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Media Watch: Brits vs. Spielberg's Tintin, Maslin vs. Kael

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 28, 2011 at 5:30AM

The New Yorker explains the cultural divide between Europe, which knows and loves Tintin, and America, whose eminent director Steven Spielberg has his own cinematic take on Herge's boy adventure hero. His movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn has already opened overseas and doesn't hit stateside until December. (TOH's London review is here.)
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The New Yorker explains the cultural divide between Europe, which knows and loves Tintin, and America, whose eminent director Steven Spielberg has his own cinematic take on Herge's boy adventure hero. His movie The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn has already opened overseas and doesn't hit stateside until December. (TOH's London review is here.)

Speaking of The New Yorker, the NYT's Janet Maslin goes after late New Yorker critic Pauline Kael, who is profiled in Brian Kellow's new biography (IW has excerpt, here) and looms large in Paulette critic James Wolcott's own 70s memoir, Lucking Out: My Life Getting Down and Semi-Dirty in Seventies New York. Was Maslin an auteurist all along? Remember that she was a film critic at the NYT during the period when Kael was reviewing at The New Yorker. Maslin and lead critic Vincent Canby took a more lean and sober approach to their daily film criticism than the passionate and powerful Kael, expounding weekly in The New Yorker. They were prime competitors.

The good news: the Kael bio has inspired many critics to chime in (we round up some pieces); and here are more reviews: Tom Carson, Jim Emerson, Farran Smith Nehme and reviews Kael got wrong.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Stuck In Love, Reviews, Steven Spielberg, Comics, Critics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.