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Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael (June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. Earlier in her career, her work appeared in City Lights, McCall's and The New Republic.

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In which a young Wes Anderson asks a retired Pauline Kael to screen "Rushmore" with him.
I only know 1 person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don't know. But sometimes when I'm in a theater I can feel them. -Pauline Kael
In the frivolous, absurd old days, stars were photographed in their bubble baths; now they bathe in tears of self-pity. (pauline kael)
whats laughable is you totally misunderstanding what a Pauline Kael fallacy is
9/8/16 Examine Pauline Kael's "great trash" movie quote. Continued watching PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE. Some students handed in responses.
the ones Pauline Kael despised and the *** adore
Congrats on your very own Pauline Kael "quote" that may still need debunking 45 years from now!
Pauline Kael wrote that one of Merman's dresses looks like it wants to eat her.
Thanks for superb review of "Sully." You made me think about a film I'd normally not watch, like . Pauline Kael used to do.
Interesting how Didion's take-down of Allen at this point (1979) is so similar to Pauline's Kael's. (i.e.Stardust Memories)
Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it
Shades of Pauline Kael in 1972. How could Nixon win, she asked, I don't know anyone who voted for him.
Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do so
Pauline Kael: "the biggest amateur movie of them all", with Kubrick doing "really every dumb thing he ever wanted to do".
I secretly love Pauline Kael. Armond White is the only similar critic today who I give some credence to.
Renata Adler's essay about Pauline Kael haunts me everytime I write too
I think it was that nailed pk when he compared to Pauline kael, he's Pauline Kaelman.
Not exactly sure that's how Cal alum Pauline Kael got her start, but ...
"The movies are so seldom great art that we should not go unless we can appreciate great trash." Pauline Kael knew things about film & games
Bubble Boy Kurgman rarely ventures beyond East River. Like Pauline Kael, no one he knows is for Trump.
shades of Pauline Kael from the good doctor.
I was really influenced by Joan Didion and Pauline Kael; they were both at the height of
What would Pauline Kael have thought of assigned movie theatre seating?
Slap Shot is a classic. Pauline Kael loved it, and she knew a little about the movies.
TIL that Pauline Kael never said that Nixon quote. In fact: she said the opposite, acknowledging the bubble.
The nonstop references in Gilmore Girls can be annoying, but I get new jokes every time. Definitely didn't know who Pauline Kael was at 18.
Who do you think was right , Pauline Kael or her critics.?
I'm the aspirant Pauline Kael of online reviews. Someone should pay me for it, *** it. Or at least give me free stuff.
It seems likely that many of the young who don't wait for others to call them artists, but s
"We" of course modern version of Pauline Kael's "How'd Nixon win a landslide? I don't know anyone who vote for him"
Pauline Kael: Gene Wilder stares at the world with nearsighted, pale-blue-eyed wonder; he was…
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The movies are so rarely great art, that if we can`t appreciate great trash, there is little reason for us to go. Pauline Kael
Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them. – Pauline Kael
this is like that Pauline Kael quote about not knowing anyone who voted for Nixon
Gene Wilder was once described by Pauline Kael as “a magnetic blur.” via
Critic & Poet: Pauline Kael showed us how to talk about popular art and fall in love with movies: via
In the arts, the critic is the only independent source of information. The rest is advertisi
For movie criticism, Anthony Lane can't touch Pauline Kael (remember her?)--but, then again, no one can.
Gonna need a season of FEUD about Pauline Kael / Renata Adler, let's be real
The legacy of film critic Pauline Kael | Author David Thomson with Michael Barker /via
Yes. I am a cultural snob. For my money, I prefer to revisit film reviews by Pauline Kael and J. Hoberman.
.I think the Pauline Kael rule applies. No one he knows was targeted by IRS and he probably doesn't know a lot of vets who use VA
I don't want to sound too much like Pauline Kael but I do not know a single person who's watched an episode
You know, at least Pauline Kael was a decent movie critic
"Some of my favorite critics, like Susan Sontag or Pauline Kael o Roger Ebert... the were wildly inconsistent":
May be having a Pauline Kael moment here, but what the *** !
