February 10, 2010

The Historical Circuit continues to grow, and would you like to debate us?

Yes, as we seek to review older films from before the age of the internet, we've introduced the Historical Circuit. The films we've tackled so far can be found here, but if you have any movies you'd like to see us review, be sure to let us know!
Also, keep sending in your Open Circuit applications (found here), as we're prepared to take on all comers, as the saying goes. We look forward to hearing from everone.
-Any suggestions for the Historical Circuit? Anyone looking forward to debating one of us?


  1. We look forward to hearing from you!

  2. Cold Mountain, Moulin Rouge, Gattaca or To Die For would all be interesting reviews. People have differing takes on all four.

  3. I think we can make some of those happen, though for now we're going slightly older, but we'll get into the 2000's , I assure you.

  4. Yeah, def do Cold Mountain when you get to the 2000's. It was robbed back in the day.

  5. The Birth of A Nation is always an interesting topic of discussion. There's no denying its importance in the formation of motion pictures as we know them, but is riddled with extreme racism and depicts the KKK as a group of righteous men helping to restore power to the south.

    In 1997 AFI listed this as the 44th greatest movie ever made, but ten years later they replaced it with Griffith's next film, the more politically correct Intolerance.

  6. I'm sure one of us will tackle Cold Mountain, though depending on who does it, you may or may not be disappointed with the review...

  7. And on the subject of Griffith, those two films would be interesting to review, but I'm fairly certain that I wouldn't be the one to do it, as I have some major issues with his work, so I'd probably defer to another staff member.

  8. That is precisely what could make your reviews on his films a more interesting read. I would much rather read a review that picks out the negatives in a supposedly great film than a puff pieces.


  9. It's a possibility. I have a list of things I'm interested in reviewing (since I really never wrote a review of any substance till I started for The Oscar Igloo (hell, some people would claim I still haven't written a review of any substance), so it's a little odd to go back on a film you've seen 9 times and look at as a critic. That being said, I'll definitely give it a shot with The Shawshank Redemption, my all time favorite film.

  10. I'd like to see some retroactive reviews of some Michael Mann films.

  11. Perhaps "The Insider" and looking back, is the film still as powerful and culturally significant today as it was 10 years ago?

  12. Quite possibly. I like that film quite a bit. Anyway, I can definitely see these older reviews generating controversy, especially if someone writes a bad review of a beloved film. It's ironic that the Open Circuit is listed in this same post, since I can see some of the challenges coming from the Historical Circuit reviews...

  13. I think it would be nice to pay a tribute to John Hughes by reviewing one of his films.

    And you should definetely review Glengarry Glenn Ross.

  14. Here's some additional suggestions. In no way do I expect you to review all of the films I'm listing (or any of them, for that matter), just thought a big list might spark an idea or passion for one of the writers...

    Pre-2000 films that I love, that some hate...
    Monty Python & the Quest for the Holy Grail
    Toy Story 1 & 2
    City Lights
    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
    The Big Lebowski
    Wizard of Oz
    The Truman Show
    West Side Story
    Forrest Gump
    Double Indemnity

    Pre-2000 films that I don't like, that some love...
    Reservoir Dogs
    Ben Hur
    Dr. Strangelove
    Life of Brian
    8 1/2

  15. Excellent suggestions. I'm sure at least a few will get reviewed.