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Jack Mathews, 80, LA Times film critic
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That Derek
2020-05-16 01:40:54 UTC
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https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2020-05-14/los-angeles-time-film-critic-jack-mathews-dies

Would somebody please cut/past the article from the L.A. Times? They've got a paywall. Thanks inn advance.
Matthew Kruk
2020-05-16 02:58:20 UTC
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https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2020-05-14/los-angeles-time-film-critic-jack-mathews-dies
Would somebody please cut/past the article from the L.A. Times? They've got a
paywall. Thanks inn advance.
latimes.com
Longtime film critic and former Times columnist Jack Mathews dies at 80
By Josh RottenbergStaff Writer
Film critic and columnist Jack Mathews, who covered the world of movies for more
than 30 years for such publications as USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and the
New York Daily News, has died at his home in Oregon.

Mathews, who had been living in Waldport, Ore., since retiring in 2008, died
Wednesday evening after a short battle with pancreatic cancer, his wife, Cindy,
confirmed. He was 80.

A devoted newspaperman, Mathews was known not only for his witty film criticism
but also his seemingly endless supply of stories about rubbing elbows with film
luminaries, which included playing golf with Clint Eastwood, singing with Rod
Steiger in a restaurant in Mexico and getting certified as a scuba diver so he
could swim in the Bahamas with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah as they filmed
underwater scenes in the comedy "Splash." Fellow reviewer Roger Ebert called
Mathews the most-traveled film critic in America.

Mathews grew up in Los Angeles and earned his bachelor's degree at San Jose
State and a master's in journalism at UCLA. By the late 1970s, he was working as
an entertainment feature writer for the Detroit Free Press when he was sent to
Los Angeles to open a bureau in Hollywood, which was amid seismic change and
creative ferment.

A longtime cinephile (favorites included "Casablanca," "Some Like It Hot," "The
Godfather" and "Jaws"), Mathews turned to reviewing movies, going on to stints
as senior film critic at USA Today and, from 1985 to 1991, film columnist and
movie editor at The Times.

In 1987, Mathews wrote the book "The Battle of 'Brazil,' " chronicling the
behind-the-scene clashes between director Terry Gilliam and Universal Pictures
during the making of Gilliam's gonzo 1985 dystopian sci-fi epic "Brazil."
Relocating to the East Coast, he continued to review films for Newsday and the
Daily News before retiring 12 years ago.

Even after stepping away from the newspapers he loved, Mathews kept a hand in
writing about the movie business, contributing Oscar predictions and analysis to
the Hollywood awards blog Gold Derby up until this year.

"Jack was not only one of the greatest Oscarologists ever but one of the first,"
Gold Derby editor Tom O'Neil told The Times on Thursday. "When he was working
for the L.A. Times, he'd have the guts to write about the Oscars all year long,
handicapping movies as they rolled out to theaters. Lots of readers must've
thought he was crazy, but we Oscar fans everywhere ate it up all and we loved
Jack for it."

In addition to his wife, Mathews is survived by his son Darren, daughters Shelby
Marchese and Valerie Nunemacher and five grandchildren.

Times staff writer Glenn Whipp contributed to this report.
That Derek
2020-05-16 04:00:14 UTC
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Matthew:

Thanks for availing Mr. Mathew's LATimes obit.

This was really cool!

That Derek
Matthew Kruk
2020-05-16 04:16:33 UTC
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Thanks for availing Mr. Mathew's LATimes obit.
This was really cool!
That Derek
No problem. A very respectable critic. RIP

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