Rex Reed has pretty much always been an insufferable blowhard. But lately, it seems his writing has attracted more controversy than usual. Earlier this year, he drew a lot of ire from people thanks to his crude description of Melissa McCarthy in his “Identity Thief” review. He still refuses to back down from his comments, of course. Now, he is getting a lot of flak for writing a review of the film “V/H/S 2,” and describing it as “unwatchable,” while admitting to leaving the screening after about twenty minutes. It’s a move that suggests that the man has really lost his marbles.
As vile and as crude as Reed can be, he’s obviously entitled to his opinions. And while this move does demonstrate a complete lack of professionalism on his part, it’s not as if he has a golden reputation to maintain. It is telling, though, that The New York Observer seemingly encourages this type of behavior. It makes you wonder if there’s anything Rex Reed could do that would actually cost him his job. From the looks of things, he’s not going away anytime soon.
There are plenty of people out there ganging up on the old man, calling him “the worst critic ever,” and they certainly have their reasons. But, like with Armond White, such public outcry does nothing more than give the “hated” critic even more attention and thus, giving them a larger soapbox. In some cultures, according to movies and television, when an elderly person no longer has anything of value to contribute, you can simply send them off to sea on an ice float. With Rex Reed, all you have to do is not read his articles and the effect is essentially the same. [via AV Club]