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.
How do you review a film in under 140 characters?
Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET was a no. Individual scenes work and have energy, but together I felt it amounted to little. Too long. — Glenn Dunks (@glenndunks) December 26, 2013
Wolf of Wall Street. Depraved, debauched, ferocious. This is a complicated film that provoked extreme opinions with those I saw it with. — Matt Mazur (@Matt_Mazur) December 29, 2013
Just got out of “Wolf of Wall Street.” Going home to take a shower. — Jim Gilmore (@Jim_on_Film) December 26, 2013
Some mixed feelings about “Wolf’s” writing and general tone, but holy poop did Hill and DiCaprio knock it out of the freaking park. — Jim Gilmore (@Jim_on_Film) December 26, 2013
“Mixed feelings” not necessarily bad though — the satiric/excessive approach gives me lots to think about, especially goals of the approach — Jim Gilmore (@Jim_on_Film) December 26, 2013
If anything, I love how “Wolf” hammers the ongoing perpetuation of this Capitalism-Gone-Haywire ideology. — Jim Gilmore (@Jim_on_Film) December 26, 2013
Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 (2013):
Short Term 12 deals in dark things but refuses to punish the audience. I admire that. Beautiful film, so loving & warm. — Ben Buckingham (@dissolvedpet) December 28, 2013
David O. Russell’s American Hustle (2013):
After 2nd American Hustle viewing, I’m totally sold: It’s a great, smart, deeply original American comedy. Stuff I love about it… — Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) December 28, 2013
Multiple narrators, the games Adams plays with her accent, “God I love gettin’ to know ya!”, the greasy cinematography, Bale’s relaxation… — Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) December 28, 2013
…and it has a deep sympathy for human frailty and need combined with tough-mindedness. Anyway, it rings my bells. And only gets richer. — Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) December 28, 2013
AMERICAN HUSTLE (B+) Russell continues to bristle up formula films: at once vastly lively and cold-hearted. J.Law rocks, but everyone romps. — Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) December 5, 2013
AMERICAN HUSTLE was a diverting game of dress-up. The chicks were hot, the dudes looked goofy & no one really got hurt. Oscars for everyone! — Jeremy Smith (@mrbeaks) December 28, 2013
Disney’s Frozen (2013):
Frozen (13, B): Charm, belly laughs, sweetness, and story momentum. Songs, character designs, backgrounds not on same level, but I liked it.
— Nick’s Flick Picks (@NicksFlickPicks) December 6, 2013
Spike Jonze’s Her (2013):
Her (13, B): Toggles between blunt and subtle approaches to its themes. Generous in spirit. Actors really lift it. Adams a standout for me.
— Nick’s Flick Picks (@NicksFlickPicks) December 3, 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?
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.