Richard Brody: “Being a critic used to mean, basically, waiting for a movie to be released theatrically in one’s city, going to a screening of that film, and writing a review that got published on or near the time of that release.” Not anymore.
Carrie Brownstein, of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia fame: “Births, deaths, celebrity mug shots, piano-playing kittens, children we don’t know engaging in wackiness, war, poverty, photos of salt shakers and table sets, tales of the mundane, puns: This is all funneled and flattened, much to our delight and convenience, of course.”
“In [Armond] White’s view, the expulsion was symptomatic of what he sees as a group in decline, beholden to studios that help foot the dinner’s bill and reviewers who are unwilling, if not unable, to criticize films as eruditely as he can — and thus they are jealous and vindictive.”
“A builder of large-scale assemblages in a wide range of materials — bronze, aluminum, plaster, wood, canvas, paint, found objects and, in the case of neon, light itself — Chryssa, whose work prefigured Minimalism and Pop Art, was considered a significant presence on the American art scene in the ’60s and ’70s.” She died Dec. 23 at age 79.
“When these so-called ludomusicologists hear selections from the sonic oeuvres of Nintendo or Bungie, they detect strains of creative genius on a par with Tchaikovsky’s allegros. And they’re on a mission to ensure that videogame music is accorded the same respect as Hollywood film scores.”