Newswire: Nicolas Cage has some thoughts on the state of modern film criticism

It may not surprise you to learn, given how much of it he’s received over the years, that Nicolas Cage has some thoughts on the state of modern film criticism. Specifically, the Oscar-winning actor would like people to know that he thinks critics should evaluate a performer’s work based on what they put on the screen, instead of on trivial details like how many castles they’ve bought or how often they’ve given a child the name of a prominent Kryptonian:

I think that there was a period in film commentary where it was like the gold standard—I would cite someone like Pauline Kael or Roger Ebert or Paul Schrader—where they were really determining based on the work itself, the film itself, the performance itself. And now, with the advent of this kind of TMZ culture, it sadly seems to have infiltrated the vanguard of …

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