JACC Film Critic Louis Proyect Sounds Off Against De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival:
'I'm Talkin' To You!'
This morning I went down to the Clearview Chelsea Theater for a 9:30
press screening for a documentary on herring fishermen. I got up early
just to make it there on time. My guess is that I probably would be the
only person attending.
Anyhow, I stopped at the table in the lobby to check in but was told
that I was not in the database. That didn’t surprise me since I never
applied for press credentials. As a blogger (but with 650 film reviews
on Rotten Tomatoes), I figured that I would not pass muster.
But I had been invited by the film’s publicist to attend the screening.
Even though she vouched for me, I was still not admitted. It was a
“security issue” they told me, as if I was concealing a pressure cooker
bomb. When I told them “Fuck you and fuck the Tribeca Film Festival”,
the off-duty cop serving as a security guard got up from his chair with
his hand on his gun to tell me to shut up. I said that since there is no
law against telling someone to fuck off, he should sit back down.
If I ever run into you on the street, Bobby, I am going to tell you this
to your face. With your fucking connections to Jonathan Tisch and your
idiotic red tape and your bourgeois red carpets, you can take your
fucking film festival and stick it up your ass.
Louis Proyect is film editor at Counterpunch, and he writes cinema criticism and commentary at louisproyect.wordpress.com and marxmail.org.
So in order to best cover all bases, progressive film critics tend to consider three categories of assessment, rather than two: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The first two are self-explanatory. And the third category is reserved for movies that may have been impressively put together, but there's just something offensively anti-humanistic about them.