Which film critics do you trust (if any?)

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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 (five 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 (five years ago) Permalink

what specific thing is that

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

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


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

one month passes...

Stephanie Zacharek deep6'd at Movieline

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

Found out yesterday – it sucks.

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

yeah. Carr is worth reading though.

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

Andrew Sarris RIP

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

two 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 (five years ago) Permalink

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

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

He's a bro and super gay.

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

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

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

we all should

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

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

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

the hoberman is just a collection of previously-published essays.

nowadays he writes for various online and offline sources, e.g. art forum, the guarian....

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 10 September 2012 19:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Rosenbaum @ Reddit right now:

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Hungry4Ass, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:51 (five years ago) Permalink

rosenbaum didnt respond

Hungry4Ass, Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Love how he's such a caricature of himself.

Sandy Denny Real Estate (jaymc), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:57 (five years ago) Permalink

He's always refusing to answer questions about anal.

Ham Lushbaugh (Eric H.), Wednesday, 12 September 2012 19:58 (five years ago) Permalink

omg, I could poll each and every one of these blurbs: https://twitter.com/FakeShalit

Ham Lushbaugh (Eric H.), Monday, 17 September 2012 15:58 (five years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

g news here:

The Circle also announced three new members in Bilge Ebiri (New York Magazine), Nick Pinkerton (Village Voice) and Keith Uhlich (Time Out New York).


cancer, kizz my hairy irish azz (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 18:53 (five years ago) Permalink

I trust all three. De Palma's best director award is all but certain now!

Bobby Ken Doll (Eric H.), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 19:19 (five years ago) Permalink

bet he would trade it for functioning software at the NYFF.

cancer, kizz my hairy irish azz (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 19:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Ebiri did an episode of the Cinephiliacs and talked about Barry Lyndon. I liked him.

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Tuesday, 16 October 2012 19:37 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

J.Ro on the late Elliott Stein

And his monumental essay “My Life with Kong,” which appeared years later in the February 24, 1977 issue of Rolling Stone, had impressed me so much that I wanted to include it in my first book, a personal memoir...



saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Monday, 12 November 2012 16:21 (five years ago) Permalink


At Politico, Jonathan Martin has a long essay on the reasons for Republicans' poor showing at the 2012 elections. While older GOPers are wallowing in shock and denial, younger Republicans are looking inward, and accusing their own party of cocooning itself inside a bubble of its own hype and manufactured outrage. "The party," Martin says, "is suffering from Pauline Kaelism."

Bobby Ken Doll (Eric H.), Monday, 12 November 2012 16:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Think they might have a bit of a John Simon problem too--a little out of step with this newfangled world. (Not necessarily a bad thing in a critic.)

clemenza, Monday, 12 November 2012 23:51 (five years ago) Permalink

The problem is the reference is wrong. Every fool who cites Kael omits the rest of her quote.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:06 (five years ago) Permalink

clem, i can't believe someone who gives Iranian and Asian films from the '90s no cred would take such a stance.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:08 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't even get the bollixed reference, having swatted it aside here

Pauline Kael

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:10 (five years ago) Permalink

I have nothing against Iranian or Asian films of the '90s--I'm working my way through these things, lots of time. (I assume you're extrapolating from the '90s list I posted yesterday.) Anyway, if it seems I'm agreeing with the Kael-Republican analogy, I wasn't--just wanted to make the Simon comparison.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 November 2012 00:20 (five years ago) Permalink

When I first looked at the Politico quote yesterday, I thought it meant cocooned in the sense of Kael surrounding herself with like-minded Paulettes (exaggerated or not). But you're right, it's in reference to the alleged Nixon quote.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 November 2012 12:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Best Elliott Stein obit I've seen (I went to a number of those BAM Cinemachats):

"After the chat for Exorcist II, someone stood and said how much they didn't like the film when they saw it on first release, how they didn't like it years later when they saw it on TV, and how they still didn't like it. I think the guy was half-expecting a defense, but at that point Elliott just said 'So, why are you here?'"


saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 15 November 2012 17:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Almost put this in a Greil Marcus thread, but I suppose it more properly belongs here--long interview with David Thomson:


Great anecdote from Marcus about the '78 Invasion of the Body Snatchers and his daughter Emily.

clemenza, Saturday, 24 November 2012 16:33 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I never knew John Simon had another life as an editor. Here are his recollections of editing Lionel Trilling, W.H. Auden, and Jacques Barzun. (This surprised me enough that I first clicked around to confirm it was the same John Simon.)


clemenza, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 23:02 (four years ago) Permalink

He learned cattiness from Auden, middlebrow-ness from Trilling, and god knows what from Barzun.

the little prince of inane false binary hype (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 6 February 2013 23:03 (four years ago) Permalink

RIP Donald Richie

Gukbe, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:21 (four years ago) Permalink

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