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Harlan Ellison's Watching by Harlan Ellison
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Film criticism is a sticky subject. There are three routes a critic can take when writing reviews.

One: One may make an attempt to establish a persona, appealing to a specific fan-base, and thus write their reviews in such a way to appeal specifically to that fan-base, despite how they actually view a film.

Two: One may make a valid attempt to objectively view each film their review, through some sort of imaginary, impartial lens, in attempt to lend "credence" to their reviews, and thus becoming (in their own eyes) an authority on the subject.

Three: Balls to all of the above. A film reviewer will attempt to give THEIR unhinged thoughts upon the subject with no effort made to objectivity, or consideration for their audiences' feelings.

Ellison, is definitely a number three. While his writings on the subject are often scathing criticisms, with profanity-laden rantings, they are nonetheless well thought-out, and even if one disagrees with them, if one knows the person behind the reviews one may certainly come to understand why he feels the way he does. This is HONESTY folks, in the critic industry something that seldom was, or seldom is.
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