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Saturday, November 29, 2008

be a weatherman on social trends

I have never been able to take Rogert Ebert seriously as a film critic. He lost me for good when he gave, in 1996, the movie Michael a thumbs up. Yeah, Michael--a "movie" where John Travolta plays an angel who smells like fresh-baked cookies.

That said, Ebert sometimes comes out of nowhere with these great cultural editorials. The advice found below is great for anyone who wants to write for an audience bigger than his or herself.

"A newspaper film critic should encourage critical thinking, introduce new developments, consider the local scene, look beyond the weekend fanboy specials, be a weatherman on social trends, bring in a larger context, teach, inform, amuse, inspire, be heartened, be outraged."

read the piece in full?

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