From the Archives: Strange Magic: The Pop-Music Soundtrack From American Graffiti to Sofia Coppola

By Phil Dellio On the second-last day of school this year, I showed my grade six class American Graffiti. Pop music and film already exert some influence on most of my 29 kids, though clearly not as much as television, the Internet, or Digimons. My hope was that this would be the first time they’d experience pop music used expressively in a film (as opposed to … Continue reading From the Archives: Strange Magic: The Pop-Music Soundtrack From American Graffiti to Sofia Coppola

Land of Hope and Dreams

A Celebration of Dave Marsh’s Work and Vision. “A combination of tributes, conversations, and panel discussions, this online celebration will take place over a series of three weeks this April and May. The goal is to re-create online the kind of warm, smart, and iconoclastic community that Dave Marsh has nurtured for many years.” All are invited via Zoom. Long list of featured speakers. Continue reading Land of Hope and Dreams

From the Archives: Interview with Owen Gleiberman (2004)

By Aaron Aradillas If Siskel & Ebert taught us how to argue, and Pauline Kael taught us how to read and write–and think–about the movies, Owen Gleiberman is a one-stop critic who provokes, angers and, above all else, entertains. Writing for Entertainment Weekly since its launch in 1990, Mr. Gleiberman has cultivated one of the most distinctive critical voices in America. At turns funny, perceptive, infuriatingly dismissive, … Continue reading From the Archives: Interview with Owen Gleiberman (2004)

Pauline Again (Naturally)

By Phil Dellio I’m writing about Pauline Kael again. Cue Al Pacino in The Godfather Part III (one of Kael’s last reviews before her retirement, one that was perhaps a little too forgiving—I think she would have eviscerated that film in 1977). I don’t really want out; I still enjoy talking and writing about her, and I expect I’ll be doing so for as long … Continue reading Pauline Again (Naturally)

From the Archives: Interview with Janet Maslin (2005)

By Aaron Aradillas Janet Maslin has seen a lot. And, heard a lot. And, read a lot. She has been a critic, in one field or another, for over 35 yeas. Currently a New York Times literary critic, Ms. Maslin began her Times career in 1977 as a movie critic. Before that she was a music critic at the Boston Phoenix and Rolling Stone. (I hear she plans to try her hand … Continue reading From the Archives: Interview with Janet Maslin (2005)

From the Archives: Interview with RJ Smith (2006)

By Steven Ward RJ Smith is a senior editor at Los Angeles magazine, where he writes about the media. Smith previously wrote about music for the Village Voice and Spin. Instead of composing some kind of contrived introduction to this e-mail interview, I asked Robert Christgau, who edited Smith at the Voice, to write a short and simple appreciation. Here’s the Dean on RJ Smith: “A member of the first generation … Continue reading From the Archives: Interview with RJ Smith (2006)

From the Archives: John Cazale and the Character Actors of the 1970s (2001)

Natural Born Plumbers: John Cazale and the Character Actors of the 1970s By Phil Dellio American cinema in the 1970s will always be remembered first and foremost as a legendary decade for directors (the familiar litany of Coppola, Scorsese, Altman, and company) and secondly as a time when a new generation of lead actors superseded the Waynes, Newmans, and McQueens of the ’60s (Nicholson, De … Continue reading From the Archives: John Cazale and the Character Actors of the 1970s (2001)

From the Archives: Interview with David Edelstein (2005)

Reel time with David Edelstein By Aaron Aradillas One of the advantages–or disadvantages–of the Internet is its ability to make everyone equal. There is no real hierarchy on the Internet. (There are “personalities,” but basically anyone can respond to someone else’s post.) This is especially true in the coverage of entertainment, particularly movie criticism. The Internet allows everyone to be a critic. With the glut … Continue reading From the Archives: Interview with David Edelstein (2005)

From the Archives: Interview with Tom Beaujour (2004)

By Steven Ward Revolver is the best American music magazine that exclusively covers heavy metal and hard rock. Although that’s something to be proud of, it was the not the original intention of the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Tom Beaujour, nor the magazine’s publishers, Harris Publications. In the spring of 2000, Harris launched Revolver as a general interest rock music magazine. The magazine’s tag or cover line in those days … Continue reading From the Archives: Interview with Tom Beaujour (2004)

From the Archives: Double-Bills

Two For the Road: Reinventing the Double-Bill By Phil Dellio  Inside every rock critic, there’s supposedly a frustrated musician. Those who can, do, and those who can’t, write about it. This commonly held view is buoyed by the number of critics who made the transition from writing to performing: Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde, Ira Kaplan, Neil Tennant, etc. Greil Marcus once addressed the issue by … Continue reading From the Archives: Double-Bills