Overview Venom II
From: Cold Bacon
To: Whoever Will Listen
Okay so Rosenbaum is deeply informed, deeply sympathetic, and bless his big heart, deeply boring. Kael is interesting, entertaining, a sometime brilliant writer, and often wrong. Anthony Lane is amusing but British (and lives in France?). If that should tell you anything. J Hoberman is promising. Thatís all Iím going to say for now. Ebert is hit or miss. Leonard Maltin is a fool. Perhaps even a damn fool. Time Out is of little use, once you think about it. Real film scholars can go to hell because they know way too much. Film Comment should be good, but they seem to have this problem of either talking about films I donít care about (because they are bad, Far From Heaven, Kill Bill) or having twenty pages devoted to filmmakers I canít find on DVD even with trying. Behavior which would of course be justified if it could actually foment demand. Perhaps. Who knows.
Although I hardly know what the hell heís talking about and have not seen the bulk of the films under his jurisdiction. The fact is, and itís obvious to me, Manny Farber probably does know what the hell heís talking about, and thatís just frightening. Susan Sontag is very smart. Sheís like a more conscientious version of Pauline Kael. And sheís been to South America more times, which makes her much smarter, of course. Finally, I would not forget Phillip Lopate. The best balancer of the personal and universal needs currently writing today. Come on, I have to like someone. Kent Jones?