Caren Weiner Campbell
July 19, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

It’s poetry in motion pictures: The Ottawa-based duo of writer/painter Nikolaus Maack and software developer Michael T. Richter hosts this archive of 17-syllable movie commentaries — some of which are more artful than the films they critique. More often, however, the poet-critics take a more acerbic tone, as in Maack’s pan of Wild Wild West: ”No matter how huge/a robot spider cannot/save an entire film.” Even cinematic masters get their share of deft abuse, as in Matt Carson’s exasperated dismissal of Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut: ”Please speak more quickly./I’m sick of waiting for the/Full frontal action.” Feeling inspired? Use your muse to express boos or woo-hoos — and then submit your haikus (via e-mail to Maack) for page views.

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