Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Art of Criticism

I love Pixar. Wall-E is at the top of my list, but there is something profound about this scene from "Ratatouille."  Maybe it's because, as an artist, I've been on the revieving end of a few critics. Whatever the reason, this scene is one of my personal favorites.

You'll need to scroll down and pause my playlist to hear the clip...


  1. Great clip from a wonderful movie! I agree that a critic has an easier time finding fault than praising something. I discovered that fact in high school when my book reviews for the books I liked were given much poorer marks than for the books I didn't like. Were the books I didn't like actually worse examples of literature than the others? Not at all! It was just that a negative review was much more entertaining to read! And so I learned to be more negative (as some would say more "critical").
    But I think a critic's true job should be not just to be negative, but to find the good in something and nuture that talent to improve.
    Of course sometimes when everyone else seems to be singing the praises of something, it is good to hear a bit of negativity. I am thinking here of Spooks series 9 and as Pi has suggested in her blog "Nevermind Mr. Armitage", that pointing out the inexplicable plot is like saying "the Emperor has no clothes!". Sometimes it is necessary to speak one's mind, as long as one is doing it in a thoughtful and respectful manner.
    That's just my 2 cents anyway! :)

  2. When the kids and I watched this movie, we ran into the kitchen at the end and cooked soup. The next day, we re-watched it, then cooked Ratatouille, French Onion Soup, and Chicken Alfredo. We shopped for the food that morning, so we were prepared. My kids and I are crazy like this, like copying things from TV, but we have some cool and fun memories.