While she’s as opinionated as the next critic, the NYT’s Manohla Dargis is usually quite press-shy. She hates posing for photographs (this old one dates back to her LAT tenure), doesn’t do panels, won’t go on television. And yet she gave this refreshingly candid interview to the feminist website Jezebel on the subject of women in Hollywood, perhaps hoping to promote her recent NYT feature on her pet peeve, women directors.
I can’t help wondering how thrilled are her employers at the Grey Lady about this sort of exposure. No question, swearing like a sailor gets you attention. Here’s a sample:
On Bigelow’s chances for Oscar or future commercial success:
The only thing Hollywood is interested in money, and after that prestige. That’s why they’ll be interested in something like The Hurt Locker. She’s done so well critically that she can’t be ignored. Let’s acknowledge that the Oscars are bullshit and we hate them. But they are important commercially… I’ve learned to never underestimate the academy’s bad taste. Crash as best picture? What the fuck.
UPDATE: Here’s more blow-by-blow on fallout from the interview.