An Interview With Michael Phillips
(Combined duration: 1 hour)
Michael Phillips, the perceptive and observant film critic for the Chicago Tribune since 2005, strikes all the right chords in his writing. His musing on contemporary and classic cinema often finds the perfect blend of intellectualism and entertainment.
When I take a step back and attempt to imagine the ideal film critic, Phillips may just be it. He’s knowledgeable enough to know that being well versed in all facets of film is the key to versatile and invaluable writing. In short, he’s the type of film critic that’s able to differentiate between Bergman and Bay, Scorsese and Sandler, Renoir and Ratner, while still appreciating (or at least understanding) each filmmaker for what they’re worth.
Our conversation ranges from his inspiration to go into film criticism, to some of his favorite films ever made, to even his perplexing year as co-host of At The Movies.