Jonathan Rosenbaum

If movies are niche, shouldn’t critics be too? (photo)

If movies are niche, shouldn’t critics be too?

The Playlist is a useful blog that aggregates the day’s major entertainment news. They’re also been dabbling in reviews, which is how I came across Drew Taylor’s take on the acclaimed if by no means Romanian film “Police, Adjective,” which is screening at the New York Film Festival. Taylor calls it “the most boring fucking […]

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History (photo)

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History

[Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen “Inglourious Basterds.”] There have been two moments in film this year that have moved me to my cine-loving core. Both involved individuals stirred by the power of image, art and mythology. And both illustrated a personal investment for each character (some, real-life characters), revealing a potent significance and […]

How Rotten Tomatoes has changed film criticism. (photo)

How Rotten Tomatoes has changed film criticism.

The uproar Armond White raised by panning “District 9” has raised a lot of interesting points about The State of Film Criticism. It prompted Slate‘s Daniel Engber to fret over his original pan of the film; being one of the few dissenting voices on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes was, he wrote, “beginning to make me […]