Veterans critics are doing their own thing all over the place these days. Last week brought the launch of The Dissolve
; now, Peter Keough
, of the dearly departed Boston Phoenix, and Henry Sheehan
, whose past outlets include the L.A. Reader and the Orange County Register, are trading cross-country posts at Critics a Go Go
Although Keough's now writing for the Boston Globe and Sheehan reviews for radio on Los Angeles' KPCC, their Critics a Go-Go posts recall the free-form film writing of the alt-weekly's heyday. Here's Keough, working his way into the summer's blockbusters:“Pacific Rim” looked a lot like Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel’s avant garde documentary about a fish trawler, “Leviathan,” though with a $180 million budget. Or like “Transformers,” though with irony, wit, subtlety, and a twisted sense of the absurd. I don’t think Michael Bay would have, say, the poetic eye to show a tiny girl in blue cowering in the ruins of Tokyo as seen from the point of view of a robot as tall as a skyscraper. Spielberg maybe, though the girl in red in “Schindler’s List” loses points for self-conscious artiness and manipulation.Keep reading
and you'll see Sheehan delving into the Irish Gothic roots of Neil Jordan's Byzantium
, Keough riffing on Fritz Lang and Charlie Chaplin, and more of the omnivorous perspective that seasoned critics bring to the table.