Why Criticism Matters More Than Ever in 2018

To approach even the thought of criticism in 2018 feels like a minefield waiting for too heavy a step. It won’t trigger one explosion, aimed only at you and your ideas, but a succession of explosions that come for all those who dare offer criticism that may veer off the intended path, or pose questions that…

How To Take Shit: 5 ways you can learn to take criticism better (and weed out the shit that doesn't matter) | Read it on onecriticalbitch.com

Receiving Criticism: Or, How to Take Shit

People hate criticism. Writers, artists, scientists, your Mom – no one wants to hear all the ways they’re screwing up. The only thing they hate more than the criticism itself? The jerk who doles it out. As a self-proclaimed critical bitch, I like to think I know something about criticism. But the general presumption about…

Where Are The Women Directors? | #featurefriday looks at the problematic Director Roundtable from The Hollywood Reporter | onecriticalbitch.com

Women Directors Not Invited: The THR Director Roundtable

Where are the women directors? This was my first question when The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Director Roundtable appeared on my Devour feed this week. Women directors in Hollywood exist, do they not? Many worked brilliantly last year, didn’t they? Their absence, probably because I am a woman, was glaring from just the screenshot – six…

Happy New Year! See what's to come for the blog in 2016 | onecriticalbitch.com

New Year, New Features: Coming Soon to the Blog

Happy New Year, new readers and old! It’s been a nice holiday break, but 2016 is alive and kicking, and so time to get back to the usual bitching (wasn’t that rhyme just too cute?). It’s a new year, and I think we could use some new content, don’t you? Here’s a bit of what you can…

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“Spectre” and Dialogue as Character

I, like, really liked the cat. So. There’s that. Spectre It was me, James. The author of all your pain. This is the first disappointing crit you’ll see here – I spent October sharing some of my horror favorites (and a few newbies that turned out only for the best – or at least, I…

How To Actively Watch A Film: The Visual Literacy Primer | onecriticalbitch.com

How To Actively Watch a Film

So you saw Citizen Kane, read about the “Male Gaze,” and brushed up on your German Expressionism – now what? You can see every GREAT work – film, painting, sculpture, any art – that others tell you is important, and still have… well, not a lot to say. Art is only as important as it is relevant…

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