Matthew Hays is a prolific cultural critic who, aside from publishing many academic journal articles and books, wrote for years in Montreal on everything in cinema, from porn to puppets to gun culture to corporate psychopaths. Always politically peppy and insightful, Hays oscillates between biting critique and irreverent humour, but always engages with accessible, provocative, and witty prose. Art Threat learned that the treasure trove of Hays’s writings had gone off line and in an effort to preserve his creative output and repurpose selections timed with certain moments and events, we will be presenting, from time to time, classics from the Hays Archives. To launch this effort we are republishing Hays’s review of Bowling for Columbine from ten years earlier, to mark the decade anniversary of that game-changing documentary.
On Matthew Hays (from Concordia University): Matthew Hays is a Montreal-based critic and journalist. He was a film critic for the weekly Montreal Mirror since 1993. His articles have also appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Daily Beast, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Advocate, The Walrus, CBC Arts Online, Cineaction!, Cineaste, POV, Cinema Scope, Montage, The Toronto Star, The Canadian Theatre Review, This Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter and Xtra. His book, The View From Here: Conversations with Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers (Arsenal Pulp Press), was cited by Quill & Quire as one of the best books of 2007 and won a 2008 Lambda Literary Award. Hays won the 2007 Concordia Alumni Association’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He is the co-editor (with Concordia professor Thomas Waugh) of the Queer Film Classics book series, which will be published from 2009-2015. Hays served as a programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008 and 2009. He teaches courses in the Cinema, Communication Studies and Journalism departments at Concordia.