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My Criterion Top 10: Ryan McNeil

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A few weeks back, I started running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. The series ended… but has officially been resurrected, as I’ve obtained a few new contributions. This is the last one I have (for now). Each writer is listing their top 10 from the Criterion Collection. Today’s entry is from Ryan McNeil, proud Torontoan (Torontite?) and proprietor of The Matinee. Ryan’s site is loaded with passionate and profound reviews about a wide array of genres, from blockbusters to festival films to indie cinema to classics (foreign and otherwise). In particular, I admire Ryan’s dedication to indie cinema and his continuing “Blind Spot Series” in which he tries to fill in the cracks in his movie-viewing history. He always has something thought-provoking to say, and he does so respectfully and without vitriol. That’s my kind of writer.  In addition to The Matinee, you can find Ryan on Twitter @matinee_ca. Continue reading

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My Criterion Top 10: Alex Withrow

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The Criterion Top 10 Series rolls on. As I mentioned yesterday, over the next few weeks, I’ll be running contributions from some of my favorite film critics, writers, and theorists from around the internet. Each writer will list their top 10 from the Criterion Collection, mirroring Criterion’s own Top 10 series. Today’s article is a real treat, coming from filmmaker Alex Withrow. While most of us enjoy watching and discussing film, Alex is down in the trenches actually making them, having moved to Los Angeles last year to continue his dream. He has written and directed two shorts- Full Circle (2008) and Earrings (2012)– and is currently in post-production on his third film, Wait. Moreover, Alex has a tremendous site, And So It Begins, which regularly features incredible in-depth articles about directors, actors, essays, and film reviews.You can (and should) find his films here, and follow him on Twitter @shiftingPersona.
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