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The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Before Midnight (2013)

The best film of last year is a sequel that no one could have predicted. It also turned out to be the best film that wouldn't be reviewed for Now…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: This Is 40 (2012)

I feared the impact 'This Is 40' would have on me as my own birthday milestone neared. Turns out I was afraid for the wrong reasons. …

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: X-Men: First Class (2011)

Out of all the X-Men films, this was the first one that had been really, truly fun while also establishing amazing rivalries and human drama. It was the first…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

I wasn't sure what to make of the film by the trailers. The characters appeared to be living in a video-game world, collecting coins and getting 1-Up extra lives. It…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Avatar (2009)

I had heard rumblings about Avatar for years. James Cameron's last theatrical film had been Titanic in 1997 -- then the top-grossing film of all time. After that massive success…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Iron Man (2008)

In 2008, Iron Man put the weight of the Marvel Cinematic Universe on his shoulders and lifted comic book films to a new height. And to think, some critics shrugged…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Spider-Man 3 (2007)

In the years since I’ve come to focus on some of the better parts of the movie. The effects are mostly top notch, Topher Grace adds needed energy to the…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Snakes on a Plane (2006)

I had heard about Snakes on a Plane but paid it little attention. Entertainment Weekly had written several articles about the silly movie with the overly-literal title. From the name…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Star Wars’ greatest legacy may not be the (now endless) sequels, or the billions of dollars in box office revenue, or even the tens of billions of ancillary revenue the…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Saw (2004)

Though the creators of Saw would later claim the film was not torture porn, it was clearly the template for the dominant horror movement of the mid-2000s. Saw progressed through…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

The fact that Freddy vs. Jason is the only movie to be covered twice in Now Playing Podcast retrospectives is indicative of its importance -- to film in general and…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Attack of the Clones (2002)

The second film in the Star Wars prequel trilogy was not only a much-needed course correction for the saga, but it also represents a major turning point in my life.…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Donnie Darko (2001)

What is Donnie Darko? I couldn't answer the question after the first time I saw it, and after multiple viewings, my interpretation continued to evolve. …

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Requiem for a Dream (2000)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Armageddon (1998)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Chasing Amy (1997)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

The 40 Year-Old-Critic: Scream (1996)

In 1996, one film single-handedly revived the horror genre, bringing it back from the forgettable dreck of the decade's first half. …

40 Year-Old-Critic: Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Natural Born Killers (1994)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Philadelphia (1993)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Reservoir Dogs (1992)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: The Doors (1991)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Pump Up The Volume (1990)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: When Harry Met Sally (1989)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Hellbound – Hellraiser II (1988)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Wall Street (1987)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Howard the Duck (1986)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Goonies (1985)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Beverly Hills Cop (1984)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Return of the Jedi (1983)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Popeye (1980)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Love at First Bite (1979)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

Now Playing soars on iTunes, Bleeding Cool covers ‘The 40-Year-Old Critic’

Venganza Media celebrated dual successes on Thursday, as Now Playing Podcast’s Guardians of the Galaxy review cracked the Top 5 on iTunes, while the company’s latest project — Arnie Carvalho’s…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Superman (1978)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Star Wars (1977)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Carrie (1976)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: Jaws (1975)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

40 Year-Old-Critic: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

In The 40-Year-Old Critic, Venganza Media creator and host Arnie Carvalho recalls a memorable film for each year of his life. This series appears daily on the Venganza Media Gazette. See…

The 40-Year-Old Critic – Introduction

  In exactly 40 days I turn 40 years old. That milestone is not one without heft.  If the actuarial tables for American males are to be believed, I’m likely…

Venganza Media Announces ‘The 40-Year-Old-Critic’ Series

‘Now Playing Podcast’ host Arnie Carvalho pens a personal 40-film retrospective for his 40th birthday SPRINGFIELD, Ill – As Now Playing Podcast continues its remarkable run on iTunes’ Top 10…