Fresh Air's film critic Stephen Schiff. Schiff is the Critic-at-Large for Vanity Fair magazine where he writes feature articles and the monthly film review column, "Short Schiff." From 1978 to 1983, Schiff was the film critic for the weekly Boston Phoenix. He has served three terms as chairman of the National Society of Film Critics.
TV critic, David Bianculli, reviews new prime-time cartoon series, "The Critic," created by a team of three writer-producers from "The Simpsons." "The Critic" is about New York film reviewer and single father, Jay Sherman.
Rudnick wrote the movies "Jeffrey" and "Addams Family Values." His alter-ego is Libby Gelman-Waxner, "Premiere" magazine's film critic, who "The New York Times" described as "a guerrilla movie fan, happily throwing brickbats and valentines at the screen." Rudnick has published a new book of Libby's best columns, called "If You Ask Me."
Film critic John Powers talks about some of this year's winners at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Top honors for drama went to "Three Seasons" and for documentary it went to "American Movie." He also talks about some of his favorites.
Andrew Sarris, who popularized the auteur theory and was called the "dean of American film critics," died on Wednesday. He was 83. Fresh Air remembers the longtime film critic for The Village Voice with excerpts from a 1990 interview.
This interview was originally broadcast on August 8, 1990.
In a new book about movie stardom and fame, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr looks at the evolving history of the relationship between movie stars and the people who love them, and at how changing technology influences the kinds of stars the public wants.