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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.