email 30 Dec 2008
In its instructions for creating a Mint Julep, The Joy of Cooking warns, citing Voltaire, that “The good is the enemy of the best.” It is such a joy that Rombauer’s great reference provides nearly as much advice and philosophy on life in general as it does on cooking. Now… I do not want to cast such negative aspersions upon Clint Eastwood’s Changeling, because it is a wholly worthwhile endeavor, a fine film with much to recommend it. It is good, perhaps very good, depending on your point of view. But it is not a “great” film.
I put “great” in quotations because I want to make it clear what I mean by that. I don’t throw around “great.” “Great” is a close cousin in my film-talk to “masterpiece.” Continue reading