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Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

The New York Times DVD Review Section

I know. I know. I'm just not a big enough student of film or too beholden to the studio system. I have poor taste...but I despise the New DVDs section of the New York Times.

When I'm thinking about buying a new DVD, which I do relatively frequently, I entirely ignore the opinion of The New York Times. It's DVD section is for people who really care about Eisenstein.

Today is an excellent example: LUBITSCH MUSICALS!

For the love of God! I mean, once in a while is one thing. But it's always like this.

Does anybody else out here...feel...the way I...do?


David Johnston said...

I disagree. I frequently see it in the Times, and run and snag it on Neflix. I was actually pricing the Lubitsch. I am a huge DVD dork this way, and I'm OK with that. And no I've never seen Battleship Potemkin.

Rob Kozlowski said...

Maybe I'm not the guy to ask since I teach film history, but I love what Dave Kehr does with the column, building awareness of classic cinema in an era when anything without CGI is considered prehistoric. For example, when I showed a clip of "Duck Soup" in my film history class, my college-aged students, all majoring in Film, were delighted: they had NEVER HEARD of the Marx Brothers.

Freeman said...


I'm sorry. I'm being defensive. My using that word only casts my behavior in a more unfavorable light.