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 // 302 Articles
Blogs // 113 Articles
//Features

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.

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.

//Columns

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.

//Reviews

'Hail, Caesar!' Is a Comedy Without Laughs | 5 Feb 2016 // 1:45 AM

The Coen brothers’ artfully conceived but strained satire of '50s Hollywood gets the look right, but little else.

'Anomalisa': Through a Puppet’s Eyes, Darkly | 23 Dec 2015 // 4:15 AM

Like some slim and semi-acclaimed allegorical novel recently translated into English, Anomalisa is about existential rootlessness.

//Blogs

From Training Hawks to World War III: A Short List of Great 2015 Books | 21 Jan 2016 // 8:45 PM

Haunting, thought-provoking, and everything in between, here are some of last year's books that would make great additions to your winter reading list.

The Year's Best Science Fiction Movie Wasn't 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' | 28 Dec 2015 // 3:50 AM

Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is a darkly funny and philosophical cyberpunk locked-room thriller that tangles with the greatest sci-fi puzzle: What does it mean to be human?

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Was Super Bowl 50 a Golden Bowl?

// Channel Surfing

"A pop culture play-by-play of the biggest TV event of the year.

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