I Choose Which Films to See
How do I choose which films to see?
Well, in selecting films I follow certain critics and publications. These
critics include - for practical purposes are limited to - Roger Ebert and
James Bernardinelli. The publications are The
New Yorker, The New York Times
and The Newark Star Ledger.
Films need not receive good reviews from all or even a majority of these
sources. (As anyone who reads The Ledger knows The Ledger
rarely gives three or four stars to any movie.)
Also, neither of these critics' choices are
sure things. Both Ebert and Bernardinelli regularly pick among their Top
Tens at least one film that I thought was awful. I do not rely exclusively
on either these critical sources or on good reviews generally. If the description
of a film included in a fair or even in a poor review piques my interest
or even if the preview looks really good, I sometimes see the film anyway.
For example, the first time I saw the previews for Vertical
Limit I knew that I would see it no matter what the critics said.
I have no interest whatsoever in what I consider
to be "Kids Movies." My definition of this genre includes cartoons (animated
features, if you prefer), films rated G or advertised as being appropriate
for the family. I do not even consider reading the reviews of these movies.
Nor do I care if every critic who ever lived believes any such film to
be among the best ever made and the movie is entirely appropriate for children.
How serious am I about avoiding Kids Movies? I have never seen The Wizard
Of Oz. OK? Serious enough? Don't look for The Grinch on
my Favorites list. I don't go to "Teen Movies" either, though I make up
this definition as I go along.