‘Avatar’ review embargo? eh, not so much

UPDATE: 3:40PM: I’ve gotten confirmation from my Fox rep that the embargo has indeed been lifted. I’m writing my review now and will post asap… I was told, concerning Avatar: “Please hold reviews until opening day, December 18th.” I realize that’s a bit vague, but I generally take that to mean that I cannot post … more…

question of the day: Is Armond White a troll?

So, Armond White of the New York Press wrote a negative review of District 9. No biggie: not everyone loves the same movies, and there’re always gonna be a few critics who buck trends and revile a film that almost everyone else, to varying degrees, loves. The thing is, fans have been noticing that White … more…

the beauty of a bad film

That beauty? The creativity of film critics reaching to new heights of metaphor and poetry in our attempts to encapsulate just how the experience of a bad film impacted us. At the moment, that bad film that is inspiring so much cleverness is, of course, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I wish I’d come up … more…

online critics don’t get no respect

Another post at the new blog of the Online Film Critics Society that you might appreciate and like to comment upon (over there, if you would), about how deeply many people, including longtime critics and former studio execs, completely fail to understand the power of the Internet and the fact that some smart and worthwhile … more…

are film critics not also film lovers?

I’m trying to build traffic at the new blog for the Online Film Critics Society, so if you’re of a mind to talk about the weird misconceptions that some people have about film critics (or perhaps ideas that are not misconceptions that we critics should be working to fix), please check out this post, and … more…

the Online Film Critics Society enters the 21st century

Because I’ve got nothing else better to do, I got myself elected to the Governing Committee of the Online Film Critics Society. And as one of my first joint efforts — with my two co-GC members, Eric Snider and Scott Weinberg — we’ve launched an OFCS news blog and OFCS Twitter feed. Follow, or not, … more…