“I’m a formalist in some ways and a humanist in others. Those two things don’t reconcile very easily. But ultimately, I don’t see my criticism as anything other than a personal response to what I happen to be writing about, and a lot of that is bound up in where you are in your life.”
Peter sits down with New York Magazine TV critic Matt Zoller Seitz to talk about the many different hats he has worn during his cinephile life, which have included film critic, pop culture journalist, filmmaker, video essayist, blogger, and more. Matt discusses growing up in Texas, discovering New York City, and dissecting some of his favorite filmmakers. The two explore his nature as both a film and TV critic, his discovery and love of video essays, and how The New World inspired one of the best film criticism blogs today. Finally, they dig into the Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July, which Matt explains as one of the quintessential great narratives about a man discovering his true self.
0:00-4:00 – Act One: Establishing Shots — Think Pieces on Aurora
4:10-52:30 – Act Two: Deep Focus – Matt Zoller Seitz
53:33-1:11:38 – Act Three: Double Exposure – Born on the Fourth of July (Oliver Stone)
Read Matt Zoller Setiz’s work at New York Magazine, Salon, Moving Image Source, L Magazine, NY Press, the New York Times, the Dallas Observer, Press Play, and The House Next Door.
Follow Matt on Twitter.
-Terrence Malick’s The New World, and assessing the film's alternate cut
-The Substance of Style, a Five Part Video Essay on Wes Anderson
-Recaps of David Milch and Michael Mann’s Luck
-Recapping the final episode of The Sopranos
-Matt Zoller Seitz and Keith Uhlich debate the merits of Quentin Tarantino
-Video essay on Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs
-On P.T. Anderson’s Magnolia and Boogie Nights
-Recap of Breaking Bad’s “Open House,” featuring the drain shot.
-Video Essay on Born on the Fouth of July
Other Notes from the Conversation
-Owen Gleiberman on the Aurora Shootings
-Read the work of Keith Uhlich, Kenji Fujishima, Odie Henderson, and Todd VanDerWerff at The House Next Door
-Buy a copy of Home, directed by Matt Zoller Seitz
-Grantland’s Mad Men recaps
-Armond White’s criticism at the New York Press
-The Copacabana Tracking Shot in Scorsese’s Goodfellas
-Simon Abrams’s interview with Willem Dafoe
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