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Connie Ogle’s “The Counselor” Is a Sharp, Witty Missive

In response to Connie Ogle’s 652‑word review of The Counselor on Miami Herald 

http://www.miami.com/039the-counselor039-r-article

By Rochus Pomponius, Adjunct Critic

If you’ll forgive the sports analogy, Connie Ogle, book editor for the Miami Herald, is not the LeBron James of film critique. Her work in “The Counselor” is closer to that of a solid role player, a Mario Chalmers, if you will. A solid starter, to be sure; no one is worried she’s going to turn the ball over and she knows how to pick her spots well, but her prose doesn’t get the star billing.

Actually, Ogle’s work here is one of the better critiques to emerge out of this murky film. She makes connections that other critics have missed, brilliantly comparing The Counselor‘s campiness to Wild Things in that the film “seems to have no idea it’s a joke that can’t even muster up a bit of smarty-pants Tarantino cleverness or energy.”

Ogle’s Counselor is by turns witty and enlightening, giving readers penetrating insights with a droll wink and an acerbic sneer. Her writing is spot on and she manages to stay above it all without being pompous or overly cynical, a balancing act that’s harder than it looks.  

In the end, Ogle’s excellent piece here may have moved her up a few roster spots to the Chris Bosh or Dwayne Wade of world of film criticism.    

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Rochus Pomponius joins the Existimatum staff after a celebrated career as a court jester and the personal entertainer of Emperor Trajan. His studies in rhetoric inform his assessments.