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Tuesday, March 20th, 2007 * Some thoughts on the relevance of film critics

Back in 2005, I was invited to be a guest film critic on AMC’s THE MOVIE CLUB.  I figured it would be great experience for me and great exposure for FilmRadar as well.  In spite of this, I still felt a little strange about the whole thing simply because I don’t see myself as a critic.  I see myself as a “Film Enthusiast” who happens to have a slightly public platform (this site and e-newsletter) for their enthusiasm.  To me critics can often be elitist and wildly out of touch with audience tastes.  I didn’t want to come across as one of those types.  One of the movies I reviewed on the show was HERBIE FULLY LOADED starring Lindsay Lohan.  I gave it 2 1/2 stars.  People were shocked.  I actually got numerous e-mails from friends and strangers asking me if I had lost my mind.  I stand by that review though.  I studied the work of filmmakers such as King Vidor, Jean Luc-Godard and Vincente Minnelli in film school.  HERBIE is a movie wasn’t INTENDED for someone like me.  That is pretty clear.  What was also clear to me though is that it seemed to be very appealing to a certain specific audience.  When I was in the screening, there was a whole row of tweener girls sitting in front of me and they loved the film.  I could tell they were having a really good time watching it.  THAT is why I gave it a positive review.  It was effectively appealing to the audience that it was meant to reach in the first place.  I felt the same way about BEWITCHED.  Personally I wouldn’t have seen EITHER one of those films on my own accord simply because they are not my personal taste. 
I tried to leave my personal taste out of the equation and simply endorse films based on what the general public would like.

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2007 * THE GODLESS GIRL (1929)

As all of you who follow FilmRadar know, I am a passionate die hard silent film fan.  I am always looking for rare and obscure things to see.  I was thrilled to death when I saw the UCLA calendar and they were showing THE GODLESS GIRL.  The film was released in 1929 and directed by Cecil B. DeMille.  I had never seen this film before, nor had many of my friends who are also silent film addicts.

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