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Big Screen Christmas Mailbag

Scott Marks responds to a critic while getting his hair cut.

When you consider all the questionable "bile" this column pumps, I am amazed to report that one Joseph Genoese has decided to take offense to a goof column written under the guise of "Earl Stiff."

Here's what Joe had to say:

  • Bile in Every Word

  • "Reading Mr. Marks’ reviews has become painful. This guy thinks he is funny and witty. What he is is a bore.

  • "Gone are the days, at least at your paper, when a movie review provided insight, perspective, and clear direction into what a movie was trying to say. See Siskel, Ebert, A. O. Scott, Roper, Kael, and hundreds more.

  • "Your guy is a buffoon. He does nothing but hate everything and everyone, save 'Marty.' Scott Marks is shaming your paper! His review of the Golden Globes was not informative or funny. For those of us who love movies his words were insulting and juvenile.

  • "Do yourselves a favor and run over to some junior college journalism class and get somebody who can write without bile in every word. Your readers will be all the better for it.

  • Joseph Genoese
  • Downtown
Video

Scott Marks responds to a critic

Scott Marks replies to a letter to the editor while getting his hair cut.

Scott Marks replies to a letter to the editor while getting his hair cut.

I decided to face my accuser from the comfort and safety of a barber chair at The Park Blvd. Salon. The moment the camera was turned on, Yen, the Sidney Guilaroff of Hillcrest whose good fortune it's been to mow my fleece for going on 14 years, froze colder than Otto Preminger in an igloo. Makes for grate video!

There is one question concerning Joe's missive that I failed to raise while getting clipped. Joe mentions Siskel, Ebert, A.O. Scott, and Kael, but I never knew Norman Fell wrote criticism?

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18

Scott, I think you have the beginning structures of a new Internet show, along the lines of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." You could call it "Critics in Barber Shops Getting Haircuts."

Dec. 23, 2013

Are you asking me to cheat on Yen with another head-dresser? NEVER!

Dec. 23, 2013

Ha! Yes, let's have another from the barber's chair! Maybe Yen can style you like the leading man from your next movie. Or you could get a close shave in the next video commentary? Maybe Yen will have to read the nastygram to you, between razor slices. Fondly, Eva

Dec. 23, 2013

You make it sound as though more poison pen fan mail awaits me in the new year, Eva.

Dec. 23, 2013

Good haircut, Yen. But, Scott, that video had some pace issues. : )

Dec. 23, 2013

I'll clean it up in post.

Dec. 23, 2013

A little CGI wouldn't hurt, either! And a Hans Zimmer soundtrack would be icing on the cake.

Dec. 23, 2013

Next time I'll hire John Williams to score my bicycle ride past the moon.

Dec. 23, 2013

Why do you think I decided to record my first video before a mirror?

Dec. 23, 2013

viewer - why do u care about his sex life?

Dec. 23, 2013
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Dec. 23, 2013

Scott's former barber was wild with the hare...

Dec. 24, 2013

None

Dec. 24, 2013

The caption is: "Hey ladeeee!"

Dec. 24, 2013

I thought Marks wore a hair piece like Jan Goldsmith. His hair looked real on that video.

Dec. 25, 2013

Jan Goldsmith wears a hairpiece? Get outta' here!

Dec. 25, 2013

Yes, he inherited it from Andy Warhol!

Dec. 26, 2013

More like Carpet World.

Dec. 26, 2013

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"Looks like Marks has been naughty again."
"Looks like Marks has been naughty again."

When you consider all the questionable "bile" this column pumps, I am amazed to report that one Joseph Genoese has decided to take offense to a goof column written under the guise of "Earl Stiff."

Here's what Joe had to say:

  • Bile in Every Word

  • "Reading Mr. Marks’ reviews has become painful. This guy thinks he is funny and witty. What he is is a bore.

  • "Gone are the days, at least at your paper, when a movie review provided insight, perspective, and clear direction into what a movie was trying to say. See Siskel, Ebert, A. O. Scott, Roper, Kael, and hundreds more.

  • "Your guy is a buffoon. He does nothing but hate everything and everyone, save 'Marty.' Scott Marks is shaming your paper! His review of the Golden Globes was not informative or funny. For those of us who love movies his words were insulting and juvenile.

  • "Do yourselves a favor and run over to some junior college journalism class and get somebody who can write without bile in every word. Your readers will be all the better for it.

  • Joseph Genoese
  • Downtown
Video

Scott Marks responds to a critic

Scott Marks replies to a letter to the editor while getting his hair cut.

Scott Marks replies to a letter to the editor while getting his hair cut.

I decided to face my accuser from the comfort and safety of a barber chair at The Park Blvd. Salon. The moment the camera was turned on, Yen, the Sidney Guilaroff of Hillcrest whose good fortune it's been to mow my fleece for going on 14 years, froze colder than Otto Preminger in an igloo. Makes for grate video!

There is one question concerning Joe's missive that I failed to raise while getting clipped. Joe mentions Siskel, Ebert, A.O. Scott, and Kael, but I never knew Norman Fell wrote criticism?

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Scott, I think you have the beginning structures of a new Internet show, along the lines of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." You could call it "Critics in Barber Shops Getting Haircuts."

Dec. 23, 2013

Are you asking me to cheat on Yen with another head-dresser? NEVER!

Dec. 23, 2013

Ha! Yes, let's have another from the barber's chair! Maybe Yen can style you like the leading man from your next movie. Or you could get a close shave in the next video commentary? Maybe Yen will have to read the nastygram to you, between razor slices. Fondly, Eva

Dec. 23, 2013

You make it sound as though more poison pen fan mail awaits me in the new year, Eva.

Dec. 23, 2013

Good haircut, Yen. But, Scott, that video had some pace issues. : )

Dec. 23, 2013

I'll clean it up in post.

Dec. 23, 2013

A little CGI wouldn't hurt, either! And a Hans Zimmer soundtrack would be icing on the cake.

Dec. 23, 2013

Next time I'll hire John Williams to score my bicycle ride past the moon.

Dec. 23, 2013

Why do you think I decided to record my first video before a mirror?

Dec. 23, 2013

viewer - why do u care about his sex life?

Dec. 23, 2013
This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.
Dec. 23, 2013

Scott's former barber was wild with the hare...

Dec. 24, 2013

None

Dec. 24, 2013

The caption is: "Hey ladeeee!"

Dec. 24, 2013

I thought Marks wore a hair piece like Jan Goldsmith. His hair looked real on that video.

Dec. 25, 2013

Jan Goldsmith wears a hairpiece? Get outta' here!

Dec. 25, 2013

Yes, he inherited it from Andy Warhol!

Dec. 26, 2013

More like Carpet World.

Dec. 26, 2013

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