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Pauline Kael was the original Pitchfork dot com
I wonder what Pauline Kael would have to say about something like DEADPOOL
thanks. that was insightful and I love the first point about reading Pauline Kael
2) Odd that a great film critic like Pauline Kael may now be best known as a code word for political-cultural isolation.
1) on refers to “our Pauline Kael moment” re elite Republicans not knowing any Trump supporters.
Was it Biskind who noted list of great films Kael got wrong is staggeringly long?
Although she was an anti-auteurist, Pauline Kael's writing, which often portrayed directors as heroes, may have helped.
Pauline Kael said that Rip Torn could get angrier faster than any other Ame...
There's a Pauline Kael quote "I don't know how Nixon got elected, no one I know voted for him." That's my Coldplay hot take.
Trash has given us an appetite for art.
And sometimes critics teach and inspire. Reading Pauline Kael religiously was my film school.
That irrelevant misquote of Pauline Kael is the best you can do? Thanks for confirming Sanders has the better chance to win.
Kael on Karel Reisz & Arthur Miller's last film, the unobtrusively strange EVERYBODY WINS.
“motor runs a little fast” - Pauline Kael on Fonda in Read more about Fonda and others here:.
The comic is meh. The show absurd. Though I may be Pauline Kael-ing the zombie apocolypse here.
"a slack mixture of 'important' and mediocre--a blur that viewers can project onto" -pauline kael on River's Edge but could describe so much
Pauline Kael wrote quite well about Chayefsky's sexism and how he wouldn't have written a similar male character that way.
SPOILER: Pauline Kael takes over LA & also becomes the voice of American culture.
He was good, and often used his bully pulpit for good. Did NOT like Pauline Kael who everyone speaks of in hushed tones now.
"...sometimes the worst ideas can be made to work." -Pauline Kael
Did you watch yesterday? More on a Pauline Kael favorite, here:
Irish Times columnist experiences Pauline Kael moment as people she knows canvassing is sign of generational change.
The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himse...
It's like the urban legend about Pauline Kael saying Reagan couldn't have won, she didn't know ANYONE who voted for him.
Pauline Kael's Cary Grant profile because it's the best writing on film I'm aware of - "The Man from Dream City"
I always forget that when Pauline Kael published I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES she'd never been a staff writer & was only just writing for mags
The Ebert influence runs deep in these reviews. Whoddathunk I'd hold Pauline Kael and the evil Armond White as a gold standard in future? ;P
How did I minor in film studies and never read Pauline Kael's evisceration of auteur theory? This is fantastic
Pauline Kael om blockbusters 1974 (!): "You don’t expect Mount Rushmore to be a work of art, but if you’re anywhere near it you have to go."
Currently reading Pauline Kael's I Lost it at the Movies. A wonderful collection of film essays that I regularly return to for inspiration.
"American film critic Pauline Kael called Intolerance “perhaps the greatest movie ever made..
Last night, I shut down a heckler by calling her "Pauline Kael" and I've accomplished all of my stand up comedy goals.
Partial to '71. Pauline Kael called it "banal" theme reduced to "life is a jungle". Hmm, isn't that Shakespeare's point?
Tom Roston's upcoming book I Lost It at the Video Store (a play on Pauline Kael's classic I Lost It at the...
The lead to Pauline Kael's review of WEST SIDE STORY. Personal, universal, insightful, hilarious. How did she do it?
Look for the critic today who will lay it on the line for a little film and a nobody director the way Pauline Kael did for Diner & Levinson.
"This is a lusciously silly movie. It has an amorous shine." Hero Pauline Kael on Tequila Sunrise.
My love of Tequila Sunrise is right up there with my love of Tombstone.
Pleased to have been asked by my friend Wayne Stengel to contribute to this collection.
Wow, okay, William Peter Blatty was not fond of Pauline Kael. Like Hunter S. Thompson-to-Nixon levels of not-fond. I learned this today.
Pulling for Pauline Kael's case for Brett Boone to make the next Village Voice.
Oh my Lord. "Are you with someone?" ??? And this is strikingly similar to a letter Pauline Kael responded to in her first book.
Pauline Kael probably didn't say what is claimed she did about Nixon, but this sure sounds Kael-ian.
I adore Boorman. The movie is a visual feast, script be damned. Read Pauline Kael's review. Pretty spot-on.
