An Absentee (or is it Just Absent?) Critic

Melissa McCarthy-Spy-680Illness has kept me from attending a number of recent
screenings, which is why I haven’t been able to post reviews of such major
films as Pitch Perfect 2, Aloha, and San Andreas (not that I was anxious to
see the latter, as I live in earthquake country). The same ailment that has
confined me to my house kept me from attending this weekend’s San Francisco
Silent Film Festival, normally a highlight of the year for my wife and me.

Fortunately, I caught early screenings of Spy and Testament of Youth, which open on Friday, so I’ll be able to catch
up a bit.

I have been felled by a mysterious stomach virus, and while
it isn’t life-threatening it certainly puts a lid on most activities—and makes
it hard to stay focused when I’m awake. My doctor is hopeful that we’ll have a
solution this week. In the meantime, I’ve written several columns that I hope
you’ll enjoy; they aren’t time-sensitive but I’ve been wanting to cover these
subjects for a while. I hope you enjoy reading them, and I thank you for your
patience with my absent reviews.


  1. Jim Reinecke says:

    Speedy recovery to you, Leonard! We need your keen eyes focused on the current state, as well as the history, of film. The Movie Guide may now be history (sob!), but we still want you around, kind sir!

  2. arun says:

    Get well soon and waiting for your review of "Child 44".

  3. Warren Hymer says:

    Listen to the doc (and Alice). Take care!!

  4. Ed Kienzler says:

    Be well my friend…

  5. Irwin Drobny says:

    Get well soon, have followed you faithfully since you were a kid

  6. Geoff Dale says:

    Get well soon Leonard and thanks again for your comments for my book on Shemp Howard.

  7. Carol says:

    Leonard, take care of YOU so we can continue to enjoy your thoughts on film.

  8. Susan Wloszczyna says:

    Leonard –wishing you well and hope you continue to improve. It was great to see you both at Ebertfest.

  9. Jeff Heise says:

    Hope you are feeling better soon and so sorry you missed the silent film festival-hope to go back myself some year.

  10. carl lafong says:

    Get well soon! If you’re laid up and in need of some reading material, I’ve just started the new biography of Madeline Kahn by Wm. V. Madison (Madeline Kahn: Being the Music, A Life) and it’s quite excellent.

  11. Claude Vecht-Wolf says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, Leonard.

  12. rafael castro says:

    Take all your medicines that your doctor recomended and relaxed with a classic movie of your choice.

  13. Lawrence H. Bulk says:

    Leonard, stomach viruses are no fun! Roz and I hope you get over it quickly and get back to movies.

  14. C.c. says:

    Man…Seeing a Melissa McCarthy is the LAST thing you need if you are ill.

  15. JH says:

    Hope you feel better soon!

  16. Karen Colizzi Noonan says:

    Ken and I send our best wishes for a speedy recovery. You are very.missed here at the Castro Castro!

  17. Audrey Kupferberg says:

    Hope you feel better soon!

  18. Mark says:

    You’ve been part of my life since 1969. Get well!

  19. Max Fraley says:

    Be and stay healthy my friend. Relax & rack up some dvd movies.

  20. David Fury says:

    Get healthy Leonard, always enjoy your commentary.

  21. bill says:

    Get well soon Leonard your my go to critic

  22. Robert Watzke says:

    Feel better, Leonard!! We’ll be waiting for the next columns, and thank you for sharing your love of film!

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