A public row has broken out about a review of Philomena in a New York newspaper. But is this all part of craziness in the run-up to the awards season?

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by TheConciseStatement

    on 19 Dec 2013 18:47

    EDIT TO 16.

    I meant The Leveson Inquiry into the phone hacking scandal and solutions to press regulation, as opposed to what I actually wrote, which was The Hutton Inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly and the Dodgy Dossier scandal. I very much doubt Steve Coogan would be involved in that!

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by KChenault

    on 16 Dec 2013 15:34

    Maybe others have said this already or thought it at least, but the ONLY reason that Weinstein was able to use that 1 negative review to their advantage was because it was in a sea of overly positive reviews! It seems in the film review world, opinions tend to spread amongst critics and they definitely didn't want that 1 negative review to spread.
    Also, I quite liked PHILOMENA as well!
    Cheers

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by markofcain

    on 16 Dec 2013 12:02

    My very first gauge of what was appearing on our cinema screens and a template for deciding to see it or not,was the childrens TV show "Clapperboard"hosted by Chris Kelly,it ran from the early 70's to the early 80's.
    Naturally the majority of it's content reviewed Disney films and other studios works certificate "U"
    So i hold a degree of gratitude to this programme,as many of my magical memories come courtesy of this after school production.
    In later years it became quite naturally for me to ease into the critical eye of Barry Norman,someone who's opinions i trusted and acted upon.
    But my number 1 advisor of movies,especially in my infant years was my dad,listen anyone who gets his son into a healthy diet of Cagney,Bogart,Edward G. Robinson for testosterone filled afternoons,then counterbalances that with the comic genius of W.C Fields,The Marx Brothers and Abbot and Costello,well that's a decent platform.
    As for media critics these days,well i do tip my toe into the water and take in what they say,but at the going down of the sun,i will remember them..as my barometer at what is worth bothering with and what should be banished to some far off apocalyptic stratosphere essentially boils down to me.

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Frank Fforde

    on 16 Dec 2013 11:43

    I recently stayed up late until my partner and child had gone to bed so I could see Killer Joe. This was purely because I'd found the snippets of the film (and Matthew McConaghy's performance) so engrossing, plus the need to decide for myself if its gender politics were 'all over the place', For me, it was very close to flawless. I didn't think the portrayal of women was problematic and found it hilarious. My film of the year.

    At some point, I will have to watch Movie 43. Because sometimes, it's worth a bit of punishment in order to have an opinion.

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by Gabriella

    on 16 Dec 2013 10:36

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by TheConciseStatement

    on 16 Dec 2013 10:33

    Ah yes. Awards season. Where Kathryn Bigelow gets compared to Leni Riefenstahl.

    People have made the point that as The Hutton Inquiry plays in the background of all this, Coogan is actualy having a shot at journalism rather than religion.

    But is anyone gonna seriously fault a film that does go after the Catholic Church? Sounds like a force for good to me. And as for no films about Judaism or Islam well, more shame you Hollywood, for that. Chris Morris puts us in the clear in this respect with his very funny and well judged terrorism black comedy Four Lions.

    Just don't expect such an explicitly pro-Israel media machine in the US to produce any kind of work criticising Zionism properly. I encourage everyone to watch a discussion on YouTube with Christopher Hitchens debating the lack of this type of content from Spike Lee's film Malcolm X - a movie that has been oddly removed from history both in the critical and public discourse.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by Mike

    on 16 Dec 2013 01:41

    "I started singing The Internationale. I don't know why."
    Oh, I think you do Mark :D.

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by David Wake

    on 15 Dec 2013 12:01

    Does this mean that 97% of people think you secretly loathe 'The Exorcist' while spending your backhanders from 2-D Inc on boxsets of 'The Hobbit' extra extended versions?

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by R Filmfan

    on 15 Dec 2013 10:10

    You are trusted by me but I don't always agree with you. Philip French is my most trusted critic, I'm glad you have succeeded him.
    I suspect Kyle Smith, in taking such a contrary view of Philomena, may be trying to boost his own profile. It would seem he is succeeding.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by WSV

    on 15 Dec 2013 00:37

    I think Mark is absolutely right. If a critic really wanted to ruin a film then they would just ignore it. Reviewing a film is simply opening up a discussion about it; and that is publicity gold.

    However, what makes or breaks the box office for me is the trailer. We've all sat through them passing instant judgement, and we see these way before any critic gets the chance to vent their spleen.

    For instance, I've always found Ben Stiller to be about as funny as walking dog poo through the hallway carpet, but the clips of Walter Mitty (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xab5GLFZCKQ&feature=youtu.be) have already convinced me to make the effort and give it a try - and I have no idea what Mark thinks of it.

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