It’s like Cahiers du Cinema… but for people who
can’t read…and who like glossy pictures
Jeff Jarvis who was a “TV critic for TV Guide and People, creator of Entertainment Weekly” snipes back at Wolcott:
Wolcott is trying to find some vast right-wing conspiracy in people complaining about Stone seeing vast left-wing conspiracies. For me, it’s much simpler and I come to it not from a political perspective but instead from two vantage points: the first as a critic (once a critic, always a critic) and the second as a New Yorker who sees the memories of that day as sacred.
From the critical perspective, I’ll repeat: Stone make crappy movies. He’s a hack. Ace Hardware should have gotten technical Oscars for making the sledgehammers with which he pounds out his plots (in both senses of the word). I thought Wolcott had better taste than this, a finer sense of subtlety. But no: He says Stone actually deserved the Oscars he got for his Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, films writ in neon. But most surprisingly, Wolcott says in public that he thinks Stone got robbed for an Oscar with JFK.
Honestly. If were a former TV critic for People and the creator of Entertainment Weekly (which makes People magazine look like the New York Review of Books) this might not be a fight that I would want to get into. Jarvis also complains that he has been “desperate to see a movie for weeks”, but that his desire is unrequited. With the Dukes Of Hazzard movie (which sounds like the bastard child of EW and TV Guide) just around the corner, I think he’ll be back on his game faster than he can say “yee-haw”.