No pressure

Posted by · 9:37 am · March 15th, 2010

UPDATE: It gets worse: Joshua Newton quotes Variety president Neil Stiles as saying “No one takes these reviews seriously,” and that the paper plans to cease reviewing altogether this year. EARLIER: After firing most of their chief critical staff, just one week after it came to light that they’d suppressed a negative review in order […]

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Wow

Posted by · 6:25 pm · March 8th, 2010

Just … wow. From The Wrap: Todd McCarthy, who has been writing at Daily Variety for 31 years, was fired on Monday along with two other critics, as the trade elected to cut costs and move to freelance reviews. [McCarthy says,] “Everyone’s going to speculate, and all I can say, It’s the end of something. […]

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Somewhat ironic

Posted by · 3:50 pm · December 8th, 2009

One of the numerous problems I always had with the late critic Pauline Kael was the pride she took in seeing a film only once before reviewing it, and in maintaining that she would never go back and revise an opinion later. While I could understand this stance from a professional point of view — […]

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