I know FilmDrunk is considered Armond White territory, but I thought it was high time we took a look at another film critic who loves to ride the crazy train. I’m talking about the always confusing Rex Reed, a man who was making a living off of snark decades before there was an Internet.
In some ways, Reed is a poor man’s Armond White. Both men are New York-based film critics who are often out of sync with their colleagues. But unlike A-Dubz’ reviews, you don’t need a dictionary and an undergraduate degree in sociology to enjoy Reed’s crazy, just a basic understanding of the world around you.
I’ve been periodically reading his column in the New York Observer for years, and while I enjoy it, I’m constantly impressed by Reed’s ability to get things wrong. From plot points to historical facts, Rex always seems to slip at least one sentence into his reviews that will leave you scratching your head. So in honor of his ability to confuse and bewilder, I’ve compiled some of my favorite Rex Reed moments. Come along as I take a career spanning six decades and reduce it down to seven poorly written, loosely-connected points.