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"Need the shorthand for talking about the year's best movies at the next cocktail party you attend? Let Chris Barsanti be the little film critic on your shoulder. His biting commentary will turn you into an instant expert on the good--and the lousy--movies of 2012."
--Christopher Null, Five Stars! How to Become a Film Critic, the World's Greatest Job

About the Author

Chris Barsanti is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Online, and the Online Film Critics Society. His opinions (negative, positive, indeterminate, indiscriminate, and frequently foolhardy) have been published in The Chicago TribunePlayboyVirginia Quarterly Reviewfilmcritic.comPopMattersFilm Journal InternationalPublishers WeeklyThe Barnes & Noble ReviewKirkus ReviewsThe MillionsThe Chicago Reader, and elsewhere. He is the author of Filmology: A Movie-a-Day Guide to the Movies You Need to Know (Adams Media). You can find more writings and bloggings at: chrisbarsanti.net.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148236610X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482366105
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,405,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Barsanti is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, New York Film Critics Online. and the Online Film Critics Society.

He is a frequent contributor to PopMatters, Publishers Weekly, and Film Racket. His writings have also been published in The Hollywood Reporter, Film Journal International, Film Threat, The Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Slant Magazine, The Barnes & Noble Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

His website is: http://chrisbarsanti.net/.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Chris Barsanti is a member of the New York Film Critics Online and the Online Film Critics Society. He has no fear pontificating or analyzing film with great detail and frequent biting critique. His "Eyes Wide Open 2012" review of 2012's twenty-five greatest movies (and five worst) is a marvel to read. I was surprised that approximately half of the films Mr. Barsanti presented were unfamiliar to me, which had me even more intrigued. "Detropia", "End of Watch", Polisse", "Take This Waltz" and others are now films that I need to seek out, simply by reading how rich each one feels. More familiar films like, "Zero Dark Thirty", "Cloud Atlas", Looper", "The Master" and others are also given a thorough and thought-provoking review.

Taking in plot, character, development, visuals, storyline; all the precious structures of a great film, Barsanti delivers a concise and entertaining review of each film. Insights into all film elements make for good fodder whether delivered with a deliberate calm of observation or a snarky bitch-slap of obviousness.

The reader will be surprised at the lists and may feel a sense of urgency at what has passed one by. Each film garners enough attention that one may want to watch each one back to back if readily available. There are twelve `honorable mentions' that may leave you bemused or befuddled, but there is always a valid reason. The five worst films Mr. Barsanti lists may shock some and satisfy others, but after a read, the reasons are more than clear. That's what makes this past years reviews so entertaining. If you initially scoff at a film's value (your value), you'll read ample evidence to the contrary with clever quotes or observations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Chris Barsanti can always be depended upon to be controversial - and that is exactly what Hollywood loves...free publicity, or talk, or opinion, even if that means the biggies up for Oscars are clobbered and the neglected films are praised. In this fun book Barsnati begins his survey of all the films worth mentioning in an Introduction that states, `Everybody Has an Audience: From the point-of-view shots of End of Watch to the overt theatricality of Anna Karenina, 2012 was a year for self-conscious spectacle at the movies. In The Hunger Games, the life-and-death struggle of its teen protagonists is all for the benefit of home television audiences. In Leos Carax's eye-popping Holy Motors, the whole point of life appears to be watching. Or acting. Or both. ` He then proceeds with a discussion about the status of audiences today - both in film and on television and his observations are cogent if at times a bit acerbic.

The book contains the following `chapters':
The Top 25 Films of 2012
Honorable Mentions
The 5 Worst Films of 2012
Yet More Lists
DVD Reviews
Essays
Endnote: The Harsh World: Films Facing Reality in 2012

Just to give a taste of what is to follow, Bersanti lists No1 film as Detropia (followed in order by Zero Dark Thirty, The Master...) but that would prevent the reader from buying this entertaining and opinionated and fascinating book to list them all. Barsanti's reasons for his choices are sound if at times surprising.
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This is a terrific book if you're a movie lover open to a wide range of cinematic experiences. The author's selections are varied, but it's clear he's a lover of good documentaries as they make up a substantial portion of the book. That was fine with me, as I love a good documentary.

The best thing about this book, however, is the quality of the writing. The author is a very strong writer, very well informed, well read, and with a sensible point of view. His writing reminds me of the late Roger Ebert's (who work I loved), but without Ebert's penchant for including spoilers in his reviews (which I didn't love).

I didn't always agree with the author, which is to be expected, but I always thought his writing was excellent and his points were well made. That made each review an enjoyable read, whether I agreed with it or not.
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This is a thoughtful collection of reviews of films that came out in the year 2013. Some of the movies the average movie goer will have heard of though others are quite obscure. Included besides the thirty films that were released in 2013 are a couple of vintage movies that came out with new DVDs recently. The book closes with some samples of the best lines from films of the year. Chris Barsanti is an insightful reviewer with a clear writing style.
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