Which film critics do you trust (if any?)

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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

Oh, I thought that was a joke about how everybody says "nabisco otm", even when the context doesn't warrant it!

It was hilarious.

xp

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

i enjoyed that joke.

the jaymcfox (jaymc), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

It was. But then I tried to cover my tracks.
(xpost)

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

But why would you do that?

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:36 (8 years ago) Permalink

i think ken was trying to cover his tracks.
(xpost!!!)

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

see, like that. that wasn't really an x-post. but i made it look like it was. it's fun.

jaymc (jaymc), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

I had a joke and then I thought of another joke and then I needed to set it up

(multiple xpost)

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:38 (8 years ago) Permalink

I revived this thread only so I could quote Dave Kehr and imply that Williamsburg Noise Dudes watch Bullitt just to butch up.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:39 (8 years ago) Permalink

What's "Williamsburg"?

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:39 (8 years ago) Permalink

Why do they need to butch up? Is Noize girly?

Erick Dampier is better than Shaq (miloaukerman), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

I don't know from the movie Bullitt, but I have cat named Bullitt, an orange tabby just like Ian's was, and he is a prince among cats.

(If I haven't ruined the joke for you by now, here's the stake-driver's confession: at the very start I thought the jaymcfox WAS the nabiscofox, causing the now-classic ILX-meme to flood my brain)

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:43 (8 years ago) Permalink

'Cause they won't let Morbs post on the Noize Musical thread anymore.
(xpost)

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:45 (8 years ago) Permalink

Rosenbaum/Ebert, maybe some Scott or Hoberman here and there

really don't like Zacharek anymore. don't get Thomson a-tall

gabbneb (gabbneb), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:46 (8 years ago) Permalink

would you trust anyh of these people to house sit for you? to take care of your kid or cat?

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

There should really be more female film critics. Looking at this thread, it's kind of ridiculous.

xp

Actually, David Thomson would do a good job of that yes.

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:48 (8 years ago) Permalink

Actually, Molly Haskell - who, as Morbius is wont to point out, is Andrew Sarris' wife - is a good critic.

k/l (Ken L), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:50 (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!)"

Yes well, I was exagerrating. I just haven't heard of David Thomsom and Kent Jones.

I guess what it comes down to is that film criticism is inadequate for making me want to go see a movie. It's better for explaining/discussing a film after I've seen it, but usually by the time I have seen it I don't want to read about it as much as I want to talk about it. Music criticism is the exact opposite though. Music criticism makes me want to hear (or not hear) music.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

I like Bullitt and I enjoy the car chase! i think there's more to it than that. However, I really like Dave Kehr. And Ebert, Rosenbaum, Godfrey Cheshire, a few others. I don't necessarily trust any film critics, though. They're just assholes like the rest of us, except their opinions have a public forum. I don't hate any critics, either, with the notable exceptions of Armond White (a contrarian bully who fights the same strawmen in each column) and Peter Travers (a horrible writer/quote whore who falls back on the same adjectives and sentences every other column)

gear (gear), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

i definitely trust film critics more than i trust music critics, that's for damn sure!

gear (gear), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:53 (8 years ago) Permalink

I find Hoberman to be the smartest, and the least likely to fall for the stuff that I find to be bullshitty.

Abbadabba Berman (Hurting), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

Does Haskell still write for a mag?

Zacharek, like Kael, I've liked for the writing more than the taste.

Like some have said, I read critics in detail to crystallize my feelings about a film after I've seen it. Just saw this rather baffling Claire Denis film The Intruder and I'm at sea given the absence of available discussion about it.

Cheshire was so good in NY Press; does he have another gig?

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

Fair enough.

Can music criticism RUIN music like film criticism can? Has anyone ever heard a song and thought "that drum break would be way more fun and exciting and surprising if Lester Bangs hadn't told me it was coming"?

Soledad (nordicskilla), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:55 (8 years ago) Permalink

I don't know what happened to Cheshire, exactly. I admire him in retrospect. I don't know why they canned him, except perhaps he wasn't as "controversial" as White and not as cheap as Seitz.

gear (gear), Friday, 2 December 2005 22:56 (8 years ago) Permalink


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