Scorsese guest column at THR
Good stuff here. Aside from being a living treasure as a filmmaker, Scorsese is passionate about film history, global cinema and the future of the form. His essay here generally regards the degraded state of criticism into "judgementalism" and specifically the disconnect between the scoring of mother! [sic] by aggregators versus what Scorsese himself experienced when viewing the film. Do read the whole thing:
These firms and aggregators have set a tone that is hostile to serious filmmakers — even the actual name Rotten Tomatoes is insulting. And as film criticism written by passionately engaged people with actual knowledge of film history has gradually faded from the scene, it seems like there are more and more voices out there engaged in pure judgmentalism, people who seem to take pleasure in seeing films and filmmakers rejected, dismissed and in some cases ripped to shreds. Not unlike the increasingly desperate and bloodthirsty crowd near the end of Darren Aronofsky's mother!