How It Should Be

January 25, 2008

“In many ways the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgement. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read.

But, the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things… the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so.

But there are times when a critic truly risks something… and that is in the discovery and defence of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends.

Last night I experienced something new, an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement– they have rocked me to my core.

In the past I have made no secret of my distain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto: “Anyone Can Cook”. But I realize only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.

It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest Chef in France.

I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.”

From Peter O’Toole’s Oscar-worthy performance in Ratatouille.

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“May we quote you?”

February 13, 2007

“Come in, come in. We won’t bite you.”

Welcome! Welcome to the Oscars-in-black-and-white blog. Movies, movies, movies. All in color, revealed in black and white.

Why? Why do this? Why blog about … movies?

He said:

“I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

She said:

“All right, Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my close up.”

Everyone said:

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

In this blog, we’ll post our thoughts about … the movies. And your thoughts. For those of you who know how (contact us, if not), we’ll post your reviews as well.

And then…

And then … we’ll discover.

We’ll explore if

“Greed is good.”

Will you

“Show me the money?”

No? Perhaps

“You can’t handle the truth?”

Perhaps

“The force is strong with this one?”

“Hit me chief, I got the moves!”

But everyone behave. Be critical. Be insightful. Be funny. Be crass.

“How do you fight an idea?”

There is only one rule on this blog:

“If anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving.”

“I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too.”

“The horror, the horror.”

ps.

“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”