Film Junkies (update)

February 26, 2017

It’s Oscar season and Hollywood is once again celebrating the best films of the year. It would seem we're a nation that's obsessed with movies, spending billions of dollars to watch them every year, and celebrating them with a variety of awards ceremonies. But what separates a classic from a box office disaster? This hour, we turn to a few of the people who know film best -- the critics, actors and directors who've devoted their lives to the silver screen.

  1. A.O. Scott on the Art of Criticism

    In his new book “Better Living Through Criticism,” A.O. Scott distills his decades-long career into a simple to read manifesto that not only explains the qualities of a good critic, but argues their fundamental importance to any culture.

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  2. Manohla Dargis Recommends 'Boyhood'

    NY Times film critic Manohla Dargis selects her favorite film of the year:  Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," filmed over the course of 12 years.

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  3. Roger Ebert on Film Criticism

    Perhaps no other person was a greater advocate for film and film criticism than Roger Ebert. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Ebert was the source America turned to for advice on what to watch week after week. A few years before his death, Roger Ebert sat down with Steve Paulson and reflected on his legendary and prolific career as a film critic.

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  4. Crying at the Movies

    What is it exactly that we love about the movies? For Madelon Sprengnether, going to the movies prompted a journey of self discovery and helped her cope with the sudden death of her father. It all started with a Bengali film called "Pather Panchali."

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  5. How Alfred Hitchcock Created Suspense Through Music

    Jack Sullivan is the author of "Hitchcock's Music." He tells Anne Strainchamps about the partnership between Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Hermann which resulted in some of the greatest film scores ever written.

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  6. An Inside Look at Hollywood's Death-Defying Stuntwomen

    It’s no secret that Hollywood has a diversity problem. Take for instance the fact that women only hold about 1 in 6 leadership roles in the film industry. And despite facing greater dangers, female stuntwomen typically receive less pay than their male counterparts. In her documentary “Double Dare,” Amanda Micheli follows two high profile women stunt-doubles: Jeannie Epper and Zoe Bell. Michaeli says women stunt doubles appear all the time in movies, and not always where you’d expect.

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