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 // 335 Articles
Blogs // 115 Articles
//Features

The Films of 2016 Didn't See Trump Coming, Either | 21 Dec 2016 // 9:00 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 // 8:30 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 // 9:00 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 // 8:30 PM

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

//Reviews

What Next, Frozen French Fries? 'The Founder' and McDonald's Origin Story | 18 Jan 2017 // 4:00 AM

For this surprisingly hard-edged biopic on the businessman behind McDonald's, Michael Keaton unfurls the black flag of unrepentant capitalism.

‘His Girl Friday’: What a Difference One Sex Change Makes | 16 Jan 2017 // 8:45 PM

By switching the main character’s gender and adding romantic sparks, Hawks turned the masterful, raucous Chicago newsroom farce The Front Page into the perfect screwball comedy.

//Blogs

'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution': Made for Television | 15 Feb 2016 // 7:00 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 // 6:20 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
//Blogs

That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

// Sound Affects

"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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