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Phoebeblog I first met Phoebe Flowers when she was still a teenager (or at least looked like a teenager) and working as a clerk at the Herald's Broward bureau. She sent me a very polite instant message asking me if there was any way she could attend the press screening for Ang Lee's adaptation of The Ice Storm. Being the all-around nice and friendly guy that I am, I said sure and gave her the time and place.

A short time later, Phoebe started writing backup movie reviews for The Herald, then became the film critic for the now-defunct Street weekly and is now the film writer for some disreputable rag north of the county line.

Last week, Phoebe won the first-place prize for criticism in the Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Awards contest. I am strangely proud of her, as if she were my little sister or something, even though she always speaks to me as if I were a 10 year-old boy and occasionally still berates me for having played certain games involving paladins and ogres as a kid or giving four stars and a year-end Top 10 spot to a certain movie she dismissed as geekboy fodder.

Then again, she was one of the few critics who gave Spider-Man 3 the respect and admiration it deserves. Obviously, that Green Eyeshade Award is well deserved.


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Brian Feldman

At first glance, I thought that whole "Green Eyeshade" thing was just another friendly jab at an old friend. But then, after clicking on the link - it's really called the "Green Eyeshade" Award?! Why in the world is that?!!

Regardless - thanks to Phoebe, I was able to find out when Lynch is coming to town!


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