Well, things have been busy recently.
The Criticwire survey debate begat an Atlantic pitch which begat an article which begat a...response from Derek Thompson and a Huffington Post Live debate with Matt Zoller Seitz?!
This is madness.
I also got to review Godzilla for CT, which was fun. I didn't quite have all the words for it, but critic David Ehrlich adds some good ones here.
In a season of firsts, the Godzilla review stands out for its comments section, in which I have been denounced as a liberal for the first time in my life. The comment was sadly deleted, but someone captured it first:
"'...less malicious than a birther'? Really, Timothy Wainwright? Why
does Christianity Today allow liberals like Timothy Wainwright to be
writers for what should be a conservative Christian magazine. I can get
liberalism from any worldly news publication. I don't need it here."
I'm working on a longer addendum to the superhero movies debate which I'll post here soon. I also plan to follow through on the Carroll notes.
But for now, I'll just share the spirit I'm trying to stick to for the moment, from Mike D'Angelo in a comment on Seitz's "Advice to Young Critics":
"I second Craig's #12. A couple of the sites for which I regularly write
have a strict ban on use of the first person in reviews, and while I
understand why they prefer that, never saying "I" makes it difficult if
not impossible to confess ignorance about certain things, and that makes
me feel dishonest. (And no, I don't always have time to correct that
ignorance, if for example it means reading a dozen lengthy novels and
the piece is due tomorrow.) Likewise uncertainty. I tend not to trust
critics who never question themselves."