Writer: Gerald Peary
Composer: Bobby B. Keyes
Starring: Roger Ebert, Andrew Sarris, Pauline Kael, Patricia Clarkson, Leonard Maltin, Janet Maslin, Elvis Mitchell, Rex Reed, Richard Schickel, and tons of other film critics
More info: IMDb
Plot: The history of American film criticism.
My rating: 7/10
Will I watch it again? Probably not.
I'm obviously a movie fan/freak and I love talking about and hearing people talk about movies so naturally, this is right up my alley. It's a great little history of just what it says it is. When you think of movie critics, most people can probably think of two and that begins and ends with Siskel & Ebert. What I found interesting is not necessarily how many of these critics got their start (which is usually what I dig about these pictures) but how film criticism began and evolved. Nowadays it seems like it's a lot of bozos like me praising and bitching but there's a whole history to film critics that I never knew existed and it's pretty darn interesting. I've never found a critic that I agree with all the time and that's OK. Hell, I've never met anyone I agreed with 100%. I'd be both delighted and afraid if I ever did. But it's the reviewers that know the history of the type of film they're writing about and have a talent for entertaining and informing that I dig the most. Ultimately it's still praising and bitching but some people can disguise it with charm and wit to make it more easily digestible without leaving a bad taste in your mouth.