I loved this post from the Telegraph blog about the state of online film criticism, because I feel exactly the same as the author.
I don’t need an amateur critic’s website to tell me that a movie is bad. I have rotten tomatoes and metacritic for that. I have friends for that. Blog posts that pick a big Hollywood film and then try to ‘hilariously’ dissect its lack of virtue, add nothing to the internet, or my knowledge of cinema.
What I need you for, amateur film critics of the world, is to help me discover hidden gems. Great films from before my time, or that went straight to dvd though crappy distribution deals. Suggestions for movie marathons or your picks of a director’s early work. Beautiful stories from developing countries that can’t get a cinema release because Transformers 8 is out on fifty thousand screens.
That’s want I want you for.
I occasionally review films on my blog if (a) it is a film that I loved and (b) most people around me don’t seem to know about it.
When I started this blog, I made a decision that I wouldn’t write negative film reviews. If the film is so bad that I don’t want you to watch it, I’m better off just not talking about it.