20. Glenn Kenny
Publications: The Village Voice, Premiere, The Auteurs (website), MSN (website)
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Reading Glenn Kenny's reviews and essays is like being in a film class, but without the dry chafing of academia. As astute as he is witty, the former Premiere critic has a strong knack for connecting current movies to old classics.
On his highly recommended blog, Some Came Running, Kenny regularly posts long, knowledgeable analyses of vintage films that draw insightful connections to today's pictures. In early January, for example, Kenny used the racial debate surrounding Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained to reflect upon D.W. Griffith's 1915 controversy magnet The Birth of a Nation.