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September 11, 2013


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So, essentially, you are collateral damage of the Great Ballmer Defenestration of 2013. Hopefully he will share his severance pay with all the MSN writers.

Assuming you went down with the ship at Premiere as well, it speaks well of you that you don't get fired. You just end up writing for publications that go out of business...


Good luck. Even if MSN did pay, you were too good for them.


"Huh. Do they know you were the only reason I ever went to MSN?"

I stopped looking at Premiere's website when they dropped Glenn. Now I'll stop looking at MSN.

Heard today that NPR is cutting its staff by 10 percent. Bad news all around.


As a reader & fan, I just happily made a contribution to the "tip jar" (for those asking, it's discretely located on the right-hand side between "Archives" & "Recent Comments"). It's a small gesture, but figure it's the least I could do b/c this blog most definitely keeps me entertained! Keep up the great work, Glenn...it's appreciated & valued.


I'll add my condolences. As another man of a certain age with similar recent experience with the publishing industry, I probably have some sense of how you feel. If it makes you feel any better, which I trust it doesn't, some executive making high six or seven figures probably got a 42 percent raise and a bonus for having the courage to stop paying people. That's the way of it all over, but in publishing it's even more insidious as it is particularly the actual content creators who aren't being paid. But unlike being laid off from a manufacturing job, content creators are still expected to work. As one of the previous commenters noted, you keep writing, you can bet we'll keep reading. Paying? Well, good luck with that. Like the publishing companies, we'll pay the people who market and sell your work, the ones who keep the books and do the hiring of and for the sales people, and especially those who administer the enterprise, but not those who actually create the content that they so lucratively sell.

Speaking of Jonathan Franzen's Guardian essay on Kraus, this quote pretty much sums up the world that came to be.

"The giver loses, the recipients are impoverished, and the middlemen make a living …"

I'd amend it to "damned good living" or "ostentatious living" or "thieving living" or something along those lines, but I all those adjectives would make me too much a romantic, eh.

Anyway, best of luck in this new phase, especially for the new novel. Will it be a free download from Amazon or some Google appendage? That's a good way to get noticed. Or so I'm told.


Hey Glenn, we never met but it was my great pleasure to be associated with you at MSN. The home video column was better because I was sending readers to your reviews.


Rotten news. Your kind are becoming more of an endangered species and your habitat diminishing more rapidly than anything in the Borneo rainforest. What next? Anthony Lane being put out to pasture from The New Yorker? I really enjoy reading your reviews and writing as much as I did Danny Peary's (way back in my youth). It's getting harder and harder to find authoritative film criticism anywhere, both in print media and on the web. Your interview on The Cinephiliacs podcast just over a year ago demonstrates the difference between your experience and gift of articulation and the lack of from almost every subsequent guest - who seem unable to string together a sentence without saying "kinda", "like", "you know". It's ironic that the interest or need for film criticism hasn't diminished with the proliferation of streaming services, unlike the music industry, which has disappeared down the toilet. You know what they replaced my subscription to Premiere magazine with when that died? US Weekly Magazine: Celebrity News and Celebrity Gossip. Aaargh. I found your Tip Jar after a wild and desperate search.

Dale Wittig

While I'm sincerely sorry that you've lost your position and the pool seems to be drying up rather quickly (no doubt another effect of global warming,) I can't help but recommend viewing George Stevens's best film and in particular a short classic dance number performed therein by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire to a tune by Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields. Perhaps if you pretended that you didn't know how to write your chances might be better of securing a truly long term situation in this day and age.


@Elizabeth, thanks for pointing me in the direction of the tip jar. I always really enjoy your stuff, Glenn.

James Keepnews

Shite & onions, hard out here for a Chief FIlm Critic -- genuinely sorry to hear this, G. Their freaking loss. And ours. And in order to ensure those losses don't keep piling up, +1,000,000,000 (or thereabouts) in re: the tip jar, I'm 'bout it.



Astaire and Rogers are OK, but few things pick me up like a vintage Hal Roach comedy -- especially when Thelma Todd and Anita Garvin show up.

Dale Wittig said: "Perhaps if you pretended that you didn't know how to write your chances might be better of securing a truly long term situation in this day and age."

Yes, tell prospective employers that Michael Bay and Adam Sandler are the greatest living film figures, and that all movies made before 1986 suck. That might help with today's editors.


Jar duly tipped. Now, how about reviewing some lowly DVD-only releases once in a while?

Jeff McMahon

"What next? Anthony Lane being put out to pasture from The New Yorker?"

I may be a minority of one, but that would be okay with me. Let people who actually like movies write about them.

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