Varietyby Sonia Saraiya didn’t find Glenn Howerton’s philosophy teacher turned high school teacher sitcom all that funny:
“It’s a premise rooted in contempt for virtually every constituency involved – teachers, school administrators, students, parents, philosophers, people who live in Ohio, and Harvard graduates (well, who cares about Harvard graduates) … Each caricatured student is another punch-line character; each elaborate scheme is another scenic element. See? It’s comedy.”
It’s no secret that Stanley Kubrick didn’t have all the fans back then. Reviews have been harsh, and many have come out to trash his Stephen King adaptation that could be today. most famous for the way he treated actress Shelley Duvall during production. The famous critic Pauline Kael of New Yorker mentioned Kubrick’s obsession with technology kept audiences from emotionally connecting to a frame, any frame. Gary Arnold of Washington Post lamented the price of the movie. And Derek Malcolm for The Guardian wrote:
“The genre in which the film is cast exerts too great a price. Nicholson’s performance, even deliberately exaggerated, still shouldn’t encourage laughter as much as fear. The final plot twists shouldn’t seem so illogical either. Yes the brilliant is not trivial, it certainly encourages to think that it is.
Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV)
The very first Star Wars movie produced fans left and right, but not everyone cared about George Lucas’ space opera starring men with big blaster guns and women with giant buns . John Simon from New York magazine called a “boring new world”, and Joy Gould Boyum of The Wall Street Journal said it was depressing “to see all of these awesome cinematic gifts and amazing technological skills being lavished on such childish materials”.
No one, however, has ripped Star Wars apart quite like New Yorker critical Pauline Kael did:
“star wars is like getting a box of Cracker Jack which is all prizes. It’s writer-director George Lucas’ own film, free from commercial interference, but it’s a film that’s totally unconcerned with anything that doesn’t appeal to the general public. There is no respite in the image, no lyricism; the only attempt at beauty is in the double sunset. It’s enjoyable in itself, but it’s also exhausting: like taking a pack of children to the circus. After an hour, the children say they are ready to see him again; it’s because it’s an assembly of spare parts — it has no emotional hold. star wars may be the only film where the first time around the surprises are reassuring…. It is an epic without a dream.
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