That's rather like Pauline Kael saying she didn't know anyone who voted for Nixon.
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It seems Pauline Kael couldn't find a movie or actor she liked, so was amazing she said that
“An artist must either give up art or develop.”. ― Pauline Kael,
Reading about Pauline Kael's struggles in being a critic and single mother does that.
Quit reading "Orson Welles vs the Hollywood studios" by Clinton Heylin. Man, that "author" really hates Simon Callow & Pauline Kael.
a video u should is of Pauline Kael 1982. your review of Vacation shows how editors control critix
disgusting that u gave Vacation a good review. scenes with cows amuse u? pauline kael "critics r under thumb of editors" true 4 u
is an unselfaware hothouse progressive inside her Pauline Kael bubble march'g in lockstep to Gramscian propaganda
This and the Pauline Kael documentary are the two films I'm most looking forward to seeing.
Not the first time. I'm sure many stared out their windows at overcast skies, wishing Pauline Kael would under…
Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize. Pauline Kael
I love Pauline Kael too Alicia. She was amazing
Pauline Kael would have *loved* Rose Byrne. She would have devoted an entire paragraph of her SPY review to how even Byrne's hair is funny.
Pauline Kael would call a friend and read her column. The hardest thing to master is tone; reading out loud makes tone clear.
kickstarter: A documentary on Pauline Kael & her vision of 20th-century films: …
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LOVE Pauline Kael. Armond White, look, he entertains me sometimes.
Look, we all loved "The Golden Girls", but could there also be a drag queen who dresses like Pauline Kael & says mean things…
"As the great Pauline Kael once said to, or maybe *of*, Paul Schrader..."
movies fight genius. John Ruskin, the Pauline Kael of art critic backlash. Read it.
I was pretentious/precocious teen; I got a subscription to New Yorker b/c teacher had told me to read it for Pauline Kael.
I get it to create vital important discussion about the white maleness of film criticism you have to pretend Pauline Kael had no power.
Her only flair is in her nostrils. - Pauline Kael
-want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open. -Pauline Kael. .0
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Depends who you ask. Here's Pauline Kael from 1977: "Lucas has got the tone of bad movies
Mel Brooks with an assist from Pauline Kael.
If Pauline Kael could have had sex with that film, she would have.
Question: Was Pauline Kael a great critic, or merely vindictive. Her reviews come across as more venom than helpful to me.
... old-movie ineptness into conscious pop-art." - Pauline Kael. . This is kind of exactly what Lucas is doing.
The dif between Pauline Kael & the vast majority of her successors is that Kael was far more educated and learned than modern critics
& this -Pauline Kael re Maysles - 'Is it cinema of fact when facts are manufactured for the cinema?' …
"Yoda looks like a wonton and talks like a fortune cookie" -Pauline Kael
Responsible artists try to affect you sensually in a way that enlarges your experience. Pauline Kael
Sadly, there seems to be no critics left bringing Pauline Kael's level of love/knowledge/passion.
My is Pauline Kael's 5000 Nights at the Movies. I miss the longer reviews, but the sheer volume of choice here is fun.
I'm a wee bit disappointed there's no Pauline Kael. She's the grand dame of smarty pants snark. After you, of course
for me it was the entire run of Cinefex, Cinefantastique and Pauline Kael.
I liked a video Pauline Kael on Writer's Workshop
“Criticism is all that stands between the public and advertising." - Pauline Kael
Girls on film: it's time to celebrate women critics, the liveliest voices in cinema: Critic Pauline Kael demon...
In 1965, I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES, a collection of film criticism by Pauline Kael, was first published by Little, Brown and Co.
The thing about Pauline Kael is she knew she lived in a bubble:
THIS from 1980 --> Edifice wrecked: Pauline Kael demolished --> The Perils of Pauline by Renata Adler
Why did Pauline Kael try to assassinate Orson Welles' role in writing Citizen Kane? Boo
First Nighter: Cush Jumbo Truly Stars in "Josephine and I" Pauline Kael once wro
Was it Pauline Kael who noted that without critics, all you have is marketing? Whoever said it, it’s appalling how many ppl believe the PR.
