By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
A Quickie On Variety's Iron Sell-Out
I just thought I would add, as a friend of Bob Koehler, a hail and hardy “fuck you” to Variety and Joshua Newton.
First, to Variety.. not only for selling your editorial out for $400k – CHEAP! – but for not coming out an taking the hit for the bad behavior, defending a guy who has only been a “freelancer” because the company was too cheap to put him on full-time payroll, who was effectively the paper’s #2 or #3 critic for years as a “freelancer,” and who was forced to take a job with AFI Fest because cutbacks at the dying trade made the gig he lives for – serious film criticism – impossible to make a living doing for his longtime home. Ironically, he’s back doing some work for the trade after cutbacks at AFI.
If Variety ad sales was getting the job done, Koehler would have that full-time job with full benefits, as his efforts on behalf of the paper for many years suggest he deserves.
As for Mr. Newton… I don’t often agree with Bob about movies, but complaining that he didn’t embrace Rat Race is one of the oddest ways of attacking his taste available on the planet.
Let’s not forget… Variety panned The Hurt Locker. In fact, Variety has been responsible for first bad reviews of some of the very best movies of the last few years. The paper has become a completely unreliable reader of audiences and/or of the long-view of quality.
But Mr Newton? He’s just a john paying for a whore to tell him he’s beautiful. A scorpion on the back of a journalistic frog.
Anyway… God Bless Bob and his opinions. He is a serious man. And the slaps against him are unacceptable… most of all from the place that should be defending his honor and holding their heads low in trying to recover their own, Variety.
(EDIT for typo, 2/28, 4;30P)