Your film critic defends himself.

Your film critic defends himself.

Running thoughts on movies and their makings.
Dec. 15 2005 5:01 PM

Donkey Kongs

Your film critic defends himself from charges of knee-jerk liberalism and racism.

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Update (12/16/06): A few readers have noted that Pryor's near-death experience might have been a suicide attempt and not an accident--at least, that's the scenario he presents in his (awful) auto-biopic Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling. And yes, he was freebasing, not smoking crack. ... 3:46 a.m. PT

David Edelstein is Slate's film critic. You can read his reviews in "Reel Time" and in "Movies." He can be contacted at