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Remarkable Ben


Dear Editor,

This is a long-overdue note regarding your "Film Critic" (no, not "movie reviewer!") Ben Kenigsberg, formerly billing himself as "The Undergraduate."

What a remarkable talent for one so young . . . assuming that he actually is as young as the photo accompanying his weekly column suggests! I've suspected for sometime now that he's actually an aging homunculus channeling Dwight Macdonald, so remarkable is it for one putatively so young to possess the encyclopedic knowledge of film and be so thoroughly conversant with the language of cinema as he is. It's usually a delight to read what he has to say . . . with the notable exception of his dire views of Crash, just voted "Best Motion Picture."

While Mister Kenigsberg and I . . . who spent almost 17 years "in the dark" reviewing (!) flicks for radio and TV . . . don't always have the same taste in film fare, never have we had such opposing views as we did concerning Crash.

So, given the film's deserved win, and allowing that he might just be that young, I have only three words for Ben: neener neener neener!

Editor's Note: It should be noted our even younger critic, David Rubenstein ("Kids Reel") was one of the few critics who predicted Crash would win.

DEAN SPEIR
March 14, 2006

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