"Repeat after me for the 17th or 37th time -- 'The Artist' is all about re-creation, backward visitation and reflective surfaces," wrote an irate Jeffrey Wells after 'The Artist' won Best Picture from the New York Film Critics Circle on Tuesday. "It possesses and radiates nothing that is truly its own, except for a desire to give entertainment-seekers a nice pleasant time. And that's not nearly enough to warrant a Best Picture prize. Shame on the NYFCC in this respect ... shame!" A movie that wants to give "entertainment-seekers" a "nice pleasant time" winning an award for Best Picture from the NYFCC? That's unheard of! (Or not.) Regardless, Wells -- who currently has 'The Artist' ranked fifth on his Best Picture charts over at GoldDerby.com and doesn't dislike the film -- is far from being alone in his head-scratching over the deafening Oscar buzz for Michel Hazanavicius's silent-film curio. Which means the backlash to the charming indie -- about a silent film star coming to terms with his dwindling fame -- has already begun, less than one week after its release.
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