E L E C T R O N I C M E S S A G E
Date: 09-Feb-1994 02:11pm EST
From: Stephen Hart
Tel No: 904-644-4839
TO: Remote Addressee ( _jnet%screen-l@ua1vm )
Subject: re: Schindler debate
"Who do we believe when we read popular criticism and why?" Good question,
Snady. Lately, I've wondered why I listen to the film critics whose
opinions I value. Perhaps it's the reputation of the publication for whom
they write, or their own reputation, or that I've followed them for most of
my critical filmwatching experience (as with Siskel and Ebret). For some
reason, I let a group of critics influence my decisions on what movies I
see, and wheter or not I pay full price or wait for second run or the video
release. Like everyone else, there criticism is based on personal taste
and opinion, which differs from one person to the next.
Some colleagues and I were discussing the "accuracy" (or perhaps value) of
film critics the other night. One called critics "disgruntled film
students". I wonder if a film critic can actually make a film better or up
to popular standards.
Stephen Hart, Florida State Univ.