Posts tagged "pauline kael"
Secret Lives of Walter-Marty

Secret Lives of Walter-Marty

Scorsese and Stiller overindulge themselves in two new films The Wolf of Wall Street and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty share the same misfortune. Both films deal with the ambition of working-class protagonists: Scorsese’s three-hour epic about a kid from The Bronx who becomes a Wall Street titan (Leonardo DiCaprio) charts his aggression through...
Not Schlong on Talent

Not Schlong on Talent

Even Lindsay Lohan gets insulted by The Canyons Hard luck Lindsay Lohan couldn’t have made a worse movie than The Canyons had she directed it herself. As the film’s producer, she made the poor decision to hire Paul Schrader as director, putting herself in the hands of a filmmaker who reduces her to a T&A...
Summer at the Movies

Summer at the Movies

From Tribeca to 2013 Summer Movies Forecast  The Tribeca Film Festival gave a good headstart to this year’s summer movie releases. Tribeca’s best offerings previewed what to look forward to, taking the guess work out of Hollywood blockbusters and art house fare. Fact is, some of summer’s most exciting and challenging films got their New...
When Barbra Met Louis and Chaplin

When Barbra Met Louis and Chaplin

 Lincoln Center Honors a home girl Funny that the Film Society of Lincoln Center paid tribute to Barbra Streisand on April 22 with its 40-year-old Chaplin Award even though Streisand’s movies are not the kind typically shown in Film Society programming. As a fundraiser, it was unparalleled. Co-chair of the event, Ann Tenenbaum announced that...
Culture's Clash

Culture’s Clash

Batman’s Aurora Atrocitus CITYARTS EXCLUSIVE ON A CULTURAL TURNING POINT The Christopher Nolan Batman movies are not exactly life affirming, so why do pundits refuse to connect those films to last week’s Aurora, Colorado, massacre at the midnight showing of Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises? Instead, the problem of the films themselves has been swept...
CITYARTS EXCLUSIVE: The Boy Who Played with Dolls

CITYARTS EXCLUSIVE: The Boy Who Played with Dolls

Jacques Rivette’s Celine and Julie Meta Movie Returns CITYARTS EXCLUSIVE: LOOKING AT A CLASSIC THAT CONFOUNDS FILM CULTURE Legend says (and an eyewitness confirms) that at the 1974 New York Film Festival press screening of Celine and Julie Go Boating, Pauline Kael walked out in the middle announcing, “I’m going to the movies!” Apparently Jacques Rivette’s...
(Web Exclusive) Embargo Blues: Reflections on the Film Critic Business

(Web Exclusive) Embargo Blues: Reflections on the Film Critic Business

Mediocrity has taken over film criticism. Producer Scott Rudin’s despotic response to an early review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo made this embarrassment unignorable—from the fawning review itself to the pathetic defense from New Yorker film critic David Denby about running the review. Saddest of all is the media’s confusion over the entire...
Pauline Kael, Criticism’s Last Icon

Pauline Kael, Criticism’s Last Icon

Pauline Kael’s reputation as America’s most distinguished film critic is secure. She is defended by high-placed friends fighting the misogynists and elites who have spent the 10 years since her death trying to erase her influence on film culture.