If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Everyone's favorite contrarian/professional asshole Armond White is at it again. In a podcast on Slashfilm.com, White rips into Roger Ebert as the destroyer of film criticism:
“I do think it is fair to say that Roger Ebert destroyed film criticism. Because of the wide and far reach of television, he became an example of what a film critic does for too many people. And what he did simply was not criticism. It was simply blather. And it was a kind of purposefully dishonest enthusiasm for product, not real criticism at all…I think he does NOT have the training. I think he simply had the position. I think he does NOT have the training. I’VE got the training. And frankly, I don’t care how that sounds, but the fact is, I’ve got the training. I’m a pedigreed film critic. I’ve studied it. I know it. And I know many other people who’ve studied it as well, studied it seriously. Ebert just simply happened to have the job. And he’s had the job for a long time. He does not have the foundation. He simply got the job. And if you’ve ever seen any of his shows, and ever watched his shows on at least a two-week basis, then you surely saw how he would review, let’s say, eight movies a week and every week liked probably six of them. And that is just simply inherently dishonest. That’s what’s called being a shill. And it’s a tragic thing that that became the example of what a film critic does for too many people. Often he wasn’t practicing criticism at all. Often he would point out gaffes or mistakes in continuity. That’s not criticism. That’s really a pea-brained kind of fan gibberish.”
Mr. White is welcome to dog out Ebert if he think the guy is a lousy critic, but I don't have a lot of respect for anyone who has to stand on somebody's back to make themselves look bigger by saying stuff like "...he does NOT have the training. I'VE got the training. "
What that says to me is certainly none of the Spill crew meets White's standard as being worthy of critiquing movies. Same goes for Harry Knowles, Devin Faraci and most any other Internet critic or movie site you'd care to name. Oh, and in case you want to give the dude the benefit of the doubt he makes it clear most of YOU clowns don't qualify either.