Mick LaSalle

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Mick LaSalle (born May 7, 1959) is an American film critic and the author of two books on pre-Hays Code Hollywood. Up to March 2008, he had written more than 1550 reviews for the San Francisco Chronicle[1] and he has been podcasting them since September 2005.[2]

Life and career[edit]

LaSalle, is the author of Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood, a history/critical study of the actresses who worked in the film industry between 1929 and 1934. It was published by Thomas Dunne Books in 2000. In his review in The New York Times, Andy Webster called it "an overdue examination of a historic conflict between Hollywood and would-be monitors of morality" and added LaSalle "has an avuncular but informative style, and makes his points with a relaxed economy."[3] Nationally syndicated columnist Liz Smith called it "a brilliant work."

The book served as the basis for the documentary film Complicated Women, directed by Hugh Munro Neely and narrated by Jane Fonda, which originally was broadcast by Turner Classic Movies in May 2003. LaSalle provided commentary for and was associate producer of the project.[4]

LaSalle's follow-up to Complicated Women was Dangerous Men: Pre-Code Hollywood and the Birth of the Modern Man, published by Thomas Dunne in 2002. LaSalle has lectured on film subjects at various film festivals, including those in the Hamptons, Denver, Las Vegas, and Mill Valley and at New York City's Film Forum and San Francisco's Castro Theatre. For several years he taught a film course at the University of California, Berkeley, and now[when?] teaches film courses at Stanford University. His third book, "The Beauty of the Real: What Hollywood Can Learn From Contemporary French Actresses," was published in 2012.

In the late 1990s, LaSalle was the on-air film critic for KGO-TV. He was a panelist at the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 Venice Film Festivals. He was also a panelist at the 2009 Berlin film festival. In addition to his reviews, he answers film-related questions in the Chronicle column Ask Mick LaSalle. He is the Film Critic for The San Francisco Chronicle and his reviews appear in all the newspapers of the Hearst chain, including The Connecticut Post, The Albany Times-Union, The San Antonio Express-News and The Houston Chronicle. He is a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.[5]

LaSalle is married to playwright Amy Freed.[6]

Mick LaSalle's top ten lists[edit]

2011
The Artist
My Week With Marilyn
One Day
Bridesmaids
Like Crazy
We Were Here
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
Love Crime

2010
Blue Valentine
The Ghost Writer
Mademoiselle Chambon
The King's Speech
Hereafter
Toy Story 3
The Social Network
Black Swan
The Kids are All Right
The Runaways

2009
Inglourious Basterds
The Hurt Locker
Up in the Air
Two Lovers
Revanche
Funny People
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
Cheri
Summer Hours
Food, Inc.

2008
Revolutionary Road
Milk
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
I've Loved You So Long
The Wrestler
Frost/Nixon
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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