Michael G. McDunnah is a freelance writer, a long-time communications professional, a recovering lit major, a pop-culture junkie, and—as of 2011—an unaffiliated critic. He lives in Chicago, with his wise-assed wife Nakea, who is known in these parts as The Unenthusiastic Critic.
If you are interested in having Michael write for your site or publication, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Despite his nom de guerre, The Unaffiliated Critic would love to be affiliated with you.)
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:
The Unenthusiastic Critic is Michael's long-suffering wife Nakea, who sits down with him—reluctantly, and with a great deal of hostility—to watch a famous movie that she has somehow never seen. It began life in prose, but now it's a weekly podcast.
My Summer of Summer Movies was a breathless marathon of movie reviewing, in which Michael tried to see and review every single new movie that opened between Memorial Day and Labor Day, 2017.
Independent Study in World Cinema is an occasional series examining classic foreign films. These reviews are very long, very wonky, and completely spoiler-filled.
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.
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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