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Film Critic Michael Sragow Introduces Himself to Register Readers

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The idea that Michael Sragow was hired as Orange County Register film critic at age 60, shortly after taking a Tribune Co. buyout from the Baltimore Sun, is the kind of surprise-happy ending that usually only happens in the movies.

Sragow this week is finally getting down to the business of picking up where he left off at the Sun, until reviews from Chicago Tribune colleague Michael Phillips began more recently taking budget-precedence. He’s also shared a wonderful introductory essay, revealing that Skyfall was his favorite movie of 2012 and that his all-time number one dates back to the Bond year of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service:

A great movie, like my all-time favorite, Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, quickens my whole system…

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Meet Michael Sragow, the Orange County Register’s New Film Critic

It all started so innocently. Michael Sragow, the newly announced film critic for the Orange County Register, was minding his own Tribune Co. business in Baltimore when he received an email.

“Someone forwarded to me an alt-weekly article that was sort of making fun of the new [Register] ownership for concentrating on the print product,” Sragow tells FishbowlLA via telephone. (Though he could not remember the specifics of the article, it sounded very much to us like the OC Weekly handiwork of Gustavo Arellano.) “I actually thought, ‘That [focus] is a pretty smart idea’”

“I got in touch with the [Register] editors, who directed me to the job posting,” he continues. “Just the way they were talking about the position, and how they wanted someone who could talk about a wide range of movies past and present… It was so unusual in today’s world of cultural journalism that I really jumped at it.”

Sragow, scheduled to officially start in March, is headed our way this weekend to begin the search for a new place to live. He and wife Glenda are also getting ready to sell their home in Baltimore, where he has worked since 2001 for the Sun newspaper.

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Former Herald-Examiner Critic Recalls Consummate Career Advice

In Part 2 of a recollection of his earliest journalism days, Baltimore Sun movie critic Michael Sragow (pictured) shares some colorful memories of the late James Bacon. At the offices of the dearly departed Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, crusty correspondent and Hollywood man-about-town Bacon wasted no time sharing what Sragow deems to be the best career advice he ever received:

“Some people think,” Bacon said with his great gravelly voice, “that you’re supposed to tell them what to see. That’s not the point. You’re supposed to let them get to know you. You stick around long enough, and they’ll be able to tell how to read you. Maybe they’ll agree with you. Maybe they’ll learn that if you hate something they like it, and if you like something, they hate it. That’s what I mean. Just stick around.”

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Is Twitter Affecting the Box Office?


Is being able to instantly syndicate an opinion on a film to thousands of your closest friends affecting the opening weekend of less-than-great films?


Michael Sragow at the Baltimore Sun writes:

This summer, movies such as “Bruno” and ” G.I. Joe” have had unexpected tumbles at the box office – just within their opening weekends – while “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” survived blistering critical reaction to become a blockbuster.

Box-office watchers say the dramatic swings may be caused by Twitter and other social networking sites that can blast instant raves – or pans – to hundreds of people just minutes after the credits roll.

Later in the article Gregg Kilday of the Hollywood Reporter is quoted:

“Even if you don’t have Twitter, a lot of people, especially kids, have long had the ability to text each other, sometimes from within the theater,” he says. “And for a lot of the mass-market movies, the potential audience will go whether friends tell them they’re good or not.”

Yeah but no one wants to see a panned Twitter trending topic. Unless it sucks but there are robots who turn into cars and Megan Fox is running in slo mo apparently…