Tuesday, April 14, 2009

"These Will Be Kept" A Declaration Of Principles

First off I urge everyone (all 2 of you) who reads this to check out Roger Eberts Rules For Film Critics and yes I do realize that I'm using the same picture that he did.

Just as Charles F. Kane did I'm going to lay out some principles that I hope to follow in my writing this blog

I Will Strive Towards Perfect Grammar-I know that blogging is a different type of journalism where most will tolerate an "LOL" and such. However, I'd be lying if I haven't had fantasies about a post from here being linked on the bottom of IMDb or an editor stumbling on to this page. Those fantasies can only come true if I do my best to be grammatically correct.

It's Only My Opinion-In Before Sunset Ethan Hawke talks about how we all see the world through our own little lense. The same is said for any type of criticism. The only reason I expect people to read this or care about what I have to say is because they are A. My Friends B. My Mom C. My girlfriend or D. They find that we share similar tastes. The main reason that my favorite critics are Adam Kempenaar and Matty Robinson of Filmspotting is because I had similar tastes as them and if they recommended a movie, I'm willing to check it out.

It's Only Entertainment, ButI Think It's Important-I know that talking about movies isn't as life shaping as the state of the economy or genocide in Darfur but I think it's important. An old boss of mine and I were discussing Aaron Sorkin shows during a lunch break when we came to Studio 60 he said that the fast paced dialogue works better when the characters are discussing foreign policy and what not. I told him that some people find the deadline of a live TV show as important, if not more so. If Sullivan's Travels and the recent rise in the box office has taught us anything, it's that there is a great value in entertaining people for a few hours.

As I said, "It's Only My Opinion."-I want to hear your thoughts. All I ask is that you keep it friendly. One of the biggest problems with the internet is that everone is anonymous and therefore feel that they can say anything they want. Also, if you notice any trends that you want me to explore.

I Will Rarely Talk About Trailers-I know Ebert says that it's crucial to stay away from trailer. I don't go that far but I do avoid all red-band trailers. One of the reasons I was underwhelmed by I Love You, Man and everyone else loved it is because the red band trailer gave away the entire "dinner speech," scene. There are plenty of other reasons why I wasn't as thrilled with the film as everyone else, but I've decided that I'm going to stay away from those R-rated trailers unless I see them in the theater (Sorry Bruno). I've also decided to stay clear of any trailer for a film I would see anyway because of the director or cast. Now will I be able to resist the trailer for the third Batman? Probably not but I'm going to do everything I can to keep my experiences spoiler-free.

Thanks for reading. If you have any other good rules, please let me know.

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