Monday, April 25th, 2011

Film Critic Elvis Mitchell's Resume

Graduates Wayne State University: 1982

The Detroit Free Press: 1987 – 1988

Los Angeles Herald-Examiner : Unknown, but prior to 1989

LA Weekly: 1989

Paramount Pictures: 1992 – 1992

Spin: 1993 – 1994

"Late Call" (which aired in Detroit at 3:35 a.m. on WDIV-TV!): 1994

KCRW, "The Treatment": 1996 – present

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: 1997 – 1999

New York Times: January 28, 2000 – April 30, 2004

Harvard, guest lecturer: 2004

Sony Columbia Pictures: March, 2005 – March 2005

Los Angeles Times: (no-show)

"Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence": 2008 – 2008

"Ebert Presents At the Movies": January, 2011 – January, 2011

Movieline: January 2011 – April 2011

Updates and corrections welcomed.

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saythatscool (#101)

I mean, there's really two competing views that one could have of Elvis. He's a talented African American writer who is sometimes telegenic in that non-threatening, Bill Cosby way. So he's worth his weight in gold and the job hopping is merely an indication of someone finding his way as he works upward to an unspoken goal.

The other explanation is that he's a complete fuck up who who blew major jobs at studios and with Roger Ebert who keeps mysteriously falling upward.

In the end I guess I don't really care, but I do want to know who the fuck in their right mind reads the Source Code instead of seeing it as a movie? Because that's just adding extra torture to an extraordinary punishment.

Steve (#7,126)

@saythatscool I work with someone like this. Talented, but also can't say no and is always trying to line up some new project or job. In the end, too busy to put in the work required for any of them.

Abe Sauer (#148)

@Steve You know Sarah Palin?

Smitros (#5,315)

@Steve But what is Mr. Franco like otherwise?

KarenUhOh (#19)

"Where do you see yourself in five minutes?"

saythatscool (#101)

@KarenUhOh Elvis has left for Careerbuilder.

Entourage, July 2007

barnhouse (#1,326)

The Treatment was one of my favorite things ever on NPR, though. He is a brilliant interviewer plus has a beautiful way of laughing. Don't know his writing at all. Flaky I guess!

@barnhouse People SWEAR by this show. They say it's amazing.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I've listened to it once or twice and thought it was good, when he didn't have John Landis' dick in his mouth.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

@barnhouse It’s actually a good show. I listen to it as a podcast. Know him more from The Treatment than I do from his movie reviews. Maybe he can become a neo-Jean Shepherd?

keisertroll (#1,117)

@SpyMagician Jean Shepherd was a genius on the radio and a dick in real life. So, yes.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

@keisertroll 90% of most media personalities are “geniuses [in their medium] and dick in real life” so whatever.

barnhouse (#1,326)

@Choire Sicha It is insanely good. I can't think of a better interviewer, offhand. Sharp, literate, knows a ton about this and that, not trying to be too "street" but demonstrates keen understanding of a wide variety of idioms; follows the subject into his own thoughts, can shut up and let the subject talk unlike Charlie Rose, and is also really funny. And his voice is just mellifluous which does not hurt either, as I was saying.

zidaane (#373)

He was supposed to help me move an old projection TV over the weekend.

GailPink (#9,712)

He must be doing something right if people keep hiring him.

zidaane (#373)

@GailPink Edgy rasta hair with cuddle bear personality and smidge of bookishness = MTV Host NY Times writer.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

@GailPink Maybe it’s because the movie reviewing world is filled with pasty doughy white-guys who married the first person they met out of college and Elvis is something “new”? Thus The New York Times—for example—coddled his behavior just to seem like they were creating a non-pasty white-guy environment?

A little lede-burying on this hazy Monday?

deepomega (#1,720)

Still better than Armond White.

DennyCrane (#1,803)

@deepomega I love reading Armond White, not because I agree with anything he says; I kind of treat his reviews as ridiculous performance art.

Otto66 (#11,426)

Elvis Mitchell is a great film critic. I don't always agree with his opinions but do admire his writing style. How he chooses to lead his life is his business and I for one am not jealous of his success. Much.


saythatscool (#101)

@Otto66 I think you and Elvis share a lot in common. Starting with your shared aversion towards doing your homework before sharing an opinion.

Matt (#26)

@saythatscool How dare you speak to RoboCop that way.

Baboleen (#1,430)

Apparently, there is more to holding a job then the actual writing.

Clip Arthur (#2,024)

@Baboleen It’s all a series of blowjobs:

keisertroll (#1,117)

I liked Wayne State University better after she transitioned into becoming Jayne State University.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Smile through the tears, Detroit.

bassknives (#2,903)

Fifteen Elvis Ex-employers can't be wrong

max bread (#5,970)

You missed his Entourage cameo!

I loved Last Call. There. I said it.

I didn't sleep much back then.

Karen@twitter (#11,434)

You forgot the brief period where he was a contributor at Interview magazine. He once filed an interview I tried to transcribe but couldn't because he conducted the whole thing outside while walking on a gravel path or driving in his noisy car. Ugh.

joeclark (#651)

T plus one day and I’m not seeing any “[u]pdates and corrections” in the post.

T plus one day and I'm just seeing the alt text. <3 <3 <3 u.

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