For that matter, I surely wish there were more film critics of color.
When I scan the roster AAFCA it’s amazing how few black national film
critics there are, with the obvious exception of Elvis Mitchell and
Stephanie A. Frederic of BET Television. Most others are relegated to
local TV stations, radio and the internet. 

While there’s no guarantee that these “black eyes” would provide any
better analysis that a white critic, there is surely a vested interest
in seeing more diverse representations of blacks - and other Others - in

Darrell M. Newton, Ph.D.
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The Department of Communication Arts
Salisbury University
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>>> Lou Thompson <[log in to unmask]> 07/27/08 5:34 PM >>>
Thanks to all of your for your thoughtful responses.  I hope to read

What I have been thinking about is how few women are film critics,
I've always wondered (and it was tough to break into film scholarship as
woman too, in my experience), but recently there have been some films
got pretty universal critical acclaim but that I found appalling because
their not-so-subtle sexism. I have pretty much determined that those
were liked because they are being reviewed by men who don't see anything

wrong with sexism (and I'm not saying all men are like that, just most
film critics that I've read)--in fact, they don't even notice it.

For example, take the film "Waitress."  I should warn you that spoilers 

I had heard great things--nothing but great things, in fact, about this 
film.  When I saw it my first reaction was one of disappointment, mostly
the stereotyping of Southern characters and also that the so-called 
"cleverness" of the whole pie recipe story was kind of a joke--none of
recipes were original, they were just given "cute" names.

But as I got further into the film I was really disturbed by the fact
all the women were subservient to men, that the protagonist was having
affair that was three times inappropriate (she was married, he was
and he was her doctor!), and she is  saved only by a lecherous old rich
who dies at a convenient time.  And the doctor was rejecting his
lovely, pleasant, physician wife in favor of a waitress who was in an 
abusive relationship but fed him pie.

There have been quite a few films like that lately.  I'll admit that
even my 
female students like these films, just as they don't see the problems I
with "Pretty Woman" or "Love, Actually" (again for my feminist
but they're young and unschooled, and so I wish critics would look a
more closely at the ideological assumptions that these films perpetuate,

since most filmgoers obviously do not.

If we had more educated women reviewing films, I think that might

Not that I want to do it, though.


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>I don't really have a list if the best, but I know who the absolute
>is:  Peter Travers of ROLLING STONE, without a doubt.
> Fred A. Holliday II
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> The announcement today that "Ebert and Roeper" were going off the air
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> about film critics--who they are, where they come from, how (or if)
> are trained or schooled.
> I was wondering if those of you on the list would be interested in
> your list of the top film critics/> Professor of English
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