CASUALTIE is a film I've been wrestling with since before I saw it: Pauline Kael's review is inseparable from my viewing of it.
Alan Parker won't be celebrating Pauline Kael...hated her as did others who were on receiving end of scathing reviews..ha.
And of course, that's leaving aside many great historical critics- Pauline Kael was notoriously brutal and acerbic
Nothing can be as ridiculous as Ghostbusters 2. Except Pauline Kael’s rave review of it.
From Pauline Kael to Djuna Barnes, Sight & Sound pays tribute to 25 great female film critics:
Saying that, cinema theory would be a very different world without Laura Mulvey, Pauline Kael and Susan Sontag
Oh, this was unrelated. I just like talking about how Pauline Kael made David Lean quit movies.
Pauline Kael was film critic on New Yorker.Great for telling you why it was you didn't (or did!) like a partic movie.(Her bks still avail).
FORTITUDE: Can't quite put finger on why don't like it. Need somebody like the late Pauline Kael to tell me what's wrong with it(or me!).
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Remember Pauline Kael said Jeff Bridges was underrated and then everyone agreed later? That's me for Sam Rockwell. 19 yr crush going strong.
Critic Pauline Kael called this '80s sci-fi film an "aggressively silly picture" that "isn't really enjoyable" -
Longtime pet peeve of mine- a whole generation knows Kael only as "the Nixon lady"
Pauline Kael once said she didn't know how Nixon won because nobody she knew voted for him. That's where I am on a Chicago Fire/PD spinoff.
Pauline Kael Syndrome (NYT writer that couldn't believe Nixon won b/c she didn't know any1 who voted for him)
I'm reading Pauline Kael's and Patti Smith's bios, and a book on Xerox PARC to learn how to build an R…
Pauline Kael, 'impressionist criticism' to why filmmakers from the Catholic tradition are frequently more violent
What would Pauline Kael and Andrew Sarris think of We fight to figure it out this week:
Pauline Kael's capsule for STRANGE CARGO is here. It's much better than she makes it sound.
Pauline Kael perfectly described the movie Cocktail as "a tale of *** .
Perhaps she lives in such a bubble, she is 'Pauline Kael' on this issue? Someone should send her a video or something.
Personal thought: some uk tv critics aim to be François Truffaut or Pauline Kael but they're more like
A mistake in judgment isn't fatal, but too much anxiety about judgment is. - Pauline Kael
Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991.She was also totally bae [2][3]
Tempted to go all Pauline Kael on this and say I don't know anyone who watched the Super Bowl. Except I probably do.
You've read the delicious story of her post-retirement encounter with Wes Anderson?
."But Pauline Kael completely dismissed it as a dull visit to the fantasy world of a "mousy wife" +
.Pauline Kael apparently wasn't a fan. I've not found her review yet but did find this quote ...
Home Documentary re Pauline Kael. If you remember her or the Cinema Guild in Berkeley, please get in touch
Gwen Ifill takes a page fr the Pauline Kael playbook of astonishment.
She and Pauline Kael really hadn't heard about him.
Yes but "As I have written about 'Lincoln,' 'Zero Dark Thirty,' and 'Argo',,," Thank you, Pauline Kael, for y
Pauline Kael saying something good about anyone?! Color me surprised.
(1982-01-01) 5001 Nights at the Movies: A Guide from A to Z, Kael, Pauline, Holt
Yep. I found this article from a place that I think you know. :)
"How did Nixon defeat McGovern? I don't know anyone who voted for Nixon." Pauline Kael (paraphrasing)
Pauline Kael used to say that Hollywood is the only town where people 'can die of encouragement.’ - Tarantino in 2010
Sort of like the old Pauline Kael quote about Nixon and McGovern
“The Pauline Kael of gifs is back. all the cute
looks like even can't tell the difference between Pauline Kael and Tipper Gore.
LOL apparently Tipper Gore is Pauline Kael now and listing plot holes is also still art criticism.
thanks tv critics like and now convinced we are incapable of knowing difference between Tipper Gore and Pauline Kael
apparently the massive *** who wrote that doesn't know difference between Tipper Gore and Pauline Kael
If I was rich I'd hire Jane Lynch to narrate all of Pauline Kael's film reviews.
