[Pauline Kael] had a great gift for setting movies in cultural context, but what set her apart from most critics—and especially a lot of critics today—was that she was at her absolute best when she loved something. And that was exciting to read. Nowadays, I find critics to be very facile when they don’t like a film, but when they do like something they get tongue-tied.
butnotferdinand likes this
Too true! Kael was the best, and her enormous talent just underlines how hacky the rest of us are. I just console myself by thinking about how she didn’t start reviewing until she was in her 40s. Maybe I can get better by then.
and-interim likes this
quesandgays likes this