Sometimes I’ll read some review in the paper and want to scream—either because the reviewer is clueless, or just plain wrong. I’m sure such occurrences are not rare!
I’ll always remember, years ago in an issue of LA WEEKLY (free L.A. paper) there was a short review for the mid-1970s Marlon Brando/Jack Nicholson film “The Missouri Breaks”. The reviewer mentioned the interesting and fine score by guitarist John Williams. (There’s also a Classical guitarist named John Williams, not to be confused with “Star Wars” composer John Williams.) The reviewer went on to say how nice the score was (it was a rather jazzy and funky score with lots of guitar). Then the reviewer went on to say that guitarist Williams had written superior score, and this composer should not be confused with that wretched, schmaltzy “Star Wars” composer of the same name, who couldn’t do anything so good. (Or something to that effect!)
But the thing was, the reviewer got it wrong. IT WAS THE SAME JOHN WILLIAMS! Before he became big in “Star Wars”, Williams had many styles. One of them was a funky jazz-like style. (He still occasionally trots it out, not that I’ve kept up with everything he’s composed.) I’ve never known of the Classical Guitarist John Williams to compose film music.
I found this to be just too delicious. This reviewer was trying to take a stab at “Star Wars” John Williams, but ended up looking like an ignorant, snobby idiot.
I never did see a correction to that error in a later edition of LA WEEKLY. I’, sure everyone at the paper just wanted to forget all about it. (And I have no doubt that some film geeks wrote in about it.)
So—anyone else have any tales of reviewers or critics sticking their foot in their mouth?