Cool. Checked this out when you sent it. I have thought over your criticism of AL frequently since our debate. I still don’t agree – I think your notion of “serious film critic” is completely a subjective function of your own approach to film, and therefore a useless criterion for judging AL’s film reviews. He is writing for the New Yorker, not an academic film studies journal. Some of the worst film reviews I’ve read have been done by overly analytical film studies students.
Your criticism amounts to “too much Siskel and not enough Ebert”, but I have always loved Siskel more and don’t even watch Ebert now that he is dead. Siskel or Ebert is an age old question, so perhaps we should just leave it at that: you have your opinion and I have mine.