film criticism

Richard Brody gets finally cut

I’ve been railing a lot on Twitter about how so many popular, mainstream film critics sound just like marketers. The most egregious and ubiquitous examples of these sorts of adverb-dominated ad-copy can be discovered just by randomly picking a “review” of The Force Awakens, a teenage-boy movie that’s being received with such sated gratitude that you’d think …

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critical response: No Country For Old Men

Jim Emerson over on the scanners blog has chosen not to approve one of my comments. [Actually, my comment was relegated to the junk folder, as Jim explains in a comment on this post. It has since been approved and responded to. Apologies for jumping to conclusions. – Rick] He approved an earlier one in which I suggested that he’d hedged …

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