Thursday, May 06, 2004
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.