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dpconker
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PostPosted: 09.24.2004 5:16 pm    Post subject: Wanted: Opinionated Movie Critic Reply with quote

My name is David Congreave and I am putting together an online magazine for home business owners.



I am looking for someone from the US to write movie reviews for the "entertainment" section. This is a freelance role that, to begin with, will only pay the cost of your cinema ticket. As the circulation of the magazine increases, however, there may be the option of writing for a fee instead.



The ideal candidate will:



- Be based in the US

- Be able to visit the cinema at least twice a month

- Be capable of writing a 300-400 word review

- Have a good understanding of the difference between a good movie and a good film



If you are interested in this role, please email me at david@thenettle.com with a brief description of yourself and confirmation that you meet the above criteria. Please also list your 3 favourite and 3 worst films of all time.



If you fit the above criteria and have not included The English Patient as one of your three favourite films Wink , you will be asked to submit some short film reviews. A competent writing style is required but, grammar and spelling are not essential as your work will be carefully edited.



Thank you.
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Danny Baldwin
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PostPosted: 09.24.2004 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This actually sounds pretty cool, guys. I know I wouldn't mind getting my tickets paid for. Wink
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Michael Scrutchin
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PostPosted: 09.24.2004 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but do you know the different between a good movie and a good film?



I didn't think so.
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PostPosted: 09.25.2004 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. I don't. But I'll cheat and look at somebody else's paper. I think Beltmann's stumped too. I'll try the guy to my left.
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PostPosted: 09.25.2004 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a "for instance":



Independence Day is a good movie, but not a particularly good film.



Shawshank Redemption is a good film, but... well actually it's a good movie too.



Anyway, you get the idea. A good movie is just good to watch. A good film is skillfully made. Something like that.



What I'm getting at is I want someone who can write something intelligent about the quality of the film-making, directing, cinematography, that sort of thing, instead of just saying, "uh, yeah, the explosions were really great".



I want a film critic that is intelligent, but can still appreciate a good, fun movie, even if it isn't a Citizen Kane.
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PostPosted: 09.25.2004 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The real trick is being able to discover what's entertaining about even the most challenging material. Something like Abbas Kiarostami's Ten might offer a more daunting experience than, say, Independence Day, but does that mean watching Ten isn't entertaining? Kiarostami might press more sophisticated buttons, but I'd argue that's still a form of entertainment, at least for those willing to accept the challenge.



I don't accept the priggish connotations often assigned to the terms "movie" and "film," because the distinction assumes that there's a significant difference between art and entertainment--as if Citizen Kane is too much of a "film" to qualify as entertaining. I'd argue that the best art is also the best entertainment; Kane is a masterpiece because Welles used his artistic impulses to create exhilarating drama, in the same way Kiarostami used a formal experiment to create an entertaining look at modern Tehran. As Pauline Kael once wrote, "If art isn't entertainment, then what is it? Punishment?" To me, anything shot on celluloid is both movie and film--the only distinction worth exploring is whether the picture is good art or bad art.



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PostPosted: 09.25.2004 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well said, Eric. I agree.
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PostPosted: 09.27.2004 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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To me, anything shot on celluloid is both movie and film--the only distinction worth exploring is whether the picture is good art or bad art.





Sure, if you want to argue terminology, I'll go along with that.



I've just seen too many film critics get all sniffy about a film because it is entertainment first and film-making second.



I want a critic that can appreciate the craft without automatically discounting a movie that could be classed as mindless entertainment. I want someone who can sit on either side of the fence.
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