7/20 Film Reviews.

Documentaries are cinematic projects that promote education and exposure into a particular topic. Leading experts, top players, or those affected are often voices that narrate the visuals portrayed in the film, to tell a story about the subject at hand. The angles in which these stories are told depend on executive decisions. For example, in a review about the Amanda Knox documentary, a critic writes: “This film could have looked harder at the authorities’ murky compromised mindset, and made that the focus of their film.” In other words, this reviewer has cinematic and substantive knowledge on the Amanda Knox case and how there was potential for alternative depictions. But this is not always the case when it comes to film reviews. I definitely think there must be some level of analysis into the characters, plot, themes, and other cinematic/literary tools in order for a review to be valuable. But while critics have historically published their criticisms in newspapers, journals, and magazines for public view, this is certainly changing. The Internet has allowed for critics, and novice critics post reaction videos, social media posts, and thinkpieces reviewing films and other mediums of art. I would even challenge the idea of a critic because, in a world where wide-ranging opinions are accessible and thoughtful, it is not absolutely necessary to be a professional critic. And analysis of the aspects of the film, along with offering a final rating, can be done by anyone. But I believe there must be some sort of critique by anyone in any public medium, in order for a film review to exist.7/20

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