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MCN Curated Headlines Archive for July, 2010

“Like bottom feeder Charlie Kaufman, Mr. Nolan’s reputation as an arrogant maverick draws a first-rate cast of players… barely even remotely lucid… incomprehensible gibberish… sorry butt… jabbering twaddle… pretentious perplexity”
Great-Unka Rex Reed, The Charlie Callas Of Ad Homineh-Homineh-Hominem Movie Reviews, Rubs One Out Over Chris Nolan

The Gags Alone Make This Analysis Suspect: “Even Ishtar has its defenders—ironic, coquettish types who wink at you from behind their yashmaghs.”
“What Happened To The Box-Office Bomb?”

LA Times

“Murky and flat… commands a lot of admiration but doesn’t produce a commensurate level of enjoyment… cinematic Calamine lotion amid a swarm of mosquitoes.”
Zeitchick Sez He’s No Reviewer, Then Dismisses Inception At Length


“This country can only function with an independent media with access to what the government is doing. How is anybody to know what’s going on, if the media doesn’t have access to the story?”
NPR On The Suspension Of The Press In BP Gulf Oilspill Coverage
Plus – PBS’ “5 Digital PR Lessons From BP’s Oilspill Response”

“Harvey Pekar’s life was not an open book. It was an open comic book.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Obit
And Chef Ruhlman Says Goodbye To Fellow Clevelander

“There is no doubt that Polanski did what he did, which is have sex with a 13-year-old after plying her with booze. There is no doubt also that after all these years there is something stale about the case, not to mention a ‘victim’ who has long ago forgiven her assailant and dearly wishes the whole thing would go away. So do I.”
Annoying, Fustian Washington Post “Columnist” Richard Cohen Salutes Switzerland On “Freeing” Roman Polanski

telegraph.co.uk

“As an old prostitute once wearily complained at the end of a long shift, it’s not the work, it’s the stairs.”
Why Watch Theater On A Movie Screen?

telegraph.co.uk

“I have busy nights. If I wake up during a dream I can usually go back to sleep and finish the story.”
Marion Cotillard, Dreamer

telegraph.co.uk

“The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
Prince Dances About The Internet

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“To be a critic is to be a workaholic. Workaholism is socially conditioned: viewed favourably by exploiters, it’s generally ruinous to a worker’s mental health. When T.S. Eliot said criticism was as inevitable as breathing, he failed to mention that, respiratory problems notwithstanding, breathing is easy. Criticism is reflexive before reflective: to formalise/industrialise an involuntary instinct requires time, effort and discipline. The reason we seek remuneration, as opposed to the self-hatred of being a scab, is because all labour should be waged…

“Criticism, so the cliché by now goes, is dying. None of the panel discussions on its death agony, however—including those in which I’ve formally participated—come at it from the wider perspective that the problem surely needs. They defend the ways in which criticism functions in relation to the industry and to the public, but they fail to contextualise these relationships as defined by ultimately rotten and self-harming imperatives.

“Criticism was a noble profession so long as only a few could practice it for money; when the field expands, as it has with a so-called ‘democratisation’ of our practice, those few lose their political power. Competition grows and markets are undercut: publications are naturally going to start paying less. Precarity is both cause and effect of a surplus workforce: the reason you’re only as good as your last article is because there are plenty of other folks who can write the next one in your place. The daily grind is: pitch, or perish.

B”ut criticism, so a counter-cliché goes, is not dying. An irony: this is an elite sport that is no longer elite in terms of who is able to practice it, but in economic terms it’s clutching to a perverse and outmoded hierarchical structure. It’s more meritocratic than ever, now: which is to say it isn’t meritocratic at all. That’s a paradox in bad need of a resolution…”

~ Michael Pattison Manifestoes Film Criticism

“It’s easy to forget when you’re reading a critic every single week or multiple times a week, that most of us who do this job, and have been doing it for a long time, understand that this is basically a parasitic profession. I don’t mean in the sense that we’re evil bloodsucking creatures, but we couldn’t exist if we didn’t have something to analyze. And I’m always conscious of that. So whether I like or don’t like a particular thing you do, my point of view is always that of an appreciator. I just like to be in the world that you create.”
~ Matt Zoller Seitz To Sam Esmail

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