Film “That the Village Voice doesn’t want to pay for two staff film critics is a joke. There is so much to cover.”
posted by April 1 at 11:26 AMon
David Carr has a piece in today’s New York Times called Now on the Endangered Species List: Movie Critics in Print, which hangs on the news about what’s happening to film critics all over the country—Nathan Lee was just laid off by the Village Voice, David Ansen is taking a buyout from Newsweek, etc.
Given that movie blogs are strewn about the Web like popcorn on a theater floor, there are those who say that movie criticism is not going away, it’s just appearing on a different platform… But for a certain kind of movie, critical accolades can mean the difference between relevance and obscurity, not to mention box office success or failure.
“For those of us who are making work that requires a kind of intellectual conversation, we rely on that talk to do the work of getting people interested,” said Mr. Rudin, who produced “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood,” two Oscar-nominated and critically championed films last year. “All of the talk about ‘No Country,’ all of the argument about the ending, kept that film in the forefront of the conversation” and helped it win the best picture Oscar.
(Not to put too fine a point on it but, uh, if you read Slog, you found out about the David Ansen news yesterday.)