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Critic v Critic

By April 25, 2008No Comments

Quoted in the Defamer summary of the “what’s wrong with film criticism” shenanigans going on at the moment:

How to write film criticism? Stop reading it. — Karina Longworth, Spout Blog

Sad, but true. I used to read A. O. Scott et al for fun, I even subscribed to Sight & Sound. Now I can’t even listen to Simon Morris on National Radio, let alone read the international greats. And it’s not because I’m worried about my opinion being formed before I’ve seen a film – it’s the critical language that you pick up without realising. I need my responses to be my responses, and my expression to be my expression. For what that’s worth.