The farewell party on Twitter has begun. Friends, readers and colleagues are all chatting away with Lou Lumenick, who on Thursday revealed that after decades as a newspaper man and film critic, he has decided to retire from the New York Post in two weeks.
After 48 amazing years of working for daily newspapers (27 at @nypost) I am retiring on October 7!
— Lou Lumenick (@LouLumenick) September 22, 2016
Lumenick told one Twitter user that a lot of his time at the Post is taken up by administrative duties rather than filmgoing, meaning that his weekdays will soon and somewhat surprisingly allow for more matinees. He explained to another that his membership with the New York Film Critics Circle will remain active through to the end of 2016 film awards season.
In retirement, Lumenick is likely to still get an earful every once in a while from someone about a piece he wrote in 2015. His call for a re-evaluation of Gone With the Wind’s place in modern film history, tied to the outcry over 21st century displays of the Confederate flag, was a huge point of discussion last year. From the article:
What does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the GWTW intermission?
As Lumenick tells FishbowlNY: “That Gone With the Wind rant is far and away my most controversial piece. It generated more than 200 pages of almost entirely negative comments, ignited a social media firestorm, got picked up around the world and drove both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of Gone With the Wind to the top of the Amazon bestseller lists for a solid week. A distant second was my Terminator 3 (2003) pan, which prompted a spam attack that took down The Post’s e-mail system for a couple of hours.”
Before the Post, Lumenick worked at The Record and the Hartford Times. And given the aformentioned GWTW business, it seems apt that on the same day that Lumenick will be bidding his newsroom farewells, The Birth of a Nation will arrive in theaters.