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Saturday Mar 13, 2004

On the Contrary

Words can heal or spread like a virus, infecting both the unsuspecting user and receiver.

I have seen the phrase “flawed masterpiece” used by critics to describe various artworks, especially films. Either it’s a masterpiece or not.

There is no such thing as a flawed masterpiece—which is a contradiction in terms.

If a critic means to say that a film had its moments, but was unsatisfying as a whole, then let him say that instead of flawed masterpiece, which admittedly has a catchy ring to it—unfortunately, the phrase is empty and no one is home.