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November 11, 2003

No Wonder the Reviewers Hate It

Posted by Mike on November 11, 2003 12:47 AM

Roger Ebert makes a compelling case for Gus Van Sant's "Elephant" in the face of a chilly general reception:

"Of course a movie about a tragedy that does not explain the tragedy -- that provides no personal of social 'reasons' and offers no 'solutions' -- is almost against the law in the American entertainment industry. When it comes to tragedy, Hollywood is in the catharsis business."


I can't believe that this is the same Roger Ebert who told me to see "Love Actually."

Posted by: Cristina at November 11, 2003 10:36 AM

He's treated as a special case in the 'critical approaches to film' class I'm taking this term:

The prof poses him as a tragic figure who definitely knows better than most of what he's pushing for the consumer reports wing of his operation.

I can see that.

I've listened to some of his commentary here and there. His "Dark City" commentary track, for instance, was educational, and revealed that he's got more upstairs than the average reviewer, and that he'd probably be a good critic. But he's got a tidy little gig anticipating what people will like (not what's "good for them"), and telling them about it. I guess it's pretty much honest work, even if it involves pimping Hugh Grant now and then.

We can now all sit around and wait for Sam to land on The Roger Question like a ton of bricks. :-)

Posted by: mph at November 11, 2003 10:50 AM

Overstate something? Who Me?!

I have nothing to add really. I'd just be repeating myself if I did :)

Posted by: Sam at November 11, 2003 12:56 PM