Thursday, May 06, 2004

Perspective

Noted this on the blog of Derek Miller of Vancouver while searching for something else. Derek comments on one of the (many) refreshing things about Roger Ebert: his sense of perspective (dare we say humility?). Derek has definitely hit on something. Consider Ebert’s explanation of his star-rating system in this review of Shaolin Soccer:It takes more nerve to praise pop entertainment; it’s easy and safe to deliver pious praise of turgid deep thinking. It’s true, I loved Anaconda and did not think The United States of Leland worked, but does that mean I drool at the keyboard and prefer man-eating snakes to suburban despair? Not at all. What it means is that the star rating system is relative, not absolute.” (“superior piffle”!) Don’t miss.

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