When it comes to insane film critics, Armond White gets all the attention. Obviously there’s a reason for that. It’s hard to ignore a man who called I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry a “modern classic.”
But I feel Rex Reed gets the short end of the crazy stick. After all, this is the man who watched Gangs of New York and was left wondering where all the Italians were (most of them were still in Italy, Rex). This is also the man who was so confused by the idea of a Batman reboot that he openly complained about Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson playing the same character.
But in his recent review of Lincoln, Reed has really outdone himself, hearkening back to a simpler time known as the Civil f*cking War.
In a divisive election year when the Sunday morning pundits knock themselves out debating whether the political system still works, it’s a good time to revisit a year when it did.
Yes, clearly today’s political system is broken, and things worked better in 1865. After all, we just had a free and fair presidential election in which a clear winner emerged without any serious instances of violence or fraud. If only we could take our Wayback Machines to a time when half the states were in armed rebellion, hundreds of thousands had been killed on the battlefield, and Honest Abe had to resort to bribing congressmen in order to free the slaves. If brother fighting brother isn’t a clear indication of a political system that works, I don’t know what is. Spot on, Rex.