About The Unaffiliated Critic
Michael G. McDunnah is a freelance writer, a recovering lit major, a pop-culture junkie, and—as of 2011—an unaffiliated critic. (He also has a real job, but that's not important.) He lives in Chicago, with his wise-assed wife N., who is known in these parts as The Unenthusiastic Critic.
About the Website
With very rare exceptions, every post on this site is a review of a movie or television show, and all content is written by Michael.
The website is also designed and maintained by the author, who really doesn't know what he's doing. If you run into any problems, please let him know about them.
About the Reviews
There’s no schedule: one of the joys of being unaffiliated is the freedom to write what one wants when one is able. (The reviews tend to be long, and sometimes they take a while.)
The TV reviews assume that you have already watched the episode and are anxious to discuss it in full, obsessive detail. On the other hand, unless otherwise noted, the movie reviews are all written for people who have not yet seen the movie, with a minimum of spoilers.
About My Special Series
In addition to the regular reviews, there are a few pet projects underway here at The Unaffiliated Critic:
First Look/Last Look is an occasional series of stand-alone reviews of new television shows, which Michael watches to see if they're any good. (They usually aren’t, and you will usually never hear him say another word about them.) These reviews tend to be brief and light on spoilers, in case you might want to check out a show yourself.
Binge Watch is a series about watching TV shows the way many of us do these days: in large, gluttonous marathons.
The Unenthusiastic Critic is an occasional series in which Michael's long-suffering wife N. sits down with him—reluctantly, and with a great deal of hostility—to watch a famous movie that she has somehow never seen. Though she has enjoyed a tiny percentage of these movies, most people agree that the pleasure of this series is in hearing N. shit all over some sacred cinematic cows. These reviews tend to be long, in-depth, completely spoiler-laden, and incredibly profane.
(To answer the closest thing we have to a Frequently Asked Question: Yes, N. really exists, her segments are not rehearsed, and Michael doesn't write her dialogue: she really does talk like that.)
Independent Study in World Cinema was an occasional series examining classic foreign films. These reviews are very long, very wonky, and completely spoiler-filled. This series went on a long hiatus, but is returning in 2016.
About Money Stuff
The Unaffiliated Critic is a labor of love (and sometimes loathing): we currently have no advertising, and we don't expect to have any in the near future. (That being said, all offers to sell out to evil, deep-pocketed corporate interests will be entertained on their merits).
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