We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The idea that Michael Sragow was hired as Orange County Register film critic at age 60, shortly after taking a Tribune Co. buyout from the Baltimore Sun, is the kind of surprise-happy ending that usually only happens in the movies.
Sragow this week is finally getting down to the business of picking up where he left off at the Sun, until reviews from Chicago Tribune colleague Michael Phillips began more recently taking budget-precedence. He’s also shared a wonderful introductory essay, revealing that Skyfall was his favorite movie of 2012 and that his all-time number one dates back to the Bond year of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service:
A great movie, like my all-time favorite, Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, quickens my whole system…
After I saw The Wild Bunch six times in two weeks when it opened in 1969, I knew I had to write about movies. Peckinpah electrifies every moment with vision, passion and soul. If you respond to The Wild Bunch as I do, it’s a movie you feel in your marrow and the deepest recesses of your brain and heart.
We’re not sure if the Register plans to involve Sragow in a screening series for newspaper subscribers. But if they do, it would seem pretty obvious what one of the first films should be.[Photo credit: Chiaki Kawajiri]
Previously on FishbowlLA:
Meet Michael Sragow, the Orange County Register‘s New Film Critic