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just watched your video on Roger Ebert. Curious, what are your thoughts on Pauline Kael?
Eugene Levy as Rex Reed and Andrea Martin as Pauline Kael! . SCTV - GOOD BYE AMERICA WITH 'HERALDO' RIVERA.
"One must applaud director John Milius for his casual display of female breasts whenever possible..." -Pauline Kael
I preferred American Hustle, really didn't like Wolf of Wall St. ...Pauline Kael eat your heart out
Pauline Kael said = "a *** on legs"? thought it was Rod Lurie on Danny de Vito, "a *** with arms"
Should there be an Oscar category for superb movie criticism? A few years ago a precedent was created when film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow was given a lifetime achievement Oscar, in the main for his preservationist efforts. If so, who would be the first movie analyst you would give the award to? And what film critics do you enjoy reading for their thoughts on film? I've gained a lot of insight over the decades of my movie love reading people like James Agee, Andrew Sarris, Pauline Kael, Roger Ebert and currently Richard Brody of the New Yorker magazine. Share your thoughts on an Oscar for serious film criticism and who would you give the honor to? (And if you have complete disdain for all movie critics, this would be a question you would skip.)
"Even the ghost child of Pauline Kael and James Agee couldn't do anything noteworthy with a 15-word slot."
I'm still looking for Pauline Kael's SNF review. Travolta was very proud of her rave.
Same goes for Pauline Kael. Whatever you thought of her, we should never underestimate her influence on film journalism.
if memory serves, Pauline Kael got a mention.
Pauline Kael once said that Meryl Streep's secret is that she always seems like she's overcoming being miscast.
I always thought Pauline Kael's sick-soul-of-the-party jab at MARIENBAD was what the kidz today call a *** move". Jeering philistinism.
Pauline Kael said she hated Schindler's List for the same reason.
Perhaps people remember Pauline Kael's withering review more vividly than the movie?
I know gender essentialism is bad, but if you read Joan Didion, Pauline Kael, and Janet Malcolm at their peaks it's impossible not to wonder
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Critic Pauline Kael on Jack in "borderline funny...tiresome, a mixture of Richard III and the Big Bad Wolf huffing and puffing"
Pauline Kael on RAGING BULL: "After an hour, I said to myself, why am I sitting here watching these two dumb f--ks?"
"If you watch a great movie on TV, you will be committing an aesthetic crime, of which you are the victim." -Pauline Kael
"'The Netflix Wars' pulses with drama and intrigue at every step. Jon Cryer is an absolute revelation! Subscribe or perish.". -Pauline Kael
you are only looking." Pauline Kael on Carroll Ballard's work on The Black Stallion. Gorgeous praise of a gorgeous film.
"One of the surest signs of the Philistine is his reverence for the superior tastes of those who put him down": Pauline Kael.
Is that a Pauline Kael quote or Barry Norman? Either way, you're right, more film criticism should be like that.
"The movie is shot in deliberate sick-sleazo comic-book style." Pauline Kael on 1987's
Very short, sweet article by Wes Anderson re: showing Pauline Kael from "Rushmore." From archives.
New Yorker's Pauline Kael on "The Waltons": "It portends to be our Life--or how we want life to be--but it's a suffering bucket of sop."
I maintain Pauline Kael would've flipped for BLUE IS THE WARMEST. It has that style-free/lust-for-life-ness quality that was her catnip.
It's comforting to know that today, James Agee, Pauline Kael, Dwight Macdonald, and Manny Farber would be known as "ha…
In her review, Pauline Kael called this movie "amateurishly crude" -
To paraphrase Pauline Kael, the Alec Baldwin article in the new is like a neon sign spelling out the soullessness of neon.
Wes Anderson tracks down Pauline Kael and screens 'Rushmore' for her:
Emily Nussbaum: The Shallowness of “True Detective” via Pauline Kael lives, and she's watching television
I was a movie director. No one else would think they could double-park in front of a police station."
Wes Anderson's 1999 account of screening Rushmore for Pauline Kael, the greatly revered New Yorker Magazine film...
When Wes Anderson met his childhood idol, Pauline Kael, for the first time and showed her his second film, Rushmore:
A piece of Pauline Kael's review of 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY.
Pauline Kael had the same problem. (It was her.)
