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Slant Magazine is an online publication that features reviews of movies, music, DVDs and TV shows, as well as interviews with actors, directors and musicians. Roger Ebert has called co-publisher and film editor Ed Gonzalez a "critic I admire" because of his "forcible writing style." The site, launched in 2001, frequently covers film festivals like the New York Film Festival.

Style and attitude

Slant's music section originally focused very heavily on pop music but in recent years more indie-oriented music, including country, has been heavily reviewed on the site.

Since the Iraq War began, the editorial content has gotten more political, but the focus remains on entertainment.

Slant in the media

In a recent article, The New York Times called Slant "a repository of passionate and often prickly pop-cultural analysis." Slant's reviews have often 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 debate when Roger Ebert quoted Gonzalez in review of the film in the Chicago Sun-Times; The New York Pressmarker 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.

Most recently,, 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."

Rating system

Slant employs two different rating systems:

  • Films and television programs are rated using the traditional 4-star system.
  • Albums and DVDs are rated using a 5-star system.


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