where to Invade Next' is that Michael Moore is tasked by the Pentagon to fix America by finding out what other developed nations do best

//Mixed media

Tricks or Treats? Ten Halloween Blu-rays That May Disrupt Your Life

// Short Ends and Leader

"The best of this stuff'll kill you.

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