Criticism: Take Me Seriously, Please
Question: Am I worthy of being judged and appreciated as a leader?
The late film critic Gene Siskel admittedly walked out of three films. The illustrated poster, on the facing page, depicts one of them: Maniac. Maniac is a highly graphic splatter film in which a potbellied wacko randomly kills and scalps women, dressing up mannequins in his apartment with their clothing and remains. The scant plot is simply a vehicle to introduce serial violence.
By criticism we don’t intend to engage in the contested question of “Who is to judge?” We ...