Type of site
|Film, music, TV and video games webzine|
|Headquarters||Brooklyn, New York|
|Owner||Slant Magazine LLC|
|Editor||Ed Gonzalez and Sal Cinquemani|
|Alexa rank||26,954 (April 2014[update])|
Slant Magazine is an American online publication that features reviews of movies, music, TV, DVDs, theater, and video games, as well as interviews with actors, directors, and musicians. The site covers various film festivals like the New York Film Festival.
Slant Magazine first launched in 2001. On January 21, 2010, the site relaunched and absorbed the entertainment blog The House Next Door, founded by former New York Times and New York Press writer Matt Zoller Seitz and maintained by Time Out New York film critic Keith Uhlich, who continues as the blog's editor.
Style and attitude
The magazine's music section originally focused very heavily on pop music but increasingly more indie-oriented music, including country, has been heavily reviewed on the site.
For games, the magazine strongly tends to give high scores to Sony PlayStation games, and on the other hand gives lower scores to games of Nintendo consoles, Xbox and PCs, comparing to the majority of other video game media.
In the media
Slant's reviews, which A. O. Scott of The New York Times has described as "passionate and often prickly," have occasionally been the source of debate and discourse online and in the media. Ed Gonzalez's review of Kevin Gage's 2005 film Chaos sparked some controversy when Roger Ebert quoted it in his review of the film for the Chicago Sun-Times; The New York Press quoted another Slant writer, Keith Uhlich, in a review of the Michael Bay film The Island; and Gonzalez, who writes regularly for The Village Voice film section, was recently praised by former Voice critic Nathan Lee for his attention to politics and pop culture in a lively and interesting way.
KillerStartups.com, a web community that reviews websites for both entrepreneurs and investors, called Slant "one of the most influential online sources of news, comment, opinion and controversy in the world of indie, pop and mainstream entertainment."
On January 21, 2010, MovieMaker named Slant Magazine's blog, The House Next Door, one of the "50 Best Blogs for Moviemakers", and on January 26, 2010, The House Next Door was named one of "18 obsessive, cantankerous, and unstoppable Gotham blogs worth going ape over" by the Village Voice.
Slant Magazine employs two different rating systems:
- Films and television programs are rated using the traditional four-star system.
- Albums, DVDs and video games are rated using a five-star system.
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