A post by Ed Howard in the Seul-le-Cinema blog begs to differ, even when faced by the conclusive evidence of Stephanie Zacharek’s review in the New York Times of Richard Brody’s new 700 page book on Jean-Luc Godard. Howard sums up Z’s arguments: “1). Godard’s films became worse after the arbitrary cutoff point of 1967, over 40 years ago. 2.) Godard’s post 1967 films “alienate viewers” instead of inviting them in; 3.) It’s a bad thing for art to alienate and challenge viewers.” Apparently the L.A. Times take on Brody’s book was even more skeptical. Richard Schickel pronounces the director of that “little” film Breathless now strictly the god of a “cult more interested in what movies might be than in what they, perhaps ineluctably, are.” It’s ineluctable, (J.-)Luc; the L. A. Times says so, and Hollywood is their home, so they’d know.