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 // 275 Articles
Blogs // 109 Articles
//Features

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.

Films Facing Reality in 2012 | 13 Jan 2013 // 7:00 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.

//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

The Media Circus Begins in ‘Best of Enemies’ | 31 Jul 2015 // 3:00 AM

This gripping documentary about the invective-slinging 1968 William F. Buckley-Gore Vidal debates isn’t a celebration of intellectual combat, it’s an original-sin tale for where TV news went wrong.

In 'Go Set a Watchman', Racism Is Resilient and Seductive | 22 Jul 2015 // 2:00 AM

In Harper Lee’s dry run for To Kill a Mockingbird, it’s somehow less shocking that Atticus Finch is a racist but that his once-forceful daughter Scout is so powerless against him.

//Blogs

Chaos Reigns in 'Mad Max - Fury Road' | 18 May 2015 // 7:00 AM

George Miller’s magnificently crazed half-sequel, half-do-over reimagines the original post-apocalyptic action saga as an even more savage, but yet strangely thoughtful, battle for survival in the wreckage.

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Deserves to Win Almost All the Oscars 'Boyhood' Doesn't | 23 Jan 2015 // 4:30 AM

Ralph Fiennes holds civilization together with little more than his impeccable manners and mustache in Wes Anderson’s absurdist dollhouse of a tragicomedy.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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