Saturday, September 23, 2006

Old Joy

Old Joy delights with elegant simplicity

Here is a hugely positive review of the locally produced film, OLD JOY, which I, in my impatience, walked out on. Stanley Kaufman is a reviewer I hugely respect, though, and so I'll let his review drive me back into the theater to look again, with more patience and a more open mind.

2 comments:

Trish Egan & Harold Phillips said...

Entertainment Weekly gave it an A, too... http://www.ew.com/ew/allabout/0,9930,117035_11_0_,00.html.

I actually read for this movie... they wanted tears at the audition, though, and I couldn't muster them. Ah well... another missed opportunity...

David Loftus said...

Are you speaking of Stanley Kauffmann, the longtime reviewer for _The New Republic_, David? Can't remember the exact spelling of his name, but I think it has two "n"s, if not two "f"s. I grew up on his reviews, and still remember vividly his elegant dismissal of "Raiders of the Lost Ark," his scathing review of "Fritz the Cat," and his praise for "The Conversation." He's a more gentlemanly version of John Simon -- his pieces are just as broadly knowledgeable, probably more informative about the technical aspects of filmmaking, and not as bitchy as Simon's can be at times. Trivia note: Kauffmann was a book editor in the late 1950s/early 1960s, and received much credit for whipping a certain first novel into shape called _The Moviegoer_ by Walker Percy.