LIFE ITSELF — Review by Kristy Puchko

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LifeItselfIt’s unnerving. Sometimes writing a film review can feel like a confession. While some like to believe that critics as a species have some sort of hard-wired criteria for cinema, I believe reviews are inherently subjective. A reviewer’s own life experience, cinematic awareness, and personal biases–for better or worse–inevitably play a part in how we read a film. When watching the Roger Ebert bio-doc Life Itself, my own views on life and death were a massive influence on how I responded to it.
I did not like this movie. And the reason can be boiled down to director Steve James (and perhaps Ebert himself) and I clearly disagree about how the dead should be remembered. Read more>>

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Kristy Puchko

Kristy Puchko is a New York-based entertainment writer and film critic whose work has appeared on sites like Cinema Blend, Pop Crush, Screen Crush, CBR's Spinoff, Next Movie, The Film Stage, and Jezebel. After receiving her B.A. in Film Studies from Brooklyn College and the Macaulay Honors College, Kristy spent several years in post-production before she was wooed by the world of blogging. Since then, the movie obsession she's harbored since girlhood has served her well, playing into countless editorials, interviews, reviews, and infographics. You can keep up with her on Twitter: @KristyPuchko