Film criticism has never garnered the level of mainstream interest that I would have liked, but with the passing of Ebert and now Maltin’s retirement of The Movie Guide, are we never to see film critics hit the mainstream again?
As a kid, I remember climbing up on the bookshelf to pull Maltin’s Movie Guide down so my parents and I could look up the movie we were watching. It was an invaluable resource that is no longer as necessary as it once was.
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Reading Robbie Gonzalez’s article about Mat Honan’s lament for the iPod Classic made me think of another entertainment colossus that was recently, and just as quietly, retired: Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, which is ending with the 2015 edition published just last month.
Maltin was, like his contemporary Roger Ebert, a crucial figure in making classic movies and the language of film criticism accessible to a mass audience, and like Ebert a big part of that appeal was personality.