Posts Tagged: Critics

David Edelstein's Enduring Fixation On Keira Knightley's Jaw, Documented

• "But it's hard to hate her too much when she wriggles into a fetching halter, paints herself green, and picks up a bow and arrow, determinedly setting that long fish jaw."—Review of King Arthur, July 7, 2004

• "… Domino is perpetual motion in a vacuum. It's not the fault of This Year's White Girl, young Keira Knightley, who sticks out her long jaw…"—Review of Domino, Oct. 13, 2005

• "…working that long jaw like an impudent guppy…"—Review of Pride & Prejudice, Nov. 11, 2005

• "Keira Knightley's magic inflatable jaw!"—Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, July 6, 2006


And the Worst Movie of 2011 Is….

You know it was a bad year in movies when Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close only clocks in at #5 on the top ten worst movies. Why, it's the annual Vulture Critics' Poll! (Warning: you can probably guess what's chosen as the absolute worst movie of 2011. HINT: Worse than Transformers!) All the ballots are here, and when you read them, you wonder how the terrible, awful, boring War Horse didn't make it into the top ten. One awesome thing about the ballots: the New York Times' Nathan Lee only put down one movie: Midnight in Paris. Now that's awesome. (Still: super-mad at Alynda Wheat for putting [...]


What Makes A Great Critic?

"The great artist is he who goes a step beyond the demand, and, by supplying works of a higher beauty and a higher interest than have yet been perceived, succeeds, after a brief struggle with its strangeness, in adding this fresh extension of sense to the heritage of the race."—George Bernard Shaw, The Sanity of Art

I saw Pauline Kael speak once, "in conversation" with Jean-Luc Godard, many years ago at Berkeley. The place was mobbed and the event was a mess, with the so-called conversation quickly devolving into a shouting match (about Technicolor film stock, as I recall). But it was so great watching Kael yell at Godard, [...]


Robert Hughes, 1938-2012

The Australian art critic and historian Robert Studley Forrest Hughes died yesterday at the age of just 74. He'd withstood such a lot, coming back after weeks in a coma following a terrible car accident in Australia in 1999. I thought he was so strong that he would still live to be 100. Part of his name, even, was 'Studley'! And that is just what he was.

What is the best thing Hughes ever did? How to choose from this embarrassment of riches? The obvious answer would be his stately, gorgeously comprehensive history of the convict settlement of Australia, The Fatal Shore (1987). Equally obvious: the 1980 TV [...]


"I Hate J. Hoberman"

Here is a hate letter to film critic J. Hoberman on the occasion of his firing from the Village Voice this week. I have zero thoughts on the matter, and many people are very upset about the canning… although I will note that his top ten list of 2011 is… unusual. (J. Edgar is somehow on it! "Mildred Pierce" is tied for tenth! Everyone's least favorite Cronenberg movie of the last 19 years comes in at #1!)


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 – [...]


Becoming Joan Didion

“Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors,” Ernest Hemingway once wrote, with typical pugnacity. But are the critics sometimes right? In this occasional series we'll examine the early careers of now-beloved authors to see what the critics first made of them.

Every profile of Joan Didion begins the same way: some quasi-poetic observation of the slight figure she cuts out there in the world, seguing to a contrast with what has often been called the "steely" quality of her prose. (Most hilariously awkward of these: a 1970 Los Angeles Times profile that tries to sustain an extended metaphor [...]


"'Movie Critic' Isn't A Real Job"

"'Movie critic' isn’t a real job. Working in a depressing office is. Driving a bus is. Mechanic is. Doctor, dentist, lawyer, etc. That people make a living WATCHING MOVIES and INTERVIEWING CELEBRITIES is a HOBBY YOU LUCK INTO CONNING SOMEONE TO PAY YOU TO DO. The fact that I read 100 numbskulls on Twitter whose lives consist of sitting around watching BluRays and going to FREE SCREENINGS bears no resemblance to the actual existence of going to a florescent-hell buzzing-light fixture OFFICE SPACE existence of brutal mundanity and boredom and sameness that constitutes an ACTUAL JOB.

I don’t feel sorry for any fired critic; They should all be fired…" [...]


"A disgrace to all Italians"

As an Italian American, I find this movie incredibly inaccurate. If Mr. Micelli was truly concerned about his Uncle Nino, he has a poor way of showing it. He and his wife were not aware of his arrival? His wife picks him up at the airport, drives him to their beautiful home, and feeds him, this is the best part,Chinese food. Wow,an Italian uncle on his first visit to America, and his niece offers him Chinese food. The man has never seen Chinese food much less ate it. Does not provide a fork, and the poor guy has to negotiate chop sticks. Mr. Micell is the only Italian I know [...]