IU Lifelong Learning course: From Bonnie and Clyde to Jaws: Pauline Kael's "Critical Collection" at the Lilly Library
Fox News Reporting continues Baier's voyage into "nihilist poetry," in the phrase of Pauline Kael...
Pauline Kael was a fan; who am I to disagree? Can't wait to see Uma Thurman at the gala on Jan 27!
"Better late than never!" I always say. So, I am excusing myself for never having read Brian Kellow's biography of the great movie critic, Pauline Kael. I should have read it long before this.
Ronee Blakeley was our classmate in Caldwell High School, now a FB friend. The film for which she was nominated for an Academy Award is out in Blue Ray, Altman's "Nashville." Ronee was a talented actress, songwriter and sang her songs in the film. I'm going out to get mine now. Maki Doolittle, want to have a movie night? I'll make popcorn! Mark Childress wrote, remembering "Nashville": Watched for maybe the 500th time my number-one favorite movie of all time, “Nashville” by Robert Altman and Joan Tewkesbury. It’s a beautiful new print on Blu-Ray and I loved it all over again - it truly is the great American novel in film. And then the movie made me go look up Pauline Kael’s classic review of the movie, written while the movie was still being edited in part as an effort by Kael to convince the studio to release the picture. Kael wrote: “This is Ronee Blakley’s first movie, and she puts most movie hysteria to shame; she achieves her effects so simply that I wasn’t surprised when someone ...
and Pauline Kael didn't know anyone who voted for Nixon in '72. Which is why McGovern won!
Nixon couldn’t have won. I don’t know anyone who voted for him: Pauline Kael
Name the reviewed movie by esteemed critic Pauline Kael: Scorsese's got moviemaking and the Church mixed up together: he’s trying to be the saint of cinema. Scorsese puts his unmediated obsessions on the screen, trying to turn raw, pulp power into art by removing it from the particulars of observation and narrative. He loses the lowlife entertainment values of prizefight films; he aestheticizes pulp and kills it. (Pauline Kael, New Yorker)
and they would have gotten away with it if not for that meddling Pauline Kael.
Pauline Kael called this movie "the most specific and rabid incitement to race war." Weird Wednesday tonight!
And was Pauline Kael that great? (Believe me, I'm not saying AW is a great film critic.)
With all this talk about Armond White, thought I'd link my piece about why I really don't like Pauline Kael:
IMHO, there hasn't been a great film critic since Pauline Kael. Armond White substitutes awkwardness for insight.
Oh yeah. Pauline Kael never had an opinion. Jesus.
Keep telling yourself that Pauline Kael would've sucked at corporate writing, too.
Wes Anderson screened Rushmore for Pauline Kael and wrote about it here.
"When we championed trash culture, we had no idea it would become the only culture." Pauline Kael
Oh well. Pauline Kael was also good, though not as insightful as the two I mentioned above. Have fun!
Read a book of Pauline Kael reviews today. Brilliant insight. Film as an artform is part making it, part talking about it. She proves that.
When your hero takes a fall: Pauline Kael. She not only wrote lies about the Maysles Bros. but also Orson Welles.
That's Pauline Kael, writing in 1967. But it might as well be Anthony Lane writing today.
"Faye Dunaway has the magazine-illustration look of countless uninterestingly pretty girls"—Pauline Kael did not pull her punches...
Well, I'll say this for Pauline Kael: her work is the only thing I've ever read that actually made me fear my life.
In nearly three decades as a member of the esteemed New York Film Critics Circle, CityArts editor Armond White has served with the greats, including Andrew Sarris and his rival, Pauline Kael. Today, the Gotham critics voted to expel White, the group's chair in 1994, 2009, and 2010. His ultimate crim...
any time you get defensive about sexism or racism accusations in society, try to remember Pauline Kael's not knowing Nixon voters.
Zadie Smith is 1 of the few writers who can quote Pauline Kael without sounding lame-Re:her Man From Dream City essay which I think of often
Found a copy of Pauline Kael’s KISS KISS BANG BANG this weekend. Her essay about movies on TV still resonates.
But, I've never really liked him as a critic (He's hardly Susan Sontag or Pauline Kael caliber!)
