The History of 30 Minutes On

In 2015, Matt Zoller Seitz started a series of essays with the following words: "The following is the inaugural installment of "30 Minutes On, "a new feature at the MZS blog wherein the author spends exactly 30 minutes writing about a movie, then hits publish." Since then, he has run this critical exercise dozens of times on old movies, new movies, blockbusters, and independent films (and sometimes expanded it to 60 Minutes). This is a collection of those essays. (Header Credit: Brianna Ashby.)


"30 Minutes on The Killer"

"30 Minutes on The Limey"

"30 Minutes on I Am Big Bird"

"30 Minutes on Halloween"

"30 Minutes on Commando"

"30 Minutes on Cool Hand Luke"

"30 Minutes on Whiplash"

"30 Minutes on The Swimmer"

"30 Minutes on The Apartment"

"30 Minutes on The Revenant"

"30 Minutes on Midnight Special"

"30 Minutes on Hollow Man"

"30 Minutes on They Live"

"30 Minutes on The Lobster"

"30 Minutes on Planet of the Apes"

"60 Minutes on The Dirty Dozen"

"30 Minutes on The Thing"

"60 Minutes on Doctor Strange"

"30 Minutes on Allied"

"60 Minutes on John Wick: Chapter Two"

"30 Minutes on The Terminator"

"30 Minutes on King Kong Escapes"

"30 Minutes on Baby Driver"

"30 Minutes on Elevator to the Gallows"

"30 Minutes on It"

"30 Minutes on Straight, No Chaser"

"60 Minutes on Wonder Woman"

"60 Minutes on Get Out"

"30 Minutes on As Good As It Gets"

"30 Minutes on The Hudsucker Proxy"

"30 Minutes on The Greatest Showman"

"30 Minutes on Wonderstruck"

"60 Minutes on The Death of Stalin"

"30 Minutes on Rampage"

"30 Minutes on The Meg"

"30 Minutes on Searching"

"60 Minutes on The Hate U Give"

"30 Minutes on A Star is Born"

"30 Minutes on Mid90s"

"30 Minutes on Beautiful Boy"

"30 Minutes on A Private War"

"30 Minutes on Bohemian Rhapsody"

"30 Minutes on The Public Enemy"

"30 Minutes on White Heat"

"30 Minutes on If Beale Street Could Talk"

"30 Minutes on I Knew It Was You"

"30 Minutes on The Public"

"30 Minutes on Rocketman"

"30 Minutes on The Mule"

"30 Minutes on Alien"

"30 Minutes on Prometheus"

"30 Minutes on Crawl"

"30 Minutes on The Post"

"30 Minutes on Not Fade Away"

Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor at Large of RogerEbert.com, TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

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