Aaron Hillis at The Village Voice talks to Francis Ford Coppola about his new film, Tetro, and gets some intriguing comments out of the director about film critics:
For me, the role of the critic is to teach me how I can make the next one better. I realize what my flaws are. … There are obviously good critics and bad critics—who, just because the movie isn’t like anything they’ve seen, immediately call it a “muddled mess.” If you do a Google search for “muddled mess,” you’ll see that that’s the common phrase they use when they don’t want to come out and say what’s muddled about it. People are a little bit like sheep, and unable to accept or take anything to heart unless they can link it to something that was successful before. … If a movie comes out and it’s really fresh and new, it’s not like anything else….