Which film critics do you trust (if any?)

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Also not a single mention of Scott MacDonald here? Sometimes responsible for some rather grand (for effect?) claims, but you can't fault his curiosity and enthusiasm.

Pizzataco Five (admrl), Wednesday, 7 September 2011 22:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

i kinda wish Jonathan Rosenbaum would flesh this out a little:

I’ve recently been thinking that a considerable portion of what I find the most detestable in contemporary commercial filmmaking can be summed up in a single trend: exploitation movies that go out into the world as “serious” art movies,. Admittedly, two very early examples of this trend in talkies, Lang’s M and Hawks’ Scarface, are two of the greatest movies ever made, though neither of these can be accused of stroking and glorifying the audience’s hypocrisy. But ever since the Godfather pictures, it seems, artiness has been working overtime as a kind of built-in alibi for many of the baser impulses in the audience –- various kinds of cynicism viewing corruption as inescapable, everyday, and deeply profound (e.g., Avatar, The Girlfriend Experience, Contagion), extreme violence as a function of specious and hypocritical morality (or, even worse, “sensitivity,” as in Drive–or, for that matter, The Passion of the Christ), gimmicky temporal structures (e.g., Tarantino, Memento, Babel) or fatuous psychologizing that are somehow supposed to dignify various forms of boorishness or nastiness (ranging from McQueen’s sexist complacencies and brutalities in Shame to von Trier’s dubious and ongoing validation of his own depression as a practical tool for coping with glitzy catastrophes and atrocities of his own making), and even the sort of Oscar-mongering that can cast a liberal activist as a racist thug (Rampart) to show us how “complex” the modern world is supposed to be.


ryan, Monday, 10 October 2011 19:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

An Immodest Proposal on the Koisian Phenomenon:


Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 26 January 2012 16:08 (4 years ago) Permalink

Pretty funny, though I'm not sure it quite gets at what's so awful about the Slate Culture Gabfest. Kois' rise to niche-prominence has been worth it for Kenny's endless Twitter axe-grinding.

Just watched a boring and wildly unilluminating roundtable on Charlie Rose with A.O. Scott (who has a Nobbs boner, apparently), Denby, and Dana Stevens. Predictably terrible.

encarta it (Gukbe), Thursday, 26 January 2012 19:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Bought a ticket for this next month at our new documentary theatre:


It's dated 2009, but there are only nine user reviews, and I'd never heard of it till now. Anyone seen it?

clemenza, Friday, 17 February 2012 23:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

I saw it at the National Gallery with a Q&A with the director and Jonathan Rosenbaum afterward. The film is not terribly illuminating if you know about it...it's very general and also American-specific (so Cahiers et al don't really feature). Still, it's nice to see the profession get some love, even if it is only from those within the profession.

encarta it (Gukbe), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

Though for me the Q&A afterwards was the best part w/ good discussion.

encarta it (Gukbe), Friday, 17 February 2012 23:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

Thanks. There'll be a Q&A here too, with the director (good) and some local critics (maybe not).

clemenza, Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

holy shit stanley kauffmann is 95 years old. and still writing completely forgettable prose.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

it pays not to have far to fall

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've got to stick up for Kauffmann. From the early '60s to well into the '80s, I think he was one of the greatest film critics ever.

clemenza, Saturday, 18 February 2012 01:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Wesley Morris wins Pulitzer.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 April 2012 19:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

I've never read him. He had some segments in the film-critic documentary mentioned above--seemed pretty level-headed.

clemenza, Monday, 16 April 2012 22:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

ive never read him either but i just googled him and he sounds cool:

The Lucky One movie review -- The Lucky One showtimes - The ...
4 days ago – Seeing her and Efron fumble at each other is like watching a stick of butter and a bag of flour not turn into cake. (101 min., PG-13) (Wesley Morris)

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

who are some cool critics i should be reading. ive never been a guy who reads many reviews, so i dont really know my denbys from my scotts.

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 10:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

David Edelstein (heretical Paulette).

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 12:29 (4 years ago) Permalink

stay far, far away from anyone who has ever been called a 'paulette.'

dave kehr is good.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hoberman still writing here and elsewhere:


World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

i've been getting hoberman and rosenbaum mixed up for a zillion years. rosenbaum's retired right?

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

He has a blog.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

stay far, far away from anyone who has ever been called a 'paulette.'

Majorly disagree. The more important question is, did they stay there or eventually break away? If they took the good stuff and then moved on, that's a positive.

clemenza, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

He has a blog.
--World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius)

Yup: http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.com

Waterloo? Oh, we've sunsetted that. (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 19:57 (4 years ago) Permalink

Edelstein and Zacharek of the glossy critics; Rosenbaum, Thomson, Taubin, Kenny, and the Slant crew elsewhere.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

david bordwell's blog is gd

usually enjoy jonathan romney's contributions to sight and sound

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah ive been reading bordwell's blog lately. that guy knows his shit!

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 20:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

Bordwell is great for a specific thing. It's funny how much academics hate him though.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 21:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

what specific thing is that

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 24 April 2012 21:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

afaik academics partic hate the classroom popularity of bordwell's Film Art: An introduction bk, and esp the 'formalist'/historical approach to film reading offered therein (as opposed to the more politically engaged/textualist wing of robin wood, andrew britton etc). for me, film art is a p valuable introductory text to certain questions that are worth raising and thinking abt in relation to film, but obv its not the whole story, doesn't pretend to be, tho' it is polemical in intent, i guess (it also has some v well chosen images/examples that have, along w/ the relatively accessible content/style, made it a popular film studies 'tool'.) i really like bordwell's bk on ozu, and in the 80s i attended a personally revealatory ozu season at the nft that he curated and introduced. so yay.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 21:15 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh and tim lucas usually writes abt interesting films on his blog:


Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 21:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

David Hudson, keeper of the Mubi Notebook, will now be giving you essential daily news (ie, Sl4nt links) here:


World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 May 2012 18:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Stephanie Zacharek deep6'd at Movieline

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 June 2012 16:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

Found out yesterday – it sucks.

a regina spektor is haunting europe (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 June 2012 16:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

also, Jim Emerson slaps around this David Carr person who I'm glad I've generally ignored up til now:


World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 June 2012 17:01 (4 years ago) Permalink

Carr is the primary subject of that Page One doc about the NYT, IIRC.

Never translate Dutch (jaymc), Friday, 8 June 2012 17:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

He's also awesome in that scene where she smacks down the Vice assholes.

Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Friday, 8 June 2012 17:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

well now we know he likes to say ridiculous things about film criticism.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Friday, 8 June 2012 17:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

yeah. Carr is worth reading though.

Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Friday, 8 June 2012 17:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

One email even linked to its author’s “takedown of Paul Blart: Mall Cop”, a piece that had been posted about three months after that movie was released, which is to say about two months after it was forgotten.

Way to avoid open-mike-night stylings.

old people are made of poop (Eric H.), Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

Should he even be calling it criticism since he is mostly referring to internet flash mob? Also, lol at someone writing in Britishes newspaper complaining about snark.

Can we be shown Zardoz + Nick Lowe? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 14 June 2012 10:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

post in here in case people missed the other thread: RIP Andrew Sarris


Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Wednesday, 20 June 2012 18:14 (4 years ago) Permalink

I admired AS's unapologetic Francophilia. In '96-97 he even did top-10 French lists for the year.


Also, he helped me learn to love silents, screwball, and Fassbinder.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 20 June 2012 18:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

Andrew Sarris RIP

Fas Ro Duh (Gukbe), Wednesday, 20 June 2012 18:20 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Didn't realize Hoberman has a new collection coming out:


(Big photo.) He's going to be in Toronto for a signing on the 9th, so, even though I hate getting mixed up with that whole film-festival crowd, I will make an effort to get out to that.

clemenza, Saturday, 1 September 2012 01:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

First Andrew Sarris, then Judith Crist also died this summer.

Josefa, Saturday, 1 September 2012 04:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

podcast with extensive interviews with film critics/bloggers. i've listened to the Keith Uhlich one and it was enjoyable. http://www.thecinephiliacs.net/

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Saturday, 1 September 2012 05:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

He's a bro and super gay.

Eric H., Saturday, 1 September 2012 06:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

he goes hard after A Single Man. it was funny.

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Saturday, 1 September 2012 06:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

we all should

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 1 September 2012 08:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

where does Hoberman write now? (after being dismissed from Village Voice?)

nostormo, Saturday, 1 September 2012 09:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

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