Can You Follow The Shifting Power Dynamic In The Silence Of The Lambs?

Tony Zhou is back with another excellent episode of Every Frame a Painting (previously here and here). This quick installment illustrates how camerawork is used to reflect the power struggle between Jodie Foster's Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. » 10/18/14 2:05pm 10/18/14 2:05pm

Are "Haters" Valuable Critics? The Debate Over Trolls and Art

What happens when cartoonists take on their critics in comic form? Recently, the webcomic Zen Pencils raged against online critics—and received a comic about the value of negative feedback in reply. » 3/25/14 11:30am 3/25/14 11:30am

Precocious TV Critic Manages to Sit Still Long Enough to Review an…

If you’re lagging behind in your Doctor Who viewing, you might not want to watch diminutive television critic Lindalee Rose’s review of “The Bells of Saint John” episode because, at a mere four years old, Lindalee has not yet learned the concept of SPOILER ALERT. It’s okay — she has plenty of time to hone her… » 4/14/13 3:00pm 4/14/13 3:00pm

Internet Review Of Science Fiction Is Closing

The Internet Review of Science Fiction helped set the gold standard for discussion of SF online, but now it's folding. But the good news is, it may still help spur great science fiction criticism and writing in future. » 1/01/10 8:00am 1/01/10 8:00am

Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Book Critic Says The Books Critics Hate Are…

Locus interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda, who's been covering science fiction books for the Washington Post for 25 years. And he talks about the huge "breakout" books that he's had reservations about, but also admits that the critics are often wrong about the books that really matter: » 12/29/09 11:00am 12/29/09 11:00am

Was Arthur C. Clarke An Amateur Writer?

Arthur C. Clarke's big, famous novels are "dull, slow and passionless," but you have to admire the fertility of his imagination, writes Robert Silverberg. But there's still something to love about an early Clarke novel, Against The Fall Of Night. » 12/23/09 8:30am 12/23/09 8:30am

Stargate Universe Writer To Trolls: Stop Being Idiots

Only weeks after its successful launch, Stargate Universe has found itself criticized (even by us) for the show's treatment of female characters. But as the criticism gets uglier, one of the show's writers couldn't help but respond in kind. » 11/02/09 7:00am 11/02/09 7:00am