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Paul D

Filmbrain: "Many critics have become incredibly lazy, and more than a few write as if there were being paid handsomely to say wonderful things about utter dreck". My opinion of this is that critics see every mainstream movie and are forced to waste hours of their life away. Even if a film is mediocre it rises above the shit. Ebert, a critic with integrity wrote a book on Herzog "Images At The Horizon". He also gave "Anaconda" four stars??? What gives??


The major problem, I feel, is that the majority of film critics can no longer seperate films from the hype that surrounds them. That's why we wind up getting "reviews" of Dogville that attack its politics, or of The Passion of the Christ that attack its religious position, without even mentioning a film's qualities [or lack thereof] as, of all things, film itself.

When critics start looking at each film as a self-contained artwork again [be that artwork good or bad], then we'll be, I think, back on the right track.

Until then? Blog up.


A well-known NYC critic told me not long ago that papers/magazines don't want critics that hate everything. Something about negative critics causing a loss of readership or some such horseshit. There is pressure to find at least some redeeming qualities in an otherwise abysmal film.

Aaggh! Matt from Esoteric Rabbit Films -- how could I leave him off the list?! Sigh. . .


Nice group of blogs.
Rashomon asks where are we?


You're absolutely right. One of the first blogs that ever contacted me. Drats.

Rashomon - the site that had the George the Cyclist posts from Cannes -- much more interesting than what A.O. Scott had to say

Rashomon - sharing a common passion for Korean cinema.

Sorry man. Will add you to the list.


I stumbled across yours here a few weeks ago. Given my fascination with Anna Karina since childhood, sneaking down the stairs to watch Alphaville in the small hours, and a growing interest in Korean cinema, I feel very much at home. Keep it up, this is great, intelligent writing on cinema.


Did Mel Gibson really sent you grief for not adoring his Catholic self-flagellation show? Good gobs, that man is an ass. He's sort of looking like the pic of Dorian Gray lately too.


For the record--because I hope this doesn't turn into a web critics vs. print critics tirade--I write reviews for a national movie magazine and have never betrayed my honest opinions. Paraphrasing myself (how pompous of me): when a movie's great, I get to write flowery; when it's a piece of bleeding mule dung, I get to write funny. Ain't nobody gonna buy my stars, grades or thumbs!


Certainly not all print critics are guilty of my charges, but too many are. Critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum & J. Hoberman tell it like it is (though I find myself disagreeing with the former more often than ever before).

Still, it's great that you're able to write what you want.


Yet another film blog inadvertently left off the list Tagline: A Movie Weblog (Where was Filmbrain's head at this past weekend?)


Yargh, I need to clone a blog-doppleganger to read all these tasty film blogs.

Science, where are you!?!?!


First, thanks for the link. I gave a paper on an academic panel a few weeks ago in which I argued, essentially, that blogs and Internet discussion forums have reinvigorated criticism to that point that it almost feels relevant again. ;)

Second, if you haven't visited it yet, also check out Film Journey, which is run by Doug Cummings, who is one of the guys behind Masters of Cinema and Robert-Bresson.com. All are great sites, and Doug is a fantastic writer.



First, while our "posted by" tags appear the same, I sadly do not write for a national movie magazine (but will gladly consider all offers).

With that said, in reference to Darren's post, I've definitely started seeing some blogs as a bunch of mini-Algonquin Round Tables for the 21st Century sprouting up all over the damn place.

James R.

Congratulations on the anniversary -- and looking forward to much more to come.




Why do you call your website anna karina's sweater?


I was inspired by Anna Karina, her dancing, and her sweater in Band of Outsiders.

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