I want to discuss film reviews.
A series of questions, some overlapping. Feel free to take up any of them:
- Why do we have them (what is their purpose)?
- What are they capable of (what are their limitations)?
- Is a film review capable of in-depth analysis?
- Who writes your favorite reviews? What is it about their reviews that draws you to them?
- When it comes to reviews, what should be the proportion of content to style?
- Can a review ever be called film criticism (read: scholarly) or is reviewing films necessarily a journalistic venture (can a journalistic venture be scholarly)?
- How do you feel about reviews as a medium for your own writing? Do you prefer writing in any other particular form?
- How have reviews contributed (or detracted from) film scholarship over the years?
- With respect to a review itself, what role should/can images play in juxtaposition with the text of a review?
- What role do reviews play in your film viewing?
- What role have reviews played in your film education?
I'll continue to add questions as I come up with them. Go ahead and start responding already!