Critic Wars: Luke Y. Thompson Strikes Back

by Anthony Kaufman
February 24, 2006 2:23 AM
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Finally, Luke Y Thompson -- the critic we lambasted in my previous blog about the Village Voice/New Times merger -- has seen his public flaying. Admittedly, I feel a little bad for the guy now, and I have had several conversations about one of my points: that New York papers should have New York-based critics. And I guess the stronger point is that they don't have to be in the city physically, but they must have its spirit and they must be able to speak to its community. My main problem with Luke, then, isn't that he's based in Hollywood, but it's that he doesn't reflect a "Village Voice" or New York state of mind. Anyway, here's what Luke had to say:

From The Real LYT:

"Wow, I have never had such a vocal reaction to anything I've written, ever, anywhere else. I must be doing something right at last.

To Ted - you're right about the Running Scared capsule - it's a condensation of a much longer review that was far more than summary. I tend to find that people reading the capsules prefer to know what the movie's about more than anything else, so the condensation was plot heavy. Judge me by the long review...if you're still willing.

To everyone else -- your complaints about me seem to boil down to the fact that I don't have the same sacred cows you do. It's easy to find art house movies I've disliked and mainstream movies I've liked -- it would be equally easy to pick and choose indie movies I've championed (my #1 film of 2001 was the still-undistributed TOMORROW NIGHT)and mainstream movies I've disliked (GLADIATOR, for a big one). If you want a critic who agrees with you all the time, I'm sorry to say you're never going to find one. That isn't the point of criticism anyway.

Karina -- funny, I go to comic conventions all the time and am quite familiar with Sith's built-in audience. Most of them seem quite pleased with it.

Steve - if my really gay T-shirts bother you that much, you're right, I'm probably not the critic for you.

Anthony -- if I feel like it, maybe I'll find your top ten list and pick it apart sometime. But right now I'm on vacation.

Thanks for reading, all!"

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