Brandon Hernández 9 a.m., March 11
This week, David Elliott takes up The Debt, a movie that involves Nazis and gynecological exams while thankfully avoiding Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS. But more importantly, he pays tribute to his friend and fallen fellow film critic, Pauline Kael. My favorite line: "A Kael review X-rayed the film, the cultural moment, and herself." Just from reading the snippets he provides, it's clear that she really did throw herself into her work - to great effect. As the "x-ray" image indicates, her reviews were not detached, impersonal autopsies; they were engagements between two vital principles: film and audience.
I'll stop now. Go thou and read.
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- More Fun with Studio Logos! — Sept. 14, 2011
- A Tribute to Pauline Kael; The Debt Reviewed — Aug. 31, 2011
- Reviews! — July 6, 2011
- Another Temple Gone — May 24, 2011