Christopher Forsley

Film Critic

San Francisco

Christopher Forsley

"I regard criticism as an art. . . If you think it is so easy to be a critic, so difficult to be a poet or a painter or film experimenter, may I suggest you try both? You may discover why there are so few critics, so many poets"
~ Pauline Kael, aired on KPFA in 1963.


The Television-Styled Puff Piece Called Life Itself

Life Itself (2014) is a documentary about the late and great film critic Roger Ebert. Rather than focusing on his life, as its title implies it will, the film focuses on his death. It opens with footage of Ebert in the midst of his last battle in the war against cancer. Steve James, the director of Life Itself, depicts his subject just as Werner Herzog describes him: “the solider of cinema, a wounded comrade who cannot even speak anymore but he soldiers on.”.
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Spring Break is Over, Bitches

Last week, on my Facebook News Feed, this message from Harmony Korine, director of Spring Breakers (2013), popped up: Like what the F$$$ so some guy decided to make spring breakers two without mine our James permission lame muthafuker! Turns out that the lame mother-fucker who decided to make a Spring Breakers sequel without Korine’s blessing is a Paris-based production company called Wild Bunch.
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Stanley Kubrick Wanted a Taste of Terry Southern’s Lamb-Pit

I love fucking Terry Southern. That came out wrong. I never fucked the writer, at least not proper fucked. But I have been fucking him intellectually, off and on, for a few decades now. By that I mean I’ve read his literary work: Flash and Filigree, Candy, The Magic Christian, and Blue Movie, on several occasions, going deeper each time.

'It’s the Pictures That Got Small' Tells of Hollywood's Golden Age Like Only a Diary Can

Titled after an iconic line from an iconic movie, It’s the Pictures That Got Small (2015) chronicles the Golden Age of Hollywood with the intimacy and honesty that only a diary can offer. This particular diary belongs to Charles Brackett, the screenwriter best known as the writing partner of legendary director Billy Wilder.
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An Evening with Richard Linklater

The 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival is underway and tonight is this year’s only event guaranteed to induce a boner. Let me clarify: the Bay Area’s queen of film criticism, Pauline Kael, suggested that all cinema, especially great cinema, has a sexual force inherent to it. While Bernardo Berolucci’s Last Tango in Paris (1973) may be the only film to fully express, as Kael wrote, this “primitive. . . thrusting, jabbing eroticism,” every great film is naturally sexy.
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Christopher Forsley

Christopher Forsley was born in Massachusetts, raised in Arizona, and is living in California. Contact him at with freelance assignments or other job offers. He also accepts ghostwriting gigs when the money is right.

Besides criticism and the occasional piece of humor, he writes comic books and strips. His brother and collaborator, Cameron Forsley, illustrates these along with many of the essays and reviews found above. They share a website at www.The