Everybody's a film critic, right? I mean, who walks out of a theater with no opinion about it? Also, nobody's a film critic. By that, I mean that most people resist deep analysis of a film. A frequent refrain is "Hey! It's just a movie."
For a film critic like David Edelstein, the key word is engagement.
Seeing a movie is more than just letting it scroll past your eyeballs. A movie demands engagement. What was the filmmaker's purpose? How close to that goal did the filmmaker come? This show is about the making of a film critic, and the living of that life. What's it like to never see a movie without your antennae up?
Get ready for a rip-roaring conversation laced with humor and disagreement, with plenty of time for audience questions and comments.
Special thanks to Event Resources for running and recording sound for this conversation, which was recorded on April 8, 2015 at Watkinson School in Hartford, Connecticut.
Listen to the entire, extended conversation below:
- David Edelstein is the movie critic for New York magazine, NPR’s Fresh Air, and CBS Sunday Morning
- “Watch This Movie For Me” by Stephen Cummings
- “The Last Horror Movie” by The Scared Stiffs
- “That’s Why God Made The Movies” by Paul Simon
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.