From the Wire: Zacharek on Criticism

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by Matt Singer
May 9, 2013 10:40 AM
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In an interview with the American Journalism Review, new Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek talks about her approach to criticism. Fingers to copy and paste positions, everyone: 

"I feel that while you're looking at a movie, you have to be analytical and have a bank of knowledge about not only movies but general culture. I think that kind of makes my writing more personal, instead of just looking at a movie and trying to assess it in a straightforward, clinical way."

It's a brief but good interview all the way through, and if you're curious why Zacharek jumped from Salon to Movieline, and how she felt when she her position there was eliminated, she goes over all of it (if you're curious how she felt when Movieline became a YouTube channel this week, you'll have to ask her yourself). She also discusses how she feels about the Voice's approach to criticism, trying to cover every movie that opens theatrically in New York and L.A. instead of selectively picking and choosing the "good" or "important" films and writing only about those. Zacharek says she prefers the former:

"I feel that movies are a popular art form. They're for everybody, and it's really important to be in touch with the movies young people would go to see on a Friday or Saturday night. I don't want to distance myself from that. Sometimes there's real artistry in crap."

I agree. And even when there isn't artistry in the crap, there's still very interesting stuff buried in there that explains why it's crap.  

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