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New Escapist Column! On Critics as Curators in the Era of Peak Content…

I published a new In the Frame piece at The Escapist this evening. Given Martin Scorsese’s recent comments about the reduction of film and television to “content”, it seemed like an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of navigating this new era – and the increased relevance of critics in this context.

There is a lot of entertainment out there. Despite the explosion in streaming services, a lot of it is harder to access – or at least harder to stumble across unless an audience member is actively looking for it. Film criticism seems to be stuck in a constant crisis of purpose and identity, but the truth is that critics are arguably more important now than ever. In an era with so much media out there, it is useful to have critics who understand the medium, its history and the breadth of possibilities that it offers.

You can read the piece here, or click the picture below.

 

129. Avengers: Endgame – This Just In (#6)

Hosted by Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney, and this week with special guest Tony Black, This Just In is a subset of The 250 podcast, looking at notable new arrivals on the list of the 250 best movies of all-time, as voted for by Internet Movie Database Users.

This time, Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Endgame.

At time of recording, it was ranked 6th on the list of the best movies of all time on the Internet Movie Database.

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Man vs. Superman: Chronicle’s Climax & The Scale of Superhuman Violence…

I had the chance to watch Chronicle again over the weekend, and I still found it a boldly fascinating (albeit flawed) film. The construction of the movie as a collection of “found footage” still strains more suspension of disbelief than any of the antics involving the lead three characters, but it remains a thoughtful deconstruction and exploration of the superhero tropes and genre that audiences have begun to take for granted. In particular, the movie’s climax – though filmed on a shoestring – still does a better job evoking a sense of scale than Joss Whedon’s admitted stylish last half-hour of The Avengers.

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