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)

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 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 Lisa Schwartzbaum (2006)

By Aaron Aradillas (originally published in rockcritics.com in 2006) In the history of movie critic partnerships (Corliss and Schickel, Scott and Dargis), Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum have been providing the most stimulating insights into movies for over a decade. In the summer of 2004 Mr. Gleiberman became the first subject in this continuing series of in-depth interviews with movie critics. Ever since … Continue reading From the Archives: Interview with Lisa Schwartzbaum (2006)

On the “inherent contradiction of being a blind movie critic”

“I soon realized that criticism, be it of movies, music, television, literature or any other form of entertainment, allows you to work through your emotional responses to what you experienced, and by doing so you are bringing into focus the reader’s own emotional responses. It was through critical writing that I was able to see the world more clearly. I chose to be a movie … Continue reading On the “inherent contradiction of being a blind movie critic”

“What’s so Great About Pauline Kael?”

Don’t ask me why, but the library around the corner had a mint condition soft-cover copy of Harold Bloom’s The Western Canon on their remainder rack for $1 (I know, I know, how utterly poetic of them), so of course I bought it, but then I got to wondering, “Didn’t Pauline Kael once have something to say about Harold Bloom?,” which led me to Google … Continue reading “What’s so Great About Pauline Kael?”

Calmly Disagreeing: Stanley Kauffmann (1916-2013)

By Phil Dellio When film critic Stanley Kauffmann died a few weeks ago, Scott was in the midst of a series of posts devoted to rock critics who, at some point in their careers, expressed a declining interest in writing about music. Did Kauffmann ever experience something similar, I wondered? He began at The New Republic in 1957, and he was still at it when he … Continue reading Calmly Disagreeing: Stanley Kauffmann (1916-2013)