Twitter: The Age of the Mini-Review

How do you make an impact in the age of micro-blogging, instagram posts and Tumblr scrolling? How can use Twitter to think and write critically and creatively about cinema?

Anyone see Chef (2014) this past summer?

Film Criticism in the Age of Twitter: What Do You Like About Social Media? Dana Stevens (Slate, The New York Times) and Will Leitch (Deadspin, New York Magazine) talk about the benefits of social media in this clip from Tribeca’s Future of Film conversation held at Tribeca Cinemas on January 17, 2013.

Twitter Reviews
How do you review a film in under 140 characters?

Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 (2013):

David O. Russell’s American Hustle (2013):

Disney’s Frozen (2013):

Spike Jonze’s Her (2013):

How about with just an image? One Photo Reviews. (Though to be fair, they’ve expanded and now do a regular podcast).

Here’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013):

American Hustle (2013)

What do you gain/lose when you try to make a comment in fewer than 140 characters?

Twitter Characters
If you don’t like to use Twitter to review, maybe creating twitter profiles for famous movie characters is more up your alley:

Timo Meyer created a couple of prints of famous movie scenes re-thought as Twitter exchanges.

– On Twitter you can also follow everyone from Darth Vader, Lord Voldemort, President Snow, Ted & even a Feminist Hulk:

Blog Assignment (due next Tuesday): Twitter-challenge. Review your Top 5 Films in reviews of 140 characters of less (need to check your character count? Use this). Respond to two of your classmates’ posts. Make use of the skills we talked about today, in terms of framing your post and making use of the visual medium that is your WordPress blog.

Examples (from last semester’s class):
Embedding trailers
Using posters
Using images
With gifs!


About Manuel Betancourt

Manuel is a New York City-based writer, editor, and critical thinker. He's a pop culture enthusiast and an eternal Buffy fan. His work has appeared in Film Comment,, Backstage Magazine, Vice, INTO,, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Catapult, among others. He's a regular contributor to Remezcla and Electric Literature. | @bmanuel
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