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the film criticism aspect of cyber | by maryann johanson

poor little rich movie stars, NetFlix and ‘Variety’ sued, God as a film critic: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let thias stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
New Rules Sought on TV Retransmission

Inside The Minds Of Girl Gamers

Why Modern Video Game Armies Lack Female Troops

Male vs. Female? On Double Standards in Film Criticism

For Movie Stars, the Big Money Is Now Deferred

What It Means To Be a Film Critic in 2010

Somebody From The Hurt Locker Probably Should Have Thanked Critics at the Oscars

Sandra Bullock Relishes Worst Actress Razzie on Eve of Oscars

What Should an Oscar Winner Look Like?

NetFlix Cancels Recommendation Contest After Privacy Lawsuit

Wizard of Oz sequel/remake – who’s surprised?

Guy Ritchie Possesses Excalibur?

Film Review at Heart of Suit Against Variety

Oscar and a Christian question: Is God your film critic?

On Playing A Plus-Sized Love Interest

Variety Thinks ‘No One Takes [Its] Reviews Seriously,’ Which Is Probably Why It Fired Its Critics

Jesse Ventura spills about the Wachowskis’ secret sci-fi film

Why did Neil Gaiman move to the U.S.? It was the books!

Alice in Wonderland’s box-office triumph masks a grim portent



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  • RyanT

    Wow. Thanks. That article on the lack of females in war video games (and its comments) was very enlightening.

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    The Wizard of Oz is always getting remade. Remember Tin Man from a year or so ago? I’d be surprised if there aren’t at least a half dozen different Oz-inspired scripts working their way through Hollywood at any given time. The entertainment press just likes to draw lines from the latest blockbuster to any project that could remotely benefit from it.

  • e

    I have played all kinds of war games for more than a decade and I literally have never thought about it. The tech reason the developer gives doesn’t sound as bullshitty as I was expecting. I’m not sure how much it matters when I’m running around shooting people. Half the time their character models have helmets and other things, I’m just not paying attention. I think focusing on what country the “enemy” is from and how they’ve modeled that appearance would be just as interesting.

    There are games that have women soldiers, like Mass Effect 2, where you can customize to either gender. I would say the less shoot’em up (multi-player focused) and more story driven (singleplayer focused) the game is, and you get more diverse characters.

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