I often think of Pauline Kael's approach as a good aim. She showed you a new way of thinking about what you were seeing.
Critic Pauline Kael called this film "rabble rousing pulp, the kind that goes over well with subliterate audiences"-
Pauline Kael on Woody Allen: "What man in his 40s but WA could pass off a predilection for teenagers as a quest for true values?"
On that subject, I love Pauline Kael's review of RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. She cannot understand why the action never *pauses*.
Reading about what a turd Armond White is got me thinking. I'll bet I'm not the only one that looked forward to watching "At the Movies" and some of the other review shows when I was a kid. Pauline Kael was still writing, Gene Siskel was still alive, and Armond White was still fermenting under his log. Which critics are you fans of? Any? None?
From Tam: "Bridgeghazi" is the headline story on Meet The Press. Extra Double Tone Deaf Pauline Kael Irony Points for the people in the media calling it "Bridgeghazi" who don't even acknowledge Benghazi as an actual, you know, scandal. - Look, I don't support what these numbskulls did with regard to screwing around with people's daily commutes for jollies. They SHOULD get fired. But how can the media look its collective "self" in the mirror every morning when it is calling for heads-on-sticks over closing *some* of the lanes on a bridge for a few days while it excuses (or ignores) Fast & Furious, Benghazi, the IRS/Tea Party tax scandal, pretty much everything the NSA does nowadays...
Don't take my word for it, though - you may well like it. I'm no Pauline Kael.
There seems to be eternal anxiety among cinephiles about the state of the movies. We just went through probably one of the great years in film history and movie geeks are even now kvetching about the film industry. Here's my recommendation. Skim some Manny Farber for the forties and fifties and Pauline Kael for the sixties and seventies; they thought cinema was in crisis too. And while there's a pretty good chance that the seventies are your favorite decade for movies, I can just about guarantee that if you lived through it you would feel stuck in a mire of mindless exploitation and disaster flicks. The Godfather and Taxi Driver and Jaws and Star Wars were all exceptional. Just as The Social Network and Gravity are exceptional. But the real dirty secret, that the hand wringers don't recognize, is that the average movie from the last ten or fifteen years, really since the early nineties, is probably much better made and more entertaining than the average movie made in the seventies. The movies have gotten ...
"If you can't make fun of bad movies on serious subjects, what's the point?" Pauline Kael on being a film critic.
Film and TV critics should take a page out of Pauline Kael's book and only see moving pictures with a fee paying audience.
"Hollywood is the only place you can die of encouragement." Pauline Kael
In this week’s issue, I write about Pauline Kael, who was a New Yorker film critic from 1968 to 1991, and whose reviewing helped establish several movies of the late sixties and seventies as classics. Kael tends to be...
"With MASCULIN FEMININ, Godard has, at last, created the form he needed . . . essay, journalistic sketches, portraiture, love lyric and satire. He gets the little things that people who have to follow scripts can't get." Pauline Kael, 1966
"Americans do have some sort of taste: they will accept mediocrity, but they don't like to pay for it." —Pauline Kael, in Movies, the Desperate Art
From National Screen Institute - Canada (NSI) - In part two of this four-part interview Brian Linehan talks to Pauline Kael about 'T...
THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS- A full year before he would invent the term "summer blockbuster" with "Jaws", 24 year old Steven Spielberg made his theatrical directing debut with "The Sugarland Express". It also marked Goldie Hawn's return to the big screen after a yearlong hiatus. The film tells the true story of Lou Jean Poplin, accused by the courts of being an unfit mother, who sneaks her husband Clovis out of jail, kidnaps a Texas state trooper, and makes him take them to Sugarland, in order to get her baby Langston from foster care, and all with the whole Texas police force in tow. The film also features Spielberg's first collaboration with legendary composer John Williams, a partnership that would last with All of Spielberg's films to this day. Also starring William Atherton, Ben Johnson and Michael Sacks. The late critic Pauline Kael said of the film, "Steven Spielberg is a director to keep an eye on. He's gonna go places". Well, he certainly did. Rated PG (Adult Language, Gunplay, Violence). 1974. 1hr, 5 ...
