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Manohla Dargis: Fuck Yeah!

I just got done reading an interview with one of my favorite film critics, Manohla Dargis of the New York Times, at Jezebel.com. That lady has a mouth like a sailor, especially when the topics include romantic comedies, the perception that women can’t direct great films, and… the Oscars:

Let’s acknowledge that the Oscars are bullshit and we hate them. But they are important commercially… I’ve learned to never underestimate the academy’s bad taste. Crash as best picture? What the fuck.

Jezebel is a site for and by women, so the interview mostly sticks to topics related to females in film. Dargis is not a “feminist”-critic in any sense, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a lot of opinions about such things. Her point about “boy geniuses” like Wes Anderson getting anything they want despite bomb after bomb is well-taken… when’s the last time a female director has been bandied about as a genius?

Kathryn Bigelow is Dargis-Approved

If you have some time, and don’t mind aggressive swearing, check out the article at Jezebel.

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Being an American in Europe, one of my particular pet peeves has always been the awful translation of film titles. A title as simple as Billy Elliot becomes “Billy Elliot – I Want to Dance!” in German. Last Chance Harvey becomes “It’s Never too Late to Fall in Love” in Spanish.

But, we anglophiles are guilty of it too. A new Swedish film named Män som hatar kvinnor literally means “Men Who Hate Women”. But in English, we’ve renamed it to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Why?! I mean, what can possibly be the point? The original name is leagues more intriguing and provocative.

The film has already been released in most of Europe, and has gotten excellent reviews so far on Criticker. The book from which it’s adapted is the first in a trilogy titled “Millennium”, by the deceased author Stieg Larsson. The crime series has been an absolute smash hit in Scandinavia and around the world; in fact Larsson was the 2008’s second best-selling author world-wide, despite relative obscurity in the States.

Sadly, he would never know about his own success. Larsson died of a massive heart attack before his Millenium books were published.

There’s no word of an American release date for the film but in Europe, you almost can’t avoid it. Posters everywhere.

Dead Snow – Norwegians Are Either Genius or Insane

To publicize the Norwegian DVD release of Dead Snow, the team behind the Nazi zombie flick has released a 3-minute promotional video.

If you hate zombies, can’t stand Nazis, and are sick to death of ironic horror comedies, well… don’t worry. Clicking on “Play” won’t ruin your day. If however, you dislike buxom, bubbly blondes singing about their asses and showing off gratuitous amounts of flesh, then avoid this video at all costs.

Advertising is a magical medium. Somehow after watching a Norwegian semi-celebrity sing about her butt, I desperately need to see Dead Snow.

[via TwitchFilm]

Criticker in PCMag


Breaking News!

Yesterday, PCMag placed Criticker on spot 10 in its list of Best Websites for Movie Fans — one ahead of Flixter (ha!)

This is amazing and pretty exciting, especially considering that other sites on that list are run by companies with much larger budgets & staff.

We would like to use this chance to thank every single user who has signed with Criticker, invited their friends and families and sent us suggestions on how to make Criticker a better place. And of course for turning our Movie Forum into a lively place.

Read the story:

Criticker on PCMag listFull PCMag Story

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Criticker: A Killer Startup?

Thanks to KillerStartups.com, who’ve just posted a great review about Criticker.

They review 30 new websites a day, and invite visitors to vote on whether they think the site is going to blow up. So go vote for us now! We’re going IPO, baby!!

Thrilllist.com – A Daily Email Shot of Cool Stuff

Big shoutout to ThrillList.com.

Thrillist is the free daily email that sifts through the crap to find the best stuff in New York, LA, SF, and Nationwide. Each day, you get one tip on new, unknown, or horribly under-appreciated bars, restaurants, events, gear, services, and travel. Get on the list at www.thrillist.com.

They’ve recently featured Criticker on their site and in their newsletter, helping push us over 10000 registered users, and we’re really appreciative. Thrilllist highlights a lot of cool stuff, so we definitely recommend checking it out and signing up to their newsletter.

Criticker on GeekBriefTV

Thanks to Cali and her team at GeekBriefTV for featuring Criticker on their latest episode. GeekBriefTV is a popular videocast, and we were honored to earn a spot in their program.

Criticker is starting to get more and more press, a trend which we hope continues. We’ll be posting the more exciting pieces of media exposure here in our blog, so make sure and subscribe to our RSS feed if you’d like to follow The Criticker Story … which might one day be subtitled “From Rags to Riches”. Hey, let us dream!

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