Which film critics do you trust (if any?)

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None of 'em. Definitely not Armand White (although I'd rather read his reviews than say Eberts.)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 21:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

Oh, AMY TAUBIN

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Friday, 2 December 2005 21:56 (8 years ago) Permalink

Armand White is brilliant. Don't join the conspiracy, fight it.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 21:57 (8 years ago) Permalink

C01in's list and Alfred's list are pretty good, though I've never read any film criticism by this Soto guy.

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 21:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

I'm trolling because I don't have a real answer. I sort of hate them all.

Maybe J Hoberman.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 21:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

He's far from brilliant and he likes tons of stuff I can't stand, but like I said he's interesting at times and his reviews can often be funny.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 21:58 (8 years ago) Permalink

I like reading Edelstein more than any other mainstream critic. He was unforgivably wrong about Domino, though.

Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Friday, 2 December 2005 21:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

There's a guy in Film Comment who is pretty good and amusing too. I can't remember his name. Hes very punny.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

Gavin Smith?

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

No, not Guy Maddin either.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

Howard Hampton, maybe.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

Also David Thomson IS (IMHO) great if you want to read about a certain kind of film (or more specifically a certain kind of actor).

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:03 (8 years ago) Permalink

Bradshaw can be funny but he's more often frustrating. i tended to either strongly agree or strongly disagree with his reviews but i'm not sure any more since i don't go and see movies (and don't really miss it). Philip French is the worst, he just gives a plot summary these days.

jed_ (jed), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

Kent Jones? He did the hilarious 'fingerbanging the origin of the world' blurb for Anatomy of Hell.

Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

Thomson is one of the few critics who seems to think aloud while writing and is still compelling.

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

I don't really "trust" him, but David Ansen from Newsweek is kinda useful cuz he seems to be EXACTLY in tune with the going critical consensus on a film...he's a one man Metacritic!

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

that was an xpost about the Film Comment writer

Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:04 (8 years ago) Permalink

You've got be able to properly deploy your "Bressonian"s and "Brechtian"s.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:05 (8 years ago) Permalink

If I can Brecht it down for just a second here.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

I can't imagine liking David Thomson unless you want to consistantly read about how disillusioned with cinema he is and how any new celebrated (non-American) filmmaker will never rival the old masters.

(you're right though, his writing on acting is great.)

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:06 (8 years ago) Permalink

I can't imagine liking David Thomson unless you want to consistantly read about how disillusioned with cinema he is and how any new celebrated (non-American) filmmaker will never rival the old masters.

Except Wes Anderson, apparently!

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

David Thomson is totally one of those people who I can imagine playing his own wife in drag.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:07 (8 years ago) Permalink

Of course I do that all the time, which is why I can spot it so easily.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:08 (8 years ago) Permalink

I have no idea who any of these people you guys are talking about are.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

Well, if you put down Fangoria for just a second...

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:10 (8 years ago) Permalink

Gavin Smith has sat in my row at films twice this year, and fidgets too much.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:11 (8 years ago) Permalink

Haha what makes you think I read Fangoria?

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

:)

Call it a hunch.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:12 (8 years ago) Permalink

...Do you?

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:13 (8 years ago) Permalink

I can't remember the last time I saw a movie wholely because of a review I read. I can't stand reading movie reviews though for the most part.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

I see Gavin Smith at Film Forum pretty frequently.

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

No, I don't.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

Reviews are better after you've seen the movie.

Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:15 (8 years ago) Permalink

Reading film criticism is about as fun as watching paint dry. I like interviews with directors occassionally, but only when the interviewer does not ask the director about HIS PROCESS.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:17 (8 years ago) Permalink

Haha.

WHY?

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:18 (8 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I used to see GS at screenings allatime as well.

You're a hard man, Alex.

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

Because it's such a vague and stupid question and directors always give the lamest answers.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:20 (8 years ago) Permalink

I generally skip interviews and read tons of criticism (generally after I've seen the movie--though I read the whole Voice and Chicago Reader sections when they come out).

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:21 (8 years ago) Permalink

I like good film criticism. It's like any good writing. There's just not enough of it. I like it when it's creative and funny and contrary and mad.

I am here all afternoon to pepper your board with the obvious.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:23 (8 years ago) Permalink

"I like good film criticism."

Of which there is basically like none.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:26 (8 years ago) Permalink

That's not true at all. (You said yourself you don't read any and haven't heard of any of the critics listed!)

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

This is just what he's like.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:28 (8 years ago) Permalink

Colin and I are leading parallel lives (sorry, bub).

Reading film criticism is about as fun as watching paint dry.

Alex quoting a Gene Hackman private-eye character pretending to be an Eric Rohmer critic! C'mon man, that's extreme -- there is no good MUSIC criticism...

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

alex's compulsion to keep talking on this thread despite stating he hates everything is interesting to me.

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

not as interesting as watching paint dry though

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

i find it queer.

the jaymcfox (jaymc), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

Paint is hilarious!

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

nabisco otm

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

uff, sorry wrong thread!

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:34 (8 years ago) Permalink

but sooner or later he'll post here and he'll be otm.

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:34 (8 years ago) Permalink


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