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March 17, 2010


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craig keller.

Glenn, god bless you. But why get worked up again and again about this Jeffrey Wells? His opinion, or personal tastes, are beneath combat and address. There's too much for us all to do in a day than get worried about the flaunting of opinions that's allowed by the Great Matrix.

You and I (and Herman G. Weinberg, and Peter Bogdanovich) are all on the same page on HATARI! — it's the most effortless-seeming, most complex film in the Hawks oeuvre. A masterpiece among masterpieces — or, as Tarantino would put it, and very astutely, one which resides among the great "hang-out films." Next to RIO BRAVO. I don't believe in genre, but if I did that's one taxonomy I could really get behind.



"Ah, it's good to be writing about FILM again..."

-Glenn Kenny, less than two hours before posting more bickering that has nothing to do with film.


Ichabod, Ichabod, the glory is departed...

Glenn Kenny

Hey, it was WAY more than two hours!...

Michael Adams

Weinberg would have been a terrific blogger.

Stephen Whitty

First thing to send back in the hot-tub time machine: the echt-'80s, ick-'80s "The Bounty Hunter"

Peter Nellhaus

Was Herman Weinberg always cranky? Unforgettable for me is his column in "Take One" in 1975 where he dismissed "Shampoo", "Nashville" and "Day of the Locusts" as having "no class". At least Weinberg inspired the name for my blog. Jeffrey Wells has yet to inspire me, period.

Mike D


"Hatari" is complex? Before or after the "Baby Elephant Walk"?

Jeff McMahon

"I don't believe in genre..."

Isn't this like saying, 'I don't believe in zebras'?

Also, I've heard that Hot Tub Time Machine is actually surprisingly well-made, for what it's worth.

craig keller.

Mike D,

Both before, after, and during, jerk.

Glenn Kenny

@ Peter: I think Weinberg certainly got more cranky with age, as happens. I'm sure he always had it in him, though.But when writing about movies he loved, he could be positively transportive. And he had a very wide-ranging sensibility—adored "Hallelujah The Hills" for instance.

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