Pauline & Paulettes

A last conversation with Kael, the last decade with her successor, and a few words from online armchair critics

<i>Starship Troopers</i>: Interesting study of totalitarianism
Starship Troopers: "Interesting study of totalitarianism"

Brevity is the Soul -- Four-word film review

The movie tagline is a triumph of reductionist thinking: an entire two-hour movie boiled down to just a few words. You won't find a film without one, from the festival to the multiplex; even the kids down the street with a camcorder have one. Not coincidentally, film reviews have also followed this trend. Thumbs up, thumbs down; one star, two star, red star, blue star. It's only fitting that taglines and film reviews should be brought together. Four Word Film Review ( is the Web site where this happens. Armchair Manny Farbers post their opinions: sometimes silly, sometimes apt, always concise. A few highlights: "Shaky camera, shaky plot," (The Blair Witch Project); "Bore you, I will" (Star Wars: Episode 2 -- Attack of the Clones); "In love with itself" (Royal Tenenbaums); "Proof that turkeys float" (Waterworld).

The best part is crafting your own four-word torpedo and taking out the latest Hollywood blubbernaut. To put it succinctly: "DIY criticism: endless fun."

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