Peter Rainer is a lecturer at the New York Film Academy Los Angeles (NYFA-LA).
Rainer is also the film critic for the Christian Science Monitor and can be heard regularly on NPR’s Film Week on KPCC-FM. He was one of three finalists in 1998 for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and is a three-time winner of the Arts and Entertainment Journalism Award for Best Online Film Critic. Rainer is also president of the National Society of Film Critics and has appeared as a film commentator on CNN, ABC News World Tonight, Bloomberg Radio, and Nightline.
Additionally, Rainer has served as film critic for New York Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, New Times Los Angeles and Los Angeles magazine. His writings have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and GQ. He has also written and co-produced two A&E biographies–on Sidney Poitier and John Huston–as well as co-authoring the 1977 film Joyride. He has served on the main juries for both the Venice and Montreal film festivals.
Rainer continues to immerse NYFA students with decades of film history, knowledge, and insight.
Rainer’s Roundtable at NYFA
In this series, Peter Rainer sits down with NYFA students and discusses film production, critique, and the filmmaking process.
Rainer on Film
With Rainer on Film, Peter Rainer dives deeper into film trends with video essays that incorporate clips from films as well as behind-the-scenes photos and footage. In its debut episode, the film critic discusses films of the 60’s and 70’s. In the second episode, Rainer moves on to the films of the 80’s, while the third episode dives into the indie movement and the technology used in 80’s and 90’s films.
The NYFA Hour on Popcorn Talk
Popcorn Talk Network is the online broadcast network with programming dedicated exclusively to movie discussion, news, interviews, and commentary. In The NYFA Hour, the New York Film Academy hosted an array of knowledgable industry personalities, with multiple guest appearances with Peter Rainer.
In the episode below, Rainer joins host Pegah Rad to discuss the art of film critique and how cinema has changed since he started writing about the movies:
The Back Lot – NYFA Podcast
The Backlot podcast aims to offer our students and you, the listener, expert insight into the film and entertainment industry through top notch instructors and A-list guests.
Check out the August 24, 2020 episode where guest Peter Rainer discusses the profession of film critique as well as legendary directors from Scorsese to Altman.
Check out the June 22, 2020 episode where guest Peter Rainer discusses his career, approach to film critique and how critics can uplift films that would otherwise go relatively unnoticed.
Check out the April 27, 2020 episode where guest Peter Rainer discusses the films and directors that inspired him as both a critic and moviegoer, including films like The Godfather, Bonnie and Clyde, M*A*S*H.
Check out the April 13, 2020 episode where guest Peter Rainer discusses the 2020 Oscars ceremony.
Check out the July 22, 2019 episode where guest Peter Rainer discusses the Hollywood artists we lost in 2018.
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