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Host a Movie Party Fit for a Film Critic

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Sometimes entertaining should be easy does it, like a fuss-free night where an at-home screening takes the starring role. Plan for a laidback one-pot meal along with some homemade concession stand-style movie snacks. The first step? Turn on the rice cooker. That’s right — after consulting Roger Ebert’s “method book” about rice cooker meals, The Pot and How to Use It, we spoke to the film critic himself about utilizing the machine to make simple, inventive meals for friends. “The primary shortcut is the rice cooker itself,” Ebert says. “Assemble your ingredients and it does the cooking.”

Improvisation and a sense for what flavors go together are key to pulling off a one-pot rice cooker meal. The easiest part is actually the cooking — just prep some simple ingredients and seasoning and pop them in the cooker. Ebert suggests, “For example, brown onions, garlic, and peppers in a little oil in the rice cooker, then add a grain such as brown rice and such vegetables as some to hand. Add spices. Garam masala is reliable.”

As far as planning a menu, Ebert says, “The meal can be very casual. I always however include a salad and fruit or fruit salad for dessert.” To go with garam masala-spiced rice and vegetables, try a Coriander-Dusted Avocado, Chickpea, and Scallion Salad. Or combine citrus and greens for a bright and crunchy Pea Shoots, Radish, and Kumquat Salad. Fruit salads are so versatile, they can be a savory side or a decadently sweet dessert — here are eight of our favorites.

For a movie night with friends, the hardest part can be agreeing on a film, so go for classics that everyone will get a kick out of. “A Buster Keaton classic never fails,” Ebert says. “Every Thanksgiving we show either Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or What's Cooking?” The meal can even be inspired by the dish — for the Indian-spiced rice dish above, screen Bride and Prejudice, a Bollywood-style adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. Let the movie genre direct the theme for the night; for a Western, Ebert suggests making franks and beans, with lots of onions, chopped bacon, and a little molasses, all in the rice pot.

As for snacks, the critic’s choice is Hot Tamales candies, though a still-spicy spin on a classic is Sriracha-buttered popcorn. Other ideas can be as hands-off as a flavor-your-own popcorn bar, as simple as tossing together some salty nuts and chocolate chips, or as sophisticated as making homemade peanut butter cups. With a little planning, some creativity, and, of course, a rice cooker, a dinner and movie with friends can be as easy as pressing the power button.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


How to be a film critic with Simran Hans

Observer film critic Simran Hans leads this insightful virtual workshop that will guide you through the fundamentals of reading a film, writing film criticism, and getting your work in front of editors.

Online workshop
Date:
Thursday 3 June 2021
Times: 6pm-8pm (BST)

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Simran Hans film writer / critic bylines for Observer New Review April 2017 Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose/The Observer

Last modified on Thu 6 May 2021 18.02 BST

Over the past year you might have become something of a movie connoisseur, using your evenings to dip into the most highly rated classics, or to taste foreign cult favourites that were sorely overlooked at their release. But have you ever considered putting your perspective onto the page?

There’s more to being a film critic than merely having an opinion about films you also need to possess a unique voice or take that will entice your audience to either schedule in time to see your recommendations - or place them firmly on their black list. Whether you are versed in the art of journalistic and critical writing or just a budding cinephile, our new masterclass with Observer film critic Simran Hans will provide an informative and engaging foundation for you to begin writing down your critiques - and then get them out into the world.

Course content

How to critically watch a film

Audio criticism and the podcast format

Introduction to the industry landscape and the pitching process

This course is for…

Beginner or early career writers who want to develop their voice as a film critic

Film fans who are looking for a framework to be a more critical and engaged viewer

Tutor Profile

Simran Hans is a freelance culture writer and broadcaster based in London. She has been a film critic for The Observer since 2017. You can read her reviews in print every other Sunday or online here. She is co-host of the podcast TwentyTwenty, about pop culture from the year 2000, with music journalist Tara Joshi. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle. Simran’s bylines include BuzzFeed, Dazed, Empire, The Guardian, New Statesman, Sight & Sound, Variety and VICE among others.


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