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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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Diamonds Are Forever should be higher. It was Pauline Kael’s fave Bond film, did you know?
Brody writes the review he knows is expected of him by David Remnick. Phenomenal cowardi…
Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in th…
Before Ebert (and everyone else), there was Pauline Kael. If the ordinary critics make you mad, wait until you read…
Remembering Carlos Fuentes on his birthday. He was on the Jury of the 1977 Cannes Film Festival. That's him next to…
"There are not enough people of colour in this TV show!". "The director of this movie was accused of som…
Yes, because:. 1) while not as good as the original TV miniseries it's still an enjoyable movie. . 2)…
Trump’s only popular place is inside the island bubble of GOP primary politics (where that GOP chair operates). Rem…
I remember Pauline Kael complained about that trend in her review of The Stunt Man (in…
I just watched PRETTY IN PINK for the first time since 1986, and...yeah...it's far, far better than I remembered. P…
I always think of Pauline Kael's great remark about his self-consciousness as an actor: "His knowledge…
The next Pauline Kael, thank you very much.
Pauline Kael called this "the funniest epic vision of America ever 2 reach t/ screen"-
280 should be reserved exclusively for Pauline Kael quotations.
"The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself." Pauline Kael.
This is the Pauline Kael quote of the election. Life is grand in McLean. Not so hot elsewhere.
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“Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to k…
I was told Pauline Kael said that in her original review. Wish I were that witty!
“I can only state that my schedule for the next five years should remain full, unless Pauline Kael sta…
Pauline Kael was my favorite movie reviewer of all time, and she frequently wrote reviews I disagreed with vehemently
Your comment reminded me of this from Pauline Kael. Not exactly what you mention, but…
They'll just eventually Pauline Kael themselves. They are building a huge echo chamber ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
per Rockford Files, chic Manhattanites used to select pretentious books to be seen with while dog walking! "I used to read Pauline Kael."
And Upstate Andrew Cuomo is like that fake Pauline Kael quote, I find common ground with GOP in our s…
Pauline Kael after the 1972 election – "I don't know how Richard Nixon could have won. I don't know anybody who voted for him."
Hellywood is a Demonic monoculture based on the Pauline Kael Syndrome
Happy BDay, Pauline Kael! Watch ED&PAULINE on her early days with her equally fanatical husband
But the Humphrey voters didn't know anyone who voted for Nixon, or as per Pauline Kael, she knew one.
Don't think the buffoonery bothers them, think is right,…
Anything that has any kind of respectability and intelligence is automatically opposed by Trump and his followers.
Recommend a re-read of Pauline Kael 1963. A lot more wrong with auteur model than gender
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With Trump, America may be damned if he wins and damned if he doesn’t, writes Neal Gabler
George W.S. Trow, Norman Mailer, Pauline Kael, and for all sorts of reasons, Anatole Broyard
Would love to see Pauline Kael's film criticism fact-checked
DeNiro Jr-approvd doc on DeNiro Sr. career scours Robt. Duncan & Pauline Kael from bio & mixes his wife's work in w/ his w/ little distinct
Pauline Kael's line about how you don't love movies unless you love bad movies has a lot of uses.
And here's Pauline Kael's response to the question—some amazing recommendations here:.
This is my biggest fear: Money Quote:
One of the most prescient analyses of the Trump phenomenon predates his presidency
TIL In his 1988 film Willow, George Lucas named one of the villains "General Kael," after the critic Pauline Kael …
Say what you will about Armond White, but he really is the contemporary Pauline Kael. Return of the Get-Whitey Movie
i spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking of all the mean things Pauline Kael and Manny Farber would say about Richard Linklater
Also: IDK if "thoughtful" is exactly how I'd describe this, but Pauline Kael on HUD has stayed with me ever since I read it
Entertainment reporter huh ? U ever hear of Bosley Crowther, Pauline Kael, John Simon, they'd puke if they saw what u call a story
Thanks, might be boring, but haven't read much from Pauline Kael.
"Trash, Art, and the Movies" by Pauline Kael. And everything by Roger Ebert.
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. Pauline Kael was gobsmacked to find out she didn't know anyone who voted for Nixon.
I bet you don't know anyone who voted for Trump either. (Pauline Kael)
No one I know voted for Richard Nixon. No, wait, that was Pauline Kael.
Mostly just old people lamenting loss of Pauline Kael
Pauline Kael didn't know anyone who owned a pickup either
Here disagrees with Pauline Kael, who saw no utility in rewatching As much as I revere Kael, she…
That only means you live in a bubble. It's the Pauline Kael syndrome
I've already seen it. I like to bathe in reviews* (*used to own too many Pauline Kael books). I liked it mostly.
Pauline Kael said that Rip Torn could get angrier faster than any ot...
Really glad 14 year old me, who watched La Belle et la Bête a dozen times over a period of several months, never en…
"Good movies make you care, make you believe in possibilities again.". – Pauline Kael
Lecture from Pauline Kael. "Either way, there is always something shameful about living in the past."
Thats known as a Pauline Kael logical fallacy. This mother and 100's of thousands like her HAVE needed a g…
Berger's on my shortlist of fave critics, alongside Greil Marcus, Pauline Kael and some others
Pauline Kael on Manhattan: "What man but Allen could pass off predilection for teen-agers as a quest for true values?"
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I had no idea that Pauline Kael was living in Israel these days.
.On other hand Galloway went all male with honorable mention to Aljean Harmetz: where's & Pauline Kael, etc?
The replies make point for him. It's Pauline Kael's America.
In her review, Pauline Kael called this "amateurishly crude" -
When I grow up I want to be Pauline Kael.
And I spy Pauline Kael in the corner,
...including, and especially the Pauline Kael Villagers
1st book of the yr: I Lost It at the Movies by Pauline Kael. Album: My Woman by Angel Olsen. Movie: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows pt. I
Listening to the Roger & Me ep, re: Pauline Kael, Moore told an interesting story about her and the film
Have determination! "Pry the door open or; if need be; wedge your foot in that door and keep it open." Pauline Kael
No disrespect to Pauline Kael or Gene Shalit (or Jay Sherman) but Bosley Crowther is the most critic name ever
Her only flair is in her nostrils. (Pauline Kael)
Reading Pauline Kael's I LOST IT AT THE MOVIES, along with the soon to be new year, has filled me with a vigor to write again.
A Critic and a Poet: Pauline Kael showed us how to talk about popular art and fall in love w/movies…
In her review of this Pauline Kael called it a "structural disaster" -
The late Pauline Kael said that the flaw in the movie was that MTM's character was admirable rather than contemptible.
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.
Pauline Kael: "the biggest amateur movie of them all", with Kubrick doing "really every dumb thing he ever wanted to do".
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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
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"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…
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
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
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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 *** !
Pauline Kael was the original Pitchfork dot com
I wonder what Pauline Kael would have to say about something like DEADPOOL
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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.
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.
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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.
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...
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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.
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.
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a video u should watch.it 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.
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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.
👉👈. Oh geocities and this treasure trove of Pauline Kael reviews bye 🙌💸
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
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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:
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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?
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.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. :)
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"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.
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.)
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"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
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.
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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.
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