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 // 27 Articles
Reviews // 317 Articles
Blogs // 115 Articles
//Features

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.

//Columns

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.

A Lot of Good Books Published in 2013 Kept Me Awake at Night | 16 Jan 2014 // 9:04 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.

//Reviews

‘Café Society’ Is an Exhausting, Exasperating Film About Illusions and Delusions | 25 Jul 2016 // 5:00 AM

The Woody Allen express rolls bumpily on with a glossy '30s-set bauble that half-heartedly poses the same interesting questions he’s been ruminating on for decades.

'The Night Of' Is HBO's Great New Noir | 13 Jul 2016 // 4:00 AM

In the snappy but long-fuse start to this promising new HBO miniseries, a night of bad decisions and a conveniently patchy memory sends a prototypical "good kid" from Queens tumbling through the Dante-esque tribulation of the legal process.

//Blogs

'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

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Call For Papers: Celebrating Star Trek's 50th Anniversary

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"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the hit franchise, PopMatters seeks submissions about Star Trek, including: the TV series, from The Original Series (TOS) to the highly anticipated 2017 new installment; the films, both the originals and the J.J. Abrams reboot; and ancillary materials such as novelizations, comic books, videogames, etc.

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