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VOP2288

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#1 11 years ago

A class of mine talked about this the other day...

What's the point of criticism?

I mean, we all know the point of it and why it's around but why has it become something which we use to "rightfully" judge things in our life?

An example: Two years ago the movie Crash won Best Picture at the Academy Awards...I saw almost all of the movies on the best picture list and strongly disagreed with it being chosen. Now, after talking to some people there is no room for me to disagree...Crash won Best Picture so thus it becomes the best picture and cannot be argued.

This also applies to everything else there is a critic for: movies, books, vacation spots, politics, music, religion, everything...I think we as a people have become dependant on these criticisms and are starting to lose touch with what WE ourselves really think about something.

Think about it: most people before going to see a movie, buying a book, etc always look up some sort of review of it. Some insight always helps but if you end up reading a real bad review most likely you wont go and see that movie or buy that book and thus lose something that could've really had some effect on you.

So, does this ever flowing amount of criticism really make things better or does it actually help take away our ability to discover ourselves and our opinions on things in our lives?




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#2 11 years ago

Criticism can make us better people. We can find fault in what we do and try to do better next time. We grow when we make mistakes.

Now with movies, it is just the critics opinion. You don't want to spend money on something that is utter crap. But in the end it is still entirely your opinion. But just say you have enough money to go to one movie per month. Do you want to go to one that everyone says sucks and risk saying "i regret seeing that"? Or would you rather go out and see one everyone liked and be happy with your decision.




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#3 11 years ago

The kind of criticism you talk about occurs in all sorts of arts, specialists apply their knowledge and own ideas to the object (movies, pictures or whatever) and arrive at a completly different point than an ordinary person would.




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#4 11 years ago

NeverEndingBattle;3572580Criticism can make us better people. We can find fault in what we do and try to do better next time. We grow when we make mistakes.

Now with movies, it is just the critics opinion. You don't want to spend money on something that is utter crap. But in the end it is still entirely your opinion. But just say you have enough money to go to one movie per month. Do you want to go to one that everyone says sucks and risk saying "i regret seeing that"? Or would you rather go out and see one everyone liked and be happy with your decision.

I don't think movies are a good example. I would say a good quarter of the time the critics are just talking out their backsides.

Criticism allows people to see a potentially different way of looking at a work. Everyone sees the world differently. A critic takes his views on things and makes them public. Alot of the time this can be a good or bad thing.




VOP2288

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#5 11 years ago

Mostly as far as with film goes I think that a majority of critics dont approach certain movies the way they're supposed to be approached...

for an example who wants to hear Roger Ebert's opinion on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre? A majority of critics rate and review movies based on aspects and criteria that is more fitted for drama...stupid comedies, horror films, and action movies need to be seen and reviewed through a whole 'nother set of eyes.

For instance Bad Boys II, not really liked by the top critics but this movie is just a fun, non stop action film that I always love to watch no matter what...alot of people I know feel the same but critics center more on the things no one pays attention to...

Yet - like I said this covers criticism of all art - and plainly I dont art and form deriving from art can be judged by special individuals.




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#6 11 years ago

I really don't pay attention to professional critics because they haven't got the same type of personality as mine. I'll listen to critics in the form of friends who share a movie taste, but chances are I'll still go and see for myself. I guess I'm more the type that likes to learn from experiences, even if that means wasting my money.

Which brings me to my next point: People listen to critics because they don't want ot waste their money. Movies are expensive in theatres, expensive to buy, and they take ages to rent. I guess if you're the type that sees a select few movies, then you want to make them high-rated ones and not take chances on seeing a crap one.

Still, my personal opinion is that critics are useless and aren't worth the public's attention.




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#7 11 years ago

Critics can criticize as much as they want, it doesn't affect me: I make the decisions on my own, with or without an advice from family members and/or close friends. I don't need an opinion of paid, "professional" critic.