Scott Hutchins says that his undergraduate status is a licence to say about a film, "It sucks" or "It's crap." Now, I haven't been an undergraduate for awhile, but I think I have the same licence. Yet I don't use it. Why not? Because, "It sucks" doesn't inform, it vents, and I don't tend to vent about film, regarding it as something more important than a stimulus for personal expulsion. What really bothers me about Scott's note is that, since he says the American Film Institute doesn't ***know*** diddly about film, he may well think "It sucks" is a form of knowledge, not a form of venting. And more: the sense I have that he would only complain about the AFI because in fact he, too, regards film rather more highly than his note suggests. He is, I suspect, disappointed in the AFI, not just deprecating, and that disappointment comes from a hope that a body like the AFI would be more admirable for him. This is not to express my position on the AFI. It's merely to say openly that undergraduates like Scott Hutchins, who are writing honestly and openly on this list, may well be our best hope for an articulate future of critical and appreciative comment about film. I don't want to lose his voice, but I'm agonized that he doesn't want to speak/write to me. I mean by that, of course, that by saying, "It sucks" and proclaiming his right to do so, he doesn't compel my reading eyes at all. In friendship, Murray Pomerance Toronto ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.