Now, what drew me to this film was its topic – film criticism. Being a film blogger watching and reviewing movies, this one really sparked my curiosity. So, I decided to check it out.
In all honesty, when I first saw the trailer – I thought this movie would be an attack on electronic media and its evolution to overtake mainstream, print media. For anyone who keeps up to date on the journalism scene, we all have heard stories of print journalists losing their jobs at traditional print publications to the new writers of today in the world of electronic media. No longer does a major publication dominate – it is the internet that has leveled the playing field for all.
Though, I was pleasantly surprised with the film – it was not what I expected. Instead, it was an actual look into the history of film criticism and how it has evolved over time. It was more of a history type of film than anything else.
Since the topic of film criticism interests me, I found it to be quite educational. There were a lot of historical figures and data presented about film criticism that I had never known. In a nutshell, this was a very interesting and educational lesson on the topic of film criticism.
In a way, the movie is a bit like a time machine – it takes you through the history of film criticism at it’s birth and works its way to present day. It shows you how film criticism was born (Believe it or not, the industry had ceased to exist at one point in time) and takes you through it’s evolution over time.
For me personally, I thought it was neat to learn about the roots of film criticism. And, seeing how it started and evolved to the present day was really interesting.
(Note: For those of you who have seen the film, you’ll know what I’m talking about. As a film blogger, I found it fascinating to learn about the topic of film criticism from a historical perspective).
As the film progressed through time (aka the time machine), I began to see and hear more and more familiar names and faces of film critics I had read and watched growing up. As a kid, I remember reading the entertainment section of the newspaper just to catch the latest movie reviews. I even remember bringing the entertainment section of the newspaper to school to read (as sometimes I had been in a rush). And, of course – watching the latest movie reviews on television is also a fond remembrance of my childhood at an early age.
So, it was really neat to see and hear a lot of familiar faces and names of film critics I grew up reading and watching. Some familiar film critics interviewed include: Roger Ebert, Leonard Maltin, and Lisa Schwarzbaum.
(Note: For a complete list, feel free to check out this link).
As the film neared the end, it began to show the “dark side” of how film criticism has evolved. Yes, it did show and depict how some film critics (who once worked at prestigious traditional print and media publications) had lost their jobs to electronic media and/or younger film journalists.
But, it was not depicted as grimly as I had expected – it actually showed the brighter side of these unfortunate situations. Ironically, many of these film critics have moved on to write and work in electronic media online. So, in a sense – all is not lost.
In a sense, this was a very educational film for film critics (whether traditional media or electronic media) alike. Not only did it seek to educate others about film criticism and its history, it also showed that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for film critics even with the evolution of our world today – everything is moving towards being online. And, that is its message – whether you be a film critic for a major publication getting paid to write film reviews or merely someone who enjoys writing and critiquing movies (i.e. film bloggers) the internet is now the main medium where all film critics alike can share their thoughts and experiences for their love and passion for movies.
If you enjoy historical, documentary type films and especially if you are a film blogger, I think you may find this one interesting. Though, I do have to admit – it’s definitely not for everyone. I think, you really have to have an interest in the topic of the history and evolvement of film criticism to be able to enjoy it.
(Note: For more info on the film, feel free to check out the website. Thanks for reading!).
Happy movie watching!
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