Film Commentary: The Books That Shaped My Film Aesthetic

March 8, 2023
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Here’s a personal list of the 25 most important, influential books about American cinema. Only one book per author.

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Film Review: “What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael” — Rebellion Has an Expiration Date

February 21, 2020
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Pauline Kael capitalized on counterculture snobbery, the pecking order of the oh-so enlightened.

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Book Review: “Movie Freak” — A Critic Who Doesn’t Hold Back

April 13, 2016
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If Owen Gleiberman has any complaint against today’s world of criticism it’s that everyone seems to be speaking in one voice.

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Response: Critical Justification

August 18, 2007
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A certain number of people (not huge) want to read critics who take the arts seriously, who do more than tell readers what is worth spending their money on.

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Arts Commentary: Pauline Kael’s Critical Influence — Revisited

August 15, 2007
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The Hub Review features a perceptively waspish consideration of Pauline Kael’s unhealthy influence on film reviewers, taking scathing aim at a couple of her jittery heirs, A.O. Scott of the NYTimes and  Ty Burr of the Boston Globe. I particularly like Tom Garvey’s concluding paragraph: But if the Paulettes have all repudiated their maker, where’s her baleful…

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