April Musings

Suprise, Surprise

mitchell.jpgSpeaking of black people, did anyone else realize that Elvis Mitchell, the New York Times film reviewer, is black? That’s a picture of him to the left — definitely black, right? When I heard that, I was just as surprised as when I learned that another New York Times film reviewer, A.O. (aka Tony) Scott, is actually film director Ridley Scott’s brother. And that Tony Scott is a director himself!
While the New York Times is busy forcing harmless food critics to reveal that Jean-Georges Vongehsomething blurbed her book, why isn’t anyone making Tony Scott reveal that he’s the guy who directed The Last Boy Scout and is now making presumably conflict-of-interest-less reviews? And, he’s English. Clearly, the master’s house is still burning.

4 replies on “Suprise, Surprise”

I’m not sure whether this was posted in jest or not. To the best of my knowlege, A.O. Scott is NOT director Tony Scott. Unless, that is, the Times omitted this key fact from his official biography ( )
Be that as it may, I’d like to know lc’s opinion of the merits of the various Times film critics.
(Enjoyable site, by the way…I’m a new daily reader)

Err… yeah, but they had a different photo of him when he wrote for the Detroit Free Press in the late 80’s or the LA Times after that.

whoops actually ao scott is not tony scott, ridley’s brother. Here’s his bio from the times. Tony scott was born on 21 July 1944 ao on July 10, 1966. I know the times has lost much credibility in the last year but not enough to pull somthing like this.
A. O. Scott
A. O. Scott joined The New York Times as a film critic in January 2000. Previously, he was a Sunday book reviewer for Newsday, and a frequent contributor to Slate, The New York Review of Books and many other publications.
A. O. Scott graduated with a B.A. degree in Literature (magna cum laude) from Harvard College in 1988 and was a grad-school dropout (from Johns Hopkins, in American Literature). He has also served on the editorial staffs of Lingua Franca and The New York Review of Books.
He was born on July 10, 1966 and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

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