Stanley Kauffmann, 1916-2013

Posted on The New Republic this morning: We are saddened to report that Stanley Kauffmann, our film critic of more than five decades, died early this morning at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York at age 97. We will be adding to this tribute throughout the day. The link above contains tributes by James Wolcott, David Denby, and David Thomson (with more to come). I’ve … Continue reading Stanley Kauffmann, 1916-2013

Ebert Tributes x 2

There are too many fine Ebert tributes out there to try and track even a fraction of them, and I won’t try. Here are a couple great ones, though, from a former rockcritics contributor and a former rockcritics subject. Along with Leonard Maltin’s Home Video Guide, [Ebert’s] Movie Home Companion kept me occupied when I should’ve been studying or doing my homework. Being severely visually … Continue reading Ebert Tributes x 2

Richard Kramer on Kael

A Broad’s Laugh: On Pauline Kael by Richard Kramer (Los Angeles Review of Books) And there was one more moment between us. She called me. She was in the hospital, although she didn’t say that. Her voice was weak, this writer whose voice was always so strong, all brass section, all parade. ‘What will become of all of you?’ she asked. ‘What will you do … Continue reading Richard Kramer on Kael

James Chance on Film Noir

Yes, that James Chance. From the latest edition of Perfect Sound Forever. Because I’m fairly noir-deficient, much of the context here eludes me, but there’s some great lines throughout. On 1947’s Nightmare Alley: “The movie that proves that the geeks that you meet on the way up are the same ones you meet on the way down. In fact, you just might be meeting yourself.” … Continue reading James Chance on Film Noir