From the Archives: Movies in the 1990s

[Originally appeared in Popped in 1999, then rockcritics.com in 2000] How Perfectly Goddamn Delightful It All Was: Movies in the 1990s By Phil Dellio If it seems premature for a best-films-of-the-90s list, don’t worry, it’s not: I phoned Hollywood and they assured me there would be no good films released in 1999. I don’t have any great theories about the course of film history over the … Continue reading From the Archives: Movies in the 1990s

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

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familiar litany of Coppola, Scorsese, Altman, and company) and secondly as a time when a new generation of lead actors superseded the Waynes, Newmans, and McQueens of the ’60s (Nicholson, De … Continue reading From the Archives: John Cazale and the Character Actors of the 1970s (2001)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: 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

From the Archives: Glenn Kenny (2005)

By Aaron Aradillas (originally published in rockcritics.com in 2005) Glenn Kenny is a good sport. I write this because he was more than willing to indulge me in responding to my aggressive rebuttals to some of his reviews. Mr. Kenny’s good-naturedness is just one of the things you’ll discover about him in this dishy, engrossing, and very funny interview. Joining Premiere magazine in 1996 as an editor … Continue reading From the Archives: Glenn Kenny (2005)

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”