“Criticism is an art, not a science, and a critic who follows rules will fail in one of his most important functions: perceiving what is original and important in new work and helping others to see.”-Pauline Kael
Ha, ha. From iMDB: According to the documentary on the Special Edition DVD set, the movie critic who gets killed is based upon famed critic Pauline Kael. It was Kael who, when critiquing the first Dirty Harry (1971) film, accused Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood of making a "fascist" and "racist" film. The critic in this film is made up to resemble Kael as she appeared during this film's release as an in-joke.
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Pauline Kael, in her review of "Wings of Desire", quoted a friend as saying, "I loved every minute and couldn't wait to leave." That's kind of how I feel about my children. I love providing for them, nurturing them, and all the other ways in which I participate in their lives; and I can't wait for them to successfully enter adult lives of their own in part so I will be able to enter a new chapter of mine.
Pauline Kael sez: “It has been commonly said that the musical ‘Funny Girl’ was a comfort to people because it carried the message that you do not need to be pretty to succeed. That is nonsense; the ‘message’ of Barbra Streisand in ‘Funny Girl’ is that talent is beauty.”
In the latest FILMMAKER issue (subscription only reading on-line, alas), great screenwriter & critic Larry Gross writes (his Keynote speech at Screenwriting Research conference in USA): "I didn’t start to go on the Internet until 2007. When I finally did, I went trolling for serious writing about film, and I luckily encountered a Web magazine called Rouge. Because of the brilliant work of its editor, Adrian Martin, I was exposed for the first time to writings by the likes of Jacques Ranciere, Bill Krohn, Nicole Brenez, Yvette Bíró, as well as writings by filmmakers like Hou Hsiao-hsien, Pedro Costa and Raúl Ruiz that were, and remain, impossible to find anywhere else. Martin’s own essays on the films of Terry Malick, Fritz Lang and Philippe Garrel, among many others, are superb. And I’ve also excitedly begun following the evolution of his latest Web publication venture with Girish Shambu, which I heartily recommend to all of you; the magazine is called Lola ... One of the things that Bordwell and ...
Shock and Awe has come to America! This production was so successful in Iraq and Afghanistan that it was only a matter of time before American audiences would clamor to see this stateside. Pauline Kael says its 'a mind blowing experience, that will literally blow your brains out!' Rex Reed calls it 'a dystopian nightmare for the whole family!' The late, great Roger Ebert says 'thank goodness I'm not around to see it!'
God Morning all!! Birthday author. Born and raised in Maryland, James Wolcott is a columnist for Vanity Fair and has written for The New Republic, The London Review of Books, Bookforum, and many other publications still treading water. He--I mean, I--also have a blog at the Vanity Fair website, where I keep tabs on politics, Project Runway, Mad Men, the dance scene, books, birding, and generally make a nuisance of myself, but in a fun, passionate, caring way. My wife Laura Jacobs is a novelist (her latest is The Bird Catcher), a dance critic, and Vanity Fair writer, and we live a wacky sitcom life in Manhattan with our two ocicats, Henry and Veronica, who deserve their own spinoff series. We also have a small bungalow on the Delaware Bay side of the Jersey Shore, where I sleep on the screened-in back porch and harbor any cricket who happens to pop in. My memoir about the Seventies in NYC, those years of punk and Pauline Kael, was published in 2011 by Doubleday. And in the autumn of 2013, Doubleday publis ...
This movie is a toupee made up to look like honest baldness. Pauline Kael
Learning that most U.S. beer comes in cans is my Pauline Kael no-one-I-know-voted-for-Nixon moment
I need to take a vacation to a secluded one room cabin in the wilderness and read all of Pauline Kael's books
Pauline Kael on the auteur theory and Martin Scorsese
Her only flair is in her nostrils. . Movie critic Pauline Kael
where is Pauline Kael please, i wish to thank her in person
"The smell of a skunk is more distinguishable than the perfume of a rose - does that make it better?" - Pauline Kael
World Lit: Had a thought. Check out Pauline Kael's RAISING KANE that Ebert referenced tonight in our film.
I wonder if it's like Pauline Kael saying "nobody voted for Nixon" -- ppl extrapolate from their own circle.
Someone (Pauline Kael?) once referred to "clichés so old you didn't even know you knew them," or something in that vein.
"Repetition without development is decline.". -Pauline Kael
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