Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The New Needs Friends

"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends." - Anton Ego, Ratatouille

5 comments:

Curiousityloko said...

A lovely speech from a lovely film. I knew it would be too soon, but watching AFI's top ten in the different genres a part of me hoped that somehow this film would creep its way into the top ten in the animation category. For me at least it was better than Finding Nemo and Sherk.

nick plowman said...

FINDING NEMO IS THE BEST EVER.


Gosh.

Daniel G. said...

I forgot about this little nugget - thanks for the reminder.

Matthew Lucas said...

No problem Daniel. I had forgotten about it myself until I saw it quoted on Scott Feinberg's blog, AND THE WINNER IS...

He always has it over on the sidebar. I felt the need to share.

J.D. said...

It's one of the best monologues I've ever heard. Peter O'Toole is very incredible.