“Maybe I’m bad at my job, but I’ve rarely utilized anything from my college Film Theory course while writing a review. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt to have that information floating around in the back of my mind, but I don’t think it’s particularly essential. Maybe I’m wrong? Hell, I probably am, but at least for me, it hasn’t been an essential piece of the puzzle.”
– Joey Magidson, one of several respondents to CriticWire‘s survey question, Should Film Critics Be Filmmakers?
Anyone care to take on Danny Bowes’ assertion here, that “music criticism in particular suffers (and has suffered for a very long time) from an excess of posturing that film criticism (even at its worst) has never had to bear.”
Also: see this relevant compendium of quotes posted right here a few years back.