Vincent “Vinnie” Piturro, PhD, is best known around Stapleton as the “Indie Prof”. He writes monthly film reviews for the Front Porch newspaper, facilitates neighborhood “cinema in the park talks,” teaches Cinema Studies at Metropolitan State University and often can be found around Denver talking at film events.
Just a few weeks ago, Vinnie launched a new website, Prof-Review, where lovers of foreign, indie and documentary films and original new series can pay a nominal fee to subscribe and receive a new review penned by Vinnie via email each Friday.
Subscribers also receive:
- A database of reviewed films, categorized by genre
- Where to find the films/shows
- Information on upcoming premieres
- Access to the members area of the website with special content, including interviews with filmmakers, classic pics, student reviews and guest reviews
“People are always asking me to recommend good movies to them,” Vinnie says. “It’s really hard to find reviews for films that don’t play at the multiplex and aren’t mass marketed and if they are foreign films it’s nearly impossible to find a review in English. Prof-Review brings all these difficult to find films into one place.”
Vinnie’s personal love of film began at an early age, “watching tons of movies on the couch with my dad,” he says. “I was a huge movie fan.”
After attending his first film class in college, he realized that he wanted to teach film.
“I knew I wanted to take my love of film and turn it into an academic career and a lifelong passion,” he says. “Rather than just escapist entertainment, the films I review will hopefully move you and maybe even turn you on to a topic that you’ve never been turned on to in other ways – like new cultures and new subjects.”
He notes the documentary Blackfish as an example of how a film changed the way Sea World did business and how Night and Fog, a short documentary filmed in the 1950s changed how the world viewed the Holocaust.
Vinnie says that subscribers to his site will always receive positive, informative and professional reviews. Reviews of original series will include shows found on video-on-demand services like Amazon and Netflix. A one-year subscription costs $2/month (or $24/year – the average cost of two movie tickets).
If you’re the type who likes to try before you buy, Vinnie provides access to an archive of all the 70-plus reviews he’s written for the Front Porch on his site.
Deal Alert: He’s also offering a special discount to Stapleton Scoop readers. Receive $5 off a year subscription (normally $24) by entering the code SCOOP at checkout. Offer available until June 30, 2016.