Degrees of devotion

Posted by · 7:59 am · July 19th, 2010

The best thing that came out of last week’s online fracas over assorted critics’ response to “Inception” was a brief swell in useful conversation about critical nuance and responsibility. On Thursday, I touched on the Rotten Tomatoes-trained tendency of many readers to box film criticism into distinct ‘love’ and ‘hate’ camps, and as far as […]

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Meet me halfway

Posted by · 6:46 am · July 15th, 2010

(Yes, more “Inception.” I’ll be writing about it once more today. Certain readers have been warned.) One day away from “Inception,” and after a fresh spate of reviews hit the web in the past few days, a familiar “you’re either with us or the terrorists” mentality is starting to emerge. We had a taste of […]

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Who needs consensus?

Posted by · 11:23 am · June 19th, 2010

If you keep up with the American critical scene, you’ll probably have got the message by now that people kinda like “Toy Story 3.” No surprise there: every one of Pixar’s features since their 2006 misfire “Cars” has been greeted with the kind of mass veneration usually reserved for returning messiahs, and on at least […]

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Let’s hear it for the boy

Posted by · 8:20 am · June 11th, 2010

Regular readers will know that there is no current film writer, great or small, whom I look up to more than Nick Davis — a Chicago-based English professor whose blogging balances rich academic perspective with truly heroic levels of Oscar geekdom. These two elements combined to form a lifelong project in which Nick resolved to […]

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Patrick Goldstein joins the fray — honest to blog!

Posted by · 10:55 am · June 24th, 2008

<<< Not anymore! I was told last week that LA Times columnist Patrick Goldstein would be launching a blog of his own, and today I see that The Big Picture has morphed into just that.  I must say, even when I was tipped off to this development, I didn’t believe it.  This is the hater […]

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