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?
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: