Which film critics do you trust (if any?)

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Peter Bradshaw personally - he can be relied upon to be totally wrong.

N. (nickdastoor), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 12:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Ditto with Alexander Walker. I've become a bit intrigued with Philip French's style these days too where he rarely says if he thinks a film is any good or not unless it really stinks. His piece on Insomnia was most lopsided article.

Pete (Pete), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 14:21 (seventeen years ago) link

Joe Queenan, who is the rightest person to have ever existed. The only critic in any of the arts I actually look up to, really.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 14:25 (seventeen years ago) link

I *really* like Joe Queenan, but I take his more extreme reactions with a pinch of salt. I love his non-film books too. Is he the most sarcastic writer ever?

Alan (Alan), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 14:30 (seventeen years ago) link

There appears to be no correlation whatever, positive or negative, between how good Barbara Ellen thinks a film is and how good I or anyone else thinks it is. She really is a phenomenon, like a wind-vane unaffected by the weather.

ArfArf, Wednesday, 4 September 2002 14:33 (seventeen years ago) link

I find that I agree with Roger Ebert a lot.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 15:09 (seventeen years ago) link

-p

mark s (mark s), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 15:10 (seventeen years ago) link

i like elvis mitchell - he's at the ny times, but somehow he actually manages to be cool. plus he liked "like mike", which is the litmus test of any good reviewer obv

geeta (geeta), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 15:18 (seventeen years ago) link

I read "The Altering Eye" by Robert Philip Kolker, and it was quite good, though he came down hard on some films that strayed from the doctrines of the nouvelle vague and italian neorealism.

I HEARTILY recommend the movie "Il Mio Viaggio en Italia" directed by Scorcese. It is not of the "consumer guide" school of criticism, but rather "such and such makes me feel magical, and I want you to feel this way too". Magic!

Aaron Grossman (aajjgg), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 15:34 (seventeen years ago) link

I frequently read Roger Ebert's reviews and am fairly familiar with his particular tastes. Therefore, I can usually tell if I won't like a film even if he gives it a positive review (and vice versa), but more often than not, I agree with him.

Ebert's tastes:
* Usually thinks favorably of documentaries. He named Hoop Dreams the best film of the 90s, and he called Gates of Heaven (a *wonderful* doc about a pet cemetery) one of his all-time favorite movies.
* Usually overlooks flaws in favor of experimentation. He was very impressed with Natural Born Killers because of the risks it took, and didn't penalize it for being, uhm, self-indulgent.
* Likes sexy movies. The guy WROTE Beyond the Valley of the Dolls fer cryin' out loud.
* Doesn't buy into hype. He (or his paper) pays for all his own expenses at press junkets, instead of enjoying their freebies, I heard. Sometimes I think he actually penalizes hype. For example, he liked Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels but didn't like Snatch (which I thought was nearly as good).
* Usually likes philosophical movies.
* Likes Drew Barrymore, Neve Campbell, and Angelina Jolie. This explains the positive reviews for Tomb Raider, Original Sin, Riding in Cars with Boys, Scream 2, etc.
* Reviews films within their genre. If I'm not mistaken, he caught a lot of flak for recommending some Benji movie and giving a thumbs-down to Full Metal Jacket the same week. I think his stance was that Benji, as a kids' movie, was good. Full Metal Jacket, being uneven and unsatisfying, was a Vietnam movie that didn't deliver.

The movie reviewers for the Onion's AV Club are usually pretty tough customers, so when they strongly recommend something, I usually take note.

Also recommended: Vern. See for yourself.

Ernest P., Wednesday, 4 September 2002 16:38 (seventeen years ago) link

Jonathan Rosenbaum is very good.

Tracer Hand (tracerhand), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 16:47 (seventeen years ago) link

stephanie zacharek at salon gets it more right than wrong

mark p (Mark P), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 17:15 (seventeen years ago) link

Damien Love. Finally... you see!

david h (david h), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 17:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Chris Fujiwara is really good. Very lucid, clear, and knowledgable, maybe a little dry. Very unforgiving about Hollywood. His bits in the Hermenaut are really good, I mean, a calm, well-reasoned inquiry into trash nun movies? How fantastic is that?

g.cannon (gcannon), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 17:18 (seventeen years ago) link

He was very impressed with Natural Born Killers because of the risks it took, and didn't penalize it for being, uhm, self-indulgent.

Removing the self-indulgence from "NBK" would remove 70% of the satire.

Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 17:25 (seventeen years ago) link

"love scenes shot to look like douche commercials"

this is what s. zacharek said abt attack of the clones. it is just one of MANY reasons why she is grebt

mark p (Mark P), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 17:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Oh, and everyone should read his parallel essay on the restorations of Raw Power and Touch of Evil.

and yes lucid and clear is redundant.

g.cannon (gcannon), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 17:33 (seventeen years ago) link

Removing the self-indulgence from "NBK" would remove 70% of the satire.

I agree completely. Well, make that 75%. The film *had* to be completely unrestrained. That said, watching Oliver Stone masturbate is not agreeable to everyone. Some care, some don't.

Ernest P., Wednesday, 4 September 2002 18:33 (seventeen years ago) link

owen gliberman.

anthony easton (anthony), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 18:39 (seventeen years ago) link

Walter Monheit. (He would have had something good to say about Like Mike, geeta!)

rosemary (rosemary), Wednesday, 4 September 2002 19:07 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't usually trust film critics, but I like to read film reviews by people like Elvis Mitchell or J. Hoberman for background information. I trust more film theatres, repertory, etc. Film curators like, in New York, Film Forum, Anthology Film Archives, etc. Btw, anyone see the review in the New Yorker wondering about the propriety of releasing such an "anti-American" film as Godard's new one near the anniversary of that date that I don't want to name? WTF??

Mary (Mary), Thursday, 5 September 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Salon's Charles Taylor is pretty good, despite the fact that he appears to never review a pre-1995 movie without first checking to see what Kael thought about it.

Justyn Dillingham (Justyn Dillingham), Thursday, 5 September 2002 01:12 (seventeen years ago) link

Lucius Shepard. I just wish he wrote more reviews.

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Friday, 6 September 2002 05:16 (seventeen years ago) link

in the past, the film reviewers in the Melody Maker and NME were pretty reliable as they were broadly people like me and thus liked the same kind of films that I do. I seldom read the NME so I can't say whether this is still the case.

I do think that in general most film reviewers are cockfarmers. They seem to fall into two camps - either they are Empire-style chasers of whatever's popular, or else they are up their own arses pretentious film afficionados.

DV (dirtyvicar), Saturday, 7 September 2002 10:54 (seventeen years ago) link

NME doesn't review films, books, art exhibitions, or whatever anymore. I think this was one of Steve Sutherland's many "innovations".

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 7 September 2002 10:56 (seventeen years ago) link

Jonathan Rosenbaum is very good, always thought-provoking. I won't necessarily see something because he plugged it - I just like to read him. His reviews are always about lots of other things besides the film itself.

Kerry_, Saturday, 7 September 2002 13:23 (seventeen years ago) link

Film critics almost don't exist in my life. I have, purely by chance, caught the end of The Movie Show on SBS perhaps 3 times in my life and the critics on that disagree with each other unless the movie they are discussing is about Aboriginals, in which case they both like it.

I don't think I've ever read a written movie review except to glance across it when browsing a (usually outdated) newspaper.

It wouldn't matter anyway because I like (almost) everything I see (I don't watch suspense movies, so I don't get a chance to not like them).

I do like analyses of movies though, no matter how the author has read the movie. Analyses rock!

toraneko (toraneko), Saturday, 7 September 2002 14:05 (seventeen years ago) link

Isn't it like, 4AM in the morning in Australia, toraneko? Haven't you got work to go to?

N. (nickdastoor), Saturday, 7 September 2002 14:13 (seventeen years ago) link

It's like 2:15 am and tomorrow's Sunday. Oh, and I don't work.

toraneko (toraneko), Saturday, 7 September 2002 14:14 (seventeen years ago) link

I was thinking it was Sunday. OVER HERE. I am an idiot. And anyway - no work anyway as you say. I was being presumptious..

N. (nickdastoor), Saturday, 7 September 2002 14:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Actually, it is Sunday but it's 2:18 am on Sunday and until I've woken up on Sunday it still feels like Sunday is tomorrow.

I think I will go to bed now though. Thanks for reminding me of the ungodly o'clock that it is.

toraneko (toraneko), Saturday, 7 September 2002 14:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Further idiocy - I can't spell presumptuous. I thought it looked wrong. And I just got 9/9 on MSN's grammar test, too. 'Do you diagram sentences in your spare time?' it asked me. I don't even know what that means.

N. (nickdastoor), Saturday, 7 September 2002 14:23 (seventeen years ago) link

theo's century of movies

This guy consistenly blows me away with very short capsule reviews. And since there is a very high chance I fucked that link up here it is again: http://leonardo.spidernet.net/Artus/2386/

ryan, Saturday, 7 September 2002 16:54 (seventeen years ago) link


"love scenes shot to look like douche commercials"

sound pretty good to me;

anyway, that critic can't talk: she has actual commercials splattered ludicrously through her text.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 10 September 2002 16:01 (seventeen years ago) link

I guess the question implies critic-as-consumer guide, but...

the best British newspaper film writer is Romney in the IoS, I think...

...but only because David Thomson now has an American passport.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 16:17 (seventeen years ago) link

The guy in the SF Weekly whose initials are GW is good.

Kris (aqueduct), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 16:28 (seventeen years ago) link

Everything Ernest said about Roger Ebert. Stanley Kauffman at The New Republic does a great job too.

dan (dan), Tuesday, 10 September 2002 16:53 (seventeen years ago) link

Ebert too soft-headed; loves self-important movies like Dancer in the Dark and Memento which the top critics, from the Salon populists to arch-egghead Rosenbaum, expressed major reservations over. Siskel was better. Salon's minor flaw is that they'll often pan too viciously to make a point (as Kael did); Rosenbaum values technique over, say, character a little too much. Closest to my taste are the NY Times crew, especially the Scott kid.

B:Rad (Brad), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 05:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Ebert is inconsistent, sloppy on details, too easily swayed by beautiful women, expects too little from kids' movies, and can't ever seem to get comfortable in the high culture/low culture cleft he's inserted himself into, but when I read his reviews, I can guess pretty accurately whether I'll like the movie or not -- and not in a "he loves it = I'll love it" or "he loves it = I'll hate it" way, either. What I like about him, and what makes prediction possible for me, is that Ebert does a very good job of conveying the tone of a movie in his reviews, even (and this is quite a trick) if he just doesn't get the movie.

Colin Meeder (Mert), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 06:53 (seventeen years ago) link

I've always liked Phillip French ("it is a Western = it is grate") and Alexander Walker even (I disagree w/ him pretty much 100% of the time, but again he has amazing knowledge, esp of classical Hollywood cinema, and can often surprise you w/ his passion...)

David Thomson is the king of kings but he does suffer a bit from Meltzer's disease - ie modern cinema is rub. Bradshaw continues the great Guardian tradition of utterly shite film critics (Malcolm, Richard Williams etc.) Does Nigel Andrews still write for the FT? He wrote a fantastic slag job of 'Phantom Menace' (which I know = shooting fish in a barrel, but in this case his criticisms were utterly OTM and made w/ gd humour).

Antonia Quirke in the IOS is prob. the worst 'serious' newspaper critic that I know abt.

Andrew L (Andrew L), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 07:16 (seventeen years ago) link

But I lerve her.

N. (nickdastoor), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 07:26 (seventeen years ago) link

Has anyone read AQ's BFI 'Jaws' book? Thomson plugged it remorselessly the other week.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 08:07 (seventeen years ago) link

I went to the launch at the ICA where her, Kim Newman and a psychologist talked about it and they showed a pretty ropey print. I haven't read the book yet but will. She seems quite keen to distance it from dodgy sexual readings (vagina dentata does not appear in the book) - but overly keen in showing how Quint is the sexiest man to ever walk the planet. From what I remember much of her criticism can occasionally fall into the "Leading star is georgeous = a film worth seeing" (she slags Keanu Reeves movies and then says they were grate). I'm not convinced though this is a flaw if you know her style.

The shark fin canapes were nice afterwards and she had a nice pink top on.

Pete (Pete), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 08:38 (seventeen years ago) link

Romney is a great read. So is Bradshaw though. I dont see many films so I don't care if theyre right or not.

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 08:45 (seventeen years ago) link

anyway, that critic can't talk: she has actual commercials splattered ludicrously through her text.

Yeah, because that's her doing, not Salon's.

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times is pretty solid, and deserves respect for having raised James Cameron's ire for panning Titanic when it first came out. Also, Paul Tatara used to do a good job reviewing movies for cnn.com, but it appears that he's not writing for them anymore.

Nick Mirov, Wednesday, 11 September 2002 09:05 (seventeen years ago) link


>>> David Thomson is the king of kings but he does suffer a bit from Meltzer's disease - ie modern cinema is rub.

Not really: he is always praising new films. His sense of the moral is one thing that sets him apart from many; so, as my editor once said re. Fast-Talking Dames, is his ability with ambivalence.

>>> Bradshaw continues the great Guardian tradition of utterly shite film critics (Malcolm, Richard Williams etc.)

I don't think I see what's so awful about Bradshaw. Certainly Malcolm became a slug, but I don't think Williams awful either.

>>> Antonia Quirke in the IOS is prob. the worst 'serious' newspaper critic that I know abt.

She's still in the IoS?? I thought she'd moved on. I heard her on Stuart Maconie's R2 show (!!), where she was irritating re. S&S Top Movies etc. Is she meant to be foxy? (I am going by comments above.)

Actually, AQ's worst flaw surely = too much casual swearing in print. Unforgivable.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 11 September 2002 09:48 (seventeen years ago) link

I heard she likes hiphop, pinefox.

N. (nickdastoor), Wednesday, 11 September 2002 09:59 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't care what anyone says, Armond White is one of the most interesting critics around.

ryan, Wednesday, 11 September 2002 15:13 (seventeen years ago) link

three months pass...
thread revival!!

Surprisingly, among the NYT crew, I've really been digging A.O. Scott's writing lately. I wish he'd write about music in the same earnest, bookish way. Seriously! He's great. Elvis hasn't been doing much for me these days. End of year best-of lists comparison!

A.O. Scott

1. Talk to Her
2. The Fast Runner (Atanarjuat)
3. Adaptation
4. Far From Heaven
5. The Pianist
6. Spirited Away
7. Storytelling
8. Gangs of New York
9. Lovely and Amazing
10. Punch Drunk Love

Elvis Mitchell

1. Bloody Sunday
2. Catch Me If You Can
3. Morvern Callar
4. Paid in Full
5. Personal Velocity
6. Spirited Away
7. Talk to Her
8. 24 Hour Party People
9. What Time is it There?
10. Y Tu Mama Mambien

geeta (geeta), Monday, 30 December 2002 07:25 (seventeen years ago) link

I trust Dennis Lim (at the Voice). He's also a very nice person. Hey, I think I'm getting the hang of this name dropping thing.

Mary (Mary), Monday, 30 December 2002 07:36 (seventeen years ago) link

i'm sure the Snowflakes are celebrating

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:26 (one year ago) link

You got out of the game just in time.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:31 (one year ago) link

Firing is a bit strong but what a horribly formed 'joke'

Number None, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:36 (one year ago) link

Also, fwiw, I'm not sure Edelstein's just-as-risible comment "[Green Book] taps into a kind of nostalgia for when everything — even racism — seemed simpler" is an entirely inaccurate depiction of the movie on the screen.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:43 (one year ago) link

(That probably would've been a lot easier to swallow if the rest of the review was an unqualified pan, though.)

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:43 (one year ago) link

When a friend posted the GB remark yesterday, I said the rest of the review added much-needed context. The butter line is worse.

He shouldn't have been fired, but he knows now that FB is never private.

I like queer. You like queer, senator? (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:44 (one year ago) link

never say anything on Facebook

omar little, Wednesday, 28 November 2018 21:46 (one year ago) link

or don't friend Martha Plimpton

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:22 (one year ago) link

That joke would have to be pretty awful for me not to think the firing is ridiculous.

clemenza, Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:32 (one year ago) link

The joke sucks, and the firing is ridiculous.

As for the Green Book comment, I knew exactly what he was getting at (and agree, in theory, not having seen the film) just from having seen the film's trailer, to the point that I'm kinda surprised that it even needs explanation/defence/contextualization.

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:34 (one year ago) link

The best line in the Facebook post above is "And an era so intoxicated by its own outrage that to say what I just said is to risk being accused of thinking sexual abuse is okay." It's an infinite death spiral--I paused before submitting my previous post.

clemenza, Thursday, 29 November 2018 00:38 (one year ago) link

people looking to be offended def have a home at NPR, with their fucking Moth Hour and Terry Gross

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2018 01:01 (one year ago) link

Yeah I don’t have anything new to add to this, but this firing is cartoonishly stupid.

circa1916, Thursday, 29 November 2018 02:10 (one year ago) link

Having seen the tweet in question, I think it's possible that (much like his Green Book comment) he meant something that's actually in line with what snowflakes would endorse ... reducing Bertolucci's entire career down to basically nothing other than the idea he facilitated rape.

Or not. I don't know.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Thursday, 29 November 2018 02:55 (one year ago) link

it's been rly depressing to see ppl gloat about this on twitter

i assume if she were alive and writing pauline kael would get fired for one of her usual cracks about an actress's appearance or something

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:13 (one year ago) link

That'd be the down side. The upside is that John Simon would never have made it past two columns.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:24 (one year ago) link

I was thinking the exact same thing in connection to this. Except I think it would unfold like this: some interviewer in 2018 would ask Kael to "clarify" her Last Tango review, she'd respond in a way that amounted to "Oh, please," and the next day she'd be out of a job.

There will probably be a number of pieces like this in the coming days:

http://www.salon.com/2018/11/28/david-edelstein-the-butter-scene-in-last-tango-and-the-darkness-of-the-internet/

"I suspect what befell Edelstein this week is only partly about one stupid Facebook post, and has more to do with the messy process of generational change and the inevitable Schadenfreude surrounding someone who holds two prestigious media jobs, either of which many other people would kill and eat their grandmothers to get."

I don't expect I'll get much agreement here, but--conceding that they bring some of it onto themselves--I think there's an element of that behind some of the carping about Christgau, Marcus, and Bill James on ILX.

clemenza, Thursday, 29 November 2018 03:24 (one year ago) link

no need to carp about Christgau because all of his writing is awful. that quote is OTM though

flappy bird, Thursday, 29 November 2018 05:29 (one year ago) link

I'm sure these media companies are happy to take any excuse to axe folks with any seniority, especially who write about fiyulms, cause who fucking cares about those anymore

resident hack (Simon H.), Thursday, 29 November 2018 06:09 (one year ago) link

Maria Schneider never said she was *actually* raped in the butter scene; she said she stayed friends with Brando, and that all the sex was simulated.

Edelstein knows that. Martha Plimpton doesn't (too busy writing about what her "favorite abortion" was, it seems).

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2018 07:27 (one year ago) link

I think it's possible that (much like his Green Book comment) he meant something that's actually in line with what snowflakes would endorse...Or not. I don't know

I've seen the joke now, and agree with this. As humour, it's not much more than a lame reference to what I take it (I don't remember) is an old advertising slogan for butter. Not particularly offensive, definitely not funny. If you try to extract meaning from it, all I get is either a) a complete non-sequitur, prompted only by the fact that this slogan popped into Edelstein's head, or b) a dig at Bertolucci, the idea that he's getting a pass in death for this infamous scene. I don't know.

I'd have to check it (I might be misremembering), but I suspect that Kael's review of Straw Dogs is another one that'd get her fired today.

clemenza, Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:36 (one year ago) link

Maybe this one moment in film and social history isn't really about Pauline Kael.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:44 (one year ago) link

Actually, I think it very much is in a way.

clemenza, Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:51 (one year ago) link

Well, good luck convincing your kindergartners of that.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:55 (one year ago) link

In a both a broad sense--what could you write or say 40 years ago that you can't today?--and also very specifically (Edelstein was once viewed as a "Paulette," Last Tango is Kael's most infamous review). We bring her up all the time (not just me) where she's not really relevant, but this time she is.

I am going to talk about this today as a good example of why kids have to realize that anything they write online never goes away. (Grade 3/4, by the way.)

clemenza, Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:57 (one year ago) link

Maria Schneider never said she was *actually* raped in the butter scene; she said she stayed friends with Brando, and that all the sex was simulated.

That's not the whole issue, though. The sex was simulated, but she clearly felt coerced and humiliated in doing the scene. She says she "felt a little raped." I get why a joke that takes that cavalierly wouldn't go over well.

jmm, Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:08 (one year ago) link

Kinda surprised that Martha Plimpton never said Schneider was raped, but that she was sexually assaulted, which she definitely was? It's ironic that it's the commenters angry at 'rape' being brought into this, who are in fact the ones who brought 'rape' into this.

Frederik B, Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:12 (one year ago) link

Oh wait, Salon didn't have all of her tweet. Ok, everyone is bad, sigh.

Frederik B, Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:32 (one year ago) link

but that she was sexually assaulted, which she definitely was?

not touching this

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:40 (one year ago) link

If you're gonna plagiarize, don't choose Kael, for chrissake.

I Never Promised You A Hose Harden (Eric H.), Tuesday, 11 December 2018 05:06 (one year ago) link

seems like a weird kind of plagiarism

j., Tuesday, 11 December 2018 06:00 (one year ago) link

Trying to figure out what Kael called "self-glorifying masochistic mush" in 1974.

clemenza, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 13:04 (one year ago) link

Plagiarisers are idiots but they're the creation of a maniacal industry that gives its staff constant & un-meetable deadlines, little job security, shitty wages and zero though to work-life balance. By all means blame this idiot writer, but the structures of newspaper and digital journalism are built for plagiarism.

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 13:13 (one year ago) link

The Little Prince
UK (1974): Musical/Dance

The Saint-Exupéry book, the first of the modern mystic-quest books to become a pop hit, is a distillation of melancholy, and it comes close to being self-glorifying, masochistic mush. Possibly something might have been made of the material if Alan Jay Lerner, who wrote the movie script, along with the lyrics for Frederick Loewe's music, had a more delicate feeling for spiritual yearning. The director, Stanley Donen, is handicapped by the intractably graceless writing and by the Big Broadway sound of the Lerner-Loewe score. Bob Fosse's snake-in-the-grass dance number is the film's high spot, and Gene Wilder, as a red fox, triumphs over some of his material. As the child Prince, Steven Warner holds the screen affectingly; as the author-aviator, Richard Kiley is pleasant enough but colorless.

Number None, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 13:16 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

“Just like real soldiers who are numb to war” Reading these tweets one can imagine how it must have felt to be a tea boy in the offices of Cahiers du Cinéma circa 1954 overhearing a conversation between André Bazin and Éric Rohmer. pic.twitter.com/RcJgGE4fQc

— David Franklin (@davefranklin) December 16, 2019

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 16 December 2019 23:50 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

David Edelstein is now behind a pay wall--only critic I checked regularly.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 02:40 (two months ago) link

richard brody used the word "dinosaurically" in his latest column. i trust him to write things that are readable.

treeship., Tuesday, 21 January 2020 02:47 (two months ago) link

i often do not agree with him, but he's more interesting than more "measured" critics. in my view.

treeship., Tuesday, 21 January 2020 02:47 (two months ago) link

It's not really part of my criteria for judging a critic, but I do find myself in sync with Edelstein more often than not. But not always--he put Uncut Gems in his Top 10, as a recent example.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 02:53 (two months ago) link

did u not like it? i'm interested in seeing it

treeship., Tuesday, 21 January 2020 02:56 (two months ago) link

See it. I'm a dissenting minority of one.

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 02:58 (two months ago) link

Vulture seems to waft back and forth with their paywall / article limit, but private browsing is all it takes to get around it.

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 03:06 (two months ago) link

Hey thanks--works!

clemenza, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 03:10 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Kenneth Turan stepping down as LA Times film critic after 30 yrs

Josefa, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:01 (two weeks ago) link

no films to critique

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:21 (two weeks ago) link

it's hard out here for a critic

Josefa, Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:06 (two weeks ago) link

James Cameron won.

coronoshebettadontvirus (Eric H.), Thursday, 26 March 2020 12:56 (two weeks ago) link

Not sure if this was posted elsewhere but Film Comment being mothballed after next issue.


https://www.filmlinc.org/daily/covid-19-update-from-film-at-lincoln-center/

Alba, Friday, 27 March 2020 23:29 (two weeks ago) link

Last issue: First Cow

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Saturday, 28 March 2020 00:08 (one week ago) link


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